Managing to field one of our strongest sides this season with the return of Jack Maddocks, Ryan Macauley and Mack Mason from their rep commitments and the lowest injury in the top grade all year, the side was certainly confident going into the final game for the season against a Gordon side that sat just above us on the ladder and had scored 20+ points in just about every match this season.
Whilst we were not playing for a finals spot, we were looking to finish higher than Gordon on the ladder and finish the season with a strong performance and thats certainly how we started the match.
Gordon had plenty of possession early but the promises made by all Easts players pre game to ensure our defence was not compromised seemed to fuel an aggressive mindset and once we managed to secure possession, it was not long before we posted early points. Consecutive tries gave us a great start and the pattern continued with Gordon finding it difficult to show the potency in their attack that had troubled most of the top sides throughout the season. We threatened to go into half time with a commanding lead but a defensive slip out wide saw their highlanders right winger go over untouched and the half time score line was closer than it should have been 21-7.
Denying Gordon a bonus point was the pre match goal and to achieve this we needed to limit any comeback whilst continuing to score points ourselves. The second half began well with the Beasties scoring first but then Gordon found their rhythm with the ball and despite our greatest efforts to deny them, found the try line to score their second try of the afternoon. Having raced to sizeable lead early in the second half, the result of the match laid in our favour but being true to ourselves was the motivation.
With fifteen minutes to go, another defensive lapse saw the Highlanders break through our midfield defence and cross over for their third try and suddenly momentum was with the home team who were now in striking distance of a fourth try bonus point and the chance to finish above us on the ladder.
Gordon again broke through our midfield shortly after the kick off but our scramble defence managed to prevent a certain try. Gordon then bombarded our line for the next 7 minutes but the Easts defence stood tall having denied the locals on three times with the ball over the line, the Beasts secured a turnover five minutes from full time and to rub salt into the wounds of the home side, the try colours went length of the field to score one more seven pointer and ultimately secure the win, deny Gordon the bonus point and finish the season in 9th place. Whilst we lacked this type of resilience in big games early in the season, it was good to see the lads taking pride in their performance and the result right until the death.
Finishing three games out of the finals, it is easy to look back and pin point those numerous games where we let a winning position slide or those matches where our execution was not up to the standard, which ultimately cost us dearly in the end. To finish +11 on the for and against however, indicates a side that was ultimately very close to the standard virtually all season and a side that could very well have made the finals if we had found that 5% edge in our defence and attacking execution that we needed in the bigger games.
We travelled to Chatswood looking to finish our season on a high. 3wins in a row was our target after the defeat to Eastwood in rd 15. We knew Gordon would be looking to beat us and jump us in the league too.
We started the game and Gordon came flying out the blocks, after 15 minutes we had hardly seen the ball and Gordon had raced out to a 14-0 lead. According to himself the game changed at that point on the inspirational words of our skipper Lauchie Pigot.
We got ourselves into the game with some possession after the following re start and never looked back. Tries to scott Ferris, Liam Corbishly, James king and Andrew Ferris.
We went in at half time at 14-26.
We spoke about our intent in defence at halftime and that If we could sort that out then we would end up putting 50-60 points on Gordon.
What happened next nobody expected.
Everything we touched worked for us in the 2nd half and we scored70 second half points to end the game 14-95.
Third Grade went to Chatswood Oval last Saturday hoping to make it three straight wins to finish the season.
Ultimately, we fell short being defeated 29-26 in an entertaining game to Gordon who are in the finals series.
We started brightly and in the third minute Andrew Crone scored around the front of the line out after receiving the ball back from Tom Greenaway to score in the corner.
Gordon responded in the tenth minute when they scored from a five metre line out and the scores were level at 5 all.
On the 20 minute mark, Gordon took the lead after a quick tap from about five metres out and it was 10-5.
Gordon then went further in front after 26b minutes with an excellent team try from inside their own half and we were down 17-5.Shortly before half time, Matt Hooper scored from second phase when he crashed over from five metres out and we went to the break trailing 17-12 and feeling confident.
Early in the second half we took the lead, when Hooper was over again after coming at depth from a pass from Rhys Corbishly following a quick tap, making the score !9-17.
At this time of the game we looked in control with Rhys Corbishly finding holes in the opposition and it was no surprise when he darted from a ruck, found Marcos Insua in support and then onto Tom Keft who scored a really good try. We lead 26-17.
However, Gordon wouldn’t go away and in the 50th minute they scored a nice try through quick hands and it was 26-22, before scoring again and running out winners 29-26.
We played some good football, but fell short in the end.
On a beautiful sunny day at Chatswood Oval it was hoped that we could repeat our win against Gordon from earlier in the year
The first half was a bit of an arm wrestle but some defensive lapses saw us go into half time down 12-0
If we were first to score in the second half we might have made a game of it, but unfortunately Gordon scored twice and we were chasing 26-0
We did begin to play some good footy in patches here and were rewarded with a try to Tom Clifton that was converted, 26-7
However, Gordon were able to close the game out with a couple of late tries to make the final score 36-7
A disappointing end to what has been a very tough season