New look Eastern Suburbs pass first test under new coach Ben Batger

By Jon Geddes; Image: J.B Photography

EASTERN Suburbs head coach Ben Batger was like the new teacher at school heading into last Saturday’s first round Shute Shield game against West Harbour at Woollahra Oval.

And the revitalised 2024 team have clearly done their homework in the off-season, passing their first test with an encouraging 31-15 win over a spirited Wests outfit.

Ater a distinguished career at Eastwood, where he enjoyed success as both player and coach, Batger took on a new challenge by heading to Sydney’s leafy east with a mission to lift the performances of the Beasties.

The recent report cards of his new pupils would read: “Fail to fulfill undoubted potential. Need to be more diligent.” 

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