NEAFL: Round 11 Round up
NEAFL vs. Tasmanian State League
The NEAFL representative side secured a gritty win over the Tasmanian State League in Hobart on Saturday.
A number of NSW/ACT players starred in the game, including the Canberra Demons’ Jordan Harper, who was one of the best on ground.
Vice-captain on the day, Harper picked up 33 disposals, seven clearances and one goal as he brought his strong NEAFL form to the representative stage.
Sydney University forward, Xavier Richards had a quiet day, but still managed to bag himself an important settling goal in the last quarter.
The tense 17-point victory for the NEAFL side was a great reward for effort on the day. They led for the entire match, but the TSL certainly kept them honest.
NEAFL – 2.1 5.4 7.5 8.7 (55)
TSL – 1.2 2.5 4.7 5.8 (38)
NEAFL GOALS – A Boston (3); J Harper D Bonney X Richards J Anthony T Barrett (1)
NEAFL BEST – G Grose, J Harper, J Keras, R Hebron, D Bonney, S Tape
Sydney Swans vs. GWS GIANTS
The Sydney Swans put in their most dominant display of the season to defeat a GWS GIANTS side ravished by injury.
After welcoming back a number of big name players, the Swans were clinical in the 171-point victory. They managed to keep the GIANTS goalless in the first half, and kicked 18 in the second half alone to reinforce their dominance on the day.
The game was filled with highlights, including a controversial moment when it was found the GIANTS had too many players on the field.
At the beginning of the third quarter, the umpire called a head count and proceeded to wipe the GIANTS score after they had one too many on the field. It didn’t make much of a difference though as they only had four behinds on the board.
There were a number of standouts in the Swans side, including Kurt Tippett who made the most of his chance in the NEAFL. He kicked three goals, picked up 21 disposals and was dominant in the ruck.
Swan Sam Wicks gained the round’s NEAFL Rising Star nomination after attracting 15 disposals and slotting four goals.
First-year senior player, Ollie Florent was also impressive in his tagging role on Tendai Mzungu. Not only did he limit the GIANTS star to 18 touches, but he picked 28 disposals himself, and added two goals to put the icing on a complete performance.
Jeremy Finlayson was a clear standout for the GIANTS, leading the ground with 34 touches. Unfortunately, against a Swans side with 20 AFL-listed players he played a lone hand, as experienced players such as Jeremy Laidler and Brandon Jack ran riot in the midfield for the Swans.
The win puts the Swans at the top of the table and is a massive boost to their percentage, which now sits at 229.7%. The GIANTS still sit at the bottom with just the one win, and will be hoping for some reinforcements soon as their AFL-listed players begin to return from injury.
Next week, the Swans take on Aspley away in Queensland in an important game to hold off Sydney University at the top of the table. The GIANTS will be thankful to have the bye, as they prepare to take on the Brisbane Lions in a fortnight.
Sydney Swans – 6.1 10.6 18.5 28.17 (185)
GWS GIANTS – 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.2 (14)
SWANS GOALS – S Wicks J Dawson (4); K Tippett S Edwards (3); B Ronke O Florent G Rohan (2); B Jack J Laidler H Carr J Foote (1)
GIANTS GOALS – D Johnston D Simpson (1)
SWANS BEST – J Laidler, O Florent, J Dawson, B Jack, S Fisher, K Tippett
GIANTS BEST – T Mohr, J Finlayson, T Mzungu, W Clark, K Devlin