NEAFL: Round 5 Round Up

Photo courtesy of AFL NT Media.

While there were only two AFL NSW/ACT based teams in action this weekend in the NEAFL, Round 5 was not short of fantastic feats.


NT Thunder vs. Sydney Swans


It was an historic victory under Friday night lights for the Sydney Swans in Darwin against the NT Thunder, taking their first ever victory in the Top End.


After a thrilling three-quarters of football, it was the Swans who stepped up in the final term to boot six goals to three, sealing a 24-point victory.


Toby Pink and Sydney Swans Academy product, Jack Mapelson were brilliant up forward for the Swans, while Darcy Cameron was a standout in the ruck.


The win places the Swans at third on the NEAFL ladder behind undefeated Sydney University and Brisbane Lions.


SYDNEY SWANS – 3.1 7.4 10.11 16.12 (108)                                      
NT THUNDER – 4.3 6.3 10.3 13.6 (84)

SYDNEY SWANS GOALS – J. Mapelson (3) T. Pink (2) S. Harlen (2) T. Leonardis (2) C. O’Riordan M. Lower O. Florent W. Gowers H. Carr J. Dawson D. Cameron

SYDNEY SWANS BEST – D. Towers T. Pink O. Florent A. Aliir H. MacDonald 


Sydney University vs. Gold Coast Suns


Sydney University continued their unbeaten run over the weekend with a convincing 47-point win over the Gold Coast Suns.


After a stunning start from the Students, the Suns clawed their way back into the match during the third term, but as has been the trend with Sydney University this year, their final quarter blew the Suns out of the water.


Tim Barrett returned for the Students after 615 days on the sidelines following a knee reconstruction in 2015. Barrett provided Sydney University with a sentimental spark across the match, also putting three goals on the scoreboard.


The Student remain atop the NEAFL ladder with undefeated Brisbane one match behind, having played out a bye.


SYDNEY UNIVERSITY – 4.5 10.6 12.9 17.12 (114)
GOLD COAST – 1.1 3.3 9.5 10.7 (67)

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY GOALS – J. Derickx (4) T. Barrett (3) J. Williams (2) W. Taylor L. Kilpatrick C. McFadden J. Potter T. Ayton D. Bonney A. Gillespie

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY BEST – J. Derickx D. Baron-Hay T. Young R. Hebron T. Ayton