NEAFL: Round 10 Round Up
Canberra Demons vs. Aspley
The Canberra Demons lost to Aspley at home on the weekend, falling just seven points short of what would have been a memorable come from behind victory.
A dominant first-half from Aspley saw them take a 23-point lead into the main break. The Demons kicked seven goals to four in the second half but inaccuracy meant they would fail to get over the line.
Canberra had more scoring shots than Aspley over the course of the match but was not able to capitalise on good pressure in the second half.
Jordan Harper again starred for the home team, picking up 34 disposals and a goal in an imposing performance. Mitch Maguire also got a lot of the ball, racking up 31 disposals and two goals in a best on ground performance for the home team.
Benjamin Warren was impressive for the strong Aspley side, kicking three goals up front. Daniel Joseph was the man of the match with 28-disposals – 23 of which were off his boot.
The result sees Canberra drop out of the finals places, and move into seventh position. With a poor percentage, they will have to rely on wins to claw their way back into the top six.
The climb starts with a home game against the NT Thunder in two weeks’ time, following the bye. The Demons will be confident of pulling off a good result after shocking the Thunder at home in Round 6.
Canberra Demons 2.6 3.10 7.14 10.16 (76)
Aspley 4.1 8.3 10.5 12.11 (83)
CANBERRA GOALS – M Maguire B Fulford R Stevens (2); J Bennett A Swan S Martyn J Harper (1)
CANBERRA BEST – M Maguire, A Swan, J Harper, C Milne, T Highmore, J Powell
GWS GIANTS vs. Redland Bombers
The GWS GIANTS disappointing season continues, as they fell to bottom placed Redland Bombers at home.
The 46-point loss sees the GIANTS fall to the bottom of the ladder as the Bombers secured an important four points to leapfrog them into eighth position.
A strong first-quarter from the Bombers saw them open a 28-point lead at the first break, limiting the GIANTS to only the one-point.
The GIANTS improved as the game went on, but the Bombers proved too strong, kicking nine goals to five in the second-half.
Jeremy Finlayson had a great game for the GIANTS, picking up 23 touches and kicking two goals in a promising performance. With lots of injuries in the senior side, it was the sort of performance that will put him in the mind of Leon Cameron when he comes to the selection table.
The experienced Tendai Mzungu was the best on ground for the home team, tearing up Spotless Stadium. He picked up 32 disposals and was everywhere in his return from injury, and will be looking to force his way back into the GIANTS’ AFL side soon.
It doesn’t get any easier for the GIANTS, taking on the high-flying Sydney Swans at Henson Park this Saturday. The Swans are fresh off the bye and will be looking to put the GIANTS to the sword in this important NEAFL Sydney Derby.
GWS GIANTS 0.1 2.4 3.5 7.10 (52)
Redland Bombers 4.5 5.8 9.10 14.14 (98)
GWS GIANTS GOALS – J Finlayson (2); L Cuthbert D Foley D Simpson L Tiziani Z Sproule (1)
GWS GIANTS BEST – T Mzungu, J Finlayson, T Mohr, D Simpson, M Flynn, Z Sproule
NT Thunder vs. Sydney University
Sydney University put in a dominant performance against a disappointing NT Thunder on Saturday night, notching up a 68-point win in Darwin.
The defeat is the Thunder’s worst ever loss at home in Darwin and could have been worse if not for inaccurate kicking again from University.
A dominant four quarter performance was reflected on the final scoreboard, as all of the Students’ chipped into to ensure they returned to the top of the table.
Uni made the most of the then first placed Sydney Swans bye, jumping out to a 39-point win at half time. They then kicked a further eight goals to four to put the Thunder out of the contest.
Callum McFadden was a stand out, picking up 27-touches and eight marks as he dominated all around the ground. Xavier Richards again led the way with his boot, kicking four goals including three in the final quarter to put the game beyond doubt.
Lewis Stevenson put in another impressive performance with 28 touches, slowly building his reputation of being a key ball-magnet for the Students.
Nathan Cooper was awarded best on ground, and despite not getting many touches of the ball he was in formidable form in the backline. Assisted by Ryan Hebron and Will Sierakowski, the Students were able to keep the NEAFL’s top two leading goal kickers goal-less.
Sydney University now goes into the bye on top of the table. They will be looking towards their next game, away to the Redland Bombers, to continue their run of good form.
NT Thunder 1.2 2.3 5.6 6.6 (42)
Sydney University 4.5 7.12 10.15 15.20 (110)
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY GOALS – X Richards (4); T Barrett (3); N Reinhard D Bonney (2)l S Tagliabue M Manteit L Kilpatrick T Ayton (1)
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY BEST – N Cooper, R Hebron, C McFadden, L Stevenson, W Sierakowski