Review: Round 19
NT Thunder seal a home Preliminary Final, Sydney Uni move into third and Redland rejoins the top six after a stunning win over Aspley.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns at the SCG
SYDNEY 1.3 3.4 6.6 10.7 (67)
GOLD COAST 1.2 6.4 7.6 8.8 (56)
GOALS – Sydney: L Behagg 2 J Kelly 2 D Towers 2 S McLaren A Davis J Hiscox L Perris. Gold Coast: J Ellis 2 Z Smith 2 T Jones D Stanley B Scheer S Fahey.
BEST – Sydney: D Towers H Marsh Z Jones A Davis X Richards T Derickx. Gold Coast: G Broughton D Stanley J Glenn H Schade A Raines.
Sydney came home strong in the final quarter to overrun Gold Coast by 11 points at the SCG on Friday night.
The Suns had control for most of the match, set up by a five-goal-to-two second quarter to open up an 18-point lead at the main break.
But the Swans kept chipping away and ran out the match with four goals to one in the last quarter to win 10.7 (67) to 8.8 (56).
It was an important victory for the Swans to keep their top four chances alive, while the loss was costly for the Suns as they dropped from sixth to eighth on the ladder with two rounds remaining in the home-and-away season.
Dean Towers was the Swans' best with 29 disposals, 12 inside 50s and two goals, while Harry Marsh was important with 20 disposals and six rebound 50s.
Zak Jones was another top performer with 31 disposals and eight clearances.
Greg Broughton and Danny Stanley (one goal) had 70 disposals between them to do the bulk of the damage around the stoppages with Josh Glenn, Henry Schade and Andrew Raines among their better players.
The Swans take on ladder leaders UWS Giants this week while Gold Coast face Eastlake at Metricon Stadium.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Southport Sharks v Ainslie Tricolours at Fankhauser Reserve
SOUTHPORT 4.3 9.7 13.14 17.17 (119)
AINSLIE 2.0 4.6 5.7 9.9 (63)
GOALS – Southport: J Anthony 6 D Troutman 2 J Hunt 2 J Brennan L Hill R Clements B Merrett G Screech T Cornish. Ainslie: A Birch 3 E Stone 2 M Lawless A Wiles N Salter S Fisher.
BEST – Southport: J Anthony D Troutman J Hunt G Screech R Blood D Mutu. Ainslie: N Heyne N Salter S Curtis L Griffiths J Harper D Bowles.
Another best-on-ground display from star forward Jack Anthony steered Southport to a crucial 66-point victory over an undermanned Ainslie at Fankhauser Reserve.
The Sharks remain in the finals hunt while it was a crushing blow to Tricolours season after going down 17.17 (119) to 9.9 (53).
Anthony starred with six goals as the Sharks turned a 15-point lead at quarter-time into 31 by half-time. They rammed home the advantage with a further four goals to one in the third.
Anthony was well supported by Dylan Troutman (two goals) and Josh Hunt (two) as Southport continue to press on a spot in the top six, sitting just below Redland in seventh by four points.
Alex Birch top-scored with three majors for the Tricolours, who debuted two more players this week in Matthew Boak and Bill Muir.
Nicholas Heyne was prominent through the midfield with Nick Salter (one goal), Simon Curtis and Liam Griffiths battling hard.
Southport face a red-hot Sydney University in a blockbuster clash at Fankhauser Reserve this Saturday while Ainslie face Aspley in Canberra.
Eastlake Demons v Sydney University at Star Track Oval
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 6.3 8.7 14.11 20.14 (134)
EASTLAKE 2.2 7.4 9.6 11.10 (76)
GOALS – Sydney University: J Derickx 4 L Stevenson 3 T Ayton 3 D Bonney 2 T Morrison 2 M O’Dwyer 2 J Turner 2 S Fong T Young. Eastlake: A Bruce 3 T Highmore 3 N Fothergill 2 K Shea 2 M Frail.
BEST – Sydney University: L Stevenson A Day T Young M Thompson T Ayton J Turner. Eastlake: B Dowdell N Pleming B Hodgson K Shea A Bruce J Kirkwood.
Sydney University moved to third on the ladder after resisting an early challenge from Eastlake to run out 68-point winners at Star Track Oval on Saturday.
The Demons were only nine points behind at half-time until the Students put on the afterburners in the second half to win 20.14 (134) to 11.10 (76) to jump into third on percentage over Aspley.
The Students were off to a flying start with six goals to two in the first term before Eastlake rallied in the second.
But that would be as close as they would come as Sydney Uni pushed the margin back out to 35 points at three-quarter time before running out the match strongly in the last.
Jacob Derickx booted four goals and Lewis Stevenson bagged three in a best-on-ground performance, while Aaron Day and Tom Young were among the Students’ better players.
The Demons were best served by NEAFL representative Ben Dowdell in the ruck, with Nick Pleming, Rising Star nominee Brydan Hodgson and Kieren Shea impressing.
Aaron Bruce and young gun Tom Highmore booted three goals each as the Demons head to Queensland next week to tackle the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium.
Aspley Hornets v Redland Bombers at Graham Rd
REDLAND 2.3 5.5 9.8 13.10 (88)
ASPLEY 4.3 5.4 7.5 12.8 (80)
GOALS – Redland: J Bain 3 J Rayner 3 L Rogerson 2 T Salter J Starcevich H Bertoli-Simmonds P Hunter S Miller. Aspley: M Payne 3 M Hutchinson 2 T Dickinson B Forbes C French G Grose A Hughes J Stanley C Stevenson.
BEST – Redland: P Yagmoor W Buzza H Bertoli-Simmonds D Cameron-Reeves S Michael J Rayner. Aspley: R Toye M Little M Argus B Colch B Forbes J Stanley.
Redland soared back into finals contention with a nail-biting eight-point victory over defending premier Aspley at Graham Rd.
The Bombers came from behind at quarter-time and fought off a late charge from the Hornets for the stunning 13.10 (88) to 12.8 (80) triumph – lifting Redland back into the top six with two rounds remaining.
The Hornets had the jump on their home turf to lead by 12 points at quarter-time, but the Bombers turned it around in the second to lead by a point at the main break.
They made their move in the third, kicking four goals to two to open up a 15-point advantage at three-quarter time.
The margin grew to 21 early in the fourth when Rising Star nominee Scott Miller goalled on the run, but Adam Hughes soon returned fire for the Hornets.
Aspley champion Matt Payne was thrown forward in the last quarter and it paid huge dividends, with his first goal coming from a set shot on the boundary line full of class.
Redland kept finding the answers with Hayden Bertoli-Simmonds breaking inside 50 for a terrific goal at the 20-minute mark to give them some breathing space.
Payne booted three final term goals but the Bombers stood tall for a thrilling win, led by starring roles from Peter Yagmoor, Wylie Buzza and Bertoli-Simonds.
James Rayner and Jordan Bain each kicked three goals up forward.
Payne was the Hornets’ leading goal-scorer with three while defender Michael Hutchinson bobbed up with two.
Midfielders Reece Toye and Matt Little were superb for the Hornets, who dropped to fourth on the ladder after Sydney University’s win over Eastlake.
Redland now sit in sixth place by four points with a huge clash against NT Thunder in Darwin on Saturday night.
Brisbane Lions v NT Thunder at the Gabba
NT THUNDER 5.2 7.9 10.13 18.15 (123)
BRISBANE 4.4 5.5 9.9 12.14 (86)
GOALS – NT Thunder: C Dunne 5 D Barry 3 R Smith 3 M Hagan 2 D Ewing 2 J Lockwood S Rioli G Turner. Brisbane: R William 3 R Bewick 2 B Staker 2 B Keays D Daye N Weller D Warren.
BEST – NT Thunder: R Smith R Tambling L Bath C Dunne M Hagan J Lockwood. Brisbane: R Bewick H Beasley B Staker J Watts C Wagner R William.
NT Thunder sealed second place on the ladder and a home Preliminary Final after recovering from a slow start to beat last-placed Brisbane by 37 points in their AFL curtain raiser clash at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon.
Thunder’s 18.15 (123) to 12.14 (86) victory, on top of Aspley’s loss to Redland, effectively sealed a coveted home final for the Territorians, who take on Redland next week before a bye in the final round.
But it was the Lions who got off to the better start, kicking the first three goals of the game before Dom Barry got Thunder on the board after some clever play from Jonathon Peris.
It kicked Thunder into gear as Shannon Rioli – in his first game back in five weeks from an ankle injury – goalled on the run in a string of five in a row from Thunder to head into quarter-time four points clear.
But the goals dried up in the second for both sides. Thunder kicked six consecutive behinds before Michael Hagan booted the first goal of the term at the 21-minute mark.
He had two for the quarter to extend Thunder’s margin to 16 but the Lions continued to press in the third, reducing the margin to just 10 points at three-quarter time.
Dunne bobbed up with three last quarter goals – to finish with five for the game – as Thunder piled on eight goals to three to run away with the win.
Ruckman Ryan Smith returned to form after injury with three goals, 19 hitouts and seven clearances, while Richard Tambling (21 disposals, five clearances and five inside 50s) was at his usual best through the midfield and mid-season recruit Luke Bath (16 disposals) was also effective.
Rohan Bewick was everywhere for the Lions with 40 disposals, eight clearances, six inside 50s, five rebound 50s and two goals in a terrific display.
Hugh Beasley (20 disposals) and Brent Staker (25 disposals, 11 inside 50s and two goals) were other good performers while Reuben William top-scored with three goals.
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