ACT show promise against GIANT stars
by Sarah Browne
The ACT Under-23’s went down fighting against a UWS Giants side bolstered by the inclusion of number one draft pick Tom Boyd.
Boyd kicked the first two goals of the game and led the side to a 13.7.85 to 8.10.58 victory in the first representative game for the year.
Jon Van Meurs of Eastlake, was faced with the monster task of manning up on Boyd, who finished the game with three goals and four missed opportunities.
It was a closely fought game of football in the first half in wet conditions at Ainslie Oval, with the home side trailing by just nine points at the main break.
ACT Coach Kevin Sheedy gave plenty of words of encouragement to his troops going into the second half.
ACT’s Jack Steele kicked the first of the third quarter to give hope to a young Canberra side, booting the major from long range.
It was a lack of height and skill in the ruck that hurt the ACT, with the GIANTS dominating every ruck contest and clearing the ball from the centre with ease.
Steele was the highlight of the third, kicking two majors and interrupting the flow of UWS goals.
A 50m penalty gave UWS’ Rory Lobb an easy goal to open the quarter, and gave them the momentum to finish off the game.
Eastlake’s Dan O’Connell was best afield for the ACT, while Chris Robinson (Tuggeranong) and Steven Camp (Queanbeyan) were strong in defence.
Jack Steele and Aaron Bruce (Eastlake) were others who showed they will be players to watch in the NEAFL this season.
ACT Under-23 8.10.58
UWS GIANTS 13.7.85
ACT Under-23: O’Connell, Robinson, Channon, Steele, Camp, Bruce
UWS GIANTS: Stewart, Barrett, Corr, Sumner, Lobb, Boyd