In perfect conditions at Henson Park, Sydney Uni have notched their eleventh win of the season. Rarely troubled in the match, the Students put together an 18.14 (122) to 9.5 (59) victory over the visiting Aspley Hornets.
After a disappointing loss last round, Sydney Uni stamped their authority early over the hapless Hornets. The Students were ruthless defensively in the opening quarter keeping Aspley goalless, while slotting in four of their own to take a healthy 27-2 lead into the first break.
Sydney Uni were again first of the mark with an early goal in the second, however this quarter was more evenly contested. Aspley kicked their first major seven minutes into the second period and started to string a few possessions together. They reaped the rewards of a stifling patch of defence, however Sydney Uni maintained a 20 point lead at half time.
The Students were quick to assert their dominance in the second half and controlled the tempo of the match until the final siren. Sydney Uni’s backline was tough throughout, applying a lot of pressure and winning majority of the aerial contests. With their trademark midfield dominance, led by Zac O’Brien and Tom Young and strong forward line finishes, the team performed exceptionally well as a unit.
Sydney Uni head Coach, Tom Morrison, was pleased with how his team reacted to last weekend’s loss. “The boys responded really well to a disappointing performance against GWS and their focus in training last week paid dividends on the weekend, with a strong performance against Aspley,” Morrison said.
“Our defensive method was much improved this week, which enabled us to intercept and transition into offence frequently. Also, the elements of our ball movement that we have been practicing were on display, which was really pleasing. The boys are growing their education regarding when and how to move the ball in fast and slow play, which is pleasing to see.”
The Students have built their winning record on playing a ‘team first’ brand of football and this was on full display against Aspley.
Captain Tim Barton highlighted this and was impressed with how his group bounced back after last week. “We spoke during the week about playing unselfish team footy and we did that which is really encouraging,” he said.
“If we can keep building on this performance for the next few weeks, it will hold us in good stead for finals.”
The Students had a great spread of contributors across the board, including nine different goal kickers, which made them very tough to defend. “It was pleasing to see the even spread of contributors amongst the group and that the players that came into the side, had lost a bit of form or where moved into a different position all performed strongly. It makes match committee in the coming weeks a challenge as we have plenty of players returning from injury and others performing well for their respective Premier Division teams,” Morrison added.
With three regular season rounds to play, Sydney Uni will look to continue their winning form against the fourth placed NT Thunder. Despite a convincing 68 point victory over the Thunder in Round 10, the Students will be expecting a tough match, with both teams looking to make a strong run into finals.
“This week is a big match against an in form NT Thunder, so we are looking forward to the challenge and will be aiming to show further growth on Saturday.”
Sydney Uni take on the NT Thunder at Henson Park on Saturday 5th August at 2pm.
SYDNEY UNI 4.3 7.6 13.9 18.14 (122)
ASPLEY 0.2 3.4 6.5 9.5 (59)
Sydney University: A Day 3 A Lucy 3 M Wilson 2 N Cooper 2 D Bonney 2 J Hiscox 2 M Manteit 2 Z O’Brien A Gillespie.
Aspley: D Lawrence 3 A Hughes O Baker R Toye H Joyce E Barlow W Wolbers.
Sydney University: T Young Z O’Brien X Richards S Tagliabue M Manteit J Loneragan.
Aspley: C Carseldine D Lawrence J Daye J Ives D Henderson G Dickson.