NEAFL vs Aspley @ Graham Rd Reserve, Brisbane
“Controlled the game all day but Aspley didn’t let us break away. Aaron Day, Jake Derickx and Sam Tagliabue were really strong contributors for us. Still a lot to work on heading into a tough match against Gold Coast next weekend.” – Tom Morrison.
Premier Division vs UNSW/ES @ No.1 Oval, University of Sydney
“Perfect conditions saw a hot start both teams. They pushed numbers around the contest but our ability to win ground ball and tackle meant the game was on our terms early. Cheeky was dominant in ruck and pushed hard defensively to intercept mark and get us moving. Backline transition began to really click and we started to hit score board. The longer it went the better we got between the arcs. Have some work to do on mid-forward connection so we better reflect our dominance on the scoreboard. Our back 6 fantastic and our midfield muscled up big time and spread really well. Forwards did great considering they didn’t get the best looks from our entries.” – Tony Overall.
Blues vs Southern Power @ No.1 Oval, University of Sydney
“After a tense opening 5 minutes the team found their feet well and were able to generate scores from intense pressure. As the first half wore on the defence rebounded well and the stoppage work improved, we cruised to a 50 point half time lead which would be the margin at the final buzzer also. Ben Hawtin and Nik Dale were excellent in front of goal with Ryan Kennedy and Tom Stewart having their way with Southern Power at the coal face.” – Sam Power.
Colts vs Pennant Hills @ No.1 Oval, University of Sydney
“The first quarter was a cracker. We disrupted their style of play to the credit of the Sydney University players, who left the field for the first break exhausted. Our team produced fantastic defensive skills and in attack we weren’t accurate, kicking multiple behinds. Pennant hills organised their players very well for the remainder of the game, keeping the ball away from us. Pennant Hills continued to dominate and we made a number of changes, but to our credit, we fought hard to ensure margin didn’t get larger. We stuck to our game plan, with our players giving their all until the final siren. I am proud of the way our player stuck it out under difficult conditions coming up against an organised skillful team who was the best on the day.” – Greg McDonald.
Reds vs UNSW/ES @ No.1 Oval, University of Sydney
“Reds lost to a well disciplined & hard running UNSW side. We saw what happens in div 2 when you don’t come prepared to play as they put a 6 goal margin on us by qtr time. That said the team responded, the effort was there and we had good patches. Kyall Homberg lead by example with his defensive pressure and repeat efforts all over the ground. Ultimately their ability to move the ball and convert our turnovers into scores proved too much.” – Jim Beard
Golds vs Western Magic @ Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown
“This was the closest we’d come to playing our best footy. At the start of each quarter we were dominant, won clearances and used the ball well around the ground. After this point we weren’t winning it out of the middle as easily, the ball became more contested around the ground and they scored more points than us. Lots of good signs and indicators of what we want to do for the rest of the year.” – Brent Pollock.
Plats vs Camden @ No.1 Oval, University of Sydney
“The Plats put in a committed four quarter effort to notch their first win of the season against a side who came into the match unbeaten and with a percentage of 8950. Nick Craze was best on ground and Will McClintock kicked three, both of those boys in their first game for the club. Caleb and Gus were colossal down back and Jack Penton did a great job being thrown into the unfamiliar role of key defender. The forward line worked well enough to kick a winning score, with Jacob Reddie snaring three to match Will’s output while Bocca did a good job when we asked him to rotate through the midfield and collect as much footy as he could. Our superior fitness won out in the end with a dominant final quarter seeing us salute by 29 points when the margin was in single digits at the last change. All in all a really pleasing effort from everyone involved and we will take this momentum into our game this week out at Penrith.” – Michael Murray.