Match recap: Round 8 v UNSW
SUANFC recorded two convincing wins over UNSW as the club celebrated Indiginous Round.
SUANFC recorded strong wins over UNSW in both AFL Sydney Premier Division games over the weekend as the club celebrated Indigenous Round. SUANFC acknowledges the traditional owners of the land we play on and thanks all indigenous peoples, past and present for their contribution to our game and our community. The highlight of the weekend was undoubtable the traditional Indigenous dance ceremony from Doonooch Dancers.
Womens Premier Division 9.3. 57 def UNSW 1.3. 9
A gutsy win against Manly at Weldon Oval saw the girls enter the weekends game 3rd on the AFL Sydney Premier Division ladder. UNSW came to Oval One only 1 game behind Sydney Uni in 5th, keen to turn the tables on a 1 point loss at Henson Park in round 1. Uni wasted no time putting UNSW on the back foot in the first half by kicking the first 4 goals and keeping the Bulldogs goalless. Head Coach Jon Dyster reflected on the teams defensive effort after the game: “I was really proud of the way the girls approached this. So much of what we have been focusing on is implementing a game plan that’s strong defensively but is still an attractive brand of footy.” The defensive dominance continued in the second half as the forward line benefited from repeated entries to pile on another 5 goals. Dyster commented that it was “pleasing to see this week we were able to get good deep entries into our attacking 50 and the forwards made the most of this. It makes a real difference when your forward line is functioning well.” Club Captain Maryanne Harley continued her promising return from a shoulder injury and was among the teams best players along with exciting forwards Lucy Gilfedder and Emma Gelsomino who’s combined 5 goals helped record the teams 2nd highest score for the year.
This weekend sees the girls back on the road, travelling out to Kanebridge Oval to play top of the table East Coast Eagles in what is sure to be a great game as Uni’s formidable defence comes up against the highest scoring outfit in the league.
Mens Premier Division 9.18. 72 def UNSW 8.12. 60
The men’s side pulled off a stunning come from behind win to hand UNSW their first loss of the year. A slow start saw the students down by 31 points at the first break but from there on it was largely one way traffic as the boys outscored the bulldogs by 43 points over the last 3 qtrs. The final margin of 2 goals arguably could have been more as the students peppered the UNSW goal in the last qtr scoring 3 goals and 10 behinds to the dogs 1 goal 3. Issac Hughes was a constant threat up forward while Nic Lees and Louis Wilson both produced great performances in the memorable win. The Students have now won two in a row since the by and sit 3rd on the AFL Sydney Premier Division ladder, well and truly in the hunt for a top 2 spot.
This weekend the boys also head out to Kanebridge Oval to take on a young East Coast side.. The team will be looking to maintain their form and get another win on the board before they return back home to Oval No.1 for Pride Round on Saturday 18th June.
Around the grounds
Mens reserves – 11.6. 72 def UNSW 10.10. 70
Blues Div 1 – 12.10. 82 def UNSW – 5.6. 36
Reds Div 2 – 9.7. 61 def Inner West – 6.3. 39
Golds Div 3 – 5.3. 33 def by UNSW 11.13. 79
Yellows Div 3 – 2.2. 14 def by Manly 10.9. 69
Womens reserves – 1.2. 8 def by UTS – 8.6. 54
Gems Div 4 – 1.6. 12 def by St George 4.3. 27
U19s Div 1 – 6.5. 41 def by UNSW 13.9. 87