Round 9 was headlined by a trip to the SCG, the Golds and Bombers stretching their winning streaks, and the Prems and Plats breaking their losing hoodoo.
1st Grade Seniors: NEAFL
In their annual SCG AFL Curtain Raiser, the Students took on an undefeated Swans side, boasting 19 AFL-listed players.
The Swans started the game with unrelenting pressure, forcing numerous Students’ turnovers. By quarter time, the Swans had kicked 5 goals to 1 and led by 25 points.
The Students acclimatized to the relentless Swans’ pressure in the second quarter, kicking 4 goals straight, but it was the Swans once again who continued to spread well and hit the scoreboard, increasing the margin to 5 goals at halftime.
Despite some great work in the middle from Co-captain Austin Lucy, Matt Rawlinson and Damien Bonney, inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Students in the third, kicking 1.4, to the Swans 4 goals straight.
The Swans continued to excel in the final quarter, keeping the Students goalless, while finishing the game with 2 goals of their own.
Jake Derickx kicked 3 goals as he continues to climb the NEAFL Goalkicking Leaderboard.
Tom Young and Matt Rawlinson had 55 disposals between them, while Kane Murphy laid 12 tackles.
Final Score: Sydney University 6.8 44 def. by Sydney Swans 15.13 103.
U19 Colts: Sydney AFL U19s Division 1
The Colts faced off with Pennant Hills on Saturday, with Max Friend overseeing his first game as head coach of the side.
Both teams could only manage 1 goal in the first quarter, but it was the Colts who led by 2 points at quarter time.
The Colts dug deeper in the second quarter, landing the first blow, kicking 3 goals to zip in to lead by 16 points at the main break.
The game continued to be played on the Colts’ terms, kicking 3 goals to 1 in the third to stretch the margin to 26 points.
Despite their comfortable margin, Pennant Hills fought back to kick 6 goals to 1 in the final quarter to snatch the 4 points.
Will Gowers, Yarlalu Thomas and Sam Lawson were best afield.
Final Score: Pennant Hills 8.9 57 def. Sydney University 8.5 53.
6th Grade Plats: Sydney AFL Division 5
The Plats enjoyed their first win since Round 1, crushing Campbelltown by 143 points away from home.
Kicking 4 goals to zip in the first quarter, the Plats started the game in fine form, linking up well and hurting the Blues on the scoreboard.
The Plats piled on another 6 goals to 0 in the second quarter, as their lead stretched to 65 points at halftime.
The Blues were held scoreless for the third consecutive quarter, as the Plats kicked another 4 goals.
Finally the Blues kicked their only goal of the match in the 4th quarter, but couldn’t manage to halt the Plats scoreboard pressure, as another 8 goals sailed through the big sticks to finish off a great overall performance.
Sam Prendergrast booted 5 goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Tom Hurley (3 goals) and Tom Whitehead were also named in the best.
Final Score: Campbelltown Blues 1.0 6 def. by Sydney University 22.17 149.
4th Grade Reds: Sydney AFL Division 2
Following up from their gritty 1-point over UTS, the Reds hosted 3rd place Penrith in the only game at No.1 Oval over the weekend.
The Reds were on top for parts of the first quarter, kicking 2 goals to Penrith’s 3, to trail by just a goal at quarter time.
Penrith increased their lead by a goal in the second quarter, kicking 2 goals to 1, to lead by 17 points at halftime, despite some gallant efforts from the Reds.
To their credit, the Reds outscored Penrith in the third quarter, reducing the margin to 14 points after kicking 3 goals to 2.
A few decisions went the way of Penrith in the last quarter, helping the Rams kick 7 goals to 1 in the final quarter to run out 50-point winners.
James Nettle kicked another 2 goals to make it 5 in 2 weeks, while Nathan Danckert, Harry Skacel and Dane Roberton put in solid 4-quarter efforts.
Final Score: Sydney University 7.4 46 def. by Penrith 13.18 96.
5th Grade Golds: Sydney AFL Division 4
The Golds seem unbeatable, following their 76-point win over the Southern Power.
Neither team gave away much in the first, with the Golds kicking 2 goals to 1 in an even contest all over the ground.
The second quarter saw things open up for the Golds, booting 7 goals to 1 to take an almost-unassailable lead into halftime.
The Power would only manage another 2 goals in the second half, while the Students kicked away with 8 goals to win easily in front travelling fans who made the trip to Taren Point.
Lachlan Godfrey and Tim Lay proved to be a handful up forward, sharing 9 goals between them.
Ryan Nyberg and Harry Murdoch continued their great form in the middle of the park, while Jordan Pickard continued to impress in his first season.
Final Score: Southern Power 4.3 27 def. by Sydney University 15.13 103.
3rd Grade Blues: Sydney AFL Division 1
The Blues followed the Golds at Gwawley Oval on Saturday, looking to cement their spot in the top 4 of Division 1.
Starting in great fashion, the Blues came out hungry kicking the first 5 goals of the game to lead by 31 points at the first break.
The Blues outscored the Power in the second quarter once again, kicking 3 goals to 2.
It was a similar story in third as the Blues kicked another 3 goals to 2, to increase the margin to 46 points at the final break.
4 goals to zip in the final quarter saw the Blues enjoy a comfortable 72-point win, and cement their top 4 spot, with a 6 point buffer over the Western Magic.
Nik Dale and Gab Robbie combined for 6 goals, while Adam Birman was named best-on-ground for the third time this season.
Final Score: Southern Power 4.3 27 def. by Sydney University 15.9 99.
2nd Grade Reserves: Sydney AFL Premier Division
Having not won since Round 1, the Prems faced off with an in-form North Shore side at Mortgage Choice Oval on Saturday.
Unlike their previous outings, the Prems started the game in hot form, kicking 6 first quarter goals to the Bombers’ 1.
The return of multiple NEAFL listed players seemed to be having a positive effect on the Students, as their lead stretched to 28 points at halftime following 4 goals to 2 in the second quarter.
Notable performances in the first half were delivered by the likes of Monty Krochmal, Al Clarke and Nick Foster, who toiled hard in the middle, winning numerous contested possessions for the Students.
The second half saw a much tighter contest unfold, with both teams kicking 2 goals in the third quarter, setting North Shore a 4 goal challenge in the last quarter.
The Prems defense in the final quarter was impeccable, keeping the home side to just 2 goals in the final quarter. In numerous contests, Spencer Krochmal and Bailey Biggs were too good for their North Shore opposition, marking and setting up the Students for their well-deserved 13-point win.
The Students win was soured following Lloyd Perris’ injury in his return from ACL surgery last year. The entire Club has its fingers crossed for you Lloyd, we hope you get the news you’re hoping for.
Final Score: North Shore 9.12 66 def. by Sydney University 12.7 79.
Sydney University Bombers (Women’s)
The Bombers remain undefeated after enjoying a tough 26-point win over Power Wolves on Saturday.
3 of the Bombers’ 5 goals were kicked in the first quarter, while the Power Wolves could only manage 1 point.
Power Wolves could only manage the 1 goal in the final quarter of the game, following 3 quarters of outstanding defensive pressure from the Bombers.
Aoife McDonnell kicked 2 goals in her third game of the season, supported well by the likes of Rachael Stack, Clare Sullivan, Orlaith Spooner, Nicola Barr and Meg Haynes.
Final Score: Power Wolves 1.2 8 def. by Sydney University 5.4 34.