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    Sydney AFL Round 5 2017

    SYDNEY AFL ROUND 5 2017
    Article by Michael Shillito

    We’re only five rounds into the season, but already everyone has had a loss; and now everyone has had a win. It’s a congested-looking ladder at the moment, and already this looks like being an unpredictable season.

    Going into the round, Wests were the last team without a win. But not for a lack of effort; and they had a couple of narrow losses in the early rounds. But the breakthrough victory came on Saturday afternoon, when the Magpies travelled to Henson Park to take on UNSW-ES.
    Not much separated the two sides in the first quarter. Both sides were backing themselves in the contests, leading to some attacking footy as two sides keen to make an impressions traded blows and were looking for the edge over the other. A quarter of footy in which the Magpies kicked four goals to three saw them take a ten point lead to the first change; but the game was still very much up for grabs.
    But gradually as the second quarter drew on, slowly but surely, the Magpies began to find the run of play. The Bulldogs were hanging in there, and did manage three goals for the quarter. But the Magpies would draw twin flags from the goal umpires five times; their run ofgoals late in the term a fair reward for the efforts they’d put in as the lead was stretched to 24 points at half time.
    As the third quarter unfolded, it was evident to all at the ground that this was the Magpies’ day. The black and white confidence was back, and they were turning on some of the footy that their faithful have been waiting to see. Another five goals would be forthcoming during the premiership quarter as the Magpies pushed away to a match-winning lead. The Bulldogs tried hard to hold back the tide, and would manage three goals for the quarter; but it wasn’t enough to prevent a Wests lead of 35 points at three quarter time.
    The game was safely won, and all the Magpies had to do was go through the motions of the final quarter before they could finally bask in the spoils of victory. The Bulldogs would win the last quarter by three goals to one, salvaging some percentage from what had been a disappointing afternoon for them. But this was the Magpies’ day, and the sense of relief from the black and whites was as tangible as the volume in which their song resonated from the rooms after the match was over.
    With the need to post a winning score paramount for the Magpies, Nick Salter stepped up to lead the way; the former Port Adelaide player finishing with eight goals, while Ben Zoppo also proved a handy target to contribute four goals to the cause. Around the ground, Dan O’Connell, Charles Ford and Salter played pivotal roles to get the Magpies home. After twice coming close, finally the Magpies have their first win and are off the bottom; and the self-belief that comes from a win like this may trigger more victories in the weeks to come.
    It wasn’t the Bulldogs’ day. Darcy Cordell, Justin Cann and Tom Banuelos kept putting in all day, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 26-point defeat. The Bulldogs are still up there on the ladder, three wins and two losses so far this season; but the four points they would have been hoping for in this game weren’t forthcoming.

    North Shore was the only team to beat East Coast during their premiership season last year, and they did it twice. And on Saturday at Mortgage Choice Oval, the Bombers made it three in a row; finally getting on top in a roller-coaster game to take the game by 15 points.
    The first quarter wasn’t one that reached any great heights. The Bombers won the quarter by three goals to two to lead by eight points at quarter time; but both sides were making mistakes they wouldn’t normally find acceptable and the standard of football was nothing special.
    The Eagles lifted first, taking the lead early in the second quarter and finally turning on some of their premiership form. But the Bombers were putting up stiff resistance, and the lead would fluctuate between the two sides. The Bombers frustrated themselves with some inaccurate finishing, a trend that would continue through the rest of the game; but around the ground there wasn’t much between the two teams. Five goals to three in favour of the Eagles saw the defending champions hold a two point lead at half time.
    It was three goals apiece in the third quarter, which was an arm-wrestle between two willing combatants. The lead frequently changed hands, as did the run of play between the two sides. This was a contest that was looking destined to go down to the wire as neither side was able to extract a decisive advantage over the other; and the three quarter siren sounded with the Eagles leading by a point.
    There were no shortage of people surrounding the two huddles during the three quarter time siren, as the coaches issued final instructions to their charges. With so little between the two teams, any advantage would be crucial; but advantages were hard to find. Scores were still level midway through the last quarter and the tension was there for all to see. But in the latter stages of the match, it was the Bombers who were able to find the room to move and conjure up the goals they needed to get the job done. Five goals to three in the final quarter was enough to get the job done.
    Wayd Blackburne again looked dangerous up forward to finish with four goals; and along with Shaun Crane and Brodie Tebbutt was among the Bombers’ best. The Bombers, on the back of a three-game winning streak, are moving well up the ladder; and if they can improve their accuracy in front of goals are looking like genuine contenders.
    Zac Johns spearheaded the Eagle resistance to finish with four goals; while around the ground Aaron Drinkwater, Stuart Turner and Andrew Browning featured prominently. But the Eagles have lost three games this season, the most in any year since their NEAFL existence came to an end. Their premiership defence isn’t over, far from it; but they’ll need to win games like this if they hope to go back to back.

    The Sydney Uni juggernaut rolls on, and the Students maintained top spot on the ladder with another percentage-boosting win; this time getting up by 88 points over UTS at Trumper Park on Saturday afternoon. After last week’s heroics, Xavier Richards didn’t play; but it made little difference as the Students had the firepower to easily account for another opponent.
    But in the first quarter, it looked like the Students would put up more opposition to themselves than their opponents could. Some casual work up forward saw several shots sail wide that should have been converted. But the Bats were having a dip and putting up some resistance in a quarter that would yield three goals apiece. The flow of behinds was the difference between the two sides, with the Students leading by six points at quarter time.
    Both sides were going direct on the cramped confines of Trumper Park in the second quarter, the ball being pumped from the centre straight into the scoring zones with regularity. It was a high-scoring and entertaining quarter of footy, the goals flowing and both sides keen to take on the challenge in an attacking and positive way. But it was the Students who had the greater firepower, and as the quarter drew on their lead continued to increase. A quarter of eight goals to three in favour of the Students saw them race to a 42-point lead at the long break and it was clear that this was going to be another big Sydney Uni result.
    The goal umpires were again kept busy during the third quarter, as the goals continued to flow. The Students were playing some quality football, but the game had become seriously lopsided as the Bats didn’t have the scoring power to match it with the relentless attack of the Students. It was a quarter of nine goals to four, the lead out to 70 points by three quarter time; as Sydney Uni’s recent dominance continued unabated.
    The Students were happy to put their cue in the rack for the last quarter, and the sting had largely gone out of the contest. They would kick the only three goals to be scored in the last term; but it was far from the scintillating exhibition that had put on earlier. But an 88-point win, more than doubling their opponents’ score, was sufficient reward for another dominant day.
    Even without Xavier Richards, the Students quickly found another spearhead as Tim Barrett stepped up to kick seven goals in a best-on-ground performance. Luke Vella and Kane Murphy also featured prominently for the Students; as they maintain their grip on top spot on the ladder.
    Scott Jansen, Brad Hunt and William Thompson kept working hard for the Bats. But it wasn’t their day, and they were unable to keep up with a Sydney Uni team at the peak of their game. Two wins from five isn’t the start to the season the Bats were looking for; and they’ll be keen to string some wins together in upcoming rounds to get themselves back towards a finals position.

    Pennant Hills and St George are both on two wins and two losses. The clash between two teams with high expectations of being there at the business end of the season was a high-scoring shootout; with both sides trading goals all day before the Demons finally ran away to win by 20 points at Mike Kenny Oval on Saturday afternoon.
    Both clubs went into the game on the back of disappointing losses, and threw caution to the wind in the first term in the hope of building a lead. The teams traded blows in a quarter of lead changes and momentum swings; but it was the Demons who were holding the leaders’ package when the music stopped. A quarter of five goals to four saw the home side leading by six points at quarter time.
    As exciting as the first quarter was, the second quarter was even better. The crowd on hand were kept entertained as both sides put on some of their attacking tricks. It was great footy to watch, as two sides put on an exhibition of enterprising footy with a few party tricks thrown in for good measure. The lead changed hands during the quarter, but the Demons would take the edge with six goals to five to go to a 13-point lead at the long break.
    The game had to tighten up during the premiership quarter, and it did. But in the good conditions for footy, there were still opportunities for the running players to create space; and the ball was dry enough for the marking players to get a grip of the ball. And the Dragons fought back, scoring four goals to three in the quarter and cutting the margin to nine points at the last change. But the game was still very much up for grabs, and in a high-scoring contest two goals was certainly a gap that could be bridged.
    But in the end, the Dragons couldn’t quite get there. Not for a lack of effort, and they continued to attack. But this was a day for the forwards, and the Demons had the firepower in their attacking zone to reply to any challenge the Dragons would ask. The Dragons would be within striking distance until the final minutes, but in the end a quarter of six goals to four in favour of the Demons would see them get home by 20 points.
    It’s been many a long year since both teams in a Premier Division game scored over 110 points. The new definition of time-on this season, by lengthening the games, has certainly boosted the scoring. But this game was also notable for the attacking flair and mindset that both teams showed throughout the afternoon.
    There were plenty of attacking options for the Demons; but Theo Moraitis with seven goals and Matt Carey with four were the spearheads of the Demon charge. Moraitis, along with Ranga Ediriwickrama and Daniel Preen, were the Demons’ best. After a quiet start to the season, the Demons are now on two wins and two losses and ready to make their move up the ladder.
    St George also had attacking options. The experienced Declan Donohue enjoyed a day up forward to kick five, while Karl Merson and Daniel Cooper each contributed four goals to the Dragon cause. Matthew Jones, Dominic Michalak and Blake Guthrie made prolific contributions around the ground. But the Dragons are back on two wins and two losses and haven’t won since the Easter break; and will have a hard week of training to get their campaign back on track.


    Western Suburbs 4.5 9.9 14.12 15.16 (106)
    Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs 3.1 6.3 9.7 12.8 (80)
    Goals : Wests –
    N Salter 8, B Zoppo 4, B Mumme, C Ford, S Pearson. UNSW-ES – M Thompson 2, D Cordell 2, J Cann, J Robbie, A Foote, H Annear, L Edmunds, J Hennessy, J Buckley, S Wilson.
    Best : Wests – D O’Connell, C Ford, N Salter, M Westaway, C Gordon, J Etto. UNSW-ES – D Cordell, J Cann, T Banuelos, J Buckley, H Annear, A Foote.
    At Henson Park, Saturday 6th May 2017.

    North Shore 3.3 6.9 9.13 14.20 (104)
    East Coast Eagles 2.1 7.5 10.8 13.11 (89)
    Goals : North Shore –
    W Blackburne 4, M Thomas 2, W Taylor, Z Fyffe, B Tebbutt, C Parsons, J Campbell, L Smailes, T Weston, K Latham. East Coast – Z Johns 4, M Weekes 3, Jamie Vlatko 2, B Clark, J Duncan, A Browning, P Vlatko.
    Best : North Shore – S Crane, B Tebbutt, W Blackburne, J McKenzie, K Devlin, D Schacher. East Coast – A Drinkwater, S Turner, A Browning, Z Johns, M Weekes, Jon Vlatko.
    At Mortgage Choice Oval, Saturday 6th May 2017.

    Sydney University 3.7 11.14 20.18 23.22 (160)
    University of Technology 3.1 6.2 10.8 10.12 (72)
    Goals : Sydney Uni –
    T Barrett 7, H Morrison 3, A Powys 3, A Clarke 2, L Vella 2, A Lucy 2, K Murphy, M Thompson, M Vicic, W Stratford. UTS – W Thompson 3, S Lewis 2, B Hunt, T Larby, J Caica, J Law, P Brennan.
    Best : Sydney Uni – T Barrett, L Vella, K Murphy, M Krochmal, S Ryan, A Lucy. UTS – S Jansen, B Hunt, W Thompson, P Brennan, P Kilroy, L Maslin.
    At Trumper Park, Saturday 6th May 2017.

    Pennant Hills 5.3 11.6 14.10 20.13 (133)
    St George 4.3 9.5 13.7 17.11 (113)
    Goals : Pennant Hills –
    T Moraitis 7, M Carey 4, N Hey 3, J Boag 2, D Dell’Aquila, A Crisfield, T Angel, M Vidler. St George – D Donohue 5, K Merson 4, D Cooper 4, J Maldigri, D Michalak, M Jones, B Addison.
    Best : Pennant Hills – T Moraitis, R Ediriwickrama, D Preen, L Shepherd, N Hey, J Hare. St George – M Jones, D Michalak, B Guthrie, D Donohue, A Wynn, B Jones.
    At Mike Kenny Oval, Saturday 6th May 2017.

     Play
    Won
    Draw
    Lost
    For
    Agnst
    Pts
    %age
    Strk
    Sydney Uni
    5
    4
    0
    1
    605
    284
    80
    213.03
    W3
    North Shore
    4
    3
    0
    1
    383
    319
    75
    120.06
    W3
    UNSW-ES
    5
    3
    0
    2
    405
    409
    60
    99.51
    L1
    St George
    4
    2
    0
    2
    378
    364
    50
    103.85
    L2
    Pennant Hills
    4
    2
    0
    2
    346
    345
    50
    100.29
    W1
    East Coast
    5
    2
    0
    3
    394
    430
    40
    91.63
    L1
    UTS
    5
    2
    0
    3
    413
    506
    40
    81.62
    L2
    Wests
    4
    1
    0
    3
    323
    375
    25
    86.60
    W1
    Manly
    4
    1
    0
    3
    215
    434
    25
    49.54
    L1
    Black - Confirmed finallists
    Green - Currently in a finals position, but not yet guaranteed a place in the finals
    Blue - Not currently in a finals position, but still a chance to qualify
    Purple - Will not be competing in the finals
    Red - Wooden spoon, probable relegation


    Division One:
    UTS 14.9 (93) d Sydney Uni 8.9 (57)
    St George 10.9 (69) d Pennant Hills 6.8 (44)
    Macquarie Uni 11.7 (73) d Balmain 8.8 (56)
    Holroyd-Parramatta 14.6 (90) d Camden 9.9 (63)
    Western Magic 14.12 (96) d Southern Power 7.5 (47)
    Ladder – St George (20, 172.55%), Sydney Uni (16, 140.14%), UTS (16, 129.62%), Pennant Hills (12, 137.35%), Macquarie Uni (12, 101.61%), Western Magic (8, 112.24%), Camden (8, 93.10%), Balmain (4, 69.58%), Holroyd-Parramatta (4, 63.17%), Southern Power (0, 50.68%).

    Division Two:
    UNSW-ES 10.6 (66) d Western Suburbs 7.9 (51)
    North Shore 19.8 (122) d East Coast 5.8 (38)
    UTS 16.17 (113) d Sydney Uni 4.6 (30)
    Manly 12.10 (82) d Wollondilly 6.11 (47)
    Penrith 13.13 (91) d Randwick City 3.9 (27)
    Pennant Hills 16.17 (103) d South-West Sydney 11.4 (70)
    Ladder – North Shore (20, 479.07%), UNSW-ES (20, 199.17%), Wests (16, 178.03%), Penrith (16, 148.97%), UTS (12, 121.66%), South-West Sydney (10, 80.61%), Pennant Hills (8, 109.50%), Manly (8, 79.44%), East Coast (8, 76.09%), Randwick City (2, 21.18%), Sydney Uni (0, 47.58%), Wollondilly (0, 46.68%).

    Division Three:
    North Shore 12.9 (81) d Campbelltown 10.10 (70)
    Macquarie Uni 15.16 (106) d Balmain 7.8 (50)
    Camden 21.14 (140) d Holroyd-Parramatta 5.2 (32)
    NorWest 18.7 (115) d Penrith 9.4 (58)
    Ladder – Camden (20, 247.83%), North Shore (16, 280.19%), NorWest (16, 150.34%), Macquarie Uni (12, 151.03%), Campbelltown (8, 120.52%), Holroyd-Parramatta (4, 49.82%), Balmain (4, 38.92%), Penrith (0, 37.99%).

    Division Four:
    Sydney Uni 9.11 (65) d UTS 6.7 (43)
    St George 23.13 (151) d Manly 8.6 (54)
    Pennant Hills d South-West Sydney – forfeit
    Southern Power 29.14 (188) d East Coast 2.3 (15)
    UNSW-ES v Western Magic – result not available
    Ladder – St George (20, 416.56%), Pennant Hills (16, 85.40%), UNSW-ES (12, 200.00%), UTS (12, 163.21%), Western Magic (12, 148.57%), Sydney Uni (8, 89.81%), Southern Power (8, 68.74%), East Coast (4, 43.94%), South-West Sydney (4, 38.37%), Manly (0, 42.36%).

    Division Five:
    Western Suburbs 11.12 (78) d UNSW-ES 5.7 (37)
    UTS 12.19 (91) d Sydney Uni 3.5 (23)
    Camden 8.13 (61) d North Shore 5.14 (44)
    Campbelltown 12.15 (9) d Holroyd-Parramatta 5.2 (32)
    Randwick City 18.19 (127) d Penrith 3.0 (18)
    NorWest 20.15 (135) d Wollondilly 3.4 (22)
    Ladder – Wests (16, 337.19%), North Shore (16, 282.53%), NorWest (16, 268.00%), Campbelltown (12, 148.32%), Macquarie Uni (12, 130.22%), Camden (8, 160.00%), UTS (8, 112.08%), UNSW-ES (8, 80.51%), Randwick City (8, 79.38%), Sydney Uni (8, 59.22%), Penrith (4, 58.02%), Wollondilly (0, 26.85%), Holroyd-Parramatta (0, 23.21%).

    Under 19s One:
    Pennant Hills 9.9 (63) d East Coast 8.10 (58)
    Manly 27.15 (177) d Western Magic 3.3 (21)
    North Shore 15.13 (103) d Sydney Uni 10.4 (64)
    St George 7.6 (48) d UNSW-ES 7.4 (46)
    Ladder – North Shore (20, 418.35%), St George (20, 294.74%), Pennant Hills (12, 103.16%), Sydney Uni (8, 132.74%), UNSW-ES (8, 98.94%), East Coast (8, 98.38%), Manly (4, 64.11%), Western Magic (0, 10.06%).

    Under 19s Two:
    Wests Goannas 15.9 (99) d St George 6.7 (43)
    Southern Power 14.14 (98) d Campbelltown 3.4 (22)
    South-West Cats 13.7 (85) d North Shore 1.7 (13)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – South-West Cats (100, 378.70%), Southern Power (100, 304.50%), St George (50, 76.87%), North Shore (40, 90.94%), Penrith (25, 45.82%), Campbelltown (25, 42.31%), Wests Goannas (20, 77.91%).

    Women Premier Division:
    UTS 12.8 (80) d Southern Power 5.2 (32)
    UNSW-ES 18.14 (122) d Western Wolves 0.0 (0)
    Sydney Uni 8.10 (58) d Auburn-Penrith 1.7 (13)
    Macquarie Uni 8.12 (60) d Newtown 4.2 (26)
    Ladder – Sydney Uni (20, 433.29%), UNSW-ES (16, 1062.50%), Southern Power (12, 109.05%), Macquarie Uni (12, 86.50%), Auburn-Penrith (10, 67.84%), UTS (6, 64.55%), Western Wolves (4, 23.58%), Newtown (0, 48.12%).

    Women Division One:
    Camden 5.4 (34) d Newtown 2.2 (14)
    Manly 7.15 (57) d East Coast 0.0 (0)
    Pennant Hills 18.10 (118) d South-West Sydney 2.2 (14)
    Sydney Uni 8.7 (55) d North Shore 3.6 (24)
    Wollongong 16.15 (111) d Campbelltown 0.3 (3)
    Western Magic 8.12 (60) d UNSW-ES 1.0 (6)
    Auburn-Penrith 4.4 (28) d Wollondilly 3.6 (24)
    Ladder – Wollongong (20, 809.43%), Manly (16, 668.42%), Western Magic (16, 434.86%), North Shore (12, 218.03%), East Coast (12, 166.09%), UNSW-ES (12, 110.99%), Auburn-Penrith (12, 48.57%), Pennant Hills (8, 89.90%), Wollondilly (8, 85.57%), Sydney Uni (8, 81.20%), Campbelltown (8, 50.58%), Camden (4, 14.19%), Newtown (0, 13.49%), South-West Sydney (0, 10.14%).


    NEXT WEEK’S MATCHES

    Premier Division:

    Saturday 13th May
    Mortgage Choice Oval – North Shore v UNSW-ES (2pm)
    Waverley Oval – UTS v Pennant Hills (2:10pm)
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v Manly (3pm)
    Olds Park - St George v Western Suburbs (3pm)
    BYE – Sydney Uni.

    Division One:
    Saturday 13th May
    Waverley Oval – UTS v Pennant Hills (12pm)
    Olds Park – St George v Holroyd-Parramatta (1pm)
    Sydney Uni No 1 Oval – Sydney Uni v Balmain (2pm)
    Gwawley Oval – Southern Power v Macquarie Uni (3pm)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Western Magic (3:10m)

    Division Two:
    Saturday 13th May
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v Manly (11am)
    Mortgage Choice Oval – North Shore v UNSW-ES (12pm)
    Sydney Uni No 1 Oval – Sydney Uni v South-West Sydney (12pm)
    Trumper Park – UTS v Randwick City (12pm)
    Hannaford Oval – Wollondilly v Pennant Hills (3pm)
    Sunday 14th May
    Picken Oval – Western Suburbs v Penrith (2pm)

    Division Three:
    Saturday 13th May
    Greygums Oval – Penrith v Balmain (10:30am)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v NorWest (1pm)
    Monarch Oval – Campbelltown v Holroyd-Parramatta (3pm)
    Mortgage Choice Oval – North Shore v Macquarie Uni (4:45pm)

    Division Four:
    Saturday 13th May
    Blacktown ISP – Sydney Uni v UNSW-ES (8:45am)
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v Western Magic (9am)
    Waverley Oval – UTS v Pennant Hills (10am)
    Gwawley Oval – Southern Power v Manly (11am)
    Olds Park – St George v South-West Sydney (11am)

    Division Five:
    Saturday 13th May
    Sydney Uni No 1 Oval – Sydney Uni v Holroyd-Parramatta (10am)
    Trumper Park – UTS v Randwick City (10am)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v NorWest (11am)
    Monarch Oval – Campbelltown v UNSW-ES (11am)
    Hannaford Oval – Wollondilly v North Shore (5pm)
    Sunday 14th May
    Picken Oval – Western Suburbs v Macquarie Uni (12pm)
    BYE – Penrith.

    Under 19s One:
    Saturday 13th May
    Mortgage Choice Oval – North Shore v Pennant Hills (8:20am)
    Blacktown ISP – Sydney Uni v UNSW-ES (10:45am)
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v Manly (1pm)
    Olds Park – St George v Western Magic (5:45pm)

    Under 19s Two:
    Saturday 13th May
    Olds Park – St George v South-West Cats (9am)
    Mortgage Choice Oval – North Shore v Wests Goannas (10:10am)
    Monarch Oval – Campbelltown v Penrith (1pm)
    BYE – Southern Power.

    Women Premier Division:
    Saturday 13th May
    Mahoney Park – Newtown v Sydney Uni (12pm)
    Gwawley Oval – Southern Power v Macquarie Uni (1pm)
    Trumper Park – UTS v UNSW-ES (2pm)
    Greygums Oval – Auburn-Penrith v Western Wolves (2:30pm)

    Women Division One:
    Saturday 13th May
    Monarch Oval – Campbelltown v UNSW-ES (9am)
    North Dalton Oval – Wollongong v Sydney Uni (10am)
    Greygums Oval – Auburn-Penrith v Western Magic (12:30pm)
    Hannaford Oval – Wollondilly v Pennant Hills (1pm)
    Mahoney Park – Newtown v Manly (2pm)
    Fairfax Oval – Camden v South-West Sydney (5:10pm)
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v North Shore (5:45pm
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