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    Sydney AFL Round 15 2017

    SYDNEY AFL ROUND 15 2017
    Article by Michael Shillito

    Everything right is wrong again. Just when we thought we had the form for this 2017 season worked out, a round of upsets poses more questions than it answers. Losses for the top two shows they are beatable, but also raises the bar for qualifying for the top five.

    Just two weeks ago, Pennant Hills’ season looked to be unravelling. They hadn’t won a game for nearly two months and were losing contact with the top five. A win last week against Manly broke the drought, but the Demons were outsiders despite having the home ground advantage when they hosted UNSW-ES at Mike Kenny Oval on Saturday afternoon.
    The Bulldogs went into the game on the back of a seven-game winning streak. But early on they found themselves up against it as the Demons got the early jump and ensured the Bulldogs would always be chasing the game. The Demons had a spring in their step in the early exchanges as they burst out of the blocks, determined to make their mark and claim one of the competition’s prize scalps. And the scoreboard reflected the tale as the Demons scored five goals to two in the opening term to lead by 21 points at the first change.
    The Bulldogs were under pressure, and for the first time in many weeks was looking vulnerable. And the Demons kept pressing, using their every effort to exploit this new-found vulnerability. The Bulldogs were uncharacteristically flat, struggling to exert any influence in the contest; while the Demons were looking sharp and focussed. The quarter would yield four goals to one in favour of the Demons; and when the two sides returned to their rooms at half time, the Demons went in with an advantage of 36 points.
    There was no time to lose if the Bulldogs were to entertain any hopes of getting back into the contest. But in the third term they were unable to make any inroads whatsoever. It was a quarter in which the defences would shine, particularly the Demons backline. The Bulldogs were unable to penetrate the defence, and the pressure of coming from so far behind led to some costly turnovers. The premiership quarter would see the Bulldogs unable to score a goal; while the Demons would manage three to extend the margin to 57 points at three quarter time.
    It was clear that the Demons had the game won, and so it would prove through a final quarter that produced few highlights but underlined the improvement in the Demons in the last fortnight. The final quarter would see each side score three goals, with the final winning margin for Pennant Hills being 59 points.
    Theo Moraitis took the honours on the forward line to finish with five goals; while around the ground the performance of Tom Angel, Ranga Ediriwickrama and Aaron Crisfield were pivotal to the Demons’ success. The Demons remain in sixth place, half a game behind East Coast with a game in hand. With Wests, Sydney Uni and UTS to come in their last three games, the Demons are still very much in the finals race.
    Tom Heath, Jake McLean and Alex Foote were best for the Bulldogs; but this was an afternoon in which they struggled to show any of the form that has taken them so high on the ladder. The Bulldogs stay second, a game behind Sydney Uni; but only half a game ahead of third-placed North Shore. UTS, St George and North Shore are their opponents for the last three rounds; it won’t be easy for the Bulldogs to chase down Sydney Uni and take the minor premiership, even though the Students still have their second bye to come.

    But despite the upset at Mike Kenny Oval, Pennant Hills did not move into the top five and UNSW-ES did not fall further behind top spot. That was thanks to another upset on Saturday afternoon, at Henson Park as ladder leaders Sydney Uni took on fifth-placed East Coast Eagles in a blue and gold derby. And it would be a thriller.
    The first quarter would be a high-scoring shootout, as both sides embraced the challenge and threw caution to the wind through the early exchanges. Both sides looking to establish an advantage over the other, but neither succeeding as the answering goal would soon be forthcoming. It was a quarter of footy in which the lead would change hands several times; but the Eagles had the last shout with five goals to four, leading by five points at quarter time.
    Little separated the two sides in the first quarter, but the Eagles took the upper hand in the second. Stepping up the pace in the midfield and hardening up in defence, the pendulum swung sharply their way. It was a disappointing quarter for the Students, well short of the standards they set for themselves; but they were unable to overcome the relentless pressure that the Eagles applied through the quarter. It was a one-sided term of footy, with the Eagles dominating possession and the inside 50s count; and kicking all five goals for the quarter to extend their lead to 32 points at half time.
    It would be hard for the Students to come back from so far behind. They made an effort to lift their game in the third quarter, but some missed shots and desperation-inspired turnovers would cost them dearly against an Eagles team which was still confident and with a momentum that would be tricky to break. The Eagles’ accurate finishing would also prove beneficial; as the Students, after kicking four goals to three in the third quarter, actually had one more scoring shot at three quarter time but trailed on the scoreboard by 24 points.
    The Eagles were looking comfortable, but the Students weren’t beaten yet. And in the last quarter, while the Eagles were tiring, the Students were still firing. After a quick run of goals, suddenly the game was back in the balance. The Eagles were forced to scrap and tackle, trying everything they had to stop the Students in their tracks and hang on for dear life. The Students ran through five goals to one in the final quarter, getting to within a kick of taking the lead. But time was running out, and the Eagles defended grimly through the last few nervous minutes but hung on to take the game by a point.
    It was a thrilling finish, and the Eagles had to dig deep and hold their nerve against the Sydney Uni surge late in the game. But in the end, they had established enough of a buffer to be able to hold the Students out. The Eagles hang on to fifth spot, half a game ahead of Pennant Hills. They have Manly next week; but then the bye and St George in the last round. Their place in the finals is not yet guaranteed, but they remain in the five at least for now.
    Monty Krochmal, Harry Morrison and Jonathan Williams played important roles for the Students. It would have been quite a comeback if they’d been able to steal the win after trailing for so long; but in the end they fell just one point short. They remain a game clear of UNSW-ES on top of the ladder, but have some more testing opponents in St George and Pennant Hills to come before the bye in the final round.

    For the past several weeks North Shore and St George had been locked in a tight battle for third spot and the double-chance in the finals. Both had won their last four matches going into their clash at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday afternoon. But North Shore struck an important blow and put themselves in an advantageous position when they comfortably accounted for the Dragons by 41 points.
    The first quarter wasn’t one that reached any great heights. With the stakes so high, neither team was prepared to easily concede anything to the other; and so the first quarter was a defensively-minded affair in which it was difficult for either side to manufacture scoring opportunities in the context of some heavy tackling and little open play. But the Bombers showed a narrow edge with three goals to one, leading by 12 points at quarter time.
    After such a tight opening, the game had to open up in the second quarter. And when it did, it became a contest in which the running players began to demonstrate their skills. But as the game opened up, the difference between the two sides became apparent; and it was North Shore who were looking the stronger side. Just a little bit quicker, just a little bit more pinpoint with their delivery; but that was enough to establish an edge. A quarter of five goals to two extended the North Shore lead to 32 points, and they were looking good.
    The Bombers went on with the job in the third term. Showing a good vibe, with their tails up, and looking in control of their game as they executed their well-drilled plan. The Dragons kept working, but were unable to match it around the ground with the Bombers, and it was clear that this wasn’t their day. It was a quarter that would yield five goals to three for the Bombers, extending the lead to 45 points at the last change.
    The game was safely won for North Shore and there wasn’t the tension of a close result in the last quarter. But there were plenty of entertaining moments throughout a high-scoring final quarter in which both sides turned on a few party tricks and played some enterprising footy. The Dragons salvaged something for themselves by kicking six goals to four to win the final quarter; but the result was a 41-point win for the Bombers.
    Harry Carr put the Bombers on the road to victory up forward to finish with four goals, while Dylan Smith, Shaun Crane and Jono Marsh also played key roles for the Bombers. The win puts them a game and a half ahead of St George in third place; a handy buffer for the Bombers as they have the bye next week before games against Wests and UNSW-ES in the last two rounds.
    Jake Brown, Connor Flanagan and Baily McParland were St George’s best. But it wasn’t their day, and the Dragons were finding the bounce of the ball wasn’t running their way. They’re not out of the running for the double-chance, and have a game in hand compared to North Shore; but it’s a tough run home for the Dragons with games against Sydney Uni, UNSW-ES and East Coast to come.

    It was a visit to the Last Chance Saloon for UTS and Wests when the two sides clashed at Waverley Oval on Saturday afternoon. Both sides went into the game having won three games for the season; and the loser would find themselves out of finals contention.
    An evenly-contested first quarter wasn’t one that will go down as being the highest-standard term of footy ever played; but the desperation levels were high. The Magpies won the quarter by three goals to two, leading by three points at the first change. There wasn’t much separating the two teams around the ground in the opening term, and both sides were keenly eyeing off the chance for valuable premiership points.
    The Bats took control of the game in the second quarter, establishing a lead which the Magpies would be unable to run down. It was a quarter in which the scoreboard would be constantly ticking over; although the Bats were drawing a single flag from the goal umpire more often than they would have liked. An inaccurate return of 6.10 could have produced an even greater lead, and several of the behinds could so easily have been goals; but the Magpies were only able to manage two goals and the UTS lead was out to 28 points at the long break.
    With no tomorrow for the Magpies, they had to take risks and throw everything into all-out attack. It’s a risky game, and on occasions would lead to costly turnovers as the backline was left exposed. But the Magpies had an effective double-pronged forward line and had to seek them out at every opportunity. The third term was a marathon quarter of footy, a high-scoring shootout in which the goals were flowing. But the Bats were able to make the most of the situation to kick six goals to five, taking a 36-point lead into three quarter time.
    The shadow of the western grandstand was lengthening across the ground, and the sun was setting on the Magpies’ finals hopes. The would be no way back for the Magpies, as although they were still kicking plenty of goals, the Bats came up with quick replies to extinguish any comeback hopes. It was another high-scoring quarter of footy, with the Bats adding seven goals to five in the final term; and when the final siren eventually sounded the final margin was 50 points in favour of UTS.
    Tom Larby scored four goals for the Bats to be their best; while Rawson Kirkhope and Louis O’Keefe also featured prominently for the Bats. Wins have been hard to come by for UTS this season, but this one keeps them in the finals race. Unfortunately for the Bats the other results didn’t go their way, with East Coast and Pennant Hills’ wins putting the benchmark for fifth game a game higher than it otherwise would have been. The Bats have games against UNSW-ES, Manly and Pennant Hills to come. It won’t be easy to make the finals, and they’ll be needing to win all their remaining games and depend on other results. But while there’s life, there’s hope.
    The Magpies had two effective forwards, with Ben Zoppo finishing with seven goals and Nick Salter six. But there weren’t enough goals from other sources to keep the Magpies in the contest. Ben Zoppo, Callum McEvoy-Gray and Reuben Haupt battled tirelessly for the Magpies all afternoon. The Magpies had fought hard, but as was the case so often this year they showed plenty of promising signs but weren’t able to convert them into premiership points.

    It had been a round of upsets. But a few pieces in the finals jigsaw have fallen in place after the mathematical permutations are worked out. North Shore will be playing in the finals in 2017. Manly and Wests will not.

    Pennant Hills 5.3 9.5 12.9 15.12 (102)
    Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs 2.0 3.5 3.6 6.7 (43)
    Goals : Pennant Hills –
    T Moraitis 5, C Luscombe 2, T Angel 2, J Stern 2, N Hey 2, A Crisfield, M Carey. UNSW-ES – J Cann 2, S Pollock, R Farrelly, J Irvine, J Hardman.
    Best : Pennant Hills – T Angel, R Ediriwickrama, A Crisfield, T Moraitis, J Boag, R Lepore. UNSW-ES – T Heath, J McLean, A Foote, T Dickson, M Thompson, H Annear.
    At Mike Kenny Oval, Saturday 29th July 2017.

    East Coast Eagles 5.2 10.3 13.5 14.8 (92)
    Sydney University 4.3 4.7 8.11 13.13 (91)
    Goals : East Coast –
    Not available. Sydney Uni – J Prato 2, H Morrison 2, W Stratford 2, J Stapleton, J Williams, M Vicic, B Fitzpatrick, S Krochmal, M Krochmal, O Osborne.
    Best : East Coast – Not available. Sydney Uni – M Krochmal, H Morrison, J Williams, W Stratford, J Stapleton, N Foster.
    At Henson Park, Saturday 29th July 2017.

    North Shore 3.4 8.7 13.12 17.20 (122)
    St George 1.4 3.5 6.9 12.9 (81)
    Goals : North Shore –
    H Carr 4, A McConnell 3, S Barkley 2, S Carruthers 2, N Campbell, K Latham, Z Fyffe, W Bradley, J Marsh, L Smailes. St George - D Donohue 2, B Jones 2, K Anu, J Brown, D Lycakis, L Maze, B McParland, N Ryan, N Shaw, A Wynn.
    Best : North Shore – D Smith, S Crane, J Marsh, S Barkley, H Carr, E Strudwick. St George - J Brown, C Flanagan, B McParland, P Tegg, B Jones, A Wynn.
    At Blacktown International Sportspark, Saturday 29th July 2017.

    University of Technology 2.6 8.16 14.20 21.23 (149)
    Western Suburbs 3.3 5.6 10.8 15.9 (99)
    Goals : UTS –
    T Larby 4, L Maslin 3, E Thwaites 3, R Bates 3, L O’Keefe 3, R Kirkhope 2, J Law, P Brennan, T Mead. Wests – B Zoppo 7, N Salter 6, C Ford, T Woods.
    Best : UTS – T Larby, R Kirkhope, L O’Keefe, J Macklin, T Mead, J Law. Wests – B Zoppo, C McEvoy-Gray, R Haupt, C Ford, D O’Connell, S Stephens.
    At Waverley Oval, Saturday 29th July 2017.

    Sydney Uni
    North Shore
    St George
    East Coast
    Pennant Hills
    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:
    Camden 11.10 (76) d UTS 10.6 (66)
    St George 13.15 (93) d Southern Power 3.8 (26)
    Pennant Hills 15.13 (103) d Holroyd-Parramatta 4.4 (28)
    Western Magic 17.13 (115) d Balmain 9.6 (60)
    Macquarie Uni 9.10 (64) d Sydney Uni 6.11 (47)
    Ladder – St George (52, 162.65%), Pennant Hills (44, 158.33%), Sydney Uni (44, 135.69%), Camden (40, 111.67%), UTS (34, 92.28%), Western Magic (32, 144.57%), Macquarie Uni (30, 93.88%), Southern Power (8, 60.13%), Balmain (8, 59.80%), Holroyd-Parramatta (8, 57.94%).

    Division Two:
    East Coast 19.14 (128) d South-West Sydney 5.4 (34)
    North Shore 8.11 (59) d Penrith 8.7 (55)
    UNSW-ES 15.8 (98) d Pennant Hills 10.8 (68)
    Western Suburbs 18.10 (118) d UTS 5.6 (36)
    Wollondilly 8.4 (52) d Manly 5.5 (35)
    Sydney Uni 20.13 (133) d Randwick City 6.4 (40)
    Ladder – North Shore (60, 363.70%), UNSW-ES (56, 219.97%), Penrith (44, 214.40%), Wests (40, 146.82%), Pennant Hills (32, 110.46%), East Coast (28, 98.03%), Sydney Uni (20, 84.15%), Manly (20, 63.84%), Wollondilly (20, 62.71%), Randwick City (14, 47.26%), South-West Sydney (14, 43.28%), UTS (12, 63.19%).

    Division Three:
    North Shore 25.15 (165) d Holroyd-Parramatta 1.0 (6)
    Penrith 13.17 (95) d Balmain 7.5 (47)
    Macquarie Uni 11.13 (79) d Campbelltown 4.5 (29)
    Camden 8.7 (55) d NorWest 7.12 (54)
    Ladder – North Shore (56, 293.81%), Camden (56, 255.05%), Macquarie Uni (44, 180.55%), NorWest (36, 144.58%), Campbelltown (20, 84.80%), Penrith (12, 45.81%), Balmain (8, 39.45%), Holroyd-Parramatta (8, 36.77%).

    Division Four:
    St George 12.18 (90) d Southern Power 4.4 (28)
    Sydney Uni d South-West Sydney – forfeit
    UNSW-ES 12.18 (90) d East Coast 5.12 (42)
    UTS 25.18 (168) d Manly 3.2 (20)
    Western Magic 19.10 (124) d Pennant Hills 10.2 (62)
    Ladder – St George (56, 349.52%), Western Magic (44, 189.84%), Sydney Uni (36, 185.12%), UNSW-ES (36, 154.62%), UTS (36, 148.77%), Pennant Hills (36, 93.87%), Southern Power (16, 76.24%), Manly (8, 36.59%), East Coast (8, 35.86%), South-West Sydney (4, 22.13%).

    Division Five:
    North Shore 13.6 (84) d UNSW-ES 5.4 (34)
    UTS d Penrith – forfeit
    Western Suburbs d Holroyd-Parramatta – forfeit
    Sydney Uni 19.20 (134) d Randwick City 7.7 (49)
    Camden 11.8 (74) d NorWest 4.6 (30)
    Macquarie Uni 19.17 (131) d Campbelltown 1.3 (9)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – North Shore (92.31, 414.07%), Wests (84.62, 205.71%), Camden (83.33, 237.58%), Macquarie Uni (61.54, 141.15%), NorWest (57.14, 158.05%), UTS (53.85, 158.20%), Sydney Uni (53.85, 94.76%), UNSW-ES (53.85, 93.60%), Campbelltown (46.15, 88.53%), Randwick City (30.77, 60.06%), Penrith (15.38, 51.29%), Holroyd-Parramatta (8.33, 19.50%), Wollondilly (7.69, 24.29%).

    Under 19s One:
    UNSW-ES 16.17 (113) d Pennant Hills 3.5 (23)
    Manly 10.12 (72) d Sydney Uni 10.8 (68)
    North Shore 13.5 (83) d St George 7.4 (46)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – North Shore (92.31, 326.63%), St George (75, 200.71%), UNSW-ES (64.29, 148.48%), Pennant Hills (60, 86.57%), East Coast (41.67, 70.61%), Sydney Uni (16.67, 61.65%), Manly (7.69, 27.68%).

    Under 19s Two:
    South-West Cats 10.12 (72) d Wests Goannas 8.5 (53)
    North Shore 12.8 (80) d Penrith 9.6 (60)
    Southern Power 14.10 (94) d St George 5.8 (38)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – South-West Cats 91.67, 287.79%), St George (66.67, 95.21%), Southern Power (58.33, 125.97%), Penrith (41.67, 86.60%), Wests Goannas (38.46, 73.61%), North Shore (33.33, 73.27%), Western Blues (18.18, 57.05%).

    Women Premier Division:
    Southern Power 6.7 (43) d Western Wolves 4.3 (27)
    Newtown 12.4 (76) d UTS 3.7 (25)
    UNSW-ES 12.11 (83) d Auburn-Penrith 5.4 (34)
    Sydney Uni 7.10 (52) d Macquarie Uni 4.4 (28)
    Ladder – UNSW-ES (52, 710.56%), Sydney Uni (52, 434.78%), Macquarie Uni (32, 125.51%), Auburn-Penrith (30, 83.57%), Southern Power (20, 54.61%), UTS (18, 58.83%), Newtown (16, 48.59%), Western Wolves (4, 21.11%).

    Women Division One:
    Campbelltown 1.5 (11) d South-West Sydney 1.4 (10)
    Camden 9.11 (65) d Auburn-Penrith 0.1 (1)
    Wollongong 9.15 (69) d UNSW-ES 2.0 (12)
    Manly 4.9 (33) d Pennant Hills 0.4 (4)
    East Coast 2.15 (27) d North Shore 4.0 (24)
    Wollondilly d Newtown – forfeit
    Western Magic 8.16 (64) d Sydney Uni 3.3 (21)
    Ladder – Wollongong (56, 1179.21%), Manly (52, 985.35%), Western Magic (48, 579.74%), East Coast (36, 165.62%), Pennant Hills (36, 154.10%), Sydney Uni (32, 116.17%), North Shore (24, 115.46%), UNSW-ES (20, 92.13%), Wollondilly (20, 39.90%), Campbelltown (20, 26.18%), Auburn-Penrith (18, 31.99%), Camden (12, 23.22%), Newtown (10, 22.06%), South-West Sydney (8, 15.26%).


    Premier Division:

    Saturday 5th August
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v UTS (2:30pm)
    Mike Kenny Oval – Pennant Hills v Western Suburbs (2:30pm)
    Weldon Oval – Manly v East Coast (2:30pm)
    Sunday 6th August
    Olds Park – St George v Sydney Uni (3pm)
    BYE – North Shore.

    Division One:
    Saturday 5th August
    Mike Kenny Oval – Pennant Hills v Macquarie Uni (12:30pm)
    Blacktown ISP No 2 – Western Magic v Southern Power (2pm)
    Gipps Rd Oval – Holroyd-Parramatta v UTS (3pm)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Balmain (3:10pm)
    Sunday 6th August
    Olds Park – St George v Sydney Uni (1pm)

    Division Two:
    Saturday 5th August
    Mike Kenny Oval – Pennant Hills v Wollondilly (10:30am)
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v UTS (12:30pm)
    Weldon Oval – Manly v East Coast (12:30pm)
    Rosedale Oval – South-West Sydney v Sydney Uni (1pm)
    Pioneers Park – Randwick City v North Shore (2:10pm)
    Greygums Oval – Penrith v Western Suburbs (5pm)

    Division Three:
    Saturday 5th August
    Greygums Oval – Penrith v NorWest (9am)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Macquarie Uni (1pm)
    Gipps Rd Oval – Holroyd-Parramatta v Campbelltown (1pm)
    Mahoney Park – Balmain v North Shore (1pm)

    Division Four:
    Saturday 5th August
    Blacktown ISP No 2 – Western Magic v East Coast (10am)
    Rosedale Oval – South-West Sydney v Southern Power (11am)
    Weldon Oval – Manly v Sydney Uni (5:15pm)
    Sunday 6th August
    Olds Park – St George v UTS (9am)
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v Pennant Hills (12:30pm)

    Division Five:
    Saturday 5th August
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Campbelltown (9am)
    Gipps Rd Oval – Holroyd-Parramatta v North Shore (11am)
    Henson Park – Sydney Uni v Wollondilly (11:15am)
    Pioneers Park – Randwick City v Macquarie Uni (11:40am)
    Greygums Oval – Penrith v Western Suburbs (3pm)
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v UTS (2:30pm)
    BYE – NorWest.

    Under 19s One:
    Saturday 5th August
    Weldon Oval – Manly v East Coast (10:30am)
    Sunday 6th August
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v North Shore (10:30am)
    Olds Park – St George v Sydney Uni (11am)
    BYE – Pennant Hills.

    Under 19s Two:
    Saturday 5th August
    Fairfax Reserve – South-West Cats v Western Blues (11am)
    Greygums Oval – Penrith v Wests Goannas (1pm)
    Sunday 6th August
    Olds Park – St George v North Shore (5:45pm)
    BYE – Southern Power.

    Women Premier Division:
    Saturday 5th August
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v UTS (10:30am)
    Greygums Oval – Auburn-Penrith v Southern Power (11am)
    Mahoney Park – Newtown v Macquarie Uni (11am)
    Henson Park – Sydney Uni v Western Wolves (5pm)

    Women Division One:
    Saturday 5th August
    Blacktown ISP – UNSW-ES v Sydney Uni (8:30am)
    Weldon Oval – Manly v North Shore (8:30am)
    Mahoney Park – Newtown v Auburn-Penrith (9am)
    Rosedale Oval – South-West Sydney v Wollondilly (9am)
    Mike Kenny Oval (Lower) – Pennant Hills v East Coast (10:30am)
    Blacktown ISP No 2 – Western Magic v Wollongong (12pm)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Campbelltown (5:10pm)

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