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    Sydney AFL Round 17 2017

    SYDNEY AFL ROUND 17 2017
    Article by Michael Shillito

    The penultimate home and away round for 2017 was played under sunny skies. After a relatively dry winter, there’s more dust than mud on our grounds; and conditions are good for footy.
    The minor premiership was already wrapped up. In the afternoon, the teams to play off in the Qualifying Final were decided. And then, after an untimely injury intervention, the Elimination Final opponents were also locked in.

    St George took on UNSW-ES at Olds Park. Neither team went into the game in form, with both having lost their last two games. It was a chance to stop the rot and return to the winning list, and it would be the Dragons who would take the opportunity; taking a hard-earned nine-point win.
    There wasn’t much separating the two teams early. Desperate for a win, both sides were trying hard to find and exploit any weaknesses they could find in their opponents; but there weren’t too many glaring chances. But the Dragons had the slightest of edges with four goals to three for the quarter, taking an eight point lead to quarter time.
    A swirling, inconsistent breeze wasn’t making it easy; but players were mainly affected by the pressure of the situation. A desperate search for form, and regaining the team momentum that they had enjoyed earlier in the season, was the over-riding objective; but it wasn’t going to be easy. Both sides produced some coach-frustrating clangers in a second quarter of footy that was waiting for someone to put their hand up and claim the moment. But the Dragons, with three goals to two for the quarter, had drawn ahead to lead by 15 points at half time.
    The Bulldogs were in danger of letting the game slip away unless something changed; and so they had to go all-out on the attack in the third term. Throwing caution to the wind, they threw their players forward and turned on a quarter of footy that would be far more entertaining. It didn’t always come off, and they were vulnerable after turnovers. But the scoreboard was ticking over, and the Bulldogs were having the better of play around the ground. The quarter would produce six goals to four in favour of UNSW-ES, with the Dragon lead reduced to just three points at the last change.
    The Dragons could be thankful that the siren sounded when it did. The Bulldogs had been on the charge, but the Dragons were still ahead. And the break gave them a chance to regroup. They had to tighten their grip, stop the Bulldog run and man up in defence. In the last quarter, the Dragons were able to do that. It was tight, sometimes scrappy; and the Bulldogs didn’t help their cause with some inaccurate finishing in the final term. But the Dragons held firm. And with three goals to one in the last quarter, the game fell their way by nine points.
    Liam Maze twisted and turned his way out of trouble numerous times in a best on ground performance for the Dragons; while Connor Flanagan and Ben Jones also featured prominently. The Dragons remain in fourth place, a game behind UNSW-ES but with a percentage gap too great to overcome with only one more round remaining. The Dragons will play East Coast in the final round, in a game where they’ll be looking to fine-tune their finals preparation ahead of sudden-death finals to come.
    Steven Pollock contributed four goals for the Bulldogs; while Michael Thompson, Ned Reinhard and Jared Deep picked up plenty of the ball around the ground. Three losses in a row isn’t a great formline for the Bulldogs, who drop to third place with this result; although they will qualify for the double-chance in the finals. But there’s only one round remaining for them to turn their form around before the playoffs begin

    North Shore moved ahead of UNSW-ES into second place when the Bombers won their sixth straight game; 74 points too good for bottom side Wests at Picken Oval on Saturday afternoon.
    The Bombers were the hottest of favourites, and always looked the stronger side. But the Magpies knew they would have to fly the flag early and put the Bombers under pressure. And although the Bombers were getting the better of the inside-50 stats, the Magpies were making every post a winner when they did go forward; manufacturing enough scoring opportunities to keep themselves in the contest. It was a high-scoring opening term, with the Bombers kicking five goals to four to lead by 11 points at quarter time; but the Magpies were working hard despite clearly not having the firepower that the Bombers possessed.
    The second quarter followed a similar theme to the first. The Bombers always looked the stronger side, and at times threatened to run away with the contest. But the Magpies were hanging in there, and able to come up with the goals that would keep them within striking distance. Four goals to three in favour of the Bombers saw them leading by 18 points at the long break.
    The Magpies had shown plenty of fight and desperation in the first half to stop the game from blowing out. But they lost touch with the Bombers in the third term, as their efforts to hold back the North Shore tide could only go so far. The premiership quarter saw the Bombers step up another gear, and the Magpies were unable to go with them. It was a one-sided term of footy, with the Bombers dominating the stats and adding six goals to two for the quarter to extend their lead to 41 points at the last change.
    The last quarter was a mismatch. The Bombers were flying high in confidence and were facing little resistance from a Wests team that had shown good signs many times this season but have struggled to last the distance. Much of the last quarter looked like the Bombers were chasing witches hats, but with no potential for an evil spell. The scoreboard showed a yield of seven goals to one in the final quarter, blowing the final margin out to 74 points before the siren mercifully sounded.
    Kyle Devlin, Jimmy McKenzie and Zac Fyffe were in the thick of the action for the Bombers all day, playing key roles in setting up the big win. The Bombers move up to second, and are in strong form with wins in the last six games under their belts. Next week in the final home and away game they take on UNSW-ES; and will then play them again in the Qualifying Final.
    Ben Zoppo put in four goals for the Magpies, while Brenton Mumme, Callum McEvoy-Gray and Dan O’Connell were best for them around the ground The Magpies fought hard for a half, but were overwhelmed by the Bombers after the long break; and remain stuck at the bottom of the ladder and need a win against Manly in the last round to avoid the wooden spoon.

    After what has been a frustrating season for most of the year, UTS have started to hit some form in recent weeks. Going into their match against Manly at Waverley Oval on Saturday afternoon, the Bats would need to win their remaining games and hope for other results to go their way to stay in finals contention. The Bats would have no control over what happens at other grounds, but kept up their end of the bargain with a 14-point win.
    Goals were hard to come by early, as both sides asserted themselves physically and it was hard for the outside runners to find room to move. The Bats always looked the stronger side, but some determined Manly defending prevented them from getting full reward for effort. But the weight of possession would count, as the Bats still managed to score four goals to two and lead by 12 points at quarter time.
    The Bats started to pull away in the second term. Getting more of the ball, and having forward targets presenting themselves as leading options, the Bats were seeing the run of play going their way. The Wolves tried their hardest to hold back the tide, and did manage three goals against the run of play; but the Bats added five of their own, taking the lead to 25 points at half time.
    The premiership quarter wouldn’t be one that reached any great heights; but that was to the Bats’ advantage. There didn’t look to be any way back into the contest for the Wolves, who found themselves second to the ball most of the time and when they did get the ball inside the attacking 50 struggled to create any coherent scoring options. The quarter would yield three goals to one in favour of UTS; extending the Bats’ lead to what looked a safe 37 points at three quarter time.
    The Wolves were well behind, and had no chance of finals to play for. But they still had pride as an objective, and a chance to salvage something from what had been a disappointing day. And so the Wolves resolved to lift their workrate in the last quarter and do what they could to make inroads into the deficit. The game was too far gone for the Wolves to be a chance to win; but they regained some pride with a big final quarter that would yield seven goals to three, reducing the final margin to 14 points.
    Scott Jansen, Edward Thwaites and Edward Murphy were standout contributors for UTS. They’ve left their run of good form for 2017 till very late, but have played better in recent weeks; and a three-game winning streak sees them catch up to East Coast’s tally of six wins for the season with a similar percentage. The Bats will travel to Mike Kenny Oval to take on Pennant Hills in the final round.
    Tyrone Armitage, Wills Brassil and Connor Pettersson were best for Manly; but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Wolves from crashing to another loss. Next week’s clash against Wests will be to avoid the unwanted wooden spoon.

    A twilight game at Sydney Uni No 1 saw the Students drawn to take on Pennant Hills. The Students had top spot sewn up, but if the Demons could avoid a loss to the top team, their finals spot would be sewn up. The Demons hit the ground running and had three goals to one early on. But fate would intervene.
    Every club has injuries. Almost every player has had them. But when Pennant Hills' Theo Moraitis' leg collapsed, it was worse than most. It was too dangerous to move him, and the ambulance was called. Treatment would take a long time, and play couldn’t go on around the treatment scene. And so the only decision that could be made was taken. The game was abandoned.

    The finals implications of the draw at Sydney Uni No 1 is that Pennant Hills are a game ahead of East Coast and UTS. The Demons play UTS in the last round. But so big is the percentage gap between Pennant Hills compared to East Coast and UTS that the Demons would need to lose by about 200 points for the Bats’ percentage to pass the Demons. That’s clearly not going to happen.
    And so we have a final five.
    Sydney Uni will have the bye in the last round, and then as minor premiers will have the week off in the first week of the finals.
    North Shore and UNSW-ES play each other next week, and will then play off again in the Qualifying Final.
    And St George will play Pennant Hills in the Elimination Final. The Dragons play East Coast next week, while the Demons play UTS.


    St George 4.5 7.8 11.10 14.10 (94)
    Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs 3.3 5.5 11.7 12.13 (85)
    Goals : St George –
    B Jones 3, D Addison 2, N Ryan 2, K Ayres, C Flanagan, O Selvi, D Lycakis, J Mudge, D Michalak, N Shaw. UNSW-ES – S Pollock 4, N Reinhard 2, T Banuelos 2, J Cann, M Thompson, T Dickson, J Buckley.
    Best : St George – L Maze, C Flanagan, B Jones, N Kenny, B McParland, D Addison. UNSW-ES – M Thompson, N Reinhard, J Deep, J Bartholomaeus, H Annear, T Dickson.
    At Olds Park, Saturday 12th August 2017.

    North Shore 5.6 9.9 15.12 22.17 (149)
    Western Suburbs 4.1 7.3 9.7 11.9 (75)
    Goals : North Shore –
    A McConnell 3, S Barkley 3, S Carruthers 3, S Crane 2, L Smailes 2, W Taylor 2, N Campbell 2, J David-Wright, K Latham, Z Fyffe, K Devlin, J Marsh. Wests – B Zoppo 4, B Mumme, C Ford, J Newbury, S Stephens, L Davis, S Pearson, J Tidd.
    Best : North Shore – K Devlin, J McKenzie, Z Fyffe, S Crane, A McConnell, J Marsh. Wests – B Mumme, C McEvoy-Gray, D O’Connell, S Pearson, B Zoppo, M Tuttle.
    At Picken Oval, Saturday 12th August 2017.

    University of Technology 4.2 9.5 12.9 15.11 (101)
    Manly-Warringah 2.2 5.4 6.8 13.9 (87)
    Goals : UTS –
    P O’Rourke 3, S Lewis 2, J Crameri 2, R Bates 2, L Maslin 2, T McKenzie, S Jansen, T O’Donnell, T Larby. Manly – C D’Souza 3, T Armitage 2, C Pettersson 2, L Behagg, W Brassil, A Robertson, E Kaporis, H Washington, A Fraser.
    Best : UTS – S Jansen, E Thwaites, E Murphy, B Moyle, T Larby, P O’Rourke. Manly – T Armitage, W Brassil, C Pettersson, C Johnston, E Burke.
    At Waverley Oval, Saturday 12th August 2017.

    Pennant Hills 3.5 Abandoned
    Sydney University 1.0 Abandoned
    Goals : Pennant Hills –
    N Hey 2, M Preen. Sydney Uni – M Krochmal.
    At Sydney Uni No 1 Oval, Saturday 12th August 2017.

     Play
    Won
    Draw
    Lost
    For
    Agnst
    Pts
    %age
    Strk
    Sydney Uni
    16
    12
    1
    3
    1,670
    1,051
    78.13
    158.90
    D1
    North Shore
    15
    10
    1
    4
    1,425
    1,164
    70
    122.42
    W6
    UNSW-ES
    15
    10
    0
    5
    1,331
    1,123
    66.67
    118.52
    L3
    St George
    15
    9
    0
    6
    1,370
    1,338
    60
    102.39
    W1
    Pennant Hills
    15
    6
    2
    7
    1,256
    1,097
    46.67
    114.49
    W4
    East Coast
    15
    6
    0
    9
    1,200
    1,352
    40
    88.76
    L1
    UTS
    15
    6
    0
    9
    1,206
    1,434
    40
    84.10
    W3
    Manly
    15
    4
    0
    11
    1,120
    1,474
    26.67
    75.98
    L1
    Wests
    15
    3
    0
    12
    1,177
    1,722
    20
    68.35
    L7
    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:
    St George 12.7 (79) d Camden 11.7 (73)
    Western Magic 17.13 (115) d UTS 6.8 (44)
    Southern Power 10.10 (70) d Holroyd-Parramatta 10.3 (63)
    Sydney Uni 9.13 (67) d Pennant Hills 9.6 (60)
    Macquarie Uni v Balmain – result not available
    Ladder – St George (56,147.20%), Sydney Uni (52, 137.82%), Pennant Hills (48, 149.94%), Camden (44, 114.43%), Western Magic (40, 158.10%), UTS (38, 92.07%), Macquarie Uni (30, 94.00%), Southern Power (12, 89.37%), Balmain (8, 59.16%), Holroyd-Parramatta (8, 58.27%).

    Division Two:
    North Shore 24.11 (155) d Western Suburbs 1.3 (9)
    Manly 12.8 (80) d UTS 7.8 (50)
    Sydney Uni 17.9 (111) d Pennant Hills 11.7 (73)
    East Coast 14.13 (97) d Wollondilly 3.6 (24)
    UNSW-ES 17.19 (121) d Randwick City 6.3 (39)
    Penrith 19.18 (132) d South-West Sydney 3.3 (21)
    Ladder – North Shore (68, 385.36%), UNSW-ES (64, 235.13%), Penrith (52, 228.85%), Wests (40, 117.77%), East Coast (36, 110.62%), Pennant Hills (36, 107.25%), Sydney Uni (24, 87.90%), Manly (24, 65.81%), Wollondilly (20, 60.03%), South-West Sydney (18, 43.38%), Randwick City (14, 45.41%), UTS (12, 59.40%).

    Division Three:
    Camden 16.13 (109) d Penrith 4.2 (26)
    NorWest d Holroyd-Parramatta – forfeit
    North Shore 17.13 (115) d Campbelltown 6.3 (39)
    Macquarie Uni 30.18 (198) d Balmain 1.0 (6)
    Ladder – North Shore (64, 312.38%), Camden (64, 255.62%), Macquarie Uni (48, 194.14%), NorWest (44, 148.15%), Campbelltown (24, 86.45%), Penrith (12, 44.13%), Holroyd-Parramatta (8, 35.72%), Balmain (8, 33.77%).

    Division Four:
    Manly 12.15 (87) d East Coast 7.7 (49)
    Sydney Uni 10.17 (77) d Western Magic 5.7 (37)
    Southern Power 8.5 (53) d Pennant Hills 5.17 (47)
    UTS d South-West Sydney – forfeit
    UNSW-ES 8.4 (52) d St George 6.6 (42)
    Ladder – St George (56, 291.23%), Western Magic (48, 181.57%), UTS (44, 145.63%), Sydney Uni (40, 195.25%), UNSW-ES (40, 143.80%), Pennant Hills (40, 96.66%), Southern Power (24, 80.61%), Manly (16, 44.41%), East Coast (8, 36.75%), South-West Sydney (4, 22.14%).

    Division Five:
    Western Suburbs 8.5 (53) d North Shore 5.3 (33)
    UTS d Holroyd-Parramatta – forfeit
    Camden 16.17 (113) d Penrith 9.4 (58)
    Sydney Uni 16.11 (107) d Campbelltown 6.3 (39)
    UNSW-ES 14.11 (95) d Randwick City 8.5 (53)
    NorWest 28.14 (182) d Wollondilly 1.4 (10)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – North Shore (86.67, 394.83%), Wests (86.67, 237.52%), Camden (85.71, 226.18%), Macquarie Uni (64.29, 157.27%), NorWest (60, 182.95%), UTS (60, 175.33%), Sydney Uni (60, 116.29%), UNSW-ES (53.33, 96.17%), Campbelltown (40, 81.07%), Randwick City (26.67, 54.55%), Penrith (13.33, 44.22%), Holroyd-Parramatta (7.14, 16.04%), Wollondilly (6.67, 21.79%).

    Under 19s One:
    UNSW-ES 10.21 (81) d Sydney Uni 5.5 (35)
    St George 9.7 (61) d Pennant Hills 7.6 (48)
    East Coast 8.6 (54) d North Shore 7.11 (53)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – North Shore (86.67, 274.90%), St George (78.57, 203.25%), UNSW-ES (62.5, 146.45%), East Coast (50, 82.63%), Pennant Hills (46.67, 86.05%), Sydney Uni (14.29, 57.24%), Manly (7.14, 27.47%).

    Under 19s Two:
    South-West Cats 12.16 (88) d Penrith 9.6 (60)
    Southern Power 9.9 (63) d North Shore 4.4 (28)
    St George 13.17 (95) d Western Blues 7.7 (49)
    Ladder (Match Ratio) – South-West Cats (92.86, 281.12%), St George (71.43, 106.68%), Southern Power (61.54, 130.25%), Wests Goannas (42.86, 77.07%), Penrith (35.71, 82.87%), North Shore (28.57, 68.10%), Western Blues (15.38, 53.03%).

    Women Premier Division:
    Sydney Uni 16.10 (106) d UTS 0.0 (0)
    Newtown 4.7 (31) d Southern Power 4.3 (27)
    Macquarie Uni 6.4 (40) d UNSW-ES 1.8 (14)
    Western Wolves v Auburn-Penrith – result not available
    Ladder – Sydney Uni (60, 495.47%), UNSW-ES (56, 642.73%), Macquarie Uni (40, 143.83%), Auburn-Penrith (34, 85.58%), Southern Power (20, 55.80%), Newtown (20, 47.78%), UTS (18, 44.71%), Western Wolves (4, 20.38%).

    Women Division One:
    Campbelltown 7.4 (46) d Wollondilly 0.10 (10)
    Western Magic 17.14 (116) d UNSW-ES 0.0 (0)
    Wollongong 14.17 (101) d Sydney Uni 0.1 (1)
    Auburn-Penrith v South-West Sydney – forfeit
    Camden 9.16 (70) d Newtown 0.1 (1)
    North Shore 6.2 (38) d Pennant Hills 2.6 (18)
    Manly 13.10 (88) d East Coast 3.5 (23)
    Ladder – Wollongong (60, 926.09%), Manly (60, 887.12%), Western Magic (56, 609.50%), Pennant Hills (40, 163.26%), East Coast (36, 119.82%), Sydney Uni (36, 94.49%), North Shore (32, 106.92%), UNSW-ES (24, 78.41%), Campbelltown (24, 32.40%), Auburn-Penrith (22, 32.75%), Wollondilly (20, 43.20%), Camden (20, 31.67%), Newtown (14, 22.19%), South-West Sydney (12, 23.06%).


    NEXT WEEK’S MATCHES

    Premier Division:

    Saturday 19th August
    Weldon Oval - Manly v Western Suburbs (2:30pm)
    Mike Kenny Oval – Pennant Hills v UTS (4:30pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v St George (1pm)
    Henson Park – UNSW-ES v North Shore (2pm)
    BYE – Sydney Uni.

    Division One:
    Saturday 19th August
    Blacktown ISP No 2 – Western Magic v Holroyd-Parramatta (1pm)
    Mahoney Park – Balmain v Southern Power (2pm)
    Mike Kenny Oval – Pennant Hills v UTS (2:30pm)
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Sydney Uni (3:10pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    University Oval – Macquarie Uni v St George (3pm)

    Division Two:
    Saturday 19th August
    Mike Kenny Oval – Pennant Hills v UTS (12:30pm)
    Weldon Oval – Manly v Randwick City (12:30pm)
    Rosedale Oval – South-West Sydney v Western Suburbs (1pm)
    Hannaford Oval – Wollondilly v Sydney Uni (3pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v Penrith (9am)
    Henson Park – UNSW-ES v North Shore (4:45pm)

    Division Three:
    Saturday 19th August
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Holroyd-Parramatta (1pm)
    Bensons Lane – NorWest v Balmain (2:10pm)
    Monarch Oval – Campbelltown v Penrith (3pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    University Oval – Macquarie Uni v North Shore (1pm)

    Division Four:
    Saturday 19th August
    Weldon Oval – Manly v Southern Power (10:30am)
    Rosedale Oval – South-West Sydney v Western Magic (11am)
    Mike Kenny Oval (Lower) – Pennant Hills v Sydney Uni (12:30pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    Henson Park – UNSW-ES v UTS (10am)
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v St George (11am)

    Division Five:
    Saturday 19th August
    Fairfax Reserve – Camden v Randwick City (9am)
    Monarch Oval – Campbelltown v UTS (11am)
    Bensons Lane – NorWest v UNSW-ES (12pm)
    Sydney Uni No 1 Oval – Sydney Uni v Penrith (12pm)
    Hannaford Oval – Wollondilly v Holroyd-Parramatta (5pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    University Oval – Macquarie Uni v North Shore (11am)
    BYE – Western Suburbs.

    Under 19s One:
    Saturday 19th August
    Weldon Oval – Manly v North Shore (8:30am)
    Mike Kenny Oval (Lower) – Pennant Hills v Sydney Uni (2:30pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v St George (3:45pm)
    BYE – UNSW-ES.

    Under 19s Two:
    Saturday 19th August
    Blacktown ISP No 2 – Western Blues v Southern Power (9am)
    Olds Park – St George v Wests Goannas (10am)
    Fairfax Reserve – South-West Cats v North Shore (11am)
    BYE – Penrith.

    Women Premier Division:
    Saturday 19th August
    Mahoney Park – Newtown v Western Wolves (11am)
    Sydney Uni No 1 Oval – Sydney Uni v Auburn-Penrith (2pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    University Oval - Macquarie Uni v UTS (9am)
    Henson Park – UNSW-ES v Southern Power (12pm)

    Women Division One:
    Saturday 19th August
    Mahoney Park – Newtown v Campbelltown (9am)
    Rosedale Oval – South-West Sydney v Camden (9am)
    Sydney Uni No 1 Oval – Sydney Uni v North Shore (10am)
    Blacktown ISP No 2 – Western Magic v Pennant Hills (11am)
    Hannaford Oval – Wollondilly v Auburn-Penrith (1pm)
    Weldon Oval – Manly v Wollongong (5:15pm)
    Sunday 20th August
    Kanebridge Oval – East Coast v UNSW-ES (5:45pm)
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