Did we just witness a grand final preview?
Early days I know, but that must be at the back of minds for those who witnessed this enthralling contest, which saw Sydney University overcome a game East Coast Eagles by 10 points.
It was an age old battle, with many a twist, turn and bone-crunching tackle, yet you’d be a brave man to bet against Sydney Uni at home, when in the form they currently hold.
The Students’ have well and truly stamped their authority on the Sydney AFL Premier Division, who after a heartbreaking late defeat to the Pennant Hills Demons in last years’ Grand Final, have begun 2018 by defeating the past two premiership teams in consecutive weeks, in the East Coast Eagles this past weekned and Pennant Hills (who in Round 1 they beat by 55 points).
Uni held their composure for much of Saturday afternoon’s match, not allowing themselves to succumb to the fierce defensive pressure once again displayed by the Eagles.
Despite having enough opportunities, the Eagles were made to rue costly scoring execution, kicking 8.7 for the match, but an ugly 2.6 prior to half-time.
The Eagles were outpaced in the crucial moments, unable to win clearances and counter Sydney’s attacking movements.
As mentioned, the tackling and determination at the ball never faded for the visitors but it wasn’t enough to get them over the line. Too often in the last quarter they were found chasing tails of opponents who used Henson Park’s width to their advantage, and ultimately ran out of time on the scoreboard.
Former Three-Time Club Champion Trent Stubbs was damaging for the Eagles, putting on a clinic up forward kicking 4 goals and winning best on ground honours for his side, whilst Stuart Turner continues to impress making a phenomenal 15 tackles for East Coast.
After a close loss, headlines do not waver from the East.
In Round 3, for the first time, Lindsay Scown will coach against his old side the Western Suburbs Magpies. The Magpies may have had a slow start to 2018, but there’ll be plenty of feeling in this contest which is sure to make for compelling viewing and exciting football @KANEBRIDGE OVAL.
Sydney University meanwhile, look to start the season 3 and 0, when they meet fellow Uni rivals, UTS, next weekend in what could be a danger game against the undefeated Bats.
Sydney University. 9.11.65
|East Coast Eagles||1.5-11||2.6-18||5.7-37||8.7-55|
Goal Kickers: M. Nettheim 2, A. Clarke 2, R. Lucas 2, S. Gilfedder, W. Stratford, T. Ayton
Best Players: M. Krochmal, T. Ayton, M. Nettheim, M. Fogarty, R. Lucas, S. Gilfedder
Best Players: T. Stubbs, R. Haupt, J. Vlatko, S. Turner, K. Emery, B. Clark
|1||North Shore Bombers||2||2||0||0||214||111||192.79||8|
|4||East Coast Eagles||2||1||1||0||156||107||145.79||4|
|6||Pennant Hills Demons||2||1||1||0||141||148||95.27||4|
|7||Manly Warringah Wolves||2||1||1||0||166||202||82.18||4|
|8||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||2||0||2||0||126||138||91.30||0|
|9||Western Suburbs Magpies||2||0||2||0||124||201||61.69||0|
|10||St George Dragons||2||0||2||0||98||205||47.80||0|