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SYDNEY AFL ROUND 14 - Upsets and Thrillers Throw the Finals Race Wide OpenTroy Luff shoots for goal
A split round in round 14 gave all teams a week off in the lead-up to the finals, but the round that took place was one that created more questions than it answered, with battles for the minor premiership, the double-chance and 5th spot heating up even more. Three of the matches played were thrillers, while another match was the upset of the season.

The upset was at Henson Park, where top side UNSW-ES took on North Shore. The top team up against a 7th place team who had lost to the bottom team the week before, who have struggled against the Bulldogs in recent years; and when the two sides had met at Gore Hill earlier in the season the Bulldogs had run a score of over 200 past the hapless Bombers. It had to be a mismatch.

In the end, it was a mismatch; but not in the way anyone could have anticipated. Despite Troy Luff scoring a couple of early goals to keep the scores tight early, the Bulldogs were off their game. The drive through the midfield was subdued and the Bulldogs struggled to create any pressure. But the Bombers had come with a determination that had been missing at stages this season. A strong burst in time-on in the first quarter saw the Bombers take a 17-point lead into the first change; and 3 unanswered goals in the second term shut the Bulldogs out of the contest.

The tale continued without a twist in the second half, North Shore cruising home to a 78-point win. For the Bombers, the result gets them back into the finals race and will lift the morale and confidence among the team after some disappointing results earlier this season. For the Bulldogs, the game was a shock to the system, but with so many of their top players out of sorts in this game, they will work hard to ensure their guns are firing in their upcoming matches. The Bombers shared the goals around, with Sam Curruthers kicking 3 goals in the last quarter to lead all scorers; while Kulk, Pryor, Attwood, Wason and Butchasky each contributed 2.Ron Wason marks uncontested

 

Meanwhile at Charles McLaughlin Oval, St George leap-frogged East Coast Eagles into the top 3 with a thrilling 4-point victory. It was an epic encounter in which the lead changed hands numerous times; and although the Eagles led at every change it was never by more than a kick. But it was St George, after a 4 goals to 3 final quarter, who prevailed to end the Eagles' 7-game winning streak. Maurice Goolagong was again outstanding up forward for the Crows with 5 goals, while Peter Dugmore scored 3; and Declan Donohue and Mitch Cers were among the Crows' best. For the Eagles, Ben Rogers was again an effective target up forward with 5 goals, while Ryan Smyth scored 3 and Michael Sankey was their best.

 

It was also close at Sydney Uni No 1, where the Students maintained their 5th position with a 2-point win over Wests. It wasn't looking that way early, with the Students' inaccuracy giving Wests an early lead. By half-time, the Students had managed just 1.10 and was trailing by 19 points; but they hit their straps after the break to work their way back into the contest. Despite the Magpies scoring more goals for the day, the greater number of opportunities the Students created was enough to get themselves a narrow win. Michael Healy, Alex Lee and Joshua Leary each scored 2 for Sydney Uni, while Mark Mendola and Mark Withers each contributed 3 goals to the Magpie cause.Daniel Kulk takes a slips-catch mark
 

But there was no upset or thriller at Monarch; instead it was a ruthless Pennant Hills that dominated from start to finish. Already looking one-sided with the Demons leading by 51 points at half-time, an 11 goals to 1 third term turned the match into a demolition; and with the Bulldogs and Eagles both going down, this result sent Pennant Hills to the top of the ladder and ended Campbelltown's mathematical finals hopes. On a day when there were plenty of Demons goals to spread around, Laine Spencer led the way with 7 while Scott Myers and Nick Campbell each contributed 5. The Blues were unable to find a multiple goalkicker, and were held to just 2 goals.

 

The only match in the second week of the split round saw another cliff-hanger, with Balmain recording their first ever win at North Dalton. In a high-scoring shootout, Wollongong looked to have done enough to win when a strong third quarter burst took them to a 37-point lead at the last change. But Balmain refused to surrender, and with the wind at their backs getting stronger they raced home with 8 goals to 2. At the final siren the scoreboard showed the scores level; but the goal umpires' notebooks over-ruled the scoreboard, giving the Dockers a 1-point win. For Balmain, it was their second win in a row and third for the season; and the club, which has struggled for many years, looks to have generated a new lease of life. It was a disappointing loss for Wollongong, one which has almost certainly got them the wooden spoon for 2008. Troy Parker scored 6 for the Dockers and Ryan Officer 4; while for the Lions Cameron Stanton led the way up forward with 4 goals.Lachlan Pryor from outside the 50m line
 

In First Division, UTS booked themselves the double-chance for the finals when they accounted for Holroyd-Parramatta by 92 points. Manly's 18-point win over Macquarie Uni kept them 2 games clear in second place ahead of Southern Sharks, who had a 80-point win over NorWest Jets. Camden leap-frogged Penrith on the ladder with a 59-point win over the Rams at Fairfax Oval.

 

North Shore   5.3   8.9   11.14   16.17 (113)

Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs   2.4   2.6   3.9   4.11 (35)

Goals : North Shore - S Carruthers 3, D Kulk 2, L Pryor 2, B Attwood 2, R Wason 2, R Butchasky 2, M Wilson, P Brackin, A Harry. UNSW-ES - T Luff 2, E Keil, J Bradfield.

Reserves - UNSW-ES 20.9 (129) d North Shore 7.7 (49)

At Henson Park, Saturday 19th June 2008.

 

St George   3.0   10.1   12.4   16.10 (106)

East Coast Eagles   3.1   10.2   13.4   16.6 (102)

Goals : St George - M Goolagong 5, P Dugmore 3, C MacDougal 2, D Watkins 2, D Donohue, A Low, J Shineberg, S Wilsen. East Coast - B Rogers 5, R Smyth 3, A Byerlee 2, G Seebeck 2, A Floyd, A McLennan, G Garner, L Stanford.

Reserves - East Coast 14.13 (97) d St George 3.1 (19)

At Charles McLaughlin Oval, Saturday 19th June 2008.

 The Bulldogs take an uncontested hit-out
Sydney University   0.7   1.10   5.13    9.18 (72)

Western Suburbs   3.2   5.5   7.6   10.10 (70)

Goals : Sydney Uni - M Healy 2, A Lee 2, J Leary 2, B Fitzpatrick, J McGuirk, M Higgins. Wests - M Mendola 3, M Withers 3, C French, M Eurell, N Scarfo, E Kassen.

Reserves - Sydney Uni 15.15 (105) d Wests 11.9 (75)

At Sydney Uni No 1 Oval, Saturday 19th June 2008.

 

Pennant Hills   4.5   8.10   19.16   27.19 (181)

Campbelltown   0.1   1.1   2.2   2.2 (14)

Goals : Pennant Hills - L Spencer 7, S Myers 5, N Campbell 5, L Bilbe 3, K Wright 2, B Mill, S Reed, C Richardson, B McGrath, B Jack. Campbelltown - D Fraser, B Ferguson.

Reserves - Pennant Hills 31.16 (202) d Campbelltown 1.0 (6)

At Monarch Oval, Saturday 19th June 2008.

 

Balmain   3.2   7.6   10.7   18.10 (118)

Wollongong   5.4   8.6   16.8   18.9 (117)

Goals : Balmain - T Parker 6, R Officer 4, D Napper, D Turner, D Hall, J Dickens, J Miller, M Bujch, E Davis, K Underwood. Wollongong - C Stanton 4, M Toussis 3, B Patterson 3, A McConnochie 2, D McClure, A Patterson, S Davis, N Mitchell, G Batty, T Bartlett.

Reserves - Wollongong 17.17 (119) d Balmain 2.5 (17)

At North Dalton Oval, Saturday 26th June 2008.

 


 PlayedWonDrawnLostForAgainstPts%ageStreak
Pennant Hills1411031,6491,06744154.55W4
Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs1411031,5761,18644132.88L1
St George1411031,3751,08744126.49W3
East Coast Eagles1410041,5941,04340152.83L1
Sydney University147071,3761,30628105.36W1
Western Suburbs146081,2331,3422491.88L3
North Shore146081,1321,4222479.61W1
Campbelltown1440109481,5751660.19L3
Balmain1430111,1421,6331269.93W2
Wollongong1410121,1151,479475.39L11


 

First Division:

Ben Attwood applies a tackle
Southern Sharks 18.13 (121) d NorWest Jets 5.11 (41)

Camden 19.11 (125) d Penrith 9.12 (66)

Uni Technology, Sydney 22.10 (142) d Holroyd-Parramatta 7.8 (50)

Manly-Warringah 14.14 (98) d Macquarie University11.14 (80)

Reserve Grade

NorWest Jets 8.6 (54) d Southern Sharks 7.11 (53)

Camden 10.13 (73) d Penrith 7.11 (53)

UTS 18.15 (123) d Holroyd-Parramatta 8.4 (52)

Manly-Warringah 19.8 (122) d Macquarie Uni 7.2 (44)

 

Second Division:

UTS 15.22 (112) d Holroyd-Parramatta 0.4 (4)

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 15.15 (105) d Pennant Hills 7.8 (50)

Sydney Uni Blue 11.8 (74) d Moorebank Sports 6.7 (43)

Sydney Uni Red d Macquarie Uni - forfeit

UNSW-ES Whales 13.7 (85) d Manly-Warringah 7.10 (52)

Pennant Hills 11.10 (76) d Moorebank Sports 6.10 (46)

 

Harrison Lee sets up a Bulldog attack
Under 18s Premier:

Western Suburbs 8.8 (56) d North Shore Bears 3.12 (30)

North Shore Bombers 18.11 (119) d St Ignatius Riverview 4.10 (34)

East Coast Eagles 18.11 (119) d St George 3.5 (23)

Pennant Hills 16.8 (104) d Campbelltown 3.3 (21)

Western Suburbs 12.16 (88) d St Ignatius Riverview 7.8 (50)

 

Under 18s Challenge:

Southern Sharks 12.15 (87) d Pennant Hills 7.2 (44)

UNSW-ES 14.12 (96) d Penrith 5.5 (35)

Moorebank Sports 16.8 (104) d East Coast Eagles 5.6 (36)

Macquarie University 14.14 (98) d Manly-Warringah 4.6 (30)

 

IT'S THE FINALS COUNTDOWN

Only 4 weeks to go till the playoffs, and all the positions in the top 5 are up for grabs. At the top of the ladder are a group of 4 teams. The top 3 are level on games, and just 1 game behind them with a superior percentage to UNSW-ES and St George is East Coast. Those 4 teams will all make the finals, but one will be seeded straight through to the second week of the finals while one will face sudden death in the playoffs. The 5th spot is currently held by one game and percentage by Sydney Uni; but Wests and North Shore are ready to pounce should the Students slip up.

Ron Wason shoots and scores
The remaining matches for the teams still in contention are (black = finallist, blue = contender, red = non-finallist) :

Pennant Hills (44 pts, 154.55%) - Wollongong (Ern Holmes), Balmain (Drummoyne), East Coast (Ern Holmes), UNSW-ES (Village Green)

UNSW-ES (44 pts, 132.88%) - Sydney Uni (Sydney Uni No 1), St George (Village Green), Campbelltown (Monarch), Pennant Hills (Village Green)

St George (44 pts, 126.49%) - Wests (Picken), UNSW-ES (Village Green), Sydney Uni (Olds), Balmain (Drummoyne)

East Coast (40 pts, 152.83%) - Balmain (Drummoyne), Wollongong (Charles McLaughlin), Pennant Hills (Ern Holmes), Wests (Charles McLaughlin)

Sydney Uni (28 pts, 105.36%) - UNSW-ES (Sydney Uni No 1), Campbelltown (Sydney Uni No 1), St George (Olds), North Shore (Gore Hill)

Western Suburbs (24 pts, 91.88%) - St George (Picken), North Shore (Gore Hill), Balmain (Picken), East Coast (Charles McLaughlin)

North Shore (24 pts, 79.61%) - Campbelltown (Gore Hill), Wests (Gore Hill), Wollongong (Gore Hill), Sydney Uni (Gore Hill)

 

Max Collett gathers the football
NEXT WEEK'S FIXTURES (Lurker's Kiss of Death in bold)

Saturday 2nd August (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Picken Oval - Western Suburbs v St George

Ern Holmes Oval - Pennant Hills v Wollongong

Gore Hill Oval - North Shore v Campbelltown

Sydney Uni No1 Oval - Sydney University v UNSW-ES

Sunday 3rd August (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Drummoyne Oval - Balmain v East Coast Eagles

 

First Division:

Saturday 2nd August

Greygums Oval - Penrith v Holroyd-Parramatta (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Trumper Park - UTS v NorWest Jets (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Gwawley Oval - Southern Sharks v Manly-Warringah (Seniors 2:30pm, Reserves 12:30pm)

Macquarie Uni Oval - Macquarie Uni v Camden (Seniors 6:10pm, Reserves 4pm)

 

Second Division:

Saturday 2nd August

Ern Holmes Oval - Pennant Hills v Manly-Warringah (8:15am)

Sydney Uni No 1 Oval - Sydney Uni Blue v Holroyd-Parramatta (9:45am)

Trumper Park - UTS v Sydney Uni Red (10am)

Macquarie University Oval - Macquarie Uni v Moorebank Sports (12pm)

Sunday 3rd August

Village Green - UNSW-ES Bulldogs v UNSW-ES Whales (12:00pm)

A victory to remember for the Bombers

 

Under 18s Premier:

Saturday 2nd August

Gore Hill Oval - North Shore Bears v St Ignatius Riverview (8:15am)

Picken Oval - Western Suburbs v St George (10am)

Ern Holmes Oval - Pennant Hills v Wollongong (10:15am)

Gore Hill Oval - North Shore Bomers v Campbelltown (10:15am)

East Coast Eagles has the bye.

 

Under 18s Challenge:

Saturday 2nd August

Gwawley Oval - Southern Sharks v Manly-Warringah (9am)

Greygums Oval - Penrith v East Coast Eagles (10am)

Macquarie University Oval - Macquarie Uni v Moorebank Sports (2pm)

Sunday 3rd August

Village Green - UNSW-ES v Pennant Hills (10am)

ALSO IN SYDNEY AFL:

Semi-Finals 2007 Report
Prelim Final 2007 Report
Grand Final 2007 Report
Round 1 2008 Scoreboard
Round 2 2008 Scoreboard
Round 3 2008 Scoreboard
Round 4 2008 Scoreboard
Round 5 2008 Scoreboard
Round 6 2008 Scoreboard
Round 7 2008 Scoreboard
Round 8 2008 Scoreboard
Round 9 2008 Scoreboard
Round 10 2008 Scoreboard
Round 11 2008 Scoreboard
Round 12 2008 Scoreboard
Round 13 2008 Scoreboard
Round 14 2008 Scoreboard
Round 15 2008 Scoreboard
Round 16 2008 Scoreboard
Round 17 2008 Scoreboard
Round 18 2008 Scoreboard
2008 Finals Wk1 S'board
2008 Finals Wk2 S'board
Grand Final 2008 Report
Round 1 2009 Scoreboard
Round 2 2009 Scoreboard
Round 3 2009 Scoreboard
Round 4 2009 Scoreboard
Round 5 2009 Scoreboard
Round 6 2009 Scoreboard
Round 7 2009 Scoreboard
Round 8 2009 Scoreboard
Round 9 2009 Scoreboard
Round 10 2009 Scoreboard
Round 11 2009 Scoreboard
Round 12 2009 Scoreboard
Round 13 2009 Scoreboard
Round 14 2009 Scoreboard
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Round 15 2009 Scoreboard
Round 16 2009 Scoreboard
Round 17 2009 Scoreboard
Round 18 2009 Scoreboard
2009 Finals Wk 1 S'board
2009 Finals Wk 2 S'board
2009 PrelmFinal Scoreboard
2009 GRAND FINAL
Round 1 2010 Scoreboard
Round 2 2010 Scoreboard
Round 3 2010 Scoreboard
Round 4 2010 Scoreboard
Round 5 2010 Scoreboard
Round 6 2010 Scoreboard
Round 7 2010 Scoreboard
Round 8 2010 Scoreboard
Round 9 2010 Scoreboard
Round 10 2010 Scoreboard
Round 11 2010 Scoreboard
Round 12 2010 Scoreboard
Round 13 2010 Scoreboard
Round 14 2010 Scoreboard
Round 15 2010 Scoreboard
Round 16 2010 Scoreboard
Round 17 2010 Scoreboard
Round 18 2010 Scoreboard
2010 Finals Wk 1 S'board
2010 Finals Wk 2 S'board
2010 PrelmFinal Scoreboard
2010 GRAND FINAL
Round 1 2011 Scoreboard
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Round 3 2011 Scoreboard
Round 4 2011 Scoreboard
Round 5 2011 Scoreboard
Round 6 2011 Scoreboard
Round 7 2011 Scoreboard
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Round 12 2011 Scoreboard
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Round 14 2011 Scoreboard
Round 15 2011 Scoreboard
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Round 18 2011 Scoreboard
Round 19 2011 Scoreboard
Round 20 2011 Scoreboard
2011 Finals Wk 1 S'board
2011 Finals Wk2 S'board
2011 PrelmFinal Scoreboard
2011 GRAND FINAL
PHOTO GALLERIES:
2006 Grand Final
2007 Grand Final
2008 Rnd 1 - Syd Uni v
Balmain
2008 Rnd 1 - Wests v
W'gong
2008 Rnd 1 - Pen Hlls v
Camp
2008 Rnd 1 - UNSW-ES v
ECE
2008 Rnd 1 - St Grge v Nth
Shre
2008 Rnd 2 - Wests v
Camptwn
2008 Rnd 3 - W'gong v
NthShre
2008 Rnd 4 - Camptwn v S
Uni
2008 Rnd 5 - Nth Shore v
Balm
2008 Rnd 6 - Wests v Syd
Uni
2008 Rnd 7 - C'town v Nth
Shre
2008 Rnd 8 - Syd Uni v St
G'rge
2008 - Rnd 9 - W'gong v
Pen Hl
2008 - Rnd 10 - Pen Hills v
Nth Shre
2008 - Rnd 11 - Sydney Uni
v Nth Shre
2008 - Rnd 11 - Balmain v
Camp'town
2008 - Rnd 12 - Nth Shre v
East Cst
2009 - Rnd 1 - St George v
Syd Uni
2009 - Rnd 2 - Camp'twn v
Wests
2009 - Rnd 3 - Sydney Uni v
Penn Hills
2009 - Rnd 4 - Wests v Nth
Shore
2009 - Rnd 5 - Syd Uni v
Nth Shore
2009 - Rnd 6 - East Coast v
St George
2009 - Rnd 8 - Nth Shore v
Penn Hills
2009 - Rnd 9 - UNSW-ES v
East Coast
2009 - Rnd 10 - St George v
Nth Shore
2009 - Rnd 11 - Balmain v
Wollongong
2009 - Rnd 12 - UNSW-ES
v Nth Shore
2009 - Rnd 13 - Wests v
East Coast
2009 - Rnd 14 - Pen Hills v
Camp'twn
2009 Represent -Sydney v
Canberra
2009 - Rnd 15 - Nth Shore v
Syd Uni
2009 - Rnd 16 - Pen Hills v
Nth Shore
2009 - Rnd 17 - Nth Shore v
Campbelltown
2009 - Rnd 18 - Wests v
Penn Hills
2009 - Qual Final - Wests v
UNSW-ES
2009 - Elim Final - Pen
Hills v Camp'town
2009 - 1st Semi -
UNSW-ES v Pen Hills
2009 - 2nd Semi - East
Coast v Wests
2009 - Prelim Final - Wests
v UNSW-ES
2009 Grand Final Day
2010 - Rnd 1 - Wests v St
George
2010 - Rnd 2 - UNSW-ES v
North Shore
2010 - Rnd 3 - East Coast v
Sydney Uni
2010 - Rnd 4 - Sydney Uni v
North Shore
2010 - Rnd 5 - Camp'town v
UNSW-ES
2010 - Rnd 6 - Wests v
North Shore
2010 - Rnd 7 - Penn Hills v
Wests
2010 - Rnd 8 - Nth Shore v
Campbelltown
2010 - Rnd 9 - Camp'town v
Sydney Uni
2010 - Rnd 9 - Pennant Hlls
v North Shore
2010 - Rnd 10 - St George v
Wests
2010 - Rnd 11 - Balmain v
Campbelltown
2010 - Rnd 12 - St George v
North Shore
2010 - Rnd 13 - Nth Shore v
Sydney Uni
2010 - Rnd 14 - Wests v
East Coast
2010 - Rnd 15 - East Coast
v North Shore
2010 - Rnd 17 - Nth Shore v
Pennant Hills
2010 - Qual Final - Wests v
East Coast
2010 - Elim Final - North
Shore v Pennant Hills
2010 - 2nd Semi - Sydney
Uni v Wests
2010 - Prelim Final - Wests
v East Coast
2011 - Rnd 1 - East Coast v
Sydney
2011 - Rnd 2 - Balmain v
UTS
2011 - Rnd 3 - Balmain v
UNSW-ES
2011 - Rnd 5 - Pennant
Hills v North Shore
2011 - Rnd 6 - North Shore
v Campbelltown
2011 - Rnd 8 - UTS v North
Shore
2011 - Rnd 9 - Wests v
Sydney Uni
2011 - Rnd 10 - Balmain v
St George
2011 - Rnd 11 - Illawarra v
North Shore
2011 - Rnd 12 - East Coast
v St George
2011 - Rnd 13 - North Shre
v St George
2011 - Rnd 14 - Balmain v
Pennant Hills
2011 - Rnd 15 - North
Shore v Pennant Hills
2011 - Rnd 15 - Sydney Uni
v East Coast
2011 - Rnd 17 - North
Shore v Wests
2011 - Rnd 18 - Balmain v
North Shore
2011 - Rnd 19 - North
Shore v Sydney Uni
2011 - Rnd 20 - UNSW-ES
v North Shore
2011 - Qualifying Final -
Balmain v Sydney Uni
2011 - First Semi - Sydney
Uni v North Shore
2011 - Prelim Final -
Balmain v Sydney Uni