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SYDNEY AFL ROUND 17 - Penno Are Tops and Take Out the Pops
Charlie Richardson is presented with the Warren 'Pops' Quintrell ShieldArticle and Photos by Michael Shillito


In the penultimate round of the home and away season, the battle to determine finals positions was still very much alive; and a crunch game in deciding how the finals would be shaped was the Hills derby when Pennant Hills hosted East Coast Eagles. The match was played in ideal conditions, with perfect football weather. And to add to the sense of occasion, it was Past Players Day at Pennant Hills, and the biggest crowd to attend a game at Ern Holmes Oval for many years was on hand.

Winning the toss and kicking to the southern end, East Coast made the first centre break and moved the ball forward, but the attack was quickly repelled and the Eagles were not to get another inside 50 for over 10 minutes. But, under relentless pressure the Eagles' defence held tight, with only Scott Reed penetrating the big sticks during the early onslaught. And when, against the run of play, Seebeck found Damian Bowles who was paid a free for holding, the Eagles' deficit was cut to just 3 points. But the Eagles were never able to take the lead, a double to the Demons giving them a 14-point advantage.

The Eagles played their best football for the game in the second quarter, but were unable to create any significant scoreboard pressure and only won the quarter by 4 points. There were Eagle highlights during the quarter - particularly a strong pack mark to Seebeck which resulted in a goal. What looked a carbon copy moments later was denied when the umpires paid a Pennant Hills free. A double to Laine Spencer during the quarter maintained the Demons' advantage, but a set shot after the siren from the pocket to Damian Bowles cut the margin to just 10 points at the long break.Jon Vlatko goes for a run
The northern hill was well populated during the game, and during the third quarter they found their voice to produce an atmosphere that inspired the Demon players to step up and take the game out of the Eagles' reach. The premiership quarter got off to a flying start when Scott Reed played on and goaled; and despite the Eagles getting it back with a 50 metre penalty, the Demons were getting on top. Cue Matt Carey and the Goal of the Season. Taking the ball in front of the clubhouse on centre wing, Carey went for a run. Three bounces later, weaving his way around any potential tacklers, Carey passed to 50 metre line and banged the ball through the big sticks.

By now the Demons were men inspired, and the Eagles had no answers. The centre break found Bart Mill setting up Setford for another. The next centre break found Luke Bilbe, making under the shadow of the post; and although Bilbe played on and was unable to score, it barely mattered when Reed marked truly a minute later for his third, and some more good midfield work from Mill set up Josh Duncan. Bilbe finally got his goal as the clock ticked into time on, and the contest was over.

The procession continued in the last quarter, with the Demons running through 5 goals to 2 to blow the margin out. It was a vital 4 points for Pennant Hills, who also took out the Warren "Pops" Quintrell Shield which is traditionally awarded to the winner of the Hills derby.

The final margin was 68 points, the Demons again sending a message that they are the side to beat in 2008. Scott Reed scored 3 for the Demons, while Spencer, Goodall and Spencer each scored 2. Alex Goodall was their best, while Mitch Aitken was also prominent. Holding top spot going into the last round, the fate of the minor premiership is in their hands; a win over UNSW-ES in the last round will give the Demons the week off in the first week of finals action. But it was a disappointing second half fadeout for the Eagles - Adam Floyd with 2 goals was their only multiple goalkicker, while Michael Johnston and Rowan Bilkey were among their best. The Eagles will need to win their last match and hope St George go down next week to qualify for the double chance.

 

The Demons swarm to lay a tackle
It was also a day for remembering the history of Sydney football at Olds Park on Saturday, as St George celebrated their 80th anniversary. Founded in 1928 at the Dragons and in more recent times becoming the Crows, the old red and white strip was revived for the day. And the party mood was further elevated by the 2008 side enhancing their claims for a top-3 finish with a 39-point win over Sydney Uni. After an evenly contested first 3 quarters, with the Crows leading by 12 points at the last change, St George asserted themselves with 6 unanswered goals in the last quarter. Peter Dugmore was in awesome form up forward, bagging 11 goals in a best-on-ground performance; while Maurice Goolagong scored 3, and Troy Cole and Dane Williams were among their best. A win in the last round will be enough to give the Crows the double-chance for the finals. For Sydney Uni, Mark Egan proved a handy target with 6 goals, while Gary Burch and Joshua Leary were among their best. The loss sees the Students fall out of the top 5 for the first time in 2008, but they will regain their finals position should they defeat North Shore in the final round.

 

North Shore moved into the top 5 for the first time in 2008 with a 79-point win over Wollongong at Gore Hill Oval on Saturday. The Lions' preparations for the game had been severely disrupted, and the start times for the reserves and senior games delayed, when the Wollongong team bus broke down on their way to the ground. But the Lions put their frustrations behind them with a competitive opening to the match, and against the odds trailed by just 9 points at the long break. The second half was a different story, as the Bombers began to sniff an opportunity to move into finals contention and stepped up a gear to run through 17 goals to 6 in the second half. Ron Wason kicked 5 for the Bombers, while Adam Nicks and Mark Livy each contributed 4; while young guns Lachlan Pryor and Brendan Fitzgerald were among their best. The Bombers are now in the top 5, but will need to defeat Sydney Uni next week to stay there. Wollongong were well served by Troy Bartlett with 3 goals, and strong performances around the ground by Adam McConnochie and Scott Dennis.

 

Kieran Wright is tackled
UNSW-ES wrapped up a top-3 position, and retained an opportunity to take the minor premiership, when the Bulldogs defeated Campbelltown at Monarch Oval on Saturday. But the Bulldogs were made to earn their victory by a determined Campbelltown side who at times threatened to pull off a major boilover; the final winning margin for UNSW-ES being just 19 points. Although the Bulldogs led at every change, there was only a kick in it at each break before UNSW-ES tightened the screws with a 4 goals to 2 last quarter. Jonathan Bradfield scored 4 for UNSW-ES, Brad Abbott and Luke Jarjoura each scoring 3, while veteran Troy Luff was again in outstanding form. The Bulldogs will finish in the top 3, and if they can beat Pennant Hills next weekend will win the minor premiership. For Campbelltown, Ben Yakimov scored 3 while fellow under-18s Thomas Young and Alex Sneddon showed good form in their early experiences of senior football.

 

The only match not to have any bearing on the finals saw Balmain's 2008 revival continue, with the Dockers recording a 37-point victory over Wests at Picken Oval. There were only 4 points in it at the long break, but the Dockers turned a match that looked set to be a thriller into a comfortable win with a 7 goals to 4 third term. Billy Dixon scored 5 for the Dockers, with Nick Todd and Ryan Officer each scoring 3; and Troy Parker and Jack Dickens among their best. It was another disappointing loss for Wests, but Cal McGuirk played well to kick 4 goals and be the Magpies' best, while Matt Eurell also contributed 4 goals.

 

In First Division, UTS continued their dominant season with a 62-point win over Manly-Warringah, a result that would see the Wolves drop out of the top-2 double chance. Second spot is now in the hands of Southern Sharks after a 14-point win over Penrith at Greygums Oval. Holroyd-Parramatta wrapped up a finals berth with a 58-point win over Macquarie Uni, while Camden were 36 points too good for NorWest Jets at Fairfax Reserve.

 

Pennant Hills   3.5   5.8   11.12   16.17 (113)

East Coast Eagles   1.3   4.4   6.4   8.7 (55)

Goals : Pennant Hills - S Reed 3, L Spencer 2, A Goodall 2, C Setford 2, B Mill, M Carey, C Richardson, S Jones, K Wright, J Duncan, L Bilbe. East Coast - A Floyd 2, D Bowles, D Chapman, E Wilson, S Ryan, M Sankey, G Seebeck.

Reserves - East Coast 10.11 (71) d Pennant Hills 8.6 (54)

At Ern Holmes Oval, Sunday 17th August.

 

Ball in dispute in the centre
St George   4.2    9.3   13.7   17.11 (113)

Sydney University   4.3   6.5   11.7   11.8 (74)

Goals : St George - P Dugmore 11, M Goolagong 3, S Wilsen 2, R Ahmat. Sydney Uni - M Egan 6, C McLachlan 2, M Healy, A Lee, J Leary.

Reserves - Sydney Uni 15.12 (102) d St George 4.12 (36)

At Olds Park, Saturday 16th August.

 

North Shore   4.6   5.12   14.15   22.19 (151)

Wollongong   2.0   5.3   8.4   11.6 (72)

Goals : North Shore - R Wason 5, M Livy 4, A Nicks 4, D Kulk 3, R Butchatsky 2, A Lord, C Murphy, B Fitzgerald, R Meldrum. Wollongong - T Bartlett 3, C Stanton 2, J Weavers, S Dennis, A McConnochie, T Heath, M Toussis, R Neels.

Reserves - North Shore 18.15 (123) d Wollongong 5.8 (38)

At Gore Hill Oval, Saturday 16th August.

 

Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs   4.3   6.5   10.7   14.11 (95)

Campbelltown   4.1   6.2   9.6   11.10 (76)

Goals : UNSW-ES - J Bradfield 4, B Abbott 3, L Jarjoura 3, M Mullinder, A Heffernan, B Oliver, S Pech. Campbelltown - B Yakimov 3, M Irving 2, D Fraser, M Edwins, M Keys, C Kendrick, S Kershaw, L Coughlan.

Reserves - UNSW-ES 29.14 (188) d Campbelltown 2.2 (14)

At Monarch Oval, Saturday 16th August.

 

Balmain   4.1   6.6   13.6   17.13 (115)

Western Suburbs   2.5   5.8   9.11   11.12 (78)

Goals : Balmain - B Dixon 5, N Todd 3, R Officer 3, T Parker 2, D Napper, J Dickens, J Boyd, K Underwood. Wests - C McGuirk 4, M Eurell 4, C Noordhof 2, M Frail.

Reserves - Wests 13.14 (92) d Balmain 6.11 (47)

At Picken Oval, Saturday 16th August.

 

 PlayedWonDrawnLostForAgainstPts%ageStreak
Pennant Hills1714032,1441,18556180.93W7
Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs1714031,9471,41656137.50W3
St George1713041,6431,33952122.70W1
East Coast Eagles1712051,9521,28148152.38L1
North Shore179081,5131,6393692.31W4
Sydney University178091,6931,64732102.79L1
Western Suburbs1760111,4281,6432486.91L6
Balmain1740131,3552,0351666.58W1
Campbelltown1740131,1821,9581660.37L6
Wollongong1710161,2771,991464.14L14

 

Michael Johnston shows some pace

First Division:

Camden 13.12 (90) d NorWest Jets 9.10 (64)

Southern Sharks 12.15 (87) d Penrith 11.7 (73)

Holroyd-Parramatta 14.15 (99) d Macquarie Uni 5.11 (41)

Uni Technology, Sydney 19.12 (126) d Manly-Warringah 10.4 (64)

Reserve Grade

NorWest Jets 19.7 (121) d Camden 6.5 (41)

Southern Sharks 24.21 (165) d Penrith 1.3 (9)

Macquarie Uni 8.8 (56) d Holroyd-Parramatta 7.10 (52)

UTS 12.8 (80) d Manly-Warringah 8.7 (55)

 

Second Division:

Sydney Uni Blue 11.11 (77) d Pennant Hills 11.8 (74)

Holroyd-Parramatta d Macquarie Uni - forfeit

UTS 12.23 (95) d Manly-Warringah 7.1 (43)

Sydney Uni Red 11.15 (81) d UNSW-ES Whales 9.6 (60)

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 10.8 (68) d Moorebank Sports 9.5 (59)

 

Under 18s Premier:

Ruck contest
North Shore Bears 8.16 (64) d St George 7.4 (46)

North Shore Bombers 12.14 (86) d Wollongong 4.8 (32)

Campbelltown d St Ignatius Riverview - forfeit

Pennant Hills 10.10 (70) d East Coast Eagles 5.5 (35)

 

Under 18s Challenge:

Macquarie Uni 14.12 (96) d Pennant Hills 9.2 (56)

Manly-Warringah d East Coast Eagles - forfeit

Penrith 7.14 (56) d Southern Sharks 8.4 (52)

UNSW-ES 9.6 (60) d Moorebank Sports 6.7 (43)

 

THE FINALS EQUATIONScott Reed has a set shot
With just one round to go before the finals, the battle for finals positions is still up for grabs. The minor premiership gives the team that qualifies a week off, then going straight through to the major semi. The top 3 gives a double chance, but it's sudden death all the way for 4th and 5th.

The battle for the minor premiership and for 5th spot are decided by head-to-head contests this week between the only teams that can make those positions; while East Coast will need to win and hope St George lose to qualify for the double-chance.

Pennant Hills - To finish 1st must defeat or draw with UNSW-ES, otherwise will play qualifying final.

UNSW-ES - To finish 1st must defeat Pennant Hills, otherwise will play qualifying final.

St George - Will play qualifying final unless they lose to Balmain and East Coast defeat Wests. If those results happen, will finish 4th.

East Coast - Will finish 4th unless they defeat Wests and St George lose to Balmain. If those results happen, will play qualifying final.

North Shore - To finish 5th must defeat or draw with Sydney Uni, otherwise will miss finals.

Sydney Uni - To finish 5th must defeat North Shore, otherwise will miss finals.

 

NEXT WEEK'S FIXTURES (Lurker's Kiss of Death in bold):

Saturday 23rd August

Gore Hill Oval - North Shore v Sydney Uni (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Village Green - UNSW-ES v Pennant Hills (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Charles McLaughlin Oval - East Coast Eagles v Western Suburbs (Seniors 2:15pm, Reserves 12:15pm)

North Dalton Oval - Wollongong v Campbelltown (Seniors 6:10pm, Reserves 4pm)

Sunday 24th August (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Drummoyne Oval - Balmain v St George

 

Alistair Richardson takes the Demons out of Defence
First Division

Saturday 23rd August (Seniors 2:10pm, Reserves 12pm)

Bensons Lane - NorWest Jets v Manly-Warringah

Gipps Rd Oval - Holroyd-Parramatta v Camden

Greygums Oval - Penrith v Macquarie University

Gwawley Oval - Southern Sharks v UTS

 

Second Division

Saturday 23rd August

Gipps Rd Oval - Holroyd-Parramatta v Moorebank Sports (10am)

St Pauls Oval - Sydney Uni Blue v UNSW-ES Whales (10am)

Trumper Park - UTS v Pennant Hills (10am)

Village Green - UNSW-ES Bulldogs v Macquarie Uni (10am)

St Pauls Oval - Sydney Uni Red v Manly-Warringah (12pm)

 

Bart Mill takes a chest mark
Under 18s Premier

Saturday 23rd August

Gore Hill Oval - North Shore Bombers v North Shore Bears (10am)

Charles McLaughlin Oval - East Coast Eagles v Western Suburbs (10:15am)

North Dalton Oval - Wollongong v Campbelltown (2pm)

Sunday 24th August

Riverview First - St Ignatius Riverview v Pennant Hills (10am)

St George has the bye.

 

Under 18s Challenge

Saturday 23rd August

Charles McLaughlin Oval - East Coast Eagles v Pennant Hills (8:15am)

Greygums Oval - Penrith v Macquarie Uni (10am)

Gwawley Oval - Southern Sharks v Moorebank Sports (10am)

Sunday 24th August

Village Green - UNSW-ES v Manly-Warringah (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
Sydney AFL v AFL Canberra
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
Round 2 2011 Scoreboard
Round 3 2011 Scoreboard
Round 4 2011 Scoreboard
Round 5 2011 Scoreboard
Round 6 2011 Scoreboard
Round 7 2011 Scoreboard
Round 8 2011 Scoreboard
Round 9 2011 Scoreboard
Round 10 2011 Scoreboard
Round 11 2011 Scoreboard
Round 12 2011 Scoreboard
Round 13 2011 Scoreboard
Round 14 2011 Scoreboard
Round 15 2011 Scoreboard
Round 16 2011 Scoreboard
Round 17 2011 Scoreboard
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