Around the Grounds this week saw a vast array of results in the lower grades. It was a weekend of blowouts in Second Grade. We saw a tight one go down to the wire in the Rising Stars that could be a sign of things to come in September. Third Grade’s ladder leaders cemented their position at the top. A thrilling top of the table clash in Fourth Grade was decided by less than a goal. One of the Regional Grade heavyweights was almost knocked off in what would have been a stunning upset. A dominant performance has seen one team make a statement in the Women’s Grade.
SECOND GRADE (ROUND 2):
Tuggeranong 18.22.130 defeated Queanbeyan 2.6.18
The Hawks were untroubled as they flew to a second consecutive win, taking an eight goal lead in to the first break and never looking back with ten players getting their name on the scoresheet.
Ainslie 19.17.131 defeated Gungahlin 0.3.3
In a weekend of blowouts, it was Ainslie that were perhaps the most dominant, with the opposition unable to register a goal. With half the side kicking majors, Ainslie ensured they would remain on top of the table heading in to Round 3.
Belconnen 20.22.142 defeated Eastlake 3.3.21
Ben Turnbull turned in a Best on Ground performance to propel his side to their first win of the season. Eastlake’s Sam Graves was again amongst the Demons’ best.
RISING STARS (ROUND 2):
Queanbeyan 21.13.139 defeated Tuggeranong 1.0.6
The Tigers put in a dominant performance to register their first win for 2015. Tyler Collins led the way, booting six goals on his way to collecting Best on Ground honours.
Marist 8.5.53 defeated Ainslie 7.7.49
In a game displaying how tight the tussle for top four spots is, Marist took their first victory after knocking over Ainslie by four points.
Eastlake 15.19.109 defeated Belconnen 3.2.20
The Demons remain the only unbeaten side in the competition after a convincing win over the Magpies. Trailing at quarter time, Eastlake found their feet in the second term and never looked back.
THIRD GRADE (ROUND 5):
ANU 12.12.84 defeated Batemans Bay 5.6.36
The Griffins remain undefeated after knocking over the Seahawks at home. ANU’s dominance in the second and third quarters proved to be the difference.
Woden 22.13.145 defeated UC 0.2.2
In the most lopsided contest of the round, the Blues didn’t concede a point in the final three quarters of the game. Joshua and Lee Campbell led the way with 3 goals apiece.
Molonglo and ADFA/RMC had the bye.
FOURTH GRADE (ROUND 5):
ANU 11.10.76 defeated Harman 11.6.72
ANU took the honours in a thrilling top of the table clash. Down at the main break, a brilliant third quarter saw ANU take the lead and stave off a late Harman comeback to secure the points.
Woden 10.14.74 defeated UC 3.5.23
A best on ground performance from David Pevinsky led Woden to their second win of the season at Football Park. Liam Webb was among the Magpies’ best.
Molonglo and ADFA/RMC had the bye.
REGIONAL GRADE (ROUND 5):
Ainslie 10.18.78 defeated Tuggeranong 4.7.31
In the Regional Grade’s first Canberra Derby, it was the Tricolours that took the honours as William Oldfield snapped six goals to lead his side to their second win of the season.
Goulburn 17.17.119 defeated Yass 5.7.37
A dominant first quarter allowed the Swans to confirm their place at the top of the table with a convincing 82-point victory over the Roos.
Cootamundra 12.17.89 defeated Cooma 11.8.74
In the most hotly contested fixture of the round, the Cats almost sprung an upset on competition heavyweights Cootamundra. A six goals to two third term allowed the Blues to snatch back the momentum.
WOMEN’S GRADE (ROUND 2):
Eastlake 4.5.29 defeated Tuggeranong 3.3.21
Eastlake claimed their first scalp of the 2015 season, knocking over the 2014 premiers by nine points thanks to three goals from Karina Demant.
Belconnen 15.13.103 defeated Molonglo 0.1.1
Belconnen backed up their impressive first round victory with a dominant performance that saw Amy Jason-Jones bag four goals in a Best on Ground performance.
Riverina 9.12.66 defeated Queanbeyan 4.2.26
Riverina overcame a ten-point deficit at quarter time to take the points away from home. The Tigers only managed two points after the first break as the Lions turned in a clinical performance.
Gungahlin 8.19.67 defeated ANU 1.0.6
Two goals each to Cook, Ord, and Tully propelled the Jets to their second consecutive win. The Jets have only conceded 14 points in their opening two rounds.
Ainslie vs ADFA/RMC has been postponed until June 3.
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