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Magpies swoop on Eastlake


Belconnen remain unbeaten after eleven goals from forward Chris York propelled his side to a massive win over Eastlake at The Nest on Saturday.

The Magpies shot out of the blocks with a goal in the first minute, and never looked back as they ran away with a 29.22.196 to 4.3.27 win.

The Demons failed to score in the opening term, with the home side taking a 42-point lead in to the first break.

Belconnen coach Jeremy Rowe stressed to his side at the break to go on with the job, and they certainly did that as they finished the half having stretched their lead to 91 points.

“Belconnen over the years have got in to a really good culture where winning was a habit, and teams of the past that get themselves in that scenario really have gone on with the job.

I think over the last few years that probably hasn’t quite been the case. I wanted to make sure that when we had the opportunity, that we could and we certainly did.”

Eastlake struggled to hit their targets in the forward line, a stark contrast to the ease with which the Magpies linked up with each other.


Rowe was quick to praise his back line for their efforts.

“Daniel Jordan and Luke Wharton were really good, they gave us a lot of run off half back and when the game called upon them they won probably all of their one-on-one’s which was terrific.”

Wharton’s work in the back line consistently became the launching pad for James and Lexie Bennett to link-up and run riot in the midfield, whilst Dominic Bunyan again proved his worth in the forward line, booting five goals.

The home side struck first through Tjalari Adams, and Glenn Currie’s tireless defensive work allowed his side to continue the onslaught.

Eastlake started to gain momentum in the second term, before Magpies up-and-comer Patrick Horan won a contest to snatch back the ascendancy.

Belconnen started to flex their muscle in the second stanza, moving the ball around the field and consistently finding an open man.


Eastlake pulled two forwards back in to the midfield in the third term, but the tactic came to no avail as Wharton found space and was able to conjure up two plays that led to goals.

Chris York rose above the pack in the second half on his way to a Best on Ground performance, but was quick to highlight the work of the midfield.

“The midfield worked really well, and it just created so much space for me so all I had to do was catch and kick it really,” laughed the Belconnen star.

“With players like James and Lexie Bennett, it’s very easy to be a forward with the kicking you the footy.

We don’t want to win through just being better individual players. We want to win because our structures and our discipline are better.”

Eastlake coach Ashley Maloney said the result left his side his plenty of lessons to think about.

“It was a pretty tough day, coming up against a far more experienced side than ourselves. So we’ve just got to take what we can from it and learn as much as possible.

They have a lot of good players who were running forward of the ball and they were winning a lot of the footy.”



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