Once again we go Around the Grounds to wrap-up all of the action from AFL Canberra’s lower grades.
Belconnen and Ainslie both came away with massive victories in Second Grade, running out 100+ point victors. Tuggeranong joined them in the winners’ circle, posting a comprehensive victory over Queanbeyan.
Ainslie and Marist played out an enthralling battle in the Rising Stars, with the Tricolours eventually running out victors. Eastlake and Queanbeyan also collected the points.
In Third Grade, ADFA/RMC toppled Molonglo by a goal in a nail-biter at Stirling Oval, whilst competition front-runners Woden and ANU continued to jostle for top spot on the ladder.
Harman once again showed that they are the team to beat in Fourth Grade, whilst elsewhere UC sprung an upset and ADFA/RMC were convincing winners.
Cootamundra posted a big win after ten goals to Dale Bert, whilst Goulburn’s Heath Russell laid the platform for another Swans victory in the Regional Grade.
The Riverina celebrated a massive day for their club with a win in the Women’s Grade as they remembered their former teammate Stephanie Scott. Eastlake, Belconnen, Gungahlin, and Tuggeranong also came away with victories.
SECOND GRADE (ROUND 7)
Tuggeranong 17.12.114 defeated Queanbeyan 6.5.41
Jordan Grant’s four goals propelled the home side to their fifth win of the season, taking his tally to ten majors for the season. The Hawks shot out to an early lead and continued to widen the margin as the game progressed.
Belconnen 25.23.173 defeated Eastlake 0.2.2
The Demons could only manage two behinds when they ran in to a red-hot Magpies outfit. Matthew Viney and Jamie Clough were two of the standout performers, kicking six and four goals respectively in a result that sees Belconnen remain on top of the table.
Ainslie 19.12.126 defeated Gungahlin 2.8.20
A stunning first quarter saw the Tricolours take a 56-point lead in to the first break. Mark Jillard was named Best on Ground for the home side on the back of his four goals, with his side firmly entrenched in a battle for top spot on the table with Belconnen.
RISING STARS (ROUND 7)
Ainslie 9.7.61 defeated Marist 7.6.48
Only one point separated the sides heading in to the second half, before the Tricolours kicked three goals to one in the third term to move twelve points clear at three quarter time. The lead proved too much for Marist to overcome in the final stanza, as Ainslie leapfrogged Marist in to third on the ladder.
Eastlake 8.11.59 defeated Belconnen 6.3.39
The Demons continued their strong start to the 2015 season, with four goals from the competition’s leading goal-scorer Nicholas Ryan proving the difference. Eastlake remain atop the table, with Belconnen two wins out of the top four.
Queanbeyan 14.16.100 defeated Tuggeranong 1.2.8
Dean Lord kicked four goals in a Best on Ground performance for the Tigers, helping his side to move in to the top two on the competition table. Tuggeranong are still searching for their first win of the season.
THIRD GRADE (ROUND 10)
ANU 11.6.72 defeated Batemans Bay 8.11.59
Scores were locked at halftime, with each side sitting on 4.4.28 after a second quarter fightback from the Seahawks. ANU flexed their muscle in the third term, taking a seventeen-point lead in to the final break, a lead which proved to be enough as the Griffins eventually ran out thirteen-point victors.
Woden 18.13.121 defeated UC 5.9.39
The Blues piled on nine second half goals to UC’s four behinds to record a comprehensive victory. Eight players booted majors for the away side as they finished the round sitting in first place on the competition ladder. UC face an uphill battle to play finals football after a raft of injuries derailed their campaign.
ADFA/RMC 13.8.86 defeated Molonglo 11.14.80
Just five points separated the two finals contenders in the dying stages of the match, but the Rams were able to hold off a brave fightback from the hosts as they collected their sixth win of the season in the most hotly contested match of the round.
FOURTH GRADE (ROUND 10)
Harman 19.14.128 defeated ANU 4.3.27
The ladder leading Hogs continued their brilliant start to the season as they collected their eighth win from nine games. Leading by 56-points at the main break, the home side went on with the job to knock over the second placed Griffins in emphatic fashion.
UC 12.8.80 defeated Woden 9.10.64
The tightest tussle of the round in Fourth Grade saw the momentum swing in favour of both sides throughout the contest. UC led by sixteen at quarter time, before Woden produced a strong second term to lead by thirteen at the main break. Scores were tied heading in to the last, and it was UC that went on with the job, kicking four goals to one in the final quarter.
ADFA/RMC 16.15.111 defeated Molonglo 5.7.37
Liam Humphrey kicked four goals for the Rams as they recorded their third victory for the year. The away side was dominant for the majority of the game, before the Juggernauts found some form in the fourth quarter. The Rams’ victory has the side in a good position ahead of the business end of the season.
REGIONAL GRADE (ROUND 10)
Goulburn 12.9.81 defeated Yass 4.4.28
Goulburn collected the points for the eighth time in nine outings this season, posting a 53-point victory over the fourth placed Roos. The Swans’ Heath Russell was again among the chief destroyers, kicking four majors to take his season tally to a remarkable 41 goals from eight games.
Cootamundra 20.10.130 defeated Cooma 7.2.44
Cootamundra’s Dale Bert kicked ten goals as the second placed Blues kicked ten points clear of the third placed Cats on the competition table. Cootamundra’s big win gives them some much needed momentum heading in to a bye.
Ainslie vs Tuggeranong
WOMENS GRADE (ROUND 7)
Eastlake 18.13.121 defeated ANU 0.0.0
Karina Demant kicked another eight goals to take her tally to 23 majors in five games for 2015 as Eastlake produced a dominant performance to move in to fifth on the competition table. The win was their third on the trot, and has them pushing for a Division 1 spot in a matter of weeks.
Belconnen 19.14.128 defeated ADFA/RMC 0.1.1
Belconnen’s fifth win of the season came in devastating fashion, as Zoe Cooke kicked six goals in a Best on Ground performance. The Magpies cracked the 100-point mark for the third time this season as they retain third spot on the competition ladder.
Gungahlin 6.7.43 defeated Ainslie 4.5.29
Gungahlin trailed at every break before producing an outstanding fourth quarter in which they held the opposition scoreless and piled on sixteen points of their own. Brittany Tully slotted two goals as she collected Best on Ground honours for the victors.
Riverina 11.8.74 defeated Molonglo 0.0.0
Riverina donned yellow jumpers to remember their former teammate Stephanie Scott at Wagga’s McPherson Oval on ‘Scotty Day’. The Lions did Scott proud as they won their sixth game of the season with a dominant performance.
Tuggeranong 13.7.85 defeated Queanbeyan 1.2.8
Tuggeranong once again showed why they are one of the best teams in the competition as Karen Hill [Herbert] kicked five goals in a Best on Ground performance for the competition leaders.
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