Ahead of this weekend’s action, take a look at how your club fared in the lower grades last week as we go ‘Around the Grounds’.
It was a weekend full of drubbings in Second Grade. Ainslie ran out 97 point victors, whilst Belconnen were comprehensive in their 154 point defeat of Queanbeyan. It was no match for the Hawks, who won by a whopping 196 points.
Eastlake and Ainslie played out a thriller in the Rising Stars, as is fast becoming the norm for the competition. Marist collected a vital four points with a big win, and Queanbeyan joined them in the winners’ circle.
Cootamundra reigned supreme in a mouth-watering clash of the Regional Grade’s competition heavyweights. Goulburn almost pulled off a stunning comeback win, but the Blues managed to stave off the visitors.
Eastlake, Belconnen, and Queanbeyan all collected important wins as the competition heats up in the Women’s Grade. The competition will now split in to two grades ahead of the finals.
SECOND GRADE (ROUND 9)
Ainslie 16.15.111 defeated Eastlake 2.2.14
Andrew Thompson was judged best afield for the Tricolours as they completed a comprehensive victory over the Demons to move four wins clear of the fourth-placed Tigers on the competition table.
Tuggeranong 33.18.216 defeated Gungahlin 3.2.20
Tuggeranong’s Sean Wilkinson was superb, kicking eight goals on his way to Best on Ground honours. The Hawks never ran out of puff, piling on a remarkable eleven goals in the final term in their seventh win of 2015.
Belconnen 25.13.163 defeated Queanbeyan 1.3.9
The Magpies did not concede a major until the third term, as they once again showed why they are the team to beat in Second Grade this season. Belconnen remain in first on the ladder, with the Tigers sitting in fourth.
RISING STARS (ROUND 9)
Eastlake 6.8.44 defeated Ainslie 6.4.40
The competition front-runners were given an almighty fright by the Tricolours at Startrack Oval, but eventually reigned supreme after overcoming a 16-point deficit at quarter time. Only three points separated the sides going in to the last quarter, but the Demons held their nerve in a tense finish.
Marist 24.12.156 defeated Tuggeranong 1.2.8
James Williams booted six majors in a clinical performance from the finals contenders that leaves the Hawks searching for their maiden victory for 2015. It was a vital win for Marist, as they are now three wins clear of fifth-placed Belconnen in the race to September.
Queanbeyan 8.15.63 defeated Belconnen 4.5.29
Just fourteen points separated the sides heading in to the second half, but the second-placed Tigers outmuscled the opposition in the third term to lay the platform for their seventh win of the year. Matt Vardanega was judged Best on Ground for the victors.
THIRD GRADE (ROUND 12)
No games played.
FOURTH GRADE (ROUND 12)
No games played.
REGIONAL GRADE (ROUND 12)
Cootamundra 12.14.86 defeated Goulburn 10.12.72
Cootamundra reigned supreme in a mouth-watering clash of the competition heavyweights at Clarke Oval. Goulburn almost pulled off a stunning upset as they trailed by 35 points at half time before taking the lead heading in to the final term. Cootamundra were able to snatch victory to draw level on the competition ladder,
Tuggeranong, Ainslie, Cooma, and Yass had the bye.
WOMEN’S GRADE (ROUND 9)
Eastlake 3.9.27 defeated Ainslie 0.5.5
With scores locked at four behinds apiece at halftime, it was clear that whoever was to boot the first major would go a long way towards winning the game, and that is the way it panned out as Eastlake kicked the only three goals of the game to emerge victorious.
Belconnen 12.7.79 defeated Gungahlin 3.6.24
Zoe Cooke kicked six goals for the Magpies as they collected the points for the seventh time this year. The win sees them hold third place on the ladder heading in to the business end of the season.
Queanbeyan 10.4.64 defeated Molonglo 4.8.32
Lani Watson kicked four goals in a Best on Ground performance for the home side. Queanbeyan now head in to the second half of the season leading the bottom half of the table, as the competition will now split in to two divisions prior to the finals.
Riverina defeated ADFA/RMC.
Tuggeranong defeated ANU.
ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR AFL CANBERRA