The Belconnen Magpies have made an unbeaten start to the AFL Canberra First Grade season after nine games, and will look to continue their run this weekend.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash against Gungahlin, let’s rewind and have a look at what we’ve learnt from Belconnen’s season so far.
Chris York is a cut above
Speaking after the side’s Round 3 victory over Ainslie at The Nest, James Bennett labelled Chris York’s start to the season as nothing short of fantastic.
“He’s clearly a better player than the level that we’re at here so we’re pretty happy to have him”, said the Belconnen star.
York has since managed 52 goals in nine outings, and has been named in the side’s best six times, suggesting that York is the number one forward in the competition this season.
The Nest is a fortress
Yes, Belconnen are unbeaten at every ground to date in the 2015 season, but it becomes quite clear that when playing at home, the Magpies find another level.
Belconnen’s percentage at The Nest is a staggering 341.55%, a massive increase on their percentage away from home, which stands at 281.37% – still an unbelievable percentage record.
An amazing 748 of the Magpies’ 1156 points have been scored on their home turf. With only three home games remaining, the dominant start to the season will prove invaluable.
They can get over the line in the big games
In a top of the table clash against Tuggeranong three weeks ago at Greenway Oval, the Magpies were tested, and managed to collect the four points.
Trailing by nine points heading in to the final term, it took an inspiring three-quarter time speech from Coach Jeremy Rowe for the Magpies to snatch back in the ascendancy.
Speaking after the game, Rowe was quite satisfied with the result.
“I do have a lot of pride and admiration for the way that we had that unwillingness to be beat. And when we were called upon in the last quarter, we rose to the occasion and did enough to win.”
That experience will become invaluable come September.
Magpies’ boast midfield magicians
Three Belconnen midfielders in James Bennett, Lexie Bennett, and Isaac Taylor have been among the best players in the competition this season.
At some points it seems as though they have a reserved spot in AFL Canberra’s Team of the Week.
James Bennett, who captained AFL Canberra’s Representative side earlier this season, has been named in the Best on Ground six times, as has Isaac Taylor.
Club captain Lexie Bennett has been judged as one of the best afield on four occasions, suggesting that the side’s midfield may well be the best in Canberra.
Brilliant in the backline
When a side is winning games in such comprehensive fashion, it is easy to forget how well the backline is playing.
Three of the side’s unsung heroes in 2015 have undoubtedly been Luke Wharton, Glenn Currie, and Daniel Jordan.
Following a 169-point demolition of Eastlake in Round 2, Rowe acknowledged that although some may think the backs had a quiet day out, their input was crucial to the side’s success.
“Obviously to the naked eye people may think that they didn’t have a lot of work but I thought that 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.”
The three backs have given the side plenty of dash in the first half of the season, something that has been a major factor in their unbeaten run.
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