As the race to the finals heats up, take a look ‘Around the Grounds’ to see the lower grades form guides heading in to the business end of the season.
Belconnen were comfortable winners in Second Grade, holding the opposition to nil away from home. Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan collected vital close wins in the race to September.
Queanbeyan knocked over the Demons in the Rising Stars to draw level on the competition ladder in the race for the minor premiership, while Marist and Ainslie firmed as finals contenders.
Woden collected the spoils in Third Grade to move two wins clear on the table, whilst a win to Batemans Bay ensures the battle for fourth spot heats up.
Harman have one hand on the Fourth Grade minor premiership after another victory. Molonglo were victors to draw level with two clubs in a tussle for a top four spot.
Goulburn’s Heath Russell booted a staggering 22 goals to propel the Swans to a massive victory in the Regional Grade. Cootamundra were also winners, with only percentage separating the top two sides on the table.
The Women’s Grade saw a General Bye ahead of the competition being split in to two divisions ahead of the finals series.
SECOND GRADE (ROUND 10)
Tuggeranong 11.13.79 defeated Ainslie 11.7.73
The lead changed hands at every break in a tight tussle that guaranteed the victor second place on the competition table. Tuggeranong prevailed at home against an opponent they can expect to see again come September.
Belconnen 25.27.177 defeated Gungahlin 0.0.0
Belconnen continued their dominant run in the 2015 season, piling on 25 goals against a winless Jets outfit in what was a David and Goliath battle at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. Patrick Horan kicked six goals in a Best on Ground performance.
Queanbeyan 4.14.38 defeated Eastlake 4.8.32
Eastlake pressed hard in the final seconds for an equaliser, but Queanbeyan were able to repel the Demons attack. Norm Lembit kicked three goals in a Best on Ground performance for the victors in a scrappy affair at Football Park on Sunday. Eastlake’s Owen Waring was the best of a beaten bunch, kicking three majors.
RISING STARS (ROUND 10)
Ainslie 18.17.125 defeated Tuggeranong 0.1.1
The Tricolours were comfortable favourites heading in to the clash, and were brilliant from the opening bounce. Hayden Raftery slotted six goals for the visitors as they collected another win and a vital percentage boost to secure third place on the ladder for the time being.
Marist 10.6.66 defeated Belconnen 8.7.55
Marist held off a second half fightback from the Magpies at Lindwall Oval to collect their sixth win for 2015. The win goes a long way towards the students booking themselves a ticket to September action in the Rising Stars.
Queanbeyan 3.9.27 defeated Eastlake 2.6.18
The Tigers got the better of the competition front-runners to draw level on the ladder on a Football Park surface that had hosted two games the previous day. The black and golds were able to create more chances in the sloppy conditions, which goes a long way towards winning wet weather football.
THIRD GRADE (ROUND 13)
Woden 14.8.92 defeated Molonglo 8.8.56
A ten minute lapse in the second term from the visitors allowed the Blues to pile on five goals in quick succession, effectively taking the game away from the Juggernauts. The win sees Woden move two games clear at the top of the table, while Molonglo face a battle to secure fourth spot.
Batemans Bay 11.10.76 defeated UC 10.6.66
The Seahawks shot out to a 25 point lead in the first quarter, a lead which proved too much for the hosts to overcome. Batemans Bay now draw level with Molonglo on the competition ladder in a tight tussle for fourth spot, whilst UC face an uphill battle to play finals football.
ANU and ADFA/RMC had the bye.
FOURTH GRADE (ROUND 13)
Molonglo 10.11.71 defeated Woden 4.5.29
A victory for the Juggernauts complicated the finals picture even more, with ADFA/RMC and UC also sitting on twelve competition points. The Blues are just one win clear of the three sides after being toppled by the men in orange.
Harman 15.12.102 defeated UC 2.8.20
The Hogs moved two wins clear on top of the competition table as they collected a comfortable victory away from home. Joel Percy kicked four goals for the ladder leaders as they left UC locked in a battle to play in the finals with two other sides.
ANU and ADFA/RMC had the bye.
REGIONAL GRADE (ROUND 13)
Goulburn 32.18.210 defeated Tuggeranong 2.1.13
Goulburn’s Heath Russell booted a staggering 22 goals to propel the Swans to a massive victory. Russell’s effort was the best seen in AFL Canberra across every grade in 2015, and he left the judges under no illusions as to who was the Best on Ground.
Cootamundra 12.14.86 defeated Yass 11.8.74
A spirited effort from the Roos was not enough to topple the might of the Blues, who remain locked in a battle for the minor premiership with the Swans. If Yass can produce similar efforts in the remaining rounds, one can rest assured that they will be in the final four.
Cooma defeated Ainslie.
WOMEN’S GRADE (ROUND 10)
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