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With finals getting underway in a matter of weeks, let’s head Around the Grounds to see how your club went in AFL Canberra’s lower grades.

Belconnen and Ainslie both cracked the 100-point margin in Second Grade, to continue their charge to the finals series, whilst Tuggeranong toppled the Tigers at Allinsure Park.

Eastlake remain perched on top of the Rising Stars ladder on percentage, with Queanbeyan snapping at their heels after a big win. Ainslie joined the top two sides in the winners’ circle.

Woden all but wrapped-up the minor premiership as the Third Grade finals picture became a little bit clearer. Molonglo’s win sees them move four points clear of their fellow finals contenders Batemans Bay.

Wins to Fourth Grade’s top two sides in Harman and ANU were met with a round of applause for the Juggernauts, who now sit just outside the top four on percentage after a win over the Magpies.

Yass emerged victorious in a thriller in the Regional Grade competition, whilst Cootamundra wreaked havoc against Tuggeranong, piling on 22 goals.

Riverina and Eastlake collected vital wins in Division One of the Women’s Grade, whilst Tuggeranong ran riot against Division Two’s Griffins.

SECOND GRADE (ROUND 13)

Tuggeranong 13.27.105 defeated Queanbeyan 7.8.50
The Hawks produced a dominant performance to move one step closer to a major semi-final appearance. Hayden Taylor bagged six majors for the visitors, whilst Dave Corcoran got his name on the scoresheet with two goals for the hosts at Allinsure Park.

Belconnen 29.20.194 defeated Eastlake 1.4.10
The competition leaders were brilliant all over the park as they dismantled the Demons at The Nest. Ben Turnbull was judged best afield on the back of his five goals, whilst fourteen of his Magpies teammates slotted maximums.

Ainslie 17.22.124 defeated Gungahlin 1.2.8
The Tricolours turned in another strong outing to stamp their place as genuine premiership contenders, knocking over the Jets in emphatic fashion. Darcy Paine led the way with four goals as the home side held Gungahlin to a solitary goal.

RISING STARS (ROUND 13)

Queanbeyan 17.21.123 defeated Tuggeranong 1.4.10
The Tigers continued their charge towards the Rising Stars minor premiership with a massive win over a winless Tuggeranong outfit. The win marked the third time the Tigers have eclipsed the 100-point barrier, with all of those efforts coming against the Hawks.

Eastlake 9.8.62 defeated Belconnen 4.2.26
Trailing at quarter time, the ladder leading Demons only conceded a mere two points for the rest of the contest as they completed a comprehensive win. Eastlake remain atop the competition table as a result of their superior percentage.

Ainslie 11.13.79 defeated Marist 6.5.41
The Tricolours put their best foot forward in what could be a preview of the Rising Stars minor semi-final, shooting out to an insurmountable 27-point lead. The four teams that will contest the finals series has long been confirmed, but this win indicates that Ainslie could yet crack a top two spot.

THIRD GRADE (ROUND 16)

Woden 11.4.70 defeated ANU 7.9.51
The Blues again got the better of the Griffins in a top of the table clash to all but wrap-up the Third Grade minor premiership. Three goals to Matthew Fenech propelled the side to their twelfth win from thirteen starts in season 2015.

ADFA/RMC 14.11.95 defeated Batemans Bay 9.7.61
Leigh Mcwhirter kicked three goals on his way to collecting Best on Ground honours for the Rams as they put a dent in the Seahawks’ finals hopes. The visitors outscored their hosts in three of the four quarters in a strong four quarter performance.

Molonglo 18.12.120 defeated UC 2.4.16
Some handy ruckwork from Molonglo’s Byron Thorpe laid the platform for Patrick McCarthy to run riot on the wing, pulling out an array of party tricks in a Best on Ground performance. The win puts the Juggernauts four points clear of fellow finals contenders Batemans Bay on the ladder.

FOURTH GRADE (ROUND 16)

ANU 14.6.90 defeated Woden 6.10.46
The Griffins’ tenth win of the season leaves Woden clinging to fourth spot on the competition table on percentage. Tim Robb slotted four majors for the hosts, who will be hoping to continue their rich vein of form heading in to the finals series.

Harman 9.11.65 defeated ADFA/RMC 6.11.47
The Hogs collected their ninth consecutive win in their tightest tussle since their Round 5 defeat at the hands of the Griffins. Callum Birtles and Aaron Froud both nailed three goals for the victors at home.

Molonglo 11.11.77 defeated UC 6.6.42
The Juggernauts held a slender four point lead over the Magpies at the completion of the opening term, before kicking three goals to one in the second quarter to stretch the advantage. The win sees Molonglo draw level with fourth-placed Woden on the ladder, with only percentage separating the two sides.

REGIONAL GRADE (ROUND 16)

Cootamundra 22.19.151 defeated Tuggeranong 1.3.9
Chris Drum kicked six goals for the Blues as they moved in to first place on the competition ladder with a brilliant performance against the Hawks. The 142-point win was Cootamundra’s biggest of the season.

Yass 10.17.77 defeated Cooma 11.4.70
The Roos edged out the Cats in a thriller at Snowy Oval to leapfrog their opponents in to third on the table. Trailing by eleven heading in to the final stanza, Yass slotted five goals to two in the fourth quarter to complete a stirring comeback.

Goulburn vs Ainslie denoted as ‘Final’.

WOMEN’S GRADE (ROUND 3)

Division One

Riverina 2.7.19 defeated Gungahlin 2.0.12
The Lions got off the mark in the Division One competition with a come from behind win over the Jets at Amaroo. The visitors found themselves behind by a point heading in to the final term, but managed to snatch the points with a one goal to none quarter.

Eastlake 4.11.35 defeated Belconnen 3.0.18
The Demons backline refused to budge in the second half, as Belconnen failed to add to their first half tally of three goals. Clare Munro kicked two vital goals to push Eastlake in to second on the Division One table.

Tuggeranong 21.9.135 defeated ANU 2.0.12
Kathryn Ghirardello kicked a staggering ten majors as the Hawks brushed the Division Two Griffins outfit aside in a one-sided affair. Annie Ghirardello didn’t miss out on the goal scoring action, slotting six of her own, whilst Amy Currie was judged as Tuggeranong’s best.

Tuggeranong listed as having the Bye, despite playing against Division Two side ANU.

Division Two

Queanbeyan vs Molonglo called off due to ground closures.

Ainslie vs ADFA/RMC called off due to ground closures.

ANU listed as having the Bye, despite playing against Division One side Tuggeranong.

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ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR AFL CANBERRA: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-1051-0-0-0&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=35555849

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