New Zealand stroll past Canada to set up Ireland clash
12 Aug, 2017
New Zealand have moved one step closer to reaching the AFL International Cup Grand Final after defeating Canada by 56 points at the Waverley Blues Football Club on Saturday afternoon.
It was a tight tussle in the opening term with both sides defending well to limit scoring opportunities. Will Dickinson was best early on for the Kiwi’s with a hard work rate playing on the ball.
Defenders Andriu and Brandon Sucu once again played a big role in defence with Brandon moving up the ground at times to make an impact getting the ball into the NZ forward 50.
The NZ side kicked into gear half way through third quarter as the game opened up. Playing in only his third game, Josh ‘Pom’ Cunliffe was superb up front all game and was rewarded with his first international goal.
The flood gates opened in the final quarter as New Zealand kicked three goals in three minutes thanks to the handy work of Andy Howison, Josh Cunliffe and Brendan Clark. Canada kicked a consolation goal with two minutes left in the game but the damage was done.
Andy Christensen ran out for New Zealand for the 20th time. A milestone only a handful of players have achieved.
Goals: Brendan Clark 2, Andrew Howison 2, Josh Mackie 1, Joe Baker-Thomas 1, Ben Hick 1, David Rattenbury 1, Josh Cunliffe 1.
Best: James Kusel, Andrew Howison, Liam Beattie, Andriu Sucu, Jay Johnson, Josh Cunliffe.
New Zealand’s final round robin match is against old rivals Ireland on Tuesday afternoon at Ransford Oval in Royal Park. The last two remaining unbeaten sides in the competition have played some classic games in the tournaments history and is sure to be the same on Tuesday.
First bounce: 12.15pm (AEST)/2.15pm (NZT)
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Streaming link – AFLIC17 YouTube Channel