University and North Shore steamroll into the AAFL Grand Final
19 Nov, 2019
The University Blues will play the North Shore Tigers in the 2019 Auckland AFL Grand Final after both sides convincingly won their respective semi finals this afternoon.
The Grand Final will be played this Saturday the 23rd of November at North Harbour Stadium with ball up from 2.00pm.
The reserves Grand Final will start at 12.30pm and will be contested by the Mt Roskill Saints and the North Shore Tigers.
Mt Roskill Saints vs University Blues
16th November, North Harbour Stadium, Albany.
The University Blues are one win away from claiming back to back AAFL Premierships after a 34 point victory against the Mt Roskill Saints in their semi final on Saturday.
After hitting form last week against the same opposition, the Blues came out again with a clear focus of playing their brand of footy.
A tight first half saw both sides play the game with consistent pressure and ball movement at every contest.
Kirk Murray (Saints) and Patrick Landy (University) tussled it out in the ruck as both players were named in each side’s best.
The second quarter was much of the same but as the quarter went on Michael Boyce and Alastair Maisey stepped up and were giving their all for the Saints.
The University backline, led by Harison Manks and David Cory-Toussaint managed to keep the Saints quiet in the third term and at the back half of the “Premiership quarter”, University shifted into fifth gear and scored four unanswered goals to help give them a leg up heading into the final term.
The final quarter saw a big task in-front of the Saints who fought to the very end but it was to be the Blues day as they put themselves through to the big dance once again.
“No matter who you are up against in a semi final it is always a tough and physical encounter, today was no different. Its great to once again have the opportunity to contest for the flag and we hope we can put our best foot forward come Saturday.” Chris Mundell, University Blues.
“Obviously disappointed to lose the semi-final. It was a real arm wrestle of a game for the first 2 and a half quarters, but Uni showed their quality breaking it open in a 10 minute stretch where we couldn’t stop their momentum. After that it was too much for us to pull back, and University were deserved winners. Good luck to both teams in the final and now our focus shifts to helping the reserves prepare for their final on Saturday.” Sam McKenzie, Mt Roskill Saints.
Waitakere Magpies vs North Shore Tigers
16th November, Parrs Park, Oratia.
The North Shore Tigers will look to replicate the Richmond Tigers in the AFL and win their second Premiership in three seasons after they dominated the Waitakere Magpies in their semi final at Parrs Park.
From the first bounce, the Tigers were hungry for the footy and their attack on the footy saw them score 4 goals to 1 in the first term.
North Shore midfielders Bryn Barnes-Webb was electric while young gun Jake Tucker was menacing around the contest.
Waitakere bounced back after the first change and played with some more structure across the ground. They had a number of opportunities to get themselves back into the game but wayward kicking saw them go into the half time break with 2 goals and 6 behinds.
The Tigers dominated the second half of the game as their defenders only let Waitakere score once. Dallas Abel and Andriu Sucu were very strong in defence.
Sucu then provided the West Auckland crowd with some entertainment in the third quarter with a huge speccie over Magpies stalwart Dan McGregor.
North Shore forward Rob Mostert put the game to bed with a few late goals and like the Tigers of old, they sung their team song loud and are ready for their contest against the University Blues next Saturday.
“The boys came out and showed the tenacity and intent that we lacked in our previous meetings with Waitakere, was really pleasing to see the boys take on board prior learnings and put on a dominant display. To then maintain this for 4 quarters gives the team good insight into what will be required of each of them in this weekends Grand Final” Sean Mayes, North Shore.
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