Crows Premiership defence back on track with win over the Suns

The Western Crows are back in the winners circle after they defeated the Northern Suns by 44 points in round 5 of the AFL New Zealand Premiership.


The defending Premiers found themselves behind early on as the Suns kicked 4 goals to 1 in the opening quarter as Lewis Gill opened the match with back to back goals.

After a rev up at quarter time, the Crows came out firing as Jay Green and Shane Leat took control of the midfield. Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas was moved up forward and was menacing around the contest and 5 goals from the Crows saw them back in front at the main break.

The Crows continued their momentum in the third quarter with Joe Goto, Al Maisey and Sam Anderson all getting involved in the game.

An 18 point lead at three quarter time turned into a 44 point victory at full time as the Crows continued to push forward. Suns forward James Considine kicked 2 goals against the run of play but it was the Crows who took the win in round 5.


The hero:

Dan Howie put in a best on ground performance playing in the ruck for the Crows and ended the game with a goal.

The support cast:

Sam Anderson and Al Maisey showed their attacking prowess as the forwards kicked 7 goals between them for the game.

The consolation effort:

Defender Paul Hogan was best on ground for the Suns in a losing effort. The Irishman never gives in and fought until the final siren.

Say what?

“We knew that the Suns had structures and plans in place and I challenged our side at the start of the game to strengthen our defensive game and I thought we executed that quite well.” Matt Cawley, Western Crows.

“We thought it would be a lot tighter contest today but the Crows were too good today.” Northern Suns Head Coach Adem Manderovic.

Goal Scorers:

Western Crows: Sam Anderson 4, Al Maisey 3, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas 2, Joe Goto 2, Taylor Potter 1, Jay Green 1, Dan Howie 1

Northern Suns: James Considine 3, Liam Beattie 2, Lewis Gill 2, Lachlan Salmon 1, Taonga Stanish-Murphy 1

Best on ground:

Western Crows: Dan Howie

Northern Suns: Paul Hogan