The Waitakere Magpies have made it 4 wins in a row after they defeated the Mt Roskill Saints in Round 7 of the Auckland AFL over the weekend.
The Howick Hornets went close to toppling the Uni Blues but fell just short in what was a fantastic game of AFL.
University Blues vs Howick Hornets
13th October, Colin Maiden Park, Glen Innes.
The Uni Blues copped a scare from the Howick Hornets on the weekend but overcame a nervous finish to lock in their seventh win of the season.
University started quickly in the first quarter with goals on the board but Howick hung in there and managed to get them towards the end of the quarter.
In the early parts of the second quarter Howick produced some stellar football and found themselves briefly in front on the scoreboard but a couple of goals to James Considine helped Uni pull away and to be up by 4 goals at the half.
Seb Serrano was getting plenty of ball out of the midfield and sending it forward. Ben Hick was around the ball and mopping up defensively. The University backline was working effectively, with Nigel Gibb and Chris Mundell holding the Howick tall forwards at bay.
Both Howick and University had stretches of dominance in the 3rd quarter, with Howick putting together passages that resulted in goals that kept them in touch going into the final term.
University knew the Hornets would throw everything at them in the final quarter and a couple of quick goals helped draw Howick within a goal.
University held strong at the back, with one passage of three consecutive smothers by a Chris Bailey typifying their defensive effort. They controlled the ball down the wings and gave themselves opportunities up forward but couldn’t convert enough to edge further away from a gallant Howick revival.
In the end, University held their lead and took the victory.
“We knew Howick would challenge us today after how well they played in Round 2. We had some great attacking passages in the second quarter that led to quick goals. Our backline was solid all day, but Howick really tested our defence in the last two quarters. It was pleasing to see how well some of our newer players came through in a tight contest.” Howard Gilbert, University Club President.
Mt Roskill Saints vs Waitakere Magpies
13th October, Parrs Park, Oratia.
The Waitakere have shown that they are the real deal in 2019 after beating the Mt Roskill Saints by 11 points at War Memorial Park in Mt Roskill on Sunday.
Both squads were evenly matched and it was a tight first quarter. Against the run of play, the visitors kicked their first goal through Dusan Hakaraia who picked up the crumbs in the forward line and finished off with a superb goal and it was a 1 point margin at the first change.
The Saints dominated the second quarter with a lot of territory and possession but were unable to take control of the scoreboard kicking 8 behinds for the quarter. Saints midfielders Tristan Burnett and Michael Boyce combined well in the middle to create plenty of opportunities for their forwards.
In the second half it was much the same with both sides going back and forth with possession and the lead changing multiple times. Eugene Hanna is having a stellar season so far for the Pies, creating strong running ball out of the middle and delivering well into the forward line.
With Magpies Key Forward Dan McGregor out for the week, Tevita Misiloi stepped into his place and performed well did in his place. Misiloi took some strong marks and brought the small forwards into the game to create scoring opportunities.
In the final quarter, the Saints had the wind and were applying pressure in their forward 50 but once again not taking the opportunity to convert those opportunities into points.
Trailing by 1 point, the Magpies played patient footy and slowly worked their way in to their forward 50 and man of the hour Dusan Hakaraia managed to break away from the pack and walk into the goal square to kick his 5th goal of the game and give the Magpies the lead.
Jamie Hunt then sealed the win with a goal straight away to hand the Magpies their 4th win in a row.
Mt Roskill host the Howick Hornets in round 8 and will have to be at their best if they want to seal a finals spot this season.
“We really showed a lot of ticker today. Our backline in particular. They showed they can get themselves out of sticky situations and that went a long way to us winning.” Shane Leat, Waitakere Magpies.
“Happy that we created lots of opportunities, but we are probably going to struggle to win games kicking around 25%! An off day in front of goal but that happens sometimes.” Sam McKenzie, Mt Roskill.
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