A 7 goal final quarter put away a game in which University had led throughout. However, Manurewa never laid down, playing well with good structure in bursts. Probably mostly hurt by their kick outs in the first and third quarters, with University winning some of these and having handy shots at goal from close range.
University Blues 15.19: 109 def. Manurewa Raiders: 4.3: 27
Another close game for the Saints, this time on the wrong side of the result. The Tigers roared into life for a massive second half, after trailing the Saints 14-57 at half-time. The Tigers still needed 4 goals in the last quarter against the wind for a chance to win the game, and they again kept the Saints goal less and kicked their last goal with 30 seconds on the clock. Connor Hill of the Tigers took a great mark on the goal line, smartly played on to reduce the angle and kicked the winning goal.
North Shore Tigers: 10.4: 64 def. Mt Roskill Saints: 9.9: 63
It was all Waitakere Magpies for the first three quarters, getting out to a 77-13 lead going into the 4th. The Pakuranga Panthers came alive, and Waitakere couldn’t extend their lead much, with the Panthers comfortably outscoring them.
Waitakere Magpies: 12.12: 84 def. Pakuranga Panthers: 5.4: 34
Match of the week.
The first match of the AAFL to be played at QBE Stadium – a great sized oval and comfortable viewing from the Marist Clubrooms. A strong wind meant defence from both sides played an important role, keeping the scores low in the first half, though University were able to take a 4 goal lead at the break. The Tigers couldn’t quite break University’s defence and two late goals to the Blues clinched the win and are still yet to drop a game in the competition.
University Blues 11.8: 74 def. North Shore Tigers: 5.7: 37
Waitakere Magpies 10.13: 73 def. Manurewa Raiders: 4.9: 33
Mt Roskill Saints 17.8:110 def. Pakuranga Panthers: 4.4: 28
GAME 1 Eagles 17.13: 115 def Cougars 5.6: 36
GAME 2 Bulldogs 11.10: 76 def Blues 5.8: 38
The Eastern Blues had to throw everything at the Ashburton Eagles for a slim chance of making the Grand Final and defend their title.
With a bristling Southerly blowing, the Eagles capitalised on the assisted kicking and kicked 6 goals in the first quarter. Josh Robles was cutting up the centre bounces whilst big man Rick Van Olphen was marking every ball that was kicked in his direction. NZ Hawk Levi Inglis was working hard in the centre contests but the breeze seemed to repel all his hard work.
The second quarter saw the Blues come out to play. Within seconds Jared Court hoofed a goal from half forward flank at least 55 metres. Maybe Jared has a future punting in the NFL beckons post retirement? Less than a minute later Blues Logan Turner somehow picked himself off the deck after stumbling and dodging and kicked a goal truly from an awkward spot on the field.
The wind dropped for the last quarter and for the first time the game had calm conditions to play in with no advantage at either end. But this didn’t deter Charlie Eagle from kicking a goal on the run from 60 metres out.
Ashburton Eagles: 20.15: 135
Eastern Blues: 9.9: 63
Only 1 goal separated the top of the table versus the bottom as the Christchurch Bulldogs scraped through with a win against the ever improving University Cougars. The Bulldogs use of the nippy strong south westerly was the advantage in the end with low accurate kicking and plenty of run into the breeze. There were some good passionate passages of play that kept the Cougars in the hunt right to the end. The Bulldogs were able to read the play better throughout the game and came away with the win. Huge recognition must go to the Otago boys who drive 5 hours most weeks to play in the Canterbury league.