Saints and Tigers run riot in round 3

In round 3 of the Auckland AFL, the Mt Roskill Saints kicked 24 goals to demolish the Howick Hornets AFL by 143 points.

After a strong start, the Manurewa Raiders tailed off and the North Shore Tigers took control to win by 15 goals in their game, while the University Blues handed Waitakere their third straight loss of the season.

Howick vs Mt Roskill

With a number of key players out, the Howick Hornets ran into a hot Mt Roskill side who took no prisoners during their round 3 clash.

It was all one way traffic as the Saints kicked 24 goals to record their biggest win in a number of years.

They were ruthless for the full 80 minutes and their intensity never died.

Matt Dalla-Libera is proving to be a handy addition to the Saints squad in 2020 and was once again in and amongst the play.

Will Dickinson and Trent Morrisey were also standouts as they took it to the Hornets.

Logan Toomer returned to the Auckland AFL and was strong in the forward line.

The Hornets and Saints both get a rest over the Labour day weekend and take on the University Blues and North Shore Tigers respectively.

“Thanks to Howick for showing up today, despite a number of injuries, the scoreline didn’t fairly reflect your effort in the middle of the park.” Michael Boyce – Saints Captain.

University vs Waitakere

The University and Waitakere rivalry continued on Sunday as the Blues took the honours in a close game.

The game was played in good spirits by both teams who both went hard at the footy. Conistent as always, Shane Leat was one of the standouts for the Magpies.

After a tight first quarter, the Magpies held the Blues scoreless in the second term as they took a slender lead into the halftime break. Veterans Dan Moyle and Fraser Worthington wound back the clock as they both had strong games.

It was another tight third quarter but it was University that pounced in the final term kicking 4 goals to take the 20 point win.

Dave Cory Toussant wound back the years an was immense down back for University.

Reef Bainbridge again showed why he is one of the most exciting talents in the league when he kicked a banana from the pocket.

Jimmy King from the Magpies was incredible and is a talented player playing in his first season.

“It is always a tough ask against Waitakere, with their experience and skill across the ground it was pleasing to see our younger guys step up and take ownership of the future of the club.” Chris Mundell – University.

“We were slightly off on a few areas that we were trying to work hard on and it showed with Uni punishing us in some obvious moments.” Steve Howard.

North Shore vs Manurewa

The early kick off time seemed to catch the North Shore Tigers napping on Sunday before settling into the game and dominating play over the ever improving Manurewa Raiders.

The Raiders burst out of the gates with a goal in the opening seconds of the match before two more followed and the Tigers were under the pump. Jevaan Croft and Isaac Piper showed what they can do as they both produced a scintillating first quarter. The Initial raid was stemmed as the Tigers midfield got their hands on the ball and started playing their controlled style of play. At quarter time they had wrestled back the lead by a couple of points.

The second quarter saw the tables turn with the Tigers controlling play and slotting 5 unanswered goals. The full forward line, consisting of Robbie Mostert and Justin du Toit ran riot, finishing the day with 13 goals between them. Jake Tucker continued his good run of form with some solid play across the midfield, ably supported by Justin Gauci and Xavier Bryham.

Half time and the Tigers were up by 34 points.

The ruck contest was dominated by North Shore with almost every hit out going to advantage and moving the ball forward. For the remainder of the game, the Tigers locked play in their forward 50. Solid work from the tigers backline including a best on ground performance from Simon Rajwer, meant that the Raiders were restricted to just 3 behinds while the tigers could have had more goals had it not been for some late inaccuracy.

Robbie Mostert was phenomenal and had the ball on a string with 8 goals kicked from open play and set shot for the game.

“The Raiders brought the fight early on and we were caught napping a little bit. Proud of the boys for fighting back control of the match. Plenty of areas to work on but we’re very happy with how the team is progressing.” Dan Pearce – North Shore Captain.

“The start that the lads put in to the match was outstanding. Probably the best start to a match the Raiders have had in years. But sadly you don’t win games in the first 5 minutes and with key players missing this week, the Tigers took the game away from us but we will turn up Wednesday to training to keep working on what we have been doing to gear ourselves up for the next challenge in 2 weeks time.” Jordan Thompson – Manurewa.

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