Tigers defeat the Saints to remain unbeaten in AAFL

The North Shore Tigers are the only undefeated team left in the competition after they fought out a close battle with the Mt Roskill Saints.

The University Blues kicked 11 goals to score a big win over the Howick Hornets AFL while the Waitakere Magpies notched their first win of the season after defeating the Manurewa Raiders in a close affair.

University vs Howick

The University Blues have continued to build momentum in the Auckland AFL, defeating the Howick Hornets 46 points.

While dominant through most of the game, a disappointing fourth quarter through ill discipline and a loss of concentration meant the defending Premiers were unable to truly put Howick to the sword despite the game being locked up shortly after half time.

Some strong tap work in the middle allowed the likes of Reed Cathcart, Ben Hick and Tim Stokes clean and fast ball into the opposition half.

Wingers Tyrone Stubbs and Noel Green were both brilliant all game.

The game was played primarily on Uni’s terms, with the backline structuring up well, many of the Howick surges were rebounded quickly and effectively through to the forwards who were peppering the goals.

“Good to continue to grow in form and exposure of the new players. James Ellison was best playing off the half back line and we will need every bit of experience and nous to tackle the Tigers next week.” Chris Mundell, University Coach.

Mt Roskill vs North Shore

The North Shore Tigers remain unbeaten at the top of the table after a hard fought win over the Mt Roskill Saints.

Both sides started strong, trying to maintain possession of the ball as it came to ground. Running with a slight breeze behind their backs, the Tigers went into the first break up leading by 2 goals.

The Saints were able to lock the ball in their forward 50 throughout the second term setting up their height across the midfield. Will Dickinson and Matt Kemp were linking well through the midfield while Kirk Murray and Al Maisey holding down the fort down in the back line. The Tigers were somewhat able to repel most attacks through Jake Tucker amd Taylor Potter as the only conceded 2 goals and going into the main break 1 point up.

The physicality that was expected in the top of the table clash was shown in the third quarter. Both teams were hungry for the ball and weren’t afraid to put bodies on the line. On the scoreboard, the Tigers were calm under pressure and kicked goals at crucial times. Going into the final quarter, the Tigers were 3 goals up and were looking to maintain the momentum.

Mt Roskill kicked the first goal in the final term to put the pressure on the Tigers but the 2017 Premiers remained calm under pressure, maintaining possession and playing their own style to run out 4 goal winners.

“A good game from everyone today. We expected a strong opposition and they showed up. Very glad to get the win and proud of the boys for fighting hard all game.” Dan Pearce – Tigers Captain.

“We had more of the ball and more inside 50s early but inability to convert entries and defend counter-attack left us with the bitter taste of defeat” Saints Co-captain Tristan Burnett.

Waitakere vs Manurewa

Manurewa has shown a heap of potential this season and once again started strong against the Magpies as they surged ahead to a 2 goal lead at quarter time.

It took until the second quarter for Waitakere to match the Raiders intensity and started to control the game. Declan Crann was running amok in the midfield and working well with ruckman Dylan Bennett.

Waitakere lifted again in the third term kicking 4 goals while keeping the Raiders to a single point, thanks to Nick Bailey who was running strong off the half back line.

The Raiders ran out of gas in the final quarter as the Magpies kicked away to secure their first win of 2020.

“Great to get our win win on the board this season. Manurewa were terrific today and we had to lift our game to get over the line. We will look to build off this win as we push for a spot in the semi finals.” Waitakere Coach, Steve Howard.

Story – AAFL.co.nz