The University Blues have stunned the North Shore Tigers to hand them their first defeat of the season, winning by 32 points at Colin Maiden Park on Sunday afternoon.
In the remaining game, the Waitakere Magpies have made it two wins in a row, defeating the Howick Hornets by 68 points.
University vs North Shore
The North Shore Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season after being outplayed by reigning premiers, the University Blues.
In a rematch of last years Grand Final, both sides came out strong with each possession being hard fought across the ground. A couple of goals to each side saw the scores level going in to the first break.
Dale Johnson was strong in the middle for the Tigers and linked well with Jarrad Watkins early on.
It was in the second quarter where University won the game. Strong defensive pressure kept the Tigers scoreless, while slick ball movement and clean execution saw Uni able to kick 4 goals and set ourselves up heading into the second half.
James Considine was the catalyst up front for the Blues kicking 5 goals before halftime.
The Tigers responded well in the third quarter, locking the game in their forward half but with an under strength forward line, the Tigers failed to convert their entries in to the 50m arc.
Despite a couple of late goals from the Tigers in the fourth, University were able to keep the distance between the two teams through a strong team effort to ensure they won the game.
NZ Falcon Reed Cathcart was superb for the reigning Premiers. His ability in the air is phenomenal along with his ground ball use.
“Shore have led the way this season so it was great to be able to set ourselves against the best.” Chris Mundell, University Coach.
“Tough loss for the Tigers today and well played by Uni. We started well but couldn’t carry it through for the entire game. Still very happy with where we are at as a team with everyone working well for each other and the game style evolving well. We’re still working towards getting our full strength squad ready for the finals so things continue to look promising despite the loss today.” Dan Pearce, North Shore Captain.
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Nothing better than singing this song at the end of a footy game! 😍 Massive effort yesterday from the boys as we took down top of the table @north_shore_tigers_afc This means the @aucklandafl competition is wide open with 3 different teams sitting on 4 wins as we hit the halfway mark. #afl #winners #premiership
Waitakere vs Howick
The Waitakere Magpies have had a slow start to the season but a clinical display against the Howick Hornets saw them grab their second win of the season.
Howick started well and attacked the footy from the first bounce. They had a number of opportjunites in front of goal but were unable to convert early on.
The visitors seemed to run out of puff in the second and the Magpies took control and secured a big win.
Dylan Bennet was best for the Magpies playing in the ruck along with Andre Gumtau who was strong of the half back line.
The Magpies take on the University Blues in round 6 and with both sides in hot form, expect this game to be a blockbuster.
“We have a lot of players that are finally contributing to a 6/10 level and above which is arousing for our title contention hopes. Our boys moved fast around the ground today, some even out sprinting the top speed of a Kangaroo. We look forward to a battle with Uni this week, whom we know are now clear title favourites after easily dispatching the Tigers.” Waitakere Coach, Steve Howard.
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