By NEAFL Media
The GIANTS found an extra gear in the second half to down Sydney University by 10 points in a see-sawing practice match battle at Tom Wills Oval on Sunday.
A dominant second term gave the Students a 16-point buffer at the main break, but it was the GIANTS who ran in seven goals to four thereafter to win 11.10 (76) to 10.6 (66).
The GIANTS were wasteful early, booting 2.9 to 1.2 in the opening term to leave the door open for Sydney University to slam on five goals to one in the second to wrestle the momentum in their favour.
The GIANTS responded with five goals of their own in the third, keeping Sydney Uni scoreless in a dominant quarter of football. The Students hit back in the last, but the GIANTS stood firm to take the win.
Sydney Uni coach Tom Morrison said despite the third quarter drop off, he was happy with the fight his young group showed.
“We played really good, team-first footy for the first three quarters,” he told neafl.com.au.
“Our third quarter we dropped away a fair bit…. But I was really proud of the way the guys bounced back in the fourth. For such a young group to respond and win that last quarter quite comfortably… a lot of young players stepped up and showed progress from last week.
The pre-season now ends for Sydney University as they enjoy a week off before hosting Aspley in Round 1 on April 6.
Morrison said there have been some good signs from the players so far, but there is still plenty to work on.
“I’m really happy with where we are positioned at the moment and how hard the boys are working, but there is still a lot of improvement to go,” he said.
“We finish the pre-season satisfied with where we are at, but well aware we’ve got a lot of improvement still ahead of us.”
Meanwhile, the Gold Coast SUNS took on QAFL premier Palm Beach on Sunday and proved too strong to win 23.14 (152) to 2.3 (15).
Will Brodie, Sam Day, Tom Nicholls, and Jacob Dawson were among the 14 AFL-listed players on the field for Gold Coast.
The SUNS will play Brisbane in their final practice match on Sunday as a curtain raiser to their AFL clash with Fremantle.
Sydney and GIANTS will also take to the field on Saturday, whilst all non-AFL teams will have a week off ahead of Round 1 on April 6.
Check out the full practice match schedule here.
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