By NEAFL Media
It was a big afternoon of NEAFL practice matches on Saturday. Catch up on all the results below.
Check out the full NEAFL practice match schedule here.
Sydney v Canberra at Waratah Oval
It was a Kieren Jack masterclass at Waratah Oval on Saturday as Sydney cruised past Canberra for a 52-point victory.
The Swans simply had too much firepower for the Demons, as a side boasting 16 AFL-listed players ran away after quarter time to finish 17.9 (111) to 8.11 (59) winners.
It was a classic Kieren Jack performance,” Swans development coach Lloyd Perris told Swans Media.
“His pressure around the ball and his hit, the trademark of his game, was there for the 60 minutes he played.
“He’ll be much better for the hit-out after an injury-interrupted pre-season.”
The Swans opened up the match in the second, turning an 11-point buffer in to a match-winning 42-point lead by the main break.
A total of 10 players combined for the Swans’ 17 goals with James Rowbottom, Ben Ronke, Ryley Stoddart, James Rose, James Bell, Sam Wicks and John Pawle all booting two each.
“It was a really even spread,” Perris said.
“The boys really shared the load, which is really pleasing and exactly what you want as a coach.”
Lucas Meline and Tom Faul were influential for the Demons with two goals each. Canberra will assess a hamstring injury to Sam Martyn ahead of Round 1 in two weeks’ time.
SYDNEY 5.2 10.5 13.8 17.9 (111)
CANBERRA 3.3 3.5 6.7 8.11 (59)
GOALS – Sydney: J Bell 2 B Ronke 2 J Rose 2 J Rowbottom 2 R Stoddart 2 J Pawle 2 S Wicks 2 Z Foot T McCartin J Rayner. Canberra: T Faul 2 L Meline 2 A Paech K Evans M Hardie A Kinasch.
Southport v Aspley
It was a tale of two halves when Southport and Aspley battled it out in scorching conditions at Fankhauser Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
The Hornets started on fire with an 8.0 to 3.1 first term, courtesy of sublime clean, fast ball movement which opened the Sharks up on the wide spaces of their home turf.
But Southport slowly turned it around as bodies began to tire, booting 10 goals to three after the fist break to run out 29-point winners, albeit inaccurate with the final score 13.21 (99) to 11.4 (70).
Sharks co-captain Andrew Boston was in top form as Southport won the midfield battle, and the goals began to mount with Mitch Johnson finishing with three majors and Emmanuel Baru and Kai Sheers two each.
For Aspley, new recruit Billy Murphy had three majors by half-time, but the Hornets only kicked one goal thereafter with injuries to Jono Giles, Ben Warren and Jono Freeman will be monitored in the leadup to Round 1.
Southport hosts Redland in the opening match of the season, whilst the Hornets travel across the border to face Sydney University at Henson Park.
SOUTHPORT 3.1 6.5 10.12 13.21 (99)
ASPLEY 8.0 10.1 10.2 11.4 (70)
GOALS – Southport: M Johnson 3 E Baru 2 K Sheers 2 J Williams J Shea L Dale R Clements J Hall J Mentha. Aspley: B Murphy 3 J Freeman L Hampton T Templeton C Stackelberg B Nelis J Giles B Warren W Gowers.
Brisbane v Redland
Redland experimented their youth and new recruits against a near full strength Brisbane side in a 112-point loss on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon at Coorparoo.
The Lions’ experience saw them concede only three points after quarter time in the comfortable 21.10 (136) to 3.6 (24) victory.
Seasoned AFL trio Tom Cutler, Nick Robertson and Lewis Taylor did their case to play senior football no harm as their experience shone amongst their less experienced peers.
Ben Keays and Corey Lyons both slotted three goals, while Robertson kicked two of his own and fed the forward line relentlessly.
Noah Answerth impressed with his ball use and run, as did Tom Cutler (also three goals) who showed his athleticism with a charge from flank to flank to set up Ben Keays in the goal square.
While individuals may have stood out for the healthy crowd at Giffin Park, it was the team effort that pleased coach Mitch Hahn most.
“The most impressive part of today was our ability to have 23 contributors,” he told neafl.com.au.
“Everyone contributed, everyone had some really good moments. It was really tough conditions and I thought our guys were able to handle that really well.”
With the result not flattering on paper, Bombers coach Phil Carse still definitely saw some positives in the match.
“To lose by 100 points is always really disappointing,” he said, “but some of the stuff we’ll highlight in that first half we were really happy with.”
Mitch Stallard and Damian Steven also showed glimpses in a game the visitors will be keen to move on from.
This was the final practice match for the NEAFL clubs, with Round 1 beginning for both clubs on the 6th of April, with Redland taking on Southport at 1:30pm at Fankhauser Reserve, and the Lions travelling to Darwin to face the NT Thunder at 6:30pm.
BRISBANE 3.3 7.5 15.8 21.10 (136)
REDLAND: 3.0 3.4 3.6 3.6 (24)
GOALS – Brisbane: T Cutler 3 B Keays 3 C Lyons 3 C Cox 2 T Wooller 2 N Robertson 2 T Fullarton S Skinner C Stackelberg L Taylor C McFadyen. Redland: D Steven M Hammelmann J Huddy.
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