By CAMERON SMITH
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Aspley Hornets (7th) v Sydney University (1st) at Graham Road, 12pm
The undefeated Sydney University will travel to Graham Road to play the Aspley Hornets for their second trip to Queensland this year. The Students arrive in Queensland boasting victories against Southport, the GIANTS and Redland. Sydney University have been too fit for the opposition and dominated teams in the fourth quarter in every game this year, but they’ll need to be strong over four quarters to beat Aspley at their home ground. The Hornets, who find themselves outside the top six, will be very hungry for victory and give the Students their first loss of the season. Graham Road has not been a happy hunting ground for Sydney University, with no wins from their two attempts. We are set for a blockbuster clash between these two clubs, and a great opportunity to see if Sydney University are the real deal in season 2017.
Round 14, 2016: Sydney University 12.14 (86) d Aspley Hornets 10.9 (69) at Henson Park.
Round 5, 2016: Aspley Hornets 14.12 (96) d Sydney University 7.11 (53) at Graham Rd
Round 18, 2015: Sydney University 15.15 (105) d Aspley Hornets 8.11 (59) at Henson Park.
1. Sydney University’s impressive start to 2017 has been thanks to their depth and quality in the midfield. which has been led by Lewis Stevenson and Matthew Rawlinson who are both in the top 3 of the NEAFL MVP leaderboard after three rounds. Aspley’s Matt Payne and James Ives have also been very impressive again in 2017, and winning the midfield battle for either side will have a big say in the result.
2. Aspley’s inside 50 efficiency was disappointing last week when they lost to Gold Coast. The Hornets won the inside 50 count by 16 but were unable to beat the Suns. Sydney University, on the other hand, have been very efficient inside 50. Last week was the first time this year that the Students had more inside 50s than their opposition, and they are sitting on a percentage of 159.19.
3. Sydney University have been dominant in fourth quarters this season to blow their opposition off the park. They have won the fourth quarters by 40 points against Southport in Round 1, 30 points against the GIANTS in Round 2 and 43 points against Redland last week.
Sydney University key forward Ned Reinhard has been very good with three goals in the two games he has played. With a forward line filled with so much talent, the 193cm Sydney Academy product has been a great target up forward with 11 marks this season, and will add another dimension to the Students forward line to stretch the Hornets defence on Saturday.
STATS THAT MATTER
Aspley and Sydney University have played each other four times in the last two years with every game being won by the home team. Sydney University has beaten Aspley at Henson Park on both occasions and Aspley have beaten Sydney University at Graham Rd on both occasions.
Sydney University by 15 points.
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