Graham Croker

Sydney University’s 17-year-old ruckman, Craig Moller ,made a memorable senior debut on Saturday, kicking five goals in the Students’ 88-point win over Campbelltown in their Sydney Premier League AFL clash at Blacktown Olympic Park.

Moller, a Year 11 student at Sydney Boys High School, is in his second season with Sydney University. He was a regular member of the Under 18 Premier Cup side last year when he represented NSW Under 16s and was named player of the national championships. He will be representing NSW in the Under 18s at this year’s championships.

While the 203cm Moller was collecting a handful of goals, Tim Barrett kicked four,  Sam Crichton kicked three, and Adam Campbell,  Alexander Lee and  Max Carter each bagged two in the 21.11 (137) to  7.7 (49) result.

Only one kick separated the sides at the first change, but the Students took control in the second term with a run of four goals extending the margin to 24 points at the long break.

The visitors emerged the stronger side after the break, and although the Blues fought hard they couldn’t prevent the Students running up a seven-goal lead at the last change. As Campbelltown’s resistance crumbled, the Students ran up another nine goals in the final term.

Lee, Jack Caspersonn and Anton Turco were prominent performers for the Students, while Kane Clark, Bryce Martin and Kurt Hanson turned in strong performances for the hosts.

All roads will lead to Sydney University this week for Ladies Day, when the club hosts St George for a super Saturday of football.

With seven games scheduled for the day, SUANFC will utilise No.1 Oval and St Paul’s College Oval. The women’s match will commence at noon, First Grade is scheduled for a 4.10pm start and the Under 18s under lights at 7pm.


Sydney Premier Division – Round 7

Premier Division: Sydney University 21.11: 137 (Craig Moller 5, Tim Barrett 4, Sam Crichton 3, Adam Campbell 2, Alexander Lee 2, Max Carter 2, Anton Turco, Jack Caspersonn, Jesse Martin ) d Campbelltown 7.7: 49 (Nicholas Hudson 2, Kane Clark 2, Kurt Hanson 2, Joel Watts) at Blacktown Olympic Park.

Best players:

Sydney University: Alexander Lee, Jack Caspersonn, Anton Turco, Jordan McCreary, Craig Moller, Christopher Kendrick.

Campbelltown: Kane Clark, Bryce Martin, Kurt Hanson, Mark Leach, Marcus Linsen, Matthew Morey.

Division One: Manly-Warringah 18.5: 113 (Matthew Ahern 4, Anthony Robertson 3, Justin Hall 3, Eric Burke 2, James Hume 2, Mitchell Morgan, David Stroud, Christopher Burke, Thomas Thurgarland ) d Sydney University 3.5: 23 (Thomas Kirkham, Andrew Holmes, Nicholas Lye).

Division Two: Sydney University 9.15: 69 (Troy Cole 3, Max Murdoch 2, Paul McWhirter 2, Christopher Birch, Chas Wilkinson) d Camden 4.4: 28 (Anthony Glynn 2, Josiah Ayling , Joel McGregor ) at Harrington Park.

Division Three: UNSW-Eastern Suburbs 12.13: 85 (Casey Stephens 2, Michael McAlister 2, Samuel Tagliabue 2, Warren Swanson, Ben Camilleri, Christian Van Reede, Robert Crocket, Robert Stevens, Ben Currie) d Sydney University 9.9: 63 (Christopher Reid 5, John Huxtable, Paul Ioakim, Lincoln Peters, Matthew Turner) at The Village Green.

Division Five: Sydney University 12.13: 85 (Dominic Moc-Saint Clare 3, Chris Murr 2, Craig Boustred, Jared Boccanfuso) d Camden 7.7: 49 (Ben Wright 2, Thomas Glynn 2, Jamie Page, Trevor Kennedy, Howard Blackburn ) at Harrington Park.

Under 18 Premier Cup: Sydney University 15.10: 100 (Adrian Yakimov 3, Monty Krochmal 2, Richard Hall 2, Nathan Carter 2, Todd Considine 2, Ned Newton, Matthew Digges, Morgan Davis, Thomas Graham ) d UNSW-Eastern Suburbs 2.6: 18 (Ryan Farrelly 2) at Sydney University No.1 Oval