NEAFL debutants star in Students big win against Tuggeranong

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Sydney University recorded their first NEAFL victory for 2013 after demolishing Tuggeranong by 76 points, thanks largely to great display of accurate kicking and strong defence on Sunday afternoon.

The Students, who were dead level with Tuggeranong at the end of a low scoring first quarter, took it up an extra gear in the second and third quarters as they established a 40 point lead by the end of the third quarter. By the fourth quarter the Students were running rampant, and off the back of a solid defensive platform they conceded only one goal in the final quarter, while they kicked seven of their own. The final score was 19.9-123 to 7.5-47.

Sydney Uni were aided by some accurate kicking, as Peter Casey and Peter Dugmore both kicked five goals while Alex Lee supported them well with three goals off his own boot.

However the most appealing aspect of the game was the impact of debutants Alex Dyson and Gerard Wilkie, who Assistant Coach Alex Lee and Senior NEAFL Coach Daniel Gilmore identified as stand out players for the Students.

“Special mentions must go to club debutants Alex Dyson and Gerard Wilkie who were both instrumental in the win as they both committed to the contest fantastically,” said Gilmore.

Alex Lee was particularly impressed with how his team turned up the pressure in the second half in a performance that showed what the squad is capable off. “The game went well,” said Lee. “It was an arm wrestle in the first half, but we managed to break it open in the third with some good ball movement and running. Best on ground was ruckman Aron Evirtt and three of the midfielders, (Matt) Clarke, (Tom) Ayton and Wilkie in his debut for the club”, said Lee.

Daniel Gilmore was pleased with both of his senior teams – NEAFL and Premier Division – who recorded victories. “I am really pleased for the senior squad; their efforts have been rewarded with the two wins at both Premier and NEAFL level,” said Gilmore. “We enjoyed the win but now move on quickly planning our week ahead for Ladies Day against Ainslie.”

The fourth ranked Ainslie line-up hammered second ranked Queanbeyan over the weekend in a performance that showcased their accurate kicking skills. Ainslie kicked 22 goals to just six behinds in their 22-6-138 to 11-10-76 thrashing of the early season table toppers Queanbeyan.

The Students will have to continue to play at a high standard against an Ainslie side that has won its last three games in a row.