Sydney Uni struggled to make the most of their dominance in extremely wet conditions on Saturday afternoon at Henson Park, as they went down to NEAFL opponents the Hills Eagles by 15 points despite registering five extra shots on goal.
It was a tough hit out for the Students who were on a high after last weekend’s match against Queanbeyan, but they failed to retain last weekend’s form with some inaccurate kicking letting them down. The final score ended Sydney Uni 5.14-44 to Hills Eagles 9.5-59.
Sydney Uni dominated much of the game, but proved inaccurate in front of goals from the start with a 1.5-11 first quarter denying them the opportunity to build a formidable early lead.
A tough second quarter left the Students further behind after they added only four behinds. While the home team continued to dominate play for stretches of the game, Sydney Uni managed to only contribute two goals in each of the third and fourth quarters, not enough to claw their way back into the game.
Sydney Uni co-captain Tim Barrett kicked two goals while Joshua Cole, Mitchell Thompson and Tom Morrison all kicked one.
Sydney Uni High Performance Manager and player Tom Ayton was happy with some aspects of play in the game, but was quite blunt in his summary of the kicking performance from the team.
“Both teams played really well in the heavy conditions with Sydney University dominating the play at times, however our very poor conversion rate cost us the game”, explained Ayton.
The Students face a tough challenge this Saturday as they take on Ainslie who will be looking to settle the score after going to the Sydney Uni at back in round 9.
“We are looking forward to the game against Ainslie in Canberra as they will be looking to avenge their last defeat up here against us”, said Ayton.