Clinical Students power home against Tuggeranong

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A commanding second half from Sydney University has allowed the Students to jump into seventh place on the NEAFL ladder, after a 91 point thumping of Tuggeranong.

The Students were strong right from the start, leading by 27 points at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 30 points at the main break, after both teams kicked seven goals in an entertaining second quarter.

Sydney Uni’s second half was brilliant, as they ran over the top of Tuggeranong, winning the second half 79-20. The game finished 22.16-148 to 8.9-57 at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday afternoon.

There were a number of standout players for Sydney Uni in their clinical display, including Matt Powys whose outstanding skill set and ability to pressure opposition players was on show.

“Tom Morrison and Tom Ayton both had excellent clearance work, while Ben Taggart provided a quality target up forward”, explained Senior NEAFL Coach Daniel Gilmore, who also highlighted Josh Cole’s performance as he directed ball use and defended superbly.

The Students were wary of a wounded Tuggeranong side that were looking to bounce back after a tough game against GWS the week before, but Gilmore was most pleased with the way in which his side dominated the contest playing the style of football he wants them to.

“It was a clinical display of the SUANFC brand,” said Gilmore. “The players committed the mind and body against an opposition we weren’t prepared to take lightly despite their recent poor form. We knew we had a challenge to maintain the form we had brought to recent games against more highly rated opposition.”

The Students offence was in full force with Benjamin Taggart leading the goal scoring with five, while Peter Dugmore kicked four. Tom Elkington and Tim Barrett each kicked three, while Adam Campbell and Dominic Vincent both kicked a pair. There were nine different goal kickers in total – a fantastic sign for the team.

Sydney Uni have a bye this weekend before they next take on Queanbeyan at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday 27 July in a game in which the Students will need to bring their best to the contest.  “We face Queanbeyan in two weeks and all players are on notice about improving our standard of play in the last quarter of the season”, said Gilmore.

Daniel Gilmore would also like to thank strength and conditioning intern Will Procter for his last involvement with the club last weekend. Proctor will head back to the UK on Tuesday.