Sydney University atop NEAFL ladder

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A season-opening, five-game streak has Sydney University atop the 2017 North East Australian Football League ladder, putting them in a strong position to make another tilt at the title after making the preliminary final last year.

Sydney University head the ladder on 20 points after six rounds, with Sydney Swans (16), Brisbane Lions (16), Gold Coast Suns (12), Aspley Hornets (12) and Canberra Demons (12) making up the top six.

Sydney University opened the season with a 104-72 win over Southport at Frankhauser Reserve, with Jacob Derickx and Damien Bonney each kicking three.

They backed that up with a 128-85 result over the Giants at Blacktown International Sportspark, where Alistair Gillespie landed three of the Lions 20 goals.

Sydney University hosted Redland at Henson Park in their Round 3 clash and ran out 123-66 winners, with Derickx and Bonney again kicking three each.

The Students kept their streak alive with a 100-76 win over Aspley at Graham Road, Brisbane, where Bonney landed another treble. And they backed that up with a 114-67 win over Gold Coast at Blacktown International Sportspark, where Derickx landed five of the Lions 17 majors.

Sydney University had the bye last weekend, but will meet Southport at Blacktown this Saturday.

Sydney University’s NEAFL results have filtered through to the Sydney Premier Division where the Students head the competition after five rounds.

Sydney University are on 16 points, with North Shore Bombers (12), UNSW Eastern Suburbs (12), St George (8), Pennant Hills (8) and East Coast Eagles (8) making up the top six.

Sydney University opened the Premier League season with a 160-72 win over UTS Bats at Trumper Park, where Tim Barrett kicked seven of the Students’ 23 majors.

The Students were brought back to earth in their Round 2 clash with North Shore Bombers at St Leonards Oval, where the hosts triumphed 92-72 winners.

But the Students returned to the winner’s list the following weeks with a 94-40 win over UNSW Eastern Suburbs at Sydney University Oval. Xavier Richards posted four goals, with Barrett and Will Stratford landing three each for the winners.

Richards backed that up with 13 goals in Sydney University’s 159-16 win over Manly Warringah at Sydney University Oval, while Barrett landed seven majors in Sydney University’s 160-72 Round 5 win over UTS Bats at Trumper Park.

The Students have the bye this weekend.

Sydney University also head the Sydney Women’s Premier Division, remaining unbeaten after five rounds.

The Bombers are on 20 points, with UNSW-Eastern Suburbs (16), Southern Power (12) and Macquarie University (12) making up the top four.