Sydney University will need to overcome a huge mental hurdle if they’re to collect the 2019 Sydney Premier Division AFL title at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday.
They have to account for bogey side UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs, the minor premiers who have beaten Sydney University in their three meetings this season.
They first met in Round 5 when UNSW kicked 10-5: 65 to account for Sydney University’s 9.9: 63 at Henson Park, while their Round 17 encounter at Sydney University Oval saw UNSW run out 70-27 winners.
The Kensington crew also accounted for Sydney University 105-60 in their semi-final at BISP on 31 August.
Sydney University then came out and accounted for Pennant Hills 75-71 in the preliminary final at BISP to earn another crack at UNSW – in the season decider.
Sydney University’s Division One side will open grand final day at BISP when they take on Pennant Hills Demons in the season decider starting at 9am.
Meanwhile, Sydney University’s Premier Reserve Division side dipped out of their quest for a title when St George Dragons accounted for them 107-61 in their qualifying final.
Sydney University’s Under 19 Division One side made it through to the grand final only to go down 66-32 to UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs at BISP on Sunday.
And Sydney University’s Premier Division Women’s side made it through to to preliminary final where they were defeated 48-14 by East Coast Eagles at BISP on Saturday.
Sydney Premier Division – Semi-Finals
Premier Division: UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 16.9: 105 defeated Sydney University 7.18: 60 at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday, 31 August.
Pennant Hills Demons 14.16: 100 defeated North Shore Bombers 11.5: 71 at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday, 31 August.
Sydney University 11.9: 75 (Malcolm Picken 3, Damien Bonney 2, Michael Nettheim 2, William Stratford, Denim Loffley, Jack Fox, Luke Vella) defeated Pennant Hills Demons 10.11: 71 (Marc Sheather 2, Jackson Preedy, Theo Moraitis, Stephen Wray, Patrick Witt, Cameron Smith, Thomas Edmonds, Campbell Luscombe, Nicholas Hey) Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday.
Sydney University: Luke Vella, Aaron Day, Ben Hawtin, Jack Fox, Denim Loffley, Allister Clarke.
Pennant Hills Demons: Ranga Ediriwickrama, Luke Skrivanic, Marc Sheather, Stephen Wray, Thomas Angel, Thomas Edmonds.
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs versus Sydney University at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday, with a 3.50pm start.
Premier Reserve Division
St George Dragons 15.17: 107 defeated Sydney University 9.7: 61 at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday, 31 August.
Pennant Hills Dragons 11.11: 77 defeated UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9.9: 63 at Blacktown International Sports Park on Sunday, 1 September.
St George Dragons 11.8: 74 defeated UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.5: 29 at BISP on Saturday, 7 September.
Pennant Hills Demons versus St George Dragons at BISP on Saturday.
Pennant Hills 9.7: 61 defeated North Shore Bombers 6.7: 43 at BISP on Sunday.
Sydney University versus Pennant Hills Demons at BISP on Sunday, with a 9am start.
Under 19 Division One
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 10.6: 66 (Ashley Backlund 2, Jackson Tikkeros 2, Thomas Tyson, Harrison Dyson, Harry Whitaker, Sam Kofod, Jack Willis, Samuel Gaden) defeated Sydney University 4.8: 32 (Riley Holmes 2, Joshua Lee, Ben Davis) at BISP on Sunday.
UNSW Eastern Suburbs: Ashley Backlund, Harry Whitaker, Thomas Baxter, Oscar Peter, Ash Bryan, Jack Hill.
Sydney University: Riley Holmes, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Van Dongen, Jotaro Howard-Shibuya, Matthew Dyster, Ben Davis.
Sydney Women’s Premier Division – Preliminary Final
East Coast Eagles 6.2: 38 (Rylee McGartland 3, Georgia Garnett, Elizabeth Wilson, Delma Gisu) defeated Sydney University Bombers 2.2: 14 (Amy Foo, Andrea Roditis) art BISP on Saturday.
East Coast Eagles: Renee Tomkins, Sarah Ford, Georgia Garnett, Emily Goodsir, Haneen Zreika, Gabe Marzano.
Sydney University Bombers: Zoe Hurrell, Kristen Hay, Meg Haynes, Maryanne Harley, Louise Stephenson, Jennifer Lew.
Macquarie University versus East Coast Eagles at BISP on Saturday.
NEAFL – Elimination Final
Sydney Swans 15.11: 101 (Hayden McLean 3, Cody Hirst 2, James Rose 2, Marco Rossmann, Samuel Thorne, Reed van Huisstede, Samuel Wicks, Michael Knoll, Justin McInerney, Sam Naismith, Zac Foot) defeated Sydney University 14.8: 92 (Harry Morrison 4, Joshua Stern 4, Sam Fong 2, Nicholas Foster, Jake Bartholomaeus, Tristan Davies, Lewis Stevenson) at Giants Stadium on 31 August.
Sydney Swans: Justin McInerney, James Rose, Toby Pink, Sam Naismith, Errol Gulden, Hayden McLean.
Sydney University: Thomas Banuelos, Ned Reinhard, Joshua Stern, Jake Bartholomaeus, Samuel Tagliabue, Lewis Stevenson.
EF2: Aspley 9.14: 68 defeated Giants 6.10: 46.
Southport 14.10: 94 defeated Aspley 9.10: 64.
Brisbane 11.16: 82 defeated Sydney Swans 4.8: 32.
Brisbane versus Southport a Fankhauser Reserve on Sunday.