Sydney University have defeated the Gold Coast Suns reserve grade team in the North East Australian Football League over the weekend.
The commanding 129 -52 win was an elimination game for the side who showed no sign of weakness against the sixth placed Suns.
After a tight contest in the first quarter, with the Suns sitting ahead by a single point, 28 -29, Sydney University returned to the field from the minor break with a new defensive mindset. This resulted in the Suns being kept scoreless in the second quarter and allowed the Students to blast ahead to a 33-point lead.
The second half saw Sydney University capitalise on their existing lead, continuing to put extensive pressure on the Gold Coast side while also playing some magnificent footy in the forward line.
When interviewed after the game on Saturday Michael Manteit, who collected three goals during the onslaught said “We worked the game off defense. It was good to come away with the win and the boys are looking forward to next weekend”.
Sydney University finished the regular season in third position by percentage, falling below the Greater Western Sydney Giants who they will now take on in the Preliminary Final to be held this Saturday the 3rd of September at Blacktown International Sports Park at 2:15pm.
The Students have never made it this deep into finals play, in fact 2015 was the first year the club had ever qualified for finals. This just proves the program has gone from strength to strength in the last two years, building on solid foundations and a steady playing roster.
We wish the side the best of luck in the coming days.