Sydney University are hoping to all but end the NEAFL finals chances of fellow university team the University of Western Sydney this weekend, as the team’s battle for the inaugural Chancellor’s Cup at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday morning.
The Students will head into this weekend’s game with plenty of confidence after out-playing reigning premiers Queanbeyan last weekend, while UWS (the reserves team for the GWS Giants) will be looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking one point loss to the Gold Coast Suns.
With last weekend’s defeat ending UWS’s three game winning streak, they now find themselves clinging desperately onto fifth place on the ladder and they will be desperate for a win to keep their finals hopes alive.
Sydney University’s NEAFL player and Assistant coach Alex Lee was fully aware of the tough game ahead, but was optimistic about the team’s chances saying “The team is excited for the challenge; it is the first time this year we have played against an AFL reserve side. We have a nearly full strength side so it will be a great test for the boys after last week’s great win.”
The Students will not only be looking for four competition points, but also the opportunity to win the inaugural Chancellor’s Cup and promote AFL across both universities.
“The Chancellor’s cup is new to us, but I have no doubt the importance will not be lost on the group,” explained Sydney University Co-Captain Tim Barton.
“We will be looking for a strong drive from our experienced midfield and a massive effort from the young guys to match the run and intensity of the young Giants.”
Barton also spoke of his teams need to be at their best this weekend. “The Giants have had some pretty strong performances in the last few weeks so we are expecting a very tough encounter,” said Barton.
The game will be played at Blacktown International Sports Park at 10.05am, allowing supporters to get to Skoda Stadium in time to catch the Giants take on Melbourne. The club has a limited number of tickets available for those interested in attending the game and will be available at the NEAFL game in the morning.