Ainslie Defeated by Southport in Round 15 of NEAFL
Ainslie Tricolours v Southport Sharks at Alan Ray Oval. Report from the NEAFL Website.
SOUTHPORT 3.0 10.6 14.9 19.13 (127)
AINSLIE 0.5 3.7 8.9 11.10 (76)
GOALS – Southport: J Hunt 6 R Clements 2 B Hancock 2 B Merrett 2 J Brennan 2 L Shreeve J Holland T Jones H Fraser N Bock. Ainslie: S Ellis 3 M Lawless 2 J Bennett 2 N Salter 2 J Harper L Griffiths.
BEST – Southport: J Holland J Hunt T Jones T Cornish L Hill J Burge. Ainslie: S Ellis A Harris D Bowles M Lawless L Griffiths D Williams.
Southport snapped a five-game losing streak with a solid 51-point victory over Ainslie in Canberra on Saturday.
The Sharks haven’t registered a win since a thrilling five-point comeback victory against NT Thunder in Round 7, but bounced back to the winners list in style with a 19.13 (127) to 11.10 (76) triumph.
Southport took advantage of their forward entries in the first quarter, booting 3.0 to a wastdeul 0.5 for a 13-point lead at the first break.
They extended the margin to 41 by half-time before the Tricolours made slight inroads in the third.
But Southport ran out the last quarter with five goals to three to record a much-needed win.
Coach Nathan Bock said it was pleasing to produce a four-quarter effort to secure the four points, which keeps the Sharks only four points outside the top six.
“There was a bit of a breeze down there and we were able to kick quite straight early,” he said.
“It got us off to a good lead and the second quarter we were able to capitalise. We know we are a good side when we play well, but unfortunately we have lapses that really cost us.
“We were able to shut down their two key forwards (Salter and Bennett) but the thing that really impressed me was our physical pressure and our tackling. That was the cornerstone for our game I thought.
“It was good to put four quarters together and get a good result for the club.”
Rising Star Nominee James Holland (27 disposals, six clearances and a goal) was terrific for the Sharks alongside Josh Hunt (six goals) and another young gun in Tim Jones (25 disposals).
Sean Ellis (17 disposals and three goals) and Ash Harris (23 disposals) set the tone for the Tricolours, who have the bye this week.
Bock also played his first match for the club, but strained his hamstring in the second quarter to put him in doubt for this weekend’s match against Aspley at Fankhauser Reserve.
Jordan Harper gets off a kick
AFL Canberra Round 11 Results
First Grade played the better football for 3 quarters and held a 4 goal lead at three quarter time. Queanbeyan got on a roll in the last quarter kicking 7 goals to nil and Ainslie players were unable to stop the run.
Final score: Ainslie 11.10-76 def by Queanbeyan 14.7-85
The Second Grade had a very comfortable win over Queanbeyan by 124 points. Will Oldfield was the star up forward kicking 8 goals.
Final score: Ainslie 24.17-161 def Queanbeyan 6.1-37
The Rising Stars opened up their game against Queanbeyan with 4 goals to nil to jump out to a handy lead. Queanbeyan fought back but couldn't close the gap and Ainslie won by 20 points.
Final score: Ainslie 6.16-54 def Queanbeyan 5.4-34
Fifth Grade had a tough battle with the strong Cootamundra team.
Final score: Ainslie 2.7-19 def by Cootamundra 16.22-118
The Womens team had a close game with Molonglo but went down by 6 points.
Final score: Ainslie 3.1-31 def by Molonglo 3.7-37