NEAFL: Eastlake vs Ainslie
Ben Halse, left and Eric Stone, fight for possession. Photo: Graham Tidy
If Ainslie onballer Aaron Vandenberg ends up in hospital this weekend, the diagnosis will be easy – leather poisoning.
Eastlake coach Anthony Bourke said the Demons had Vandenberg down for 56 possessions in the Tricolours' 36-point win at Manuka Oval on Saturday, 10.23 (83) to 7.5 (47).
While that was not an official possession count, it puts Vandenberg in the ballpark of Sydney Swans' Tom Mitchell, who racked up 64 touches earlier in the NEAFL season.
Bourke, who played four AFL games for Carlton, said Vandenberg was clearly good enough to play in the SANFL, where there has been some interest in him.
He said it was hard to tell if the 22-year-old could make it at the AFL level until he was given a chance.
Vandenberg played for the NEAFL representative side against the WAFL two weeks ago and should be picked again for the game against Tasmania in a fortnight.
"Vandenberg came up a pretty green kid from the coast [Tathra] a couple of years ago and in his last three years here he's exploded into one of the premium players in the competition," Bourke said.
"Yeah, absolutely [he could play SANFL], he performed quite well against the WAFL in a rep game against their best players."
While Ainslie ran out comfortable winners, they made hard work for themselves in front of goal.
They kicked 1.9 in the first quarter and that set the tone for the day.
Tricolours coach Chris Rourke said they were outworked by an under-manned Demons outfit, which is missing Mitch Frail (foot), Xavier McMahon (knee), John van Meurs (knee), Aaron Wiles (hamstring), Chris Robinson (foot) and Chad Gibson (calf).
"We had one of those days in front of goal, but give Eastlake credit – they had a lot of players out and they pressured us all day," Rourke said.
"They were more enthusiastic, better at the contested ball and we just were flat."
Queanbeyan had their celebrations spoiled by a visitor for a second week in a row, losing captain Ryan Quade's 200th senior game to Sydney Hills Eagles by nine points.
Sydney Uni were far too strong for Belconnen, keeping them goalless for the first half before winning by 69 points.
AFL Sydney took the bragging rights in the inaugural women's rep game against AFL Canberra, winning 7.6 (48) to 2.4 (16), and the Sydney men won convincingly as well, 14.22 (106) to 5.7 (37).
AT A GLANCE
Queanbeyan 2.4 3.10 7.12 10.16 (76)
Sydney Hills Eagles 5.6 6.11 10.16 11.19 (85)
Goals – Tigers: B. Fruend 4, D. Johnson 2, S. Adams , N. Kerlin , W. Griggs , J. Atkinson; Eagles: L. Jericho 8, A. Eckermann , S. Reed , M. Weekes.
Best – Tigers: D. Johnson, K. Klemke, S. Jensen, J. Bryce, B. Fruend, A. Lawder; Eagles: L. Jericho, J. Ferguson, S. Turner, M. Weekes, M. Dragicevic, A. McConnell.
Sydney Uni 2.2 8.9 10.10 16.12 (108)
Belconnen 0.0 0.5 4.7 5.9 (39)
Goals – Uni: O. Wetzlar 3, T. Morrison 3, J. Derickx 3, M. Powys 2, T. Barrett 2, K. Barnes , R. Bottin-Noonan , M. Thompson; Belconnen: A. Bennett , J. Bennett , I. Taylor , D. Hector , T. Adams.
Best – Uni: T. Morrison, M. Krochmal, G. Orr, M. Wilson, W. Sierakowski, E. Sertbas; Belconnen: A. Bennett, D. Hector, J. Bennett, C. Jansen, J. Harper, N. Collins.
Eastlake 1.1 2.3 4.4 7.5 (47)
Ainslie 1.9 2.13 6.19 10.23 (83)
Goals – Eastlake: A. Bruce 2, A. Pocock 2, B. Cleaver, T. Clowry, M. Denham; N. Paine 3, S. Ellis 2, N. Heyne 2, N. Salter 2, J Hirst.
Best – not supplied.