Queanbeyan v Eastlake
Eastlake's Aaron Bruce. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Belconnen vice-captain Chris York has played most of his 200 club games in attack, but on Sunday he earned praise from coach Jeremy Rowe for his shutdown role on Sydney Uni full-forward Adam Campbell.
York played a crucial role in the Magpies' upset of the Students at Kippax Oval, as the home team held on to win 7.16 (58) to 8.8 (56).
He kept Campbell, who played 13 AFL games for the Fremantle Dockers, to just two goals.
It was Belconnen's first win of the NEAFL season and Rowe's first win in charge of last year's eastern conference grand finalists.
The game was scrappy, the Magpies holding no more than a two-goal lead for most of the day.
Rowe said it was a much-needed confidence boost for the club, which is hoping to get back several star players over the next few weeks including Mulrooney Medallist James Bennett.
"We made the change of Yorkey going on to [Campbell] at the seventh minute of the first quarter after he'd already had three shots on goal," Rowe said.
"We sent him to do a job and he did it extremely well."
The win lifted Belco off the bottom of the ladder, but just below Eastlake who continued their depressing season with a 78-point thumping at the hands of Queanbeyan at Manuka Oval, 18.13 (121) to 6.7 (43).
It also began as an arm wrestle before the Tigers' pressure suffocated Eastlake in the second quarter.
Queanbeyan's tackling forced the Demons to make mistake after mistake and was summed up in one of the last plays of the day.
Eastlake were streaming out of defence in numbers, but Tigers onballer Alex Lawder chased a Demon down from behind to win the free kick, which led to one final shot on goal.
Tigers co-coach Josh Bryce provided a spark when the game was in the balance, in a rare appearance at full-forward.
But Sam Jensen delivered the killer blows, kicking his four goals in a purple patch during the third quarter.
He played in the forward pocket instead of the usual wing in a Tigers attack still coming to terms with the retirement of spearhead James Kavanagh.
"Our pressure across the whole ground was what did it for us," Jensen said.
"[Lawder] killed it. It's inspirational to see him going and belting a few blokes and lifting the team."
Eastlake's day was made worse when captain John van Meurs limped off with a serious knee injury.
AT A GLANCE
Belconnen 1.4 4.8 6.10 7.16 (58)
Sydney University 1.5 3.5 6.6 8.8 (56)
Goals - Belconnen: D. Posch 2, A. Bennett, J. Taylor, A. Dess, D. Bunyan , T. Adams; Uni: A. Campbell 2, M. Thompson 2, L. Fasolo 2, J. Derickx, R. Brabazon.
Best - Belconnen: R. Turnbull, D. Hector, C. York, J. Harper, N. Collins, M. Porter; Uni: T. Barton, W. Sierakowski, J. Derickx, T. Ayton, J. Monk, A. Campbell.
Eastlake 1.2 1.5 2.7 6.7 (43)
Queanbeyan 2.3 5.6 11.9 18.13 (121)
Goals - Eastlake: H. Armstrong 3, A. Bruce 2, M. Denham; Queanbeyan: S. Jensen 4, B. Fruend 4, M. Liddle 2, S. Wilkinson, D. Smith, L. Greenwell, M. Bernasconi, R. Quade, T. Dickinson, J. Bryce, J. Atkinson.
Best - Eastlake: S. Boden, J. Bohm, M. Channon, B. Cleaver; Queanbeyan: S. Jensen, D. Smith, A. Lawder, T. Dickinson, N. Kerlin, J. Bryce.