NEAFL keen to light up the night skies

Manuka Oval's new lights will make their NEAFL eastern conference debut for the round 14 double header on June 22.

With the success of Tuggeranong's 33-point, upset win over Eastlake under lights at Greenway Oval on Thursday night, the NEAFL will look to adjust the 3pm start of the return clash between those two teams to make it a twilight game.

Ainslie will play Belconnen as the curtain-raiser on the picturesque Canberra ground.

Eastern conference manager Jack Masters said the clubs and the league were willing to try new things and said the atmosphere at Greenway had been sensational.

The Hawks, who only managed one win in 2012, led at every change before running out 11.14 (80) to 6.11 (47) victors.

Tuggeranong recruit Brent Macleod (three goals) led the way for the home side on his NEAFL debut.


Masters was hoping for a similar vibe when they meet again in June.

''We're keen to trial double headers, trial Easter Thursday games, trial night games, all these sort of things just to mix it up a little bit,'' he said.

''Primarily these things are designed to attract more people to the games … we're prepared to keep trying new things as far as the draw's concerned.''

Ainslie onballer Marcus Crook said the players had been wondering when the Manuka lights would get used and everyone wanted to play under them.

''A lot of the boys have asked the question as to why that's not happening this year, but definitely that'd be something to look forward to in the future,'' he said.

Crook will play his 100th game, against Sydney Hills Eagles at Ainslie on Saturday, after moving to the Tricolours for the 2008 season.

The Colac product was looking forward to playing against childhood friend Amon Buchanan, who is an assistant coach with the Eagles.

Crook spent time with VFL club Box Hill before Ainslie coach Chris Rourke lured him north.

It was only meant to be for ''one or two'' years but he's in his sixth season and has two premierships and finished runner-up in the Mulrooney Medal in 2010 and 2012.

He was named All-Australian and won the J. J. Lussick Medal as the best-and-fairest at the Australian Country Championships in 2010.

Crook credited Rourke as a major factor in his staying in Canberra.


TUGGERANONG 11.14 (80) bt EASTLAKE 6.11 (47).

Goals - Tuggeranong: B. Macleod 3, M. Bernasconi 2, B. Cleaver 2, J. Foot, B. Symons, C. Robinson, P. Lovett; Eastlake: M. Frail, B. Maiden, D. Roulstone, M. O'Dwyer, S. Brown, D. O'Connell.

Best - Tuggeranong: C. Robinson, B. Macleod, L. Greenwell, M. Bernasconi, B. Cleaver, S. Newhouse; Eastlake: D. O'Connell, C. Gibson, J. Van Meurs, R. Brabazon, S. Smith, M. O'Dwyer.


Ainslie v Sydney Hills Eagles at Ainslie Oval at 12.30pm. Belconnen v Sydney Uni at Kippax Oval at 12.30pm

GWS Giants reserves v Sydney Swans reserves at ANZ Stadium at 1pm. Labrador v Queanbeyan at Labrador at 1pm.