Date: May 06 2012
A RAMPANT midfield has given Eastlake coach Anthony Bourke bragging rights over his old boss, Ainslie mentor Chris Rourke, with a 42-point win.
The NEAFL eastern conference clash between second and third was tight until three-quarter-time with just seven points the difference, but the Demons ran away in the final stanza, 17.7 (109) to 9.11 (65), at Ainslie Oval.
It not only gave Bourke bragging rights, it also gave Justin Mesman a win in his 100th game for the Demons.
Tom Ayton led a dominant Eastlake onball brigade that clicked into life in the final quarter and quick ball movement opened up the forward line for Hayden Armstrong (five goals), Mitchell Taylforth (three) and Aaron Bruce (two).
Ayton had willing partners in Scott Boden and Ben Maiden, whose run left the Ainslie midfield in their wake.
''It was nice to win. Eastlake haven't come here and won for a while so it was good to get a win on the board. It just keeps our nose in front in terms of ladder positioning. There's some sides out there playing some great footy so every win you get is a handy one,'' Bourke said.
While Armstrong and co were able to burst the game open with seven last-quarter goals, Ainslie struggled when it mattered.
With former Adelaide Crow Ken McGregor sidelined with modern football's curse, general soreness, Nic Paine (five) was Ainslie's only avenue to goal.
Rourke said his side simply couldn't match Eastlake's spread.
''I just thought they turned around and ran harder forward than we did. They just ran us into the ground and we didn't push back hard enough. I think that was just through their quick ball movement too. They were just a bit too good for us,'' he said.
Ainslie had more bad news on the injury front, with Jason Fleming (hamstring) going off before half-time but McGregor is expected to be back for next week's game against Sydney University and ruckman Rowan Andrews got through his first game back unscathed.
The win takes Eastlake into second on the eastern conference ladder, behind Queanbeyan on percentage, while the Tricolours hold onto fourth spot ahead of big winners, the Sydney Swans reserves.
Sydney smashed Uni by 203 points, while Tuggeranong is still winless after going down to Redland by three goals despite David Smith (three) racking up 40 possessions at Greenway Oval.
Belconnen did everything but win against Morningside, with the visitors from Queensland kicking three unanswered goals in the dying moments of the game to win by three points.
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