Ainslie give Eastlake NEAFL lesson

Ainslie give Eastlake NEAFL lesson

Ainslie gave arch-rivals Eastlake a brutal reminder of where they must be to compete in next year's NEAFL, with a 92-point victory at Alan Ray Oval on Sunday.

Victory was led by a rampant Tricolours midfield. Their relentless work was capped off by key forward Nick Salter, whose haul of 10.7 would have been enough to beat the Demons on its own.

Ash Harris tore around the field like a turbo-charged tank, while you could feel yourself getting fitter just watching the amount of work Shaun Campbell did.

The Demons had no answer in the middle and could find no way to stop Salter, ably supported by Michael Lawless, who played his first game since April after travelling overseas.

Eastlake coach Anthony Bourke said the return of players from long-term injury next season would help bolster their playing stocks while they also needed to recruit.

He hoped the exposure a lot of the youngsters had received this season would help them take the next step in 2015.


"We need to recruit, we need to get some bigger bodies and we need to work on our depth, which maybe the consolidation of four NEAFL teams into two might help with," Bourke said.

"We're hoping some of the kids that are working hard through this tough time will stand up and hold their spot too. They probably deserve it."

Greater Western Sydney could find themselves in an arm wrestle with Ainslie for AFL draft prospect Liam Griffiths after he made his NEAFL debut for his Canberra club.

Griffiths kicked two goals running off half-back and through the middle.

Because he played for the NSW-ACT Rams in the under-18 nationals and TAC Cup and two NEAFL games for the Giants reserves, it took until almost the end of the season to make his debut.

Tricolours coach Chris Rourke said they want him back.

"They think he might be going to the Giants, but we'll discuss that," he said with a laugh.

"If they want to ring up and tell me they want to draft him and assure me of that, yeah they can have him next week."

One quarter of footy was almost enough to get Belconnen the win over Sydney Hills Eagles, but the visitors kicked a goal in the 23rd minute of the final quarter to snatch back the lead and get the four points at Gungahlin Enclosed.


Belconnen 1.4 3.10 8.14 8.18 (66)

Sydney Hills Eagles 4.2 9.6 9.7 11.11 (77)

Goals: Belconnen: J. Taylor 2, C. York 2, J. Bennett, J. Baker, J. Steele, J. Harper. Eagles: J. Vlatko 3, E. Kruger 2, N. Crowe, Z. Johns, A. McConnell, T. Stubbs, J. Dimery, T. Garlick. Best: Belconnen: S. Curtis, J. Harper, J. Steele, J. Bennett, D. Jordan, J. Taylor. Eagles: M. Dragicevic, L. Gemmill, A. McConnell, T. Garlick, E. Kruger, J. Vlatko.

Ainslie 5.4 9.6 15.9 21.16 (142)


Eastlake 1.2 4.5 5.8 7.8 (50)

Goals: Ainslie: N. Salter 10, M. Lawless 3, L. Griffiths 2, C. Barrie 2, N. Paine 2, A. Vandenberg , S. Campbell. Eastlake: C. Gibson 3, T. Fenyvesi, B. Cleaver, H. Bryant, L. Flaherty. Best: Ainslie: N. Salter, A. Vandenberg, A. Harris, C. Barrie, I. Lawless, S. Ellis. Eastlake: B. Cleaver, N. Pleming, K. Mahon, X. McMahon, W. Crowder, M. Channon.

David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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