Round 10 Action
All the info from Round 10 has been added to the AFL CNE website. Check out the ladder, results and stats sections.
In the opening game of round 10 at Leeds the Minotaurs took on a Huddersfield side desperate to get a win and put itself in with a chance of making the finals. Leeds started ominously with a dominant first quarter and 5 goals to spearhead Dave Scarsella. Huddersfield played all over Leeds in the second quarter but inaccurate kicking and a few goals outside of the scoring zone meant they didn’t capitalise on their good form.
The third quarter saw Huddersfield make good use of the ball and pull in front by 4 points at three quarter time. The last term was all Huddersfield as they piled on 8 goals to 2. Matt Whiteley had a tonne of positions through the midfield and delivered well to the forwards. Luke Booth kicked 5 last quarter goals to steer the Rams home and into a finals berth. For the Minotaurs Johnny Floridis battled well through the midfield all day, Dave Scarsella kicked 8 to bring his season tally to 33 in only 5 games, and John Turpin kicked 3 to cap off a fruitful couple of weeks.
Over at Sheffield, Nottingham took on Wolverhampton. With Nottingham having been a powerhouse all year the Wolverines had their work cut out for them. Wolverhampton flew out of the blocks with 3 quick goals before Nottingham had even had a chance to settle in. Being 18 points down so early in the match shook the Scorpions up. To their credit they slammed home six goals to none for the rest of the quarter. In the second quarter Nottingham continued in the same vein booting 8 goals to 3.
The second half was more of the same as Nottingham ended up winning by a healthy 136 points. Scorpions ruckman Andy Kraefft enjoyed some time at full forward in the last quarter booting 6 goals, for a total of 13 for the game. This was a 2012 record for the Central and Northern England League. Sam Wood also booted 5 for the Scorpions. Craig Degville had a fantastic day for Wolverhampton kicking 6 goals which is a top effort in a losing team. Tift and Evans-Elson were prominent all day to round out consistent season for them.
In the last game Sheffield took on Birmingham. With the knowledge that the Rams had won and killed any chance they had of making the finals you could’ve expected Birmingham to take it pretty easy against the finals-bound Thunder. To their credit the Bear pushed Sheffield all the way. In a high scoring affair the Thunder won 165 to 123. Garth Nevin starred again for Sheffield with 10 goals. Many are claiming he kicked 9 but Garth’s honesty cannot be questioned. The haul thrust him into second position on the goalkicking table. For Birmingham Sean Walton was dominant again through the midfield rounding off a brilliant season and confirming his status as one of the top players in the league.
Congratulations to Matt Wielgosz from Manchester for topping the goalkicking table with 48 goals for the season. After booting 10 in the opening game of the season Wielgosz was never headed. As one of the co-coaches at Manchester Wielgosz will be hoping for more of the same in the next week or two.