Canberra presented a picture perfect day for the first week of finals footy as ANU and Batemans Bay prepared to battle it out in the 3rd Grade Elimimation Final. Having beaten ANU two weeks ago down in the Bay, the Seahawks would have been confident of progressing through but it was a new look ANU outfit that they were to come up against.
ANU began with a bang, the first 3 goals were up on the board within 5mins and it had the look of a blowout on the cards. To their credit Batemans Bay worked their way back and the teams went into quarter time locked in a tight battle. ANU 3.1 -19 Batemans Bay 2.3 - 15.
The second quarter was ANU's after a tight first 5mins the Griffins kicked 30 unanswered points through fast, attractive football down the centre of the park and took a stranglehold on the match. ANUs big men Bill Jones and Tim Robb were having a big influence as was Ben Andreatta through the mids. The Seahawks battled bravely to kick the last goal of the quarter and pull the margin back to 26 points at the half. ANU 8.3 - 51 Batemans Bay 3.7 - 25.
Often referred to as the Premiership quarter the 3rd quarter was where the Seahawks made their stand. Pressuring the Griffins all over the ground they kicked the first 2 goals of the quarter to pull the margin back to 14 points. The match looked set for a grandstand finish until having bourne the brunt of Seahawks pressure the ANU kicked the last 2 goals of the quarter in the last 5mins to keep the margin at 26 going into the 4th. ANU 10.4 - 64 Batemans Bay 5.9 - 39.
Going into the 4th quarter the first goal was always going to be critical. Batemans pushed early but ANU got the first and kicked away to record a 43 point win and march on to the Preliminary Final next week.
This weekend presents a repeat of the Grand Final weekend for 3rd and 4th grade. The ANU Seniors take on Woden Blues over at Stirling Oval at 2:30pm, while the ANU Reserves take on The Yass Roos at South Oval at 12pm. Both games should be absolute crackers with both ANU teams a good chance to make it a double Grand Final appearance for the club.
Div 1, 3 and 5 came away with the minor premiers title over the weekend!
Semi-finals are this weekend coming with the grand final to be played the first weekend of September
The ANU Volleyball Club looks set to have all three of its Capital Volleyball League teams qualified for finals. With one week left of round games before semis the current premiership ladders have our Womens Premier team sitting comfortably in 1st. Our Womens Divison 1 team is in 2nd place on the ladder but only a point off being in 1st place. While our Mens Division 1 team look set to maintain their 3rd place standing going into the finals series.
Over the course of the 15 round games this season the Women's Premier team have only lost 1 game, and the Women's Division 1 team have only lost 2. The Men's Division 1 team had a shakey start to the season losing the first few games in 3 sets, then progressed to losing in 4 or 5 sets, but by mid season had turned the tables and started winning games in 4-5 sets.
Semi-Finals will be taking place on the Sunday 3rd September at Lyneham Hockey Centre. All of the ANUVCs teams have beaten the teams they will vsing in the semi-finals in recent weeks of competition, so we are excepting to see all three teams to win semis and make the Grand finals. We wish all the teams best of luck and and hope to see them all take home gold medals on Sunday 10th September at Lyneham Hockey Centre.
The NSW Quidditch League (NQL) is a series of monthly tournaments played between 11 NSW/ACT quidditch teams. This month's tournament will be hosted at the University of Wollongong. After a strong 2nd place finish in last year's league and with a current undefeated record in 2017 NQL games, the ANU Owls are looking to continue their success this weekend. The Owls will be taking on two teams from the University of Sydney in what are sure to be challenging games. More exciting however will be the Owls' first game of the day against the similarly undefeated Sydney City Serpents who are tipped by many to take home the championship this year. This is sure to be a very close game with a spot on top of the table on the line. You can keep up to date with results by following @ANUQuidOwls on Twitter or ANU Owls - Quidditch on Facebook