AFL London saw the penultimate round of Aussie Rules being played in London over the weekend, with sides now jostling for position with the finals just around the corner.
Wandsworth welcomed the London Swans to Clapham Common, West London hosted Wimbledon and Putney travelled north of the river to face the roaring Lions.
Wandsworth Demons 11.14.80 df London Swans 4.5.29
The Demons jumped out of the blocks early in the game, establishing a lead that they didn’t give up for the rest of the match.
Nathan Watson and Josh Riddle were the keys to the victory for the Dees, their class and tenacity helping establish the platform for the win. This put a lot of pressure on the Swans from the get go and despite the valiant efforts of Matt Lawford and Jake Douglas in defence, Wandsworth were proving to be too much for London.
Team GB representatives Andy Smith and Charlie Steel were excellent for the Dees. The former kicked three goals while the latter put his body on the line, using his speed whenever he got into open space.
Will Worthington and Luke Wynne were able to spark a mini revival for the Swans later in the game but with Josh Walker and Nick Martin providing excellent run out of the half back line, Wandsworth were able to take the four points.
West London Wildcats df Wimbledon Hawks (score not provided)
The wet and windy conditions in Chiswick meant this game was a scrappy affair. The conditions, combined with the Hawks getting the opening goal, may have led some people to consider the possibility of an upset. But those thoughts were quashed by a ruthless Wildcats outfit.
West London put the final nails in the Wimbledon coffin by kicking 10 goals in the fourth quarter.
Brad Wedgwood was dominant in the midfield for West London and made the most of Matt Shannon’s service in the ruck. Despite Ross Ashman and Nick Connors taking spectacular one handed catches in the rain, and Dom D’Souza kicking his first ever goal, the Hawks just couldn’t find the inspiration to get one over West London and in the end the Wildcats ran out convincing winners.
North London Lions 16.22.118 df Putney Magpies 2.6.18
North London set the pace early and didn’t let up on Bounds Green against an undermanned, yet spirited, Putney line-up.
North London kicked more minors than majors in the first quarter but extinguished any hope of a Putney comeback by kicking straighter for the rest of the game. Dave Strugnall kicked another five goals for the Lions, adding to his impressive tally for the season, while Luke Stevenson and David Hart excelled in midfield. Matt Lello was a match-up nightmare for the Putney defence and took several fantastic marks to get his team on the front foot.
From the first quarter it was largely one way traffic and the Lions ended up running away with the match.
- City Swans 8.5.53 df Clapham Demons 7.9.51
- Regents Park Lions df Fulham Magpies
The City Swans also had a slow start in the Conference. They were able to overcome it though and stormed home for the victory, kicking the last three goals of the game to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Clapham.
- Ealing Emus df Balham Hawks
- South East London Giants df South London Demons
- Bounds Green Lions df Hammersmith Magpies
- Reading Roos df Hammersmith Magpies
- Reading Roos df Bounds Green Lions
In the Social grade, the Giants continued their push for top spot by outclassing South London at Peckham.
Ealing stuck right with them by beating Balham.
Reading went close to nailing down the final spot in the four by claiming all eight points against the Magpies and Lions thanks to commanding performances by Ben Banks and James Dunn, while Radek Szeniec continued to grow into his role in the midfield for the Roos.
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