R3: Hawks Thump Dingos, Roos Break Duck Egg, Rebels Hold On Over Eagles
After three rounds it's the Swans who hold the top spot on the AFLO ladder with a win and a forfeit win. The Hawks, Rebels and Gargoyles all have two wins under their belt, with the Hawks and Rebels showing early signs they could very well feature in finals action.
The Eagles, Roos, Dingos and Wildcats have one win each, with the Eagles the best of this bunch after an honourable loss to the Rebels on Saturday. The Roos had their first win on the weekend. The Dingos were light on for key players in their 13-goal loss and the Wildcats forfeited.
The Blues and Demons have been able to produce competitive starts in their games so far this season, but have also produced lapses. Both are yet to get off the mark in 2017.
Here's what went down in Round 3.
Central Blues 3.7 (25) def by Etobicoke Roos 6.10 (46)
The Roos won their first game of the season in an arm wrestle against the Central Blues by 21-points at Humber South. After trailing by seven points at quarter time, the Roos kicked three goals to one in the second quarter to lead by five points at the main break. The Blues found it tough to score goals and only managed 0.3 after half time as the Roos added 5.8 to secure the win. Scores are here.
Grand River 15.14 (104) def High Park Demons 5.7 (37)
A steady performance by Grand River saw them account for the High Park Demons by 67 points at Mohawk Park. Grand River lead by 26-points at half time but opened up a handy 55-point lead, holding the Demons to 0.1 in the third while adding 4.6. The Demons were competitive in the final quarter kicking two goals to four. Scores are here.
Toronto Eagles 9.8 (62) def by Toronto Rebels 11.14 (80)
In a hard fought match and arguably the best contest thus far in 2017, the Rebels held on to beat the Eagles by 18-points at Humber South, Saturday. The Rebels dominated early with 7 scoring shots to 3 in the first quarter, but by half time the lead was 10-points to the Rebels. The Eagles were able to stay in the contest with accurate kicking, as the Rebels missed multiple opportunities to find breathing space. The Rebels kicked 6.6 to 5.4 in the second half and were able to find the answers each time they were challenged. Scores are here.
Broadview Hawks 15.16 (106) def Toronto Dingos 4.3 (27)
It was the Dullard-Shuttleworth Show that proved the difference, as The Hawks overcame a sluggish start to record a 79-point win over the Dingos on Saturday afternoon. The signs looked ominous at half time with the Hawks compiling 13 scoring shots to 5. The Dingos could only manage 1.1 after the main break to the Hawks’ 11.7. Scores are here.
Ottawa Swans Hamilton Wildcats (forfeit)
Central Blues 0.2 (2) def by Etobicoke Roos 26.18 (174)
The Etobicoke Roos recorded a 172-point win against the Central Blues on Saturday. The Roos' win was largely due to the midfield and forward line dominance, as they were able to produce 44 scoring shots to 2. An 8.6 to 0.0 first quarter help set up the win as the Blues were kept scoreless for three quarters. For the Roos, Nicola Kirwan kicked 11 goals and Erin Loughnane booted five. Scores are here.
For AFLO leading goal kickers:
Men's | Grand River's Andrew Matthews and Hawks veteran Nick Shuttleworth have 12 each, followed by the Eagles’ Neil Casey (11), Blues forward Daniel Mccullough (9) and Eagles Jay Himat (7).
Women's | The Roos have Nicola Kirwan (13), Erin Loughnane (5) Christina Tyrcz (4) and Ciara Mitchell (4), with Demons forward Gobi Sriranganathan (4) rounding out the top five goal kickers.
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