Connell and Ewing to Lock Horns

Wednesday 17 June 2009

The cat-and-mouse scenario in the QAFL goalkicking race continues with NT Thunder full-forward Darren Ewing again closing to within striking distance of one-time runaway leader Jason Eagle.

Eagle missed his second game of the season last weekend with the flu, leaving him anchored on 42 goals.

Ewing moved his season tally to 40 after collecting another five goals against Broadbeach in Darwin last Saturday.

The 22-year, originally from Ballarat, has been a model of consistency with the Thunder.

He has kicked four goals twice, five goals three times, and had six and seven-goal hauls once each.

His lowest tallies have been two in Round 2 against the Brisbane and two in the slop and cold against Aspley in a rain-soaked Alice Springs.

Ewing faces the best full-back in the competition in the form of Brett Connell this week when the Thunder meet Morningside in Cairns.

Eagle will be looking for a big haul against Broadbeach at Victoria Point earlier on Saturday.

The big mover in the goalkicking last weekend was Kent Abey, whose seven goals took him to 30 for the season and into fourth place.

Abey has booted more than 60 goals in each of the last two seasons and is back on track to repeat the feat again in 2009.

Leading Goalkickers after Round 9:

42: Jason Eagle (Redland)

40: Darren Ewing (NT Thunder)

33: Luke Jarjoura (Southport)

30: Kent Abey (Morningside)

28: Shaun Mugavin (Morningside)

27: Korey Fulton (Broadbeach)

23: Fred Sleeth (Labrador)


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