The ACT under 23’s have backed up last years 12 point win with another strong performance to defeated the talent laden GIANTS Reserves by 22-points.
The overnight rain ensured that most of the match was played in almost wet weather conditions with many players struggling to get a handle on the slippery ball and conditions.
These conditions saw a very tight contest played with all players putting their bodies on the line to get the hard ball.
The greasy condition resulted in a low scoring start to the contest with the sides being locked at 1 point a piece at the first change and no more than a point difference at the other two changes.
However, as the fourth quarter started the sun made its first appearance of the day drying out the field and allowing a high paced, free following last quarter in which the ACT showed their experience in grinding out a hard fought win.
The final margin of 22 points, ACT 7.9-51 to UWS GIANTS 4.5-29, was largely due to an extremely strong last quarter from Captain Aaron Bruce who kicked 2 goals to help secure the win. Vice Captain Marcus Crook had another extremely strong outing showing the crowd why the GIANTS gave the star midfielder plenty of time during last year NAB Cup.
The ACT had a large number of strong performs, who have now put their names at the top of the list for selection in the NEAFL Eastern Conference side that will face the Northern Conference in the first ever inter conference clash in May.
ACT Under 23’s – 0.1, 2.3, 3.5, 7.9-51
UWS GIANTS – 0.1, 2.2, 3.5, 4.5-29
Goals – ACT – Bruce 2, Crook 2, Smith, Vandenberg, Wiles