Hawks stay in pre­mier­ship chase

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUX­WORTH

UNIVER­SITY coach Zammi Ro­han re­mains con­fi­dent his team can chal­lenge for the pre­mier­ship af­ter they bounced back from last week’s top- of- the- ta­ble loss to Her­mit Park by out­last­ing Thuringowa on Sat­ur­day.

The 14.8 ( 92) to 9.5 ( 59) win at Tony Ire­land Sta­dium al­lowed Univer­sity to re­main be­hind Her­mit Park only on per­cent­age af­ter the Tigers beat them by 36 points last week.

Ro­han said that re­sult could be a bless­ing in dis­guise for his team be­fore head­ing into fi­nals, with two rounds left in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“Last week was a bit dis­ap­point­ing to lose but it was per­haps good for us to re­alise we still have a bit of work to do,” he said.

“Every­one knuck­led down to try and get things back on track.

“We re­alise we still have a lot of work to do and are still a fair way off play­ing our best footy, but af­ter last week the guys have all shown they’re com­mit­ted and putting in the hard work and try­ing to get some mo­men­tum head­ing into the fi­nals.”

Skip­per Jar­ryd Gra­ham and Michael La­hey led the way for Univer­sity in the mid­field, while Tom Dunn and Phillip Burger booted three goals apiece.

For third- placed Thuringowa, Brodie Flude and Michael New­combe were their stand­outs.

In the other AFL Townsville clash Her­mit Park proved far too strong for North­ern Beaches 21.15 ( 141) to 4.2 ( 26).

HIGH POINT: Univer­sity Hawks’ Scott An­cell looks to mark over Thuringowa’s Michael New­combe. Pic­ture: ZAK SIMMONDS

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