The UTS Bats Premier Division side continue their remarkable season with a convincing 27-point win over flag contenders North Shore.
Leading from start to finish in wet conditions the Bats were buoyed by the late inclusion of Head Coach Nic Fosdike who pulled on the boots for the first time in several years.
Fosdike, a former Sydney Swans Premiership player, performed well off half-forward proving he can still get the hard ball but the real star of the show was young recruit Jai Lyons-Lashley (pictured) who impressed yet again using his speed and strength for a best on ground performance.
Other solid contributors included Dan Crouch, Tom Perks, David Smith, Tom Larby and Kaizaad Mehta.
No surprise Dan Breese was the best of the forwards slotting four goals while Smith (three) and Tregoning (two) kicked the other multiples.
The Bats now sit outright third on the ladder heading into the Queens Birthday Weekend bye with half the season remaining.
With games postponed in Division One, Two and Four due to poor weather all eyes were on a soggy Division Five outfit who clashed with UNSW at Kelso Oval. Torrential rain affected the match with parts of the oval underwater making playing conditions very difficult. Despite an exceptional second term, the Bats were unable to score after half-time, giving UNSW a narrow 4-point victory.
The final score read 6.5 (41) to 5.7 (37) and now means the Bats sit in fifth position on the Division Five ladder. Best on Ground went to Tom O’Donnell ahead of Howson, Lazarus, Joseph, Ottens and White. Maguire was the only multiple goal kicker, snagging two majors to give his side a chance.
It might have been pouring but that didn’t stop another UTS Shamrocks whitewash, belting Newtown by 83 points at Mahoney Park. The UTS defence once again proved too dominant, limiting the Breakaways to just one major for the match. Amazingly this result was almost their lowest winning margin for this season, but will serve as another handy percentage booster.
Best on Ground was awarded to 100-gamer Sandra Ryan ahead of Barrett, Breen, Hilmi, Sheerin and Johnson. The forwards shared it around with Breen, Ryan and Behan all slotting three apiece.
Their will be a league-wide bye this weekend due to the Queens Birthday Public Holiday.