Saturday, April 28, 2018
Canberra Demons (6th) v Aspley Hornets (9th) at UNSW Canberra Oval, 12pm
*Live Champion Data statistics on the Official NEAFL App
It’ll be a big weekend in the nations capital as Canberra host Aspley in a match that has potential to go either way. Both clubs are coming off very different weeks of footy, with the Demons securing an 83-point win over Redland while Aspley lost to a classy Southport, making it their third successive loss for the season.
Aspley has had a slow start to the season but anything is possible as the Demons proved last week. Canberra dominated the contested footy against Redland, enabling them to rack up their inside 50s, so Aspley will have to respond with a strong defence if they want a chance at getting the win. Both clubs are competitive teams who are good at taking control of the game, but it will be who brings the intensity come Saturday that determines the win.
Round 10, 2017: Aspley 12.11 (83) d Canberra 10.16 (76) at UNSW Canberra Oval. Round 2, 2017: Aspley 17.15 (117) d Canberra 7.7 (49) at Graham Rd. Round 19, 2016: Aspley 13.18 (96) d Canberra 12.9 (81) at Graham Rd.
1. The Demons are a hard team to defend, as they don’t just have one key forward. Last week they had 37 scoring shorts with 11 individual goal scorers. Aspley will have to be careful of Demons forward entries and try not let Demons control the ball throughout the game. Canberra captain Aaron Bruce wound back the clock with a vintage performance against Redland, with 21 disposals, 13 marks, eight tackles, eight inside 50s and three goals. Another performance like that will have the local crowd on their feet.
2. Aspley are the competition leaders for average hit-outs (54.3) and second for average hit-outs to advantage (15.3) per game, largely thanks to boom recruit Jake Spencer. This key strength could enable them to grab hold of the ball early, in what will be a big opportunity for Aspley’s midfield to take control of the match.
3. Canberra Demons have never won two games in a row. Unlucky tradition or an inconsistent team? Either way, they could be breaking tradition this weekend if they bring everything to the table against a Hornets team desperate to make amends for a poor start to the season.
STATS THAT MATTER
Aspley has never lost to Canberra since the Demons joined the competition in 2016. Will they continue this winning streak against Canberra and break their winless start to the season?
Canberra by 16 points.
By MADDY McCASKILL