What you need to know:
NEAFL ROUND 3
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Redland Bombers (9th) v Canberra Demons (10th) at Scottsdale Park, 12pm *This match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV (Link available on the Canberra Demons Facebook) *Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App
Redland Bombers will host Canberra Demons in a fight for one team to secure their first win of the season on Saturday. It’s hard starting the season at the bottom of the ladder, especially when both Redland and Canberra have had such unfortunate losses. They’ve both lost to top of the ladder Southport while also both experiencing devastating losses to third on the ladder, Sydney University.
Coming fresh off a bye, this will be the Demons’ first trip away, and they’re a big chance to win if they continue to play with the intensity they showed in Round 1 against Sydney Uni. This is a clash between two young sides, one that will be nothing short of competitive as both search for their first win.
Round 8 2017: Canberra 10.13 (73) d Redland 8.14 (62) at Scottsdale Park Round 1 2017: Canberra 16.7 (103) d Redland 12.10 (82) at UNSW Oval Round 21 2016: Redland 21.15 (141) d Canberra 12.16 (88) at Scottsdale Park
1. The last two times these teams have battled each other in other 2017, Canberra got the four points in what were two competitive and close matches. The Demons came from behind at half-time last time they met in Round 8 at Scottsdale Park to emerge 11-point winners. Don’t be surprised if another arm wrestle ensures this weekend.
2. Matt Hammelmann and Jackson Paine will be key to Redland’s fortunes this weekend. Snagging three and two goals respectively last week against Sydney Uni, Hammelmann and Paine are two experienced NEAFL players who know how to control the game and impact the scoreboard. Hammelmann sits atop the NEAFL Goalkicking Leaderboard after two rounds, while Paine led the competition for contested marks last season. The Demons will have to limit the influence of these two players if they want a chance at taking home the win.
3. This weekend will see two of the competition’s best young midfielder go head-to-head in the middle. Canberra’s Mitch Maguire and Redland’s Jack Rolls have both earned NEAFL Rising Star nominations in the opening two rounds. With Maguire averaging 27.5 disposals, six inside 50s and 4.5 tackles per game, and Rolls averaging 27.5 disposals, 10 tackles and 8.5 clearances per game, a dominant performance from either player will go a long way towards shaping the outcome of the match.
The challenge lies ahead for young Canberra ruckman Nathan Richards this week, who will come up against one of the best rucks in the NEAFL, Craig Malone. But Richards has already shown this season he can punch above his weight. In Round 1 against Sydney University, the 18-year-old collected 25 disposals, 20 hit-outs, seven clearances and a goal against the strength of Sam Tagliabue.
STATS THAT MATTER
After two rounds, Redland is ranked third in the NEAFL for inside 50s with a whopping 115, but have only kicked 20 goals. Canberra, meanwhile lead the competition for rebound 50s with a total of 101 in their first two games. It’s imperative Redland take their chances when going forward.
By MADDY McCASKILL