Canberra Demons v Aspley Hornets at Phillip Oval
By NEAFL Media
Canberra suffered two crucial injuries in the eve of the finals as they fell to Aspley by 30 points at Phillip Oval on Saturday.
The Demons lost Thomas Faul (hamstring) and ruckman Cameron Milne (concussion), both of whom are in doubt for next week’s Elimination Final against Sydney University.
The hosts were under the pump early but were kept in the contest by an innacurate Aspley, which kicked a wasteful 1.10 in the first term.
It was much the same story in the second, only this time Canberra hit the lead by four points at the main break.
That all changed, however, in the third quarter when Aspley came out firing with 7.0 to 0.3 to turn the match on its head.
Leading by 35 points at three-quarter time, Canberra twice got within three goals during the last, but ultimately the lead was too great to chase down.
Ruckman Jake Spencer did as he pleased around the ground in a best-on-ground performance with 14 disposals, 62 hit-outs, six rebound 50s and three goals.
For the Demons, Mitch Maguire bounced back to for with 31 disposals and seven inside 50s.
ASPLEY 1.10 1.13 8.13 11.16 (82) CANBERRA 1.0 3.5 3.8 7.10 (52)
GOALS – Aspley: J Spencer 3 B Nelis 2 J Nelis 2 M Payne B Batchelor B Beardsell G Grose. Canberra: A Bruce 2 B Fulford 2 M Hardie A Baker R Stevens.
BEST – Aspley: J Spencer M Payne B Warren W Gowers L Hampton A Swallow. Canberra: M Maguire L Meline A Paech T Highmore S Martyn A Bruce.