The Road Home


As June turns into July, there’s a sense of anticipation building at North Shore. All of our teams have had successful seasons to date; and as we have well and truly passed the half-way point of the season, finals are a definite possibility.
But of course there’s a long way to go. Plenty more training to be done, and plenty more footy to be played before the finals.

We’ve seen an imposing home record this season. Between our five teams, North Shore has won 23 of 27 games at Mortgage Choice Oval. As the old club saying goes, if you want to be genuine contenders, you don’t lose at Gore Hill.

Premier Division (Seniors)

After just three wins last season, this has been a year of meteoric growth for our Seniors. Six wins are on the board from 10 games, including claiming the scalps of last year’s top three teams. A three-game losing streak has faded with a return to form in recent weeks, with wins in the last two games.

Currently our Seniors are in fourth spot on the ladder. We’re one game behind St George and UTS, but the Dragons have a game in hand. St George have a better percentage than North Shore, but North Shore’s percentage is better than that of UTS. To move up to third and take the double-chance in the finals, the Bombers need to win more games than UTS does and maintain a better percentage.

The Bombers are two games ahead of fifth-placed Pennant Hills and sixth-placed Manly; but the Demons and the Giants have a game in hand. North Shore have a better percentage than both. To make the finals, the Bombers need to not lose two more games than both Pennant Hills and Manly.

BLK AFL Sydney Premier Division 2016 View Full Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 East Coast Eagles 10 9 1 0 910 556 163.67 36
2 St George Dragons 9 7 2 0 909 490 185.51 28
3 UTS Bats 10 7 3 0 863 752 114.76 28
4 North Shore Bombers 10 6 4 0 804 660 121.82 24
5 Pennant Hills Demons 9 4 5 0 646 615 105.04 16
6 Manly Warringah Giants 9 4 5 0 624 638 97.81 16
7 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 10 3 7 0 616 1046 58.89 12
8 Sydney University 9 2 7 0 550 718 76.60 8
9 Western Suburbs Magpies 10 1 9 0 584 1031 56.64 4

The remaining games this season are:

Saturday 2/07 – v UNSW-ES (Kelso Oval, 2:30pm)
Saturday 9/07 – Bye
Saturday 16/07 – v Sydney Uni (Henson Park, 7pm)
Saturday 23/07 – Wet weather round, no match scheduled
Saturday 30/07 – v Pennant Hills (Ern Holmes Oval, 2:30pm)
Saturday 6/08 – v Manly (Mortgage Choice Oval, 2:30pm)
Saturday 13/08 – v St George (Olds Park, 2pm)
Saturday 20/08 – v East Coast (Mortgage Choice Oval, 2:10pm)


Division Two (Reserves)

Our Reserves have hit some strong form this season. After two losses in the first three rounds, an eight-game winning streak has seen the Bombers climb the ladder, and now sit in third spot.

The Bombers are level on games with second-placed Penrith, but the Rams have a better percentage; and to go ahead of them the Bombers will need to win more games than Penrith. We’re one game behind top side Camden, but have a game in hand.

Behind North Shore is UNSW-ES, a game behind with a lesser percentage and having played one more game. It’s a further game back to Manly in fifth; and then a two-game break to sixth – so there’s a four game break between North Shore and sixth place; so if North Shore lose less than four games between now and the finals, the Bombers will play finals.

BLK AFL Sydney Division Two 2016 View Full Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 Camden Cats 12 10 2 0 1253 557 224.96 40
2 Penrith Rams 11 9 2 0 952 493 193.10 36
3 North Shore Bombers 11 9 2 0 724 562 128.83 36
4 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 12 8 4 0 998 654 152.60 32
5 Manly Warringah Giants 11 7 4 0 714 679 105.15 28
6 South West Sydney Magpies 12 5 7 0 740 736 100.54 20
7 Western Suburbs Magpies 12 4 8 0 563 731 77.02 16
8 Sydney University 11 3 8 0 515 1005 51.24 12
9 Randwick City Saints 11 2 9 0 562 1145 49.08 8
10 UTS Bats 11 0 11 0 501 960 52.19 0

The remaining games this season are:

Saturday 2/07 – v UNSW-ES (Kelso Oval, 10:30am)
Saturday 9/07 – v Randwick City (Mortgage Choice Oval, 2pm)
Saturday 16/07 – v Sydney Uni (Sydney Uni No 1, 3pm)
Saturday 23/07 – v UTS (Mortgage Choice Oval, 12:30pm)
Saturday 30/07 – v Penrith (Greygums Oval, 2:10pm)
Saturday 6/08 – v Manly (Mortgage Choice Oval, 12:30pm)
Saturday 13/08 – v South-West Sydney (Rosedale Oval, 2:10pm)


Division Four (Thirds)

With 12 teams playing off for five finals places, it’s going to be a very tight battle for the playoffs for our Thirds. But some strong form in recent weeks has shortened the odds of the Thirds being there at the business end of the season.

Eight wins from 11 games to date sees the Bombers currently in fourth spot. The top four teams – Macquarie Uni, Sydney Uni, Camden and North Shore – are all on 8 wins, but Macquarie Uni and Sydney Uni have a game in hand. It’s only percentage that is keeping the Bombers out of the top three, but it’s a very small percentage margin between the Bombers and Camden; and every goal scored and conceded counts.

Behind us, North Shore is a game clear of St George and another game clear of UTS. To make the finals, the Bombers will need to not lose two more games than UTS from here. Making the top three will need the Bombers to win more games than any of the teams above them, or winning the same number of games by big enough margins to bridge the percentage gap.

BLK AFL Sydney Division Four 2016 View Full Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % PTS
1 Macquarie University 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 1040 361 288.09 32
2 Sydney University 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 801 433 184.99 32
3 Camden Cats 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 881 623 141.41 32
4 North Shore Bombers 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 816 595 137.14 32
5 St George Dragons 10 7 3 0 0 0 0 778 521 149.33 28
6 UTS Bats 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 693 514 134.82 24
7 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 11 5 6 0 0 1 0 707 605 116.86 20
8 Manly Warringah Giants 10 4 6 0 0 0 0 592 584 101.37 16
9 Western Magic 10 4 6 0 0 0 0 609 670 90.90 16
10 South West Sydney Magpies 11 3 8 0 0 0 1 464 898 51.67 12
11 Southern Power 10 1 9 0 0 0 0 423 878 48.18 4
12 Randwick City Saints 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 172 1294 13.29 0

The remaining games this season are:

Saturday 2/07 – v Western Magic (Blacktown ISP No 2, 12pm)
Saturday 9/07 – v Randwick City (Mortgage Choice Oval, 12pm)
Saturday 16/07 – v St George (Mortgage Choice Oval, 12pm)
Saturday 23/07 – Wet weather round, no matches scheduled
Saturday 30/07 – v Southern Power (Gwawley Oval, 8:30am)
Saturday 6/08 – v Manly (Mortgage Choice Oval, 10:30am)


Under 19s Division One

Our Under 19s Div One side has put up an impressive performance so far in defending last year’s premiership; and sit undefeated on top of the ladder. Last weekend was the toughest test yet, as St George pushed the Bombers to a two-goal margin; but the winning streak remains intact.

It’s a final four in the Under 19s Division One competition, so finishing in the top two will deliver the double-chance in the finals.

The Bombers currently sit on top spot on the ladder with eight wins from eight games and a percentage of 318. It’s a two-game break to second, where St George and Pennant Hills have six wins; although the Demons have played two more games. The Dragons and Demons would both need to win two more games than North Shore for the Bombers to miss out on the double-chance.

BLK AFL Sydney Under 19s Division One 2016 View Full Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 8 8 0 0 954 300 318.00 32
2 St George Dragons 8 6 2 0 792 393 201.53 24
3 Pennant Hills Demons 10 6 4 0 630 613 102.77 24
4 South Coast Thunder 9 5 4 0 606 496 122.18 20
5 Sydney University 8 5 3 0 555 482 115.15 20
6 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9 5 4 0 527 672 78.42 20
7 Manly Warringah Giants 10 3 7 0 432 760 56.84 12
8 East Coast Eagles 10 2 8 0 540 810 66.67 8
9 Camden Cats 10 1 9 0 439 949 46.26 4

The remaining games this season are:

Saturday 2/07 – v UNSW-ES (Kelso Oval, 12:30pm)
Saturday 9/07 – v East Coast (Kanebridge Oval, 12pm)
Saturday 16/07 – Bye
Saturday 23/07 – v South Coast (Mortgage Choice Oval, 10:30am)
Wednesday 27/07 – v Sydney Uni (Sydney Uni No 1, 7:30pm)
Saturday 30/07 – v Pennant Hills (Mike Kenny Oval, 10:30am)
Saturday 6/08 – v Sydney Uni (Mortgage Choice Oval, 5:15pm)
Saturday 13/08 – v St George (Olds Park, 12pm)
Saturday 20/08 – v Manly (Mortgage Choice Oval, 12pm)


Under 19s Division Two

It’s a six-team competition in Under 19s Div 2, with the top four to go through to the finals.
The impressive win against St George last Saturday puts the Bombers on top of the ladder, with seven wins from ten games. The Bombers are level on games with St George, ahead of them because of a better percentage; but the Dragons have a game in hand.

With a top four finals, the top two get the double-chance, and the Bombers currently are a game clear of Western Magic and a further two games ahead of West Sydney Magpies.

To make the double-chance, the Bombers need to win more games than either St George or Western Magic. It’s only if both those clubs win more games than North Shore that we would be forced into sudden death.

BLK AFL Sydney Under 19s Division Two 2016 View Full Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 10 7 3 0 0 1 0 784 480 163.33 28
2 St George Dragons 9 7 2 0 0 1 0 634 396 160.10 28
3 Western Magic 9 6 3 0 0 1 0 709 420 168.81 24
4 West Sydney Magpies 9 4 5 0 0 0 0 578 628 92.04 16
5 Campbelltown Blues 10 3 6 1 0 0 1 417 728 57.28 14
6 Holroyd Parramatta Goannas 9 0 8 1 0 0 2 300 770 38.96 2

The remaining games this season are:

Saturday 2/07 – No matches scheduled
Saturday 9/07 – v Campbelltown (Monarch Oval, 10am)
Saturday 16/07 – v Western Magic (Blacktown ISP No 2, 9am)
Saturday 23/07 – Wet weather round, no matches scheduled
Saturday 30/07 – v West Sydney Magpies (Picken Oval, 12pm)
Saturday 6/08 – v St George (Mortgage Choice Oval, 8:30am)
Saturday 13/08 – v Holroyd-Parramatta (Gipps Road Oval, 10am)


There’s still a long way to go. There’s plenty more work to be done. There’s plenty more games to be won. No team or player is yet guaranteed a place in the finals. But with such a positive run of form this season, there’s plenty of positive potential around North Shore. And we’re excited with the possibilities of where this season could take us.

Get around all five of our teams. Honour the Bomber!