SANFL 2018 -- Round 13 Wrap-Up

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  1. raboyle

    raboyle Norm Smith Medallist

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    Hi Footy fans...

    We are now coming into the final third of the 2018 SANFL season and things are getting real interesting now. There was a couple of games with top-five implications, there was a clash of two top-five sides and there was a battle for a possible last-ditch ascendancy up the ladder. This round had it all, on paper. There were some big surprises to be had and this week's results left the race for those sudden death finals spots still very much wide open. Before the commencement of the weekend's matches, the Panthers and even the reigning premiers in the Double Blues were still within range of the likes of the Magpies, the Bulldogs and the Bloods. So did any of those three make any ground? Read on.

    Welcome to the Round 13 edition of the SANFL Wrap-Up.

    The first three games for the weekend took place on the Saturday afternoon, the opening game takes us to the Coopers Stadium in Norwood where the Redlegs faced the Crows. The last time these two sides met was back in Round 5, the Redlegs had a hell of a time in front of goal but managed to outrun the Crows to the margin of 21 points, kicking 14 goals from 37 scoring shots. The Redlegs spoiled the Magpies' party last week with their win at Alberton, while Adelaide's disastrous season continued at the hands of Sturt by 12 goals. Inexplicably, the horrid time in front of goal back 10 weeks ago was about to repeat itself. The Crows would actually lead at quarter-time thanks to the Redlegs' poor shooting, they scored 4.3 to 2.9 to hold a one-goal lead at the first change. Norwood's accuracy improved in the second term though, taking a 21-point lead by the long break after kicking 5.3 to Adelaide's single major. The bug caught on once again in the third quarter, only this time the Redlegs actually outscored the Crows to remain in the lead at three quarter-time. The home side managed 2.5 to 2.2 to stretch it out to four goals by the final change. Adelaide were consigned to near-spectator status in the final term, they scored a mere four behinds while the Redlegs continued to spray at their goals for a return of 4.7. Their final tally almost mirrored their Round 5 score, Norwood taking a 51-point win. Mitch Grigg was named Norwood's best, the Crows voted Sam Gibson as their standout.

    The next game for the Saturday arvo takes us up north to the My Money House Oval in Elizabeth where the Bulldogs faced the Tigers. The Dogs' 33-point victory against the Tigers at Glenelg in Round 5 was their last victory for two months. Then last week they finally broke through for their fourth win of the year against South. The Tigers managed a couple of wins after that loss, but crashed from Round 8 onwards including last week's outing against the Eagles. This one wasn't going to be remembered as a specatcle, that's for sure. But it was a battle for survival for the Bulldogs, their chances mathematically better than the Bays. The Tigers got the jump on the Dogs in the early minutes, but couldn't do any better than two goals as the Dogs kicked four unanswered. Along with a behind each, Centrals were up by two goals at quarter-time. The Tigers chipped some points off that gap by the long break, kicking 2.3 to the Dogs 1.2 in the second term to be down by nine points at half-time. Despite having their heads above the water most of the time, the Dogs' poor ball movement was their enemy and the Tigers were finding loose players, just not where they really counted. Inaccuracy became an issue for Centrals in the third term, but put back some lost points. It would be a 14-point deficit at the final change after they scored 2.5 to 2.2. The Tigers almost nicked it in the end, but after keeping the Dogs to 2.3, a pair of missed opportunities from their 3.3 score denied them the win as they went down by two points. Travis Schiller was named best for the Dogs, the Tigers named Carl Nicholson as their best.

    The last of the Saturday matches took place in the southern suburbs, the Panthers hosting the Bloods at the Hickinbotham Oval in Noarlunga. The last encounter between these teams was an early contender for match of the season, the Bloods almost coughed it up with their accuracy issues in the final term but nicked a two-point win back at Richmond in Round 4. Perhaps it was overconfidence from a massive win against Adelaide that saw the Panthers go down to the Dogs last week, while the Bloods' confidence has taken a hit as of late after a strong first half of 2018. The Bloods would take advantage of some early South goal-kicking yips, they led by four points at quarter-time after scoring 2.2 to 1.4. The Panthers continued to spray them wide in the second quarter, another 1.4 effort to Westies' 4.1 saw them down by 21 points at half-time. Not that this game didn't have some highlights. It sure had more than what was going on up north, that's for sure. The tackling was absolutely bonkers going from what was in the papers, so there was no wonder there was so many frees given. The Panthers' kicking improved some in the third quarter, so much so that they drew the gap back to seven points by three quarter-time, scoring 3.3 to the Bloods' 1.1. But South's grip on the fifth spot would by the end of today, be put in some real jeopardy. The Bloods finished the stronger, albeit inaccurate in the end, scoring 3.4 to 1.2 to secure a 21-point win. Josh Schiller was named best for the Bloods, South would vote in Joseph Haines as their best afield.

    The other two games would kick off on the Sunday afternoon, we're now off to the Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval in Woodville for the "Battle of the Birds" between the Eagles and the Magpies. The last time these two clubs met it ended in one of probably the lowest-scoring games in recent memory, not to mention that it was a draw with both clubs managing just 28 points. After yesterday's proceedings, the Bulldogs leapfrogged the Magpies on the ladder, their position not helped by their loss to Norwood last week. The Eagles haven't dropped points since their loss in Round 7, downing the Tigers two weeks ago then sitting last weekend out for the split round. The Magpies broke out of the blocks quickly, goaling within 30 seconds of the start. They went on to kick a further four goals without a miss to the Eagles' 2.2 to lead by 16 points at quarter-time. The scores were harder to come by in the second term, the Magpies took their lead to four goals even by half-time after adding 2.3 to 1.1. Part way into the third term, the deficit crept out to 28 points. But by the final change, the Magpies lead would be cut back to just eight points as the Eagles mounted their second half assault. Their accuracy was what stopped them kicking into the lead, scoring 4.5 to 2.1 in that third term. Port sputtered to a stop in the final quarter, not helped by the loss of a key pair of players. They kicked just one behind while the Eagles overran them with their score of 4.2 to win by 17 points. The Eagles named James Boyd as their best afield, the Magpies named Karl Amon as their best on ground.

    The final game for the weekend was probably the one to watch, its now off to the inner north where the Roosters took on the Double Blues at Prospect Oval. It was back in Round 3 that the Roosters pulled off one of the upsets of the year, nicking a three-point victory at Unley to hand the reigning premiers their first loss of the season. The Blues came into this game on the back of a 12-goal smacking of Adelaide, but with a pair of losses in the two rounds previous, many had North as the favourite. The Roosters were on a four-game winning streak, beating West in the first week of the split round. But it was Sturt with the lead at the first change, they kicked 6.1 to 4.1 to lead by two goals at quarter-time. That lead was extended to three goals by the half-time break, the Blues scoring 3.1 to the Roosters' 2.1 in the second term. On paper, the Roosters probably shouldn't have been down at all, the reigning champs playing with two key forwards out of the game. But it didn't hobble the Blues, who maintained their lead of three goals going into the last term after both sides kicked 3.4 in the third quarter. Inaccuracy crept into the Blues game in the final term, but North couldn't keep up with them in the end. Sturt kicked 4.5 to 3.2 to finish off 27-point winners and brought the finals double chance back within reach. Zane Kirkwood was named best for the Blues, while Alex Barns' five goals got him best on ground honours for North.

    FINAL SCORES IN ROUND 13 OF THE SANFL...

    Saturday July 7
    Norwood 13.24 (102)
    Adelaide 7.9 (51)
    2,236 @ Coopers Stadium, Norwood

    Central District 9.11 (65)
    Glenelg 9.9 (63)
    1,482 @ My Money House Oval, Elizabeth

    West Adelaide 10.10 (70)
    South Adelaide 6.13 (49)
    1,410 @ Hickinbotham Oval

    Sunday July 8
    Woodville-West Torrens 11.10 (76)
    Port Adelaide 9.5 (59)
    2,161 @ Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval, Woodville

    Sturt 16.11 (107)
    North Adelaide 12.8 (80)
    2,800 @ Prospect Oval


    INJURIES
    Port -- Broadbent (ankle), Neade (knee)

    REPORTS
    W-WT -- Sharrad (striking)


    LEAGUE LADDER
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    W-WT -- 19pts (9-2-1), 57%
    Norwood -- 18pts (9-3-0), 56.3%
    North -- 18pts (9-3-0), 56%
    Sturt -- 16pts (8-4-0), 56.3%
    South -- 14pts (7-5-0), 54.7%

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    Central -- 10pts (5-7-0), 49.2%
    West -- 10pts (5-7-0), 45.8%
    Port -- 9pts (4-7-1), 46.6%
    Glenelg -- 6pts (3-9-0), 45.1%
    Adelaide -- 0pts (0-12-0), 33.8%
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    MORE HONOURS FOR U-18 CHAMPIONS
    Six South Australians were named in the All-Australian team following their undefeated run in the 2018 AFL National Championships, with Tony Bamford named as coach of the side in his inaugural year as U-18's coach. Luke Valente (Norwood) was named in midfield and as vice-captain, attacking trio Jack Lukosius (W-WT), Jackson Hately (Central) and Izak Rankine (West) were put on the forward line and Jez McLennan (Central) was placed in defence. In fact, this is Rankine's second AA nomination after earning selection last year as a 17-year old. Will Gould (Glenelg) was named on the bench, but in a twist of fate will be ineligible for the AFL draft.

    COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS -- WEST PROVES BEST, WOMEN'S COMP KICKS OFF
    The 2018 SA Country Football Championships were taken out by the Western Zone side that defeated Central by five goals in the Grand Final held at Renmark Oval on Saturday. Early inaccuracy by Central would be their downfall, Western going from nine points down at quarter-time to three up at half-time. They dominated the rest of the game, kicking six goals to two in the second half to take their fifth title and their first since 1994. Kimba Districts and former CDFC player Jesse Kemp was named player of the tournament and took out the Don McSweeny Medal, while Western coach Scott Feltus was awarded the Bill Murdoch Medal. This was also the inaugural year of the Women's division competition which was won by Eastern Zone, they downed Southern Districts in their final by 21 points. Jiarna Zerella was named player of the championships.

    The Men's competition is still proudly sponsored by the Motor Accident Commission, while Statewide Super continues its support of women in footy with their sponsorship of the newly formed Women's Country Championships.

    Next weekend in Round 14...

    Saturday July 14
    Sturt vs. Norwood; Peter Motley Oval, Unley @ 1:40pm
    Glenelg vs. South Adelaide; Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg @ 2:10pm
    West Adelaide vs. Central District; City Mazda Stadium, Richmond @ 2:10pm
    North Adelaide vs. Woodville-West Torrens; Prospect Oval @ 2:10pm

    Sunday July 15 @ 1:10pm
    Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide; Kadina Oval

    So until next weekend... see you at the Footy!
     

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  2. chazwazza

    chazwazza Norm Smith Medallist

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    Gutsiest win I’ve seen by Sturt in a long time. I had a good feeling leading into the game with Taggert and Sutcliffe finally getting on the park together the week before and straightening us up a bit going forward, I wasn’t so confident when Taggert and McAdam both went off part way through the second.
     
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