SANFL 2018 -- Round 16 Wrap-Up


Norm Smith Medallist
May 8, 2001
My Money House Oval, Elizabeth
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Hi Footy fans...

It looks as though the top five is practically set in stone after this past weekend's action, but with three more rounds to go the very structure of the first week of finals is still undecided. Barring some disasters and late surges, those in line for the double chance could still very well find themselves in a sudden death scenario. So for some teams over the last three rounds, there are some speed bumps that could turn into road spikes if they dare underestimate opponents that are playing for pride with their seasons pretty much over and done with. Three rounds to go folks... will there be any last minute fade-outs? Keep watching!

Welcome to the Round 16 edition of the SANFL Wrap-Up.

We start the weekend off with some Friday Night Mayhem at Coopers Stadium in Norwood with a top of the table clash, the Redlegs against the Eagles. Earlier this season in round 7, the Redlegs invaded the Oval Avenue nest and handed the Eagles a 57-point hiding in a match that could have seen an even bigger margin had accuracy not been as much of an issue. Last week the Redlegs took a 10th win in succession, tearing the Bloods a new one with their 13-goal win. The Eagles stumbled to a 23-point loss to the Blues at home, although that margin could have been worse. The Redlegs' opening term was very un-Redleg-like, some undisciplined play saw them give the ball away cheaply and accuracy was a problem as well as the Eagles kicked 6.1 to 3.4 to lead by 15 points at quarter-time. But the 'Legs charges took a deep breath and came back firing in the second term, allowing the Eagles just 1.3 whilst bagging 6.1 for themselves to take a 13-point lead into the rooms at the long break. From here the Redlegs were firmly in control, stretching their advantage to 27 points by the three quarter-time siren after scoring a further 4.3 to the Eagles' 2.1. The home side's final term shooting was a bit off but no-one would care in the end, it was "Legs 11" by night's end as Norwood finished off with a 3.8 to 3.1 final term to take a 34-point victory. Cam Shenton was named best for the Redlegs, the Eagles named James Boyd as their best afield.

The traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot finds us heading into the inner north of town and into the Prospect Oval where the Roosters hosted the Crows. The Crows' last quarter fade-out allowed the Roosters to escape with the win, North taking out the Round 6 encounter by 22 points. Although the Crows did finally win a match the euphoria didn't last long when they went to the Ponderosa last week, going down by 16 points to the Bulldogs. The Roosters have dropped their last three games, including last week against potential Elimination Final opponents South Adelaide by 51 points. Those that arrived at Menzies Crescent were in for a treat they weren't expecting, in fact no-one would have expected the spectacle coming. Not because of hard-hitting football, but the high-scoring shootout it would become. It didn't look that way early on with both sides making some basic errors. But anyways, the Roosters started off best on the board, they would hold a one-goal lead at quarter-time after kicking 5.1 to 4.1 in the opening term. At the break it would be the Crows in the lead, the Roosters fluffing some opportunities on goal to find themselves down by four points at the break after scoring 5.3 to Adelaide's 7.1. The shootout continued when play resumed, a single point was chipped from the Crows' half-time lead with North scoring 5.3 to 5.2, the deficit cut back to three points by the final change. But Adelaide would find themselves overwhelmed in the final term, unable to maintain the rage as the Roosters rammed through 7.2 to 3.3 as the home side claimed a 20-point victory. North would vote in Mitch Clisby as their best on ground, the Crows named Cam Ellis-Yolmen as their best.

The other Saturday game was over in the north-western side of the metro area, at the Alberton Oval where the Magpies faced the Panthers. Back in Round 9, it was Port's first-half horror showing in front of goal that allowed the Panthers to hand them a 35-point loss at Noarlunga. Despite cutting the gap back from 29 points at quarter-time to 17 by the final change, South's final term brought it all crashing down. The Magpies' season is all but over, last week they were embarrassed by the Tigers on their home deck. The Panthers rolled the Roosters by 51 points to keep their grip on fifth spot, which could yet still slip from their grasp. It's been a while since the Panthers have won at Alberton, they last took points there back in 2011. South's quality in front of goal was lacking somewhat, but their defence more than made up for their early accuracy problems as they kept Port scoreless and kicked to a 23-point lead by quarter-time with their 3.5. The Magpies found the sticks in the second term and brought the gap back to a couple of straight kicks by the half-time break, the Panthers sending a few shots wide for a return of 1.5 to Port's 3.4 in that second term. But that's where the Magpies would then slow to a crawl and the Panthers would inflict a beating that would top a near 80-years old record for a South side at Alberton. It began in the third term, the Panthers scoring 6.1 to 2.1 to take their advantage out to six goals by three quarter-time. In 1939, the Panthers handed the Magpies a 41-point defeat. This time around, it would be a 74-point hammering, South romping home after a 7.4 to 1.2 final quarter. Keegan Brooksby was named best for the Panthers, the Magpies named Jack Trengove as their standout on an afternoon to forget for the home side.

Its now time for some Sunday arvo football action and its off to the seaside where we find the Tigers taking on the Bloods at Gliderol Stadium in Glenelg. The Tigers made off with the points back in Round 6 under lights at Richmond, after being down by 17 points at quarter-time they kicked 10 goals to four over the remaining quarters to win by 25 points. Westies finals hopes were on thin ice after a 13-goal smashing at the hands of the Redlegs last week, while the Tigers' win against Port last week put them well out of reach of wooden spoon contention. Even with South's win at Alberton doesn't totally put a fifth spot finish out of the question for either side, but a lot of things would have to go wrong for them. The Tigers' probably should have been up by more at quarter-time, but the Bloods' goal-kicking wasn't much better. Glenelg were up by seven points at quarter-time after scoring 3.4 to 2.3. The Bloods' second quarter was insipid, kicking three behinds as the Tigers scored 4.4 to lead by 32 points going into the half-time break. Westies' third quarter could have brought them back into the game, but instead of being down by less than a couple of straight kicks, their 4.4 to 3.1 would still have them 23 points adrift at three quarter-time. Part way through the final term the Bloods cut the gap back to 16 points, scoring 2.1 to one goal. But from the 16th minute onwards the visitors kept the Bloods to just two behinds and put the game out of reach with their additional 2.2. The Tigers won by 29 points, their first trio of victories for over a year. Chris Curran was named best for Glenelg, the Bloods named Chris Burgess as their best on ground.

The last game for the weekend took place back in the inner south of town, the Double Blues hosting the Bulldogs at the Peter Motley Oval in Unley. Back in Round 7, the reigning premiers took down the Dogs at Elizabeth, coming back from 17 points down at quarter-time to win by 35 points. That game was the Bulldogs' on-off football probably at its worst, they clearly had the tools to challenge the Blues but no ongoing firepower. The Dogs fought out a dour battle against a possession-happy Crows outfit for a 16-point win, while the Blues got back on course with their 23-point away win against the Eagles. The Blues' one sticking point over the last few weeks has been their tendency to have that one horrid term, whether it's inaccuracy or a lapse in defence allowing the opposition to reel them back to within striking distance. Today it just took one honest term of attacking football for the Blues to assure themselves victory, holding the Dogs scoreless whilst scoring 8.3 to lead by 51 points at quarter-time. That deficit was stretched to 68 points by the long break, the Blues adding 5.2 to the Bulldogs' 4.3 in the second quarter. From here the Dogs could only attempt to lessen the overall damage done, the Blues having one of those lowly quarters of football again. They were kept to 1.4, but Centrals could only manage 2.1 to reduce the home side's lead to 53 points. In the end the Blues' only issue was their inability to string four full quarters together, the damage was done long before as a shootout ensued for the final term. Sturt would run out 51-point winners, the Dogs inaccuracy in the last quarter stopping them from perhaps going down more honourably after outscoring the Blues 4.5 to 4.3. Jack Osborn was named Sturt's best, the Dogs voted in Brendan Dew as their best.


Friday July 27

Norwood 16.16 (112)
Woodville-West Torrens 12.6 (78)
3,327 @ Coopers Stadium, Norwood

Saturday July 28
North Adelaide 22.9 (141)
Adelaide 19.7 (121)
1,726 @ Prospect Oval

South Adelaide 17.15 (117)
Port Adelaide 6.7 (43)
1,474 @ Alberton Oval

Sunday July 29
Glenelg 13.12 (90)
West Adelaide 8.13 (61)
2,077 @ Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg

Sturt 18.12 (120)
Central District 10.9 (69)
2,661 @ Peter Motley Oval, Unley

Norwood -- Georgiou (ankle)

Central -- F. Fort (rough conduct, striking)
Glenelg -- Scott (rough conduct)

Norwood -- 24pts (12-3-0), 58.1%
W-WT -- 21pts (10-4-1), 55.5%
Sturt -- 20pts (10-5-0), 55.3%
North -- 20pts (10-5-0), 53%
South -- 18pts (9-6-0), 56.5%

Glenelg -- 12pts (6-9-0), 48.8%
Central -- 12pts (6-9-0), 47.9%
West -- 12pts (6-9-0), 43.6%
Port -- 9pts (4-10-1), 43.7%
Adelaide -- 2pts (1-14-0), 37.5%

The South Australian country side gained its vengeance on Western Australia in their battle at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, redemption for a 40-point hiding in the corresponding clash from last year in Perth. Inaccuracy in the first term kept the Sandgropers in the match, the Croweaters quarter-time lead of eight points reeled back as the visitors went into the half-time break with a seven-point lead. SA regained the lead in the third quarter, but continued goal-kicking problems allowed WA to loom large despite them being kept relatively quiet in that term. A last ditch comeback by WA would fall short by five points, SA's 10 goals were shared around with the only multiple goal-kicker in former North Adelaide forward Darren Shillabeer taking out the Barry Stringer Medal.

SA Country 10.12 (72) def. WA Country 10.7 (67)

Another split round for the next two weeks... here's the schedule for Round 17.

Saturday August 4 @ 1:10pm
West Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide; City Mazda Stadium, Richmond

Sunday August 5 @ 2:10pm
North Adelaide vs. Glenelg; Prospect Oval

Saturday August 11 @ 1:10pm
Central District vs. Norwood; My Money House Oval, Elizabeth

Sunday August 12 @ 2:10pm
Woodville-West Torrens vs. Adelaide; Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval, Woodville
South Adelaide vs. Sturt; Hickinbotham Oval, Noarlunga Oval

So until next weekend (or the next)... see you at the Footy!

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