SANFL 2019 -- Round 16 Wrap-Up

raboyle

Norm Smith Medallist
May 8, 2001
5,539
516
X Convenience Oval, Elizabeth
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
CDFC (SANFL), Port Melb (VFL)
Hi Footy fans...

Well didn't this fortnight of split round football serve up some shockers? Its about now that the faint hope of featuring in September can make some teams do extraordinary things. There's now only two more weeks of the 2019 minor round before the top five converge on Adelaide Oval to fight it out for premiership glory. The Tigers seem to be well on track to take the minor premiership and bypass the first week of finals, while the make up of the Qualifying and Elimination finals are still not set in stone. At this point there's a high chance that the two AFL-backed sides will fight for the right to face the top side in the 2nd Semi, but only if the Blues or the Redlegs don't throw a spanner into the works. But at the same time should either of them slip up over the coming fortnight, could the Panthers still sneak in? Stay tuned, people.

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

The first game for the split round took place two Saturdays ago up north at the X-Convenience Oval in Elizabeth, the Bulldogs taking on the Panthers in the SANFL's "distance derby". These sides last played each other in the season opener out at Noarlunga, the Panthers running out 59-point winners after scoring eight goals to one in the final term. Fast forward to more recent events and while the Dogs have already written off the year, the Panthers still have some cause to keep fighting despite having a rotten month. Four losses on the trot including the Round 15 home game against Port, while the Dogs won away at Richmond. With their season now on the line, anything other than victory was not an option for South. The first half would belong to the the Panthers, who began the afternoon with a 5.2 to 1.2 first quarter to lead by four goals at quarter-time. By the long break that lead was increased to almost seven goals, the Panthers adding a further 3.1 to the Dogs' lousy two behinds to go into the rooms with a 41-point lead. South have been known this year for dropping their guard and when play resumed, the Dogs banged through five unanswered goals before South got one in the final minutes. Centrals' one behind to South's five brought the deficit back to 21 points. But the Dogs weren't going to comeback from this one, the visitors going into damage control to restrict the home side to 1.2 and score 2.5 for themselves to take a five-goal win. Joel Cross was named best for the Panthers, the Dogs named Wyatt Patterson as their best.

Sunday afternoon football takes us to the inner northern 'burbs and into the Prospect Oval where the Roosters hosted their old time rivals in the Tigers. Back in Round 9 on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the Tigers took a 43-point win at Glenelg after the Roosters put up a bit of a fight in the first half, before an eight goal to one third term sealed the deal. The Tigers had a battle on their hands last week against the Crows but held on for a two-point win, while the Roosters were put to the sword by the Redlegs in Round 15 to the margin of 71 points. Everyone would have expected this to be the ultimate mismatch, an easy win for the would-be minor premiers. This game would surprise everyone by afternoon's end. Perhaps it was the Roosters trying new things in defence or just the "nothing to lose" feeling, but the Tigers were about to have a dirty day in goals, kicking 1.7 to North's three behinds to lead by 10 points at quarter-time. The Roosters finally bagged a goal in the second term and continued to keep the Tigers within their grasp going into the long break. They reeled the gap back to seven points after kicking 1.5 to 1.2. Unbelievable scenes. Only three goals from 20 scores! Things were about to get more bewildering as the Roosters snatches the lead by three quarter-time, scoring 3.2 to the visitors' 1.3! North by four points at the final change. But neither side would take the victory, the Tigers keeping the Roosters to five behinds whilst scoring 1.3 for themselves to tie up the scores at a lowly 39 points each. Wow... just wow. Cameron Craig was named best for the Roosters, the Tigers named Max Proud as their best afield.

Part two of the split round saw the remaining fixtures played on the following Sunday, the first of which takes us to the City Mazda Stadium in Richmond where the Bloods took on the Crows. Last time these sides met back in Round 9 it was a case of close but no cigar, the Crows managing to dodge a bullet by a single straight kick. Both teams came into this one on the back of a loss, the Bloods going down by 15 points to the Bulldogs while the Crows were unlucky not to steal points from the Tigers. Mathematically the Crows could still nick the minor premiership, at this point the gap was five points on the ladder but they would need the Tigers to make some monumental slip-ups. The Bloods were quite game early on and thanks to some early match inaccuracy were able to stay within a couple of straight kicks. At quarter-time the Crows would hold a seven-point lead, having kicked 3.4 to 2.3. More poor shooting on goal by the Crows in the second term would keep the Bloods well and truly in it, their lead extended to two goals by the break after kicking 2.6 to 2.1. From here the real difference between the two sides would begin to show as the Crows slowly but surely flexed their muscles. Adelaide would score 3.3 to the Bloods' 1.4 in the third term to take their lead out to 23 points by the final change, then kicked the Bloods right off the park in the final term with their haul of 7.2 to two behinds to run out 65-point winners. Myles Poholke was named best for the Crows, the Bloods named Kaine Stevens as their standout on a dismal afternoon.

We now head to the outer north-western suburbs and into the Alberton Oval for the Battle of the Birds between the Magpies and the Eagles. The last outing between these two sides resulted in a 37-point win to the Magpies at Woodville, the Eagles having kept within a couple of goals up to half-time before the Magpies kicked 10 goals to five in the second half. Port recovered from their loss to the Tigers with a 28-point win over South, while the Eagles practically had their heads in the guillotine after consecutive losses against Centrals and Sturt. Well... the rope was about to be pulled. The Magpies' first term was rather wayward, but the Eagles couldn't even find the big sticks and by quarter-time it was Port with 4.5 on the board to a lowly two behinds, a deficit of 27 points. The Eagles kicked the first goal of the second term, but by the long break the Magpies would be out to a 47-point lead after scoring a further 4.3 to 2.1. Three of those Port goals were kicked in as many minutes. From here it was all Port and season 2019 was all but done and dusted for the Eagles. When play resumed in the third term, the Magpies put even more distance between themselves and the visitors, bagging 5.4 to 3.3 to stretch their lead out to 10 goals by three quarter-time. The Eagles could have made the final gap a little less humiliating if they had kicked a bit straighter in the last quarter, the home side running out 63-point winners after scoring 4.2 to 3.5 to finish off the afternoon. Willem Drew was voted best for Port, the Eagles named Nick Hayes as their best on ground.

The final game for the round takes us to the leafy inner south of Adelaide, it was a battle of the more affluent localities as the Double Blues faced the Redlegs at the Peter Motley Oval in Unley. A low scoring affair took place in the last dust-up between these two clubs, the 'Legs prevailing by five points at The Parade in a game that yielded 14 goals from 41 scoring shots. The Blues have won their last four games including their last one against the Eagles at Woodville, while the Redlegs have managed to maintain their place in the five with two huge wins over the past two rounds which was preceded by four straight losses. At the time, it was third vs fifth. One hell of a shock was about to be had here today. Unley as of late hasn't been extremely easy to win at, anyone who has would have to have worked for it. By quarter-time, the Redlegs were out to a 32-point lead with their 6.3 to 1.1 opening term which stunned the Blues' faithful. The Blues seemed to have found some legs in the second term, but couldn't find the big sticks more often and managed to chip a few points off Norwood's lead. Sturt's 2.5 to 2.1 reduced the gap to 27 points by half-time. That's as close as they ever got, the Redlegs putting a choke-hold on the Blues' attack to allow just three behinds through whilst kicking 4.1 for themselves. At three quarter-time, the deficit was out to 49 points. This was the kind of humiliation the Blues didn't need at this point, the visitors finishing off with a 5.2 to 3.4 last quarter to win by 59 points. Cam Shenton was named best for Norwood, the Blues voted in Jack Stephens as their best.

FINAL SCORES IN ROUND 16 OF THE SANFL...

Saturday August 3

South Adelaide 11.13 (79)
Central District 7.7 (49)
1,545 @ X-Convenience Oval, Elizabeth

Sunday August 4
North Adelaide 4.15 (39)
Glenelg 4.15 (39)
2,454 @ Prospect Oval

Sunday August 11
Adelaide 15.15 (105)
West Adelaide 5.10 (40)
1,101 @ City Mazda Stadium, Richmond

Port Adelaide 18.14 (122)
Woodville-West Torrens 8.11 (59)
1,815 @ Alberton Oval

Norwood 17.7 (109)
Sturt 6.14 (50)
2,988 @ Peter Motley Oval, Unley


INJURIES
None known at time of post.

REPORTS
None known at time of post.


LEAGUE LADDER
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Glenelg -- 26pts (12-2-2), 58.2%
Adelaide -- 23pts (11-4-1), 54.6%
Port -- 22pts (11-5-0), 55%
Sturt -- 20pts (10-6-0), 52.7%
Norwood -- 20pts (10-6-0), 51.5%

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South -- 16pts (7-7-2), 50.7%
W-WT -- 14pts (7-9-0), 49%
Central -- 8pts (4-12-0), 42.6%
West -- 4pts (2-14-0), 39.5%
North -- 3pts (3-12-1), 44.9%
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SANFL FINALS -- First week to have twilight start
The 2019 Finals Series will kick off on Saturday August 31, which is an AFL-free weekend and the SANFL are set to take full advantage with a twilight Elimination Final followed by a night Qualifying Final at Adelaide Oval. The following is from the SANFL website from General Manager of Football Adam Kelly.

"With there being no AFL matches on the first weekend of SANFL finals, we saw this as an ideal opportunity to showcase the Elimination and Qualifying Finals in a different timeslot and in doing so, not compromise the dads out there by keeping free Father’s Day which is celebrated the next day. SANFL fans have traditionally supported night football strongly which should make for an exciting atmosphere to launch the 2019 Statewide Super League Finals Series, a series which is shaping as one of quality and intrigue that will build upon the highly successful conclusions to the season that we have witnessed over recent years."

The remaining SANFL finals will be played on Sundays, including the Statewide Super League Grand Final on Sunday September 22 at 3pm.


Next weekend in Round 17...

Friday August 16 @ 7:20pm
Norwood vs. Central District; Coopers Stadium, Norwood

Saturday August 17 @ 1:10pm
Glenelg vs. West Adelaide; ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg

Sunday August 18 @ 2:10pm
Woodville-West Torrens vs. Adelaide; Maughan Thiem Kia Oval, Woodville
South Adelaide vs. North Adelaide; Flinders Uni Stadium, Noarlunga
Sturt vs. Port Adelaide; Peter Motley Oval, Unley

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

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MannyK

Draftee
Mar 12, 2018
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1
AFL Club
Carlton
Other Teams
Norwood
Its absolute crap that Norwood get just 5 days break before taking on Centrals who get a 14 day break. Wouldnt surprise me in the least that we run out of legs in the last quarter. Piss week by the SANFL for not approving Norwood's request to move the game to Saturday.
 
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