2017 Round 2 Centrals vs North

Plenty of Questions to Answer
By Robert Laidlaw

In going down by 23-points to North Adelaide at Prospect in the SANFL's round two, Central District has left several important questions to be answered.

With three key recruits and confidence high after a solid pre-season, the Bulldogs were expected to contend for a top three spot, but after an 0-2 start they will need to play catch-up footy just to stay in touch with the top five.

And it doesn't get any easier over the next fortnight, with games against the Crows AFL reserves and early-season pacesetter Glenelg.

Against the Roosters, Central had a good start, with Nick Holman showing the way with two early goals, the first a classy snap, as the Bulldogs led 4-2 to 1-1 at the first break.

North dominated the game in the second term, booting five goals to one for a 6-4 to 5-3 lead, as Central struggled to gain any ascendancy from the stoppages, and broke down continuously with skill errors.

Still the Bulldogs were just seven points down at the long break and with the use of the breeze in the third term, were expected to come out fired up.

And after the Roosters scored the first major of the second half, Central got on a roll, with Justin Hoskin booting two brilliant goals, followed by a solid mark and six-pointer from John Butcher, for the Dogs to grab the lead.

But North came back with two goals before Central struggled for accuracy, kicking one major from five scoring shots, Brendan Dew's snap that bounced through the goal of the game, as the Bulldogs led by four points just into time on.

A devastating three goal burst by the home side stole the momentum away from Central, with the Roosters leading 12-5 to 9-8 at lemons, and with the wind at their back in the final stanza.

With the first two majors of the final quarter the Bulldogs closed the gap to just three points, before North kicked away with the next three goals to lead by 23 points into time on.

Two goals in two minutes by Central lit a spark of hope, but the Roosters squashed the charge with two quick replies before the final siren blew.

Holman was solid throughout and had good support from the likes of Chris Jansen, Hoskin, Josh Glenn and Dew, but there was just not enough players working hard enough at crucial times for the Bulldogs to win the game.

If Central cannot regroup for this Saturday's clash with Adelaide, there will be further questions raised.

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North Adelaide 1-1 6-4 12-5 17-9 (111)
Central District 4-2 5-3 9-8 13-10 (88)

Best: Holman, Hoskin, Jansen, Glenn, Dew, T. Schiller.
Goals: Holman 3, Hoskin 3, Butcher 2, Jansen 2, Dew 2, Habel.

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