2017 Round 11 Centrals vs Glenelg

By Robert Laidlaw

Those who visited Elizabeth to witness the Central District versus Glenelg SANFL round 11 game would have thought they were in a time warp, and transported back a decade, as the Bulldogs kicked 11 last quarter goals to win by 97-points.

Centrals score of 21-10 and margin were easily the highest of the season – the margin equal to the Dogs highest previous score – and both marks were the best since round one last year, against North Adelaide.

It was surreal watching a team transform from a frustrating side as the confidence grew, and players backed themselves in.

There was an air of confidence from supporters pre-game, as the general feeling was that Central was due for a break-out game, and break-out game it had.

In the last quarter the Bulldogs played like an orchestra, with Nick Holman the maestro, as he set a high standard from the first bounce of the opening term.

Holman was devastating with his creativeness, tackles, precision passing and goalkicking – five magic majors – to play the best individual game by a Central player in a couple of seasons.

And he had plenty of helpers, including ruckman Jack Hannath, who played at times like a rover, Isaya MacKenzie (four last quarter goals for a total of five), captain Trent Goodrem, and defenders Murray
Stephenson and Luke Barmby, to name just a few.

In the opening term, in spite of Glenelg kicking two of the game's first three goals, by quarter time Central had giving itself a good start with a 5-2 to 2-1 lead – with Jacob Templeton and Holman nailing a brace each.

The open spaces of Elizabeth seemed a little troubling for the Tigers, who are used to the friendly confines of Glenelg Oval, which was to prove telling the longer the game went.

Two early misses in the second term had the Dogs doubting themselves a little, as Glenelg brought the game to an old fashioned slog, with errors from both sides the significant stat of the period. A late major from the visitors cut the lead to 15 points at half time.

Up to the 18 minute mark of the third term both sides had kicked just one goal after the long break, but three late majors saw Central out by a significant 36 points at lemons.

On the back of the last four goals of the third quarter, the Bulldogs hammered home another 10 unanswered majors in the final term – for 14 without even a single point from the opposition, and after Glenelg finally broke through at the 25 minute mark of the final stanza for a goal, the unlikely answer came from David Haydon.

As for the goal of the game, there were several candidates, but Holman's gem, his fifth, when he kicked a six-pointer out of nothing with his snap out of a pack, 35 metres out and on a 45 degree angle in the opposite pocket to the scoreboard through the final stanza the winner.

Before playing Glenelg, the Bulldogs were four games and five-and-a-half percentage  points behind the fifth-placed Tigers, with eight games left.

Now, with the big win, and losses to South Adelaide and Adelaide, Central is ahead of the Tigers percentage and three games out with eight to play – finals are unlikely, but it will be fun to see the Bulldogs make a charge similar to 2015.

This Saturday Central has the longest trip in the competition, when it visits South Adelaide at Noarlunga on Saturday.

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Central District 5-2 6-5 10-8 21-10 (136)
Glenelg  2-1 4-2 5-2 6-3 (39)

Best: Holman, Hannath, Goodrem, Stephenson, Barmby, T. Schiller, Habel, Milne, Presbury.
Goals: Holman 5, McKenzie 5, Templeton 4, Jenner 2, Goodrem, Butcher, D. Fort, Hannath, Haydon.

Luke Barmby soars for a mark
Best on Ground Nick Holman delivers
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