2017 Round 12 Central v South at Noarlunga

 

 

DOOR CLOSES ON BULLDOGS
By Robert Laidlaw
Central District blew its chance of getting back in the finals race with a 42-point loss to South Adelaide at Noarlunga.
With six games left, including against all the four top teams, it would take a minor miracle for the Dogs to climb their way out of the quagmire of the bottom half of the table, with a three game gap to make up, which includes needing higher teams to lose.
If Central had followed up on the previous week's effort against Glenelg, it would have been just two games out with better percentage and momentum, but it wasn't to be.
After an even first term against South, the Bulldogs conceded six goals to none in the second quarter, which was the major difference in the end.
Kicking to the end favoured by the breeze in the opening term, Central was wayward, wasting several opportunities, and when South booted two goals mid-term, the Dogs trailed 0-3 to 2-0.
Darcy Fort kicked Central's first goal at the 16 minute mark, and after another behind, saw the Panthers hammer another major, with Justin Hoskin getting loose and nailing the goal of the game late in the period to see the Bulldogs trail 2-4 to 3-0 at the first break.
The least spoken about the second quarter, the better. South was dominate, kicking 6-4 to a solitary behind, as Central struggled in most areas, and was outpointed by a more skilful, disciplined unit, to trail by 44 points at the long break.
Through the second half, it was an arm-wrestle, as Central again wasted several opportunities in kicking 2-3 to South's 3-0 in the third term, and at last won a quarter, when it booted 1-2 to 1-1 in the final stanza, of a game that never reached anything like the previous week's standard.
With the wind blowing across the ground from the grandstand side, the majority of play was on the outer side, which made it difficult for either team to set up a cohesive chain of passes, and dragged the contest down to an unacceptable level.
And in a confusing scenario, three regular Central players had high numbers, captain Trent Goodrem wearing 58, Nick Holman 53 and Darcy Fort 51.
While Holman cast off his cape and wasn't the “Superman” of the previous week, he still was the Bulldogs best, while Jarrod Schiller found some good form, and Jordan Furnell made a solid return to league ranks.
There was some good news on the day, when Central's reserves came from the clouds to beat South by one point, after being two goals down late in the game.
With just a minute on the clock and six points behind, a Bulldog shot on goal hit the post, before a composed Matthew Claughton steered the winner through from 40m, with just seconds left.
This Saturday Central is at home to the AFL reserve team of Port Adelaide.
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RESULT
South Adelaide 3-0 9-4 12-4 13-5 (83)
Central District 2-4 2-5 4-8 5-11 (41)
Best: Holman, J. Schiller, Hoskin, Furnell, Jenner, Barreau.
Goals: Hoskin 2, D. Fort, Goodrem, Barmby.

DOOR CLOSES ON BULLDOGS

By Robert Laidlaw

Central District blew its chance of getting back in the finals race with a 42-point loss to South Adelaide at Noarlunga.

With six games left, including against all the four top teams, it would take a minor miracle for the Dogs to climb their way out of the quagmire of the bottom half of the table, with a three game gap to make up, which includes needing higher teams to lose.

If Central had followed up on the previous week's effort against Glenelg, it would have been just two games out with better percentage and momentum, but it wasn't to be.

After an even first term against South, the Bulldogs conceded six goals to none in the second quarter, which was the major difference in the end.

Kicking to the end favoured by the breeze in the opening term, Central was wayward, wasting several opportunities, and when South booted two goals mid-term, the Dogs trailed 0-3 to 2-0.

Darcy Fort kicked Central's first goal at the 16 minute mark, and after another behind, saw the Panthers hammer another major, with Justin Hoskin getting loose and nailing the goal of the game late in the period to see the Bulldogs trail 2-4 to 3-0 at the first break.

The least spoken about the second quarter, the better. South was dominate, kicking 6-4 to a solitary behind, as Central struggled in most areas, and was outpointed by a more skilful, disciplined unit, to trail by 44 points at the long break.

Through the second half, it was an arm-wrestle, as Central again wasted several opportunities in kicking 2-3 to South's 3-0 in the third term, and at last won a quarter, when it booted 1-2 to 1-1 in the final stanza, of a game that never reached anything like the previous week's standard.

With the wind blowing across the ground from the grandstand side, the majority of play was on the outer side, which made it difficult for either team to set up a cohesive chain of passes, and dragged the contest down to an unacceptable level.

And in a confusing scenario, three regular Central players had high numbers, captain Trent Goodrem wearing 58, Nick Holman 53 and Darcy Fort 51.

While Holman cast off his cape and wasn't the “Superman” of the previous week, he still was the Bulldogs best, while Jarrod Schiller found some good form, and Jordan Furnell made a solid return to league ranks.

There was some good news on the day, when Central's reserves came from the clouds to beat South by one point, after being two goals down late in the game.

With just a minute on the clock and six points behind, a Bulldog shot on goal hit the post, before a composed Matthew Claughton steered the winner through from 40m, with just seconds left.

This Saturday Central is at home to the AFL reserve team of Port Adelaide.

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RESULT

South Adelaide   3-0   9-4   12-4    13-5 (83)

Central District   2-4   2-5   4-8    5-11 (41)

Best: Holman, J. Schiller, Hoskin, Furnell, Jenner, Barreau.

Goals: Hoskin 2, D. Fort, Goodrem, Barmby.

 

 
Solid performer - Nick Holman wraps up a South Adelaide player
 
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