2017 Round 14 Central v Sturt

 

 

ONE GOOD QUARTER A WIN DOESN'T MAKE
By Robert Laidlaw
In the first half and the last quarter, Central District kicked 7-7 to 17-11 against Sturt and was completely outplayed at Unley in the SANFL, but a 7-5 to 2-2 third term showed what the Bulldogs are capable of against quality opposition.
It's a bit like how the season has gone, with too many lost opportunities in losing games Central should have won, where the “good” Bulldogs do not stand up as much as the “bad” Doggies.
But in a season where a lot of young players are finding their feet at this level, where inconsistency is the price of development, Central is on track to be a team to watch in 2018 – now that this year is all but mathematically impossible to qualify for finals.
After both sides kicked a goal in the opening 10 minutes, Sturt set the foundation of its win with three majors in four minutes, before Kyle Presbury earned a holding the ball free and booted a magic goal from the point post deep into time on, for the Dogs to trail 2-5 to 4-4 at the first break.
The trouble with the deficit was that Central had first use of the breeze and did not use it to advantage, which was highlighted in the second quarter when Sturt added 7-3 to 3-2, to go 36-points ahead at half time.
While the Double Blues played their best footy of the day through this period, there were a couple of nice highlights for the visitors, with John Butcher taking a sensational mark and converting early, then late, Isaya McKenzie got on a long run and unfurled a curling shot that dissected the big uprights for goal of the game.
It looked like a different Central team in the third team, as everyone contributed and ran in packs, using key forward Butcher (three goals for the third term and five for the game) perfectly, with others feeding off nicely, including Josh Glenn chipping a nice major and Travis Schiller converting a snap under pressure.
Sturt actually kicked a major into time on to extend its lead to 24 points, but a withering three goal burst – and three behinds – saw that advantage down to just three points at lemons.
Unfortunately Sturt re-grouped and kicked the first three majors of the final term to take the wind out of the Bulldogs' sails, although they did fight the game out, before going down 14-12 to 19-13.
Fraser Fort backed up his return to league ranks against Port with another great game in a number of positions – down back, up front and even on the wing.
And Glenn also gave another good performance – especially in the second half – while Butcher played his best game of the season.
Nick Holman and Travis Schiller again led from the front at the stoppages, while Jarrod Schiller is starting to find his best form.
In spite of the SANFL being a 10-team comp, Central District has another bye – or split round – this Saturday, with its next game on August 5 at Elizabeth against North Adelaide – a must win game to ensure the wooden spoon is not a possibility.
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RESULT
Sturt   4-4 11-7 13-9 19-13 (127)
Central District 2-5 5-7 12-12 14-12 (79)
Best: F. Fort, Glenn, Butcher, Holman, T. Schiller, J. Schiller.
Goals: Butcher 5, Glenn 2, Presbury 2, McKenzie 2, T. Schiller, Barmby, Jenner.

ONE GOOD QUARTER A WIN DOESN'T MAKE

By Robert Laidlaw

In the first half and the last quarter, Central District kicked 7-7 to 17-11 against Sturt and was completely outplayed at Unley in the SANFL, but a 7-5 to 2-2 third term showed what the Bulldogs are capable of against quality opposition.

It's a bit like how the season has gone, with too many lost opportunities in losing games Central should have won, where the “good” Bulldogs do not stand up as much as the “bad” Doggies.

But in a season where a lot of young players are finding their feet at this level, where inconsistency is the price of development, Central is on track to be a team to watch in 2018 – now that this year is all but mathematically impossible to qualify for finals.

After both sides kicked a goal in the opening 10 minutes, Sturt set the foundation of its win with three majors in four minutes, before Kyle Presbury earned a holding the ball free and booted a magic goal from the point post deep into time on, for the Dogs to trail 2-5 to 4-4 at the first break.

The trouble with the deficit was that Central had first use of the breeze and did not use it to advantage, which was highlighted in the second quarter when Sturt added 7-3 to 3-2, to go 36-points ahead at half time.

While the Double Blues played their best footy of the day through this period, there were a couple of nice highlights for the visitors, with John Butcher taking a sensational mark and converting early, then late, Isaya McKenzie got on a long run and unfurled a curling shot that dissected the big uprights for goal of the game.

It looked like a different Central team in the third team, as everyone contributed and ran in packs, using key forward Butcher (three goals for the third term and five for the game) perfectly, with others feeding off nicely, including Josh Glenn chipping a nice major and Travis Schiller converting a snap under pressure.

Sturt actually kicked a major into time on to extend its lead to 24 points, but a withering three goal burst – and three behinds – saw that advantage down to just three points at lemons.

Unfortunately Sturt re-grouped and kicked the first three majors of the final term to take the wind out of the Bulldogs' sails, although they did fight the game out, before going down 14-12 to 19-13.

Fraser Fort backed up his return to league ranks against Port with another great game in a number of positions – down back, up front and even on the wing.

And Glenn also gave another good performance – especially in the second half – while Butcher played his best game of the season.

Nick Holman and Travis Schiller again led from the front at the stoppages, while Jarrod Schiller is starting to find his best form.

In spite of the SANFL being a 10-team comp, Central District has another bye – or split round – this Saturday, with its next game on August 5 at Elizabeth against North Adelaide – a must win game to ensure the wooden spoon is not a possibility.

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RESULT

Sturt   4-4 11-7 13-9 19-13 (127)

Central District 2-5 5-7 12-12 14-12 (79)

Best: F. Fort, Glenn, Butcher, Holman, T. Schiller, J. Schiller.

Goals: Butcher 5, Glenn 2, Presbury 2, McKenzie 2, T. Schiller, Barmby, Jenner.

 

 
John Butcher, who kicked 5 goals at the weekend
 
Jack Hannath, ruck duel
 
One of Central's best, Fraser Fort, kicks with Brother Darcy watching on
 
Josh Glenn, about to penetrate with his left
 
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