2017 Round 7 Central v Port at Alberton

 

ANOTHER QUARTER BREAKDOWN
By Robert Laidlaw
If just one quarter is taken out of each of Central District's SANFL games this season, it would have a winning record, with the malaise again affecting the Bulldogs at Alberton on Saturday, when they lost by 39 points to Port Adelaide.
There seemed to be more purpose and some excitement in the team through the first half, as Central led by two points at the first break and one point at half time.
But after kicking a goal in the first 13 seconds of the third quarter, when a lucky bounce favoured Trent Goodrem, the Dogs did not trouble the scoresheet for the rest of the period, while Port dominated play, and the scoreboard, with the next 12 scores – five goals, seven behinds.
To its credit, Central fought out the final stanza, with just two late Port goals robbing the Bulldogs of a winning quarter.
Through the first term Central should have been further ahead, as it was well on top for most of the period, with four of the first five goals of the match, before Port added three majors in the time on period to reduce the margin to two point, as the visitors led 5-3 to 5-1.
In the Bulldogs best quarter, they played a committed brand of footy into the wind in the second term to halt any Port avalanche, to still lead at the long break, 7-6 to 7-5.
A highlight was Luke Habel's goal of the game 10 minutes in, when he won a one-on-one contest, shrugged a tackle, sprinted off – leaving his opponent in his wake, and nailed an important major from 30m.
The only thing that saved Central from an embarrassing third quarter – after Goodrem's early goal – was Port's shocking kicking for goal, where it managed only one major from its first six scoring shots, some without pressure and within 30m.
After two good goals in the first term – both as straight as a die – John Butcher soccered a clever major to open the final term, then Nick Holman kicked truly, to have the Dogs within 18 points, but Port had the momentum and would not give any ground, in spite of a solid effort from the visitors, to win comfortably.
Habel, playing forward, added some much need spark in that area, while Luke Barmby was back to his best form, with some good defensive support from David Haydon and Murray Stevenson.
The month of June could bring some change to the Bulldogs fortunes, with three win-able games, and several changes to the line-up imminent.
It starts with win-less West Adelaide at Richmond, followed by Sturt at home, a bye and then Adelaide at the Ponderosa.
With its third consecutive victory – a four-point thriller against Port – in the reserves, they are knocking on the door of the top five, with several players putting up their hands to get back into league ranks, including Sam Hanna, Tom Stevens and Jacob Templeton (four goals).
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RESULT
Port Adelaide  5-1 7-5 12-12 17-16 (118)
Central District 5-3 7-6 8-6 12-7 (79)
Best: Barmby, Holman, Haydon, T. Schiller, Hoskin, Stevenson.
Goals: Butcher 3, Habel 2, Goodrem 2, Hoskin, T. Schiller, Holman, J. Schiller, Milne.

ANOTHER QUARTER BREAKDOWN

By Robert Laidlaw

If just one quarter is taken out of each of Central District's SANFL games this season, it would have a winning record, with the malaise again affecting the Bulldogs at Alberton on Saturday, when they lost by 39 points to Port Adelaide.

There seemed to be more purpose and some excitement in the team through the first half, as Central led by two points at the first break and one point at half time.

But after kicking a goal in the first 13 seconds of the third quarter, when a lucky bounce favoured Trent Goodrem, the Dogs did not trouble the scoresheet for the rest of the period, while Port dominated play, and the scoreboard, with the next 12 scores – five goals, seven behinds.

To its credit, Central fought out the final stanza, with just two late Port goals robbing the Bulldogs of a winning quarter.

Through the first term Central should have been further ahead, as it was well on top for most of the period, with four of the first five goals of the match, before Port added three majors in the time on period to reduce the margin to two point, as the visitors led 5-3 to 5-1.

In the Bulldogs best quarter, they played a committed brand of footy into the wind in the second term to halt any Port avalanche, to still lead at the long break, 7-6 to 7-5.

A highlight was Luke Habel's goal of the game 10 minutes in, when he won a one-on-one contest, shrugged a tackle, sprinted off – leaving his opponent in his wake, and nailed an important major from 30m.

The only thing that saved Central from an embarrassing third quarter – after Goodrem's early goal – was Port's shocking kicking for goal, where it managed only one major from its first six scoring shots, some without pressure and within 30m.

After two good goals in the first term – both as straight as a die – John Butcher soccered a clever major to open the final term, then Nick Holman kicked truly, to have the Dogs within 18 points, but Port had the momentum and would not give any ground, in spite of a solid effort from the visitors, to win comfortably.

Habel, playing forward, added some much need spark in that area, while Luke Barmby was back to his best form, with some good defensive support from David Haydon and Murray Stevenson.

The month of June could bring some change to the Bulldogs fortunes, with three win-able games, and several changes to the line-up imminent.

It starts with win-less West Adelaide at Richmond, followed by Sturt at home, a bye and then Adelaide at the Ponderosa.

With its third consecutive victory – a four-point thriller against Port – in the reserves, they are knocking on the door of the top five, with several players putting up their hands to get back into league ranks, including Sam Hanna, Tom Stevens and Jacob Templeton (four goals).

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RESULT

Port Adelaide  5-1 7-5 12-12 17-16 (118)

Central District 5-3 7-6 8-6 12-7 (79)

Best: Barmby, Holman, Haydon, T. Schiller, Hoskin, Stevenson.

Goals: Butcher 3, Habel 2, Goodrem 2, Hoskin, T. Schiller, Holman, J. Schiller, Milne.

 
Chris Jansen marks under pressure near the boundary
 
Darcy Fort in the Ruck
 
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