2017 Round 9 Central District v Sturt

 

SANFL
ROUND NINE
LOSS LEAVES FINALS DREAM IN TATTERS
By Robert Laidlaw
Central District had a great chance to reverse its fortunes and get back in the finals race in the SANFL when it hosted Sturt at Elizabeth, but the eventual 17-point loss has turned that task from tough to monumental.
There were plenty of good signs, although a couple of fade outs proved costly, with Sturt proving the better team on the day and deserved the win – in spite of some questionable umpiring that seemed to favour the visitors, especially early. The Dogs only 'earned' 14 frees to the opposition’s 30.
With Nick Holman continuing his usual tough approach at the stoppages, Chris Jansen initiating plenty of forward movement from the centre, and ruckmen Jack Hannath and Darcy Fort holding their own, Central was sharing the clearances early, which was reflected on the scoreboard.
Sturt kicked an early goal, which was answered when Sam Hanna scored full points with a wonderful snap.
A pair of majors mid-term gave the Double Blues a handy advantage, with Holman's mark and goal into time-on seeing the Dogs just five points down at the first break, 2-1 to 3-0.
At the start of the second term Central looked like it meant business, when first Darcy Fort took a pack mark and converted 50 seconds in, with brother Fraser Fort following the play up from full back three minutes later, with his long shot keeping the right side of the post for the goal of the game.
But that was when the Bulldogs went to sleep, just adding one behind for the rest of the period, to Sturt's 3-5, to trail by 15 points at half time, 4-2 to 6-5.
It was a hard-fought arm-wrestle in the third quarter, with the visitors scoring three goals, and Central answering the first two, to trail by 17-points at lemons, with a 'sniff' of victory still in the air.
But the first 15 minutes of the final stanza was dominated by Sturt, which kicked 2-5 to put the result to bed.
To the Bulldogs credit they fought the game out, with four of the final five majors of the match. Amazingly three players booted their first in league company, as Dylan Weaver and Ben Walter, making their debuts, managed late goals, as did Will Hewett in his fifth game.
While the 10-6 to 12-11 loss looked respectable, it was the late flurry that prevented a bigger loss, again highlighting Central's Achilles' heel this season, when the team seems to go missing for long periods.
The usual suspects in Holman, Jansen and Travis Schiller were again the best of the Doggies, while Hewett played his best game at league level, and Walter looks an exciting high marking prospect.
Before the game, the 2007 premiership side celebrated its 10-year reunion at the match-day lunch, which proved a big highlight.
Central has another bye this week, followed by a home game against Adelaide Crows AFL reserves.
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RESULT
Sturt   3-0 6-5 9-5 12-11 (83)
Central District 2-1 4-2 6-6 10-6 (66)
Best: Holman, Jansen, T. Schiller, D. Fort, Hoskin, Hewett, Walter.
Goals: Holman 2, Hanna, D. Fort, F. Fort, T. Schiller, Weaver, Walter, Hannath, Hewett.

LOSS LEAVES FINALS DREAM IN TATTERS

By Robert Laidlaw

Central District had a great chance to reverse its fortunes and get back in the finals race in the SANFL when it hosted Sturt at Elizabeth, but the eventual 17-point loss has turned that task from tough to monumental.

There were plenty of good signs, although a couple of fade outs proved costly, with Sturt proving the better team on the day and deserved the win – in spite of some questionable umpiring that seemed to favour the visitors, especially early. The Dogs only 'earned' 14 frees to the opposition’s 30.

With Nick Holman continuing his usual tough approach at the stoppages, Chris Jansen initiating plenty of forward movement from the centre, and ruckmen Jack Hannath and Darcy Fort holding their own, Central was sharing the clearances early, which was reflected on the scoreboard.

Sturt kicked an early goal, which was answered when Sam Hanna scored full points with a wonderful snap.

A pair of majors mid-term gave the Double Blues a handy advantage, with Holman's mark and goal into time-on seeing the Dogs just five points down at the first break, 2-1 to 3-0.

At the start of the second term Central looked like it meant business, when first Darcy Fort took a pack mark and converted 50 seconds in, with brother Fraser Fort following the play up from full back three minutes later, with his long shot keeping the right side of the post for the goal of the game.

But that was when the Bulldogs went to sleep, just adding one behind for the rest of the period, to Sturt's 3-5, to trail by 15 points at half time, 4-2 to 6-5.

It was a hard-fought arm-wrestle in the third quarter, with the visitors scoring three goals, and Central answering the first two, to trail by 17-points at lemons, with a 'sniff' of victory still in the air.

But the first 15 minutes of the final stanza was dominated by Sturt, which kicked 2-5 to put the result to bed.

To the Bulldogs credit they fought the game out, with four of the final five majors of the match. Amazingly three players booted their first in league company, as Dylan Weaver and Ben Walter, making their debuts, managed late goals, as did Will Hewett in his fifth game.

While the 10-6 to 12-11 loss looked respectable, it was the late flurry that prevented a bigger loss, again highlighting Central's Achilles' heel this season, when the team seems to go missing for long periods.

The usual suspects in Holman, Jansen and Travis Schiller were again the best of the Doggies, while Hewett played his best game at league level, and Walter looks an exciting high marking prospect.

Before the game, the 2007 premiership side celebrated its 10-year reunion at the match-day lunch, which proved a big highlight.

Central has another bye this week, followed by a home game against Adelaide Crows AFL reserves.

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RESULT

Sturt   3-0 6-5 9-5 12-11 (83)

Central District 2-1 4-2 6-6 10-6 (66)

Best: Holman, Jansen, T. Schiller, D. Fort, Hoskin, Hewett, Walter.

Goals: Holman 2, Hanna, D. Fort, F. Fort, T. Schiller, Weaver, Walter, Hannath, Hewett.

 

 
Jarrod Schiller, with ball in hand
 
 
Ben Walter's 1st goal in League footy
 
 
Dylan Weaver's 1st goal in League Footy
 
 
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