TOUGH LESSON FOR DOGS
By Robert Laidlaw
It was a tough day for Central District in its 69-point loss to Glenelg at the Bay in Sunday’s SANFL round 11 clash, with some inaccurate goal kicking in the second quarter and the Tigers solid third term proving the Dogs downfall.
An encouraging opening saw Central recover after Glenelg booted the first two goals, with Steve Burton kicking a major 12 minutes in, which was quickly followed by Isaya McKenzie’s goal of the game.
Kyle Jenner had marked a pass from Troy Menzel in the pocket and had a set shot from the boundary, which floated across goals, where it was punched down to McKenzie, who was front and square, turned and snapped a left footer straight through the middle.
Glenelg managed to regain the lead with a major a few minutes later, but when Marcus Barreau kicked truly late into time on, the Bulldogs led by a point, before a Glenelg behind left the scores tied at 3.2 apiece at the first break.
Opening the second quarter with three quick goals, the Tigers took control of the contest, but Central had six of the next nine scoring shots, which should have evened things up, but all the Dogs could manage were points, as they trailed 3.8 to 8.3 at half time.
If the second quarter wasn’t bad enough for the Bulldogs, it got worse in the third term, when Glenelg kicked the first four goals of the period and seven to just two by Central, to lead 15.5 to 5.10 at lemons.
With the game apparently shot to pieces, Central looked like it was going to make a late push after the Tigers missed three early shots to open the final stanza, with a fantastic team goal raising some hope.
Jydon Neagle at half back delivered the ball Dylan Weaver in the centre, who handballed to the elusive McKenzie, with his balk and bounce giving him the space to pass to Jono Marsh, with the resulting handball setting Justin Hoskin up for a nice goal.
But Glenelg steadied to boot four of the game’s final five goals to run out easy winners.
Jarrod Schiller again was the Bulldogs standout, while Luke Habel is becoming one of the team’s most consistent players, and Burton and Barreau are two guys showing plenty of promise.
Central has another bye this week, followed by a game against North Adelaide at Elizabeth on July 6, a must win game if the Bulldogs want to keep clear of the cellar.
Best: J. Schiller, Habel, Burton, Jy. Neagle, Hoskin, Weaver.
Goals: Jy. Neagle 2, Burton, McKenzie, Barreau, Menzel, Hoskin 1.
|Central District||3.2 (20)||3.8 (26)||5.10 (40)||7.12 (54)|
|Glenelg||3.2 (20)||8.3 (51)||15.5 (95)||19.9 (123)|