OLD HABITS HAUNT BULLDOGS
Following the previous week’s top performance against Norwood, Central District fell into old habits in losing its SANFL round 12 clash at Prospect Oval by 32 points to North Adelaide.
A devastating fade out in the third quarter put the Bulldogs out of the contest, as it conceded 8.6 while failing to even get close enough to the northern end for the goal umpire to raise even a finger.
A late goal to end the first half saw Central trail by just eight points at the long break, but by lemons it had fallen 62-points in arrears, which was stretched to 67 points early in the final stanza.
But then the Bulldogs caught fire and booted the game’s final six majors to prove to themselves they are capable of matching it with the best.
The first half was competitive, with North’s wayward kicking enabling the Bulldogs to stay in touch most of the period.
Kicking against a strong breeze, Central opened with the first goal, when John Butcher marked strongly and converted five minutes into the game. The Roosters answered with two quick majors before being held until a late goal saw the lead out to 14 points, 3.3 to 1.1 at the first break.
To open the second term North peppered the goals but could only managed four behinds in the first five minutes, with the Dogs closing to within a kick with two consecutive goals.
The next 10 minutes were controlled by North, which added a couple of six-pointers, Sam Milne running in to pull one back just before time on, while with the last kick of the first half, Butcher slotted his third goal of the match, to see Central trail by just eight points.
With the temperature dropping and light rain at the long break, the conditions on and off the field changed dramatically, with the Roosters stepping up a gear in the third term to leave the visitors, basically, as just spectators.
It would have been easy for the Bulldogs to just drop their heads and just ‘play out’ the final quarter but they didn’t. They stepped up a gear and, if not for the poor third term, could have put a scare in the North camp, in running the game out well – now to just carry that momentum into next Saturday’s clash at the Bay against Glenelg.
Jarrod Schiller was tough at it all game to be the Dogs’ best, with his tackling a feature. Kyle Presbury has been reinvented as a defender and is relishing his role, while Trav Schiller and James Boyd continue to work well in tandem to rack up plenty of possessions.
Butcher played the one-out forward role well in the first half, while Justin Hoskin played like a man possessed in the final quarter with three goals.
By Robert Laidlaw
Best: J, Schiller, Presbury, T, Schiller, Boyd, Fort, D. Pisani.
Goals: Butcher, Hoskin 3, J. Schiller, Milne, Boyd, Stephenson, Ford, Habel 1.