NOT UP TO SCRATCH
It was another tough outing for Central District in the SANFL, as it went down by 52 points to South Adelaide at Elizabeth, in round 16, after a three week lay-off caused by the most recent COVID-19 lockdown.
While the Bulldogs were up and about early and played a solid first quarter, too many players went missing after the first break, in what was an insipid performance over the final three terms.
The way Central played the opening quarter was the Doggies at their best this season, as they matched it with the finals-bound Panthers. But for the remainder of the game it looked like teams from two different grades.
In what was virtually a shootout, Central opened the scoring in the first term when Fraser Fort took advantage of a pass from Justin Hoskin to kick truly.
Then, after a ‘quick’ pair of South majors, Shay Linke levelled the scores with his snap.
Another Panther goal was answered after a magnificent snap, which bounced through for the goal of the game from Hoskin’s boot.
Late in the period, Thomas Graham gathered the ball and went on a bit of a run before finishing it off with Central’s fourth goal of the term, to put the Doggies 4.1 to 3.3 up at quarter time.
Although the teams traded single goals early in the second term, South wrested the ascendancy through its superior work out of the middle to dominate the rest of the period, and went in to half time with a 9.6 to 5.1 advantage.
A dour third quarter saw the Panthers extend their lead with a two-goal-to-one return and a 11.11 to 6.2 scoreline at lemons.
With two goals early in the final term and the first three majors of the last stanza, South put the result to bed, although the Bulldogs battled the game out and managed the final six-pointer of the match through Fort.
Kyle Presbury seemed to be everywhere for the Bulldogs throughout the game and was the home side’s standout performer, again.
It was a tough job to pick the remaining better players for Central, although Leek Alleer was good out of defence and took some great marks, while Harry Grant, Jarrod Schiller and Hoskin were solid contributors.
This Saturday Central District travel to Glenelg to take on the undefeated Tigers.
Goals: Fort 2, Linke, Hoskin, Graham, D. Pisani, Grace 1.
Best: Presbury, Grant, Alleer, J. Schiller, Hoskin, Weaver.
By Robert Laidlaw