BULLDOGS BRAVE FIGHTBACK
By Robert Laidlaw
In what has been a regular occurrence this season, Central District fell in a big hole after a sub-par first half before a brave fightback in its SANFL round 16 home clash with South Adelaide, before going down by 30 points.
After three consecutive solid outings, where the Bulldogs fought back strongly to pull back deficits, this time it wasn’t to be, after falling 41-points in arrears by half time.
Luke Habel got Central started when he kicked an early goal to open the game but then it was all the Panthers to half time – to lead 8.3 to 1.4 (and 5.1 to 1.2 at the first break).
Then the ‘usual’ fight back came in the third term, as the Bulldogs kicked the next five goals to close within 14 points.
Fraser Fort took a good mark and converted from 50m in the first minute of the period, with a wonderful snap by Corey Durdin hitting the mark eight minutes in.
Jonathan Marsh marked 20m out and kicked truly at the 15-minute mark, which was followed by the goal of the day, when the Dogs moved the ball from deep in defense to the other end of the ground for Travis Schiller to finish the good work.
Then early into time on Justin Hoskin booted a major to fill supporters with hope, although South managed its only goal of the third term just before lemons for the Panthers to lead 9.8 to 6.5.
An early South major in the final stanza seemed to take a lot of wind out of Central’s sails, although Troy Menzel snapped a beauty 12 minutes in to offer some hope, but the Panthers could smell victory and closed down the home side and added the final goal of the game.
While the Schiller brothers Jarrod and Travis again led the possession count, veterans – and the last remaining premiership players left at the club – Trent Goodrem and Kyle Jenner featured prominently, especially in the Bulldogs comeback.
Wyatt Patterson was the pick of the defenders with a solid game, leading the back 50m rebounds with nine.
This weekend the Dogs have another bye, before a Friday night game at Norwood on August 16, before their final home game of the season against Port Adelaide on August 24.
Best: T. Schiller, Goodrem, Patterson, J. Schiller, Jenner, Menzel.
Goals: Habel, Fort, Durdin, Marsh, T. Schiller, Hoskin, Menzel 1.
|Central District||1.2 (8)||1.4 (10)||6.5 (41)||7.7 (49)|
|South Adelaide||5.1 (31)||8.3 (51)||9.8 (62)||11.13 (79)|