THE GOOD AND THE BAD
Central District captain Jarrod Schiller played his 200th league game for the Club, in what was a disastrous final 2021 encounter, with the Bulldogs going down by 104 points to the Eagles at Woodville.
Schiller has been a rock at the Club since making his debut in 2010, collecting two best and fairest awards along the way. He is the 21st player to reach the milestone at the Club – congratulations Jarrod.
Besides the recognition for his achievement, and with team-mates carrying Schiller off after the game, it was a bleak day in Club history.
The 104-point defeat was the worst hiding Central has suffered since going down by 125 points to Glenelg at Adelaide Oval in 1992.
And the Doggies score of 2.6 is the third lowest in Club history – only two games against Port Adelaide in the 1960s were lower – 2.5 in 1964 and 1.6 in 1967.
It was also the first time Central has lost to the Eagles by over 100 points.
For Bulldog supporters, the game was like a visit to the dentist, as the Eagles led 6.1 to 0-1 at quarter time and 10.3 to 0.4 at half time.
After conceding the first four majors of the third term, finally Kyle Presbury took a mark 50m out and aided by a 25m penalty steered Central’s first goal of the game at the 16-minute mark of the third term.
Trailing 15.4 to 1.4 at lemons, it was hoped the Bulldogs would come home with a strong finish, but it wasn’t to be, as the Eagles booted another four majors to just one by Central, when Fraser Fort marked and kicked truly from 30m, on the cusp of time on, for the goal of the game.
The 19.8 to 2.6 loss was painful. Many supporters wanted to leave earlier but waited to the end to clap off Jarrod Schiller.
To pick best players was probably a ‘fool’s errant’, as no one stood out against the strong Eagles line-up, which was preparing for a finals assault to go back-to-back premiers.
Presbury has had an outstanding season, and probably is favourite to win his first best and fairest award at the Club, while Jarrod Schiller and his brother Trav always give their all, and Justin Hoskin was solid.
Goals: Presbury, Fort 1.
Best: Presbury, T. Schiller, Hoskin, J. Schiller.
By Robert Laidlaw