THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Central District played the Jekyll and Hyde card in its SANFL round two game at Alberton against Port Adelaide, eventually suffering a 17-point loss, after holding a 26-point lead at half time.
THE GOOD: It was a great first half by the Bulldogs, as they controlled a lot of the play and worked to a 26-point lead at the long break.
THE BAD: Central only kicked one point in the third term – with the aid of a strong breeze, but fortunately still led by 13-points at lemons.
THE UGLY: To watch a team that had worked so hard capitulate in the final stanza against a fitter, taller, stronger Port Power reserves team, without troubling the scoreboard attendant, well, it wasn’t pretty.
In the opening quarter, it was tough, with only behinds from both teams, until Aiden Grace converted the first major of the game 12 minutes into the term, to stake the Dogs to a 1.2 to 0.3 advantage.
A great contested mark by Thomas Graham and an accurate kick a few minutes later put Central in a solid position.
Then two time on majors, the first the goal of the game, when Ethan East went on a long run, bouncing three times before kicking truly, followed by Grace’s second of the period, to see the Bulldogs 4.3 to 0.5 up at quarter time.
After kicking with the wind in the opening term, now it was Central’s turn to defend strongly, and it did, with a magnificent second term.
Port kicked its first goal of the game at the seven-minute mark, which the Bulldogs answered with an East major.
Another Port major half way through the quarter was answered again by East, then, late into time on, Graham ran in from outside 50 to give Central a winning quarter, and stretched the lead out to 26-points at the long break.
It was a different Port side after half time, as it seemed to have an extra man at every contest, with Central struggling to match-up.
An early goal and a late one from Port were the only majors of the period, with the Doggies lonely behind coming just before three-quarter time, but, with a 13-point lead, supporters’ hopes rested on what they had seen in the first half, and in round one.
But it wasn’t to be, as Port booted two goals in the opening three minutes of the final stanza, then another pair mid-term, as it also shut Central out, to record a 17-point victory.
If it wasn’t for a solid four-quarter effort by the Bulldogs resolute defense, it could have been even uglier than what the final margin read.
Kyle Presbury was the catalysts of much of Central’s defensive endeavours, with the likes of Rhett Montgomerie, Luke Habel and Fraser Fort great in support.
The Bulldogs host Glenelg at Elizabeth from 2.10pm this Saturday.
Goals: East 3, Grace 2, Graham 2.
Best: Presbury, Montgomerie, Habel, Fort, Grant, East.