BULLDOGS GET THE JOB DONE
By Robert Laidlaw
It wasn’t pretty but Central District got the job done in its round three SANFL home clash with West Adelaide, breaking the shackles to record a 20-point victory for win number one for 2019.
If there was a sale on for goals, the Doggies couldn’t afford to buy even one in the first quarter, with a return of 0.6 to 2.2 – if just half the shots were accurate, Central would have set up the game a lot earlier.
And even in the second term, the Bulldogs had another two points on the board before finally – after the Bloods scored their third major – Troy Menzel took a great mark and converted from 45m at the eight-minute mark.
Then another lean period before some Presbury magic, when Kyle’s snap was true from 40m, for the goal of the game at the 16-minute mark – and a one-point lead!
But Central only added another behind, to lead 2.10 to 3.2 at half time – fortunately Westies just could not mount a serious attacking move in the period.
It was a far more cohesive Bulldog unit as the second half started, with first Nick Gillard, then Tim Auckland – after a goalsquare mark – kicking goals in the first five minutes to give Central some breathing space.
Just on the cusp of time on of the third quarter, Menzel converted another set shot, but West responded, for the Doggies to lead 5.11 to 4.3 at lemons.
After West opened the final stanza with a goal to reduce the margin to eight points, it was livewire on-baller Justin Hoskin who put scoreboard pressure on with a pair of goals, early and late in the quarter, before leaving the ground with blood streaming down his face.
Hoskin was the standout four-quarter player, with the Schiller boys – Jarrod and Travis – also prominent, while Jydon Neagle’s forward presence and his working back was a key to forcing many turnovers.
Menzel is starting to make a difference as a target up front, while captain Trent Goodrem is earning the title of Mr. Reliable. Gillard’s second half was of high standard, as he develops into a key weapon down the wings – with his pace and ball use.
The early inaccuracy aside, it was good to see Central play out four solid quarters of footy – although the scoreboard belied their dominance on the field.
This Friday the Bulldogs travel to Prospect to challenge the reigning premier North Adelaide.
Best – Hoskin, T. Schiller, J. Schiller, Jy. Neagle, Menzel, Goodrem, Gillard.
Goals – Menzel 2, Hoskin 2, Presbury, Gillard, Auckland.
|Central District||0 - 6||2 - 10||5 - 11||7 - 12 (54)|
|West Adelaide||2 - 2||3 - 2||4 - 3||5 - 4 (34)|