PRESSURE WIN BY DOGS
By Robert Laidlaw
In a good test of resolve, Central District was able to withstand the pressure of a close game to beat reigning SANFL premier North Adelaide at Prospect Oval by seven points.
To be able to respond to every challenge the Roosters made and come out on the winning side will add plenty of confidence going forward, as the competition seems to be looking pretty even.
The early catalyst for the Bulldogs was Troy Menzel, who offered a reliable target, while Jarrod Schiller was providing plenty of grunt at the stoppages, and Kyle Jenner was the glue that kept the defense together – a role he played to perfection throughout the game.
Menzel kicked the first goal of the contest in the opening minute, which North responded to. Jarrod Schiller then finished off some good work to give Central some breathing space, but again the Rosters had the answer.
Justin Hoskin kicked a nice major 12 minutes in, while into time-on Schiller booted his second, with Menzel converting a huge goal of the game from outside 50m to see the Doggies 5.3 to 2.5 up at the first break.
North booted two early goals in the second term, with Menzel nailing one back for Central eight minutes in.
Another Roosters major closed the gap to five points, with Menzel’s fourth goal of the game into time on giving the Dogs a 7.6 to 5.7 advantage at half time.
The third quarter could have been a disaster for Central, with just Nick Gillard’s early goal the only six-pointer for the period for the Bulldogs, as the next six opportunities were wayward, while North managed a couple of majors to reduce the margin to eight points at lemons.
In a tense final stanza, Hoskin snapped a great early goal to put Centrals 13 points up, while North got untracked with the next two majors to reduce the margin to a single point at the 12-minute mark.
After an exciting period leading into time-on, with neither side adding to the scoreboard, Hoskin took a pressure mark in the forward pocket by the boundary and cleverly steered through a goal for some breathing space.
Through the final six minutes of the game, both teams had opportunities to impact the result but only behinds were added, for the Bulldogs to triumph.
With his outstanding work in defense, Jenner was the most consistent player over four quarters, while Menzel had the greatest impact on the game.
The Schiller brothers Jarrod and Travis continued their fine form, while Hoskin and Darcy Pisani were conspicuous, in a good team effort.
This Saturday the Bulldogs will host Adelaide, with a chanced to jump into the top five with a victory.
Best: Jenner, Menzel, J. Schiller, Hoskin, T. Schiller, Pisani
Goals: Menzel 4, Hoskin 3, J. Schiller 2, Gillard 1.
|Central District||5.3 (33)||7.6 (48)||8.12 (60)||10.13 (73)|
|North Adelaide||2.5 (17)||5.7 (37)||7.10 (52)||9.12 (66)|