PATCHY BULLDOGS NEED CONSISTENCY
It’s been a frustrating season for Central District as it strives for consistency, with the Bulldogs form again patchy in a 33-point loss to reigning premier Glenelg, in their SANFL round seven clash at Elizabeth.
In two of the quarters – the second and fourth – Central outscored the Tigers, but a tired looking Bulldogs lost their way in the third term, where the margin blew out from a nine-point deficit at half time to a 35-point buffer at lemons.
There is no questioning the desire and effort of the young Central team, but too many times this season a below par quarter (or longer) is proving critical and robbing the lads of a victory.
When Justin Hoskin snapped a beautiful goal under pressure to open the scoring early in the first quarter, it looked like the Bulldogs were up and about.
But then Glenelg took control, with its inaccuracy costing it a bigger lead than 15-points at the first break, when it led 3.4 to 1.1.
Playing some good footy Central was again looking the goods early in the second term, after goals to Nick Lange (a long bomb) and James Boyd’s curling shot, with another major half way through the period, from Chris Olsson, giving the Dogs the lead.
Glenelg steadied and managed a couple of majors before the long break, to lead 5.6 to 4.3, with the game still in the balance.
A five-goal-to-one third quarter by Glenelg turned the momentum fully, in the Tigers direction, as they led 10.10 to 5.5 at lemons, then with two early majors in the final stanza, the Tiger machine looked in full flight.
But a purple patch by the Dogs gave supporters a bit of joy, with three goals in three minutes, including two by Murray Stephenson, who completed the second major after a speccy one-handed mark.
With a steadying goal Glenelg seemed to put a brake on the revival but no, Central still had some petrol in the tank, with a magnificent goal of the game from Nick Gillard, whose long bomb, which was swinging the ‘wrong way’, bounced in the square and went the ‘right way’.
Then into time on John Butcher snapped a major and the Bulldogs had closed the margin to 25 points.
Glenelg managed two goals to avoid a close finish, but Hoskin kicked a major after the final siren to give Central a winning quarter.
Troy Menzel again had a huge impact on the game, and seemed to be everywhere, while Trav Schiller played his best game of the season. Jarrod Schiller, Boyd and Hoskin also were prominent.
Next Saturday Central District travel to Unley to play Sturt.
Best: T. Menzel, T. Schiller, J. Schiller, Boyd, Hoskin, Toner.
Goals: Hoskin 2, Stephenson 2, Lange, Boyd, Olsson, Durdin, Habel, Gillard, Butcher.
By Robert Laidlaw