SHORT SPURT KILLS BULLDOGS CHANCES
Playing Woodville West Torrens was always going to be a difficult task, but, except for the opening 12 minutes of the second term, the Bulldogs acquitted themselves well against the reigning SANFL premier at Elizabeth.
The first quarter was a dour affair, as the Eagles kept Central to one goal, while they booted 3.1, including a major just before quarter time.
In the first 12 minutes of the second term the Eagles scored 5.2, and worse, star ruckman Billy McCormack went down clutching his knee and had to be helped from the field.
Trailing by 45-points, hopes were shot, but to Central’s credit it fought tooth and nail the rest of the way to be competitive.
Ethan East finished off some good work to kick the Dogs second major of the game half way through the period, while the Eagles could only manage one more goal just before half time, to lead 9.4 to 2.2.
Led by the likes of Dylan Weaver and Rhett Montgomerie in defense, Central were resolute through the third quarter and only allowed two Eagles’ goals, while kicking just a single six-pointer, through Aiden Grace.
At lemons the Bulldogs had an almost impossible task, trailing 3.6 to 11.4, but Central’s have a reputation of fighting to the final siren, and did not disappoint with a courageous last quarter.
The Eagles did score two majors but the Dogs were up to the challenge and also managed a pair, although late, with Grace booting his third just into time on, while Jarrod Schiller kicked the goal of the game with a wonderful snap 24 minutes in.
It’s been another tough start to the season but there are definitely some good signs, with most of the new faces finding form, but now they need to play well consistently.
Kyle Presbury was again a standout, and his leaping grab in the last quarter is a contender for the best mark of the season.
The return of Harry Grant for his first game of the season was a bonus, with the Schiller brothers again the heart and soul of the team. Fraser Fort is ‘Mr. Reliable’, as his versatility in ruck and around the ground is a major problem for opposition teams.
This SUNDAY the Bulldogs will travel to Unley Oval to play Sturt.
Goals: Grace 3, East, J. Schiller 1.
Best: Presbury, T. Schiller, Grant, Fort, East, Weaver
By Robert Laidlaw