BULLDOGS HAMMERED AT UNLEY
There is no other word to encapsulate Central District’s effort against Sturt at Unley, in Sunday’s SANFL clash, than woeful.
It was like watching boys against men, as the Bulldogs were well beaten in every department on the ground but one, which was because of the home side’s dominance.
There were 12 Central District players with possessions in single digits, as the Bulldogs seemed overwhelmed by a team that earlier in the season declared it was also in a rebuilding stage.
Because of the weight of possessions, Sturt only trailed in one significant statistic, tackles, with Central accumulating 69 to the Double Blues 40 – it’s hard to tackle players who do not have the ball!
The first few minutes of the game were arguably the only enjoyable time for the Bulldogs’ faithful, as Aiden Grace slotted the game’s first goal, and a wonderful snap for goal of the game by Jarrod Schiller before the three-minute mark, saw Central lead 2.0 to 0.0.
But then it was all Sturt to half time, as it led 6.3 to 2.1 at the first break, and 9.7 to 2.3 at the long interval.
Questions were being asked at half time, including, ‘who could be slotted into Central’s best player list’? There were no players worthy at this stage.
Although outscored to trail 3.6 to 13.10 at lemons, experienced trio Kyle Presbury and the Schiller boys, Jarrod and Travis, started working into the game, which saw others also become more than just spectators.
The final quarter saw Sturt again increase the margin, to run out 20.15 to 5.7 victors, to overwhelm the Bulldogs by 98-points, one of the club’s worse losses over the dark days of the past few seasons.
It all starts in the middle, and although young debutant Jakob Thomson tried his heart out, thrust into a lead ruckman role with key big man Billy McCormack missing, it was always going to be a tough induction to league football.
After a week off for the interstate clash in Perth, Central District’s next game is a Friday night match-up at the Parade against Norwood, May 20, 7.40pm.
Goals: J. Schiller 2, Grace, Dorizzi, Shaw 1.
Best: J. Schiller, Presbury, T. Schiller.
By Robert Laidlaw