League Match Report

SANFL Round 8 Match Report

BATTLING BULLDOGS BRAVE EFFORT

Although playing a premiership contender in Glenelg, Central District gave a solid exhibition in its SANFL round eight clash at Elizabeth, before going down by 32-points.

With the oval being drenched pre-game, conditions were made tough early, but the Bulldogs played accountable footy, and kept it going all game, with just Glenelg’s superior skill level the telling factor in the end.

It took half way through the opening term for the first score, a goal to the Tigers, which Central answered two minutes later, through a Chris Olsson major.

After a couple of behinds, Glenelg managed its second goal just before quarter time, to lead 2.2 to 1.0 at the first change of ends.

A dominate period by the visitors in the first 10 minutes of the second term was thwarted by bad kicking, as it added just five points.

The Tigers were then held out until the cusp of time on, where it managed two quick majors to seemingly take control of the game, with Aiden Grace pulling one back for the Bulldogs, with a set shot from 45m. Glenelg led 4.7 to 2.0 at half time.

Playing their best footy of the afternoon, the Doggies controlled play through the first half of the third term, but only managed three behinds.

Then, like the second term, the Tigers kicked a pair of goals, one each side of the 20-minute mark, to work to a handy 6.8 to 2.3 advantage at lemons.

Through the first 20 minutes of the final stanza, Central worked extremely hard to actually outscore Glenelg, with one goal and three behinds to just one point.

The Dogs’ final major early in the final quarter was the goal of the game, when Fraser Fort beat two opponents and worked the ball to Grace, who snapped a beauty from 45m.

Unfortunately, Glenelg kicked two late goals, including one on the final siren, to stretch the final margin out to 32-points, 8.9 to 3.7. But it was still a gallant effort by the undermanned Bulldogs.

Jarrod Schiller led from the front and was well supported by his brother Travis, while Zac Buechner again worked hard as a makeshift ruckman. One guy who looks to have slotted in well is Jack Carpenter in his second game – his height and versatility is a bonus.

This weekend Central League side has a bye while the Reserves play Sturt at Unley at 10:30am, then host the Port Adelaide on June 11th.

Goals: Grace 2, Olsson 1.

Best: J. Schiller, Buechner, Carpenter, T. Schiller, Montgomerie, Neagle.

By Robert Laidlaw