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Woodville West Torrens vs North Adelaide

Scoreboard | Match report

Round: 1   Venue: Woodville Oval   Date: Sat, 02-04-2022 4:10 pm   Crowd: 2,046  
Woodville West Torrens 1.2.84.5.296.8.449.12.66  
North Adelaide 3.6.245.7.3711.7.7313.10.88  
  NORTH by 16NORTH by 8NORTH by 29NORTH by 22  

Match Report

The fourth game for the Saturday afternoon would be a twilight match, the first ever for premiership points under the new lights of Maughan Thiem Kia Oval in Woodville as the Eagles and the Roosters renewed hostilities. This has become one of the new intense rivalries of the league, ever since that Preliminary Final three years ago. Last season, these two sides traded blows in a pair of tense encounters. In Round 16 at Prospect, the Roosters practically strangled the Eagles' forward line in the second half, keeping them to just two goals while they scored six to win by 18 points. However at Woodville earlier that season, it was one that just slipped through North's feathers. In this all-out arm wrestle, the second half goals were at a premium and despite the Eagles' inaccuracy they would come away with the win by three points. Greeting North on their run onto the ground would be the sight of the Eagles' 2021 premiership flag, a reminder of their 2020 defeat at their hands. 

The opening term was a tale of two halves, the first had the goals whereas the other did not. The Roosters would kick to a 16-point lead at the first change, kicking three of the first four goals during the first 12 minutes and then fluffing a swag of chances in for the time remaining with the board reading 3.6 to 1.2. The defending premiers would then cut that gap in half by the half-time siren, scoring 3.3 to 2.1 to bring the Roosters back to an eight-point lead at the break. They could have been a single kick down if not for that one goal, which came deep into added time. That last minute goal by North would be the beginning of a further run of unanswered goals in the following period, they hit the ground running upon resumption of play to add another six before the Eagles could score one themselves. At 15 minutes, the Roosters were up by just over seven goals. But that was cut back to 29 points by three quarter-time, the Eagles having scored just 2.3 in that time. Not the ideal platform to launch your title defence on, the visitors held firm against the Eagles attempt at a comeback. The Eagles scored 3.4 which would not be enough against North's 2.2 as the home side went down by 22 points. 

Both best on ground nominees kicked six goals each, for North it was Keenan Ramsey and the Eagles named Daniel Menzel.

Source

Match Report by RA Boyle

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.