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Sturt vs Glenelg

Scoreboard | Match report

Round: 2   Venue: Unley Oval   Date: Sat, 09-04-2022 2:10 pm   Crowd: 2,529  
  GLEN by 16STURT by 10STURT by 3GLEN by 8  

Match Report

The fourth game for the round takes us to the inner south of Adelaide and to the newly re-named Wigan Oval in Unley where the Double Blues played host to the Tigers. The Blues fell on both occasions last season, starting with the Tigers' great escape at Brighton Road in Round 6 with the last score of the game for a four-point win, then a five-goal triumph at Unley in Round 14. Both teams began Season 2022 with victories, the Blues spoiling the birthday party at Richmond with their 43-point win against West, while the Tigers saw off the Redlegs at Brighton Road.

Early game inaccuracy seems to have plagued most teams this weekend and the trend continued at Unley today as the Tigers began strongly, but put a few shots wide to lead by 16 points at quarter-time with the board reading 3.5 to Sturt's 1.1. The Tigers then went on to have a shocking second quarter, managing only four behinds. The Blues dominated the term but their conversion rate was average as well, instead of being in excess of an optimistic seven or eight goals, their 4.6 saw them up by 10 points at half-time. Now this is where it gets really interesting. At the same time at Elizabeth, the Dogs turned around a seven-kick deficit into a four-kick victory. If you thought that was something, keep reading. Inside of 10 minutes of the restart of the game, the Blues would kick four straight majors and be ahead by 34 points early into the third quarter. 20 minutes later by the three quarter-time siren, the Blues were drawn back to within one goal of losing their lead. They scored one other goal during the term, in amongst Glenelg's 6.1 which they scored over those 20 minutes as Sturt's big lead was whittled down to just three points by the final change. The Tigers' onslaught would continue as they took the lead after six minutes into the final quarter, scoring 3.2. They would go into full defensive posture for the remainder of the quarter as the Blues tried desperately to reel them in, but their return of 1.2 would fall short by just eight points in front of a shocked Blues crowd. 

Matthew Allan was the man on the spot for a great deal of the match, he was Glenelg's best with 25 disposals and 12 marks. The Blues named Patrick Wilson as their best, with 24 disposals, eight marks and seven tackles.


Match Report by RA Boyle


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