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Sturt vs Central District

Scoreboard | Match report

Round: 6   Venue: Unley Oval   Date: Sun, 08-05-2022 2:10 pm   Crowd: 2,167  
Sturt 6.3.399.7.6113.10.8820.15.135  
Central District  
  STURT by 26STURT by 46STURT by 64STURT by 98  

Match Report

The final match for the weekend takes us to the other side of the city to the southern fringes, to the Wigan Oval in Unley where the Double Blues faced the Bulldogs. Last year's action between these sides saw the points shared, their last game was an extremely low-scoring affair with the Blues winning by 13 points at Elizabeth in Round 15, but at Unley the Bulldogs had one of their more joyous outings with their 11-point win. Talk about contrasting fortunes. The earlier game was a party spoiler for the Blues with Zane Kirkwood hanging up the boots, but not even a big final term could stop them going down. The later match would yield just eight goals, definitely not a note-worthy game. The Blues were on track for a fourth win on the trot, winning their match against the Redlegs by 28 points, while the Dogs were only competitive in short spurts against the reigning premiers who ran out 50 point winners at Elizabeth. Another week... another spoiler. The Bulldogs were walking into an ambush. Perhaps with that loss last season at Oxford Terrace still in the memory, the Blues were out for blood. Perhaps some AC/DC should have been played beforehand because as the album cover once said, "If you want blood, you got it." The Dogs actually started promisingly with the first pair of majors, but after that it was a hot streak of goals for the Blues that would stretch for over a half of football. At quarter-time the board would 6.3 to 2.1, the Blues taking a 26-point lead into the first change. It was only going to balloon from there, though the second term was one of Sturt's more lazy quarters. They scored a further 3.4 to the Bulldogs lousy two behinds as the gap stretched to 46 points by the half-time break. No one would be able to blame a hasty exit of Centrals supporters in light of the coming disaster, their charges managing only 1.3 in the third term to Sturt's 4.3 as the deficit was now out to 64 points come three quarter-time. By games end there probably wasn't too many Bulldogs fans still enduring this debacle, the Blues hammering the point home with a 7.5 to 2.1 last quarter to romp away to a 98-point win. Sturt named Guy Page as their best afield, racking up 28 disposals and 11 marks, while the Bulldogs' standout was Jarrod Schiller with 26 disposals and 12 tackles.


Match Report by RA Boyle


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