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Premiership season 2022 - Round 5 Review

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Hi Footy fans...


Nothing beats a good, healthy rivalry. This past weekend, three of the five games were between clubs with long storied histories or born in more recent times. The Bulldogs and Eagles built a rivalry in the 2000's up to the early 2010's from their six Grand Final clashes, one which the Bulldogs dominated with four victories but the Eagles did manage to get the last word from their two successes. The Double Blues and Norwood rivalry could probably be more attributed to the affluence of both areas, being associated with high achieving residents and all that stuff. But although they have only contested two premiership deciders against one another, one of which takes a slice of SANFL historical infamy. It was 1978, the Blues the raging favourites to win the title but dropped a five-goal lead to lose by the most narrow of margins. This even had a book written about it -- "How Norwood gave Sturt the Blues". And then we come to another rather one sided rivalry... that of the Magpies and the Tigers. While the Bays had inflicted the first scar way back in 1934, the men of Alberton were responsible for a lot of Glenelg's woes in several Grand Finals. The most famous was the year of the league's centenary season of 1977, a breakthrough year for Port Adelaide after an 11-year flag drought. Of course history will also show that much like the Eagles against the Dogs, the Tigers managed to finally get their own back. While times have certainly changed, some things do not. Read on, my fellow SA footy-heads.

Welcome to the Round 5 edition of the SANFL Wrap-Up.

The opening game this week was the first of two Saturday afternoon games, its off to the northern suburbs and into the X-Convenience Oval in Elizabeth where the two sides that defined the league in the noughties butted heads again, the Bulldogs and the Eagles. The Eagles took both games last season, starting with a 29-point victory at Goodman Road in Round 9. But the Dogs saved their worst performance for the final round of the year, the 2021 season capped off with a massive 104-point defeat at Woodville in Round 19. A demoralising end of the season for the Bulldogs, whose only saving grace was the avoidance of the wooden spoon. The Eagles' were pipped at the post last weekend, the Tigers' final shot on goal allowing them to leave Oval Avenue with the points, while the Dogs' final term let the Crows off the hook as they let a one-kick deficit stretch to a five-kick loss at home. Spoiler, everybody... it wasn't going to get any better. The Dogs would only manage one major in the opening term, the Eagles scoring 3.1 to take a 13-point lead at the first change. The second term would end up being the game-breaker for the reigining premiers, ramming through 6.3 to the Dogs' 1.2, taking their lead out to 44 points by the long break. Interestingly, the Eagles would then find some similar challenges they faced against the Bloods, their forward engine room having some issues in the second half. Whether it was the Eagles' attack that was struggling against a desperate Bulldogs defence or just a case of the wobbles, the Eagles second half was only half as good as their first. The Bulldogs unfortunately couldn't take advantage and still fell further behind, scoring 1.4 to the visitors' two goals in the third quarter as the gap crept out to 46 points come three quarter-time. Fact of the matter is, the Eagles should have smashed the Bloods and the Bulldogs in equal measure, perhaps a minor case of premiership hangover at Woodville. It would be an issue for another time as the Eagles didn't need to do much more against an underpowered home side. They added a further 2.6 to 2.2 to finish up 50-point victors. Dane McFarlane was the Eagles' everywhere man, with 24 disposals, eight marks and six tackles. The Dogs had Kyle Presbury, with 32 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles.

The second match for the weekend takes us to the inner west of town and into the Hisense Stadium in Richmond where the Bloods took on the Roosters under twilight lights. This was yet another side that the Bloods weren't able to nab any joy from, with a combined loss margin of 112 points from their two games last season. In Round 6 at Prospect, it was a 68-point hammering, which was followed by a 44-point hiding at Richmond in Round 13. The Roosters were coming into this game on the back of a hard fought win at Noarlunga last weekend. For the Bloods, after coming relatively close to upsetting the reigning premiers a couple of weeks ago, were back to their worst against Norwood. An unwanted record was looming for them, a whole calendar year without a victory. Their last victory was May 1 in 2021 against Centrals. Again I won't spare the details like I did with the game at Elizabeth at the same time... the pain was going to continue for the Bloods. Early on in the afternoon's proceedings, the Bloods had the better form while the Roosters had a heck of a time finding their goal. North scored 1.6 to the Bloods' 3.1, a gap of of seven points at quarter-time. But that's where it all came to a halt for Westies, held scoreless for the rest of the half. They were stuck on their original 3.1 at half-time, the Roosters kicked 5.3 to take over the game with a 26-point lead at the break. With a trio of key players out and not enough rising stars to make a difference, that unwanted milestone in their 130th season was being handed to the Bloods whether they wanted it or not. Westies actually managed to stop some of the rot over a 13 minute period in the third quarter, but couldn't reign in the Roosters lead. The visitors would go into the final change with a 39-point lead, after scoring 3.3 to 1.2. The Roosters rammed the point home in the last quarter, romping to a 70-point win after scoring a further 6.3 to 1.2, Westies year of hell made complete. Campbell Combe was best afield for North, a monster effort that included 30 disposals, eight tackles and 12 clearances. Tom Keough was the Bloods' standout, with 28 disposals and 11 marks.

The other three games would be played out on Sunday, for game number three we head down to the Flinders University Stadium in Noarlunga for a mid-day encounter between the Panthers and the Crows. The last time the Crows landed down south, they were handed a 61-point drubbing in the 2021 season opener. Then when the Panthers took the league show on the road to Victor Harbor, they won by 17 points. That day, the Crows gave the Panthers a last quarter fright after drawing a four-kick deficit back to just two close to extra time. South's inaccuracy cost them at Prospect last weekend despite the Roosters' own goal-scoring issues in the final term, while the Crows left it late to put the Bulldogs in their place by 25 points. With their seniors getting smashed by a rampant Giants outfit the day before, perhaps some young blood could sense changes at hand and acted accordingly. The Panthers were over four goals in arrears within 17 minutes, the Crows having scored 4.2 to one behind by that time. Come quarter-time, that was drawn back to 16 points after South scored 1.3 to finish the term. South improved upon that effort considerably in the second term, scoring four goals without a miss to Adelaide's 2.3. By the half-time break, the Crows lead was brought down to seven points. The blue and whites would open the second half with a trio of goals within the space of eight minutes, which saw the Panthers in front. The game became a tug-of-war, Adelaide putting themselves back in front by the final change by just two points, the all up tally for that third term was South's 4.1 to the Crows' 3.2. The two sides kicked a goal each in the first two minutes of the last quarter, but then Adelaide's defence stood up to bring South's fightback to a halt. The home side would manage just one goal later in the quarter, Adelaide's additional 2.3 would deliver them the victory by 11 points. James Rowe pushed his case for a senior recall, earning best on ground honours for Adelaide with his tally of 24 disposals, seven marks and four tackles. The Panthers would name Mitch O'Neill as their best afield with 32 disposals, five clearances and seven tackles.

We head back up the A15 and soak in the seaviews on our way to the ACH Group Stadium in Glenelg for match number four of this weekend, where the Tigers faced the Magpies. These two clubs shared the points from their two stoushes last season, the first being in Round 4 at Glenelg where the Tigers emerged victorious by 10 points in their return bout from the 2019 decider -- remember the Magpies sat out 2020 under orders from the AFL -- but then the Magpies were somewhat instrumental in the Tigers eventual finals unravelling. in their Round 19 game which they won by six goals at Alberton. That game should have been the ultimate end to the regular season, to go into the finals with an undefeated run and momentum on their side. But following that last round loss... well, you probably already know. The Tigers pulled off a heist last weekend at the expense of the reigning premiers, winning with the last goal at Woodville. The Magpies were still yet to taste victory, they went down to Sturt by 13 points at Queen Street. To the shock and dismay of the locals, the Magpies shot through 4.2 to the Tigers' 1.1 to lead by 19 points at the first change. Glenelg would reel that gap back in by the long break, inaccuracy preventing them from snatching the lead. They scored 3.5 to 1.2, reducing the Magpies lead to just four points come half-time. The Tigers continued to have problems with accuracy when play resumed, but would set up a big final term as they chipped the Magpies' lead down to a point by three quarter-time, having added 3.4 to Port's 3.1. Unfortunately for the Tigers faithful, there wasn't going to be a repeat of last week's heroics. At least, not one that would hand them the victory in the final moments. Much like last week, it came down to one last shot on goal, but the attempted snap went through the wrong posts and the Magpies' escaped their defensive 50 as the siren went. Port's 2.4 to the Tigers' 2.2 saw them escape with a three-point victory. Sam Mayes was Port's best afield, with 33 disposals, 10 clearances and eight tackles. Luke Partington was the Tigers' standout, with 35 disposals, nine clearances and 10 tackles.

The last game for the weekend sends us to the inner southern fringes of Adelaide, through the leafy surrounds of Unley and to the Wigan Oval where the Double Blues hosted the Redlegs. The spoils were split between the two clubs last year, both with the away side taking the points. It started in Round 2 when the Redlegs won by 21 points at Unley, then the Blues took a 23-point victory at The Parade in Round 13. That game was marred by horrid weather conditions, the heavy rain making life difficult for both sides. The Blues' third term was the telling factor, kicking three goals unanswered before being held scoreless in the final term by a desperate Redlegs group who couldn't close the gap. Both teams were victorious in the previous week, the Blues downing the Magpies at Alberton by 13 points, while the Redlegs' road trip to Port Lincoln saw them smash the Bloods from The Last Post to pillar. The Blues by large ruled the opening term, only some inaccuracy prevented them being more than just two goals up at quarter-time, with the board reading 4.3 to 2.3. A little extra space was added to Sturt's advantage going into the changerooms at the long break, they scored a further 3.1 to Norwood's 2.2 to be up by 17 points at half-time. The Redlegs had more of the ball in attack during the third quarter, but making it count on the scoreboard was the problem as the inaccuracy bug crept into the Norwood camp at the worst time. They kicked 1.5 while the Blues added 2.2 to extend the margin out to 20 points by three quarter-time. Two of those behinds were rushed very late in the term, the possible one-kick margin going into the final change dashed by Sturt's defenders. The Redlegs kicked off the final term by chipping a goal off the Blues' lead, but that is as close as it got. The Blues would skip off to a 28-point win, finishing the afternoon with a 3.3 to 2.1 last quarter to take the victory. Abe Davis kicked six goals, but it was Patrick Wilson with his 27 disposals, his tackling and clearance work that saw him named Sturt's best. Nik Rokahr was named best for the 'Legs, with 36 disposals and 11 marks.

FINAL SCORES IN ROUND 5 OF THE SANFL...

Saturday April 30
Woodville-West Torrens 13.10 (88)
Central District 5.8 (38)
1,253 @ X-Convenience Oval, Elizabeth

North Adelaide 15.15 (105)
West Adelaide 5.5 (35)
1,367 @ Hisense Stadium, Richmond

Sunday May 1
Adelaide 12.10 (82)
South Adelaide 11.5 (71)
987 @ Flinders University Stadium, Noarlunga

Port Adelaide 10.9 (69)
Glenelg 9.12 (66)
2,982 @ ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg

Sturt 12.9 (81)
Norwood 7.11 (53)
3,206 @ Wigan Oval, Unley


INJURIES
Central -- McCormack (knee)
W-WT -- Allmond (hamstring)
North -- Tasker (back)
West -- Fairlie (ankle), Beech (knee)
South -- Overall (hand), Birt (calf)
Port -- Frederick (knee), Wilson (calf)
Sturt -- Kittel (knee)

REPORTS
Central -- Buechner (wrestling)
W-WT -- Knight (wrestling)
West -- Hupfeld (rough conduct)
Adelaide -- Sharrad (rough conduct)
Glenelg -- Leck, Martini (striking)


LEAGUE LADDER
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North -- 8pts (4-1-0), 57%
Sturt -- 8pts (4-1-0), 56.8%
Adelaide -- 8pts (4-1-0), 56.7%
Glenelg -- 8pts (4-1-0), 52.6%
W-WT -- 6pts (3-2-0), 52.6%
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Norwood -- 4pts (2-3-0), 52.6%
South -- 4pts (2-3-0), 48.4%
Port -- 2pts (1-4-0), 43.7%
Central -- 2pts (1-4-0), 43.6%
West -- 0pts (0-5-0), 35.5%
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ROOSTERS CELEBRATE A CENTURY AT MENZIES CRESCENT
The following is from the SANFL Website.

South Australian football history will be re-created this weekend when North Adelaide Football Club commemorates its 100th year at Prospect Oval on Sunday, May 8.

Exactly 100 years to the day after North Adelaide hosted Glenelg in the first SANFL League game to be played at Prospect Oval, North will again host the Tigers in Round 6 of the Hostplus SANFL League. To mark the occasion, North Adelaide will wear heritage jumpers which are replicas of those worn in that first match a century ago in 1922. North Adelaide Chief Executive Craig Burton said it was only fitting that the club play its 100th anniversary game at Prospect against Glenelg. Not only is the first game at Prospect Oval between North Adelaide and Glenelg etched in history, but the rivalry between these sides goes back a long way,” Burton said. “The legendary grand finals of 1973 and then the 1985, ‘86 and ‘87 Grand Finals will be well remembered by many and show just how competitive these two clubs are when playing against each other in big games.”

North Adelaide entered the South Australian Football Association (now SANFL) in 1888, as the Medindie FC, but changed its name to North Adelaide in 1893. During the period 1888 to 1921, the Club utilised various ovals in the north-east and east of Adelaide as its home ground, but in 1921 finalised negotiations with Prospect Council to have the then-called Prospect Recreation Ground as its permanent home ground. A grandstand was completed at the oval in March 1922 and was named the Prospect War Memorial Pavilion in memory of those who lost their lives in World War 1, with the club’s first home game for the 1922 season played on May 8 against Glenelg. The 100th anniversary SANFL match at Prospect Oval is part of the official program for South Australia’s History Festival.


Next weekend in Round 6...

Saturday May 7
West Adelaide vs. Adelaide; Hisense Stadium, Richmond @ 1:10pm
Norwood vs. South Adelaide; Coopers Stadium, Norwood @ 2:05pm
Port Adelaide vs. Woodville-West Torrens; Alberton Oval @ 2:10pm

Sunday May 8
North Adelaide vs. Glenelg; Prospect Oval @ 1:10pm
Sturt vs. Central District; Wigan Oval, Unley @ 2:10pm

So until next weekend... see you at the Footy!

R-5, Ladder

Team GP PTS %
NORTH 5 8 56.99
STURT 5 8 56.83
ADEL 5 8 56.74
GLEN 5 8 52.56
W-WT 5 6 52.64
NORW 5 4 52.58
SOUTH 5 4 48.42
PORT 5 2 43.70
CENT 5 2 43.65
WEST 5 0 35.46

Footnotes

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