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Premiership season 2023 - Round 11 Review

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Hi Footy fans...

Those of us around today and probably the previous couple of generations will have fond memories of indigenous footballers in the SANFL. In recent years, we've had very familiar names running around our fields, like Marlon Motlop and Anthony Wilson, both premiership players for the Tigers and Norwood respectively. Heck, not too long ago we had a Rioli playing SANFL football. Casting your minds further back, other memories come flooding back.During the 2000's and 2010's, Eddie Sansbury's football journey started at Elizabeth and would finish with four premiership medals in four states, including one with the Doggies. The 90's gave rise to the likes of Wanganeen and the Bond lads at Alberton, during the 80's we had the privilege of watching a young Michael Long at West Torrens and Mark Naley at the Panthers. In the '70's you had Michael Graham, dual-premiership champion of Oxford Terrace. He followed in the footsteps of Roger Rigney, one of Sturt's heroes of the late 1960's. Rigney and Graham would have crossed paths with Centrals duo Sonny Morey and Wilbur Wilson during their times. Gilbert McAdam's journey to the AFL brought him through the doors of the Bulldogs in 1989, a year that saw him become the first indigenous player to win the coveted Magarey Medal. David Kantilla was an integral part of South Adelaide's rise from wooden spooners to premiers in 1964, but it was back in the late 19th century that the original First Nations player was recorded in the books of SA football history. His name was Harry Hewitt, who fronted up for Medindie, the forerunner to the North Adelaide Football Club. He was from Raukkan, on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. By all accounts, he had quite a day out on one particular June afternoon in 1889.

Harry's legacy continues into the 21st century. This is the First Nations Round.

Welcome to the Round 11 edition of the SANFL Wrap-Up.

We kick the weekend's action of with a pair of Saturday afternoon games, the first sends us to the north western suburbs and to the Maughan Thiem Kia Oval in Woodville where the Eagles took on the Panthers. Back in Round 2 at Noarlunga, the Panthers' accuracy won the day in a low-scoring encounter. The Eagles were in front at quarter-time, but their shooting on goal would leave much to be desired. They had kicked 3.5, half of their eventual final score. South booted five goals without a blemish in the second term, then held firm for the remainder of the game as the Eagles desperately tried to bridge the gap but continued to put shots wide in attack. There was no joy for either side last week, the Eagles copping a drenching and a three-kick loss at the Ponderosa, while the Panthers were overwhelmed early by the Crows and by rights they probably should have gone down by more than just 37 points. Going into this game, some serious re-configuring was happening at Noarlunga with seven changes made due to injuries. The first term was a bit of an arm wrestle, the Eagles did dominate possession and attack but weren't capitalising on the board. The Panthers were more efficient in the opener to lead by four points at the first change with the board reading 4.1 to 3.3. It was the Panthers' turn for some accuracy issues in the second term, kicking four successive behinds in the first 16 minutes. South would later bag a trio of goals in time-on to really get their motor room running, going into the long break with a 20-point lead after scoring 4.4 to the Eagles' two goals. The incoming brigade were definitely keen on making an impression and they were repaying the faith in spades, with a group of them appearing in a combined 16 senior matches. The visitors broke even further away in the third quarter, kicking to a 27-point final change lead after scoring a further 3.2 to 2.1. The Panthers were well held in the final term, but for the Eagles it was too little too late. South kicked three behinds in the final term, but again as it was at Noarlunga the Eagles' accuracy let them down. They kicked 1.6 as the Panthers emerged victorious by three goals, their fourth win for 2023. Oliver Davis was named South's best with 29 disposals, seven tackles and six marks, while the Eagles named James Rowe as their best on ground with 21 disposals, seven tackles and two goals.

The other Saturday arvo match for the weekend sends us a little further up Port Road and into the Alberton Oval, where the Magpies would take on the Bloods. Last time they met was in the now annual Russell Ebert Tribute game at Loxton, the Magpies pretty much dodging a bullet considering they went from being more than seven goals in front at half-time to about a quarter of that in the finish. The 'Pies kicked eight goals to one in the first half before the Bloods came storming back in the second to draw to within four straight kicks by the final change, but despite finishing strongly it was still a task too much for the Bloods as they went down by 17 points. Westies have made themselves to be quite pesky at times over the last few weeks, but have only won one match since the state bye. Last week they went down by 37 points to the rioting Tigers at home, while Port were the second victim of the mid-season Redleg revival at The Parade. The opening term was a bit of a tussle, it was only a late pair of goals by the Magpies deep into added time that allowed them to lead by more than just a couple of kicks. They scored 5.3 to 3.2 to take a 13-point lead into the quarter-time huddle. The Bloods ruled most of the second term, the Magpies not finding their way to their goal-front for more than 18 minutes. Westies overturned that first change gap to lead by 13 points, having scored 4.2. But a lapse in intensity in the added minutes allowed the home side to score 2.1, thus tying up the scores at 7.4 each at the half-time break. This match was turning out to be another contender for match of the season. The Magpies had more forward entries than West for the day, but their efficiency wasn't quite as good as it should have been. That was evident in the third quarter when they could have put a bit of distance between themselves and the Bloods. They would lead by just two points at the final change after scoring 3.4 to 3.2. It was an all-out battle in the final stanza, the sides going score for score -- each scoring 1.4 -- for more than half the term. In the end, the Magpies managed to create a big enough gap, kicking 2.2 to one last goal for the visitors, emerging with a 10-point win. Nick Moore was Port's best afield with 19 disposals, 11 tackles and three goals, while the Bloods had Michael Mattingly with his 28 disposals, 13 tackles, five clearances and six frees.

Now it's time for some Sunday afternoon football and we head over to the inner southern side of the city for the renewal of hosilities between the more affluent parts of Adelaide, the Double Blues facing the Redlegs. Back in Round 2 at The Parade, the Double Blues were really just getting started on their streak of victories as they handed the reigning premiers a 53-point hiding. The Redlegs were down by just one straight kick at half-time, but their second half was horrid as the Blues romped to victory after kicking 11 goals to three. Fast forward to now, the Blues' streak was broken in shocking circumstances at Brighton Road, though they did recover to down the Roosters at Prospect last week. The Redlegs on the other hand, have finally hit their stride over the last two rounds, beating their old rivals from Alberton at Norwood. Despite the sun being out, whatever weather was around within the 24 hours prior would turn the Oxford Terrace pitch into a muddy mess. Testing conditions indeed with both sides managing four scoring shots each in the opening term, the Blues having the better of it to go into the quarter-time break with a five-point lead, the board reading 2.2 to 1.3. The Blues would then have a hard time finding those big sticks again in the second quarter, managing five behinds and blasting a few other shots well away from any of the sticks while the 'Legs kicked a pair of goals to take a two-point lead into the long break. Another bitter pill for the Blues to swallow was the amount of entries they had into their attacking area in that term alone, they dominated the possession but with just five points return after entering their own 50 almost a dozen more times than Norwood. The Blues took just three minutes to find the goals once more upon resumption of play, but from there the goals would dry up with only a further point added later in the term to take their lead to five points. But a pair of Redlegs goals, one of which came during time on, would have them back in the lead by the three quarter-time siren by seven points. Try as they did, the Blues couldn't arrest the slide as the visitors exploded in the final term, kicking 4.2 to four behinds on their way to a 29-point win and their third victory in succession. Nik Rokahr was Norwood's best on ground ball magnet with 25 disposals and six tackles, while the Blues voted in Casey Voss as their standout with 24 disposals -- 20 of which were kicks -- and 11 marks.

The fourth match for the weekend now sends us to the seaside and into the Stratarama Stadium in Glenelg where the Tigers hosted the Bulldogs. In another one of those wet and wild afternoons at Elizabeth back in Round 7, the Bulldogs laid down a challenge for the Tigers but after a lowly third term, would go down by nine points. In the sodden conditions, the Dogs kept step for most of the afternoon with the Bays to lead by eight points at half-time after Glenelg had an uncharacteristic lull in the second term. The Tigers would kick five goals to two in the third quarter and then held off the late Bulldogs comeback for victory. From last week's outings, the Tigers were victorious against the Bloods at Richmond, though compared to their humiliation of the Blues many would be forgiven for thinking they took it easy on West. The Bulldogs got a confidence boost with a 17-point win over the Eagles in horrid weather at Elizabeth, so there was belief that they could again challenge the rampant Tigers and end their away game doldrums. That feeling came into question quickly, not only with a Glenelg goal after just 20 seconds but then adding a further four majors with a single Centrals goal nestled within. But another 2.1 to the Dogs later in the quarter to cut the gap down to just 11 points by the first change. The Bulldogs were still making a nuisance of themselves for most of the second term, even edging into the lead around the eight minute mark. Their accuracy was going to bite them later on however, they would kick 2.4 while the Tigers would score 4.3 -- three of those goals unanswered going into the long break -- to take a 21-point lead into the changerooms come half-time. The Tigers were going to have to wrestle with the inaccuracy bug when play resumed, but their defenders were holding quite firmly to restrict the visitors to 1.3. Their own return of 2.6 would see the Bays stretch their lead to five goals by the final change. There would be no comeback for the Bulldogs, the Tigers putting on a clinic and romping away to a 10th straight win with a 7.3 to two goal final term to win by 63 points. Matt Allen was best on ground for Glenelg, with 27 disposals, nine marks and three goals. For the Bulldogs, they named Billy Iles with 25 disposals and 10 marks.

In the last Sunday arvo match and final game for the week, we're going to the leafy surrounds of the inner north of Adelaide, the Roosters clashing with the Crows at the Prospect Oval. The Crows were victorious in their last encounter with the Roosters back in Round 5, after being kept to one goal in the opening term and down by nine points at the change, they kicked five unanswered goals in the second quarter and were never really troubled. A horribly inaccurate third term from the Roosters didn't help their cause either, only able to draw to within two straight kicks before the Crows finally left them in their wake. A five goal to one last quarter saw Adelaide away by 47 points. The Roosters season has gone downhill since their win against the Magpies back in Round 7 then dropping their last three games, the Blues downing them at Unley by 16 points a fortnight ago. In contrast, the Crows were looking for a third consecutive win after accounting for South at Noarlunga last week. Given the Roosters' injury list many were no doubt expecting the Crows to come out firing, so it was no doubt to the shock of many that the Roosters took their opponents completely off-guard in the opening term, kicking to a 30-point quarter-time lead after ramming through 6.3 to 1.3 to begin the afternoon's action. Of course there was still three quarters of footy to go and the character of the depleted Roosters was going to be put to the test. The Crows would return serve in the second quarter, but a trio of missed chances would allow North to stay in front at the long break. Adelaide scored 3.3 to one goal, the gap reduced to 15 points at the half-time siren. The visitors kept on coming in the third quarter, even drawing the Roosters' lead back to three points at the 13 minute mark then again at 22 minutes, but again they could have just as easily nabbed control if not for inaccuracy. But a pair of late goals to the Roosters restored their earlier lead of 15 points, both sides scoring 2.3 each. Adelaide used a bit more force in the final term, but still couldn't find the big sticks more than just once as the Roosters picked up the victory in one of the upsets of the year. North scored the first goal, while Adelaide scored 1.5 as the home side took a nine-point win. Alex Spina was North's man of the match, with 29 disposals, nine marks and drawing five free kicks. For Adelaide, it was Matt Crouch with 36 disposals, eight marks and six clearances.


Saturday July 1
South Adelaide 11.10 (76)
Woodville-West Torrens 8.10 (58)
1,144 @ Flinders University Stadium, Noarlunga

Port Adelaide 13.14 (92)
West Adelaide 12.10 (82)
1,314 @ Alberton Oval

Sunday July 2
Norwood 9.5 (59)
Sturt 3.12 (30)
3,344 @ Wigan Oval, Unley

Glenelg 18.12 (120)
Central District 8.9 (57)
2,606 @ Stratarama Stadium, Glenelg

North Adelaide 10.6 (66)
Adelaide 7.15 (57)
1,683 @ Prospect Oval

None known at time of post.

Port -- Lord (striking), Moore, Lee (rough conduct)
South -- Schuback (rough conduct)
W-WT -- Mawson (rough conduct)

Glenelg -- 20pts (10-1-0), 61.8%
Sturt -- 18pts (9-2-0), 51.5%
Adelaide -- 14pts (7-4-0), 59.5%
Port -- 10pts (5-6-0), 48%
Central -- 10pts (5-6-0), 46.9%
North -- 10pts (5-6-0), 46.6%
W-WT -- 8pts (4-7-0), 49.1%
South -- 8pts (4-7-0), 44.8%
West -- 6pts (3-8-0), 46%
Norwood -- 6pts (3-8-0), 43.6%

The South Australian kids couldn't be stopped by the Queensland weather on Tuesday, embarrassing Victoria Country at Heritage Bank Stadium in Carrara in their second game of the AFL U-16 National Championship series. While the conditions impacted their accuracy somewhat, the Croweaters were all over the Vics from the get go. But unlike their disappointing outing in Perth last week, the SA lads were like men possessed as they kept Country to just one goal in the opening term which would be their only major for the entire game. SA would kick 3.3 to begin with to lead by 15 points at the first change, then ramped that up to 43 points by the long break after adding a further 4.4 in the second term. The Vics could only find behinds from there, scoring three in the third term as the Croweaters kicked a further 4.2 to take their advantage out to 11 goals by the final change. South Australia didn't fully ram the point home, but it was already made clear by that time as they ran out 73 point winners, finishing off with a 1.3 to two behind final term. Captain Dyson Sharp racked up 33 disposals, 11 clearances and five tackles as best afield for the Croweaters, while the big utility Aiden Schubert kicked three goals and had 12 hit-outs in ruck contests. SA will hit the field again this Friday at Fankhauser Reserve in Southport against rivals Victoria Metro for Game 3.

South Australia 12.12 (84) def. Victoria Country 1.5 (11)

Next weekend in Round 12...

Saturday July 8
Woodville-West Torrens vs. Port Adelaide; Maughan Thiem Kia Oval, Woodville @ 12:40pm
Norwood vs. Glenelg; Coopers Stadium, Norwood @ 2:10pm
South Adelaide vs. North Adelaide; Flinders University Stadium, Noarlunga @ 2:10pm
West Adelaide vs. Sturt; Hisense Stadium, Richmond @ 2:10pm
Central District vs. Adelaide; Centennial Park Oval, Nuriootpa @ 2:10pm

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

R-11, Ladder

Team GP PTS %
GLEN 11 20 61.83
STURT 11 18 51.51
ADEL 11 14 59.46
PORT 11 10 48.02
CENT 11 10 46.88
NORTH 11 10 46.59
W-WT 11 8 49.07
SOUTH 11 8 44.82
WEST 11 6 46.05
NORW 11 6 43.62


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