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Premiership season 2023 - Round 6 Review

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Hi Footy fans...

50 years ago, one of the best if not greatest, SANFL Grand Finals was played out. It was 1973, the Tigers winning only their second premiership in their mere 52-year existence, bringing an end to a near 40-year drought since their first league flag of 1934. The Roosters were the one thorn in the Bays' side during the year, the only team to put a digit in the loss column at Brighton Road. But the Tigers weren't to be denied. In an all-out classic with an absolute grandstand finish, one of South Australian football's most known figures in Graham Cornes took one of the most famous marks and goals in SANFL history which put the Tigers back in front. One last goal at the siren would see the yellow and black raise the flag on the back of a seven-point triumph in what would also be the last Grand Final to be held at the Adelaide Oval for over four decades after the very public falling out with the South Australian Cricket Association and its famous figurehead in Sir Donald Bradman. Another name that came out of this victory was Peter Carey, still a teenager at the time. Carey would transcend generations, continuing to play into the late 80's for a tally of over 400 senior games and collecting two more premiership medals along with Cornes as his coach. Both men would also eventually make their way into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. This past weekend, some of the members of that triumphant side were celebrated in the 50th anniversary of that momentous day... and just as it said on the cover of the Football Budget for the round, this is "why we SANFL".

Welcome to the Round 6 edition of the SANFL Wrap-Up.

We begin the action with a long trip out to the west coast and into the Eyre Peninsula for the first of four Saturday games, where the Redlegs faced the Bloods at Port Lincoln's Centenary Oval for the Teakle Cup. Shockingly for the eventual premiers, the points ended up being divided last season. The Redlegs first foray into their newly-acquired country zone resulted in a 68-point win in Round 4, up by just four kicks at half-time the 'Legs overcame their first half inaccuracy and put on the afterburners in the second half kicking 12 goals to four. But the Bloods would have the last word and almost put some seeds of doubt into the Norwood camp, a one-point win at Richmond in the final round of 2022. Of course history will show that the Redlegs rebounded from this loss to take out the flag, but this season has not been kind to them. Still without a win in five games, their latest disappointment coming at Alberton thanks to the Magpies last week while the Bloods' final term wasn't enough to steal victory at Elizabeth. The Redlegs' opening quarter was one of their best so far for this year, kicking three goals before the Bloods could get one of their own. At quarter-time, the 'Legs were ahead by two goals with the board reading 4.1 to 2.1. But the inaccuracy bug came calling for the Norwood camp from here, putting a litany of chances wide as the Bloods chipped some points off their lead by the long break. Westies scored 3.1 to 2.5, bringing the gap back to nine points come half-time. It was the Bloods' turn to get a visit from the bug in the third quarter, but they were starting to win more of the ball and made just that little bit more of their chances. Despite kicking the opening goal of the second half after three minutes, the Redlegs would eventually lose their lead just six minutes later after West kicked four goals on the trot. The Bloods would hold a three-point lead at the final change after scoring 4.5 to 2.4. The last quarter was an arm-wrestle with both sides missing some cruicial chances early on. Unfortunately the Redlegs wouldn't find the big sticks in this period, kicking five behinds. The Bloods on the other hand managed to bag two majors from their three scores and would run out 12-point victors to secure their second win of the season and consign the "home" side to one of their worst starts to the season for over 110 years. Bloods' young gun Kobe Ryan is no doubt in the sights of the scouts with his best afield effort, notching up 28 disposals, laying 16 tackles and effecting 11 clearances. Matt Nunn was best for Norwood, with 29 disposals, nine tackles and nine clearances.

The second game brings us back to the big city, lets hop on board the tram to the seaside and head into the Stratarama Stadium in Glenelg where the Tigers hosted the Roosters. Both games from last season had the Roosters crowing loud, with a two-point win at Prospect in Round 6 and then a 51-point belting in Round 17 at Brighton Road. The Tigers well and truly blew it in the first game, after kicking five goals to one in the opening term, they then conceded 14 to nine over the rest of the game. Then they were made to rue an absolute boat-load of missed chances on goal at home, kicking seven goals from 22 scores as North ran over the top of them. Glenelg havent lost again since Round 1, last week accounting for the Panthers at Noarlunga by 41 points, while the Roosters were doused by the Crows at home. With the Tigers celebrating a half century since their 1973 premiership year and having around a dozen players from that year in attendance, the boys went right to work. Their accuracy wasn't too flash early on, but the Roosters were not putting up much resistance as the Tigers kicked out to a 15-point quarter-time lead after scoring 3.4 to 1.1. But then came the second quarter where the Tigers would basically put the game to bed right there and then. The Roosters kicked just one goal in the term late on, by that time the Tigers had already amassed a near 10-kick deficit by the long break. Glenelg rammed through 8.1 to take a 58-point lead into the changerooms at half-time. Glenelg's forwards sputtered somewhat in the third quarter, the Roosters setting about trying to undo a little bit of the damage. North managed to bag four unanswered goals after the Bays kicked their one and only major in the early minutes. Add in the missed opportunities and Glenelg's lead was cut back down to 44 points. But of course by this time the damage was well and truly done. The home side got back on the horse to finish off the game and despite some more missed chances, would restore their earlier advantage. The Tigers added a further 4.5 to North's 2.4, running out 57-point winners in front of the largest crowd for the weekend, just a touch under 3,300 SA footy-heads. In the best on ground department, the Tigers would have Corey Lyons who chalked up 31 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances. For the Roosters, it was Campbell Combe who took 36 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances.

Now it's off to game three for the Saturday arvo, which takes us to the mid north-west of the city and into the Maughan Thiem Kia Oval in Woodville for the encounter between the Eagles and the Bulldogs. There was a share of the spoils from their two outings last year with the away side coming up victors on both occasions. It began in Round 5 at Goodman Road, with the Eagles winning by 50 points, then in Round 11 at Oval Avenue where the Dogs put on a rare showing to win by almost six goals. The Eagles' win at Elizabeth came on the back of a six goal to one second term after leading by 13 points at quarter-time and the only way was up. But the shock result at Woodville was one of Centrals' best performances of 2022, with the Eagles' forwards repeatedly mis-firing at the sticks. The Eagles second term cost them at Unley last week, while the Dogs dropped their bundle in the final term against Westies but still came out 11-point winners. The Eagles kicked the opening pair of goals within the first six minutes, but would still be within reach of the Bulldogs who drew the gap back to a single straight kick by the quarter-time siren with the board reading 3.1 to 2.1. There was more spirit in the Dogs in the second quarter, but would be made to rue some cruicial missed chances as the Eagles put through a trio of goals late in the term. The Eagles would go into the changerooms with an 11-point lead at half-time, scoring 3.2 to Centrals' 2.4. The third term was as lowly as they come, reduced to a bit of a slog despite the very good weather conditions. The Eagles scored the only major for the term, along with behinds from both sides the gap was extended to 16 points going into the final stanza. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, like last week against the Bloods they just dropped off but this time they weren't in a position to be that lax. The Eagles book-ended the Bulldogs pair of goals with their three, putting the game well out of reach of the visitors. They would score 3.3 to 2.1 to take a four-goal win. Joseph Sinor was key to the Eagles triumph, scoring best on ground honours with his 21 disposals, 17 tackles, 10 clearances. Harry Grant was Centrals' best, with 20 disposals and nine tackles.

The last of the Saturday afternoon matches takes us to the leafy surrounds of Unley and into the Wigan Oval for the top of the table clash between the Double Blues and the Crows. The Blues took all the points from the two games against the Crows last season, with a 21-point win at league HQ in Round 9 and then an 11-point win at Unley in Round 14. The match at Adelaide Oval was won in the second term, the Blues bagging six goals to two in the wet and holding firm from there. The game at Unley, if you were looking at the quarter-by-quarter gap, was a bit of a see-saw. But the Blues should have won by more after giving up a seven-kick lead mid-way through the second quarter. The Blues at this point were still undefeated, notching their fifth win against the Eagles last week, while the Crows belted the Roosters by nearly eight goals at Prospect. This match would prove to be the match of the weekend, with the two sides unable to be separated by anymore than two straight kicks at the end of each term. Adelaide could have bucked that trend early on had they not missed a late shot on goal, they would end up holding a two-point lead at quarter-time with the scoreboard reading 4.3 to 4.1. They went goal-for-goal again in the second term, again the Crows would miss a couple of chances at the sticks which could have possibly been vital. They scored 3.2 to Sturt's three goals without a miss to extend their lead to four points going into the long break. The Crows would lose one of their key players by this time, which perhaps played right into the hands of the Blues in the centre. It was very much a physical battle, plenty of smash and crash around the packs. The Blues would bag two goals early upon the restart of play while the Crows still had issues landing telling blows on goal, managing just 1.2. This would lock the scores at 55 points each at the final change. Sturt's backs went full defence beast mode in the final term as the Crows pounded at the door but couldn't bust through, managing just one behind as the Blues peppered their goals for a return of 1.5 to run out 10-point winners. It's their best start to a season since their premiership year of 1974. Tom Lewis was the figurative Thor's hammer against the Crows, racking up 16 tackles as best afield for Sturt. Matt Crouch was Adelaide's best, with 31 disposals, 11 clearances and seven tackles.

The concluding match for the weekend would take place on the Sunday afternoon, taking us up Port Road towards the Alberton Oval where the Magpies clashed with the Panthers. The blue & whites just managed to evade the grasp of the 'Pies over their two games last year, starting with a 10-point win at Queen Street in Round 2, then a nine-point victory in Round 18 down at Noarlunga. That early game well and truly escaped Port on their home deck, they were in front by 10 points at the last change before a bout of inaccuracy allowed the Panthers to steal the result with a five-goal final term. The Magpies stuffed it again at Noarlunga, South kicking seven goals to three in the second half to overturn a three-goal half-time deficit. Port's standing on the ladder has improved the last fortnight, a second straight win at the expense of Norwood bringing them to sixth. The Panthers on the other hand, have dropped to seventh after their loss to Glenelg. Another sterling encounter seemed to be on the cards once more, with both sides well and truly duking it out in the opening term with the Magpies taking a one-point lead into the first change after kicking 4.2 to South's 4.1. There was a bit more wayward shooting from both sides in the second term, but the single-kick gap would remain going into the sheds at the long break. But it would be South in the lead at the break, scoring 3.4 to 2.3 to lead by a goal at half-time. The struggle would continue well into the second half, becoming a bit of a tug-of-war over the lead. Port kicked the first two goals of the restart to lead again, then South's 1.1 put them back ahead again. Port could have drawn the game to just one point if not for one final missed shot, but they would still be within a single kick of the Panthers going into the final change. All up South kicked 3.3 to 3.2, adding a further point to their earlier lead. However the Panthers had nothing left in the tank for the final quarter and the Magpies finally fired. Port would leave the visitors in their wake with a 6.5 to one goal last term, running away to a 28-point victory. Nick Moore was Port's best, with 20 disposals, 10 tackles and two goals. For the Panthers, they named Keegan Brooksby with 15 disposals, six tackles and five marks.


Saturday May 13
West Adelaide 11.8 (74)
Norwood 8.14 (62)
1,554 @ Centenary Oval, Port Lincoln

Glenelg 16.14 (110)
North Adelaide 8.5 (53)
3,270 @ Stratarama Stadium, Glenelg

Woodville-West Torrens 10.7 (67)
Central District 6.7 (43)
1,649 @ Maughan Thiem Kia Oval, Woodville

Sturt 10.6 (66)
Adelaide 8.8 (56)
2,884 @ Wigan Oval, Unley

Sunday May 14
Port Adelaide 15.12 (102)
South Adelaide 11.8 (74)
1,194 @ Alberton Oval

North -- Mayes (broken hand)

Glenelg -- Reynolds (striking)
Sturt -- Wilson (striking)
Port -- Weidemann (rough conduct)

Sturt -- 12pts (6-0-0), 59.1%
Glenelg -- 10pts (5-1-0), 59.7%
Adelaide -- 8pts (4-2-0), 62.3%
Central -- 6pts (3-3-0), 49.3%
North -- 6pts (3-3-0), 47.2%
Port -- 6pts (3-3-0), 45.5%
W-WT -- 4pts (2-4-0), 48.3%
West -- 4pts (2-4-0), 47.5%
South -- 2pts (2-4-0), 42.2%
Norwood -- 0pts (0-6-0), 37.5%

So next weekend is a general league bye except for a select group, which will pull on the red guernsey of South Australia as they fight to hold onto the Haydn Bunton Junior Cup. A shame that the match is on at such a ridiculous time and place. Tune into the live stream on the AFL website through

Friday May 19 @ 3:10pm
South Australia vs. Western Australia; Adelaide Oval -- AFL curtain raiser

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

R-6, Ladder

Team GP PTS %
STURT 6 12 59.10
GLEN 6 10 59.74
ADEL 6 8 62.34
CENT 6 6 49.25
NORTH 6 6 47.18
PORT 6 6 45.54
W-WT 6 4 48.26
WEST 6 4 47.51
SOUTH 6 4 42.16
NORW 6 0 37.50


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