South Adelaide survived a big scare from Central District on Saturday, putting the afterburners on the last quarter of a tough tussle at home, winning by 27 points.
The lead changed six times as a much improved Bulldogs side put South Adelaide to the sword with quick ball movement and a raft of quality kids.
Livewire forward Nicholas Lange was solid early for the Bulldogs, having kicked three goals to half time; a half of footy which was soured for his side as the Panthers kicked the last four goals.
The home side was led well through the middle of the ground by Joel Cross, who’s run and link play is just as impressive now as it was in the years he won the Magarey Medal.
The visitors took back the ascendancy in the third quarter, kicking four goals in a row while also wasting opportunities, kicking seven behinds for the quarter.
Whilst the future was on show for Central District, there was little experience to steady the ship in the last quarter when the challenge came from South Adelaide.
As a result, a better quarter from the Panthers saw them run out comfortable winners as the sun began to set on a busy day in the state league.
Bryce Gibbs finished the day with 36 disposals and two goals, Matthew Broadbent gathered 33 disposals and one goal and Cross picked up 28 disposals and one goal for South Adelaide.
Harry Grant finished with 25 disposals, Jarrod Schiller picked up 21 disposals, nine clearances and eight tackles and Lange kicked four goals.
Final score: South Adelaide 17.10 (112) def. Central District 12.13 (85)
Elsewhere, North Adelaide held on against Sturt to prevail by three points despite not scoring a goal after the fourteenth minute of the second quarter.
A Sam Mayes (30 disposals) inspired Port Adelaide outlasted a plucky West Adelaide side who hung around for three quarters before the Magpies sent them packing.
Glenelg remain undefeated following their ruthless 89-point demolition of the Adelaide Crows, with forwards Luke Reynolds (five goals), Liam McBean (four), Gibson Turner (three) and Marlon Motlop (two) all firing.
Norwood was undone by Woodville-West Torrens in a 47-point loss which will leave the Eastern suburbs faithful with questions, as they registered just two goals across three quarters of football.
North Adelaide 7.10 (52) def. Sturt 7.7 (49)
Port Adelaide 12.9 (81) def. West Adelaide 8.4 (52)
Glenelg 20.14 (134) def. Adelaide 6.9 (45)
Woodville-West Torrens 12.16 (88) def. Norwood 5.11 (41)
West Adelaide will play in the SANFLW grand final this weekend following a 24-point triumph against minor premiers Norwood at the Parade on Saturday.
Riding atop a five-game winning streak, the Bloods will now take on Glenelg in the grand final this Saturday, following their win in the second semi final.
The result means that after being the standout side all season, the Redlegs are resigned to a straight sets exit in the ultimate finals failure.
Norwood kicked the opening goal of the day through Rosette Zerella but were outplayed across the next two and a half quarters in an unwavering and all-conquering display by the visitors.
In a cruel twist of fate, West Adelaide captain Bec Owen suffered a broken leg in the second quarter and whilst it didn’t stop the side’s march towards glory, she will not play in the decider.
Five goals in a row from Melanie Elsegood (two), Chelsea Biddell (two) and Ashlea James set up a match high 26-point margin at three quarter time.
A near-stalemate in the last quarter – including the impressively roved and snapped sealer from Louella McCarthy – was enough for West Adelaide to wind down the clock as winners.
Tesharna Maher battled hard for Norwood, finishing with 18 disposals and seven tackles.
For the winners, Zoe Venning was impressive, picking up 24 disposals and four clearances whilst Sarah Dargan finished with 19 disposals and five clearances.
The 2021 SANFLW grand final will be played this Saturday (June 5) at Thebarton Oval from 12:10pm.
Final score: Norwood 2.4 (16) def. by West Adelaide 6.4 (40)
Subiaco vs Peel Thunder – Round 13
With finals only two weeks away, a late season surge from Subiaco has put it well within contention for a second premiership attempt.
In Saturday’s grand final rematch, the Lions fired a warning shot as they defeated reigning premiers Peel by 15 points at Leederville Oval.
Renowned for their tackling and pressure, both sides delivered a tantalising contest, but ultimately Subiaco’s marking and goal kicking accuracy gave them the edge.
Both featuring heavily around the ground, Fremantle’s Hayley Miller and Sabreena Duffy gave exceptional performances. Miller kicked a goal for Subiaco, while Duffy (Peel) fiercely hit contests despite copping an early knock.
Leading from Subiaco’s forward line, Giant Aimee Schmidt forced West Coast selectors to pay attention as she seeks a move out west. Down back, Claire Ortlepp used the space around her well to effectively move the ball out of danger.
After her first goalless match last week, prolific goal kicker Kate Bartlett kicked a major to put her back on the scorer’s list. Meanwhile, ever-reliable Peel captain Cassie Davidson read the play well and gathered plenty of intercepts.
16-year-old Ella Roberts showed why she deserved WA’s Under 19 Championship MVP award after a classy performance, with a goal to complement it.
This week’s result sets up round 14 perfectly with match-ups between first and second, and third and fourth. Subiaco plays Claremont away, as the sides battle for third place, while Peel hosts premiership favourites Swan Districts and have one final chance to ruin their streak.
Final score: Subiaco 5.4 (34) def. Peel Thunder 2.7 (19)
Swan Districts 11.5 (71) def. East Fremantle 3.4 (22)
South Fremantle 1.6 (12) def by. Claremont 6.5 (41)
West Perth v Perth – Round 8
In one of the lowest scoring games of the season, Perth clawed a victory over West Perth to boost itself into the top five, and finals contention.
The win was Perth’s first against West Perth in 20 attempts, having lost a record 19 straight to the Falcons coming into the contest.
Perth carried strong form into the contest after defeating South Fremantle the week prior, but the Falcons got off to a better start at home, with captain Aaron Black leading from the front as usual.
The margin would not exceed ten points for the entire clash, as the ball spent a large amount of time on the deck in slippery conditions.
Corey Byrne continually gave the Demons first use out of the middle (30 disposals and a goal) while Kristian Cary continued his stunning form in front of goal. He would kick the entirety of Perth’s score in the first term.
The tense match continued in the second half, but Perth was able to kick away at crucial stages, and carried a six-point lead at the final change courtesy of Sam Stubbs and Matthew Rogers goals.
The rain came down in the final term and Perth stopped West Perth from kicking a goal in the auarter, grinding out a valuable 10-point win.
The Falcons’ best included small forward Keegan Knott (two goals) and Noah Pegoraro.
Final score: West Perth 5.8. (38) def. by Perth 7.6 (48)
Subiaco 11.17 (83) def. Peel Thunder 5.9 (39)
Claremont 14.12 (96) def. East Perth 9.6 (60)
South Fremantle 20.7 (127) def. West Coast 9.7 (61)
Swan Districts 16.9 (105) def. East Fremantle 8.13 (61)
Lauderdale vs Kingborough – Round 9
Kingborough pulled off a miracle when it needed it the most on Saturday, defeating Lauderdale by just four points in a thrilling contest that went to the last minute.
Riley Ashlin was the hero for the Tigers with his miraculous hope snap from the boundary bouncing through for a goal, giving his team the lead with just 30 seconds remaining on the clock.
Kingborough overcame a 20-point half-time deficit to pull off the victory, its first win at Skybus Oval, aka ‘The Tip’, in the club’s short history.
The undermanned Southern Bombers came agonisingly close to their first win since round one, but instead slumped to their seventh loss in a row.
Lauderdale’s pressure and work ethic around the contest saw it take a 20-point lead at the main break, with young forwards Luke Arnold and Harry Richmond the main contributors with two goals each.
But after half-time Kingbrough flipped the script, getting on top and kicking the next five goals of the match.
Livewire forward Luke Graham ignited his side with his three third-quarter majors, stepping up in the absence of injured Tigers’ spearhead Tyler Carter.
Elijah Reardon’s goal to start the last stretched Kingborough’s lead to 11 points, but Lauderdale rallied through Jarrod Westell and Luke Paton to get back in front.
The home side repeatedly stood up against the Tigers’ repeat inside 50 entries in red time, but Ashlin only needed one chance to kick the match-winner and crush the Bombers’ dreams.
Graham took out best on ground honours for his three-goal effort in the third term, which got Kingborough back into the game.
Eddie Cole continued his excellent form in the middle, while Lachlan Gadomski was a stabilising force down back.
Sam Siggins was dominant as the number one ruckman for Lauderdale (with Haydn Smith out injured), controlling the ruck battle and playing as an extra midfielder at ground level.
Tom Ratcliffe and Nat Franklin competed all game through the middle and did everything they could to get their side over the line.
Final score: Kingborough 9.10 (64) def. Lauderdale 8.12 (60)
North Hobart 8.9 (57) def. by North Launceston 10.17 (77)
Clarence 14.18 (102) def. Glenorchy 5.4 (34)
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