The Eagles sent out a warning, the Crows survived a late comeback, Norwood upset the Panthers on the road and Glenelg extended its winning streak to ten.
Catch up with all the round ten SANFL action – including The Inner Sanctum’s match of the round, Woodville-West Torrens vs Port Adelaide – right here.
Eagles’ second half blitz blows Port away
A six goal third quarter propelled the Eagles to a 68-point win over Port Adelaide at home on Saturday, posting a warning to the rest of the competition that last year’s premiers aren’t to be forgotten about.
The Eagles led by just a goal at half time and even without the Menzel brothers, Matthew Goldsworthy and Angus Poole, blew their opponents out of the water in the second half.
Despite this, it was the Magpies who looked strong early, kicking the opening goal of the game within a minute from a smart Martin Frederick snap.
Eagle Joe Sinor matched the effort at the other end when he came bursting out of the pack, as the home side linked up well with handballs entering inside forward 50 for their first two goals.
Magpie Oliver Lord was given good treatment inside forward 50 by teammate Tyson Goldsack as the young tall kicked his side’s last two goals of the first quarter.
After arriving in last week’s mid-season draft, new Port Adelaide recruit Jed McEntee was proving his worth with four tackles to half time, as former coach Marty Mattner looked on in the grandstand.
Tyson Stengle provided a spark when he ran hard and set up teammate Riley Knight for a goal while Jack Hayes stood up with five marks and a goal in the second quarter to put the Eagles up by a goal at half time.
Eagles mentor Jade Sheedy lamented his side’s effort in the face of pressure in the first half, but was full of praise for the response.
“Port brought some really good pressure, but I thought we panicked a bit early and turned the ball over across half-back and as a club we weren’t playing as well as we could’ve been,” he said.
“We talked about a couple of things at half time, especially about composure and control in the back half and I thought when we did that we looked the better side moving forward.”
Jake Von Bertouch kicked the first two goals of the second half – the first set up by a pin-point Hayes kick inside 50 – and things began to look ominous for the visitors.
Magpies coach Matthew Lokan described the loss as a part of the “growth as a young group”.
“Probably not enough gets mentioned of how young our group is,” he said.
“Yes, we’ve got some AFL-listed players, but the youth in our group is exciting for our football club and unfortunately a day like today does happen at times.
“We obviously weren’t good enough today and we’ll learn from that – we’ve got a really important next two weeks with Sturt and North who sit just around us on the ladder.”
Despite being caught deep in the pocket with Hamish Hartlett hot on his heels, all the mercurial Stengle needed was a little space, before putting on the afterburners and kicking his first for the day midway through the third quarter.
Hayes, who put the icing on the cake midway through the last quarter with his third major was best on ground finishing with 28 disposals, 10 tackles and three goals.
Woodville-West Torrens 4.1 6.2 12.3 17.7 (109)
Port Adelaide 3.1 5.2 6.3 6.5 (41)
Woodville-West Torrens: Hayes, Tsitas, McFarlane, Sinor, Lonergan, Stengle.
Port Adelaide: Schofield, Leinert, Lord, McEntee, Frederick, Appleton.
Woodville-West Torrens: Von Bertouch (3), Hayes (3), Lonergan (2), Knight (2), Stengle (2), Sinor, Z. Williams, Hardie, McFarlane, Pudney.
Port Adelaide: Lord (2), Frederick, D. Williams, Goldsack, Weidemann.
Crows left scrambling against late-comers Sturt
The Adelaide Crows were almost outdone by a fast finishing Sturt at Peter Motely Oval on Sunday, as they got back on the winners list for the first time in six weeks following a ten-point win.
Billy Frampton and Jackson Hately led the charge for the visitors, as the former finished the day an imposing figure up forward with three goals, and the latter with 31 disposals, eight tackles and seven clearances.
The Double Blues started well to lead at quarter time, but faded away extraordinarily as the Crows gained ascendancy and took a 21-point lead into half time.
A fast start to the second half had the Crows out to a 45-point lead just fifteen minutes into the third quarter as the duress from the mid-season draft began to show for Sturt, having lost Jed McEntee (Port Adelaide) and Ash Johnson (Collingwood) just a week after Zane Kirkwood’s retirement.
But in light of this and to their credit, the Double Blues pushed the Crows all the way in the last quarter. Goals to Jack Penfold, Charlie Parker, Jordan Houlahan and Dan Fahey-Sparks were not quite enough to close the gap.
Pleasing for the Crows in their fourth win of the season was the wide spread of contributors, including ten individual goalkickers.
They now close the gap on the top five, whilst Sturt languish in eighth, having won just two games in 2021.
Sturt 3.4 3.7 8.7 12.8 (80)
Adelaide 3.2 7.4 13.4 14.6 (90)
Sturt: Hone (3), Fahey-Sparks (2), Penfold (2), Davis, Houlahan, Parker, Patullo, Shute.
Adelaide: Frampton (3), Marini (2), Wright (2), Cook, Davis, Gollant, Hately, Newchurch, Pedlar, Strachan.
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Redlegs run home as winners in Queen’s Birthday clash
Norwood has won an enthralling Queen’s birthday clash at Flinders University Stadium by nine points, upsetting second-placed South Adelaide in Joel Cross‘ 200th SANFL game.
The Redlegs had been threatening a major upset following their narrow one-point loss to ladder-leaders Glenelg last week at home, proving that their star-studded side is starting to gel nicely.
Cross kicked the first goal of the day as he ran into an open goal following a dominant first ten minutes for the home side.
It was Norwood Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg who streamed through the a thicket of opponents to kick his side’s first goal for the day from 50-metres out.
Joe Haines was good early across half back, taking intercept marks and setting up rebound play for the Panthers as they began to work well up forward, putting scoreboard pressure on the Redlegs.
Cam Shenton quickly became a forward threat for the visitors and Grigg’s impact on the clash become evident, bringing the pressure and punishing the Panthers going inside 50.
The two sides traded blows in the third quarter. While South Adelaide wasted opportunities, Norwood made the most of them, nailing goals through Dom Barry, Grigg and Henry Nelligan to led at the final break by ten points.
With the game on the line, the Panthers brought the margin back to five points early in the last quarter as Ben Heaslip kicked truly, only for his score to be negated half way through the last quarter by Shenton’s third major for the day.
After finding himself in the reserves a few weeks ago, Grigg was at his Magarey-winning best and finished with 34 disposals, three goals (including a last quarter sealer), 11 marks and nine tackles for Norwood.
The result means that the Panthers fall down to third on the SANFL premiership ladder whilst Norwood further cements its place in the top-five.
South Adelaide 3.5 4.6 6.10 9.12 (66)
Norwood 1.0 5.5 8.8 11.9 (75)
South Adelaide: Overall (2), Heaslip (2) Cross, Horne, Schwarze, Skinner, Gibbs.
Norwood: Shenton (3), Grigg (3), Barry (2), Binder, Nelligan, Douglas.
Bays extend streak to ten with gritty Roosters win
Glenelg has continued its extraordinary 2021 season and taken its winning streak to ten, following a 23-point win against North Adelaide at home on Queen’s Birthday Monday.
The Tigers – who survived a scare from Norwood last week to win by one point – were much more emphatic in their performance this week against the Roosters, conquering a slow start.
Looking to build on what had been a strong month, the visitors started the contest well and led by seven points at quarter time, spring-loaded thanks to a Luke Minervini goal within a minute of the first bounce.
With North Adelaide threatening to open up a dangerous lead early in the second quarter thanks to goals from Kim Lebois and Jarred Allmond, Marlon Motlop steadied the ship for the Tigers, kicking two of his own in response.
The home side continued and proved why they’re yet to drop a game in 2021, with goals coming to Luke Reynolds, Matt Allen and Jack Yates during time on in the second quarter, opening a 14-point lead at half time.
A strong third quarter by Glenelg – led by forward Liam McBean kicking his second, third and fourth goals for the day – kept North Adelaide at arms length going into the last quarter.
The visitors got the margin back to within three goals in the last quarter, but were adequately seen off by the 2019 premiers through sealers from Motlop, Darcy Bailey and Reynolds.
The mercurial Matthew Snook was instrumental for Glenelg, finishing with 34-dsiposals, seven tackles and six clearances whilst last year’s Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe finished with 28 disposals, 11 tackles and eight clearances.
Glenelg 2.1 7.5 11.7 16.9 (105)
North Adelaide 3.2 5.3 7.6 12.10 (82)
Glenelg: McBean (5), Motlop (3), Reynolds (2), Turner, Yates, Allen, Pink, Bailey, Newman.
North Adelaide: Mercovich (2), Hender (2), Combe (2), Minervini, Lebois, Allmond, Harvey, Hilder, Smith.
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