Round 13 of the SANFL

Glenelg outlasted a plucky Adelaide outfit on Saturday afternoon to win by 15-points. Image: Glenelg FC.

Round 13 of the SANFL was an intriguing one. The Double Blues made their intentions clear, Glenelg got 12 in a row and Zak Butters returned from injury

The Double Blues made their intentions for the second half of the season clear, the Roosters captured fifth spot, Glenelg made it 12-in-a-row, the Eagles conquered future September rivals and Port Adelaide came from behind in the last.

Catch up with all the SANFL round 13 action – including The Inner Sanctum’s match of the round Norwood vs Sturt as well as a look at every club’s 2021 Indigenous guernsey – right here.

Saturday afternoon…

High-scoring and see-sawing: Glenelg make it 12 in a row

Glenelg proved for the 12th week in a row that when the going gets tough, they keep their cool, assess the job at hand and propel themselves to victory.

In a high-scoring, see-sawing affair against the Adelaide Crows at ACH Group Stadium on Saturday, the home side withstood periods of dominance from their opponents – including a late flurry in the last quarter – to win by 15-points.

In a final quarter which ran 34 and a half minutes, Adelaide Crows forward Brayden Cook had an opportunity to put his side in front in the 28th minute, but missed his shot from deep in the pocket, as his side were stranded behind by three points.

The ball quickly flew up the other end where Marlon Motlop – kicking his third for the day – iced the cake for the Tigers, following a free kick straight in front of goal.

Early in the afternoon, the Crows showed the rest of the competitions that with a side full of talent, they’re a force to be reckoned with as AFL talent Tom Lynch (three goals) and Darcy Fogarty put their best foot forward for senior selection.

With key inclusions, it was always going to be a good opportunity for the at-times struggling AFL reserves side to prove that they could make a claim for a finals position in 2021.

But in the end, with the likes of Luke Partington (31 possessions and three goals) and Dylan Landt (27 possessions) running around for the home side, the Tigers were a class above when it mattered.

Glenelg 2.1 6.2 9.6 17.8 (110)

Adelaide 3.3 6.5 10.8 14.11 (95)


Glenelg: Partington 3, Motlop 3, McBean 2, Reynolds 2, Allen 2, Bailey 2, Edwards, Martini, Turner.

Adelaide: Cook 4, Gollant 3, Lynch 3, Newchurch 2, Baccanello, Fogarty.

Saturday afternoon…

Ramsey-inspired Roosters claim fifth spot

North Adelaide traveled to Hisense arena to play West Adelaide on Saturday. Image: SANFL.

North Adelaide now find themselves in the top five as we get to the business end of the season, leap-frogging Port Adelaide with their 44-point win over West Adelaide at Hisense Arena on Saturday.

The two sides battled out a tough first half, but it was the visitors who got a run on in the late in the second quarter, opening up a 20-point lead at halftime.

Keenan Ramsey was dominant up forward for North Adelaide and finished the day with five goals and marks.

The gap between fifth and tenth became clear in the second half, when the Roosters began to dominate possession and clearances and extended the lead to 40-points at three-quarter time.

Campbell Combe was a star for the visitors, finishing with 39 possessions and nine clearances whilst Kaine Stevens battled hard for the Bloods, gathering 30 posessions.

West Adelaide 1.1 3.6 4.6 7.7 (49)

North Adelaide  3.3 6.8 10.10 13.15 (93)


West Adelaide: Chamberlain 2, Ellem 2, Morrish 2.

North Adelaide: Ramsey 5, Hilder 2, C. Combe, W. Combe, Mercovich, Moore, Schwarz, Young.

Saturday afternoon…

Eagles roaring and ready to go for the second half of 2021

The Eagles have continued to stake their claim as Glenelg’s biggest rival on the march to the 2021 premiership following an accurate 26-point win over South Adelaide at Noarlunga.

The reigning premiers were challenged in the first half by the Panthers, who led twice across the first half, but were blasted out of the water in the second half, kicking just one goal in the second half to the visitor’s six.

Following losses to Sturt and Norwood this month, South Adelaide had a great opportunity to take second position on the ladder and boost confidence with a win.

But in the SANFL’s Indigenous round, Tyson Stengle, in particular, had other ideas as the mercurial forward kicked five for the day and was instrumental in the victory.

The Eagles were dominant in the ruck (48-24), with their midfielders getting first use of the ball from Jarrad Redden.

Hayden Sampson had a great day out for the home side, finishing with 28 possessions and six tackles whilst his teammate Matthew Broadbent was at his usual best, finishing with 25 possessions across half-back.

South Adelaide 2.2 5.4 6.9 6.9 (45)

Eagles 4.1 7.2 10.2 13.3 (81)


South Adelaide: Overall 2, Cross, Skinner, Tucker, Wilkinson.

Eagles: Stengle 5, Menzel 4, Comitogianni, Hayes, Haylock, Poole.

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Saturday afternoon…

Late-comers Port finally put together a proud performance

It was Zak Butters who sealed the deal for the Magpies late at Elizabeth on Saturday, as Port Adelaide snapped a horrid three game losing streak with a come from behind, nine point win over Central District.

With the Dogs currently sitting second to bottom, it felt as though a real upset could’ve been brewing against the AFL reserves side, but with a raft of quality players included into the side, there was no doubting their fight.

Port had kicked just four goals up until three-quarter time and trailed by eight points, but it’s never over until it’s over and five last quarter goals saw them overcome the inaccurate home side.

The visitors dominated possession and were gifted first use from the ruck (46-23), whilst being led by veteran AFL player Hamish Hartlett, who finished with 33 possessions and seven tackles.

Travis Schiller was good for Central District, finishing with 26 disposals and six tackles.

Central District 2.4 3.7 4.11 6.12 (48)

Port Adelaide 2.1 2.3 4.3 9.3 (57)


Central District: Grace 3, Olsson, Fort, Gillard.

Port Adelaide: Butters 2, Carter, Garner, Lord, Mead, Weidemann, Williams, Woodcock.

Friday night…

Double Blues prove they’ve got the legs for season 2021

Sturt and Norwood do battle at the Parade on Friday night. Image: Norwood FC.

The Double Blues made their intentions for the second half of the season very clear, with a hard-fought, 23-point win against Norwood in trying conditions on Friday night.

Withstanding horrible conditions in the second quarter, the Double Blues punished the Redlegs in the second half, as the match evolved into a tackle-fest.

The game was scrappy from the get-go, with a copious amount of justified fumbles proceeding the first goal of the night, as Sturt’s Adam Trenorden kicked truly eight minutes in.

With a boisterous home crowd in their back, Norwood was on the board when Cole Gerloff crumbed a high ball inside 50 and snapped; a play indicative of the overall style for the evening.

The Double Blues were getting first use of the ball through Lachlan Burrows and Josh Patullo in the ruck with Abe Davis and James Battersby doing grunt work at their feet.

They started the second quarter well too, with a Josh Hone goal as he danced around an opponent with Burrows doing the same six minutes later.

As the hail tumbled down, Norwood got a much-needed goal through their captain Matthew Nunn, but – crucially in such horrendous conditions – the Double Blues were getting their hands on the ball first.

There were worrying signs in the third quarter when Sturt’s Burrows was stretched off after being pushed into the fence deep in attack for the visitors, but it was no deterrent, goaling later through Hone.

As the game wore on, Norwood increasingly turned the ball over across the middle of the ground and wasted the little opportunities they had in front of goal, including when Dom Barry ran into an open goal but kicked it out on the full.

The Double Blues opened up a 32-point lead late in the third quarter as Davis kicked his first for the evening, taking a strong mark and then kicking the set shot.

The Redlegs wasted opportunities in the last quarter but were equally matched by a Sturt defence led by Will Coomblas (five marks) and Sam Wundke (six rebound 50s).

Sturt coach Marty Mattner spoke post match about the importance of having a good start in the contest.

“We set ourselves for the start,” he said.

“Last week they were thirty points up against Centrals (early) and even last time we played them at Unley, they outscored us by twenty points in the first quarter.

“We set ourselves for this game as a really big one, it now gets us back in the hunt for the last spot in top five.”

Both sides had well in excess of 100 tackles for the days, with Matthew Nunn finishing with 22 tackles for the home side and Tom Lewis racked up 24 for the Double Blues.

The win puts Sturt in sixth position, banging down the door of the top five, whilst Norwood lost a golden opportunity to capture second spot on the ladder with six rounds to go before finals.

Norwood 1.0 2.2 2.3 3.7 (25)

Sturt 1.3 4.4 7.6 7.6 (48)


Norwood: Nelligan, Boyd, Hamilton, Rokhar.

Sturt: Coomblas, Davis, Battersby, Lewis, Slimming Hone, Voss.


Norwood: Gerloff, Nunn, Shenton.

Sturt: Houlahan 2, Hone 2, Burrows, Trenorden, Davis.

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