Daily Grind Match Report: Round 11 v Sturt
South Adelaide @ Sturt
Round 11 - Wigan Oval - 13/05/2023
Goals: Anderson, Baxter, Hooper, Northcott
Disposals: Boileau 20, Couch 20, Moon 18, Gulden 12, Smith 12
Best: Hooper (Thanks to Cheffy Chelby's), Couch (Thanks to Jimmy Deane's), Boileau (Thanks to Jimmy Deane's), Moon, Ifould
The South Adelaide Women show up in a Saturday afternoon thriller.
After a tough loss in Round 10 the Women’s League Team were determined to prove themselves as one of the competitions best. Their opportunity would come against Sturt in beautiful conditions at Wigan Oval.
In exciting news, the league team welcomed two debutants in Round 11. Alissa Brook and Jacinda Schunselaarwill make an immediate impact on this squad and the whole of South Adelaide are ready to see what they can offer.
The tone was set in the first term as the women’s team were looking dominant, using the ball well around the ground and hitting contests with force.
It was evident that a major score was going to come sooner rather than later, after a collection of minor scores early it was Melissa Anderson late in the quarter doing damage.
The football would trickle to the pocket where Anderson would gather with class, adjust, and snap onto her right boot, doing enough to get it over the line for the panthers first goal of the day.
Moving onto the second quarter it was more of the same for the Panthers, clearing the ball well and providing plenty of effort.
The major scores would come late in the term once again and Lucy Northcottwas the catalyst. Contesting well and getting it too ground, Northcott would out body her defender and run into an open goal, finishing the hard work well.
It didn’t take long for the footy to end up back in the attacking fifty, after a tumbling ball would end up in Lily Baxter’s hands, she would unleash from 35-metres out building the South Adelaide lead to 21 points headed into the second half.
In the third term the tides began to shift into Sturt’s favour as they began to use the ball more effectively. Although they would only supply one major score it was an indicator that they weren’t going down without a fight.
In the third quarter the panthers would finish with a small lead of 11 points, leaving the door wide open for a comeback.
The fourth quarter was a nail bitter as Sturt continued their dominance, managing to provide three major scores in the term.
To begin the quarter the Panthers would provide some minor scores which would be quintessential in the result of the contest.
After the barrage by Sturt, they had garnered the lead and put the Panthers into a tough situation with little time left.
Luckily Jorja Hooperhad the clutch gene after her big mark gave her a set shot in front of goal. Knowing what was on the line she backed herself and kicked the deciding goal, sealing the victory by 1 point.
It took a whole effort to get the job done but Brooke Boileauhas to be mentioned as her 20 disposals were crucial in the contest.
With another win in the books the South Adelaide Women’s League Team have secured a top-two position on the ladder, and will look ahead to their last minor round clash against Norwood on Saturday the 20th at Coopers Stadium.
A win over Norwood would confirm the Panthers and Minor Premiers and secure the right to host the first week of finals at Flinders University Stadium.