Daily Grind Match Report: Round 12 v Norwood
South Adelaide @ Norwood
Round 12 - Coopers Stadium - 20/05/2023
Goals: Anderson, Barwick, Hickey, Northcott ??
Disposals: Moon 18, Barwick 17, Gulden 16, Smith 13, Couch 12
Best: Moon (Thanks to Cheffy Chelby's), Gulden (Thanks to Jimmy Deane's), Barwick (Thanks to Jimmy Deane's), Hooper, Northcott
The Women’s league team hold on in another Saturday afternoon thriller
In Round 11 the South Adelaide Women’s League team won in a game for the ages against Sturt, the Panthers were looking to back up the effort in Round 12 against Norwood at Coopers Stadium.
From the first quarter bounce the squad was taken on the back foot as Norwood were attacking well from the clearance and moving the ball into opportunistic areas. Resulting in an early major score.
Immediately knowing the ferocity of this Norwood unit, the girls kicked into gear managing to get forward and cause some issues for the opposition.
The hard work would pay off in the latter half of the term. Melissa Anderson would kick the first major score of the day after she was roughed up by her defender, resulting in an overturning of the previous holding the ball call.
Lining up from 20-metres out directly in front the kick was class, going straight through and setting the tone for the rest of the contest.
Riding the hot hand the Panthers would attack the next set of contests solidly, getting the ball back in the attacking fifty.
South were unable to hit the scoreboard in the second term, but the effort was still there, plenty of options were being provided and the movement by foot around the deck was impressive.
Soriah Moon started to gather the disposals, ending the contest with a healthy 19 on the day.
Unfortunately, the Panthers would concede a major score in the term leaving South up by 1-point headed into the next half.
It was going to take a four-quarter effort to put the Redlegs away and in the third term it was still neck and neck, with neither squad giving an inch.
Both teams would garner a major score in the term with Jordann Hickey being the provider late in the quarter for South as she would get onto the end of a leading ball forward, picking up swiftly in the square and getting it on the boot promptly.
Looking ahead to the fourth quarter the job was not finished the work rate needed to stay at a high level to put this one away.
The movement by hand was silky and the league team took over, providing another major score late.
Elise Barwick would seal the deal with an impressive dagger, picking up smoothly, shrugging off multiple defenders and while being brought to earth would snap it through for the final goal of the day.
As time trickled down the opposition were unable kick another goal as the pressure of Jaslynne Smith was too much, finishing her game with a game high 10 tackles.
With that 6-point victory in another great game, the season has closed nicely as the 10-2 Panthers claim their second Minor Premiership.
The Panthers will face the Second placed Central Districts in the double chance Semi-Final on Sunday afternoon at 12pm, followed by the Elimination Semi-Final between Norwood and Sturt at 2:10pm, both games at Flinders University Stadium.
Entry will be $10 with around the ground parking $5.