LBB + DGS Women's Match Report: Round 10 South @ West Adelaide
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South Adelaide @ West Adelaide
Round 10 - Hisense Stadium- 01/08/20
Goals: Charlton, Hammond, Schirmer, Tahau
Best: Meyer, Pennifold, Northcott, Buchanan, Campbell, Pratt
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South Adelaide finished off the home and away season with a 16-point win over the third-placed Bloods at Hisense Stadium on Saturday morning.
With only pride on the line, the Panthers were able to hold West Adelaide goalless for over an hour following their first major of the match to win, 4.5 (29) to 2.7 (17).
With both sides locked into finals, the Round Ten clash saw the Panthers play with several key outs, but they did welcome back Montana McKinnon as well as debut some Willunga talent in Kristen Rothwell.
But it would be the Bloods that would strike first, as they were able to clear the ball out of the centre bounce and kick a goal within just 30 seconds.
With Hannah Munyard looking dangerous early, the Panthers continued to send the ball deep into attack, and following a one on five situation, Charlton nearly followed with her second goal of the match but missed to the far side.
Also, impressive for South Adelaide early was a Panther pathway product in Georgia Pennifold.
Ten minutes into the first quarter, South Adelaide were able to extend their lead thanks to the earlier mentioned Munyard, who handpassed over the top to Cheyenne Hammond and her kick sailed through in what was just her third goal at SANFLW level.
This would prove to be the final score of the opening term, and the Panthers headed into the first break with a handy 2.3 (15) to 1.1 (7) lead.
The second term would see the goals dry up as the game grinded into a midfield battle with several West Adelaide's goals prevented by some desperate defending by the Panthers backline.
Following her goal in the opening term, Hammond was able to make her presence felt at the other end of the ground with a goal-saving tackle.
In total, the two sides would combine for just four points during the second term, and the Panthers headed into the main break with a narrow 2.4 (16) to 1.4 (6) lead.
The first highlight of the third term came courtesy of Tahlia Meyer as she went on one of her signature run and carries to help the Panthers rebound out of defence.
While at the other end of the ground, a thumping kick by Indy Tahau just rolled through to register South's first major of the third term after six minutes of play.
Then during the dying stages of the quarter, a clever over the top handpass by Sheena Peters allowed Gypsy Schirmer to collect and cleverly snap to hand the Panthers a strong 4.4 (28) to 1.4 (10) lead at the final change.
The final term saw the Panthers' defence continue to stand strong, and not only continue to hold West Adelaide goalless following their opening goal just 30 seconds into the match, but also allow the Panthers to rebound into attack.
To West Adelaide's credit, they continued to attack, but even after repeated inside 50s, the Panthers defence continued to hold firm, thanks on part due to Jaslynne Smith's composure as well as Nicole Campbell's tackling around the stoppages.
Following West Adelaide's first goal, 30 seconds into the first quarter the Panthers managed to hold the Bloods to just one goal for the remaining 67 and a half minutes of play, and the final siren would sound to hand the Panthers the 4.5 (29) to 2.7 (17) win.
South Adelaide now face the ladder-leading Roosters in the first week of finals, which is likely to be held at Thebarton Oval on Sunday morning, but more details are to follow.
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