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Lumin Sports Match Report: Round 4 v Adelaide

Lumin Sports Match Report: Round 4 v Adelaide

1 May 2023

South Adelaide vs Adelaide
Round 4 - Adelaide Oval - 30/04/2023



South Adelaide3.



Goals: Sproule 2, Brooksby, Brown, Freitag. Gunther, Wilkinson
Disposals: Haines 29, O'Neill 25, E.Smith 25, Gibbs 20, Sampson 20
Best: Skinner (Thanks to Betta Home Living McLaren Vale & Victor Harbor, Sampson (Thanks to Sports Power), E.Smith (Thanks to Jimmy Deane's), Wilkinson, Haines
Injuries: Nil
Crowd: N/A

Match Replay



The league team fall to the Crows while the Reserves secure a draw in a thriller against West Adelaide. 

The Panthers came out their corner of the ring swinging as Damon Freitag hit the scoreboard within the first minute of the contest. 

Adelaide would reply with their own goal shortly before Eamon Wilkinson, who would turn on the jets getting in front of his defender, gathering the loose ball and kicking his first.

Going back and forth Adelaide would score once again. Sticking to the theme the Panthers would reply with their own.

It would come from Harrison Gunther on this occasion as the centre clearance was swift.

Lining up from 30-metres out on a wide angle near the boundary. Kicking through the ball and getting it to come back for a major score.

Once again, the ball would end back in Adelaide’s half of the field as they would kick the next two major scores of the contest to finish the tug-of-war which was the first quarter.

In the second quarter it was an all-out barrage from the Crows as they would outscore South by 6 goals.

The Panthers having their chances up forward but not being able to convert only providing 3 points in the second term. 

It was a tough start to the third term as Adelaide would add another two goals early, before Dylan Brown responded. After the ball would fly into the attacking fifty it was quickly punched into the air, Brown reading the play and getting it onto his boot, while falling to the ground the kick was good, allowing the Panthers to kick their first major score since the first quarter.

Still under pressure from the Crows, the Panthers would peg one back thanks to an unrealistic attempt gifting Zach Sproule an opportunity that he would convent. 

The term would end with a flurry of Adelaide behinds as the Panthers would end the third quarter down by 46 points.

Another three major scores from Adelaide to start the fourth it would finally get to the South Adelaide attacking fifty, where it would end in Sproule’s hands. 

Faced with a challenging set shot from 45-metres out the kick was on point, sailing through and providing Sproule with his second of the contest.

South Adelaide’s final major score would come from Keegan Brooksby’s boot, taking a wide-open mark just in front of the goal square, wasting no time, turning, and kicking the goal. 

The Panthers would fall to the Crows by 84 points. 

South Adelaide will be looking for a strong response against Glenelg on Saturday, May 6 at Flinders University Stadium in the SANFL's Super Match. 


South Adelaide Reserves @ West Adelaide Reserves
Round 4 - Hisense Stadium - 28/04/2023



South Adelaide2.

West Adelaide2.


Goal: Fitt, Dunshea 3, Cockshell 2
Disposals: Heaslip 23, Kraemer 21, Rogers 20, Lovering 19, Duncan 18
Best: Fitt (Thanks to Becks Bakehouse), Kraemer, Heaslip, Harding, Dunshea

Match Replay



In Round 3 the South Adelaide reserves just fell short against West Adelaide, in Round 4 it was time for redemption as they were faced with the same opponent once again in a Friday night clash.

In the first term it was all guns blazing with West Adelaide starting strong. However, the reply was spectacular from the reserves.

A contest would break out in the attacking fifty and once it spilled out Liam Fitt was on the end of it, snapping around the body and getting the ball to sail through for the reserves first major score of the quarter.

As the quarter would continue it was evident that Ben Heaslip was about to have himself a game, ending the contest on 23 disposals. 

It wouldn’t be until late in the term when the reserves would kick another major score. Nic Dunshea providing the relief as he would take a nice mark over his defender, the siren blowing on his way back, getting to his spot and kicking the goal from 20-metres out.

It was going to take a whole team effort to get the job done against this squad, so the reserves stepped up providing the first three major scores of the second quarter.

After Dunshea would intercept a kick in the middle of the ground he would stream forward and take a grab at the top of the square, without hesitation kicking the goal and starting the South Adelaide scoring run.

It wasn’t long after until Fitt would kick his second of the contest as he laid a crushing tackle on his opponent after they dragged it in, awarding him with a kick from 20-metres out.

Getting the kick to go through and putting the panthers in a great position.

Leading by 12 points at the half it was going to be a tough finish to the contest. 

West Adelaide would build on the final moments of the second quarter and provide two major scores early in the third. 

It didn’t take long for the panthers to reply as Dunshea would line up for his third after he was held without the ball 25-metres away from goal. His set shot was perfect giving the panthers the 6-point lead. 

At the next clearance the reserves worked well to get it back in the attacking fifty and into Koby Cockshell’s hands, making light work of his defender in the square and turning to an open goal, finishing well. 

The fourth term had West Adelaide written all over it, as they weren’t going down without a fight. Kicking the only two major scores of the term.

Despite the efforts late especially Fitt whose forward pressure and 10 tackles were proving opportunities a rushed behind from West Adelaide was enough to tie the game down the stretch. 

The Reserves fought hard and got it back into the attacking fifty with time winding down, but it wasn’t enough as the game would end with both teams at a stalemate.

The Panther Reserves take on Glenelg at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, May 6 from 11:30am. 

About the Author:Bailey Hutchinson

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