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MRS Property League Match Report Round 5: South vs West

MRS Property League Match Report Round 5: South vs West

27 July 2020

MRS Property League Match Report

South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Round 5 - Flinders University Stadium - 25/07/20

South Adelaide4.29.412.6 12.7 79
West Adelaide 1.0  2.2 5.3 9.5 59

Goals: Wilkinson 3, Cailotto, McCreery, Sampson 2, Fitt, Overall, Schwarz
Best: Sampson, McGree, Cross, Highmore, Dumesny, Wilkinson.
Injuries: Nil
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A sunny Saturday sees the Panthers extend their winning streak to three as they defeat the fast-finishing Bloods by 20 points at Flinders University Stadium.

The win was built on the back of an impressive first three-quarters which saw South Adelaide lead by as much as 57 points, however the Panthers took their foot off the pedal during the final term but still came out on top with a solid 12.7 (79) to 9.5 (59) win.

The win also tops off a perfect weekend for the South Adelaide Football Club, as League, Women, Reserves and Under-18s all registered wins on the same day.

Unlike the previous round, the weekend was played in practically perfect conditions, and it did not take the Panthers long to make the most of it as Liam Fitt booted the first of the day after just two minutes of play. 

Just minutes later, Alex Cailotto followed up with his first of the match to hand the Panthers an early two goal lead.

West Adelaide's first and only goal of the opening term would not come until the fourteenth minute mark, to which South would reply to thanks to back to back goals by their eventual best on ground, Hayden Sampson (16 disposals).

Unlike the previous rounds, the Panthers early dominance was reflected on the scoreboard as they held a promising 4.2 (26) to 1.0 (6) lead at the first change.

South Adelaide would continue to build on this early momentum during the second quarter, with Nic Schwarz (13 disposals) joining the goalkicker list with his first, while Eamon Wilkinson would follow up minutes later with a thumping goal.

The Panthers rebounding ability was on display during the second term, as the side was able to go end to end and allow the fast-paced Beau McCreery to set up Wilkinson with his second goal in just five minutes.

South Adelaide's structure behind the ball continued to shine, as the Panthers were able to switch the play on numerous occasions and looked increasingly dangerous which each attempt.

Once such attempt saw the Panthers open the game up through the middle before picking out McCreery, whose strong hands allowed him a clear shot at goal to extend the Panthers lead.

Then in the dying stages of the second term, a strong contested mark by Cailotto saw him go back and kick truly to hand South Adelaide a strong 9.4 (58) to 2.2 (14) lead at the main break.

With Cam McGree (14 disposals), Zach Dumesny (19 disposals), and Joel Cross (26 disposals) providing the Panthers with plenty of options through the middle South Adelaide threatened to run away with the game during the third term.
It all began at the fifteenth minute mark of the third term as Wilkinson's clever snap saw him register his third straight goal of the match.
With the Panthers putting immense forward pressure on the Bloods, a bump by Fitt saw the Bloods kick it out on the full which saw Sam Overall sneak it in from the pocket despite the extremely tough angle.
Continuing on with this late momentum, McCreery busted through the pack and kicked truly to extend the Panthers lead to 57 points.
However, the Bloods were able to sneak two goals back to cut the Panthers lead to 12.6 (78) to 5.3 (33) at the final change.

However, the Bloods were able to sneak two goals back to cut the Panthers lead to 12.6 (78) to 5.3 (33) at the final change.

West Adelaide carried this late momentum into the final term, as the visitors flooded the Panthers forward line which stopped South's impressive passages of play which were on display during the first half.

Joe Haines (ten marks) and Tom Highmore (11 marks) were among the defenders that helped hold off the fast-finishing Bloods, but still the Panthers could not manage a goal to help steady the side.

Despite being in control for three quarters, the Bloods piled on the last six goals of the match to cut the Panthers victory to a smaller yet still comfortable, 12.7 (79) to 9.5 (59).

With the Panthers still sitting equal top, they now face the third placed Roosters at Prospect Oval on Saturday August 1, from 2:10pm.

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About the Author:Jayden Bartlett

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