MRS Property Match Report Round 17: vs North Adelaide
MRS Property Match Report
South Adelaide vs North Adelaide
Round 17 - Flinders University Stadium - 14/08/21
Goals: Gibbs 2, Bogle, Draper, Fitt, Heaslip, Overall, Tarca
Best: Skinner, Haines, Gibbs, Broadbent
It was a tough day for South Adelaide as the side fell to a 58-point defeat against North Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.
It was one of those days, with the Panthers struggling to find momentum after halftime which ultimately saw them fall to a bitter loss, 8.6 (54) to 17.10 (112).
Impressive for the Panthers was Sam Skinner, who finished with 18 touches and 11 marks. Meanwhile, Joe Hainescollected a game-high of 40 disposals while Bryce Gibbs finished with 33 possessions and 2 goals.
With the double chance up for grabs, the Panthers suffered from a slow start which saw the Roosters strike with two goals before Gibbs could strike back for the blue and white.
However, North Adelaide was able to follow up with an end-to-end goal, which set a theme for the remainder of the match.
To make matters worse, Bailey Griffiths suffered a head knock, ruling him out for the remainder of the match.
Playing without a developed ruck, something the Panthers have become accustomed to, the side was able to gain some valuable meterage thanks to some hard running by Tyson Brown. Brown then hit up Ben Heaslip, who kicked truly on the run.
Unfortunately, a costly free-kick saw the Roosters reply almost instantly, handing the Panthers a 3.1 (19) to 5.3 (33) deficit at the first break.
Within the opening minutes of the second term, Matthew Broadbent was able to sell some candy to three Roosters, before setting it up to Gibbs who quickly snapped his second of the day.
The Panthers pushed for back-to-back goals but unfortunately, an unawarded push on Anthony Biemans and a costly free saw the Roosters rebound with blistering pace and score a major at the other end.
South Adelaide was able to steady through goals by Tarca and Sam Overall, but a late and costly free in the dying seconds saw the Roosters increase their lead at the halftime siren, 6.3 (39) to 7.5 (47).
The major highlight of the third term came from Panther debutant Arlo Draper, whose much-needed goal proved to the Panthers only for the third quarter.
Things went from bad to worse for the boys in the blue and white, having already conceded 18 to 29 frees, the Panthers also lost Bogle during the late stages of the third termleaving them with just two rotations.
The Panthers conceded their thirty-first free during the opening minutes which resulted in a Rooster goal and from here the match was all but finished.
Liam Fitt struck with the Panthers first and the only major of the fourth term as the visitors ran away to hand South a bitter 8.6 (54) to 17.10 (112) defeat.
South Adelaide will look to bounce back when they face off against traditional rival Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval on Saturday, 21 August, 2:05pm.
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