MRS Property Match Report Trial 2: South vs West Adelaide
MRS Property League Match Report
South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Trial 2 - Hisense Stadium - 12/03/21
Goals: Cross 4, Milsom 2, Skinner, Brown, Overall, Bogle, Fitt
South Adelaide's second trial match results in a 44-point win against West Adelaide on Friday night at Hisense Stadium.
A warm Friday night set the stage for the Panthers first clash against the Bloods with Brad Gotch at the helm. The only thing warmer than the weather was the Panthers' ball movement, which was on full display during the 12.14 (86) to 6.6 (42).
Former Brisbane Lion Sam Skinner marked his first hit out for the Panthers with a goal during the opening term, but this would be just one of three majors for the term with two for the Panthers and just one going the way of the Bloods.
Leading by a goal after the first break, the flood gates began to open during the second quarter. Collecting ten scoring shots to the Bloods' four during the second term, South Adelaide could have put the game away before the halftime siren if it wasn't for some wayward kicking.
Midway through the second term, the fast-paced Panther Jake Tarca showed his pressure with a chase down tackle which stopped an almost certain West Adelaide goal. Likewise, Anthony Biemans displayed his defensive skills and composure throughout the term.
Heading into the main break with a 5.8 (38) to 3.2 (20) lead, the Panthers came out of the break fresh, and it certainly showed.
The third term saw the Panthers play extremely fast football, and it allowed the side to flex its offensive muscle.
Eight minutes into the third term, Joel Cross sent the Panther faithful into a frenzy after collecting the ball out of the pack, shrugging off a wannabe tackler, and drilling the goal on the run.
South Adelaide, who were well supplied from the ruck taps thanks to Damon Freitag, cleared the ball from the following centre bounce and Cross struck again for his second in as many minutes.
Continuing on with the momentum and taking a break from laying tackles, Tyson Brown took an overhead mark only feet from the goal line to further add to the Panthers lead which read, 8.9 (57) to 5.5 (35) at three quarter time.
The fourth term provided a never-before-seen luxury for the Panthers, with Matthew Broadbent and Bryce Gibbs linking up out of half back with pinpoint passes. This experience mixed well with the youth, with Hayden Sampson and Jason Horne providing plenty of ball movement.
The Panthers continued to flex their offensive muscle right up until the final siren, with the blue and white registering nine scoring shots within the twenty-five-minute quarter.
Attacking aside, the defence continue held firm thanks to some strong individual efforts. One was courtesy of James Loneragan who stopped a goal with a desperate spoil. Likewise, Richmond recruit Fraser Turner intercepted the ball inches from the Bloods goal line.
The siren would sound moments later to signal the 12.14 (86) to 6.6 (42 win.
Returning home for the first time, South Adelaide will now face Central District in their third and final trial game, which will be played at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, March 20, from 2:10pm.
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