MRS Property Reserves Match Report Round 13: vs Eagles
MRS Property Reserves Match Report
South Adelaide vs Woodville-West Torrens
Round 13 - Flinders University Stadium - 03/07/21
Goals: McCreery 4, Nye 2, Elsworthy, Freitag, Sladojevic
Best: Juckers, Bogle, Biemans, McKinnon, Nye, McCreery
Third time's the charm: The South Adelaide Reserves stun the Eagles with a classy 15-point win at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.
The bottom-placed Panthers faced off against the fifth-placed Eagles for the third time this season, with the previous two encounters ending in a 67-point loss and a 34-point loss.
However, this time it was the Panthers time to shine, and the side pulled through with their best display of the year to win, 9.4 (58) to 6.7 (43).
Impressive for the Panthers was Luke Bogle, who finished with a game-high of 42 disposals to go along with his 11 marks and 5 clearances. Also impressive was Jake McCreery, who collected 4 goals, and Anthony Biemans, who finished with 20 disposals and 9 tackles.
However, the opening term was not as stunning as the end result, because the Panthers went goalless for the duration of the quarter. This lacklustre opening term, which could have been worse if it were not for some interceptions by Lachlan Williams, saw the boys in the blue and white enter the first break trailing by 17 points.
The Panthers first major of the day came from an unlikely culprit, with Jack Elsworthy sneaking down to open the Panthers goalkicking account. Playing one of his best games this season was Liam Nye, who also added a goal to his tally midway through the second term.
But the talking point of the second term came from McCreery, who took the Eagles defenders to the Zoo by kicking 4 majors within the space of 12 minutes.
This feat saw the Panthers enter halftime with a 6.3 (39) to 5.1 (31) lead: a 25-point turnaround that the Panthers refused to let slip during the second half.
After some wayward kicking by the Eagles let the Panthers off easily; Daniel Sladojevic struck with his first of the day, only to be followed minutes late by Nye's second goal of the match.
Leading 8.3 (51) to 6.5 (41) at the final change; the Panthers were forced to hold off a relentless and desperate Eagles outfit.
Four minutes into the final term, Damon Freitag gave the Panthers a much-needed buffer with his first of the match. From here, some strong team defending and interceptions by Aaron Douglass, saw the Panthers over the line with the impressive win, 9.4 (58) to 6.7 (43).
The Panthers will look to keep this winning form when they face off against Norwood at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 10 July, from 10:15am.