SAFCW Match Report: Round 1 - South Adelaide vs Sturt
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SAFCW Match Report
South Adelaide vs Sturt
Round 1 - Flinders University Stadium - 15/02/19
Goals: Charlton 3, Munyard, Buchanan, Browne
Best: Campbell, Munyard, Charlton, McKinnon, Gore, Hammond
The first game at Flinders University Stadium saw South Adelaide get their 2019 SANFL Statewide Super Women's League campaign off to a winning start with a 32-point victory over Sturt on Friday evening.
After raising the 2018 premiership flag prior to the first bounce, the Panthers shrugged off an inaccurate start to the game to come storming home on the back of a three-goal haul from young forward Teah Charlton.
South dominated possession throughout the contest (235 disposals to 145), but struggled to convert their control of the game into scoreboard pressure in the early going.
The leaders for both sides stood up early as captains Caitlyn Swanson and Lauren Buchanan traded slick snaps on goal at either end to open the scoring for their sides.
However, Lauren Lovell's roving kick off the ground would push the visitors into the lead at the first change.
Scores were locked at 13 at halftime and both sides struggled to break the deadlock throughout an arm wrestle of a third term.
However, following a string of neat forward passages the Panthers finally broke through as Charlton clunked a strong mark at the top of the square and goalled right on the three quarter time siren.
This would prove the confidence booster South needed, as they rattled off 4.2 to no score in the final term and cruise to a comfortable win.
Hannah Munyard took less than two minutes to open the scoring in the fourth after showing her explosive pace to break away from a forward 50 stoppage and goal on the run.
Charlton added two more major scores to her personal tally, pouncing on a chip pass from Madison Bennett and coolly snapping a running shot from 20m out to the northern end.
Finally, Norwood recruit Alana Browne put the game to rest after converting a set shot from a strong tackle resulting in a holding the ball decision.
Fellow former Redleg Nicole Campbell, Munyard and Nikki Gore (available after not being selected for AFLW duties) were the major movers in the Panthers midfield, gathering 19 possessions a piece.
Meanwhile, Montana McKinnon (13 touches and 20 hit outs) was instrumental at the stoppages giving first use to her midfield.
The Panthers women are next in action this Friday night (7:45pm, February 22) in a Grand Final rematch at the Parade.
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