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Seniors Report: Round 14 - South Adelaide vs Norwood

Seniors Report: Round 14 - South Adelaide vs Norwood

4 July 2016

Panthers best Brede Seccull fires off one of his game-high 18 kicks in his 50th Panthers match against Norwood. Image: Nick Hook Photography - check out Nick's full match gallery here

League Report

South Adelaide vs Norwood
Round 14 - Coopers Stadium - 02/07/16

South Adelaide4.26.58.812.1385
Norwood 2.3 4.5 6.6 8.8 56

Goals: Eddy 3, Veide, Ellison 2, Cross, Gulden, Bass, Barnes, McMahon
Best: Seccull, Cross, Rose, Gotch, Gulden, Fields

South Adelaide have returned to the winners circle after knocking off Norwood by 29 points at Coopers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak away from home for the Panthers and marks their first win at the Parade since September 2011.

Now in a more positive place as a club under the tutelage of Brad Gotch, South sit third on the SANFL IGA League ladder, just one win behind league-leaders Sturt and only percentage behind second-place Woodville-West Torrens.

The Panthers rode a fast start, strong finish and ferocious tackling to claim victory against the Redlegs, but Norwood did challenge the visitors at times.

Two goals to returning Norwood star Matthew Panos within four minutes gave Norwood a fast lead, but four unanswered goals to the Panthers (two from Brett Eddy and a goal a piece for Jake Veide and Adam Gulden) saw South take an 11 point advantage into the first break.

The second quarter belonged to the home team, with a scoring splurge from Anthony Wilson clawed Norwood back into the lead. The Panthers did eventually turn the tide, breaking their scoring drought through Eddy in the 22nd minute. Rigby Barnes added his first in the quarters 11th hour and South entered the major break with a two goal lead.

The third quarter was a similar arm wrestle, with each side recording 2.2.

However, the final term saw South regain the ascendancy they held in the first term as they outscored the Redlegs 4.5 - 2.2, including two to League debutant Codey Ellison (Reynella - SFL). That difference could have been much wider if not for some inaccuracy in front of goal early in the quarter.

Check out Codey's first League goal below

Brede Seccull was magnificent in his 50th game, lifting when his team needed him most and recording 11 of his game-high 26 possessions in the final quarter. The burly milestone midfielder also added five tackles and eight inside 50s for good measure.

Also influential through the middle of the ground were experienced pair Joel Cross (22 touches, six tackles, six clearances and a goal) and Xavier Gotch (17 disposals and a game-high 11 tackles).

Meanwhile the defensive pair of Matt Rose and Tom Fields created their fair share of run off of halfback, amassing 14 rebound 50s between them, while Adam Gulden added plenty of link play with his 19 touches and six marks, while also adding a goal.

Brett Eddy returned to the goalkickers list, adding three majors to his Ken Farmer Medal-leading tally, which now sits at 42 (14 ahead of second) and could've been more if not for some inaccuracy and selflessness in the forward 50.

On the injury front, South lost midfielder Nic Schwarz to a concussion/head cut after copping a knock from teammate Emmanuel Irra's knee in a marking contest. Schwarz will be tested during the week to determine his availability for Round 15.

South Adelaide will look to close out a three road game stretch against Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium next Saturday. Make sure you get along to support the boys. League action gets underway from 2.10pm

Check out the full match highlights against Norwood below


Reserves Report

South Adelaide vs Norwood
Round 14 - Coopers Stadium - 02/07/16

South Adelaide4.29.39.412.880
Norwood 2.4 5.7 11.13 13.16 94

Goals: Newell, Trembath 2, Szust, Fairlie, Nichols, Heaslip, Need, Bartram, Jolly, Wray
Best: Wray, Heaslip, Haines

A poor third quarter saw victory slip from South Adelaide's Reserves grasp at the Parade on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers steadily built a 20 point lead by halftime against the Redlegs.

However, Norwood turned the tables after the long break, blitzing the visitors 6.6 to 0.1 in the third term, erasing South's advantage and setting up their victory with a 41-point turnaround.

South did fight back in the final quarter, winning the term by five points. However, it was too little too late in a disappointing result.

James Wray was best on for the Panthers with 15 touches, a game-high 13 tackles,a team-high five inside 50s and a goal.

Meanwhile, young midfielders Ben Heaslip (21 possessions and eight clearances) and Joey Haines (22 and six marks) also fought hard around the stoppages.

In a positive sign for South, Under-18 graduates Ben Millman and Troy Blackwell made their first senior appearances for the season.

The Reserves still hold their position of fifth on the ladder and next face third-placed Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium from 11.25am this Saturday.

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