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Seniors Report: Round 14 - South Adelaide vs West Adelaide

Seniors Report: Round 14 - South Adelaide vs West Adelaide

24 July 2017

The Gulden Fist: Adam Gulden was the Panthers best against West Adelaide, providing plenty of run out of defence. Image: Nick Hook Photography

Seniors Report

South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Round 14 - Hickinbotham Oval - 22/07/17

South Adelaide1.
West Adelaide 6.7 7.8 10.12 11.12 78

Goals: Ellison, Veide 2, Cross, Barnes, Brown, Rolfe
Best: Gulden, Liddle, Veide, Cross, Aurrichio
Injuries: nil
Crowd: 1253

South Adelaide fell to a resurgent West Adelaide outfit by 26 points at Hickinbotham Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Kicking with the breeze at their backs, the Bloods blew the Panthers away in the first quarter to set up an 11.12 (78) to 8.6 (54) win.

With Glenelg and Adelaide also falling short in Round 14, South Adelaide still remain just a game behind the Tigers in fifth position despite the loss.

After losing the toss, South Adelaide were forced to defend against a strong wind disadvantage that had given both Reserves sides headaches earlier in the day.

In the opening term, West Adelaide controlled the stoppages and took full advantage of the breeze. A 19-4 inside 50 advantage kept the Panthers backline under constant pressure and the visitors registered the first 13 scoring shots of the match.

It wasn't until the 28th minute of the first quarter that Tyson Brown kicked true to put South on the scoreboard and avoid a scoreless term.

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Conversely, the Panthers were not able to punish the Bloods to the same extent with the wind behind them.

The returning Peter Rolfe and classy Joel Cross doubled their goal tally inside eight minutes, but some wayward kicking and an exceptional finish from John Noble from the North Eastern pocket late in the stanza kept the Panthers at bay. The difference at the major break 29 points.

South Adelaide returned from the long break a better side, putting up a much more competitive showing against the wind.

However, the Bloods again used the wind advantage well to push the difference to 39 points at the final change.

The Panthers opened the final term the better side, kicking the first three goals through Codey Ellison and Jake Veide within eight minutes.

However, after Zac Bates got out the back and ran into an open goal midway through the term South's momentum was all but killed off.

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Adam Gulden was in fantastic touch playing much of the game loose across halfback, gathering a game-high 33 possessions (27 by foot), eight marks and 10 rebound 50s.

Playing his 150th game in blue and white, Nick Liddle (21 touches) put in a trademark workmanlike performance.

As did tough onballers Jake Veide (16 disposals and 10 tackles) and Joel Cross (22 touches and a goal) in the Panthers engine room.

American ruckman Alex Aurrichio also provided an ultra competitive presence at the stoppages, amassing a round-high 42 hit outs and laying eight tackles in just his second League appearance.

Best for the visitors was the prolific pairing of Kaine Stevens and Josh Schiller, who combined for an impressive 64 possessions (41 contested), 20 tackles and 19 clearances.

The Panthers have the bye in the first week of the Round 15 split round before preparing to travel to Alberton to face Port Adelaide from 2:40pm, Saturday August 5.

Regg get 'em rolling: Alex "Reggie" Moyle put in a fine display against the Bloods, gathering 21 touches and booting three goals. Image: Nick Hook Photography

Reserves Report

South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Round 14 - Hickinbotham Oval - 22/07/17

South Adelaide4.14.17.611.672
West Adelaide 1.1 3.3 3.6 6.8 44

Goals: Moyle 3, Kappler 2, Blackwell, Need, Fitt, Newell, Tyllis, Bass
Best: McKinnon, Moyle, Newell, Bruce, Cailotto, Damin

South Adelaide's Reserves have claimed a 28-point win over West Adelaide with an impressive performance at Hickinbotham Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers dug deep playing against a strong breeze in the final term to claim a hard-fought 11.6 (72) to 6.8 (44) win and hold fifth position on the ladder.

With the wind whistling around the ground throughout the game, much of the play was trapped at the Southern end.

Both sides played the breeze well, with only one goal managed against the gale up to three quarter time.

However, South charged into final term with gusto and managed four goals straight into the wind, including a blistering running finish from Joseph Tyllis in the opening minutes.

Jesse McKinnon (15 touches, six marks and five rebound 50s) put in a fine performance playing at fullback for the home side. 

Through the middle of the ground, hard-running Richard Newell (game-high 26 possessions, seven tackles, six clearances and a goal) and Under-18s skipper Henry Bruce (25 touches and seven clearances) found plenty of the footy to drive the Panthers forward.

Spending time all around the ground, Alex Moyle did most of his damage on the scoreboard, contributing three goals, including two crucial final term finishes from his 21 touches.

Alex Cailotto (15 touches and six marks) continued to build his form since returning to the Reserves, while Bryce Damin put in yet another fiercely competitive performance, finishing with a team high 10 tackles.

The Reserves also have a bye this weekend before tackling the Magpies at Alberton Oval from 11:55am, Saturday, August 5.

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