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Seniors Report: Round 17 - South Adelaide vs Central District

Seniors Report: Round 17 - South Adelaide vs Central District

25 July 2016

Brede's Best: Brede Seccull (pictured above) claimed his third consecutive best on ground, with another brilliant display in the midfield against the Bulldogs. Image: Nick Hook Photography - check out Nick's full match gallery here

League Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 17 - Hickinbotham Oval - 23/07/16

South Adelaide5.28.311.415.796
Central District 5.2 5.5 9.9 11.9 75

Goals: Eddy 4, Cross, McMahon, Overall, Seccull 2, Barnes, Ellison, Liddle
Best: Seccull, Gotch, Cross, Liddle, Brown, Gulden

South Adelaide made it two from two against Centrals this season after a hard fought 21-point win at Hickinbotham Oval on Saturday afternoon - their first win against the Bulldogs in Noarlunga since 2006.

The Panthers, who remain undefeated at home this season were able to take down a strong Bulldogs side in Matt Rose's 50th game for the club and 100th game in the SANFL.

After a late change with Captain Brad Crabb having to sit out with a hamstring injury being replaced by Cam de Visser in the back lines, the game got underway to a fast and high scoring start. The first quarter saw both teams kick 5.2 and tied at 32 a piece come the first break.

The Panthers were strong going forward and made the most of their opportunities, Brett Eddy kicking three early goals to get them off and running.

However, several lapses in focus and some poor decision making when moving the ball out of defence allowed Centrals to keep hot on the Panthers heels, as the visitors capitalised on several turnovers and converted them into goals.

#Mood2016: Joel Cross celebrates a goal as the Panthers ended a 10-year losing streak to the Bulldogs at Hickinbotham Oval on Saturday.

Brede Seccull was the Panthers prime mover throughout the game. Time and time again the burly midfielder was able to win the ball at the stoppages and get it moving forward. He helped control the ball early and finished with 33 disposals, 10 inside 50's for the game and a pair of goals for the game.

The second quarter was where South were able to really make their mark. Only a couple of minutes in the Panthers were able to work the ball all the way from their defensive goal square to find Brett Eddy, who coolly slotted his fourth major for the game.

With Eddy wreaking havoc on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs were forced to greater focus their defensive pressure on the league's leading goal scorer. However, with the defence tightening the screws on Eddy, more opportunities opened up for other Panthers to get on the score board.

South's other tall forwards, Jackson McMahon (two goals), Sam Overall (two) and Codey Ellison (one) all punched their name on the goalkickers card.

Meanwhile, Joel Cross (26 touches and seven clearances) finished with two goals and was amongst the Panthers best, with Adam Gulden (24 disposals) also enjoying a solid game.

The Panthers forward line put in a great performance, however credit must also be given to their defensive pressure and stability in the backlines. With the scores locked a quarter time, South's defence limited the Dogs to just three behinds in the second term and would not relinquish the lead after the 15 minute mark of the first quarter.

Centrals came out of the halftime break strong and were able to win the third quarter, although their inaccuracy prevented them from truly making a dent into South's lead.

At three quarter time the Dogs were down by seven points despite having three more scoring attempts than the accurate-as-usual Panthers.

Centrals continued to take the game to South at the start of the fourth quarter and by the seven minute mark narrowed the margin to just two points. However, the comeback did not rattle the Panthers and some cool heads, fierce attack on the ball and some brilliant individual efforts from South's leaders Cross, Liddle and Seccull led to four straight goals to finish game.

Check out Brede and Nick's brilliant goals


South Adelaide have been the most efficient team in front of goals in 2016 and accuracy in front of goal again was a big advantage for the Panthers, as their forwards were able to make the most of their opportunities.

Meanwhile, the defence continually made it difficult for their opponents. In all other categories the two teams were near to identical with the total kicks, marks, clearances and inside 50's all being within three and total disposals only being +6 in Centrals favor.

Strong performances from Nick Liddle (25 disposals and a goal) and Tyson Brown (15 disposals) also earned them a spot on the bests list for the match.

The win for the Panthers pushes them three games ahead of Centrals, who currently sit in fifth place and will help to solidify our finals position.

We now look to Saturday's Round 18 clash with West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium, where the league action kicks off at 2:10pm make sure you don't miss it!

Keep your eyes on the website for this week's game preview, teams and other news coming throughout the week.

Watch the full highlights from the game below:


Reserves Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 17 - Hickinbotham Oval - 23/07/16

South Adelaide3.
Central District 3.0 6.4 7.8 10.14 74

Goals: Hitchcock 3, Haren, Fairlie, Gillett, Trembath
Best: Haines, Haren, Hitchcock, Hawkins

The Round 17 Reserves game between South Adelaide and Central District was a tight contest all the way up until the fourth quarter where the Dogs pulled away to win by 19 points.

Despite finding themselves behind several times throughout the first half, the Panthers were able to fight their way back, and by three quarter time led the game by a point.

Joseph Haines, who collected 25 disposals for the day was best on ground for South and was helped by Ben Haren who also recorded 22 disposals and seven marks.

Cameron Hitchcock made clear his intentions to return to the league side with a dominant performance across the ground. The exciting forward/midfielder gathered 22 touches and put away three goals in his return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since Round 10.

Strong performances from first-gamer Fraser Hawkins (18 disposals), son of two-time Knuckey Cup winner Robb Hawkins, and Ben Heaslip (34 disposals and seven clearances) were still not enough to get the Panthers ahead at the final siren.

The Dogs overwhelmed the Panthers in the final quarter, kicking three goals to none to close out the game.

Multiple turnovers in the defensive 50 which led to goals for the Centrals were ultimately the Panthers undoing throughout the game.

The Reserves still hold fifth position on the ladder tied with North Adelaide with a 7-7 win/loss record and will look to bounce back next week against West Adelaide.

With spot within the top five still up for grabs for the Panthers the clash is bound to be an exciting one!

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