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Seniors Report: Round Four - South Adelaide vs Central District

Seniors Report: Round Four - South Adelaide vs Central District

17 April 2016

League Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round Four - My Money House Oval - 16/04/16

South Adelaide4.27.313.417.6108
Central District 1.4 6.6 8.8 11.11 77

Goals: Overall 4, Eddy 3, Gulden, Seccull 2, Liddle, Cross, Rankine, Irra, Bass, Barnes
Best: Overall, Seccull, Schwarz, Veide, Fields, Liddle

South Adelaide have made it four wins from four games after taking down a tough Centrals outfit by 31 points at My Money House Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The win sees the Panthers claim first position on the ladder with the also undefeated Adelaide Crows having the bye in round four.

Playing the Bulldogs in Elizabeth has been tough going in the past with wins hard to come by for the Panthers. However, the visitors took control of the contest early and goals to Sam Overall, Nick Liddle and a pair from Brett Eddy saw South take a 16 point lead into the first break.

Centrals turned up their defensive pressure in the second quarter and closed the gap to just three at halftime, but Brad Gotch's men responded strongly and had all the answers after the break, outscoring the Bulldogs 10 goals to five in the second half to claim their fourth consecutive victory to start 2016.

South Adelaide's tall forwards have caused headaches for opponents all season and that was again the case for Centrals. Sam Overall starred up forward, kicking four goals and clunking seven marks, while Brett Eddy extended his lead atop the Ken Farmer Medal race, slotting three majors and taking his season total to 16.

Brede Seccull (20 possessions and two goals) and Nic Schwarz (19 touches and six tackles) provided the Panthers with plenty of grunt in the midfield, while Jake Veide (25 disposals and nine marks) continued to thrive in the more offensive role Gotch has released him into this season.

Meanwhile, Tom Fields raking left boot was on full display at My Money House Oval, opening up space for his teammates and setting up several early goals and Nick Liddle was busy as always.

Also pleasing for the Panthers was the return of vice-captain Matt Rose, who successfully negotiated his return from a broken hand he suffered in South's final trial game of the pre-season (also against the Bulldogs at My Money House Oval).

South Adelaide now have the bye in round five before they take on Adelaide Crows in what will likely be a top-of-the-table clash at Hickinbotham Oval on Sunday 1 May from 2:10pm.

Reserves Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round Four - My Money House Oval - 16/04/16

South Adelaide4.211.413.920.15135
Central District 4.1 5.1 7.2 7.4 46

Goals: Trembath 7, Need 4, McMahon 3, Brown 2, Heaslip, Steffe, Fairlie, Haines
Best: Trembath, Newell, Heaslip, Durdin, Need, Darrou

South Adelaide's Reserves won their second consecutive game after recording a comprehensive 89 point victory over Central District on Saturday afternoon.

A tightly contested affair early the Panthers took a one point advantage into quarter time before a 16 goal to three onslaught in the final three terms put the game away.

New recruit Josh Trembath showed how dangerous he can be in front of the sticks, nailing seven goals and moving into first place of the goalkickers list for the Reserves competition, with 11 for the season.

Under 18s graduate Ryan Need was also dangerous up forward, kicking four goals in his first game of the season, while usual suspects Jackson McMahon (three) and Tyson Brown (two) were also amongst the goalkickers.

Former Brisbane Lions rookie and West Adelaide midfielder, Richard Newell continued to build on his strong form to start the year, while young gun Ben Heaslip also showed why he has a handful of League appearances to his name in his young career.

Meanwhile, Luke Durdin and Ben Darrou were again steadying hands in defence for South.

The Panthers Reserves will now enjoy a bye in round five before coming up against Woodville-West Torrens at Hickinbotham Oval on Sunday 1 May from 11:10am.

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