Under-18 Match Report: Round 12 vs Eagles
Under-18 Match Report
South Adelaide vs Woodville-West Torrens
Round 12 - Maughan Thiem Kia Oval - 03/07/2021
Goals: Howes 5, Pilmore 3, Cockshell 2, Delean
Best: Wheaton, Mitton, Howes, Schroder, Birt, Rogers
The South Adelaide Under-18s fell just seven points shy of the Eagles during a hard-fought match at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval on Saturday.
There was not much to separate the two sides throughout the match, but ultimately it was just seven points that separated the Panthers from the win, 11.7 (73) to 12.8 (80).
Impressive for the Panthers was Isaac Birt, who finished with 17 disposals, 8 marks and 5 tackles. Meanwhile, up forward Noah Howes collected 5 goals.
The third versus fourth clash certainly did not disappoint as right from the first bounce the two sides traded blows. It was the Eagles who struck twice before Bailey Pilmore could register the Panthers' first goal of the day.
This high-scoring opening term would continue with Koby Cockshell and Howes both registering their first majors of the day and, by the time the dust had settled, the quarter time score read 3.0 (18) to 4.4 (28) in favour of the home side.
Howes got things going during the second term with three goals within the span of seven minutes to snatch the lead for the blue and white. However, the Eagles responded with three unanswered goals within four minutes to regain their 10-point lead just before halftime.
Returning from playing Reserves the previous week, Luke Mitton was a strong performer for the Panthers with 19 disposals, 7 clearances and 6 tackles.
However, the third term saw the Eagles begin to break away, with the home side kicking three goals to the Panthers two to hold a 15-point lead at the final change.
South Adelaide did mount a comeback during the final term, with the side registering 3.3 (21) to 2.1 (13) during the final quarter however, it was not enough to close the gap as the side ultimately fell to the hard-fought 11.7 (73) to 12.8 (80) defeat.
The South Adelaide Under-18s will look to bounce back when they face off against Norwood at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 10 July, from 12:45pm.