Under-18 Match Report: Round 8 vs Central District
Under-18 Match Report
South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 8 - X Convenience Oval - 29/05/2021
Goals: Delean, Hoeck, Schirmer 3, Cockshell 2, Brown, Mitton, Smith
Best: Draper, Hayes, Mitton, Delean, Verrall, Hoeck
South Adelaide Under-18s bounced back in spectacular fashion with a 47-point win over Central District at X Convenience Oval on Saturday.
The Panthers, who were coming off of a rough result from the previous week, showed their resilience as they strung together four quarters of great footy while on their way to an impressive win over the Bulldogs, 14.5 (94) to 7.5 (47).
There were many contributors for the blue and white, with Arlo Draper leading the way with a game-high 27 touches while Hugo Hoeck finished with 21 touches and three goals. Also impressive was the Under-16s premiership pair, Tom Schirmer and Jack Delean, who combined for six goals.
Yet despite the Panthers managing to double the Doggies score, the opening quarter was a far cry from the final score line as both of the sides continually swapped blows.
It was Central District who struck first after just a minute of play, only for Schirmer and Delean to kick their first goals of the day to keep the home side at bay.
In total, there were six lead changes during the opening term but by the quarter-time siren, no side had a clear buffer.
With just three points separating the two sides, Delean's second goal of the day, which came only two minutes into the second term, sent the Panthers into a mini goalkicking frenzy.
By the halftime siren, the boys had stretched their three-point lead into a 22-point lead. But there was still more to come as the Panthers booted a further four goals during the third term.
Koby Cockshell opened the scoring during the final term with his second major of the match; and from there it was all the Panthers. After working hard over the first three quarters, the Panthers finished the match off nicely by kicking three final term goals while holding the home side to just a single point.
The 14.5 (94) to 7.5 (47) win was the perfect way to bounce back, and the Panthers will look to keep this winning form going when they face off against West Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 5 June, from 11:30am.
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