Women's Match Report: Panthers women go back to back
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South Adelaide vs North Adelaide
Grand Final - ACH Group Stadium - 26/05/19
Goals: Tahau 2, Page, Charlton
Best: Tahau, Smith, McKinnon, Gore, Cavouras, Gryczewski
South Adelaide's senior women make history on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon by becoming the first team in the SANFLW to win back to back premierships.
The 22-point victory was built on the back of a strong team effort with all the players contributing in some way despite the tough conditions and tops off a great season by South Adelaide.
The Panthers worked tirelessly at both ends of the ground, wracking up 43 inside 50s to 21 while also holding North Adelaide to just one goal.
Young gun Indy Tahau was awarded the Best on Ground medal following an impressive performance which saw her gather 20 disposals, five tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.
Despite having plenty of the ball in the first quarter, the wet conditions made it hard for the Panthers to reflect it on the scoreboard.
However, a strong link up play through the centre by Munyard, Haussen, and Browne before being finished off by Tamara Page (six disposals) gave South the first goal of the game in the final minute of the quarter.
Just thirty seconds into the second quarter, Tahau shrugged a tackle and evaded another player before kicking truly on the run from roughly 40m out to give South a two-goal lead.
Five minutes later, North Adelaide's Lauren Daniel would kick Norths first and only goal for the match.
Tamara Page kicks the first goal of the Grand Final. Image: Nick Hook Photography
With just thirty seconds left until halftime, Tahau plucked the ball from the ruck and put it straight on her boot to give South Adelaide a 3.3 (21) to 1.0 (6) lead at the main break.
Both teams created immense pressure around the ball, with the two sides combining for 121 tackles.
Meanwhile, Montana McKinnon was influential in the ruck, gathering 18 hit outs while also having a presence in the contests with six marks.
Tiffany Copley was also impressive for the Panthers with ten disposals and three marks while also creating chances with two clearances and two inside 50s.
Teah Charlton kicks the sealer. Image: Nick Hook Photography
The Panthers continued their streak of last-minute goals with a clever kick off the ground by Teah Charlton (18 disposals, five tackles and four marks) to give South a 4.5 (29) to 1.3 (9) lead at the final break.
The final quarter saw the Panthers slow the game down while also holding the Roosters to just a point, with the rain pouring down the siren sounded to give South Adelaide their second premiership in a row.
Credit must be given to Souths defense, who managed to hold North to just one goal and to only three points after half time.
Jaslynne Smith finished off her great year with another reliable performance down back, collecting 11 disposals and three marks.
While Sam Pratt (eight disposals and four tackles), Sarah Wright (seven disposals and two tackles) and Elke Jarvis (seven disposals and two tackles) continued to disrupt the oppositions plays and proved to be healthy additions to the side this season.
Czenya Cavouras, Cheyenne Hammond and Jess Krik as the celebrations begin. Image: Nick Hook Photography
Emma Gryczewski (five disposals) also played strong down back against Norths dangerous forwards.
Nikki Gore (16 disposals, 10 tackles, and three clearances) and Czenya Cavouras(22 disposals, five tackles and four clearances) were once again outstanding in the midfield.
The win came from a strong team effort, with contributions coming from all around the ground on the back of a great season for the Panthers.
The premiership is the ultimate award for the team, following strong performances throughout the season and credit must be given to all the players, coaches and staff who all combined to make history for South Adelaide.
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