Women's Match Report: Trial 1 South vs Eagles
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South Adelaide vs Eagles
Trial 1 - Flinders University Stadium - 24/01/20
South Adelaide showcased many new faces during their first trial game of the year against a much-improved Eagles outfit at Flinders University Stadium on Thursday night.
Goals: Flanagan-Sjoberg, Rothwell
The Panthers, who named a squad of 35 for the game, used the opportunity to give as many players a run as possible.
And while the 2.2 (14) to 5.4 (34) result didn't go the way of the Panthers, there are many positives to take from their first hit out for the year.
For example, both of the Panthers goals were kicked by new recruits, with Aldinga's Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg and Willunga's Kristen Rothwell both booting goals in the blue and white.
Meanwhile, new additions in Layla Rogers (McLaren Vale) and Alana Baker (Flagstaff Hill) gave us a glimpse of what they are capable of in the upcoming season.
New recruit Tahlia Meyer puts the jets on. Image: Nick Hook Photography
But battling against the blistery conditions and a much-improved Eagles outfit from their winless season last year; the game broke down into a stalemate as both sides struggled to clear the ball from the stoppages.
However, as the game progressed, the Eagles began to put immense pressure on the Panthers backline with repeated forward entries.
With two goals coming from Kiana Lee, the Eagles began to take control.
At times South Adelaide's in-experience did show, as the anti-density rule cost the Panthers two goals during the game.
But the positives outweighed the negatives for South, with Katrice Turner (Willunga) playing well, while Tahlia Meyer (Norwood) showed that she will be a huge inclusion for the Panthers this year.
South Adelaide will now face Sturt in their second and final trial game at Flinders University Stadium on Thursday, February 30, at 7pm.
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