ADELAIDE ALIVE

Published on: Sep 03 2016 | Author: admin |

Adelaide has kicked off its inaugural SANFL finals campaign in ominous fashion, beating Central District by 72 points in Saturday’s Elimination Final at Adelaide Oval.

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank

Adelaide has kicked off its inaugural SANFL finals campaign in ominous fashion, beating Central District by 72 points in Saturday’s Elimination Final at Adelaide Oval.

Ranked fourth after the minor round, the Crows’ dominance began midway through the first quarter when they slammed on four goals without reply.

Restricting Central to just two goals in the opening half, Heath Younie’s charges were too polished with their ball use in the breezy conditions.

Led by Magarey Medal contender Cam Ellis-Yolmen, who racked up 29 disposals and ten tackles, the Crows also had strong contributions from Riley Knight (22 disposals) and Mitch Grigg (21 disposals).

Opening up a 54-point margin at the main change, the Crows were also well served by left-footer Harrison Wigg, who rarely wasted any of his 25 possessions while also booting two majors as he continues his development up the field.

 

And if it wasn’t bad enough for the Bulldogs, former Central players Wayne Milera and Troy Menzel were constantly creating headaches for their ex-coach Roy Laird.

 

The pair combined well to boot Adelaide’s first goal of the game before collecting 45 possessions and five goals between them.

Central – determined to at least emulate last year’s bold run from fifth spot to the Preliminary Final – was unable to convert its possession in the early part of the first term.

And once Adelaide applied scoreboard pressure, the Bulldogs appeared to display more frustration and less intent to take risks through the corridor.

Consistent midfielders Travis Schiller (30 disposals and 11 clearances), Elliot Kavanagh (27 disposals) and Chris Jansen (25 disposals) worked hard in the middle while Luke Habel (21 disposals) did his best to set up attacking forays from defence.

But in the end, too few Bulldogs could hold their head high as their opponents finished with 67 more disposals and 14 more inside 50s.

Adelaide will now focus its attention on next Sunday’s First Semi-Final at the Adelaide Oval from 12.10pm while the Bulldogs will begin preparing for season 2017 after being eliminated from premiership contention.

Recently promoted rookie Jonathan Beech – who finished with – left the field in the second term to receive some treatment on his hip but was able to play in the second half, finishing the match strongly.

Adelaide will also be hoping Paul Seedsman (corked buttock) and Luke Lowden (ankle) will be fit by next Sunday after they were late withdrawals for the cut-throat decider.

 

 

Adelaide  4.1  11.4  14.7  19.11 (125)
Central  0.2  2.4  4.6  7.11 (53)

BEST – Adelaide: Wigg, Ellis-Yolmen, Menzel, Milera, Grigg, Otten, Kelly, Greenwood.
Central: T. Schiller, Kavanagh, Jansen, Habel.
GOALS – Adelaide: Dear, Menzel 3, Wigg, Milera, Greenwood 2, Carey, Ellis-Yolmen, Knight, Grigg, van Berlo, Beech, O’Brien.
Central: Edmead, Hoskin 2, D. Fort, Holman, Templeton.

INJURIES – Adelaide: Beech (knock to hip).
UMPIRES – L. Haussen, C. Bowen, S. Hosking.
CROWD – at Adelaide Oval

 

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