Two goals in two minutes has earned South Adelaide a 13-point win against Norwood in an unusual tussle at The Parade on Saturday.
With either side unable to kick a goal for the first three quarters, it was Panthers’ co-captain Kristi Harvey who broke the drought seven minutes into the final term when she kicked the opening major of the game.
Former West Adelaide skipper Louella McCarthy followed up soon after for the visitors, leaving them with another seven minutes to grind out until the final siren.
And that’s exactly what the Panthers did to earn more vital premiership points as the race for top spot in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League intensifies with North Adelaide in red hot form.
Krissie Steen’s outfit now sits just 0.24 percentage points behind the first-placed Roosters, who thrashed Sturt by 91 points on Friday night.
In an even performance, South received strong contributions from McCarthy (17 disposals and a goal) as well as Jaslynne Smith and Nicole Mark, who each tallied 20 disposals.
Fighting to stay in touch with the top two, Norwood remains in the top three on percentage ahead of West Adelaide.
The Redlegs had less of the ball than South but two more inside 50s, giving coach Steve Symonds plenty to ponder in terms of conversion in front of goal.
Tireless Sally Riley found plenty of the ball to chalk up 27 disposals while Rhiannon Busch collected 20.
Veteran Jo Hill was unable to make the most of her chances inside 50 for the hosts, booting all three of her team’s behinds.
SOUTH 0.0 0.2 0.2 2.4 (16)
NORWOOD 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.3 (3)
LEADING DISPOSALS – South: Jaslynne Smith, Nicole Mark 20, Lisa Whiteley 19, Cheyenne Hammond, Louella McCarthy 17
Norwood: Sally Riley 27, Rhiannon Busch 20, Alana Browne, Monique Hollick, Elisha Gallagher 14
GOALS – South: Harvey, McCarthy
West Adelaide has kept its finals chances alive with a comfortable 26-point win against Glenelg at City Mazda Stadium on Friday evening.
Coming off consecutive losses to South Adelaide and Norwood, the Bloods desperately needed an injection of confidence which they earned by leading at every change against the winless Tigers.
Boosted by the presence of star Crows forward Abbey Holmes – who was making her debut in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League – Westies were much more efficient with their ball use entering inside 50m.
Holmes, who played in last year’s AFLW premiership with the Crows, bounced back to form with 21 disposals and a goal to put her hand up for a recall next weekend.
Unheralded Rachelle Martin continues to impress in the red and black, registering a whopping 15 tackles to go with her match-high 26 disposals and a goal.
Chelsea Biddell was also an important presence in racking up 18 disposals, six tackles and a goal while skipper Alli Evans did her bit to register a major and 15 touches.
AFL Academy Member Jaimi Tabb kicked the first goal of the game just two minutes into the first term for the Bloods before Tigers vice-captain Lexia Edwards hit the scoreboard with the next three scoring shots for a return of 1.2.
The Bays spearhead played her best game of the year to finish with 2.3, seven marks and 12 disposals, with another scoring spree in the second term threatening to help her side cause an upset.
But the visitors – who were being guided by assistants Jason Fairall and Tammy Scott – were unable to maintain the rage as the Bloods piled on 3.0 to Glenelg’s two behinds in the fourth quarter.
WEST 2.0 3.2 4.3 7.3 (45)
GLENELG 1.3 2.4 2.5 2.7 (19)
LEADING DISPOSALS – West: Rachelle Martin 26, Abbey Holmes 21, Chelsea Biddell 18, Alli Evans 15, Melanie Elsegood 14
Glenelg: Angela Moritz 18, Madisyn Freeman 13, Elle Cockburn, Jess Allan, Brianna Walling, Lexia Edwards 12
GOALS – West: Jaimi Tabb, Chelsea Biddell, Rachael Killian, Abbey Holmes, Alli Evans, Emma Smith, Rachelle Martin
Glenelg: Lexia Edwards 2
North Adelaide flexed its muscle with a record-breaking 91-point win against Sturt at City Mazda Stadium on Friday night.
The Roosters went on a scoring rampage against the battling Double Blues, booting the highest score (14.9.93) and recording the highest margin in SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League history.
Already the most potent team in the competition, Matt Slade’s charges were simply a class above from the outset as they piled on five, four and five goals for each of the first three terms before taking the foot off in the last quarter with just two behinds.
Restricting Sturt – which recorded its first victory in Round 4 – to just two behinds for the match, North moved the ball with ease from stoppages and through the middle of the ground.
Key forwards Katelyn Rosenzweig and Cristie Castle had a field day inside attacking 50m, booting four goals each while also mustering 27 disposals between them.
Promising small forward Esther Boles was equally dangerous around the goals, booting two, while also applying seven tackles.
But the best player on the ground was clearly former North captain Jess Edwards, who racked up a match-high 28 disposals, kicked a goal and laid five tackles.
Her ability to tuck the ball under her arm and burn off her opponents at will was particularly impressive, with North’s fortunes not surprisingly rising sharply since she and Brittany Perry have returned after missing the opening three matches.
The Double Blues were brought back down to earth, with captain Caitlyn Swanson and defender Casey Fraser trying hard against the tidal wave of momentum mustered by the Roosters.
NORTH 5.2 9.5 14.7 14.9 (93)
STURT 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 (2)
LEADING DISPOSALS – North: Jess Edwards 28, Esther Boles 24, Lauren Daniel, Kathryn Reynolds 16, Britt Perry 15, Cristie Castle 14, Katelyn Rosenzweig 13
Sturt: Nicole Baker 14, Caitlyn Swanson, Tess Maple 12, Casey Fraser 11
GOALS – North: Cristie Castle, Katelyn Rosenzweig 4, Esther Boles 2, Jess Edwards, Lauren Daniel, Talia Radan, Britt Perry
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