Round 11 Hostplus SANFL Snapshot – Sunday

Glenelg's Connor McLeod celebrates a goal with teammates (L to R) - Corey Lyons, Jake Walker and Max Proud. Picture: David Mariuz

Compiled by Zac Milbank

West’s Sam Frost tried his heart out in the midfield, collecting 32 disposals.
Picture: David Mariuz

Glenelg dominated West Adelaide from the outset to record a comfortable 52-point win at Hisense Stadium.

The Tigers broke the shackles offensively for the first time this season, slamming on 11.5 to the Bloods’ 2.3 in the opening half to lead by just under 10 goals at the main change.

With Ken Farmer Medallist Lachie Hosie sidelined with a knee injury, there was no shortage of players lining up to hit the scoreboard as key forwards Liam McBean and Luke Reynolds only needed to boot three goals between them.

As many as 11 Tigers registered a goal, with Matt Allen kicking four to go with his 17 disposals and five marks.

Glenelg recorded 14 more inside 50 entries than the Bloods as it received a host of strong contributions the hosts were unable to overcome.

Bays premiership defender Jonty Scharenberg was composed across half-back with 24 disposals and eight marks, while emerging midfielder Jake Walker racked up a career high 24 possessions, four clearances and four tackles in his sixth League match.

Tigers captain Liam McBean worked his way back into form with 19 disposals and two goals while the return of first-choice ruckman Cam McGree, from a broken collarbone suffered in Round 1, would have pleased coach Darren Reeves.

West was able to restore some respect into the scoreboard by booting the final five goals of the match as Sam Frost did plenty of heavy lifting for the Bloods.

Frost racked up an eye-catching 32 disposals, 11 clearances and 17 tackles as Kobe Ryan worked tirelessly for 27 disposals, four clearances and a goal.

Former Tiger Callum Park returned to the League line-up for the first time this season to collect 30 disposals and six marks for Westies.

Glenelg’s Cam McGree returned from a broken collarbone to ruck against West debutant Wyatt Ryan. Picture: David Mariuz

Sturt surged into the top three after holding North Adelaide at arm’s length to register a 12-point victory at Thomas Farms Oval.

A strong second stanza – in which the Double Blues booted 5.4 to the Roosters’ 2.1 – proved influential in the final result as the visitors continued to come hard in a desperate bid to cause an upset.

North, seeking to stay in touch with the top five, got within five points entering time-on of the fourth quarter as speedster Ewan Mackinlay broke clear to run into an open goal.

It put the hosts on notice but as they did all afternoon, answered when needed most as Luke Giacometti finished on the run under pressure to pus the lead back out to two majors in the 23rd minute.

Despite having eight fewer inside 50s, it would be enough for the Double Blues to bank their seventh win of the 2024 campaign as they recorded 25 scoring shots to 18.

North Melbourne signing Flynn Perez made an encouraging return from a hamstring strain to collect 28 disposals and 12 marks as Blues premiership wingman Steven Slimming had 24 disposals and six marks.

Sturt’s three-headed midfield monster of Tom Lewis (26 disposals), James Battersby (23 disposals) and Will Snelling (22 disposals, 14 tackles) were all influential in the result as Casey Voss tallied 22 possessions.

Crafty Sturt forward James Mathews was his dangerous self with three goals as Sam Conforti booted two.

North’s Campbell Combe did his best to take to the vaunted trio as he racked up 23 disposals, 13 tackles and six clearances but he was ultimately overwhelmed.

Roosters Brad Ashcroft, Mitch Harvey and Mackinlay booted two goals each as their side remained three wins behind fifth-placed Central District on the premiership table.

Norwood honoured its 1984 and 2014 premiership teams in stunning fashion with a comprehensive 83-point win against Port Adelaide kick-starting celebrations at The Parade.

With a bevy of premiership legends present to cheer on the current-day Redlegs, Jade Rawlings’ charges certainly didn’t disappoint as they took advantage of the wounded Magpies after half-time.

”It certainly did,” Rawlings said on Channel 7 when asked if the win against their arch-rival meant a lot.

”We have an obligation as part of the history between Port and Norwood, to fulfill our part of the bargain of awareness – especially for our new players who don’t know the history as much.

”We had Neil Balme (1984 premiership coach) speak to the players yesterday and Matt Panos spoke to them today, referencing 2014 and hopefully you can see a lot of the 84 and 2014 people in the room which shows exactly what it means to the club.”

After conceding two of the first three goals of the game, the hosts clicked into gear to establish a three-goal advantage at quarter-time, which stretched to 45 points by the main change.

With an incredibly lop-sided inside 50m count of 68 to 28, the Redlegs piled on more scoreboard pressure in the second half, booting 8.7 to the visitors’ 2.5.

2022 premiership forward Baynen Lowe was adjudged the Coles Value Player as he continued to relish his expanded role in the midfield to rack up 28 disposals, seven tackles and a goal.

Star Norwood recruit Billy Cootee returned from injury to also rack up 28 possessions while Declan Hamilton tallied 27 disposals in his best performance for the season.

Tasmanian Ben Simpson had arguably his best game since arriving from the Apple Isle to register 23 disposals and six clearances while Jack Oatey Medallist Harry Boyd produced a monster effort with 21 disposals, eight clearances and a goal.

Port’s key defender Kyle Marshall was unable to resume in the second half due to concussion as his team was down to just one fit rotation by the final siren.

Dylan Williams gained some touch with 27 disposals for the Magpies while Francis Evans (0.3) would have topped his 23 disposals off nicely with straight-kicking as Tom Clurey and Will Lorenz tallied 21 disposals each.

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