Round 13 Hostplus SANFL Snapshot – Saturday

Adelaide ruckman Kieran Strachan was the Coles Value Player against Glenelg at Stratarama Stadium. Picture - Cory Sutton

Compiled by Zac Milbank

Glenelg’s Lachie Hosie flies high for a mark. Picture – Cory Sutton

Adelaide brought Glenelg’s 11-game winning streak to a crashing halt with a 20-point victory at Stratarama Stadium.

Dominant with the wind and more effective the Tigers kicking into it, the Crows proved they will be tough to best for the premiership if they can retain their current personnel come September.

The visitors’ midfield mix is incredibly deep and it was the centre-square combination which got things rolling for them en route to racking up a 19-4 inside 50m differential in the opening term.

Michael Godden’s men ended up registering 59 inside 50s to Glenelg’s total of 37, with the bulk of the hosts’ coming in the second and fourth terms as they kicked with the aid of the breeze to the Kernahan End.

Adelaide ruckman Kieran Strachan was the instigator as he kept his foot on the accelerator all afternoon to be a fitting recipient of the Coles Value Player Award.

Strachan not only got the ball moving in the middle with 46 hit outs but was also damaging around the ground as he tallied 16 disposals, five marks and two goals.

Harry Schoenberg (28 disposals, 11 tackles, two goals) and Jackson Hately (25 disposals, eight clearances, one goal) were beneficiaries of Strachan’s dominance as first-year midfielder Billy Dowling showed promise with 24 touches , 11 tackles and a goal.

Elliott Himmelberg was dangerous inside 50m as he booted four goals for the Crows while Lachlan Gollant chimed in with a pair of majors.

Glenelg defender Jonty Scharenberg was his team’s most consistent player across four quarters with 25 disposals, five marks and four clearances while midfielders Corey Lyons (25 disposals, six clearances) and Luke Partington (23 disposals) battled hard.

Tiger forwards Liam McBean and Lachie Hosie kicked four goals each from limited opportunities, the result could have been closer given they booted eight behinds between them.

Adelaide’s Luke Nankervis takes a strong overhead mark. Picture – Cory Sutton

Central’s Luca Whitelum is focused on the ball. Picture – David Mariuz

Central District outlasted West Adelaide by 11 points in a see-sawing battle at Hisense Stadium.

Trailing by three points after Nick Steele put the Bloods in front with his goal in the 20th minute of the fourth term, the Bulldogs had Luca Whitelum and Ethan East boot consecutive majors to steal the premiership points.

Whitelum timed his run on the goal line to perfection as he got his foot to the ball before East received a handball before launching a long bomb from 60m which sealed the result.

Keeping in touch with the top five, the Bulldogs deserved the victory statistically as they held a 51-35 inside 50m advantage while also winning the clearances 41 to 31 and having six more scoring shots.

Returning from suspension, East was a huge influence on the outcome with four goals, including his sealer, coming from 19 disposals, six marks and four clearances.

Harry Grant and Whitelum also chalked up 19 possessions while the polished Jez McLennan had 20 disposals and seven marks.

Nick Lange booted three goals for the Dogs while Aiden Grace and and Marcus Barreau contributed two each.

In another agonising loss for the Bloods, Tom Morrish collected 21 disposals while Mitch Maguire, Michael Mattingly and Callum Park each finished with 17.

Steele booted four goals in his return to the League line-up while emerging key forward Liam Delahunty continued his impressive personal campaign with three goals.

West forwards Liam Delahunty (left) and Jono Beech celebrate a goal. Picture – David Mariuz

Woodville-West Torrens kept its finals chances alive with a spirited 11-point win against Norwood at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.

Desperate to snap a four-game losing streak, the Eagles proved they still have plenty of life left in them after finishing strongly in the second half.

Finding themselves behind by two goals approaching time-on in the third quarter, the hosts had premiership veteran Matt Goldsworthy step up with a pair of goals nearing the final change.

It injected much-needed confidence heading into the fourth quarter as long-kicking left footer Will Pearce gave the Eagles a five-point lead when he nailed a 55m set shot goal in the 17th minute of the final term.

And it was particularly fitting that the best player on the ground, Eagle James Rowe, put through the sealing goal when he baulked beautifully before steadying nicely from 40m.

Rowe collected a team-high 25 disposals, five marks and five tackles to go with his sealing major while captain Joseph Sinor (24 disposals) and Adam D’Aloia (21 disposals) were difference-makers at the stoppages with seven clearances each as their team gained a 38-24 advantage in that category.

Veteran Eagle Jimmy Toumpas returned from injury to finish with 19 disposals while nippy Zac Buck had 16 and a long goal after playing on from a set shot.

Norwood ball magnet Nik Rokahr collected 27 disposals and six clearances but he didn’t receive much support in the middle outside of ruckman Harry Boyd, who tallied 19 disposals, six marks, eight clearances and 24 hit outs.

Developing key forward Liam Robinson booted two goals, as did small forward Baynen Lowe, whose first effort came from him sparking the foray at half-back in the first term.

Port Adelaide’s charge toward the major round continues to gather steam as it easily accounted for North Adelaide by 38 points at Alberton.

Despite only fielding 11 AFL-listed players, the Magpies were superb as they piled on the scoreboard pressure right from the first bounce as the Roosters wasted scoring opportunities.

Slamming on five goals in the first quarter, the hosts’ efficiency was illustrated by them having seven fewer inside 50s for the match as well as seven less clearances and an amazing 55 less handballs than North.

Riley Bonner pushed his case for an instant recall following his AFL demotion as he racked up 32 disposals, 15 marks, five tackles and booted two goals.

His first major was one for the highlight reel on his non-preferred right foot as he curled it in with the wind in front of the Alberton Bowling Club.

Magpies captain Cam Sutcliffe returned from his long-term calf injury to tally 28 disposals and six tackles while Hugh Jackson had a significant impact on the match with 25 disposals, six clearances and three goals.

Orazio Fantasia continues to build his match touch, booting three goals while fellow small forward Francis Evans displayed his consistency with 20 possessions and a goal.

Kicking just three goals in the opening three terms before finishing with a wasteful 6.17 for the match, the Roosters had Magarey Medallist Aaron Young lead the way with 26 disposals, four clearances and three majors.

Roosters captain Alex Spina registered 19 disposals while experienced midfielder Andrew Moore made an encouraging return from a long-term back ailment to finish with 16 disposals, six tackles and a goal.

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