Round 19 SANFL Snapshot – Super Saturday

West Adelaide's Logan Hill is chaired off by teammates Tom Keough (right) and Jono Beech. Picture - Cory Sutton

Compiled by Zac Milbank

West Adelaide saluted retiring premiership hero Logan Hill in the sweetest way possible with a pulsating one-point win against Norwood at Hisense Stadium.

The Bloods’ boilover against the finals-bound Redlegs was a fitting send off for Hill, who was also playing his 200th Hostplus League match.

Unheralded West recruit Nick Steele kicked the winning goal for his side for second time in three weeks after kicking the sealer against his old side South Adelaide in Round 17.

After converting on the run against the Panthers, this time Steele nailed a 55m set shot which brought the loyal red-and-black faithful to its feet approaching the 25th minute of the fourth term.

It gave the hosts something to celebrate as they chalked up their third win of the season after keeping the visitors to just three behinds in the final term.

West veteran Hamish Hartlett continued his strong finish to the season with 23 disposals, 13 tackles and five clearances while Joel Stevens (24 disposals) and Patrick Fairlie (21 disposals) also found plenty of the ball.

Hill, 34, tallied 12 disposals and six tackles in a trademark polished performance in defence for the Bloods.

Norwood, without star midfielder Nik Rokahr (foot) who was a late withdrawal, was led by midfielders Jay Rantall (29 disposals) and Jacob Kennerley (27 disposals) as well as influential ruck Harry Boyd (25 disposals, 11 clearances and six tackles).

Norwood’s Jay Rantall breaks through a tackle. Picture – Cory Sutton

West captain Tom Keough celebrates after his team defeated Norwood by one-point. Picture – Cory Sutton

Port’s Trent McKenzie breaks free. Picture – David Mariuz

Port Adelaide ensured Adelaide would fall short of winning its first Hostplus SANFL League minor premiership by registering a three-point win at Adelaide Oval.

Applying plenty of scoreboard pressure early in the contest by kicking their first six goals without a blemish, the Magpies trailed by nine points when Crow Elliott Himmelberg kicked his third inside the opening minute of the final term.

But Port’s Dylan Williams, edging close to goal in his new role at half-back, put his side in front five minutes later with a long bomb on the run from 50m.

His captain Cam Sutcliffe followed up with another to stretch the margin to nine in the 12th minute as the Pies firmed towards an upset.

Experienced Crows development player Isaya McKenzie finished nicely on the run to trim the deficit to three points six minutes later but Port’s steely resolve proved too much for Adelaide to overcome.

Williams’ goal capped a fine personal match after collecting 26 disposals and eight marks while teammates Jackson Mead (26 disposals) and Trent Dumont (27 disposals) also made their presence felt.

Mid-season draftee Brynn Teakle kicked four goals for the Magpies while Dante Visentini and Sutcliffe kicked two each.

Adelaide’s Matt Crouch racked up a game-high 41 disposals, eight clearances and seven tackles in potentially his last game for the club.

Key Crows defender Billy Frampton impressed with 32 disposals and 14 marks while Lachlan Sholl (30 disposals) and Jackson Hately (26 disposals) battled hard.

Adelaide’s Chris Hall runs through the banner for his 200th SANFL League game. Picture – David Mariuz

Sturt ensured it will take meaningful form into the Elimination Final after toppling minor premier North Adelaide by 22 points at Wigan Oval.

Needing to win to make certain of a berth in the major round, the Double Blues did so with a tradesmenlike performance after quarter-time.

As coach Marty Mattner opted to squeeze the experienced Abe Davis out of the line-up, the hosts built their victory on the back of a momentum-turning second term in which they booted 4.2 to the Roosters’ 1.2.

From there, Sturt’s tight defence kept the usually potent North to a total of just 8.7 (55) as it limped to its first minor premiership since 1989 thanks to Port upsetting Adelaide in the SANFL Showdown.

Fittingly covered in mud, Sturt skipper James Battersby rolled up his sleeves to chalk up 26 disposals, 11 marks, five clearances and 11 tackles as fellow midfield bull Tom Lewis tallied 23 disposals, nine clearances and 12 tackles.

Hard-running pair Steven Slimming and Casey Voss (19 disposals) contributed strongly while Lachlan Burrows (three goals), Tom Emmett (two goals) and Josh Hone (two goals) shared the scoring around.

North midfielders Campbell Combe (24 disposals, nine clearances) and Aaron Young (22 disposals) worked hard while captain Alex Spina had 19 possessions and a goal in his 150th League game.

Mature-age North recruit Tyson Brazel continued his late-season run of form with four goals from 10 disposals and five marks.

South Adelaide finished its season off on a high with an inaccurate 21-point win against Wooodville-West Torrens at Flinders University Stadium.

Booting a wasteful 9.18 (72), the Panthers leapfrogged the Eagles on the ladder to finish in sixth spot after leading at every change.

South speedster Hayden Sampson was a fitting winner of the Coles Value Player award after amassing 34 disposals, six clearances and seven marks.

Sampson (0.3) and and fellow midfielder Mitch O’Neill (1.5) could have been even more damaging had they converted in front of goal.

O’Neill registered 27 disposals, six clearances and seven tackles while Reece Milsom had 21 touches in his 50th match.

Running defender Joseph Haines collected 22 disposals and booted a long range bomb from outside 50m while Matthew Broadbent, who took a candidate for Mark of the Day, made a successful return to the side after becoming a dad to twins in the last week.

Without star midfielder Riley Knight (11 disposals in first term) after the opening change due to a hamstring strain, the Eagles were unable to extend the career of retiring premiership ruckman Jarrad Redden.

Eagles Joseph Sinor (23 disposals) and Jimmy Toumpas (22 disposals) rolled up their sleeves while youngster Nathan Studham showed promise with 21 disposals.

Debutant Patrick Weckert, 17, kicked a nice set shot goal while Daniel Menzel celebrated his first Ken Farmer Medal with three goals.

Glenelg didn’t hit the front until 30 minutes into the final term as it broke the heart of Central District with a two-point win at ACH Group Stadium.

Desperate to work itself into form leading into the Elimination Final, the Tigers never truly got going but still managed to claim the premiership points when the mercurial Lachie Hosie snapped more than 10 minutes into time-on.

The ever-dangerous Hosie kicked three of his four goals in the final quarter while Luke Reynolds also kicked four as the Bays honoured captain Max Proud in his 150th League game.

Kicking just six goals for the opening three terms, the hosts booted six in the final term as tireless Matthew Snook worked hard for his 27 disposals, seven clearances and eight tackles in absence of Luke Partington (foot).

Triple Ken Farmer Medallist Liam McBean was outstanding in the ruck for the Bays, collecting 22 disposals, seven clearances, nine inside 50s and 24 hit outs.

Proud was his calm self in his milestone match, finishing with 20 disposals and five marks while Cole Gerloff lifted his output on last week with 20 disposals, six marks and nine tackles.

Central, without injured skipper Jarrod Schiller (knee), had experienced trio Justin Hoskin and Travis Schiller (25 disposals) and Kyle Presbury (22 disposals) lead the way in their final game of the season.

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