Round 4 Hostplus SANFL Snapshot – Super Sunday

North Adelaide's Frank Szekely looks to evade Eagles forward Patrick Weckert. Picture - David Mariuz

Compiled by Zac Milbank

Eagles star James Rowe collected 24 disposals and seven clearances. Picture – David Mariuz

North Adelaide answered every challenge Woodville-West Torrens could throw at it in earning a hard-fought 16-point win at Prospect Oval.

Managing just one goal in the first quarter, the Roosters came to life in the second term as Harrison Wigg and Jack McCann goaled in succession to wrestle back any momentum the Eagles had built with the aid of the breeze.

Four-goal hero Keenan Ramsey quickly regained the lead for the hosts with his first major entering time-on of the second term.

Despite receiving treatment on the bench to his thigh, Ramsey emerged as a key figure in the contest when he pushed North’s lead out to 22 points in the 19th minute of the third quarter.

The Eagles came again to start the fourth term with two goals in a row, the second a clever dribbler along the goalline from cult hero Zac Buck.

Suddenly the deficit for the visitors was cut to 10 points but that man Ramsey stood tall again, booting his fourth to put enough distance between his side and the Eagles.

Bob Quinn Medallist Noah Casalini then put the result beyond doubt when he skipped out the back to run into an open goal for a 23-point lead 16 minutes into the last term.

Ramsey collected 17 disposals and nine marks to go with his four goals, making the most of his opportunities considering North had six fewer inside 50s than the Eagles.

Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe thrived on the wet conditions to tally 27 disposals, 13 tackles and 13 clearances while Sam Mayes made a welcome return to Prospect after overcoming a broken hand, registering 22 disposals and a long-range goal.

In his second outing for the season, Eagle Riley Knight was highest-disposal winner on the ground with 30 while James Rowe and Joseph Sinor had 24 touches each for the visitors, who failed to convert on the scoreboard.

North premiership forward Keenan Ramsey broke the contest open with four goals. Picture – David Mariuz

Port’s Lachie Jones flies high for a mark. Picture – Peter Argent

Port Adelaide blew West Adelaide away in a rampant first half to win the second Russell Ebert Tribute Match by 17 points at Loxton Oval.

Desperate to notch their first win of the campaign, the Magpies certainly played as such in the opening two quarters as they kept the Bloods to just 1.4 by half-time.

Tyson Goldsack’s charges built up a commanding 46-point lead at the main change as Magpies Scott Lycett and Jake Pasini fell to match-ending injury concerns.

As a result, Port was forced to battle hard with two less rotations in the second half as the Bloods burst back into the contest by booting 5.4 to 1.3 in the third quarter.

West slowly got within 16 points when Kobe Ryan followed up his fine goal on the run with a lovely goal assist to Josh Gore, who converted in the goal square in the 14th minute of the fourth quarter.

But a timely snap goal from Port’s Jackson Mead steadied things for his side five minutes later, ensuring acting Magpies captain Tom Clurey would claim the trophy named in Ebert’s honour.

Second-year Port midfielder Hugh Jackson continues to develop nicely, collecting 22 disposals, five clearances and a goal while Trent Dumont finished with 20 disposals and eight tackles.

Swingman Lachie Jones had 18 possessions for Port while Clurey collected 17 as Port’s West Adelaide draftee Tom Scully booted four goals against his old club.

Gore and Liam Delahunty kicked four majors each for the Bloods, who had Kobe Ryan work hard until the final siren with 24 disposals, five clearances and a goal.

Bloods distributor Callum Park notched a game-high 33 touches while Tom Morrish continued his hot start to the year with 28 possessions, seven marks and five tackles.

West defender Josh Ryan crashes through the pack. Picture – Peter Argent

Glenelg muscled its way to a rock-solid 30-point win against a win-less Norwood at Stratarama Stadium. 

Unable to shrug the desperate Redlegs for the majority of the contest, it wasn’t until the Bays kicked the opening three goals of the final term that they seemed headed for victory.

But even then, Norwood kicked the next two goals – through cool set shots from Cam Taheny and Liam Robinson – to get within 17 points midway through the fourth quarter.

As it did for most of the gloomy afternoon, Glenelg answered back through a curling set shot to versatile Riley Holder before Swans recruit James Bell started the celebration after bursting through two would-be tacklers to snap the sealer in the 24th minute.

Despite having 75 more disposals and 26 more marks, the Tigers’ work rate in the slippery conditions was illustrated by them having four more tackles than the Legs.

It helped engineer a 57-45 inside 50m advantage for the hosts, who have now won three matches in succession after losing the season-opener to Sturt.

Former Brisbane Lion Corey Lyons thrived in the wet conditions to be a significant presence throughout, collecting 27 disposals, 12 clearances and nine tackles to go with two goals for the Bays.

Tenacious Matthew Snook had 24 disposals and five clearances while Luke Partington and Billy Stretch lent valuable support with 20 touches each.

Glenelg captain Max Proud was again tremendous with 21 disposals and six marks while Bell continues to feel more comfortable with each outing in the SANFL, this time tallying 15 disposals, two goals and a classy goal assist.

Norwood, still sitting at the foot of the ladder with an 0-4 win-loss record, was one rotation short for the second half after Jack Saunders left the field after a heavy collision with Tiger Brady Searle midway through the second term.

Star midfielder Nik Rokahr flew the flag for the visitors with 28 disposals and seven clearances but he didn’t get enough genuine support from his teammates as 10 Redlegs had less than 10 possessions for the match.

Adelaide piled on the pain for South Adelaide with an eight-goal final term earning it a mammoth 84-point victory at Adelaide Oval.

A strong second term had already catapulted the Crows to a commanding 38-point advantage as it held the Panthers to just three behinds.

Inaccurate kicking from Michael Godden’s men gave the hosts a glimmer of hope entering three-quarter time but it proved to be a tease before the final term flurry gained plenty of percentage for the Crows.

Adelaide dominated every stat category after the opening change, finishing with 63 inside 50s to 38, 243 kicks to 172 and 123 marks to 60.

And the Crows’ extremely deep midfield rotation dined out throughout the encounter as Jackson Hately dominated with 31 disposals, nine marks, five clearances and three goals.

Tyler Brown and Billy Dowling each racked up 28 possessions while Sam Berry and Patrick Parnell had 27 a piece in the romp.

Hard-working Crows half-forward Ned McHenry kicked three goals to go with his 22 touches and nine marks while ruckman Kieran Strachan continued his consistent form with 18 disposals, four clearances, 33 hit outs and a goal.

Classy Crows goalsneak Tariek Newchurch booted a game-high four goals to go with 16 possessions while Lachlan Gollant and Jack Madgen kicked two goals each.

South defender Joseph Haines fought hard against the tide for 29 possessions while Panthers’ midfielders Mitch O’Neill and Ely Smith collected 25 disposals each.

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