Sturt combination Tom Powell and Morgan Ferres had another massive day to help their side secure a six-point come-from-behind win over South Adelaide in Saturday’s SANFL U18 Torrens University Cup.
SA AFL Academy Hub midfielder Powell once again dominated the contest with 36 disposals and 11 clearances, while tall forward Ferres kicked 5.3 and took 10 marks (six contested) from 17 touches.
Ferres leads the league’s goal kicking tally with 15 majors from his four games, while Powell has gathered the most disposals this year, averaging 34.5 touches.
In Saturday’s Round 4 match at Peter Motley Oval, the Panthers jumped out of the blocks early with three quick goals, leading for the entire match until Ferres landed his fifth goal with the last kick of the day to edge his side in front for the first time and steal the win.
South’s 18-point lead at the five-minute mark of the first quarter was the match-high margin and from that point forward the game was a tough and even tussle.
During the second and third terms, the match went goal-for-goal in an entertaining battle.
Powell was the dominant midfielder with yet another impressive performance, but he had help from Mani Liddy (25 disposals, 10 clearances) and Ned Walter (21 disposals).
Matthew Roberts was named best afield for South Adelaide with 22 disposals, two goals and five tackles.
After a three tight quarters, Norwood ran away with a comfortable 44-point win over Central District at X Convenience Oval on Saturday.
Four players registered 30-plus possession games in a fantastic midfield battle with Bulldog Lewis Cowham finding 35 disposals, 11 marks, eight clearances and seven tackles in a breakout game.
Norwood’s Mitchell Trepka had 34 disposals, which included 20 kicks, 12 marks and four clearances.
Alastair Lord and Cooper Murley each had 31 disposals for the Redlegs.
Scores were level at nine points apiece at quarter time, before Norwood had the better of the second term.
The Bulldogs charged back into the game in the third with three goals.
The margin sat at two points when Kobe Wilson goaled for the Dogs at the seven-minute mark of the third term before Norwood booted eight of the last nine goals to register its third win of the season.
The Redlegs sit third on the ladder after four rounds, one win behind undefeated Glenelg and Sturt while Central is placed seventh with one win.
It was only a nine-point win to Woodville-West Torrens over North Adelaide at Maughan Theim Kia Oval on Saturday but the Eagles led from start to finish.
In the opening 13 minutes, Woodville-West Torrens locked the ball in its forward half, booting three early goals through Zac Buck and Jacob Godden (two), and spraying four behinds, but the 22-point lead proved too much for the Roosters to overcome.
North were held goalless in the opening term but quickly got on the board after the quarter time break when tall forward Ben Manning found himself in a one-on-one marking contest with the much smaller Godden 30m out from goal.
Manning goaled and three minutes later Hugh Jackson kicked the Roosters second goal to get them going.
North managed two more goals during the second term to trim the margin to two points before the Eagles kicked away again with majors to William Neumann and Jack Wheare to resurrect a 16-point half-time lead.
Woodville-West Torrens stretched its lead back to 21 points during the third term before North gave it one more crack at winning the match with three quick goals to William Dowling to begin the final term.
It was game on when Dowling kicked a goal at the eight-minute mark of the final quarter – his fourth for the match – to bring the margin to within four points.
The Eagles steadied with a late goal to Harrison Dawkins, but North refused to go away with two shots on goal in the dying minutes, both missing.
Jase Burgoyne was outstanding for the victorious Woodville-West Torrens with 31 disposals and a goal, while Dawkins had 25 touches and two goals.
Burgoyne, the son of Power premiership midfielder Peter Burgoyne, earned the Round 4 Torrens University Cup MVP nomination for his performance.
Kallis Freer (29 disposals, eight clearances) and Jamison Murphy (28 disposals) did the heavy lifting in North’s midfield.
An inaccurate Glenelg line-up handed West Adelaide a huge defeat on Saturday afternoon at Hisense Stadium.
The Tigers sprayed 24 behinds, but also managed 18 goals in a colossal 109-point win.
Both sides booted three goals in the opening term, but that’s where the goal kicking halted for the Bloods who scored just four behinds after quarter time.
Glenelg on the other hand had 11 goal kickers, including Hugh Stagg who peppered the goal face with eight scoring shots (3.5).
Stagg was outstanding and ended the game with 28 disposals, seven marks and three clearances.
Tigers forward Riley Holder was also amongst the goal scorers with 2.4 from 26 disposals.
He also amassed 12 marks (three contested).
Glenelg dominated all the major statistics, including disposals 420-246, marks 98-71, clearances 29-19 and inside 50s 58-30, even leading the tackle count 52-51.
Eduard Van Den Berg was West Adelaide’s leading disposal winner with 24 disposals, eight marks and two clearances.
SA AFL Academy Hub midfielder Bailey Chamberlain was again a standout for the Bloods with 22 disposals in a difficult day.
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