Match Wraps

Round 5 SANFL Snapshot – Saturday

North's Campbell Combe handballs out of traffic. Picture - Cory Sutton

Compiled by Zac Milbank

North Adelaide wore down West Adelaide to coast toward a 70-point win under lights at Hisense Stadium.

Struggling to get reward for effort in the early stages of the match, the Roosters found themselves trailing by seven points at the first break.

But this soon changed as North banged on the next seven goals in succession whilst also holding the Bloods’ scoreless during the second quarter.

It enabled Jacob Surjan’s charges to open up a commanding 39-point advantage by three-quarter time, before cashing in throughout the final half-an-hour.

Exciting North recruit Jacob Bauer kicked his three goals in the fourth quarter as his side made the most of a significant inside 50m differential of 65 to 30.

Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe extended his outstanding form to chalk up 30 disposals, 12 clearances, nine tackles and a goal while Willaston signing Harrison Elbrow had 23 touches and two goals.

Experienced Mitch Harvey worked hard in the ruck to finish with 22 disposals and nine clearances while fellow Rooster Will Combe was polished with his 18 possessions and two goals.

West skipper Tom Keough showed his desperation to break his team’s losing streak by racking up 28 disposals and 11 marks while Josh Carmichael could have had a great impact on the game had he kicked straight in front of goal, his 1.4 going with 21 disposals and eight marks.

Former Hawthorn defender Kaiden Brand battled hard against the tide to collect 19 disposals, 12 marks and his first SANFL League goal since returning to the Bloods at the start of this season.

West captain Tom Keough handballs. Picture – Cory Sutton

North’s Harrison Elbrow (left) celebrates a goal with Dyson Hilder. Picture – Cory Sutton

Eagles debutant Will Pearce celebrates his first League goal. Picture – Hannah Howard

Ten minutes was all it took for Woodville-West Torrens to engineer a comfortable 50-point win against Central District at X Convenience Oval.

Without reliable midfielder Joseph Sinor, who was a late withdrawal with illness, the Eagles had opened up a 13-point lead at the first change when AAMI Rookie Will Pearce kicked his first League goal.

Exciting Eagles goalsneak Zane Williams, named in the West End State squad, then nailed a lovely goal on the run from a challenging angle to spark the visitors dominant run.

Jade Sheedy’s charges then kicked four in succession, with Williams’ second suddenly opening up a match-winning 45 point advantage just 12 minutes into the second term.

From there, the reigning premier was able to coast over the line, rebounding nicely after Monday’s heart-breaking one-point loss to Glenelg in the Anzac Day blockbuster.

Former Crow Riley Knight collected 31 disposals from eight clearances to be the most prolific midfielder on the ground for the Eagles while Kai Pudney (27 disposals) and Dane McFarlane (24 disposals) thrived on the open spaces at Elizabeth.

Eagles ruck Connor Ballenden made the most of the absence of Central’s Billy McCormack, who left the field in the first term with a suspected medial ligament injury to his knee.

Ballenden finished with 18 disposals, four marks, four clearances, 26 hit outs and two goals in an impressive all round display while Pearce capped off his encouraging first League game with 14 disposals and eight marks to go with his opening term goal.

Central’s Kyle Presbury continued his consistent start to the season with 32 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles while Ethan East and Travis Schiller registered 24 disposals each, the former also booting a goal in the second term to break the Eagles’ devastating momentum swing.

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