No Luke Partington, no worries. Glenelg covered for the absence of its Magarey Medallist in impressive fashion with a comfortable 36-point win against West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium on Friday night.
With Partington sidelined by a hamstring strain, the Tigers’ bevy of willing midfielders stepped up to fill the void as they led at every change while earning their 17th win in succession.
And it was a former Blood leading the charge for the Bays as Brett Turner turned it on in the second half to finish with 35 disposals, 12 tackles, seven clearances and a goal.
Former West Coast Eagle Matt Allen gained plenty of ground with the majority of his 30 disposals and five clearances while Jack Oatey Medallist Matthew Snook was his industrious self with 27 disposals, eight tackles and seven clearances.
Even veterans Andrew Bradley (26 disposals) and Chris Curran (23 disposals) continued to revel in their freedom on the wings as League leading goal kicker Liam McBean went without a major for the match.
Fellow Tiger forward Lachlan Hosie made an encouraging comeback from a hamstring strain to boot two majors while Darcy Bailey was at his opportunist best with a clever soccer from mid-air in the clip below.
West were seemingly headed for another heavy defeat but the hosts showed plenty of spirit in the final term to kick the last three goals of the game, with skipper Tom Keough contributing three for the contest.
Regular West defender Mitch Duval made the most of his rare move forward to kick just the second and third goals of his career while Harry Lemmey kicked truly from his set shot 45m out, featured in the clip below.
Joel Stevens was an encouraging presence around the ball, edged out by his namesake Kaine Stevens (23 disposals) to finish with 22 disposals while Coolamon Rovers recruit Luke Redfern tallied 20 possessions and five tackles in his first League game.
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