In a weekend where Adelaide had the week off, and the Power played in Melbourne, it was the SANFL that wet the appetite of footy fans in the state of SA.
Over 18,000 fans turned up in the first round to the four matches played which is the highest in the competition for over two years.
Of particular highlight was the crowd at Coopers Stadium for Norwood against the Port Adelaide Magpies. 7,560 fans turned up for the clash as the Redlegs unveiled their 2012 premiership flag. While the match didn’t live up to the crowd – with the Redlegs big winners – it did provide the perfect start to the SANFL season which has been attracted by off field issues.
There was also a strong crowd in Noarlunga on Good Friday with over four and half thousand people with Sturt and West Adelaide also getting decent crowds.
The football was also good with three high quality games and Norwood flexing their muscles as they look to defend their premiership from last season.
Here is a quick re-cap of those four games.
NORWOOD V PORT ADELAIDE:
Norwood 5.2. (32), 8.6. (54), 12.8. (80), 16.11.(107)
Port Adelaide 0.4. (4), 0.7. (7), 1.9. (15), 4.10. (34)
Norwood: Persinos 4, Dawe 2, Evans 2, Grigg 2, Thomas 2, Donohue, Murphy, Suckling, Wilson
Port: J. Butcher 2, S. Gray, Nyskohus
Norwood started their 2013 season in style by smashing the Magpies at Cooper Stadium. They were ruthless everywhere on the field and gave the Power no chance to attack or make a move. Norwood dominated the clearances 44-33, and the inside 50’s 46-30 to hound Port Adelaide’s defence, time and time again. At the same time they restricted Port in attack as well, not giving the Magpies the chance to respond. The match was all over at half time as Norwood scored freely and Port Adelaide struggled to score.
Norwood’s Matt Thomas – who is on the Port Power list – dominated for the Redlegs with the most disposals, marks and clearances for the Redlegs on the night. He was joined by James Aish who got 20 disposals and Crows listed Mitch Grigg who got 17 disposals and two goals.
In truth, it was a team effort, as all contributed evenly in a display that will make sure Norwood is a contender for the title this season.
As for Port, it was a horrible debut to the coaching ranks for Ken McGregor as his team were outclassed in every area on the field. While McKenzie and Gray played well for 26 and 23 disposals each, the team struggled throughout the match to score. The positive for McGregor is that Norwood are the benchmark and they now know what to do to achieve that.
MY VOTES FOR MAGAREY MEDAL:
3. Matt Thomas (Norwood)
2. Matt Suckling (Norwood)
1. Mitch Grigg (Norwood)
WEST ADELAIDE V CENTRALS:
West Adelaide 4.2. (26), 6.5. (41), 16.7. (103), 16.9. (105)
Centrals 4.1. (25), 7.5. (47), 10.6. (66), 13.12. (90)
West Adelaide: Beech 4, Silverlock 3, Webb 3, Ezard 2, Bricknell, Ferguson, Fielke, Macreadie
Centrals: Habel 3, Hardy 2, Meulendyks 2, Obst 2, Boyd, Hewett, Hill, O’Hara
A ten goal third quarter gave West Adelaide a perfect start to the 2013 season after falling short last season.
In a match that was close for the other three quarters, it would be that 10 goal to 3 quarter that would do the job for West Adelaide.
For the Bloods, it would be their Adelaide listed players that dominated the match with Brad Crouch and Rory Laird outstanding for Westies with 31 and 27 disposals respectively.
They would be aided by Jon Beech, who kicked four goals, and Chris Schmidt who gained six clearances.
Centrals performed well in a new era of the unknown after the retirements of many players last season.
Despite that, it was the usual players in Boyd, Symes, Goodrem and O’Hara that put the Bulldogs in a position to win the match.
Out of the new players, Sam Colquhoun – who is listed to the Power- impressed with 25 disposals and 15 marks while Seb Guilhaus got 43 hitouts in a brilliant debut in the ruck.
What was clear about this match was that both teams will be there, or there about, for the finals this season.
MY VOTES FOR THE MAGAREY MEDAL:
3. Brad Crouch (West)
2. Rory Laird (West)
1. James Boyd (Central)
SOUTH ADELAIDE V GLENELG:
South Adelaide 3.4. (22), 7.5. (47), 10.7 (65), 14.6. (90)
Glenelg 2.3. (15), 8.6. (54), 14.10. (94), 17.17. (119)
South Adelaide: Wundtke 5, Snook 3, Liddle 2, Rolfe 2, Cross, Eddy
Glenelg: Kirkby 4, Hooper 3, Trembath 3, Hitchcock 2, Allen, Hender, Logan, Lynch, Pitt
Glenelg exacted revenge on South Adelaide knocking them out of the finals race last year by beating the Panthers on Good Friday in Noarlunga.
Led by Adelaide listed Tom Lynch and Jarryd Lyons, the Bays kicked 12 goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to run away with the victory by a comfortable margin in the end.
Lynch in particular was outstanding with 30 disposals, 11 marks, 11 clearances and a goal for Glenelg in a best on ground display.
Despite smashing the Bays in the ruck department, South Adelaide struggled after half time with the Bays racking up 18 more inside 50’s throughout the match.
One highlight for the Panthers was Michael Wundke, who kicked 5 goals for South Adelaide, and was a constant threat to their forward line in the match.
Another highlight was the crowd they got for Good Friday football at Noarlunga. Just over 4000 people turned up for the match, in a positive sign that football on the religious day can work, if it is done in the right way.
MY VOTES FOR THE MAGAREY MEDAL:
3. Tom Lynch (Glenelg)
2. Tom Logan (Glenelg)
1. Jarryd Lyon (Glenelg)
STURT V WOODVILLE WEST TORRENS:
Sturt 4.4. (28), 11.4. (70), 13.5 (83), 15.6. (96)
Woodville West Torrens 2.4. (16), 5.8. (38), 11.11. (77), 18.14. (122)
Sturt: Vitkunas 4, Coad 2, Duldig 2, Krause 2, Greenslade, Hunter, Hurley, Kane, Riley
Woodville West Torrens: Ainger 4, Carey 2, Ellis-Yolmen 2, Goldsworthy 2, Hall 2, Poole 2, Staple 2, Grocke, Rowntree
Whatever was said at half time to the Eagles, that needs to be bottled up, and saved for whenever they run into trouble again.
They were dominant after half time, after being disappointing in the first half.
In the first half, it was all the Double Blues with youngster Vitkunas, and midfielders in Riley, Kerridge and Krause controlling the game against the Eagles.
At half time, they had a 32 point lead and looked good to record a big win after a turbulent off season.
However, the Eagles had other ideas, and outscored the Double Blues by 13 goals to 4 to run out 26 point winners.
For the Eagles, Angus Rowntree and Andrew Ainger starred for the Woodville West Torrens with ruckman Craig Parry also playing a big role with 41 hit-outs in the match.
Crows players Aiden Reilly and Sam Kerridge played well for the Double Blues with Ziggy Vitkunas set to become a cult hero at the club, after kicking four goals in just his second game at the club.
The ultimate problem for Sturt in the end was they just ran out of legs and experience, and that will come as their juniors get more experience and games in their belt.
MY VOTES FOR MAGAREY MEDAL:
3. Angus Rowntree (Eagles)
2. Aiden Reilly (Sturt)
1. Andrew Ainger (Eagles)
1. Norwood 2 (75.89)
2. Glenelg 2 (56.94)
3. Woodville West Torrens 2 (55.96)
4. West Adelaide 2 (53.85)
5. North 0 (0 )
6. Centrals 0 (46.15)
7. Sturt 0 (44.04)
8. South Adelaide 0 (43.06)
9. Port Adelaide 0 (24.11)
HOW THE CROWS AND POWER PLAYERS WENT:
CROWS BY PLAYER NUMBER:
(49) Tim McIntyre (Stu) 11 disposals, 3 tackles
(48) Dylan Orval (Cen) DNP
(46) Rory Laird (Wst) 27 disposals, 7 marks, 2 clearances
(44) Ben Dowdell (Sou) 1 goal in Reserves for South Adelaide
(43) Aiden Reilly (Stu) 23 disposals, 10 clearances, 3 tackles and a Goal
(42) Nick Joyce (WWT) 1 goal in Reserves for the Eagles
(41) Kyle Hartigan (Sou) 4 disposals, 1 tackle and 1 clearance
(39) Tim Klaosen (Gle) 1 goal in Reserves for Glenelg
(38) Mitchell Grigg (Nor) 17 disposals, 5 marks, 4 clearances and 2 goals
(35) Shaun McKernan (Sou) 10 disposals, 4 marks, 24 hitouts
(34) Sam Shaw (Gle) 9 disposals, 1 tackle
(31) Jarryd Lyons (Gle) 27 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 6 clearances
(30) Jack Osborn (Cen) Among the best players for Centrals in their reserves.
(29) Sam Kerridge (Stu) 20 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 6 clearances
(28) Cameron Ellis-Yolmen (Eag) 8 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances and 2 goals
(27) Tom Lynch (Gle) 30 disposals, 11 marks, 4 tackles, 11 clearances, 1 goal
(21) Rory Atkins (Stu) 8 disposals, 1 tackle, 1 clearance
(20) Sam Siggins (North) DNP
(15) Angus Graham (Stu) 35 hitouts, 6 disposals, 4 tackles, 2 clearances
(8 ) Lewis Johnston (North) DNP
(6 ) Luke Thompson (Eag) 7 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle
(2) Brad Crouch (West) 31 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 4 clearances
(1) Richard Tambling (Stu) 16 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles
Of those who played this week, Brad Crouch, Tom Lynch, Aiden Reilly and Angus Graham will be pressing for selection this week with their displays.
Mitch Grigg, Rory Laird, Jarryd Lyon and Sam Kerridge all impressed as well and will certainly be in contention as the season goes along if they continue their form from this week.
Tambling and McKernan were disappointing for their respective teams and will probably face another week in the local competition.
POWER BY PLAYER NUMBER:
(46) Justin Hoskin (Port) 23 disposals, 5 marks, 1 clearance
(45) Danny Butcher (Port) 12 disposals, 1 mark
(44) Tom Logan (Gle) 27 disposals, 13 marks, 1 clearance, 1 goal
(43) Daniel Stewart (North) DNP
(41) Brendon Ah Chee (Port) Injured
(40) Aaron Young (North) DNP
(38) Ben Newton (Port) 10 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 3 clearances
(36) Jack Hombsch (Stur) 12 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles
(33) Brett Ebert (Port) DNP as he was recovering from injury
(31) Darren Pfeiffer (Nor) 19 disposals, 4 marks, 5 clearances
(30) Sam Colquhoun (Cent) 25 disposals, 15 marks, 3 tackles, 1 clearance
(25) Dom Cassisi (West) 18 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 3 clearances
(24) Nathan Blee (North) DNP
(22) Mason Shaw (South) Kicked four goals for South’s reserves
(21) Matt Thomas (Nor) 30 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 6 clearances, 2 goals
(17) Tom Clurey (Gle) Played in reserves for Glenelg
(11) John Butcher (Port) 6 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle, 2 goals
(9) Robbie Gray (West) 12 disposals, 1 mark, 1 tackle and 5 clearances
(4) Brent Renouf (Nor) 5 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle, 27 hitouts and 1 clearance
(2) Cameron Hitchcock (Gle) 10 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 3 clearances, 2 goals
Matt Thomas, Darren Pfeiffer, Brent Renouf, Dom Cassisi, Tom Logan and Sam Colquhoun all impressed for their respective clubs and all will be considered for selection to the Power this week.
It won’t surprise me if none of them are selected after Port’s convincing win over Melbourne in the AFL.
If Sam Colquhoun continues his form – at his young age – then he will certainly play a game for Port in the AFL this year.
Robbie Gray looks another week away and with Port winning, they can afford to wait by giving Gray all the time he needs to bounce back.
John Butcher also looks another week away after his injury concerns. I wouldn’t worry too much about his performance against Norwood, as many didn’t play well in that match.
MY BEST 23:
Using the new resources of the dream team points for season 2013, the stats from Champion Data and my viewing and listening of all games, here is my BEST 23 for Round 1 of the SANFL.
If a player has been nominated more than once, they will have their number of times nominated in brackets.
Here it is:
(1) ANDREW AINGER (EA) (1) MICHAEL WUNDKE (SO) (1) ZIGGY VITKUNAS(ST)
(4 gls, 13 disp, 78 DT) (5 gls, 11 dis, 86 DT) (4 gls, 14 disp, 82 DT)
(1) JON BEECH (WEST) (1) TOM LYNCH (GLE) (1) LEVI KRAUSE (ST)
(20 dis, 4 goals, 103 DT) (30 dis, 11 clear, 141 DT) (21 dis, 7 tack, 2 gls, 102 DT)
(1) BRAD CROUCH (WEST) (1) SAM COLQUHOUN (CEN) (1) JARRYD LYONS (GL)
(31 dis, 7 marks, 101 DT) (25 dis, 15 marks, 128 DT) (27 dis, 6 clear, 104 DT)
(1) MATT THOMAS (NOR) (1) CHRIS SCHMIDT (WEST) (1) TIM SUMNER (EAG)
(30 dis, 2 goals, 125 DT) (23 dis, 6 clear, 93 DT) (21 dis, 6 clear, 90 DT)
(1) TOM LOGAN (GLE) (1) PHIL RAYMOND (EAG) (1) CRAIG PITT (GLE)
(27 dis, 13 marks, 116 DT) (17 dis, 6 marks, 88 DT) (27 dis, 8 marks 111 DT)
(1) SEB GUILHAUS (CEN) (1) ANGUS ROWNTREE (EAG) (1) BEN MACREADIE (WEST)
(43 hitouts, 8 dis, 70 DT) (26 dis, 10 clea, 102 DT) (25 dis, 7 mar, 102 DT)
(1) TRENT GOODREM (CEN), (1) NICK MURPHY (SOU), (1) PAUL PERSINOS(NO)
(24 dis, 8 mar, 100 DT) (22 dis, 5 clea, 6 tac, 100 DT) (8 dis, 4 goals, 60 DT)
(1) AIDEN REILLY (STU) (1) MATT GOLDSWORTHY (EAG)
(23 disp, 10 clear, 72 DT) (21 disp, 7 mar, 90 DT)
PLAYERS UNLUCKY TO NOT BE IN:
SAM KERRIDGE (STU), SAM GRAY (POR), RORY LAIRD (WEST), BRAYDEN O’HARA (CEN), MITCH GRIGG (NOR)
Glenelg (4), Eagles (5), West (4), Norwood (2), Centrals (3), Sturt (3), Souths (2), Port (0 ), North (0 )
That’s it for this week.
Here are the games for next week.
Sturt V Port Adelaide – Coopers Stadium – Friday Night
Woodville West Torrens V West Adelaide – Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval – Saturday Afternoon
Glenelg V Norwood – Gliderol Stadium – Saturday Night
Centrals V North Adelaide – Playford Stadium – Saturday Night