• Jayden J Bartlett

SANFLW Round Two Recap

Round Two saw more blow outs than close games, with the top three sides all managing comfortable victories while the Eagles full agonisingly short once again.

Westies continue their plan to end their finals drought while Central’s came crashing back to Earth, all this and more is discussed in this week’s SANFLW Round Recap.

And stay tuned for our SANFLW Team of the Week for round two.

Scroll down to see the break down of each game from round two.


West Adelaide v Glenelg

6.12 (48) to 1.2 (8) @ Hisense Stadium

Round two started with a game that Glenelg would most likely rather to forget. With the Tigers not managing a goal until the tenth minute mark of the second quarter with the Bloods holding the visitors scoreless for three quarters (the first, third and fourth).

Unlike the previous round, which saw Glenelg’s inaccuracy as their major downfall, the reason behind this game’s performance is less obvious as most of the stats are rather similar, with the exception of the clearances and the inside 50s that the Bloods won 30 to 15 and 21 to 12 respectively.

As for West Adelaide, well it is the start they would have dreamt of as they look to finally make finals, with the side sitting second on the ladder. As we will go on to cover further, the only downside of their game is their ability to finish in front of goal. With some polish, the Bloods could potentially end their finals drought.

The Stand Outs:

Melanie Elsegood (WA) was easily the most dangerous forward on the ground, with Rachelle Martin, Zoe Greer and Abbie Ballard all stand out performers for West Adelaide.

As for Glenelg, Chelsea Packer was their best performer, while Grace Duffy played her best game thus far in the yellow and black.

What We Learnt About The Bloods:

While they have won their first two matches, inaccuracy is still a big problem for the side. As the Bloods have not hit above 50% scoring accuracy during their first two rounds, with round one being at 45% and round two at 33%. However, they have certainly not been short on making chances, with the side dominating both the clearances and inside 50s during the first matches.

In saying that, when they come up against the strongest midfields in the competition, they will have to make the most of the chances they get, and they will find it hard with the scoring accuracy that they have managed thus far.

What We Learnt About The Tigers:

Having lost their first two matches by a combined total of 64 points, this certainly wasn’t the start that we predicted the Tigers to have. But keep in mind, the side did suffer a four-game losing streak midway through last season, before storming back into the finals. And they have had a lot of new debutants this season, but if they want to make finals they will have to turn it around quickly.

South Adelaide v Sturt

5.13 (43) to 1.3 (9) @ Flinders University Stadium

The Panthers continued their Premiership defence with a comfortable win over Sturt but 34 points, which just like West Adelaide, could have been much more if they had kicked straighter.

After quarter time, South Adelaide dominated all over the ground, as they held Sturt scoreless for the remaining 51 minutes of the match. Finishing the match with 18 scoring shots to just four.

The Panthers won the clearances and the inside 50s, with 26 to 16 and 32 to 10 respectively.

Likewise, the Panthers link up plays were on show, as the side collected 50 more handballs than the visitors.

Sturt on the other hand, did collect 16 more rebound 50s and 14 more marks, although the Panthers won the contested marks seven to one.

Stand Outs:

Some of the Panthers stand outs came in the form of two newcomers to the club, with Tahlia Meyer and Courtney Barry both getting busy, while Jess Kirk was easily the most dangerous forward. Meanwhile, Teah Charlton was also playing at her best, as per usual.

As for Sturt, both Georgia Bevan and Maya Rigter led from the front once again, while young gun defender Hannah Prenzler led the way with a game high six marks.

What We Learnt About The Panthers:

South’s inaccuracy continues to be the main problem with the side, however this weakness can sometimes be a strength, as the side usually shares their goals around instead of having one main key forward. Which in turn makes it difficult for the opposition to shut them down.

While they dominated the clearances and inside 50s, they still need to reflect it on the scoreboard, as when it comes time to play the stronger teams, they will have to make sure they make the most of their chances.

What We Learnt About The Double Blues:

They still have a long way to go before they are a finals contender, but they did show promising signs during the opening quarter. As it stands, their biggest strength is by far the amount of young talent they have, but it is also this inexperience that can leave them vulnerable at times.

As time goes on, and these players develop, Sturt will become much more competitive, but until that day comes, they will have to just focus on developing and working with what they have.

Woodville-West Torrens v Norwood

4.5 (29) to 4.6 (30) @ Hisense Stadium

Losing close games always hurt and losing two close games in a row especially hurts. But when the team hasn’t won a game in their history, it especially stings.

It looked as if the day had finally come for the Eagles, as the side sat leading with a 19-point lead at halftime. However, the Eagles would manage just two more points for the remainder of the game, while Norwood would boot three goals.

The last of which came with just fifty seconds remaining, which all but sealed the Eagles fate, as they fell once again, this time by just a single point.

Overall the stats between the two side were considerably even, just as was the final result was. The only difference was that Norwood dominated the marks with 36 to 19 while the Eagles dominated the tackles, 88 to 47.

As with any close loss, it is easy to point fingers, especially to any mistakes that were made in the final quarter. However, in games this close, anything from a turnover to a missed goal to a free kick can cost your side, as can something as simple as the bounce of the ball.

But in all honestly, you win as a team and you lose as a team, and the fact that they handed away a 19-point lead is just simply unacceptable.

Stand Outs:

Jaimi Tabb and Chloe Forby were some stand outs for the Eagles, while up forward, Kiana Lee was easily the most dangerous player in the Eagles arsenal.

As for Norwood, their new recruit Mattea Breed was their most dangerous around the ground, while familiar names in Sophie Armistead, Jo Hill and Matilda Zander were also impressive.

What We Learnt About The Eagles:

While their losing streak now sits at 12 games, this year they have already shown that they are not as bad as 2019, but still need to work on sealing and maintaining their lead. Their first victory will almost certainly come this season, as the Eagles now look towards Sturt.

What We Learnt About The Red Legs:

It was certainly the win that they needed, as another close loss would have seen Norwood sit 0-2, with plenty of work to be done in order to catch the league’s top four. In saying that, Norwood cannot afford to slip again, as they currently sit equal fourth with the Eagles and the Bulldogs, meaning that another loss can see them easily slip back out of finals contention.

Central District v North Adelaide

1.1 (7) to 9.7 (61) @ X Convenience Oval

It was one massive fall from grace for the Bulldogs as just a week after their historic huge scalp, they fell to the biggest losing margin thus far this season.

As with the Panthers versus Double Blues and the Bloods versus Tigers matches, the Roosters were in control for the entire match.

With Central’s first and only goal coming in the second quarter, and they were held scoreless for two quarters (the first and the final).

The visitors had 80 more disposals than the Bulldogs, but the only just managed to win the clearances at 19 to 16. However, as with the other two big wins, it was the inside 50s that were the major difference, as North collected 36 inside 50s to Central’s 22.

Stand Outs:

Madison Lane led the way for the Bulldogs with an equal game high seven tackles and Shelby Smith collected a team high four marks. But other than that, most the team was evenly spread, with six players having their disposal count in the double digits.

As for the Roosters, Ashleigh Woodland was easily the most dangerous forward on the ground with four goals, while Lauren Daniel led the way with a game high 23 disposals. Cristie Castle and Lauren Gauci were also impressive for the red and white.

What we Learnt about the Bulldogs:

While the Bulldogs have certainly improved, they have not become a league leader as of yet. As with Sturt they still have some great young talent coming through and even this season they could potentially make finals. But in order to do damage they will have to work things out.

What We Learnt About The Roosters:

The Roosters have certainly made a statement in the first two rounds, and they are the favourites for the flag thus far, along with both West Adelaide and South Adelaide. There scoring capacity is certainly their biggest strength, as they dominated this game, despite Kelly Barltrop not kicking a single goal.


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