By Zac Milbank
Glenelg grinded out its first win since Round 7 when it held off a fast-finishing South Adelaide by just three points at Gliderol Stadium.
Only one goal was kicked to the northern Kernahan End for the match and it was this major to Glenelg’s Josh Scott which proved decisive.
Scott, who took a strong overhead mark after winning front position, kicked a high 40m set shot from a slight angle to give the Bays a 27-point lead 14 minutes into the fourth quarter.
It came just two minutes after South co-captain Joel Cross – celebrating his 150th Macca’s League game – kicked a nice checkside goal in traffic to give his side a pulse.
But the margin after Scott’s second goal proved to be enough as South’s Nick Liddle kicked truly before American ruckman Alex Aurrichio brought the visitors within nine points with a pair of goals from strong marks.
Exciting South forward Nathan Kreuger made the most of his free kick in the last minute but as it swung through with the breeze, the final siren sounded with the Bays in front.
A loss would have been a cruel blow for the Tigers, who controlled the contest right from the start with an impressive five-goal opening quarter.
Spring-heeled Glenelg forward Lachlan Hosie was a constant threat in attack as he kicked all three of his goals inside the first half-an-hour, the first coming within 32 seconds with a tight snap from the Snouts Louts pocket.
The hosts’ desperation was then illustrated perfectly when co-captain Andrew Bradley threw himself over the boot of his opponent to stop a certain South goal during time-on of the first term.
South came back in the second stanza as Anthony Biemans kicked his side’s first of the afternoon with a snap in traffic at the seven-minute mark.
But three quick goals to the Bays inside the opening six minutes of the third quarter handed back the advantage to the hosts, who went into three quarter time with a 29-point lead after Darcy Bailey’s sharp set shot from the boundary line.
Glenelg showed encouraging signs for the future, with its run and carry through the corridor catching the Panthers out as they moved the ball swiftly by hand and foot.
Tireless Matt Snook racked up 24 touches for Glenelg in the middle and he would have certainly welcomed the presence of Ben Sawford, who made a strong return from a quad strain to collect 21 touches and apply nine tackles.
Co-captains Bradley and Chris Curran were again steady in defence along with Max Proud while strong-bodied Brad McCarthy is continuing to gain confidence at Macca’s League level after having 18 possessions and a goal.
South will be bitterly disappointed such is its precarious position inside the top five, with West Adelaide drawing to within one win of the Panthers after beating Central District in Round 14.
Cross, Nick Liddle and Abe Davis battled hard through the midfield but the contributions dropped off significantly as 11 Panthers had fewer than 10 disposals.
GLENELG 5.1 5.3 9.5 10.6 (66)
SOUTH 0.2 4.5 4.6 9.9 (63)
LEADING DISPOSALS – Glenelg: Snook 24, Sawford, Curran 21, Proud, Bradley 20, McCarthy 18, Scharenberg, Motlop, Scott, Nicholson 17.
South: Davis 29, Cross 28, Liddle 27, Fields 21, Brown, Summerton 15.
GOALS – Glenelg: Hosie 3, Scott 2, Bailey, McCarthy, Motlop, Reynolds, Uebergang.
South: Aurrichio 2, Biemans, Brooksby, Liddle, Helyar, Heaslip, Kreuger, Cross.
"Stand Strong" by Keelan Fejo & Marlon Motlop
The Aboriginal man is holding his spear and shield which represents him standing strong in war/battle - this can reflect how we are when we play the game, for most of us it's like going to battle.
The cross-hatching (Rarrkbun) represents the direction of strength, power and knowledge when the spear is being thrown.
Boomerangs represent stories/songs - this reflects a connection to footy and how many great stories/songs come out of the game and stay with us forever.
The weapons/tools which represent the effort we give to get to where we are now. The under layer is The Torres Strait islander Head dress “Dhoeri”, which is a representation of Torres Strait Islander people. The streams in the layer represent the 6 different Indigenous identities at the GFC.
Football is very much like our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, when you are apart of a club you are apart of it's culture, you are committed and the effort you put in will get you to where you want to be - Stand Strong.
Warrick McGinty has retired from league football effective immediately.
Warrick began his career at Glenelg in 2007 in the junior grades and has gone on to play 105 league games. He has been a great contributor to the club on and off the field.
He has carried the Ruck duties at the club for the past 8 years and has been a tireless worker, giving his all every week. He leaves the club respected by his team-mates and coaches.
The GFC wish Warrick all the very best in the next phase of his life and we thank him for his commitment and passion for the club for over decade.
After reading the Centrals match report, I feel like we should apologise for giving them a 2nd rate game.
The truth is our defence was very well set up on Saturday, and with strong pressure and good structure we forced turnovers.
We kept a team to 40 inside 50s from 213 kicks – and forced them sideways
We made errors with the ball as well, some forced, some unforced, which is an area we are working hard on to improve.
But when you at their score of 9.11 and consider 7 of their points were rushed through from strong goal line defence, they converted 9.4.
However only 2 of our 9.9 were rushed and we missed 3 set shots from 30m out dead in front, which was inexcusable and poor kicking.
The game was lost by us.
Last time the reserves played Centrals we went down by a single figure margin at home. Both teams have changed significantly since round 5 when we last met so it was important for us to focus on our style of play. We wanted to play a disciplined style of team football which was our starting point.
It was probably our best four quarter effort. We defended well and as a team our ability to consistently score and hold the opposition to minimal scores was pleasing. We now prepare to play South for the 3rd time this year back at Gliderol and will look to solidify our place in the top five.
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