BY ZAC MILBANK FOR SANFL.COM.AU
Despite a scratchy first half, the Tigers clicked into gear during the third quarter as they engineered their biggest win of the season.
And it took an unfortunate knee injury to Bays utility Tom Schott to spark the hosts, who made the most of a lengthy stoppage as Schott left the field.
Within 30 seconds of the former Bloods player limping to the boundary, Brad Agnew fed Luke Reynolds who goaled on the run from 40m.
Mark Stone’s men then piled on the next three goals in succession – with another to Reynolds, his Ken Farmer Medal rival Liam McBean and youngster Todd Slade, who was appearing in his first game of the season.
It allowed the Bays to stretch the half-time margin of 14 points to a match-defining 36 at the final change as they booked direct entry to the Second Semi-Final and a week’s rest at the start of the major round.
”It was a good win in the end as we had a bit to play for – to win the minor premiership and get that week off,” Glenelg captain Chris Curran told Channel 7 after the match.
”This (Glenelg FC) has been a pretty dark place for the last few years and I’ve been on that journey (back up the ladder) but it’s certainly not finished yet.
”It’s a matter of embracing it, we still want to hunt teams and go after them each time.”
Reynolds, who has now closed the gap on McBean in the race to be the competition’s leading goal-kicker, finished with 4.3 to with his 20 disposals, six marks and seven tackles.
He now sits on 43 goals for the season, just three behind McBean, who only managed one against the Bloods.
”Hopefully I will put him (McBean) out at training this week and keep him on the sidelines,” Reynolds said with a laugh.
”It’s just good working with Beany, he’s a big lad so playing alongside of him is very enjoyable.”
But Reynolds, McBean, Darcy Bailey (three goals) and Brad Close (two goals) wouldn’t have had the opportunities they received without the outstanding midfield work done by Matt Snook, Luke Partington and Marlon Motlop.
Snook was tremendous in the clinches before finishing with 37 disposals and a mammoth 16 clearances to shade Partington and Motlop who both tallied in excess of 30 possessions.
In defence, Aaron Joseph marshalled the back six with great composure and with fierce tackling as Tiger team-mate Brad Agnew continually put the clamps on his opponents.
The only negatives from the Bays’ final home match of the season came in regard to the injury to Schott and former Cat Cory Gregson, who didn’t return after half-time after copping a knock to the front of his knee.
After a spirited first-half performance, the Bloods were unable to sustain their effort following the main change, mirroring several of their matches this season.
The Round 17 fadeout was due in part to the loss of star midfielder Kaine Stevens, who left the field early in the second term after receiving an accidental poke in the eye.
In Stevens’ absence, Nathan Batley and Patrick Fairlie led the way on the disposal count with 26 each, while Fairlie’s older brother Connor looked lively throughout the afternoon en route to kicking three goals.
Former skipper Chris Schmidt also had 26 touches while spending time through the midfield while teenager Riley Thilthorpe continues to show plenty of promise, booting two goals and taking six marks from limited opportunities.
West, just one premiership point ahead of tenth-placed North Adelaide, still has plenty to play for in its final match of the season against Norwood next Friday night as it looks to avoid the wooden spoon.
GLENELG 2.5 5.6 10.11 17.17 (119)
WEST 1.1 3.4 5.5 6.8 (44)
LEADING DISPOSALS – Glenelg: Snook 37, Partington 34, Motlop 31, Bradley 27, Joseph 24, Agnew, Curran, Gould 23, Scharenberg 21, Reynolds 20.
West: Batley, P. Fairlie, Schmidt, Wasley-Black 26, Dunkin 24, Hill, Willsmore 23, Waite 21, Anderson. Levicki 20.
GOALS – Glenelg: Reynolds 4, Bailey 3, Close, Motlop 2, Bradley, Martini, McBean, Partington, Slade, Snook.
West: C. Fairlie 3, Thilthorpe 2, Karpany.
GLENELG 4.15 (39) NORTH ADELAIDE 4.15 (39)
We started really well and played the game in our front half for most of the 1st quarter, but let ourselves down with inaccuracy missing 5 gettable shots on goal. However, the way we played was impressive and encouraging.
From there, North played some pretty good footy and their work around the contest and pressure in close was strong and both teams forced errors. Our biggest issue though, was inefficient entries inside 50 – kicking it back to their big men repeatedly.
The 2nd half was a dour struggle and again we had enough of the ball and enough entries, but missed opportunities to capatilise and North were slick at times moving the quickly off turnover and scoring. The game went to the wire and as we are becoming accustomed to, it was until the last seconds to manage to gain a draw – although a kinder bounce and we win.
There are many great takeaways from this game and we’ll learn a lot tactically about how to structure ourselves in different scenarios throughout a game, but the most pleasing aspect of the game for me was that we never gave up, and never surrendered. We didn’t get beaten – and we’re hard to beat.
Next up, West Adelaide in 2 weeks.
Cecil was inducted as a Life Member to the Club in 1975 following his involvement as Club Dentist for many years.
A memorial service for Cecil is being held for Cecil at the Somerton Bowling Club on Wednesday, 7th August at 11:00am for family and friends.
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