Our final home game of the season saw us take on a South Adelaide team that is chasing a spot in the finals.
South Adelaide jumped us, totally dominating for a majority of the first quarter. We started to get our hands on the ball in the backend of the quarter and should really have kicked a very gettable goal. But it was not to be and we could only manage a couple of behinds for the quarter. Little did we know this would be the trend for us in the game. We headed to the break a couple of goals down, but pleasingly only one scoring shot the difference.
The second quarter saw the momentum continue for us, as we held South Adelaide scoreless for the quarter. A return of six behinds in the quarter for us had us trailing by 5 points despite having five more scoring shots.
An early goal for us in the third term off the back of some outstanding team football had us hit the lead early in the quarter. We managed to kick three goals to two for the quarter, trailing by just two points. The game was well and truly up for grabs.
A goal to South Adelaide early in the last quarter was quickly answered by us. We trailed by two points at the halfway mark of the quarter. It was from this point that we controlled most of the game in our half. Our return for this was three behinds, giving us a one-point lead. South Adelaide managed to get the ball forward with just seconds to go and received a free kick about 35 metres out near the boundary with the siren sounding. The kick was good, very straight and very long, but fell just short. So, it was a nail biting one point win for us.
It was another tough and gritty win against another tough opponent. Despite having 15 scoring shots to nine, we did just fall over the line by one point. That said, we did generate plenty of scoring opportunities, which is typically the hardest part. Some things to work on, for sure, but we are doing a lot right.
This week we play our last minor round game against North Adelaide at 3:50pm on Sunday at Prospect Oval immediately after our men. North Adelaide are leading the competition at this stage, so we are really looking forward to this challenge.
– Jason Fairall, Senior Coach
Goal kickers: Jess Searle, Caitlyn Swanson, Lucy Armitage, Chelsea Packer
Best: Jess Bates, Ellie Kellock, Sarah Goodwin, Matilda Scholz, Lauren Edwards