With the sun shining and the ground in excellent condition, it was the perfect setting for a last home game of the season.
I would like to acknowledge the work that Marlon Motlop did in the lead up to the game to get all clubs across the SANFL to link arms before the game as a sign to stand united as one and let people know that there isn’t any room for racism in our game or in society. Well done Marlon and I look forward to working closely with you in the future to help educate and remove racism from our community.
With only one change made this week, we were keen to start the game well and play some good Tigers football. The first quarter was almost the perfect start, with Luke Partington, Matt Snook and Brett Turner taking control of the midfield and making the most of Jack’s hit outs. This provided our forwards with numerous opportunities, kicking 5:4 for the quarter. We were unlucky not to have a couple more goals but it was a good start to the game.
The second quarter saw us kick into a slight breeze towards the northern end, but I was pleased with the way we were able to use the ball and move it from one end to the other. Dylan Landt was providing plenty of rebound from defence and Chris Curran was intercepting whatever was coming his way. Liam and Marlon were the fortunate forwards who were capitalising on their opportunities and at half time both had kicked three goals.
We knew that Centrals were going to bounce back in the second half as they have been doing, plus their young players were playing with plenty of spirit. The third quarter turned into a more even contest around the ball and with inside 50’s. We were a player down on the bench so we adjusted a few things to conserve a bit of energy and still managed to outscore an energetic Centrals outfit by two goals and go into the last break with a 59-point lead.
At the break we talked about ensuring we finished the game off in the same way that we had played the first three quarters, but it wasn’t to be. Centrals came out full of energy and enthusiasm and took it right up to us, with both sides having eight scoring shots for the quarter. I was a bit disappointed with some of our turnovers which proved costly and it will be something that we will address in the coming weeks.
We finished up with a comprehensive win against a spirited Centrals outfit to celebrate Brad Agnew’s 150th game for the Glenelg Football Club. I am sure the players that played on Saturday, along with all of the other players that have played with Ags over the past 10 years, will remember him for his competitiveness and hardness along with being just an all-round good man. Congratulations Ags. It was also an outstanding game from Liam McBean and Marlon Motlop who both had eight shots on goal for the game.
Thanks to all of our members and supporters who have come to our home games and made ACH Stadium such a wonderful place for us to play footy here this season and remain undefeated at home. We look forward to your continued support over the last two minor round games against West and Port and then the finals series.
– Brett Hand, Senior Coach
Goal kickers: L. McBean (7), M. Motlop (4), M. Allen (2), D. Bailey, J. Hannath, L. Reynolds, B. Turner, N. Wanganeen-Milera
League Trademark Player: Reid Kuller