Glenelg (@2.1) vs Adelaide Crows Reserves (@1.66)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Adelaide Crows Reserves will win

Glenelg – Adelaide Crows Reserves Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 01:45

Late in the 3rd and early in the last, we gained some ascendancy through the middle and pressed hard forward. We were able to hit the scoreboard on occasions to hit the lead but didnt capitalise on all of our opportunities. North Adelaide then responded to kick a number of goals in a hurry, which we struggled to defend.

The U14 Academy team played against a very strong Central District team under lights at Elizabeth. Centrals were far more physical in both their appearance and attack on the footy are comfortably won each quarter. Our boys learnt a lot from the game particularly in regards to developing greater composure with the decision making skills under pressure and skill execution.

If poetic justice had been served, that was how it ought to have ended, but Glenelgs nineteenth man John Sandland added another goal after the siren to give an illusion of comfort to the scoreline, the Bays winning by 7 points, 21.11 (137) to 19.16 (130). Cornes, who had had, by his standards, a somewhat quieter than usual game, coolly went back and goaled with a nonchalance that belied the acuteness of the angle: Glenelg was in front by a point.

Despite these positives, we did not capitalise on our created opportunities, kicking 2.7 to 3.0. Building on what we learnt from our previous encounter, 3 weeks prior, the boys were able to control the initial contest. The first quarter saw our midfield holding strong in the stoppages and spreading from the contest, our backs were able to intercept across half back due to the pressure up the ground, not allowing an inside 50 until the 12 minute mark, and the forward movement patterns were creating plenty of space and opportunities. Taking on the ladder leaders and undefeated Woodville West Torrens we were prepared for a tough challenge and physical contest.

Australian Rules

This time the Bays were on top right from the opening bounce, leading at every change by 24, 33 and 42 points, before coasting to a 21.9 (135) to 12.15 (87) victory. As far as the Glenelg Football was concerned, this process effectively stymied and undermined all the progress which had been made over the preceding quarter of a century or so. Hawthorn-bound Tony Hall emulated Stephen Kernahan with a best afield performance from centre half forward, while evergreen ruckman Peter Carey, wingman David Kernahan, on-ballers Peter Maynard and Chris McDermott, and centre half back Max Kruse all put in sterling efforts. However, in 1986 it was still in its early stages, and Glenelg under Cornes was still playing taut, powerful, effective football, which culminated in another grand final demolition of North Adelaide.

Early in the last we got out to a 2-goal lead, but 2 goals in a minute to North put the pressure back on. North were pressing hard, which the defence and midfield were able to withstand and then counter attack. In the second half the game opened up with some more direct football being played and players were capitalising on their opportunities up forward.

We controlled a number of KPIs, however, we overused the ball by hand in difficult conditions. They stayed in line with the ball and the contest, while we elected when we went and when we didnt. Norwood began to get on top halfway through the first quarter, wining the balling close and moving in direct to their forward line. In slippery conditions early on, the game was a tight and scrappy affair.

During the 1967 season, a number of highly promising youngsters - notably Graham Cornes, Peter Marker and Rex Voigt - had been unearthed, but the retirement at the end of the year of several experienced players left a serious gap which Kerley sought to plug, at least in part, by the audacious recruitment from Central District of his former West Adelaide team mate, Ken Eustice. Famously described by Fos Williams as pound for pound, the best footballer in Australia, 1962 Magarey Medallist Eustice was still very much at his peak as a player, and was a proven on field leader.

We were able to push the score out to 16 points in our favour with 7 minutes remaining, however Centrals went coast to coast twice in quick succession to bring the margin back to 4 points with 3 minutes remaining. Composed and controlled ball used from here and strength in the stoppage allowed us to hold on for a we fought and challenging win. A change in tactic in the last saw quick entries to space which allowed our forwards to score against the beat the spare back and score with a little more ease.

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"Its a terrific feeling. I thought the start of the 2nd quarter performance was just phenomenal. There were a few doubting Thomases last year who thought we couldnt do it without a couple of key players in Stephen Kernahan and Tony McGuinness and they were good players for us, but this year the boys have really had to work for it and today was just a fruition for all their efforts.

Just how good became clear after the round fifteenreturn meeting with North Adelaide when the Bays blasted the reigning Australian champions off Glenelg Oval to the tune of a staggering 160 points. It was, according to Kerley, the best effort Ive seen from a Glenelg side, while Alan Shiell, writing in The Sunday Mail, suggested that the remarkably ruthless manner in which Glenelg tore North apart almost defies description.