INTO THE SANFLW RECORD BOOKS
The North Adelaide Roosters kicked 14.9 (93) in their round five SANFL women’s game – and were kept goal-less in the final quarter, but still defeated Sturt by 91 points, in what has proved to be a record in the women’s game.
Celebrating goals like her uncle Brett would have, Katelyn Rosenzweig kicked an equal game high four majors playing as a key forward, while dual sporting talent Britt Perry continued among the high possession winners through the midfield, in a strong and consistent season.
The team coached by eight-time Central District SANFL premiership star Matthew Slade, with premiership team mates Nathan Steinberner and Yves Sibenaler as assistants, are currently top of the ladder with four wins and a loss.
The final two weeks of the regular season are critical, as South are in second place with four wins as well, while West and Norwood both have three wins each.
BAROSSA BOYS GRAND FINAL BOUND
Key members of the Barossa District Football Club’s past two Barossa, Light and Gawler premierships playing coach Todd Miles and forward Darren Shillabeer are grand final bound yet again.
Playing in the NTFL Premier League competition for the Darwin Buffaloes as fly-in footballers, they played a key role in the Buffaloes’ victory over their Southern Districts side last Saturday night at TIO Stadium in Darwin.
“It is nice to get a week off now,” Shillabeersaid.
“It was a pretty good win and we started well.
“The rain came just before half-time and five minutes into the third quarter we had a break for 25 minutes as a lightning and a thunder storm came through.
“Todd played really well.
“A majority of his game was up forward.
“We are looking forward to the season decider and there is a strong South Australian and North Adelaide connection within the group.”
Shillabeer, now 28, has played in five premierships from six grand final appearances.
Along with his two titles with the Barossa District Bulldogs, he has a pair of premierships with Central Augusta and a flag with his foundation club, South Augusta.
Miles, who had a premiership with Hamley Bridge in 2004 and played a key role in the 2008 Mintaro-Manoora premiership, has been a vital component in the Bulldogs’ last two BLG flags, winning the Hurn Medal as best on ground in last year’s win against Kapunda.
Shillabeer kicked five goals and Miles chimed in with one. Both had a significant influence on the contest.
The Darwin Buffaloes will play the winner of this Saturday’s preliminary final game between Southern Districts and Nightcliff on Saturday, March 17.
“I believe we won by about 20 points in the end,” Buffaloes coach Matt Campbell said.
“Our first quarter set up the win kicking seven goals to one.
“We really jumped in at the start.
“I did mention Tai (Martin-Page) at three quarter time.
“It has been a pretty emotive season when we lost I we spoke about making something in the season and doing something for our fallen mate.”
The Darwin Buffaloes haven’t won a flag for the past 12 years and Campbell has some tough decisions, squeezing 30 players into 22 positions on grand final day.
In further news, former South Gawler and Central District reserves footballer Patrick White and his Nightcliff team mates are into the penultimate game of the NTFL season, after defeating finals contenders St Mary’s in the first semi-final.
White kicked two goals in the 16-point victory.
LOVED THE INTENT, BUT DID WE GIFT THE BULLS A SHEFFIELD SHIELD FINAL BERTH?
The Redbacks had the near impossible task of chasing down 466 for victory on day four of their clash with Queensland last Wednesday, but made a good fist of it!
Starting the day at 4/82, captain Travis Head and Joe Mennie put on 99 for the fifth wicket and showed real fight despite the 118-run loss at Adelaide Oval.
Head made 85 from 89 deliveries faced and Australian short form keeper Alex Carey collected 97 from 107 balls – figures more akin to one-day cricket.
But with all six sides in with a chance of a grand final berth, was it the best decision by the SA coaching staff to condone this run chase instead of having a more defensive mindset?
It was exhilarating cricket to watch, but who was looking at the bigger picture?