The Cinderella Story of the 2014 season has been that of the South Adelaide Panthers and their run to the finals.
Despite only just missing out on the double chance, a four goal win over Sturt in the final round of the minor season will have South Adelaide heading into its finals campaign full of confidence.
After being somewhat of a lost cause of the past couple of years, the Panthers have turned it all around in 2014 under the tutelage of new coach Brad Gotch.
Coming from his role as Port Adelaide’s opposition analyst in the AFL, Gotch said that he has been pleased with how his players have embraced his game style.
“Me coming from an AFL background sort of just gave them a few little things different than maybe what they have experienced in the past and I have just been really pleased that they have jumped onto it,” said Gotch.
While their spearhead Brett Eddy missed out on winning the Ken Farmer Medal, Gotch said that it will be important for the team to spread the load in the finals.
“I think it’s good to have a mix of goal kickers, and not rely on one person.
“That’s the way it goes sometimes and as I said to him, team success is more important than individual honours,” said Gotch
The South Adelaide mentor knows that his team will have to be at their best to progress past the first week of the finals.
“Our best seems to have been good enough if you look over the last month, we have had some really big quarters against some very good teams.
“I think the beauty of about our team has been the even contribution,” said Gotch.
Coming in as one of the most in form teams, expect the Panthers to do some serious damage if their midfield brigade continues its great form.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget