It was a huge round in South Australian football, so here at Fiasco Sports we’ve compiled five things you may have missed in Round Four of the SANFL season.
1. Glenelg versus Adelaide
The Glenelg-Adelaide match played at Gliderol Stadium on Friday night has been declared a draw after a power failure throughout the Glenelg area.
By SANFL rules, 30 minutes is allowed for the lights to come back on before the match is called off.
However, a delay or interruption to a match before half time would cause the match to be rescheduled, but the power failure caused all four light towers to switch off midway through the fourth quarter with scores at 51 points a piece.
The result gives both clubs their first point of the season, both sitting on the bottom of the SANFL ladder with Glenelg having played four matches and Adelaide three.
2. Injury concern for North over vice-captain
Star Roosters midfielder, Max Thring will undergo scans this week to determine the extent of a hamstring strain sustained against South Adelaide on Saturday.
North are preparing for their vice-captain to miss at least two to three weeks with the injury but have already seen improvement since Saturday’s match.
“We had recovery on Sunday morning and Max already said he was feeling better,” North football manager Darryl Wintle said.
Fellow North midfielder Jay Shannon is also in doubt for next week’s clash against Sturt after rolling his ankle late in the game against the Panthers.
3. Norwood shine on the big stage
Norwood dug deep to come from 21 points behind to defeat Port in a thrilling encounter at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
After trailing at the first two breaks, the Redlegs showed great composure in the wet to record their third win of the season and keep the pressure on league leaders, South Adelaide.
After being dropped for last year’s grand final, goal-sneak Peter Persinos was awarded the Bob Quinn medal for best on ground with four goals from only ten disposals.
4. AFL umpiring debut for SANFL local
Although umpires are not everyone’s main attraction when watching a footy match, here at Fiasco Sports we think Curtis Deboy‘s AFL umpiring debut is worth acknowledging.
Deboy who established himself as a senior umpire in the SANFL with two Golden Whistles, moved to Melbourne last year after being added to the AFL’s senior umpire list.
Deboy’s debut was the Western Bulldogs V Adelaide Crows Round Four clash, a match that would have ironically frustrated many South Australians due to the result.
Deboy’s experience of umpiring in crowds of over 35,000 at SANFL Grand Finals definitely came in handy as he looked comfortable on the big stage. Congratulations Curtis!
5. Old rivalry, different result
Old rivals Woodville West Torrens and Central Districts went head to head at Playford Alive Oval on ANZAC Day afternoon, but Centrals’ premiership dominance of last decade seems long gone.
Centrals never looked like getting into the game with the Eagles leading at every change, establishing a 40-point lead going into the last term.
Matthew Goldsworthy was outstanding with 27 disposals, seven marks and five tackles while Lachlan McGregor bagged four goals from just 11 possessions.
The win holds the Eagles in third position with two wins from three games while the Dogs sit above Glenelg and Adelaide with one win from their first three games.
Written by Michael Lorenzoni