Glenelg v South Adelaide (Round 1, 2016)
All were aboard the bus going south to Noarlunga Oval, described by some as Siberia with face-painting, where cars park along the outer as they do at a country match. The start was good – 3 goals to zip against a typical Noarlunga breeze – but it was evened up by the quarter. It was probably the 2nd quarter what lost it. Two goals each, when we had the breeze, and the Panthers showed how it was done with a 7 goal third term.
Coming from 4 goals down, the Tigers had a go but fell 9 points short. A loss, is a loss, is a loss, as they say, but we saw signs that the season may not be as long as we feared. Special mention to Josh Koster (son of Kym) on debut, Warwick McGinty, Christian Howard and Clint Alleway. The reigning premiers are next (the game moved to April 3 due to the Sheffield Shield Final at Gliderol Stadium) but their stumble to Adelaide in round 1 suggests they are still getting over a hangover.
But the lunch, put on by The Kingstonians, South’s Vice Presidential Group, was very convivial.
Glenelg 11.10 (76)