Glenelg v West Adelaide, Glenelg Oval, 29 July 2018
Another sunny winter’s day at Glenelg with a stiff breeze from the south, heading NNE. West kicked with it in the first quarter but the Tigers, using the western side of the oval which gave some shelter from the wind, tacked and defended superbly, holding a narrow lead at the break. We were helped by a great soccer goal from Lachlan Hosie, and Luke Reynolds (another decisive 5-goal haul) got the benefit of a goal from a downfield free (awarded against a Blood who tried to draw some blood with his fist).
Glenelg had therefore already seized the early advantage, and enhanced it with a 4-nil 2nd quarter. West players inexplicably used the exposed eastern side of the ground to advance into the wind, and it hurt them. In mid field, Matthew Snook was dominant, as were Darcy Bailey and Carl Nicholson. In defence, Chris Curran gets better and better, and Andrew Bradley and Max Proud are always good.
With West having the last use of the wind, despite goals to Reynolds and Josh Scott, at lemon time we were worried that a 23 point lead might make it tight, but though the breeze proved fickle, Glenelg won the last quarter. When Reynolds and Terry Milera (who had a good game) goaled within 2 minutes, the day was ours.
The Bays have gone from 2nd-last to 6th in 3 weeks, with the Bulldogs helpfully getting flogged by Sturt. But let’s not go nuts…South are 3 games clear in 5th spot, and we have North at Prospect next! Still, winning form is good form.
It was a good occasion for the Past Players and Officials to hold their function in the Gym…er, Function Centre. Tony Symonds ran the show and successfully herded all the old and new cats. Simon Angove conducted an entertaining interview with race-calling legend and long-time Bay supporter, Terry McAuliffe. The room was thronged with Tiger legends, and a good day was had by all. Late in the day, a double rainbow appeared over the Phillis end of the ground…hopefully an omen of football riches to come!
Glenelg 13.12 (90) West Adelaide 8.13 (61)