(Glenelg vs Adelaide, Glenelg Oval, 29 May, 2021)
A beautiful late autumn day at Glenelg, nary a breeze, sun up all day, cold as a witch’s whatever. The Adelaide Crows (at SANFL level) are a good idea for a football team – talent, certainly, but they seem more inclined to collect stats and avoid injury so they have a show of playing in ‘The Show’ the following week, rather than have a genuine go.
Luke Reynolds (five) and Liam McBean (four) kicked nine goals between them, 3 more than the entire opposition. Exciting newcomer Gibson Turner kicked 3 goals, one from a brilliant steal. Marlon Motlop, Matthew Allen, Matthew Snook and Luke Partington starred, as usual. Chris Curran and Max Proud again marshalled an impeccable defence. Eight wins, no losses.
At the three quarter time huddle, one supporter exhorted: “Come on Tigers – win this [final] quarter!” Another fan was moved to observe that we could lose this quarter by nine goals and still win. Both gentlemen won in the final analysis – Glenelg kicked 6 goals to 2 in the last stanza, for a thumping 89 point win. The Bays are flying – without some key players yet – and supporters are daring to dream, while at the same time hoping for a fighting loss to take some pressure off. Maybe Lesley’s team (Norwood) can help this week?
Glenelg 20.14 (134) Adelaide 6.9 (45)