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Tuesday 21/2/17-5:30pm at St Pauls College
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North Adelaide Football Club Youth Development

 

The North Adelaide Football Club Youth Development area is instrumental in teaching children from the age of 5 through to 19 the skills of football. The team consists of Neil Sanders, Football Development Manager, supported by Jason Rivett, the SANFL Metropolitan Development Coordinator and Craig Oliphant, Country Development Coordinator

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2016 Coaches & Staff
Under 18's Coach Jason Blair
Assistant Coach David Bean
Assistant Coach Nigel Beneke
Assistant Coach Jason Rivett
Team Manager Peter South / Karl Christ 
Under 16's Coach David Tiller 
Assistant Coach David Serotzki
Assistant Coach Ben Porter
Team Manager Peter Warnes 


U16 & U18 Trainers:
Physio Chloe Parslow
Head Trainer Tayla Ling 
Trainer Lisa McMurtrie
Trainer Joel Young
Strength & Conditioning Coach  Matt D’aloia 
 

Youth Squads
Under 15 Coach Scott Uppington
Assistant Coach Graeme Kellett
Team Manager Mark Northway
Under 14 Coach Jason Rivett
Assistant Coach Peter Corrie
Team Manager Andrew McPharlin.
Under 13 Coach Leon Minervini
Assistant Coach John Athanasiou
Team Manager David Greer 


Country
Port Augusta Squad Coach Robert Laube
Port Pirie Squad Coach Richard Cable 
Northern Areas Squad Coach Marty Keller & Joel Head
Whyalla Squad Coach Ryan Burgess
 

NAFC Under 17 Country Youth Coach Robert Laube
NAFC Under 15 Country Coach Marty Keller & Richard Cable

Canteen Manager Pauline Bowen
Auskick Manager Phil Picone
Mini League Manager Phil Picone

 

Female Football
Co-ordinator:
 Jordie McKenzie
U14 Coach: Alex Barns & Mitch Clisby
U16 Coach: Mitch Harvey 

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AUSKICK

Boys and girls up to 8 years of age, have you ever wanted to learn how to play the game of football? If so, then Auskick is for you. Auskick is the perfect introduction to the great game of Australian Football. The program is based on a weekly coaching program that focuses on teaching the skills and the basics of the game through appropriately modified activities and rules. 

The emphasis is on providing a fun and safe environment for both kids and parents. The skills learnt at Auskick are a valuable introduction to ultimately playing the game at clubs and schools. Auskick is a 9 week program, with many centres located around the North Adelaide Football Club zone. In addition you will also receive a benefits pack, packed full of goodies, with your very own football, to continue practicing all the skills learnt in Auskick.

Contact Jason Rivett on 0405 455 585 for start times and Coordinators details, or if you wish to start a centre at your school / club. To register online visit www.aflauskick.com.au

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Mini League & Little League

 Mini League consists of two teams within the NAFC promotional zone playing against each other at half time of the league game at Prospect Oval, and is for year 6/7 students. Schools and clubs are rostered from year to year in order to facilitate the large numbers within the zone. We try to accommodate everyone, but with 10 home games a year it can sometimes be quite difficult. If you would like to participate ask your P.E. teacher to contact the club. The Mini League Manager is Phil Picone.

2015 Schools participating in the program: Walkerville FC, Nailsworth (all girls), Klemzig (all girls) Rosary (all girls) Wandana, Blackfriars, Ingle Farm FC, Nailsworth, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Northern Areas, Whyalla, Northfield.
5 spots remain if you are interested….

Little League - 5 schools/clubs per year with students from year 6/7 get the chance to play at half time of an AFL game. This is done on a rotational basis with our Country Zone.

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Schools Football

Students in Year 2/3, 4/5, & 6/7 have the opportunity to participate in a modified rules school competition. This competition is focused on promoting enjoyment and fair play, as well as learning and skill development, but importantly it is all about having fun, and getting a kick. Schools in the North Adelaide Metropolitan zone are encouraged to participate in this competition that takes place on a Saturday morning. Schools can combine to make one team. 

If your school wishes to be part of this competition please contact Jason Rivett (NAFC D.O) on 0405 455 585. 

 

Female Football

Female Football is back for Season 2016! Teams are coached by Roosters Senior Players Mitch Clisby, Alex Barns, Mitch Harvey and are co-ordinated by Jordie McKenzie. 

The Under 14 competition is for players born in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the Under 16 competition is for players born in 2000 and 2001.
A four game season commencing on the 28th of August.  

 

Training Times-
Tuesday Nights August 9th, 16th & 23rd
Prospect Oval from 4:30pm-5:30pm

No football experience is necessary!

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North Adelaide Football School
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North Adelaide Football Club will operate an elite development school which will complement our existing squad program. Over the years the most frustrating aspect of our great game is the lack of individual coaching at an appropriate age. In most other sports, the ratio of coach to player is much lower than the typical Australian Football Model. In addition we shall provide practical coaching sessions to better equip aspiring coaches who have passed their mandatory qualification as required by the SANFL. Finally, we shall provide Club Administration consultancy to assist Community Football Clubs in terms of modelling and structures. Grassroots football must be afforded every opportunity to thrive. 


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September 27, 2016 - Reserves Grand Final - North Adelaide vs WWT Eagles
After a big win over Norwood in the Preliminary final last Saturday, we made it to the final game of the season for the 2nd consecutive year. Our opponents were the same too, playing the Eagles who were searching for their 4th flag on the trot. We were well and truly the underdogs going in, having played three finals in a row, with the Eagles having two weeks off. They were the pace setters throughout 2016 and we were going to have to be at our best to win. We made one change, with Isaac Cumming making way for Josh Gregg who recovered from a calf injury. It is always a pleasure to play on Adelaide Oval on Grand Final Day and we were up for the challenge.
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Reserves Grand Final
North Adelaide vs WWT Eagles

After a big win over Norwood in the Preliminary final last Saturday, we made it to the final game of the season for the 2nd consecutive year. Our opponents were the same too, playing the Eagles who were searching for their 4th flag on the trot. We were well and truly the underdogs going in, having played three finals in a row, with the Eagles having two weeks off. They were the pace setters throughout 2016 and we were going to have to be at our best to win. We made one change, with Isaac Cumming making way for Josh Gregg who recovered from a calf injury. It is always a pleasure to play on Adelaide Oval on Grand Final Day and we were up for the challenge.

The first 5 minutes were looking rather ominous for our team. The Eagles jumped out of the blocks with two goal in the first two minutes and another one shortly after to have us behind by three goals early. It certainly wasn’t the start we were hoping for but after the poor start, we began to settle and get a bit of momentum in the game. We got on the board at the 6 minute mark through Michael Virgin, but it was Mark Quinn’s coolness under pressure that allowed us to get some space inside forward 50 and goal. Jay Shannon kicked a great goal from the Scoreboard pocket at the 15 minute mark of the quarter. We looked like we began to settle into our task and our pressure had the Eagles second-guessing with the disposal. The returning Josh Gregg then levelled the scores at the 19 minute mark as we were looking like the better side. Two more behinds late in the term allowed us to take a slender 2 point lead into the first break. Michael Virgin with 9 touches and a goal and Cohen Thiele had 9 touches as well to lead the way. Billy Lloyd started well and Sam Wundke was exceptional in defence.

We got the ideal start in the 2nd term, with Cohen Thiele winning a holding the ball and a 25 metre penalty with three minutes played. The game then became a tough contest, with both sides cracking in and neither team being able to score. During this period of the game, the Eagles struggled to get through our defence, as we continued to pressure the Eagles into error, but we weren’t able to turn that into scoreboard pressure. Blake Helyar set up Josh Gregg for his 2nd goal as we had the Eagles rattled with that pressure. We had two goals in just over a minute, with Lewis Hender getting his first goal. Luke Wharton set this goal up with a brilliant kick out of defence that broke the lines and allowed a beautiful passage of play. Luke Teasdale then hit the scoreboard with a goal as we turned the game on its head. Jonathon Hayes was superb out of a stoppage the fire the ball out for Teasdale to goal. Jay Shannon then had a 2nd goal himself, as we pushed our margin out to over five goals in a shade under 6 minutes of play. We capped off a dominant quarter with Michael Virgin kicking his 2nd goal and saluting the league players that were in the stands! We dominated the 2nd quarter, with our boys kicking 6-2 to the Eagles just the one behind as we took a very handy 39 point lead into the main break. Sam Wundke was just about best afield in the first half, winning more one on one contests than he was losing, Billy Lloyd was the architect for our run-on in the 2nd term with 16 disposals and 9 inside 50’s for the half. Michael Virgin was getting plenty of it and had two goals as did Jay Shannon. It was a very good 2nd quarter, but we still had a lot of work to do, as we knew that the Eagles wouldn’t die wondering.


The start of the 2nd half mirrored the first, the Eagles kicking another 3 goals in five minutes to start the half. We were getting opened up a little bit and our structures broke down as we lost concentration for that period. We then got the settling goal, with Lewis Hender getting his 2nd goal, but the credit goes to Cohen Thiele, his desperate chase to win the ball back for us as we needed to get back on track. Our skipper Nick Dinham then had his first goal at the 14 minute mark as we got our ball movement going again. It pushed the margin back out to over five goals. After a behind at our end, we let the Eagles go end to end to cut the margin to 27 points. The Eagles closed the gap by two goals in that quarter, but we held all the aces. We were playing some very good football, being led by Michael Virgin who tallied up 13 disposals for the term and Jay Shannon had 8 disposals and was his desperate self once again. The energy levels in the group were up and about and we were set up for a huge last quarter.


The ideal start went our way, with Lewis Hender taking a brilliant contested grab and slotted goal number 3 within a minute of the quarter starting. Blake Helyar then kicked his 1st goal with 6 minutes gone as the margin was out to 38 points. Lewis Hender turned provider, with an instinctive soccer off the ground hit Blake Helyar perfectly. The next 8 minutes were back to a high pressure and even contest. The Eagles hit back with a goal at the 14 minute mark as they looked to get back into the game and they did in a big, big way. They kicked 5 goals in just 8 minutes of play to cut the margin to 8 points. It was well and truly game on and the nerves were doing plenty with just 6 minutes to go. We badly needed a goal, and with 3 and a half minutes to go, and it came our way from Luke Teasdale, whose mongrel punt found its way through the goals to give us a 14 point lead. Blake Helyar’s 2nd goal with just 90 seconds remaining pushed the margin out to 20 points and sealed our 1st Reserves flag since 2006. The joy amongst the coaches, players and staff was just reward for this playing group that played a superb finals series.

 

North Adelaide 15-9 (99) defeated Eagles 12-7 (79)

 

Goal Kickers: Lewis Hender 3, Josh Gregg, Michael Virgin, Jay Shannon, Luke Teasdale, Blake Helyar 2, Nick Dinham, Cohen Thiele 1.


Best Players:
Jay Shannon (Bob Lee Medallist): 30 disposals, 10 marks, 10 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Michael Virgin: 37 disposals, 9 marks, 2 tackles, 8 clearances, 2 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Sam Wundke: 8 disposals, 4 marks, 2 rebound 50’s.

Billy Lloyd: 23 disposals, 3 marks, 8 tackles, 6 clearances, 11 inside 50’s.

Cohen Thiele: 28 disposals, 8 marks, 2 tackles, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Luke Teasdale: 22 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals.


Statistics         

NAFC-WWT
Disposals-342-316
Marks-103-80
Tackles-72-65
Clearances-41-30
Inside 50’s-47-37

Thank you to all the supporters that came and supported the boys not only yesterday, but right the way during the finals series. Also,  thank you to everyone that came back to Prospect and celebrated the win in style as well. 

We look forward to 2017 with much anticipation. Next up is the Presentation night Friday October 7 at the Ellington. Tickets are still available from Reception or by calling the Club on 8344-8733.  

GO THE ROOSTERS!

September 20, 2016 - Reserves Preliminary Final vs Norwood
After a win over Glenelg in the 1st Semi Final last week, we were into our 2nd consecutive Preliminary Final, this time against Norwood at AAMI Stadium. We made three changes at selection with Luke Teasdale and Lewis Hender returning from injury and Isaac Cumming was picked to play his first game at reserves level. Out of the side went Michael McMahon who is overseas on a study trip, while Brandan Parfitt and Dakota Nixon played in the Under 18’s Grand Final on Sunday.
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Reserves Preliminary Final vs Norwood at AAMI Stadium 

After a win over Glenelg in the 1st Semi Final last week, we were into our 2nd consecutive Preliminary Final, this time against Norwood at AAMI Stadium. We made three changes at selection with Luke Teasdale and Lewis Hender returning from injury and Isaac Cumming was picked to play his first game at reserves level. Out of the side went Michael McMahon who is overseas on a study trip, while Brandan Parfitt and Dakota Nixon played in the Under 18’s Grand Final on Sunday.

With the AAMI Stadium surface in perfect condition, we started in a competitive manner; Norwood missed a couple of early opportunities before we got the first goal of the game through our Captain Nick Dinham. We then kicked another goal to get off to a perfect start, Nick Dinham with his 2nd goal as we went end to end after another Norwood behind. Norwood then kicked their first of the contest before Nick Dinham continued his great start with goal number 3 for the term. Our ball movement was a key to the game going in and it was the difference in the two sides in the first term. We then got a big run-on, Lewis Hender was on the end of an elite Isaac Cumming pass to have his 1st, and then Billy Lloyd and Cohen Thiele then added their name to the score sheet in the first term. The Roosters were competitive in the contested situation, being up by 8 in the tackle count which allowed us to have four more inside 50’s. Corey Davey and Luke Wharton started well in defence; Isaac Cumming was impressive while Jay Shannon was leading from the front in the midfield. Nick Dinham kicked three goals for the quarter to help us to a 30 point lead at the first change.

Norwood got a goal back to start the 2nd term, but once again we extended our margin as Mark Quinn kicked his first after we switched play to find open space. Nick Dinham then had his 4th goal and Luke Teasdale kicked his first, both as a result of our fast ball movement that cut through the Norwood press with precision. Norwood then hit back with another goal before Blake Helyar found space and kicked a goal on the half time siren. Jay Shannon was super in the first half with 13 touches and 6 tackles, Corey Davey was terrific across half back, providing plenty of run. Billy Lloyd continued to stay involved and Luke Wharton was also strong in defence. We had 11 more inside 50’s and 10 more tackles in what was a very good half for our side.

We got the jump in the 3rd term with James Baron kicking a goal from long range, then Sam McInerney received a free kick and 25 metre penalty before the ball returned to the middle to kick his first. Norwood then hit back with two goals in a row before Luke Teasdale kicked his 2nd to regain the momentum. Sam McInerney kicked his second late in the term and we went into the three quarter time huddle holding a 54 point lead. Jay Shannon was once again nothing short of outstanding, leading the way in the midfield, James Baron was having an impact and Cohen Thiele was showing his class.

We got out to a 10 goal margin as Blake Helyar had his 2nd goal, awarded a mark from close range as Mark Quinn tried to take another Mark Of The Year contender! Norwood was chasing respectability on the scoreboard and got a goal back before Jay Shannon continued his great game with his 1st goal. Norwood then hit back with two more goals before Jay Shannon added a second with a dribbled goal from the south-west pocket. Two more quick goals to Norwood cut the margin before Liam Jacka got involved with his 1st goal. Norwood kicked their last goal for the game with 5 minutes remaining before Liam Jacka kicked his second goal after the final siren from the boundary as the scoreboard showed we were in the Grand Final by 46 points.


North Adelaide 19-11 (125) defeated Norwood 11-13 (79)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Jay Shannon, Liam Jacka, Luke Teasdale, Blake Helyar, Sam McInerney 2, Lewis Hender, Mark Quinn, James Baron, Cohen Thiele, Billy Lloyd 1.

Best Players:

Jay Shannon: 28 disposals, 9 marks, 9 tackles, 3 clearances, 2 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Mitch Curnow: 14 disposals, 3 marks, 29 hit outs, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s.

Cohen Thiele: 27 disposals, 14 marks, 2 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Billy Lloyd: 22 disposals, 6 tackles, 5 clearances, 6 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Nick Dinham: 14 disposals, 7 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 4 goals.

Corey Davey: 18 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50’s.

Luke Wharton: 19 disposals, 5 marks, 3 inside 50’s.


Statistics                                
North Adelaide-Norwood

Disposals-361-304

Marks-107-86

Tackles-54- 53

Clearances-31- 29

Inside 50’s-54-40

Rebound 50’s-29-34


It was a comprehensive victory from our side as we now face the ultimate test. The Eagles have been the benchmark of the competition for the past four seasons and are rested and prepared for the last game of the year. The game is on Sunday at Adelaide Oval from 11:15am and we look forward to seeing the red and white support this weekend.

See you at the big dance.

GO THE ROOSTERS!

September 19, 2016 - Under 18's Grand Final
What a way to lose a Grand Final! However things began badly before the ball was even bounced. Previous week best on ground Tom Matsouliadis (41 possessions, 26 contested) unfortunately broke down in the warm up literally seconds before the game started, and virtually took no part in the game leaving the bench one short.
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Grand Final
Under 18 V Glenelg 

Sunday Sept 18 2016

North:3.3       4.5     4.7        8.7.55                                 

Glenelg:2.5       3.11   4.16      6.20.56                                               

Goals:  Hayward 4, Nixon 2, Slade, Sweet

Best:  Nixon, Rogers, Hayward, Driscoll, Slade, Rozee

What a way to lose a Grand Final! However things began badly before the ball was even bounced. Previous week best on ground Tom Matsouliadis (41 possessions, 26 contested) unfortunately broke down in the warm up literally seconds before the game started, and virtually took no part in the game leaving the bench one short.

The first ten minutes did look very promising though Will Hayward kicking three goals himself and looking every bit a match winner.  However from there until around the seven minute mark of the last quarter Glenelg seemed to have control, but one could question their tactics. But almost from nowhere we slammed on four goals to take a fourteen point lead.

Glenelg then did the remainder of the scoring, although we did have our chances to win the game in the dying minutes.

September 12, 2016 - Reserves 1st Semi Final vs Glenelg
After a 10 point win over South Adelaide in the Elimination Final last Sunday, we made our way to Coopers Stadium to take on Glenelg in the 1st Semi Final on Saturday. We were forced into two changes at selection with Josh Gregg (calf) and Jack Graham (quad) both out injured. Into the team came Cohen Thiele and Dakota Nixon, who won the McCallum-Tomkins Medal in the Under 18’s competition during the week.
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Reserves 1st Semi Final vs Glenelg at Coopers Stadium

After a 10 point win over South Adelaide in the Elimination Final last Sunday, we made our way to Coopers Stadium to take on Glenelg in the 1st Semi Final on Saturday. We were forced into two changes at selection with Josh Gregg (calf) and Jack Graham (quad) both out injured. Into the team came Cohen Thiele and Dakota Nixon, who won the McCallum-Tomkins Medal in the Under 18’s competition during the week.

Overcast conditions greeted the two sides on what was a sandy surface in some parts. We lost the toss and kicked to the northern end of Coopers Stadium. We got the first goal of the contest after Brandan Parfitt received a free kick and kicked truly from 50m out. Glenelg hit back as the game flowed on before we got a quick run-on late in the quarter. Michael McMahon took a terrific pack mark on the goal line to have his first goal, then Jonathon Hayes was on the end of some terrific stoppage work to nail his first. Then Mark Quinn took a brilliant high mark and kicked his first goal after Maris Olekalns hit a perfect tackle to stop Glenelg from going forward. Most of the statistical areas were very even, our efficiency going forward the difference which allowed us to kick four goals to 1 for the term. Mark Quinn started well, Mitch Curnow was having a strong impact and Andy Read was providing plenty of run and carry out of defence.

The first 7 minutes of the second quarter were a real grind for both sides. Glenelg then closed the margin with two goals in a row as we couldn’t find a way past our half forward line. We then got a much needed steadier, with Blake Helyar winning a contested ball before kicking truly. We then put the margin back to over three goals, with Nick Dinham being infringed at a forward stoppage. Glenelg got the next goal before Jay Shannon kicked a wonderful goal from the grandstand pocket. We then pushed the margin out to 27 points after Blake Helyar took a strong contested mark in the square to have his 2nd goal for the game. Glenelg got a late one, but we went in to the main break 21 points up on the scoreboard. Jay Shannon had a terrific quarter with 9 disposals and a great goal, Cohen Thiele started to get involved, Wyatt Patterson was terrific down back and Blake Helyar had a couple of goals to go with 11 disposals for the half.

The second half started with a North Adelaide behind, but it was the Tigers that took the ball end to end to get the first goal of the second half. We then hit back through Nick Dinham who was held inside 50, after a strong contested mark from James Baron on the wing. Glenelg got the next one as neither side could grab a stranglehold on the game. Michael McMahon had his 2nd goal before Glenelg again got the next goal as the pressure began to intensify. We were then able to gain the momentum as we dominated field position. Michael McMahon kicked our next two goals in very quick succession, extending the margin to four goals. We began to hold the play in our forward half before Maris Olekalns kicked a beautiful check side goal from the boundary to extend the margin further. Glenelg kicked the last goal of the term to have the margin sitting at 28 points with a quarter to play. Michael McMahon had a great quarter with three goals, Blake Helyar was leading the way with 19 disposals for the game and Mitch Curnow continued to dominate in the ruck.

The first goal of the final term was very important and it went our way, Brandan Parfitt once again laying a crucial tackle which allowed Michael McMahon to kick a beauty of a goal, his 5th to make it a 34 point margin. Glenelg to their credit, wouldn’t go away, they kept persisting and got the next two goals. Our forward pressure then turned the ball over close to goal where Jay Shannon kicked his 2nd to keep control of the contest. Glenelg got one more goal to reduce the margin back and they kicked another couple of behinds late in the contest. We controlled the play over the last four or five minutes as we ran out 20 point winners, leading at every change, to get us into our 2nd consecutive Preliminary Final.

North Adelaide 15-10 (100) defeated Glenelg 12-8 (80)

Goals: Michael McMahon 5, Jay Shannon 2, Nick Dinham 2, Blake Helyar 2, Mark Quinn, Brandan Parfitt, Jonathon Hayes, Maris Olekalns 1.

Best Players

Jay Shannon: 27 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 7 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Michael McMahon: 16 disposals, 12 marks, 3 tackles, 5 goals.

Blake Helyar: 22 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 3 clearances, 2 goals.

Sam Wundke: 14 disposals, 5 marks, 5 rebound 50’s.

Wyatt Patterson: 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s.

Mitch Curnow: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 39 hit outs, 4 clearances.

Brandan Parfitt: 17 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 8 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

 

Statistics                               
North Adelaide-Glenelg

Disposals: 325-356

Marks: 74-83

Tackles: 53-68

Clearances: 38-42

Inside 50’s: 44-49

Rebound 50’s: 35-29

While it was a very even game across the stats board, we managed to be more efficient going inside forward 50. Our pressure and intensity was consistent for four quarters and we need to replicate that effort to keep getting the required result. We now look forward to taking on Norwood in the Preliminary Final on Saturday at AAMI Stadium, start time is 11:25am as we look to qualify for our 2nd consecutive Grand Final.

Congratulations to the Under 18’s on their terrific win in the Preliminary Final on Saturday. We wish them all the very best in the Grand Final against Glenelg on Sunday at Adelaide Oval, the game starts at 10:55am.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!

 

INJURY REPORT

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Kahlin SANTILLO

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Jack GRAHAM

Quad

Season

Josh GREGG

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Luke TEASDALE

Back

Test

September 12, 2016 - Under 18 v WWT Eagles - Preliminary Final
In the last minor round, which cost us the double chance, we gave the Eagles a six goal start at half time. This time we were six goals up and quarter time and well on the way to playing in the Grand Final.
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Sunday Sept 10 2016 – Preliminary Final
Under 18 v WWT Eagles 

North: 6.3     8.7      12.11     15.15.105                              

Eagles:0.0    1.1      5.3          9.7.61                                                

Goals:  Hayward 9, Slade 2, Minervini, Denham, Woodcock 1

Best:  Matsouliadis, Hayward, Jarman, Minervini, Driscoll, Barry

In the last minor round, which cost us the double chance, we gave the Eagles a six goal start at half time. This time we were six goals up at quarter time and well on the way to playing in the Grand Final.

The second quarter, although not as dominant as the first, allowed us to go into the main break with a commanding eight goal lead, and the game in our keeping.

The second half was very even but at no stage were we ever threatened.

Whilst both side had players returning from College football from the previous encounter, the impact of our college players cannot be underestimated with three prominent in our best players.

We now play Glenelg in the Grand Final at Adelaide Oval at 10.55am on Sunday September 18. With their Reserves now out of contention they will have a few more players available, but it should make for an absorbing contest. Previous results this year have yielded a nine point win to Glenelg at Gliderol and a five point win to us at Prospect.

It promises to be an exciting game with the vast array of talent on both sides.

September 06, 2016 - Reserves Elimination Final vs South Adelaide
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Reserves Elimination Final vs South Adelaide 

After finishing fourth in the minor round, we faced a do-or-die situation against the 5th placed South Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium on Sunday. We made 6 changes at the selection table, with Josh Gregg, Jay Shannon, Wyatt Patterson and Michael Virgin all returning after playing the final minor round game in the league, Sam Wundke back from injury and Brandan Parfitt elevated from the Under 18’s. Out of the team went Nick Amato due to work commitments, Kahlin Santillo missed through injury, while Ben Jarman, Dakota Nixon, Jordon Sweet and Lee Minervini all played in the Under 18’s knockout final.

Perfect conditions greeted the two sides on the big ground, and we kicked to the northern end in the first term after winning the toss. It was the Panthers however, who started the better, kicking the opening two goals of the game, the first coming from a breakdown in our defensive structure and the second as a result of a chain of missed tackles. We then steadied, with Michael Virgin getting our first goal as we broke clear from a stoppage. After South missed a point, we carried the ball from end to end which ended up in Michael McMahon’s first goal. Brandan Parfitt started forward, and was proving to be a handful, kicking his first goal after taking a superb one-handed mark. Our pressure was lifting and we began to hold the ball in our forward half for extended periods to maintain strong field position. Nick Dinham had his first goal late in the term, after we ended up going coast to coast once again. At the end of the first term we held a 13 point lead, with 13 inside 50’s to 8 and controlling the disposal count 105-63. Josh Gregg (9 disposals) and Billy Lloyd (8 disposals) got plenty of it, along with Brandan Parfitt who gathered 8 touches and a goal.

South Adelaide once again got the ideal start in the second quarter with the first goal. We then started to get right on top, with our boys having more of the football and forcing the opposition to turn the ball over with our relentless pressure. Blake Helyar had his first goal, after Brandan Parfitt, who was in a one-on-one contest held the ball up for Blake to soccer off the ground to restore the margin. We had two in a minute after Jay Shannon and Jonathon Hayes worked the ball forward from the centre bounce that resulted in Michael McMahon’s 2nd goal. We kept holding the ball in our forward half, and Blake Helyar had his 2nd goal after he roved Nick Dinham’s hit out to perfection. Mitch Curnow then got his name on the score sheet as we continued our domination of the game. The margin now stretched out to a game high 34 points, but we then gave up our momentum with a drop in intensity and work rate. South Adelaide kicked four of the last five goals of the second term, sandwiched by Michael McMahon’s 3rd goal after a terrific chase and tackle. It was a poor end to the quarter after looking in control for the majority of the first half. At half time, we were still 13 points in front after both sides contributed 5 goals & 1 point for the term. Josh Gregg was leading the way with 15 touches, Blake Helyar had a good quarter with 9 touches and a pair of goals, James Baron, Luke Wharton & Sam Wundke were very good down back and Michael McMahon’s 3 goals were very important.

Once again, South Adelaide got the first goal after we gave away two 25m penalties. We then kicked two more goals, through Blake Helyar who had goal number 3 and Brandan Parfitt who got on the end of an impressive pass from Billy Lloyd. The game was becoming a tight, tough and intense encounter as both sides were looking to gain an edge in an evenly matched contest. South Adelaide then kicked the last two goals of the term as the margin was reduced to just 9 points to set the game up for a gripping final term. Our better contributors for the term were Liam Jacka (10 disposals), Billy Lloyd & Jay Shannon had 7 disposals each and Brandan Parfitt was lively with 5 disposals and 1 goal.

We got the perfect start in the final term, with Blake Helyar getting his 4th goal for the game. South Adelaide quickly replied after yet another free kick and then reduced the margin to just two points as they started to outrun us early in the term. We got a badly needed goal through Brandan Parfitt who had his 3rd to once again push the margin out to over a goal. South then replied to cut the margin back to one point with 8 minutes to go. It was still tough and hard football with every contest getting more important as the clocked ticked towards full time. We kicked a couple of points in a row to make it a three point margin with a little over 5 minutes remaining. We needed an important goal and it came from Nick Dinham, who kicked his 2nd goal with just four minutes left. We then had to hold on as South Adelaide surged forward again, but our defenders were able to clear the ball from the defensive arc. We then kicked another point to make it a 10 points margin with under two minutes to play and that was where the margin stayed, as we held on to win and keep our season alive.

 

North Adelaide 14-10 (94) defeated South Adelaide 13-6 (84)

 

Goal Kickers: Blake Helyar 4, Michael McMahon, Brandon Parfitt 3, Nick Dinham 2, Mitch Curnow, Michael Virgin 1.

Best Players:

Blake Helyar: 21 disposals, 8 marks, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 4 goals

Josh Gregg: 26 disposals, 9 marks, 7 tackles, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50’s

Brandan Parfitt: 23 disposals, 6 marks, 6 inside 50’s, 3 goals

Jay Shannon: 22 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Luke Wharton: 18 disposals, 7 marks, 2 inside 50’s, 2 rebound 50’s

James Baron: 12 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles

Mitch Curnow: 14 disposals, 3 marks, 23 hit outs, 7 tackles, 5 clearances, 1 goal

 

Statistics-
North Adelaide-South Adelaide

Disposals-338-275

Marks-100-78

Tackles-59-57

Clearances-32-32

Inside 50’s-48-38

Rebound 50’s-25-33

 

We now head into the first Semi Final against Glenelg on Saturday at Coopers Stadium, 11:25am start. Get on down there and support the boys as we chase a spot in another Preliminary Final.

Well done to the Under 18 side on their win also on Sunday.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

September 05, 2016 - Under 18s-1st Semi Final
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1st Semi Final
Sunday Sept 4 2016 –

Under 18:

North:0.3     6.7      10.8     14.9   93                                     

Sturt:0.3      1.5      4.10     6.18    54                                                    

Goals:  Dyer, LeBois 3, Jarman 2, Barry, Slade, Matsouliadis, Kirk, Woodcock, Daniele 1

Best:  Jarman, Wohling, Matsouliadis, Rogers, Slee, Sweet

The semi final was a high class affair played on an outstanding surface at Football Park. The first quarter did not produce a goal and Sturt scored first in the second. In what then appeared as a replica of our qualifying loss to the Eagles last year when we opened with 9 straight points, we had seven on the board before we scored our first goal. However once we scored that goal we took control of the second quarter and opened up what was to be a match winning lead.

Sturt has some outstanding talent and they came at us hard in the third quarter before we were able to settle and actually increase the margin at three quarter time.

The last was a bit similar to the third but at no stage did we really look like losing. Again we steadied and kicked the last three goals of the game to probably inflate the margin.

We now play the Eagles this Saturday at Football Park at 11.25am in the Preliminary Final. After our one point loss to them last week which cost us the double chance, we will be desperate to prove we deserve to be in the Grand Final.

August 29, 2016 - Under 18 VS Eagles
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Round 20
Under 18 VS Eagles 

North: 2.5     2.6      8.8        10.10   70                                  

Eagles: 3.0      8.2     8.2      11.5     71                                                    

Goals:Minervini 3, Smoker 2, LeBois, Nixon, Sweet, Wohling, Scrutton

Best:Jarman, Wohling, Rogers, Sweet, Minervini, LeBois

What a way to miss the double chance! A one point loss has sent us to the first semi final against Sturt a side that has twice beaten us convincingly this year.

With the use of a strong breeze we did not take our opportunities early and trailed by a point at quarter time. The second quarter saw the Eagle far more effective and they took a 32 point lead in at half time.

What is often the case when a big number of changes are made it takes some time to gel, and that was the case Saturday. With a few positional changes we completely dominated the third quarter kicking 6 goals 2 to zero, but only went in 6 points up at three quarter time.

The breeze was still quite strong but we were able to kick the first two goals of the quarter, extending our lead to 19 points. In fact we had kicked the last 8 goals of the game. However the Eagles rallied and were able to kick the winning goal with about a minute remaining.

Our semi final is at Football Park at 11.25am this Sunday September 4

August 22, 2016 - R21 Reserves v Sturt
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R21 v Sturt @ Peter Motley Oval
Reserves –

After a hard-fought win over South Adelaide last week, our last minor round game saw us at Peter Motley Oval taking on Sturt on Sunday. Into the team came Corey Davey, Jonathon Hayes, Michael McMahon, Kahlin Santillo and Billy Lloyd, the latter two from injury. Out of the team went the injured Jake Liston and Lewis Hender while Jay Shannon, Michael Virgin and Cohen Thiele were selected in the League side.

We dominated the first quarter, winning every key statistical area. We got the first goal from Kahlin Santillo as we kept the ball in our forward half with our defensive pressure very good. Some fearless play from Kahlin Santillo set the tone from the outset as he was crunched in a marking contest, but bounced straight back up and took his free kick. Nick Dinham kicked his 1st goal, but we should have been further in front at the first break. We kicked 2-6 to no score and most of those chances we should have converted. We were leading the Inside 50 count 14 to 2 and the Clearances 13 to 7. We held field position for the entire quarter with the only negative being our accuracy in front of goal. Nick Amato, Dakota Nixon, Jordan Sweet and Corey Davey all started the game in a positive manner and were leading the way for our side.

The second quarter was a polar opposite of the first. Sturt started to win the contest and their intensity lifted which we didn’t match. Sturt kicked the first four goals of the term to lead by 7 points before Nick Amato stopped the rot with his first goal. Jonathan Hayes put us back in front before Nick Dinham had his 2nd goal after the half time siren as we took a 10 point lead into the main change. We allowed Sturt to dictate the game with our skill errors, especially by foot costly. Leading lights were Nick Amato with 19 disposals and a goal, Jack Graham was imposing himself on the game with 9 second quarter disposals, Dakota Nixon had 16 touches to his name and Michael McMahon was providing a spark across half forward.

The third quarter started much like the second, with Sturt dominating proceedings and our effort below where it has been in previous weeks. 3 goals in 6 minutes after the main break turned a 10 point lead into a deficit in no time, and we had to find a way to steady. The game evened itself out over the next 16 minutes before Nick Dinham’s 3rd goal made it a 2 point ball game. We then conceded a late goal and went into the final change trailing by 10 points. Billy Lloyd was getting involved in the game after a lay-off with injury, Jack Graham had another good quarter and Andy Read was providing plenty of run from defence.

We kicked the 1st three points to start the last quarter in the first 10 minutes, which got us within 7 points. We kicked another couple of behinds before Jordon Sweet put us in front at the 12 minute mark of the last quarter. Nick Dinham’s 4th goal extended the lead to 7 points, as our pressure really intensified. Sturt hit back to cut the lead once more to a solitary point with 16 minutes played, but it was our boys who responded the better. Nick Dinham had a 5th goal to cap off a fine performance and Mark Quinn added a goal of his own with 6 minutes to go. We held on to win by 13 points to finish the minor round in 4th place, and a knockout Elimination Final in a fortnight.

 

North Adelaide 10-15 (75) defeated Sturt 9-8 (62)

 

Goal kickers: Nick Dinham 5, Nick Amato 1, Kahlin Santillo 1, Mark Quinn 1, Jonathon Hayes 1, Jordon Sweet 1.

 

Best Players:

Mark Quinn: 24 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Jack Graham: 26 disposals, 3 marks, 16 tackles, 7 clearances, 4 inside 50’s.

Nick Dinham: 21 disposals, 11 marks, 2 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 5 goals.

Dakota Nixon: 23 disposals, 7 tackles, 6 clearances.

Andy Read: 20 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 2 clearances, 3 inside 50’s.

Nick Amato: 27 disposals, 3 marks, 8 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal.

 

Statistics                             

North Adelaide-Sturt

Disposals- 367-341

Marks- 89-89

Tackles-102-93

Clearances- 42-27

Inside 50’s-51-36

Rebound 50’s- 27-40

 

It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch, but we responded when required to get the result. We dropped off for a half, but our first and last quarters were very good. We now have the bye, as we get set to face South Adelaide in a do-or-die Elimination Final in two weeks.

We look forward to seeing you there.

GO ROOSTERS!

August 22, 2016 - R21 League v Sturt
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Round 21 League v Sturt 
Peter Motley Oval

After losing our last home game to South Adelaide last Saturday, we travelled across town to Peter Motley Oval to take on finals bound Sturt on Sunday. We made three changes, with Jonathon Hayes, Corey Davey and Michael McMahon all playing Reserves, as we brought back Jay Shannon and Michael Virgin, along with Cohen Thiele, who played his final League game in the Red and White.

After we missed a chance at the northern end, Sturt were the beneficiary of a costly turnover from a kick out to start the scoring. We then cost ourselves the 2nd goal, again from another skill error that was punished to full effect. We were competing hard, but we were our own worst enemy with our skill level. Sturt kicked the next three to take a 5 goal lead and our first goal came at the 25 minute mark from Jay Shannon, who found space inside forward 50. 25 points down at the first change wasn’t ideal, our execution by foot below standard but we were winning enough contests with the forward 50 numbers even. Marlon Motlop started brilliantly, leading the way with 10 disposals and he was supported in the middle of the ground by Jordie McKenzie. Corey Grove was standing tall down back as we looked to fight our way back into the contest.

Sturt had a couple of chances to extend on their lead, but missed both shots, before we hit the scoreboard through Leigh Ryswyk. We seemed to have lifted from Josh Carr’s quarter time address as Max Thring snapped a lovely goal from the pocket to cut the margin again. Mitch Clisby then kicked his first goal, after smothering a Sturt handball and then winning the ground ball, which resulted in a team lifting goal. Sturt then kicked the next couple to steady before Jay Shannon had his 2nd goal on the Half Time siren to have the Roosters 6 points behind at the main break. Max Thring was lively in the 2nd term with Marlon Motlop and Jordie McKenzie continuing their good first quarter efforts. Tom Schwarz was getting involved with 8 disposals for the term and Mitch Harvey was providing a target forward of the ball.

The start of the 3rd quarter broke the game open. Sturt kicked the first 2 goals in the space of 2 minutes without the Roosters touching the ball. A 3rd Sturt goal at the 8 minute mark saw the margin out to four goals. We kept persisting but Sturt were controlling the contest and we were unable to reduce the margin for the first half of the quarter. Sturt kicked the next two to make it five unanswered goals to push the margin to a game-high 34 points late in the term. Two late goals to Alex Barns then made life interesting as the margin was back to just 22 points. Once again, Jordie McKenzie was working hard in the middle, while Alex Barns started to impose himself on the contest, with 5 touches, 3 marks and those important 2 goals late in the term.

We got the all-important opening goal within five minutes, with Matt McDonough going long from outside 50. Our pressure began to really lift as Mitch Clisby had his 2nd goal, which was a carbon copy of his first, with a snap over the shoulder to cut the margin to just 10 points. Sturt then steadied with a goal of their own at the 11 minute mark before we hit back very quickly, with Marlon Motlop kicking a terrific set shot that never looked like missing. Sam De Leonardis then kicked a long goal from 60 metres out that bounced through with 30 seconds left on the clock. We couldn’t win the final clearance and the ball was not able to get back into our forward 50, as we fell four points short, our 7th loss by less than 15 points and 4th by less than a goal.

 

North Adelaide 11-9 (75) defeated by Sturt 12-7 (79)

 

Goals: Alex Barns, Mitch Clisby, Jay Shannon 2, Marlon Motlop, Matt McDonough, Sam De Leonardis, Max Thring, Leigh Ryswyk 1.

 

Best Players:

Jordie McKenzie: 28 disposals, 4 marks, 7 clearances, 5 inside 50’s.

Mitch Clisby: 21 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 3 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Marlon Motlop: 22 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal.

Max Thring: 19 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 3 clearances, 1 goal.

Leigh Ryswyk: 15 disposals, 12 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Corey Grove: 12 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle, 2 rebound 50’s.

 

Statistics                             
North Adelaide-Sturt

Disposals- 308-358

Marks - 87-105

Tackles- 68-70

Clearances- 38-39

Inside 50’s- 46-39

Rebound 50’s- 27-35

 

As the stats show, it was a close and tight game, Sturt’s disposal efficiency the difference. We gave up too many goals with skill errors and we were unable to break the momentum of Sturt before they had kicked multiple goals on two occasions. The players played to the final siren, matching the finals bound Double Blues for the majority of the contest but were again unable to get the desired result.

We congratulate Cohen Thiele on a fantastic career. This was his 113th and final league game in North Adelaide colours. Thanks for the memories Cohen, and we wish you every success going forward.

We wish the Reserves and Under 18 sides all the best in their upcoming finals campaigns and we hope to see your continued support through the major round.

See you at the finals.

GO ROOSTERS!

August 22, 2016 - Under 18 vs West Adelaide
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Round 19
Sat August 13 –

Under 18:
North:
1.2     2.3      9.8        11.12   78                                  

West: 2.0      5.2      5.2      10.2     62                                                    

Goals:  LeBois 5, Denham 2, Dittmar, Dyer, McNamara, Rack

Best:  Parfitt, Wohling, LeBois, Driscoll, Rozee, Dyer

With the two minor round games remaining, winning both games meant the double chance, losing both games meant missing the finals.

At half time it appeared the latter was the more likely. Fielding our most inexperienced side of the year we really struggled until half time. However the third quarter saw the emergence of the more senior players who put the result beyond doubt in one quarter of football. Kicking 7 goals 5 and holding the opposition scoreless enabled us to go in at three quarter time with a handy 30 point buffer.

Whilst West closed to within 16 points at the end, the scoring shots were almost double.

This week’s clash with the Eagles will decide who gets the double chance and play Glenelg, with the loser to play the winner of the Norwood, Sturt game in the first semi.

August 17, 2016 - Round 20 Reserves V South
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R20 vs South Adelaide at Prospect Oval
Reserves –

After a nail-biting draw last week against Port Adelaide, we were at home again to take on South Adelaide. We made five changes, with Harrison Slee (ankle), Kahlin Santillo (knee) and Sam Wundke (ankle) out injured while Michael McMahon & Corey Davey were promoted to the league side. Into the team came Jake Liston and young guns Jack Graham, Dakota Nixon, Jordon Sweet and Lee Minervini.

South Adelaide started the game in good fashion, kicking the first two goals to open up an early lead. The Roosters got their first goal of the game when Blake Helyar kicked truly at the 9 minute mark to reduce the margin. South Adelaide then kicked two more goals to finish the quarter with a 15 point lead at the first change. It was an even first quarter with both sides having 6 shots on goal, South Adelaide’s accuracy giving them the momentum. North Adelaide 1.5 – South Adelaide 4.2. Michael Virgin (9 disposals) & Maris Olekalns (8 disposals) were productive through the midfield while Luke Wharton & Andy Read combined for 15 disposals rebounding from the defensive area.

Nick Dinham hit the scoreboard early in the second quarter and his first goal was followed by a long set shot from Michael Virgin to get the game back on even terms. South Adelaide steadied with the next goal before Sam McInerney and Jay Shannon kicked back to back goals in a tight, competitive contest. South Adelaide kicked the final goal of the term to take a 1 point lead into half time. North Adelaide 5.8 – South Adelaide 6.3. All the statistics were very even with our tackling pressure a feature throughout the day. Our efficiency going forward was a highlight, scoring on 6 of our 9 inside 50 entries. Our undersized backline was working as a team to repel most inside 50’s and Cohen Thiele & Jake Liston were lively through the midfield.

The 3rd quarter was a defensive arm wrestle, both sides physically engaged and accountable at every contest. South Adelaide kicked the first goal of the quarter to extend their small lead before Jay Shannon kicked our first goal for the quarter at the 18 minute mark. Maris Olekalns kicked a nice goal seven minutes later to put the Roosters up by 4 points at the last change. North Adelaide 7.9 – South Adelaide 7.5. Both sides had only 3 shots on goal for the quarter with the Roosters having 37 more disposals (118-81) to establish better field position. Michael Virgin was again prolific with 11 disposals for the quarter, Sam McInerney & Liam Jacka provided good run and drive through the midfield and Jay Shannon kicked 1 goal to go with 7 disposals.

Lewis Hender got the Roosters off to the perfect start with a goal within the first three minutes to extend the margin to 10 points.  We continued to move the ball forward but were inaccurate in front of goal, kicking 4 consecutive points while holding the ball in our half of the field. Lewis Hender broke the drought with his 2nd before Jay Shannon kicked his 3rd goal for the game at the 23 minute mark to put the game beyond doubt. South Adelaide kicked the final goal of the game to reduce the margin to 20 points at the final siren. The Roosters held the inside 50 advantage for the term (14-8) to score on 8 occasions (3.5), built on hard running and defensive pressure through the midfield. Blake Helyar had 9 disposals in the term, Ben Jarman showed class with his 8 disposals, Lewis Hender kicked 2 important goals and Nick Dinham provided a target with 7 disposals and 2 marks.

 

North Adelaide 10-14 (74) defeated South Adelaide 8-6 (54)

 

Goal Kickers: Shannon 3, Hender 2,Virgin 1, Dinham 1, Helyar 1, Olekalns 1, McInerney 1.

 

Best Players:

Michael Virgin: 31 disposals, 9 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s, 1 goal.

Ben Jarman: 23 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 3 clearances.

Jay Shannon: 22 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 3 goals.

James Baron: 14 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles.

Luke Wharton: 16 disposals, 3 marks.

Cohen Thiele: 28 disposals, 9 marks, 5 inside 50’s.

 

Statistics               
North Adelaide - South Adelaide

Disposals-374-297

Marks-97-92

Tackles-63-58

Clearances-31-33

Inside 50’s- 43-35

Rebound 50’s-26-33

The reserves were impressive defensively on Saturday, keeping South Adelaide to four goals after quarter time. We will face South Adelaide again in the elimination final in the first week of the finals series. We play Sturt this weekend on Sunday from 11:25am @ Peter Motley Oval in our last minor round game of the 2016 season before a last round bye.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

August 16, 2016 - Round 20 League vs South Adelaide
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Round 20
League vs South Adelaide
Prospect Oval

We were back at Prospect Oval to take on South Adelaide on Saturday afternoon. Two changes were made to the side with Cameron Craig (hamstring) and Jake Liston replaced by Michael McMahon and debutant Corey Davey, who has performed consistently at reserves level and originates from the Solomontown Football Club in our country zone.

With the 1991 Premiership winning team in attendance, the Roosters got off to a fast start with Jordie McKenzie and Max Thring both kicking truly within the first six minutes of the contest. South then hit back with 3 consecutive goals before Matt McDonough snapped a goal home to wrestle back the momentum. Alex Barns kicked the next to put us back in front before South Adelaide replied instantly. Leigh Ryswyk finished the quarter with a running goal to have the Roosters in front at quarter time – North Adelaide 5.1 – South Adelaide 4.2. South won the inside 50 battle 15-9 thanks largely to their stoppage dominance (13-4).Alex Spina started well with 10 disposals for the term while Jordie McKenzie and Marlon Motlop were strong contributors through the midfield.

The second quarter was frustrating for the Roosters as they held field position for long periods of the term without taking their opportunities. We kicked 3 consecutive points in the opening 5 minutes and we kicked our first and only goal at the 25 minute mark when Michael McMahon converted a set shot. South Adelaide continued to dominant the stoppages (13-6) and scored 2 goals straight from 9 entries. The Roosters accuracy was disappointing, kicking 1.5 for the quarter from 14 entries to hold a 4 point lead at the main break. North Adelaide 6.6 – South Adelaide 6.2. Michael McMahon was a key contributor in the second term with 6 disposals and a goal while Matt McDonough won some important touches in the midfield.

South Adelaide controlled the tempo of the game in the third quarter, moving the ball quickly from half back and breaking the lines with their outside run. The Panthers kicked the first 3 goals of the term to take the lead before Marlon Motlop kicked a great goal from the pocket to reduce the margin. South then kicked the next 4 goals of the contest to blow the game open, maintaining possession through their efficient movement and playing the game in their front half. The Roosters gave up too many uncontested marks and at three quarter time, South Adelaide held a 33 point lead – North Adelaide 7.6 – South Adelaide 13.3. Alex Spina was again good across half back, working in tandem with Mitch Clisby who gathered 7 disposals. Tom Schwarz was battling hard through the midfield, a key component in evening the stoppage numbers for the term.

South Adelaide kicked the first goal of the last quarter before Mitch Harvey responded with his first for the game. The Panthers then kicked the next 4 goals to secure the win, their accuracy in front of goal very good all day. Tom Schwarz kicked the last goal of the game to have the margin at 49 points when the final siren sounded. All the statistics were relatively even in the last quarter but South showed cleaner ball use in the second half to break the game open. Alex Spina finished a fine personal game with a move into the midfield, Jordie McKenzie & Tom Schwarz worked hard and debutant Corey Davey had 7 disposals for the term.

 

North Adelaide 9-9 (63) defeated by South Adelaide 18-4 (112)

 

Goal Kickers: McKenzie 1, Schwarz 1, McDonough 1, Motlop 1, M.Thring 1, Ryswyk 1, McMahon 1, Barns 1, Harvey 1.

 

Best Players:

Alex Spina: 28 disposals, 5 marks, 4 rebound 50’s.

Tom Schwarz: 23 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 7 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Josh Gregg: 16 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s.

Jordie McKenzie: 26 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal.

 

Statistics-
North Adelaide- South Adelaide

Disposals-304-376

Marks-75-102

Tackles- 40- 41

Clearances-26-45

Inside 50’s- 44-51

Rebound 50’s-32-35

We played a strong first half against a quality opponent in South Adelaide, with our ability to slow their ball movement allowing us to hold field position and create scoring opportunities. South Adelaide gained the early momentum in the second half and they dictated the contest for the rest of the day. We now turn our focus to Sturt in our final game for 2016 at Peter Motley Oval. Game kicks off at 2:10pm.

See you at the footy

GO ROOSTERS!

 

INJURY REPORT

Patrick Boles – Back – Season

Harrison Slee – Ankle – Season

Sam Gordon – Finger – Season

Cameron Craig – Hamstring - Season

Joe Anderson – Hip – Test

Luke Teasdale – Back – Test

Sam Wundke – Ankle – Test

Billy Lloyd – Ankle – Test

Kahlin Santillo – Knee – Test

Jake Liston – Hip - Test

August 15, 2016 - Under 18's V Sturt 
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Sat August 13 – Round 18
Under 18's V Sturt 

North:       0.1     2.3      4.6        5.7      37                                    

Sturt:        4.4      6.6      9.9      12.12  84                                                     

Goals:  Dyer, Driscoll, LeBois, Rack, Moore

Best:  Wohling, Wilsdon, Driscoll, Kirk, Rozee, Parfitt

With Sturt having 9 players returning to their side from the Reserves and us pushing four up to the Reserves we knew we were in for a tough contest.

That’s the way it turned out to be. Sturt had two goals on the board in the first four minutes and we were never really able to get back in the game. The second quarter was even and we dominated the first ten minutes of the third but kicked points, whereas Sturt’s first entry ended in a goal.

Interestingly we had two more inside 50’s for the day, but it was always to a very congested forward lines. Sturt have now beaten us convincingly twice this year with the other game going to us by a few points when they could not convert after the siren. Their side will be even stronger during the finals with some more College players to return. Obviously we will also have a reasonable number to add to the side.

If we win our two remaining games though we will still get the double chance.

August 08, 2016 - Reserves – R19 vs Port Adelaide
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R19 vs Port Adelaide @ Prospect Oval
Reserves –

After a convincing win over Central District, we were back home once more to take on Port Adelaide. We made three changes, with Luke Teasdale out injured, and Jonathon Hayes and Wyatt Patterson promoted to the league side. Into the team came Jay Shannon and Ben Jarman, and at long last, Harrison Slee played his first game for season 2016 after struggling with injury. Perfect conditions greeted the two sides and it promised to be a good game.

Like we did against Central District, we conceded the first three goals of the game as it became evident that we did not start the game with the right attitude. We managed to get a goal back through Nick Dinham who won a holding the ball free in a dangerous area, but that goal was answered back straight away. We got the next goal through Kahlin Santillo, who was the beneficiary of some better midfield pressure. Once again, that goal was answered quickly, but then we got a hold of the game. We kicked the next three, with two more goals to Kahlin Santillo, and one more to Nick Dinham, who received another free kick after being blocked in a marking contest. Santillo’s 3rd goal gave us the lead before Port kicked the last two goals of the quarter to lead by 9 points. It was a highly entertaining first term, with both sides having periods of free flowing football. Michael Virgin (8 disposals) along with Nick Amato and Lewis Hender had good first terms for the Roosters.

We got the perfect start in the second term, with Nick Dinham kicking his 3rd goal of the game after Lewis Hender’s chase and tackle stopped Port going forward. Port then replied before Jay Shannon was on the end of our best passage to kick his first. Port then extended the margin once more before Sam Wundke, who was injured in the opening term, went back on the ground as a forward and kicked a goal after being held. We went in trailing by 3 points at the main break, as we found a response after a disappointing opening quarter. Cohen Thiele had 11 disposals for the quarter, while Corey Davey was working hard in defence. Nick Dinham was our main focal point up forward and Kahlin Santillo’s 3 first half goals added to his 8 disposals and three tackles.

Within a minute of the second half starting, we regained the lead through Mark Quinn, who had his first goal of the game before Michael McMahon kicked off a fine quarter with a goal of his own. We were dominating the game to this point but we were wasting the footy going forward. It was always going to come back and hurt us as Port kicked the next two goals to cut the margin to one point before Cohen Thiele kicked a late goal to stop Port’s momentum. It was a quarter of two halves, with our boys dominating the first half, before Port had the momentum in the second half of the term. The late goal from Thiele helped but it was Michael McMahon who was the catalyst with 8 touches, 5 marks and a goal in the quarter. Nick Amato continued to work hard in the middle and Mark Quinn was getting involved in the contest. We were set up for a gripping last quarter.

Kahlin Santillo’s 4th goal got things going in the final term, but Port quickly hit back after we turned the ball over in a dangerous area soon after. Jay Shannon had his 2nd goal, which was important after we gave their first goal away through a poor decision. Mark Quinn then had his 2nd goal, with thanks to James Baron, whose ferocious attack on the ball won it back for our team. Port then kicked the next three goals, taking a 1 point lead in the final minute of the game. But it wasn’t over yet. We had 30 seconds to score a goal and we won the all-important clearance. Maris Olekalns won a holding the ball free with just a couple of seconds to go, and a Port player, thinking the game was over kicked the ball away in celebration. The umpires paid a 25m penalty and Maris had the chance to win the game after the siren, but his kick was off target for a behind as we escaped with a draw.

North Adelaide 14-14 (98) drew with Port Adelaide 15-8 (98)

Goal Kickers: Kahlin Santillo 4, Nick Dinham 3, Jay Shannon, Mark Quinn 2, Sam Wundke, Michael McMahon, Cohen Thiele 1.
 

Best Players:

Kahlin Santillo: 15 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles, 2 clearances, 4 goals.

Ben Jarman: 21 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 4 clearances.

Corey Davey: 20 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles.

Michael Virgin: 29 disposals, 3 marks, 9 inside 50’s.

Michael McMahon: 15 disposals, 10 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Nick Amato: 31 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 9 clearances, 3 inside 50’s.


Statistics               
North Adelaide - Port Adelaide

Disposals-338-274

Marks-86-96

Tackles-54-39

Clearances- 38- 30

Inside 50’s-48-45

Rebound 50’s-30-31

We were lucky to escape with the draw, especially after we let ourselves down with the way we presented in the first quarter. We meet potential finals opponent South Adelaide this week from 11:25am @ Prospect Oval.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

August 08, 2016 - League R19 vs Port Adelaide
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R19 vs Port Adelaide @ Prospect Oval
League –

We were back at Prospect Oval to take on Port Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. Two changes were made to the side with Jay Shannon and Joe Anderson replaced by Joe Anderson by two debutants in Jonathon Hayes and Wyatt Patterson. Both players have progressed through our junior system and got their opportunity through consistent performances at reserves level.

The first ten minutes of the game were a real grind, with neither side taking the momentum. We were competing hard and held field position with repeat inside 50’s but we were unable to put any scoreboard pressure on Port Adelaide. We then fell away with our intensity and structure and Port took complete control of the contest, dominating the stoppages and going forward with efficiency. Port Adelaide had 9 scoring shots to kick 5 goals to take a 26 point lead into the first break. Our only highlight came right on the stroke of Quarter Time, as 1st gamer Jono Hayes found some space inside 50 and kicked his first goal in league footy. We lacked contributors and the numbers we damning. We had 64 less disposals, 17 less marks and were down 15-2 in clearances. It was a poor opening term.

The start of the second quarter was more of the same, with Port kicking the first three goals and continuing their whole-ground domination. Our only goal came from Callum Wilkie, but that was answered straight away by Port. Once again, it was more unaccountable, indecisive and stop-start football that was costing us. We couldn’t get our hands on the footy and our forwards were outnumbered on every forward entry. There wasn’t a winner in a red and white jumper in the first half, and one player, Mitch Clisby, had double figure disposals in the opening half.

Port once again got the opening goal of the second half, but we were able to hit back quickly, this time through Alex Barns who found space for the first time in the game. Mitch Harvey kicked our next two, both times finding space inside 50 as we started to lift our intensity for the first time in the match. Port then kicked the next three as we continued to waste the football going forward. We got one back, this time through Stephen Tahana who won a ground ball and kicked truly from 50m on the run. It was a much better quarter from us, as our defensive effort showed itself, which was causing Port to turn the ball over more. Mitch Harvey had a good quarter with two goals and Tom Schwarz was trying to have an impact on the game.

We got the first goal of the final term, again from Mitch Harvey, after Jono Hayes made a good spoil that allowed us to turn the footy over and get an early goal. From then on, Port ran the game out much better, kicking the last three goals to run out 57 point winners. We barely fired a shot in the first half and were chasing black and white jumpers for the majority of the day.

 

North Adelaide 7-8 (50) defeated by Port Adelaide 16-11 (107)
 

Goal Kickers: Mitch Harvey 3, Alex Barns, Callum Wilkie, Stephen Tahana, Jonathon Hayes 1.


Best Players:

Tom Schwarz: 19 disposals, 5 tackles, 6 clearances.

Cameron Craig: 9 disposals, 2 marks.

Max Thring: 16 disposals, 4 clearances, 2 tackles, 2 clearances.

Alex Spina: 22 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 3 clearances.

Mitch Harvey: 11 disposals, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 3 goals.

Jordie McKenzie: 19 disposals, 9 tackles, 4 clearances.

 

Statistics                             
North AdelaidePort Adelaide

Disposals- 248-411

Marks- 60-105

Tackles-46-56

Clearances-27-48

Inside 50’s-36-48

Rebound 50’s-31-28
 

A disappointing day at home highlighted by the statistics above. We were out-hunted, outworked and completely outplayed from start to finish. We now turn our focus to South Adelaide in our final home game for 2016. Game kicks off at 2:10pm.

See you at the footy

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME

NATURE OF INJURY

TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

BOLES, Patrick

Back

Season

GORDON, Sam

Finger

Season

LLOYD, Billy

Ankle

Test

ANDERSON, Joe

Hip

Test

TEASDALE, Luke

Back

Test

CRAIG, Cameron

Hamstring

TBC

August 08, 2016 - Under 18 V South
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Round 17 Under 18
Sat August 6  

North:       3.2       5.6      9.10     14.16   100                              

South:        2.2      4.4       6.6        6.6      42                                                 

Goals:  Dyer 4, Sweet 2, Graham, Rozee, Driscoll, Kirk, Smoker, Minervini, Nixon, Coleman-Oakes 1

Best: Graham, Wilsdon, Wohling, Cumming, Kirk, Rozee

Fielding a side with 7 Under 18 State Reps and 2 Under 16 State Reps, one could be excused for thinking this was going to be a walk in the park.

However South took it right up to us in the first half. With the breeze and having a two goal lead ten minutes into the second quarter it appeared we could put the result beyond doubt at half time. But South worked hard and ran the ball well to reduce the margin to just 8 points at the break.

The third quarter started evenly but about half way through we started to show our ascendancy and had stretched the margin to 22 points at three quarter time. The last quarter we completely got on top and bar for some inaccurate kicking could have blown the margin out past ten goals.

We now face Sturt this week with a win guaranteeing us the double chance.

 

August 04, 2016 - Reserves – R18 v Central District
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R18 v Central District, 2016
Reserves -

After a close loss against Norwood, we were back at Prospect Oval to take on Central District. Six changes were made at the selection table, with Jay Shannon, Josh Gregg and Cameron Craig going up to the league side, while Jack Graham, Jordon Sweet and Ben Jarman played in our Under 18 side on Friday night. Into the side came Lewis Hender and Nick Amato from the league side, while we regained Cohen Thiele, Luke Teasdale, Michael McMahon and Liam Jacka from injury.

Centrals won the toss and kicked with the aid of the breeze and they started in impressive style. Three quick goals to the Bulldogs before we even got going and it looked like we were going to be in for a tough day. We finally got on the board through Lewis Hender who kicked a brilliant goal into the breeze after getting the ball from Mitch Curnow. Michael Virgin was off to a very good start and capped his 10 first quarter disposals with a goal late in the term. We responded well after a shaky start where we were dominated early. Along with Michael Virgin, Nick Amato and Cohen Thiele started the game well with 16 disposals between them and Michael McMahon was providing a spark up forward.

We did not start the second quarter well, with our disposal letting us down and it was Central who kicked the first goal into the breeze. We then responded through Lewis Hender, who took a clever one-handed mark and kicked truly. We then gave ourselves several opportunities in front of goal but our efficiency was poor, kicking 4 points and 2 out on the full from 6 shots. We finally got the next goal through Kahlin Santillo which was followed by a goal to Mark Quinn, which put us in front for the first time at the 24 minute mark of the second term. Wyatt Patterson was playing an excellent game; he drifted forward and took a very courageous mark before kicking truly from a tight angle. By no means was it a spectacular game to watch, and it was a real grind for our team. Goals into the breeze were going to be a premium in the second half and we were going to have to continue playing well. Michael Virgin was leading the way with 18 disposals and a goal; Wyatt Patterson, Mark Quinn and Cohen Thiele were also contributing, as was Blake Helyar with 5 first half tackles.

Central had the breeze in the third term and kicked the opening goal, but from then on, we dominated the game. Liam Jacka was back from injury and his desperate chase and tackle resulted in a goal to Sam McInerney to restore the lead to what it was at half time. The ball was being held in our forward half for most of the quarter and Michael McMahon then got himself on the score sheet after two holding the ball free kicks went our way. We had two in a minute, this time through Nick Dinham who was on the end of a clever pass from Jonathon Hayes. We were well in control of the game by this point before Michael McMahon got his 2nd goal for the quarter, this time after a contested mark on the behind line. Jonathon Hayes then turned finisher later in the term, as we went coast to coast. We dominated the term and our ball movement was as fluent as we have seen this year, which Centrals could not contain. Cohen Thiele had another 9 touches for the term, Michael McMahon had 7 touches and 2 goals. With 5-1 to 1-2 in that quarter, we had set ourselves up for a big win.

Coming home with the breeze in the final term, the game was starting to really open up, as we were finding space through hard work. Mark Quinn was lively all day, and he added his 2nd goal to start the final term after Cohen Thiele won a 50/50 contest. Quinn snapped home that goal before he had his 3rd, this time earning a free with his courage in a marking contest. Another coast to coast goal came our way, this time with Blake Helyar on the end of our quick ball movement. Mark Quinn then had goal number 4 to push the margin well beyond 10 goals. Nick Amato kicked our last two goals, with a Centrals goal wedged in the middle of them, but it was a dominant display from our side after the mid-way point of the first term, as we ran out impressive 62 point winners.

North Adelaide 17-9 (111) defeated Central District 6-13 (49)

Goal Kickers: Mark Quinn 4, Nick Amato 2, Lewis Hender 2, Michael McMahon 2, Kahlin Santillo, Michael Virgin, Nick Dinham, Wyatt Patterson, Blake Helyar, Jonathon Hayes, Sam McInerney 1.

 

Best Players:

Wyatt Patterson: 22 disposals, 9 marks, 3 rebound 50’s, 1 goal.

Michael Virgin: 35 disposals, 7 marks, 3 clearances, 1 goal.

Mark Quinn: 22 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 2 clearances, 4 goals.

Nick Amato: 33 disposals, 12 marks, 6 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Mitch Curnow: 18 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 32 hit outs.

Michael McMahon: 17 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 2 goals.

Blake Helyar: 18 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal.

Statistics-
North Adelaide-Central District

Disposals-384-260

Marks-108-47

Tackles-58- 55

Clearances-32-30

Inside 50’s-45-30

Rebound 50’s-23-27

It was a very good performance from our side as we have now all but assured ourselves a finals spot. We will look to continue improving over the coming weeks with our next game against Port Adelaide on Sunday from 11:25am at Prospect Oval.

See you there.

GO ROOSTERS!

August 02, 2016 - Round 18 North Adelaide V Central Districts
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Round 18
League vs Central District 

After a flat and uninspiring display against Norwood a fortnight ago, we were back at home for another three game stretch, this time against Central District. We made three changes to the side that were beaten by Norwood, with Sam Gordon (injured), Nick Amato and Lewis Hender replaced by Jay Shannon, Josh Gregg and Cameron Craig.

Joe Anderson in game 100 won the toss and kicked with the aid of a strong breeze. It was hot footy in the first few minutes with both sides applying intense pressure at the contest. We hit the scoreboard first through Max Thring who got his first goal for the quarter. We were winning plenty of the football, but we were wasteful going forward, blazing inside 50 and allowing the Centrals defenders to rebound most entries. Centrals then answered with their first goal before we replied instantly with a goal, this time to Leigh Ryswyk. Centrals then kicked the next two goals to take the lead heading into time on. Alex Barns then regained the lead for us as he snuck home his first goal of the game before Max Thring found Brother George to kick his first. Max Thring then kicked his 2nd goal after intercepting a Bulldog defenders pass deep inside our forward 50. Sam De Leonardis and Max Thring started well with 8 disposals each and Jay Shannon had 6 of his own as we held a 14 point lead at the first break.

Centrals got off to an ideal start with the first goal of the 2nd term after we missed a couple of set shots. We hit back through Marlon Motlop, who was on the end of some very good stoppage work. Centrals hit back instantly, before the game became a real grind. Neither team asserted themselves on the contest, as we missed another three chances to goal in the term. Both sides weren’t clean with ball in hand either, but that was a result of the pressure applied from both sides. We then lost our way late in the second term, with Centrals kicking a late one and another goal after the half time siren to take a 6 point lead into the main break. It was a very frustrating quarter as we wasted our chances to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition. We were giving ourselves goal scoring opportunities but our inability to convert was costing us momentum. The rain came at half time and it was evident that it was going to be a tough grind for the remainder of the contest. Jordie McKenzie and Tom Schwarz both lifted, with 9 disposals each in the quarter.

Central kicked the first three goals of the 3rd quarter to break the game open in the first 8 minutes. It was Mitch Harvey that halted that momentum slightly with his first goal from long range. Centrals then steadied as the lead reached a game-high 25 points at the 16 minute mark of the third term. We then lifted as we began to bring ourselves back into the game. Jay Shannon kicked one from the goal square following a Callum Wilkie tackle that caused an important turnover. The margin was back to 13 points as Cameron Craig drifted forward and kicked one from outside 50. We had three goals in 6 minutes as Mitch Harvey took a very good contested mark in the wet and kicked his 2nd goal for the term. After a poor start to the quarter, we responded to bring the lead back to 7 points at the last break.

Fifteen minutes of dour football started the final term, with neither side gaining any momentum. The margin was back to 2 points as Mitch Harvey kicked his 3rd goal as we held possession in our half for the majority of that time, but again, we blew our chances in front of goal, with a couple of shots going out on the full. However, it took Centrals less than two minutes to restore order before Mitch Harvey had goal number 4 with five minutes to go. We had to continue to take the game on, but a turnover across half back was turned into a goal by the Dogs. Centrals kicked another one very late to seal a 15 point win, another game that we had our opportunities but couldn’t get the result.

North Adelaide 12-8 (80) defeated by Central District 15-5 (95)

Goal Kickers: Mitch Harvey 4, Max Thring 2, Marlon Motlop, Alex Barns, Cameron Craig, George Thring, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk 1.

Best Players:

Alex Spina: 20 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s.

Mitch Harvey: 13 disposals, 7 marks, 4 goals.

Stephen Tahana: 9 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles.

Max Thring: 19 disposals, 4 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Jordie McKenzie: 30 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s.


Statistics                               
North Adelaide-Central District

Disposals-328-331

Marks-65-75

Tackles- 57-63

Clearances-34-41

Inside 50’s-44-43

Rebound 50’s-27-32

As mentioned, it was another game that we were very competitive but couldn’t get over the line. Both sides had 20 scoring shots, but Centrals efficiency in front of goal was better as not much separated the two sides in the game statistics at the end of the day. We now switch our focus to next week, where we face a Port Adelaide side that are not only playing good football, but are desperate to keep their finals chances alive. Game is on Sunday @ Prospect from 2:10pm.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME

NATURE OF INJURY

TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

BOLES, Patrick

Back

Season

GORDON, Sam

Finger

Season

LLOYD, Billy

Ankle

1-2 weeks

SLEE, Harrison

Ankle

1-2 weeks

Congratulations to Joe Anderson who played his 100th SANFL game against Central District on the weekend.
Congratulations also to Leigh Ryswyk who received his SANFL life membership on the weekend. Leigh played his 196th SANFL game with an additional 4 state appearances getting him to the 200 games required.

August 01, 2016 - Under 18 V Norwood 
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Under 18 V Norwood

Friday July 22

North: 4.1       8.3      10.5     12.10   82                          

Norwood: 3.2      7.3       9.5        9.7      61                                         

Goals:  Dyer 3, Graham, Scrutton 2, Jarman, LeBois, Minervini, Nixon, Coleman-Oakes 1

Best: Kirk, Rozee, Minervini, Dyer, Jarman, Scrutton

Under lights at Norwood Oval on a Friday night with both sides loaded with State talent, it was a dream game for AFL Recruiters. The game did not disappoint with barely a kick separating the sides for the first three quarters.

The last quarter was also extremely tight with only the one goal scored by us in the first twenty minutes. Norwood had a chance to reduce the margin to 9 points with a relatively easy set shot with six minutes remaining. However a point, given how low scoring the game had been, virtually ended their hopes. We then completely closed out the game with a goal with only a few minutes remaining.

Since the double bye we have now won five games in a row, beating fellow finals aspirants Glenelg, Eagles and Norwood in the process. The game against Sturt in two weeks will decide if we get the double chance.

July 25, 2016 - U18 North V Central District
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Saturday July 23

Under 18:

North:2.5       9.12     16.16  23.24   162                       

Centrals: 2.3        3.3     3.5        4.7  31                                       

Goals:  Sweet 6,  Dyer, Woodcock 3, Hayward, Scrutton 2, Driscoll, Matsouliadis, Kirk, LeBois, Nixon, Daniele, Coventry 1

Best: Minervini, Sweet, Matsouliadis, Kirk, Nixon, Driscoll

Playing winless Centrals with a pretty strong side it appeared we were in for an easy win.

As a result our first quarter left a bit to be desired with players just waiting for it to happen.

However after quarter time we swung into action, scoring seven goals in each of the remaining quarters. As the finals race is very tight, the percentage gained was a timely boost and now places us a win and almost 5% clear of the fifth placed Eagles.

This week’s game is on Friday night at Coopers Stadium starting at 7.30pm. With 3rd playing 4th it should be a good indicator of how we are travelling.

July 21, 2016 - Reserves – Round 16 v Norwood
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Reserves – Round 16 v Norwood @ Coopers Stadium

The Reserves travelled to the Parade to take on Norwood last Sunday. There was only the one change at selection with Cameron Craig replacing the promoted Sam Gordon. The weather was perfect for football in a clash of (Norwood) 2nd v (North Adelaide) 4th on the premiership table.

The game was a free flowing contest with both sides able to move the ball quickly from half back to produce regular scoring opportunities. In a game of momentum, Norwood was efficient in front of goal to have the upper hand at quarter time.

The Roosters controlled large parts of the second term having 10 shots on goal (5.5) to lead by 10 points at half time. The midfield of Josh Gregg, Jay Shannon and Sam McInerney were getting plenty of the football while Sam Wundke & Cameron Craig were impressive in defence.

The 3rd quarter was intense and both sides were competitive around the contest with several physical clashes. The skill level from both sides was good and the defensive pressure kept both sides in the contest. With the game even at 3 quarter time, the contest was set up for an exciting finish.

Norwood was again efficient in front of goal to take the lead early in the last quarter and hold on for the rest of the game. The Roosters had several opportunities to hit the lead but couldn’t convert with the last kick. We won all the key statistical categories except for the one that counts – the scoreboard, going down by 2 points in an entertaining game of fast football.

 

North Adelaide                 2.2          7.7          9.11        12.16.88

Norwood                             4.1          6.3          10.5        14.6.90

 

Goalkickers: Curnow 3, Dinham 3, McInerney 2, Graham 1, Gregg 1, Jarman 1, Virgin 1

Match Statistics

North Adelaide - Norwood

Disposals- 397- 317

Marks- 88-73

Tackles- 69-62

Clearances- 31-28

Inside 50’s- 53-39

Rebound 50’s-25- 41

 

Best Players

Josh Gregg – 32 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 5 clearances, 7 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Sam Wundke – 25 disposals, 7 marks, 2 inside 50’s, 4 rebound 50’s

Blake Helyar – 23 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50’s

Nick Dinham – 14 disposals, 5 marks, 2 inside 50’s, 3 goals

Ben Jarman – 20 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Sam McInerney – 31 disposals, 10 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Mark Quinn – 20 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50’s

The Roosters have the bye this weekend to prepare themselves for our last 4 games of the minor round. Enjoy the break and look forward to seeing you all at Prospect Oval, next Saturday for our next match against Central District, starting at 11:25am.

 

 

July 20, 2016 - R16 – League v Norwood @ Coopers Stadium
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R16 –
League v Norwood at Coopers Stadium

The Roosters travelled to the Parade on Sunday to take on Norwood @ Coopers Stadium. Both sides were looking to get back on the winners list after a frustrating run of losses. One change was made to the side which lost to the Eagles last week, with Cameron Craig making way for Sam Gordon to play his first league game for North Adelaide.

The game got off to a fast start with Norwood kicking the first goal of the contest within the first 40 seconds. The Roosters replied straight from the next centre bounce with Matt McDonough winning the centre clearance and hitting a leading Alex Barns with a perfect pass. Alex Barns kicked truly to get the scoreboard back on even terms. From there, Norwood dominated the tempo of the contest and owned the field position for the rest of the quarter. We went inside 50 on 9 occasions for the quarter but we couldn’t break through Norwood’s defence to hit the scoreboard. Norwood controlled the ball with the disposal count being 112-58 and marks 39-13 in their favour. Norwood kicked 5 goals for the quarter to open up a 23 point lead at the first break. Jordie McKenzie, Matt McDonough, Sam De Leonardis and Marlon Motlop were the best contributors in the first term.

The key focus for the second quarter was to even up the disposal and mark numbers and create more contested situations by being more accountable. Corey Grove went forward to give us another tall option forward of the ball in a minor shuffle to the line-up. Norwood again dominated field position for the quarter having 18 inside 50’s to our 9, our backline holding firm to keep us in the contest. The disposal numbers were better (NA 97, NWD 100) and the mark numbers were (NA 18, NWD 24) we kicked 3 goals for the quarter through singles to Corey Grove, Marlon Motlop and James Craig but conceded 4.3 to be 32 points behind at the main break. Stephen Tahana, Callum Wilkie and Joe Anderson battled manfully in the back half and they received assistance from Jordie McKenzie and Marlon Motlop in a disappointing first half where we didn’t get an even contribution across the playing group.

We responded positively in the third term kicking the first 2 goals through Leigh Ryswyk and Marlon Motlop too quickly get the margin back to 21 points. The third quarter was a very even contest with both sides creating opportunities to hit the scoreboard. We kicked another 2 goals through Mitch Harvey and Mitch Clisby to tally 4 for the quarter while Norwood was able to kick 4.4 to extend their lead to 36 points at the last change. Stephen Tahana, Jordie McKenzie and Marlon Motlop again made solid contributions in a more even performance across the group.

The game opened up in the last quarter with both sides having more scoring opportunities. The Roosters kicked 4.6 with the majors coming through Max Thring 2, Marlon Motlop 1 (3rd for the game) and Alex Barns. Norwood added 4.4 to their total to have the final margin at 34 points. Max Thring, Jordie McKenzie and Callum Wilkie were key playmakers in the last quarter as we had 18 inside 50’s for the term. The game didn’t create too many highlights, both sides fumbling and their efficiency by both hand and foot inconsistent.

North Adelaide 1.4          4.4          8.4          12.10.82

Norwood 5.3          9.7          13.10     17.14.116

Goalkickers: Motlop 3, Barns 2, M.Thring 2, Ryswyk 1, Harvey 1, Grove 1, J.Craig 1, Clisby 1

Match Statistics

North Adelaide- Norwood

Disposals-331-388

Marks- 66-110

Tackles- 67-62

Clearances-33-32

Inside 50’s- 45-57

Rebound 50’s- 40- 32

 

Best Players

Max Thring – 25 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 7 clearances, 7 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Marlon Motlop – 18 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s, 3 goals

Stephen Tahana – 22 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s

Jordie McKenzie – 30 disposals, 9 tackles, 7 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Callum Wilkie – 20 disposals, 6 marks, 3 rebound 50’s

The Roosters have the bye this week to get ready for our final 4 game block of the season. As a group, we need to stick to the process that makes us competitive for longer periods and maintain our intensity at the contest all day. Our next game is against Central District @ Prospect Oval on Saturday 30th July. Enjoy the week off.

See you at the footy.

Go Roosters.

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison  - Ankle - Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick - Back - Indefinite
JACKA, Liam - Shoulder - Indefinite
LLOYD, Billy - Ankle -1-2 weeks
MCMAHON, Michael - Groin-Test
TEASDALE, Luke - Back - Test
GORDON, Sam - Finger - TBC

July 18, 2016 - Under 18 North Adelaide V Glenelg 
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Saturday July 16 at Prospect Oval
Under 18
North Adelaide V Glenelg 

 

North: 2.2        5.6     9.7     13.11      89                                      

Glenelg: 4.1        6.1     10.6   13.6         84                                                 

Goals:Dyer, Hayward, LeBois, Ralph, Wooodcock 2, Rozee, Kiirk, Dittmar 1

Best: Dyer, Matsouliadis, Kirk, Minervini, LeBois, Nixon

In what was probably the game of the season we were able to prevail by 5 points.

We started well but some missed opportunities allowed Glenelg to kick the first two goals of the game. Down 11 points at quarter time we were well satisfied with the effort but just needed to tighten up on some skill errors.

The second quarter was also tight but with seven scoring shots to two we probably should have gone in with the lead. The third quarter we hit the front for the first time stretching it out to 10 points before Glenelg responded to lead at three quarter time.

When they scored a goal in the first minute of the last quarter things looked a little grim. However we hung in there and kicked the last three goals of the game to take the points – the last goal coming with a bit over two minutes on the clock. To indicate how tight the contest was at no stage during the day did the margin get beyond two goals.

This was a valuable win against the top side, and whilst we are only half a win in front of fifth spot, it may go a long way in securing a finals birth.

July 11, 2016 - R15 League vs WWT Eagles at Prospect Oval
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R15 vs WWT Eagles at Prospect Oval

League –

After a competitive yet inconsistent effort against Adelaide last week, we backed up for our 3rd consecutive game at Prospect Oval, this time against a high flying Eagles outfit. Not for the first time this season, we went in unchanged as Josh Carr backed in the same 21 that fell just short against Adelaide.

It was hotly contested football to start proceedings, with both sides cracking in extremely hard early on. Our tackling pressure started on a high note and we got the first goal through Leigh Ryswyk after his kick for goal took a miraculous bounce on the goal line. From then on, the Eagles dominated the contest, kicking the next three goals without reply. We were overusing the handball due to the Eagles pressure which caused us to play the rest of the term in our defensive area. Matt McDonough and Jordie McKenzie started in terrific fashion with 9 disposals each and Joe Anderson had a very good first term in defence. The concern was the inside 50 count, which the Eagles dominated 17-3 as they were able to lock the ball in their forward half, as we struggled to transition the ball with any fluency.

The first 10 minutes of the second term, with the aid of the strengthening breeze, was some of the best football seen this season at Prospect Oval by the Roosters. Max Thring got things going with the first goal before Jordie McKenzie bombed one from long range. Mitch Harvey then added a goal from the centre bounce, with Marlon Motlop’s contested work at the stoppage excellent. The goals kept coming, with Alex Barns next to hit the score sheet with his first before Lewis Hender kicked a great long range goal, with help from a goal square shepherd from Matt McDonough. The Eagles then found a couple of steadying goals to halt the momentum that we had created for ourselves. We managed a late, steadying goal, with Marlon Motlop winning a holding the ball free kick and kicking the goal. For most parts, it was a fantastic quarter of high intensity football. We moved the ball on at all times and attacked through the corridor to give ourselves scoring opportunities. Alex Spina was doing another fine job in defence and Tom Schwarz was once again proving what a valuable asset he is for our football club through the midfield.

The Eagles got the desired start in the 3rd term with the opening two goals to regain the lead, but that was quickly reversed when James Craig channelled his inner small forward to kick an absolute ripper into the breeze. The game was fast becoming a real competitive contest, with neither side able to kick away on the scoreboard. The Eagles were wasteful in front of goal, which was keeping us in the game and the effort of our midfield brigade was right up there in terms of intensity. We were once again right in the contest at three quarter time, with the Eagles holding an 8 point lead heading into the last quarter.

George Thring gave us the ideal start, as he kicked his first goal on the run from outside 50. The ball spent a lot of time in the middle of the ground as the game became a highly congested affair. With 5 minutes to go, we levelled the scores through Jordie McKenzie who kicked his 2nd goal. The ball then spent some time in our defensive 50, with both sides desperate not to concede a score.  The Eagles won a free kick straight in front to put them 6 points ahead before we had one last entry to try and draw the game. Unfortunately, the ball was just 10m out from our goal when the final siren went as we lost another close game for season 2016.

North Adelaide 10-4 (64) defeated by Eagles 9-16 (70)

Goal Kickers: Jordie McKenzie 2, Marlon Motlop, Alex Barns, George Thring, Mitch Harvey, Lewis Hender, Max Thring, Leigh Ryswyk, James Craig 1.

Best Players

Matt McDonough: 31 disposals, 8 clearances, 5 rebound 50’s, 3 inside 50’s

Tom Schwarz: 19 disposals, 11 tackles, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Alex Spina: 22 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s

Jordie McKenzie: 25 disposals, 5 tackles, 7 clearances, 2 goals

James Craig: 8 disposals, 3 tackles, 34 hit outs, 1 goal

George Thring: 19 disposals, 3 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal

 

Statistics                             

North Adelaide - WWT Eagles

Disposals-303 - 316

Marks- 54 - 75

Tackles-55 - 41

Clearances-43 - 29

Inside 50’s- 40 - 44

Rebound 50’s-35 - 27

We definitely had our chances to win the game, our efficiency in front of goal keeping us in the contest. We have to find a way to turn our competitive performances into winning results. This week we head to Coopers Stadium to take on Norwood on Sunday from 2:10pm.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT


PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison
- Ankle -Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick- Back -Indefinite
JACKA, Liam- Shoulder -Indefinite
LLOYD, Billy- Ankle- 2-3 weeks
MCMAHON, Michael- Groin- 1-2 weeks
TEASDALE, Luke- Back- Test
GRAHAM, Jack- Elbow- Test
 

 

July 11, 2016 - ROUND 15 Reserves v WWT Eagles at Prospect Oval
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Reserves –

R15 v WWT Eagles at Prospect Oval

After dropping a close game to Glenelg last week, we were faced with the task of taking on the ladder leading Eagles at Prospect Oval on Saturday. We were forced into three changes, with Billy Lloyd (ankle), Liam Jacka (shoulder) and Luke Teasdale (back) all forced out with injury. Into the team came Sam McInerney, James Baron and Kahlin Santillo.

We got off to an absolute flyer, with the first goal coming within 90 seconds to Blake Helyar, but that was where it ended for us in the opening term. The Eagles kicked 5 unanswered goals to have us well and truly on the back foot. We were being seriously outworked at the contest by a hardened side as we were forced into defending a lot more than we were attacking. After that first goal, the Eagles controlled the ball and had field position in their forward half for most of the quarter. The clearance numbers were telling a tale, with our boys trailing 12-4, which resulted in a lop-sided inside 50 count of 13-5 in the visitors favour. It was a hard quarter to pick out best players in the term, but Jack Graham lead the way with 7 touches and Jay Shannon started well with 5 disposals and a couple of tackles.

We kicked a couple of behinds early as we had the breeze in the second term. Kahlin Santillo was working hard all over the ground and we finally kicked our second goal through Nick Dinham in a tough, contested game of football. We kicked two in a minute, this time it was Mark Quinn who kicked truly as we were playing much better football and started to reduce the margin. The Eagles steadied before Blake Helyar pounced on a skill error from the Eagles defence to kick his 2nd goal. We were the better side in the second term, evening the clearance and inside 50 numbers and winning more contests around the ground. Jonathon Hayes was superb, gathering 10 disposals for the term, as well as 3 marks. Jay Shannon added another couple of tackles and 7 disposals to carry on his good work. On a sour note, Jack Graham was out for the rest of the game, as he sustained an elbow injury just before half time.

Nick Dinham got things going in the second half with goal number 2. While his original set shot was smothered on the mark, he recovered to kick a nice goal into the breeze. The Eagles answered quickly with a fortunate bounce on the goal line before we were able to hit back through Ben Jarman as our pressure was much improved since the first break. From then on, the Eagles tore the game apart with 6 unanswered goals to finish the term. The Eagles showed why they are the best team in the competition by completely dominating in all areas of the game. Our structure fell apart as we were pressured into constant turnovers whenever we were able to win the ball. Kahlin Santillo was everywhere in the 3rd term with 6 touches and 6 tackles and Jay Shannon continued his consistent game. Josh Gregg had 7 touches for the term and Corey Davey was continuing his consistent 2016 form across half back.

The last quarter turned into a shootout as both sides traded blows in a see-sawing last quarter. Nick Dinham was the beneficiary of some good stoppage work to kick his 3rd goal before yet another turnover proved costly. The Eagles kicked the next one before Ben Jarman had his 2nd goal as we continued to fight the game out. The Eagles hit back instantly before Jonathon Hayes kicked a goal after Jay Shannon hit a beautiful tackle that caused us to win a turnover. Sam Gordon, who played the majority of the game in defence, was thrown forward and kicked himself a goal after the pack fell down around him. The Eagles then hit back again and Nick Dinham capped off one of his better games for the season with his 4th goal. The Eagles then goaled once more on the final siren as we fell to our second defeat in a row, this time by 41 points.

 

North Adelaide 11-6 (72) defeated by Eagles 18-5 (113)

 

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Blake Helyar 2, Ben Jarman 2, Sam Gordon, Mark Quinn, Jonathon Hayes 1.

Best Players

Jay Shannon: 20 disposals, 2 marks, 9 tackles, 7 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Nick Dinham: 17 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 4 goals

Corey Davey: 18 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 2 clearances

Kahlin Santillo: 18 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Wyatt Patterson: 12 disposals, 4 marks

Statistics-

North Adelaide-WWT Eagles

Disposals-313 - 342

Marks- 77 - 66

Tackles  -49-  40

Clearances- 40 - 35

Inside 50’s-43 - 43

Rebound 50’s-25 - 31


The Eagles are a quality outfit at this level and showed that they will be the team to beat again in 2016. We played some good football for periods of the game on Saturday and will look to maintain our consistency for longer in next week’s contest against Norwood at the Parade from 11:25am on Sunday.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!

July 11, 2016 - Under 18 V Eagles
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Saturday July 9
Under 18

North: 4.4         6.6    9.13    9.14      68                                       

Eagles: 0.0        3.1     4.3       4.8       32                                                       

Goals:  Smoker 3, Nixon 2, Dyer, Wohling, Ralph, Minervini 1

Best: Kirk, Wohling, Santillo, Nixon, Matsouliadis, Slee, Minervini

Playing second placed Eagles we got off to a great start with the breeze, kicking four goals whilst holding them scoreless. This was the quarter that won the game as the following three quarters were quite even 5 goals 10 to us 4 goals 8 to the Eagles.  It was quite a dominant display and there is a host of players showing the ability to succeed at a higher level either this year or the coming seasons.

The concerning factor was for the second week running we missed a host of easy opportunities. Luckily it has not mattered. The good news is we went from 5th to second, but as is the tightness of the competition a loss to Glenelg this week could see us slip to 5th again!

Last time against Glenelg we were very inaccurate losing 10 19 to 13 9, but both sides will have many made changes since then.

July 05, 2016 - R14 Reserves v Glenelg
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Reserves –

R14 v Glenelg at Prospect Oval

The boys had a week off last week thanks to the bye, so we went into Saturday’s game against Glenelg fresh and ready to go. Back at Prospect Oval once more, we made 6 changes, with Michael Virgin and Sam Wundke back from the League side, Luke Teasdale was back from injury and Ben Jarman, Jordon Sweet and Jack Graham were all back from state under 18 duty. Out of the side went Jake Liston, who played League, Michael McMahon (groin), Kahlin Santillo, Lee Minervini, Jordy Schmidt and Cohen Thiele.

We got the jump in the opening quarter with Ben Jarman kicking our first. Sam Gordon and Andy Read got the ball going the right way with some excellent tackling pressure and our ball movement was efficient early. Billy Lloyd added his name to the score sheet as Jonathon Hayes was on fire early. Our pressure was allowing us to hold the ball in our forward half and we continued to hit the scoreboard. Michael Virgin started in terrific fashion and kicked his first goal before the game became a stalemate. Both sides were overusing the football and we started to become a bit careless with the ball. Jay Shannon ended the stalemate with his first goal, to go with 4 tackles and 8 touches for the term. Jonathon Hayes and Michael Virgin both had 12 touches and Ben Jarman chimed in with 9 of his own and a goal. We played some exceptional football for periods of the first term, with our ball movement by foot impressive.

After a good first term, it was like the teams swapped jumpers. Glenelg kicked the first 4 goals of the term to take the lead after being four goals down at the first break. Our effort dropped as did our pressure and we lost our discipline, which cost us their first goal. We then kicked the next three behinds before Mark Quinn kicked his first goal. Glenelg then went end to end to reduce the margin to just 2 points at the main break. It was a very frustrating quarter for us as we fell away in our pressure and our inconsistency in our performance was proving evident. Jay Shannon and Michael Virgin were leading from the front and Jonathon Hayes was providing a spark up forward and in the midfield. Jack Graham was injecting himself on the contest with his hardness around the ball as well and Josh Gregg was being a quiet achiever with 14 touches and 3 tackles for the half.

Glenelg got the first goal of the second half as they took an uncontested mark in the goal square to re-take the lead. We then hit back with the next two goals, with Maris Olekalns finishing off some very good work from Jay Shannon, who chopped off a Glenelg switch to bring the ball to ground. Jack Graham then kicked a goal himself as he brought his Under 18 form with him which was pleasing to see. Glenelg then kicked the last two goals of the term as they took a 5 point lead into the final break. We dominated the term for large parts, but we couldn’t turn that into scoreboard pressure. We were wasteful going forward and our inefficiency with our disposal began to hurt.

We got off to a bright start in the final term, with Jonathon Hayes getting the first goal, before Josh Gregg continued his very good game with a goal of his own. Glenelg then cut the lead to a solitary point before Jay Shannon kicked a steadier. The game became a dogfight for the most part, but we were down to 18 fit players by the middle part of the final term. Glenelg then kicked the last three goals of the game as they were running on top of the ground as we looked tired and fatigued. Glenelg ended up with a 12 point win in a game that was there to be won in the last 10 minutes.

North Adelaide 10-8 (68) defeated by Glenelg 12-8 (80)

Goal Kickers: Jay Shannon 2, Josh Gregg, Michael Virgin, Mark Quinn, Jack Graham, Billy Lloyd, Jonathon Hayes, Ben Jarman, Maris Olekalns 1.

Best Players:

Josh Gregg: 34 disposals, 9 marks, 7 tackles, 4 clearances, 9 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Sam Gordon: 14 disposals, 6 marks.

Michael Virgin: 40 disposals, 12 marks, 1 tackle, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Jay Shannon: 29 disposals, 10 marks, 7 tackles, 8 clearances, 2 goals.

Jonathon Hayes: 31 disposals, 10 marks, 5 clearances, 1 goal.

Jack Graham: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 3 clearances, 1 goal.

Ben Jarman: 26 disposals, 11 marks, 4 inside 50’s 1 goal.

Statistics -
North Adelaide - Glenelg

Disposals-398 - 390

Marks-117 - 95

Tackles-52 - 40

Clearances-37 - 33

Inside 50’s - 49 - 43

Rebound 50’s - 32 - 39

A disappointing result for the Reserves side as the inconsistency in our performance was exposed by a much cleaner Glenelg outfit. We get the chance to make amends against the Eagles on Saturday from 11:25am.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

July 04, 2016 - R14 vs Adelaide at Prospect Oval
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R14 vs Adelaide at Prospect Oval

League –

After a much needed week off with the bye, we were back at Prospect Oval to take on Adelaide on Saturday afternoon. We made two changes from the side that lost to West Adelaide with Michael Virgin and Sam Wundke both sent back to the Reserves. Joe Anderson was back from injury and Jake Liston was promoted from the Reserves.

We got the first couple of goals in the game, with the first coming from Leigh Ryswyk through our defensive pressure before Jake Liston kicked his first league goal. Our ball movement was fluent and we were able to cut through the Adelaide defensive structure early in the contest. Our tackling was very good also as we controlled the game in the early exchanges. Adelaide then scored their first goal at the mid-way point of the term as the momentum started to shift. We then hit back through George Thring, who again was the beneficiary of some excellent ball movement from defence. Adelaide finished the quarter much better, with the last two goals going their way and taking the lead from us late in the term. Adelaide started to control possession and we were allowing too many uncontested marks through the middle of the ground. Sam De Leonardis and Jake Liston started well, as did George Thring and Alex Spina continued his impressive form across half back.

Adelaide dominated the first 6 minutes of the second term, but they were unable to hurt us on the scoreboard, which allowed us to stay in the game. Lewis Hender kicked the opening goal of the term before Leigh Ryswyk had a 2nd goal. Our ball movement from stoppages was excellent, as was our desperation at the contest. Mitch Harvey then got himself a goal in game number 50 to push the lead out to 15 points. We unfortunately let through a coast to coast goal which came after the half time siren to have the lead slashed to 9 points. Tom Schwarz was outstanding in the 2nd term with 14 touches and 5 clearances. Mitch Clisby was getting involved, with his run and carry important and Stephen Tahana was winning critical contests deep in defense against the Adelaide small forwards.

A 9 point half time lead turned into a 15 point lead with Leigh Ryswyk kicking his 3rd goal within 12 seconds of the quarter starting. Mitch Harvey then added his 2nd goal as we shot out to the biggest lead of the contest. Adelaide then seized control of the contest and slammed through 5 unanswered goals as our errors and lack of composure were punished on the turnover. Alex Spina was our best on ground until he got hurt in a marking contest as he had 22 touches. Matt McDonough was thrown into the midfield and had a real impact on the contest with 11 disposals for the term. We needed a big response in the final term, as we were in the game on the scoreboard. We had to take every chance that came our way.

We got off to the perfect start in the final term, with Max Thring bobbing up and kicking a goal, but that momentum was short lived as Adelaide hit back with an instant response. The final term became a slog, with both sides unable to gain control of the game. We continued to make poor decisions while in possession and turned the ball over far too easily. Adelaide kicked a late goal as we kept on trying until the final siren, but we were simply not good enough for long enough to win, as Adelaide went on to win by 15 points.

 

North Adelaide 9-9 (63) defeated by Adelaide 11-12 (78)

Goal Kickers: Leigh Ryswyk 3, Mitch Harvey 2, George Thring 1, Lewis Hender 1, Jake Liston 1,

Max Thring 1.

 

Best Players:

Alex Spina: 26 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 6 rebound 50’s.

Tom Schwarz: 26 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 7 clearances.

Matt McDonough: 27 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 8 clearances.

Leigh Rysywk: 15 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 3 goals.

Max Thring: 23 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal.

Stephen Tahana: 11 disposals, 4 tackles.

 

Statistics-
North Adelaide-Adelaide

Disposals- 353-363

Marks- 66-112

Tackles-61-57

Clearances- 36-30

Inside 50’s-38-52

Rebound 50’s-39-28

 

We definitely had our chances today, but we were let down by our inconsistency across four quarters. We allowed Adelaide to control possession, with too many uncontested marks allowing them to gain easy field position. Our disposal by foot was not efficient enough against a good defensive side like Adelaide. The challenge is now on the players to bring the same effort and application to their task for four quarters. Our next opportunity to do this is next Saturday against the Eagles, back at Prospect Oval from 2:10pm

Congratulations to Mitch Harvey on his 50th SANFL League game and Jack Graham on winning the Division One Larke Medal in the Under 18 National Championships.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME- NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
LLOYD, Billy-Ankle-Test
JACKA, Liam-Shoulder-Test

July 04, 2016 - U18 V West Adelaide
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Saturday July 2

Under 18 North V West 

North: 7.10         12.13    18.17    25.21      171                         

West: 0.1           0.3        1.4        1.4           10                                              

Goals:  Hayward 7, Santillo 3, Dyer, Nixon, Smoker 2, Wilsdon, Slade, Matsouliadis, Slee, Kirk, LeBois, Ralph, Minervini, Coleman-Oakes 1

Best: Wohling, Santillo, Hayward, Nixon, Minervini, Dyer

With a host of players returning and West completely undermanned, the game was done as a contest by quarter time. To their credit they were able to stay focused and apply pressure for the full game. In fact the margin probably should have been far greater with a host of set shots missed from little or no angle.

The next two weeks will probably determine our season. One win off the Eagles who are second, but half a win outside the final four, we play the Eagles this week then top placed Glenelg.

June 22, 2016 - Reserves – R12 v West Adelaide @ Prospect Oval
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Reserves – R12 v West Adelaide @ Prospect Oval

After back to back losses, we were keen to get back on the winner’s list against West Adelaide at Prospect Oval on Sunday. We made 3 changes to the side with Luke Teasdale (back), Ben Lakin and Derick Wanganeen (ill) replaced by Jay Shannon, who returned from suspension, Jordy Schmidt and Kahlin Santillo.

The game got off to a very congested start, as West threw numbers behind the ball, which allowed us to control possession. We got on the board through Blake Helyar who kicked a nice crumbing goal. We then continued to dominate field position with the ball locked in our forward half of the ground. Mark Quinn kicked his first goal after Jonathon Hayes fired out a quick handball and then Sam Gordon added his name to the score sheet after taking a fine contested mark, which was a result of a brilliant chase and tackle by Lee Minervini. We were peppering the goals, but our inability to convert was not being punished by an understrength West Adelaide side. Nick Dinham kicked our last two goals on what was a dominant quarter, our efficiency going forward erratic due to the congestion being created by West Adelaide. The stats showed our domination as we had 45 more disposals, 14 more clearances and 19 more inside 50’s. Jake Liston started like a house on fire with 12 disposals, and Cohen Thiele chimed in with 9 of his own. Corey Davey and Lee Minervini both were terrific across half back, gathering 14 disposals between them and putting plenty of pressure on the opposition.

We continued our great start in the second quarter, with Maris Olekalns getting the first goal from long range. We then started to overuse the ball and lose our direct approach to goal, allowing West Adelaide to get the next goal before Sam Gordon had a 2nd goal to his name. West then kicked a late one, as the game became very scrappy with high numbers around every contest. Lee Minervini and Jake Liston were our best players in the first half, Lee with 20 disposals and Jake with 19 and 5 clearances. Mitch Curnow was dominating the ruck and his 2nd efforts were important. We had 33 inside 50’s for the half, scoring on 15 occasions and holding a 37 point lead at the main break.

A fast start to the 3rd term was what we wanted and that is what we got. Josh Gregg got the ball rolling as he was building into the game. Cohen Thiele then kicked back to back goals to continue our dominance of the contest. Nick Dinham then had his 3rd, before West got one back. Nick Dinham had his 4th goal, the end result of some very good team play from a stoppage. West kicked one on the siren but we put the game well beyond doubt with another dominant quarter. We scored 10 times from 12 entries as our efficiency inside 50 was much improved from the first half. Jake Liston was flying, another 10 touches that quarter and Cohen Thiele was superb having 13 of his own, to go with 7 inside 50’s. Jay Shannon worked his way into the game and was having a strong influence around the stoppages.

We kept on our merry way to start the final term, with Mark Quinn having a strong performance to kick his 2nd and 3rd goal for the game. West then got a couple back as the game became uncontested and free flowing. Nick Dinham then capped off a fine game, with the last three goals going his way to make it 7 for the game and catching everything that came his way. It was a percentage-boosting 76 point win, but it was a frustrating game to watch, given the way we wasted chances in the opening half. We had many contributors all over the ground and it was a good team effort for four quarters.

North Adelaide 17-16 (118) defeated West Adelaide 6-6 (42)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 7, Mark Quinn 3, Sam Gordon 2, Cohen Thiele 2, Josh Gregg, Blake Helyar, Maris Olekalns 1.

Best Players;

Jake Liston: 33 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 7 clearances, 5 inside 50’s.

Cohen Thiele: 38 disposals, 11 marks, 6 tackles, 9 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Nick Dinham: 18 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 7 goals.

Mark Quinn: 18 disposals, 3 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 3 goals.

Corey Davey: 22 disposals, 7 marks, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50’s.

Maris Olekalns: 22 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Lee Minervini: 25 disposals, 4 marks, 9 tackles ,3 inside 50’s.

Jay Shannon: 28 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 7 clearances, 3 inside 50’s.

 

Statistics
North Adelaide-West Adelaide

Disposals- 430-269

Marks-106-74

Tackles-83-93

Clearances- 48-23

Inside 50’s-56-18

Rebound 50’s-12-39

It was a solid four quarter performance on Sunday with our defensive actions consistent all day, but we let ourselves down with our efficiency going forward. We have the week off now to rest up and get ready to take on Glenelg once more on Saturday July 2nd at Prospect Oval.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!                                

June 22, 2016 - League – R12 v West Adelaide @ Prospect Oval
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League – R12 v West Adelaide @ Prospect Oval

After an impressive win over Glenelg, we went into this week’s game looking to back up against last-placed West Adelaide at Prospect Oval. We went into the game with an unchanged side after the four quarter team performance last week.

West got the ideal start with the opening goal in what were ideal conditions. We then hit the board through Alex Barns, who took a good contested mark inside 50. We did not look switched on at all in the opening stages and West regained the lead once more with another goal. We then scored back to back goals; the first coming from Mitch Harvey after Lewis Hender pressured a rushed kick across goal which allowed Mitch to intercept and goal, before taking the lead through Max Thring, who kicked a beauty from the scoreboard pocket to get the crowd up and about. West then got a late goal as we got hurt on the rebound. We were indecisive with our ball movement and our intensity and competitiveness at the stoppages needed a lift. George Thring and James Craig started well but as a team, we lacked accountability and direction with West Adelaide leading at the first change by 2 points.

West Adelaide then got the jump in the 2nd term to extend their lead as we continually turned the ball over and it was another 7 minutes before we could impact on the scoreboard. It was Max Thring once again who goaled, who was the final link in our best passage of play for the game to that point. We levelled the scores with back to back points, but we found ourselves trailing once more as West Adelaide went the length of the field to goal. They kicked the final two goals for the half and we went into the main break 3 goals behind. We looked indecisive, unsure and reactive. West Adelaide were dictating play by getting first use at the stoppages and gaining strong field position for the majority of the game. Max Thring was a leading light with 9 possession and 2 goals. Tom Schwarz and Matt McDonough were getting involved. We needed to take the game on and play with speed in the second half to get some momentum back in the game.

We looked flat at the start of the third quarter as West Adelaide kicked the first 3 goals of the second half to push the margin beyond 6 goals, as our inability to transition the ball from half back was putting us under intense pressure. We finally scored our first goal in more than a quarter of football through Michael Virgin, but that was instantly answered by West. We jagged a late goal through Leigh Ryswyk which cut the margin to 31 points but it was still more of the same as West continued to win the ball at the stoppages, our disposal continued to be inefficient and we struggled to play our way. Jordie McKenzie and Mitch Clisby started to step things up in the 3rd term and Tom Schwarz was our leading disposal winner over the first three quarters. The margin was close enough, but we had to stand up and play the way we want to play.

West got the start that we wanted with the first goal before we hit back through Alex Barns, who had his 2nd goal. That goal was replied once more and the lead was at a game high 37 points. We then started our charge. Max Thring kicked his 3rd goal from long range as he continued his very good game. We then got on a real roll, the crowd were starting to get involved and push our players towards victory. Callum Wilkie was then thrown forward and kicked two goals in a row as we found a pulse and that got stronger. We were all over West like a rash as Marlon Motlop kicked his first goal to cut the margin to just 11 points. We then went the length of Prospect Oval, in which Lewis Hender broke away to once again find Marlon Motlop who had his 2nd. The lead was just 5 points and there was enough time left to win the game. We had some opportunities to hit the lead but unfortunately we couldn’t get one more goal. It was a shattering result, but it was purely of our own making. We played fast football for the last 15 minutes and doubled our three quarter time score. West Adelaide played the better football for longer to record a 4 point win.

North Adelaide 12-6 (78) defeated by West Adelaide 13-4 (82)

Goal Kickers: Max Thring 3, Marlon Motlop 2, Alex Barns 2, Callum Wilkie 2, Mitch Harvey, Michael Virgin, Leigh Ryswyk 1.

Best Players;

George Thring: 26 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s.

Stephen Tahana: 10 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 2 rebound 50’s.

Max Thring: 22 disposals, 6 marks, 2 clearances, 7 inside 50’s, 3 goals.

Marlon Motlop: 19 disposals, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 2 goals, 4 score assists.

Tom Schwarz: 23 disposals, 13 tackles, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s.

Leigh Ryswyk: 19 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Key Statistics-
North Adelaide-West Adelaide

Disposals- 351-354

Marks- 76- 69

Tackles- 87-96

Clearances- 31- 45

Inside 50’s- 46- 42

Rebound 50’s- 27-35

Obviously not the result we wanted or set ourselves for. We played slow football for the majority of the day which allowed West Adelaide to play the game on their terms. Our intensity and skill level was not at the required level and there were too many defensive breakdowns in our structure which West Adelaide took full advantage of. The better side won on the day and we now have the bye to prepare ourselves for our next contest against Adelaide at Prospect Oval on Saturday July 2nd, 2:10pm start.

Enjoy the break and see you at the game.

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
ANDERSON, Joe-Hamstring-Test
TEASDALE, Luke-Back-Test

June 14, 2016 - Under 18 V Sturt
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Saturday June 11

Under 18:

North: 4.0         4.1         4.3           6.5         41                   

Sturt: 2.4         5.10      7.15        12.17     89                                   

Goals:  Simmons, Garlett, Driscoll, Santillo, Smoker, Denham

Best: Santillo, Wilsdon, Kennedy, Driscoll, Kirk, Rogers

Fielding our most inexperienced side for the year, with 10 players unavailable to the Club due to state commitments and a handful of others injured, we had the job ahead of us on Saturday.

The first quarter saw us start well with the breeze but Sturt gradually got on top as the day wore on.  Whilst the final score line was not flattering, the effort of the players could not be faulted.

The good news from the weekend was the form of Kahlin Santillo playing his second game back from a knee reconstruction whilst playing League last year.

We now have two byes with our next game on Sunday July 3 at City Mazda. With  the availability of several college players that weekend we should field a very competitive side.

June 14, 2016 - R11 Reserves V Glenelg @ Gliderol Stadium   
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R11 v Glenelg @ Gliderol Stadium    

Reserves –
     

After a close loss to South Adelaide last Saturday, we were well rested as we took on Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. We went in with just the two changes, with Sam De Leonardis being called up to the league side and Kieren Smith left out of the team, while Lee Minervini was back from the State under 18’s team and Luke Teasdale back from an injury.

We did not get the start we wanted in what were cold conditions at the Bay, with Glenelg having 1 clearance and 1 goal within a minute of the game starting, also with the aid of a slight breeze favouring the school end. We then got on top in the game as we became better with our attack on the ball. Our first goal came through Michael McMahon, who ripped the footy out of the hands of a Glenelg opponent while Cohen Thiele wrapped him up in a perfect tackle. Glenelg then piled on the next three goals as we fell away in our structures and defensive set-ups. We stopped the rot through Cohen Thiele but it was Glenelg who responded quickly. Blake Helyar had a good start and kicked an answering goal but it was Glenelg who took a very handy 25 point lead at the first break. Cohen Thiele started like a house on fire, with 10 touches and 5 marks, and Luke Teasdale also impacted the game with 7 touches and 3 clearances. We had to make use of the breeze that saw Glenelg kick 7 goals and be more disciplined in our play, as we were giving away too many easy free kicks in dangerous areas.

We got the start we wanted through our skipper in Nick Dinham, but the momentum was short lived as Glenelg kicked another easy goal on the rebound. Maris Olekalns was getting plenty of the footy, and he kicked a long bomb from 65m out as we went coast to coast after a Glenelg behind. Glenelg got another run-on, with the last three goals for the quarter and we were hanging on by our fingernails. We were 39 points down at the main break, but the stats sheet showed that we had more disposals, clearances and tackles. We weren’t making good decisions with the ball in hand and defensively we were allowing Glenelg too match space to move the ball out of our forward half. We definitely needed a big lift after half time with our efficiency by foot needing improvement. Better players in the first half were Maris Olekalns who had 19 touches and Billy Lloyd made a strong impact in the second term.

Glenelg got the ideal start in the third term, with the first goal going their way. We finally managed back to back goals for the first time in a while, with our small forwards Jono Hayes and Mark Quinn kicking goals from crumbing opportunities. Glenelg managed to get a late goal as our discipline fell away and the game was a scrappier affair in the third term. Again, we continued to lead all the key stats areas, but we were unable to translate that into a reduction in the lead held by Glenelg. Our decision making going forward lacked in polish and our forwards were having a tough day at the office. Maris Olekalns continued his consistent game while Billy Lloyd added another 10 touches to his tally. Cohen Thiele was playing a good game and Blake Helyar was getting better as the day went on.

The last quarter was the best footy we played all day. We were the better side in the final 28 minutes, as we kicked four goals, with Michael McMahon adding his 2nd goal, as did Mark Quinn. Ben Lakin kicked his first goal at Reserves level and it was game on when Nick Dinham cut the margin to 14 points. We couldn’t find another score and we went down by 13 points, after being down by 40 points at the final break. We are left to lament a poor first three quarters which saw the game get away from us with Glenelg controlling field position for most of the day.

North Adelaide 11-9 (75) defeated by Glenelg 13-10 (88)

Goal Kickers: Michael McMahon 2, Nick Dinham 2, Mark Quinn 2, Cohen Thiele, Blake Helyar, Jonathon Hayes, Maris Olekalns 1, Ben Lakin 1.

Best Players:

Cohen Thiele: 31 disposals, 6 marks, 8 tackles, 8 clearances, 1 goal.

Maris Olekalns: 32 disposals, 7 marks, 4 clearances, 1 goal.

Billy Lloyd: 29 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles.

Josh Gregg: 25 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 6 clearances.

Blake Helyar: 25 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 5 clearances, 1 goal.

Michael McMahon: 22 disposals, 7 marks, 2 goals.


Statistics:                            

North Adelaide-Glenelg

Disposals-389-325

Marks-79-72

Tackles- 85- 69

Clearances- 44 - 29

Inside 50’s-44 - 45

Rebound 50’s-31-31

It was a disappointing loss for us as we suffered our 2nd loss in succession. The reserves need to respond and get back to playing more consistent football to get the results they were achieving earlier in the year. We are back at Prospect  this Sunday @ 11:25am when we face West Adelaide.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

June 14, 2016 - R11 League v Glenelg
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R11 v Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium

League –

After a competitive loss to South Adelaide last week, we went down to Gliderol Stadium to take on a resurgent Tigers outfit on their home deck on Monday. We were forced into two changes, with Joe Anderson out injured and Jay Shannon suspended. Into the team was our vice-captain Max Thring who was back from injury and Sam De Leonardis came in for his first league game in 2016.

It was evident early that the Roosters had come to play, with our pressure and intensity at the contest at a very high level. Alex Barns got our first goal on the board early as we played the game in our half of the oval. We then missed a few shots in a row before we got our second goal soon after through Lewis Hender, who was playing against his former side. Our ball movement was fast and direct allowing our forwards to get into 1 on 1 contests. Nick Amato started well and he got his name on the score sheet after Corey Grove won an important one on one contest in defence. Mitch Harvey finished off a terrific quarter with his first goal after the siren and we took in a handy 24 point lead at the first change. Alex Barns provided a target up forward, Jordie McKenzie had 10 touches and was ably assisted by Tom Schwarz who had 9 touches and Sam De Leonardis had 7 touches and 3 clearances. We scored 9 times from 12 forward entries, but we had to be more accurate in front of the sticks to make the most of the chances we had.

The first 17 minutes of the second quarter really decided the game. We again dictated the game and our ability to defend and turn the ball over was a major factor in the contest. Michael Virgin got the ball rolling with his first goal as we went coast to coast. Sam De Leonardis drifted forward and kicked his first from the centre clearance, as we had two goals in a minute. Tom Schwarz kicked a terrific goal from the cricket club pocket after our forward pressure forced Glenelg to kick the ball out on the full from a kick in. Alex Barns and Mitch Harvey added their second goals as we jumped out to a lead of more than 9 goals. Glenelg then kicked the next two goals as we turned the ball over with indecisive ball movement. Michael Virgin had his 2nd goal as we got a quick reply and Nick Amato kicked his 2nd goal to cap off a great half by our side. Everything came together as we played the best football we have played this season. Sam De Leonardis had 13 touches and 7 clearances to go with his goal in the half and Nick Amato had 11 touches and 2 goals as well. Tom Schwarz lead the way with 17 touches and 4 tackles and Jordie McKenzie carried on getting plenty of the footy.

We expected a response from Glenelg after the first half and the heat in the game was certainly turned up by the home side. It was goal for goal as Michael Virgin’s 3rd goal started the scoring and Lewis Hender added a 2nd goal, which was separated by a Glenelg response. Glenelg added another goal before Mitch Clisby waltzed into an open goal to kick his first. Our ball use by hand and foot was extremely good and our movement was proving hard to contain. Our effort was consistent and the pressure we applied on the opposition was standing up all afternoon. Sam De Leonardis made it two goals in as many minutes as we scored another centre clearance goal. Mitch Harvey then added his 3rd goal late in the term after we got a down-field free kick. 5 goals to 2 in the third quarter saw the margin extend to 69 points as our domination continued. Leigh Rysywk was prominent in the third term, as was George Thring and Marlon Motlop. Callum Wilkie was playing a great game and was another one of our young players that was shining.

The final term was a goal-fest. Glenelg kicked the first two, before Mitch Harvey had goal number 4 and Sam De Leonardis made it two in succession with his 3rd. We lost our heads momentarily as we gave away a 50m penalty and goal, but we got back on track as Sam De Leonardis had his 4th soon after. Glenelg kicked the next couple before Leigh Ryswyk kicked a nice goal into the breeze. Lewis Hender then capped a good day against his former club with goal number 3 as we continued to hit the scoreboard. Mitch Harvey then made it a handful and James Craig kicked a late one as we ran away with a 74 point win, to move into 6th spot on the ladder after 10 completed games.

North Adelaide 23-10 (148) defeated Glenelg 10-14 (74)

Goal Kickers: Mitch Harvey 5, Sam De Leonardis 4, Lewis Hender 3, Michael Virgin 3, Alex Barns 2, Nick Amato 2, Mitch Clisby, Leigh Rysywk, Tom Schwarz, James Craig 1.

Best Players:

Sam De Leonardis: 27 disposals, 5 marks, 11 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 4 goals.

Tom Schwarz: 28 disposals, 16 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

James Craig: 13 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 48 hit outs, 1 goal.

Jordie McKenzie: 32 disposals, 8 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s.

Mitch Harvey: 19 disposals, 9 marks, 5 goals.

Callum Wilkie: 20 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle.

Corey Grove: 18 disposals, 3 marks, 2 clearances.

(13 honourable mentions to the rest of the 21, all played well)

Statistics                             

NAFC-GFC

Disposals-389-309

Marks-89-56

Tackles-73- 78

Clearances-36-41

Inside 50’s-57- 47          

Rebound 50’s -36-30

A very good result for the Roosters against a Glenelg side that performed extremely well last week beating Port Adelaide. We came to the game with the right attitude and the challenge now is to take that attitude and effort into next week against West Adelaide, who are still searching for their first win. We are back at Prospect Oval on Sunday from 2:10pm and we are looking forward to a big crowd as we look to put together consecutive wins for the first time in 2016.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME -NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick- Back-Indefinite
ANDERSON, Joe-Hamstring-1 week
TEASDALE, Luke-Back-Test
 

June 07, 2016 - U18 v South Adelaide
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Saturday June 4th

Under 18:

North:0.3        2.7        7.9        10.14   74                              

South:4.4       6.6         7.8        11.8     74                                              

Goals:  Santillo, Denham 3, Minervini, Rozee, Smoker, Coleman-Oakes

Best: Minervini, Santillo, Rozee, Kirk, Driscoll, Denham

Today our players got an opportunity to play on AAMI Stadium; we played after the State U18 game against the Allies.    An opportunity for some lads to showcase themselves to the many recruiters present.

The game was expected to close, over recent weeks South have been playing some very good footy and we knew we were in for a fight.  We had a few debutantes and one player returning from a long term injury.

South jumped us early and at Qtr time they had a 4 goal lead, we started very slow and were held goalless.

The second Qtr saw a slightly better performance, we managed to kick to a few goals, but inaccurate goal kicking would be the story of the day, going into half time 2.7. We were unable to close the gap and still trailed by 4 goals at the half.

The third Qtr we found some form, got some momentum and hit the scoreboard, we kicked 5.2 in the 3rd to put us by 1 point at 3Qtr time.  It was important we kept this energy and momentum going into the last.

The final Qtr was goal for goal and again our poor conversion in front of goal let us down, we kicked 3.5 in the final Qtr, just converting one of our 14 behinds for the day would have resulted in a win.  We finished with a draw, our first for the year, an empty feeling as we left AAMI Stadium.

Next week we welcome back some college players as we line up against Sturt at Prospect.  The U16’s State trial is on as well, so we lose a few players and wish the boys the best of luck in their trial.

 

 

June 07, 2016 - Round 10 League v South Adelaide
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Round 10 League  v South Adelaide 

After a week off for most of our players due to the state game last week, we headed south to Noarlunga to take on South Adelaide.  We made two unforced changes, with Sam Wundke and Nick Amato coming into the team for Jake Liston and Cohen Thiele.

Perfect conditions greeted the two sides and it was the Roosters who jumped out of the blocks. Mitch Harvey opened the scoring with the first two goals, with the second coming from open play. We were aggressive early and all the play was in our forward half of the ground. Lewis Hender added another goal before South fought their way back into the contest. The Panthers kicked the final two goals of the first term to cut our lead to just 3 points at the first change. South were starting to control the game and they were dominating in the midfield, with 9 more clearances resulting in 11 more inside 50 entries. Jordie McKenzie and Tom Schwarz started well in the middle while Alex Spina was continuing his good form in defence.

South got the jump in the second term with the first goal to take the lead. The Panthers were clean with their ball movement and were starting to expose our team defence with deep entries over the top. We then steadied the flow, with Alex Barns kicking his first and Mitch Harvey had his 3rd to push the lead back out to more than a goal. We were playing better footy, but we were still getting beaten at the stoppages. South kicked the next 3 goals, with two of them coming the same way as their first for the term. We lost the in-form Joe Anderson to a hamstring injury late in the 2nd term as he was chasing his opponent which meant Cameron Craig had to go back onto Brett Eddy who was their dangerous avenue to goal. At half time, South Adelaide had double the inside 50’s and 10 more clearances to hold a 9 point lead at the main break. Our leading contributors were our state representatives in Jordie McKenzie and Mitch Clisby, along with Marlon Motlop, Nick Amato and Tom Schwarz.

South maintained their hold on the game in the 3rd quarter increasing the margin to 25 points. They continued their midfield domination and punishing our errors with full effect. They kicked the first three goals of the term before veteran Leigh Ryswyk kicked truly from the goal square. South kicked the last goal of the term as well, coming from indecision that caused us to turn the ball over and they ran into an open goal. Tom Schwarz had a very good quarter, as did Michael Virgin, who had 12 disposals for the term.

We were 25 points down at the final break and we got the 1st goal of the final term through a long range shot from Marlon Motlop. South then regained the momentum before Alex Barns added his 2nd goal as he got on the end of some rare clean ball movement. Matt McDonough then kicked his first before Mitch Harvey capped off a very good game with his 4th goal at the 17 minute mark to bring the margin back to 12 points. Unfortunately we couldn’t continue with the momentum as South Adelaide kicked the final three goals of the contest to end up winning by 31 points.

North Adelaide 10-8 (68) defeated by South Adelaide 15-9 (99)

Goal Kickers: Mitch Harvey 4, Alex Barns 2, Marlon Motlop, Matt McDonough, Lewis Hender, Leigh Ryswyk 1

Best Players

Tom Schwarz: 22 disposals, 4 marks, 11 tackles, 8 clearances

Marlon Motlop: 19 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Jordie McKenzie: 29 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles, 9 clearances

Nick Amato: 21 disposals, 6 tackles, 3 clearances

Mitch Harvey: 11 disposals, 7 marks, 4 goals

Mitch Clisby: 25 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 5 rebound 50’s

Alex Spina: 20 disposals, 7 marks, 7 rebound 50’s

 

Statistics  
North Adelaide-South Adelaide

Disposals-313-339

Marks -82-86

Tackles-78-77

Clearances - 30-43

Inside 50’s-37-53

Rebound 50’s -35 -27

We worked hard all day but were exposed on the turnover by a skilful South Adelaide outfit. We were beaten at the contest far too often and the game was played for too long in our defensive half. We move forward to the June long weekend where we face an improving Glenelg team on Monday. Both sides sit on 3 wins each for the season and we need to find a way to get some reward for effort.

League game starts at 2:10pm, look forward to seeing you all down at the Bay.

GO ROOSTERS!

 

Injury Report

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
THRING, Max-Hamstring-Test
TEASDALE, Luke-Hamstring-Test
ANDERSON, Joe-Hamstring-TBC
LISTON, Jake-Foot-TBC
 

June 07, 2016 - Round 10 Reserves V South Adelaide
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R10 v South Adelaide  Hickinbotham Oval

Reserves –

After a close win over Sturt a fortnight ago, we took the long drive to Noarlunga to take on a vastly improved South Adelaide on Saturday. We made 5 changes, with Cohen Thiele, Jake Liston, Liam Jacka, Nick Dinham and Kieren Smith all coming into the side and Michael Clinch, Sam McInerney, James Baron, Nick Amato and Sam Wundke the outs from a fortnight ago.

Dewy conditions were what the two teams were faced with when they started the match. Both sides had players slipping and the ball was hard to handle in the early exchanges. We were on the back foot early, with South kicking two goals within 6 minutes, with the ball barely entering our forward half. We then got back into the contest when we hit the scoreboard off the boot of Sam Gordon before we hit the lead through Cohen Thiele. We continued our momentum with another goal through Nick Dinham, who got on the end of some good forward half pressure. Josh Gregg then added his name to the score sheet with his first, again from good pressure in our forward half. We went in to the first break with a handy 13 point lead, with Jake Liston leading the way with 7 disposals and 4 clearances, Sam Gordon was providing a strong contest up forward and Sam De Leonardis worked hard to have an early impact on the game.

The 2nd term didn’t start in ideal fashion, with South getting the first goal as the game became an error riddled affair. It took us 18 minutes to finally get a goal, this time through Derick Wanganeen who drifted forward and kicked truly. South hit back straight away before Maris Olekalns got a very important late goal to push our lead back out to 13 points, as it was at quarter time. Jake Liston was outstanding in the first half with 17 touches, 4 tackles and 8 clearances, Josh Gregg and Billy Lloyd worked hard through the midfield and Wyatt Patterson was strong in defence. The game was very even with both sides not allowing each other to move the ball with any fluency. The message at half time was to continue competing hard at the contest and to improve our skill execution, especially by foot.

Nick Dinham started off the second half with his 2nd goal as our pressure was superb in the early part of the term. South then hit back before Maris Olekalns then added his 2nd as we restored our lead. South then got the momentum in their favour, kicking the next 3 goals of the term to get the game back on even terms. Michael McMahon got a much needed steadier after South levelled the scores. We lost Jake Liston to injury early in the 3rd term with an injured foot which hurt us in the midfield. Sam De Leonardis was very good, as was Josh Gregg and Billy Lloyd once again. Wyatt Patterson was having a great game down back with his effort and competitiveness standing out.

The last quarter was going to be a nervous 28 minutes for both teams. It took 8 minutes before a score, with Corey Davey kicking truly to push the margin out to 2 goals. South then kicked the next three goals to lead by 7 points with 5 minutes remaining. The game became stagnant as South did well to close the contest down to force repeat stoppages. We managed to score 2 points but when the final siren sounded, we were behind by 5 points in a physical game of football.

 

North Adelaide 10-11 (71) defeated by South Adelaide 11-10 (76)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 2, Maris Olekalns 2, Derick Wanganeen, Josh Gregg, Sam Gordon, Michael McMahon, Cohen Thiele, Corey Davey 1.

Best Players

Michael McMahon: 17 disposals, 9 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Wyatt Patterson: 14 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles

Sam De Leonardis: 28 disposals, 4 marks, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Josh Gregg: 21 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal

Billy Lloyd: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles

Corey Davey: 21 disposals, 6 marks, 8 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Derick Wanganeen: 22 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 clearances, 1 goal

 

Team Statistics -
North Adelaide-South Adelaide

Disposals-340 -333

Marks -82- 92

Tackles - 79 -81

Clearances -33- 36

Inside 50’s-41- 42

Rebound 50’s-31- 29

Like the league side, not an ideal result for the reserves, but we get a chance to redeem ourselves against Glenelg on the June long weekend Monday. Game start is 11:25am and we look forward to seeing you all there.

GO ROOSTERS!

May 24, 2016 - League – R9 v Sturt at Prospect Oval
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R9 v Sturt at Prospect Oval
League 

After a very good win over West Adelaide last weekend, we were back at home against Sturt, who are one of the form sides in the SANFL under new coach Martin Mattner. We made one change, with Billy Lloyd being the unlucky one to miss with George Thring coming back into the side. This was a big test for our side and a check on how far we have come as a football club in the first 9 rounds of the season.

The threat of rain was known very early in the week and it had arrived before the first bounce. So we knew that the game would be a grind and the ball was going to spend a lot of time at ground level. It was goal for goal early, with neither side taking a lead and holding it, with our first two goals coming off the boot of Alex Barns and the third from Jay Shannon in an even first 20 minutes. We got a little jump on Sturt with Leigh Ryswyk ending his goalless drought and Matt McDonough finishing off a great quarter for our side. We moved the ball well but it was very much a contested contest with both sides applying good physical pressure. Alex Spina and Cohen Thiele started well with 7 touches each and Jay Shannon and Tom Schwarz had 3 clearances each. We went in with a 2 goal lead and confident in the way we were playing.

Sturt got the first goal of the 2nd term before we got it straight back as Alex Barns turned rover to pick up his 3rd goal after being blocked in the marking contest that was spilled by a Sturt defender. We then let the next goal slip as we turned the ball over and were punished to full effect. We then steadied through Tom Schwarz, who couldn’t have been found with a better pass from the Sturt full back who made an error with his kick in after a Lewis Hender behind. Rain continued to fall in the second term, causing the game to become even more of a slog, but you wouldn’t know it by watching Alex Spina’s hard work across half back. He was so important for us with 11 disposals for the term, compiled with his efforts in making contests and using his penetrating kicking skills to full effect, he was easily our best player on the ground. Jordie McKenzie was being Jordie McKenzie, working hard in the midfield and Alex Barns chimed in with 3 first half goals. Confidence was still high, as we took a 13 point lead into the main change and the crowd were giving the boys a lot of energy.

Sturt again struck first in the second half as we were punished for not being disciplined in defence and punching the ball through for a point. Sturt scrambled the goal to reduce our margin before Lewis Hender who hadn’t been accurate in front of goal, converted for his first. The wet weather was not allowing either team to play clean footy and opportunities were few and far between for us. Marlon Motlop kicked a sensational goal from 50m out to extend our margin before Sturt then got right on top. They began to dominate in the clearances and their speed of ball movement was becoming concerning. They kicked the last two goals of the 3rd term to reduce the margin to a solitary point and it looked like it was going to be an exciting finish.

The first 20 minutes of the final term we conceded the first five goals that would effectively kill off the contest, as we had no answer for their midfield domination and their ball movement was precise. They upped the pressure and we were struggling to get our hands on the ball. They had 44 more disposals and 23 more marks which showed they were able to play the game on their terms in the final quarter. We did manage 1 goal to Marlon Motlop to have his 2nd goal for the game, but it was far too late as we were exposed for lack of composure under pressure and our decision making was poor. Sturt are a quality outfit and deserved their win, playing four quarters of consistent football to grind us away in the end. We now have a week to heal the sore bodies and get ready for our next game against the Panthers.
 

North Adelaide 10-8 (68) defeated by Sturt 13-10 (88)
 

Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 3, Marlon Motlop 2, Matt McDonough, Lewis Hender, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk, Tom Schwarz 1.

Best Players

Alex Spina: 26 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s

Jordie McKenzie: 31 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Mitch Clisby: 23 disposals, 4 marks, 7 rebound 50’s

James Craig: 11 disposals, 47 hit outs, 3 clearances

Marlon Motlop: 19 disposals, 4 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s, 2 goals

Alex Barns: 14 disposals, 4 marks, 11 hit outs, 5 inside 50’s, 3 goals

 

Statistics-North - Sturt

Disposals -316-373

Marks- 68- 88

Tackles-69- 64

Hit Outs- 62-32

Clearances-34-43

Inside 50’s-44-50

Rebound 50’s-35-33

 

While it was not the result we set ourselves for, we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves against a South Adelaide side that has lost its past two games. It’s always a tough ask to win down there at Noarlunga, but the players will get themselves prepared mentally and physically over the next 2 weeks to play another quality opponent. We have shown that we can now head into every contest knowing that if we play our brand of football, we can get the result.

Congratulations to Captain Mitch Clisby and Jordie McKenzie on earning selection in the SANFL State squad of 25 to play the VFL this Sunday @ Adelaide Oval. We wish them well and hopefully the side can have a win against the Big V.

Enjoy the break, and see you at Noarlunga next Saturday 4th June @ 2:10pm.

GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME-
NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SLEE, Harrison-
Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-
Back-Indefinite
THRING, Max-
Hamstring-Test
SANTILLO, Kahlin-
Knee-Test
DINHAM, Nick-
Shoulder-Test
SMITH, Kieren-
Knee-Test
JACKA, Liam-
Thumb-Test
TEASDALE, Luke-
Hamstring-Test

May 24, 2016 - Round 9 Reserves v Sturt at Prospect Oval
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Reserves –
R9 v Sturt at Prospect Oval

After another solid victory over West Adelaide last week, we were back at Prospect Oval to take on Sturt for the 2nd time in 3 games. We were forced into 6 changes, with George Thring going up to the league side, Luke Teasdale and Nick Dinham both missed through injury and Jordon Sweet, Lee Minervini and Ben Jarman are now involved with the SA State under 18’s squad in preparation for the upcoming National Championships.

Sturt got the fast start with an early goal before we hit back with two of our own from Michael McMahon, who gathered cleanly and snapped home and Jono Hayes who received a free kick in front of goal. Our tackling was terrific early and we were also seeing a much more determined Sturt side than we saw a fortnight ago. Sturt then kicked the next couple of goals to regain the lead, but that was short-lived as Blake Helyar slid through a pack and soccered home his first goal, which was a goal we desperately needed. However, it was Sturt that finished the term better, as they kicked the last two goals to take a 17 point lead into the first break. We were good for the first part of the quarter but fell away as Sturt got on top.

The rain arrived and the game slowed down and became a hard slog. It took 11 minutes for the first goal and we got that through Blake Helyar, who did some very nice work at a stoppage to kick his 2nd. Michael Clinch was again playing up forward, using his pace to kick the next two goals. His forward pressure was the catalyst for the 2nd of the goals as he won a holding the ball free kick. Sturt then kicked the final goal of the half to retake the lead in what was a highly entertaining contest to this point in the game. Nick Amato was terrific with 15 touches and 6 clearances, Mark Quinn showed good intensity at the contest and Sam Wundke was very solid in defence.

Sam Gordon started the second half with a bang, grabbing the ball out of the ruck to snap his first goal for the game before he had his 2nd from a very tight angle after Sturt kicked the ball out on the full. Sturt then put the clamps on us before Sam Gordon got on the end of some quick ball movement in open space to kick his 3rd goal for the quarter. Sam Gordon then turned provider for Michael Clinch’s 3rd goal as our clearance work again was of a high standard. We were very good in the third term in trying conditions. Corey Davey was working tremendously hard with 4 tackles and Nick Amato was also continuing his good game with another 11 disposals for the term.

Sturt kicked the first three goals in the final term to get right back in the contest. Michael Clinch’s forward pressure allowed Blake Helyar to kick his 3rd goal to extend our lead. With 10 minutes to go, Sturt scrambled a goal which then cut the margin to within a goal and it was a nail-biting finish as we held on to win by just five points. It was a character building victory as we were forced to fight very hard to win the game after being down early. We now find ourselves in 2nd place on the ladder and playing some very good football.

North Adelaide 11-9 (75) defeated Sturt 11-4 (70)

Goal Kickers: Michael Clinch 3, Sam Gordon 3, Blake Helyar 3, Michael McMahon, Jono Hayes 1.

Best Players

Nick Amato: 34 disposals, 4 marks, 9 clearances, 9 tackles, 5 inside 50’s

Sam Wundke: 23 disposals, 6 marks, 3 rebound 50’s

Mark Quinn: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50’s

Sam De Leonardis: 26 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances

Blake Helyar: 17 disposals, 6 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 3 goals

Josh Gregg: 25 disposals, 9 tackles, 8 clearances

Corey Davey: 15 disposals, 11 tackles, 2 inside 50’s

 

Statistics -North- Sturt

Disposals-368-294

Marks-69-48

Tackles-102-115

Clearances-42- 37

Inside 50’s-44-34

Rebound 50’s-23-30

Due to the state game bye, we get the weekend off and get a chance to rest some sore bodies and be fresh and ready to take on South Adelaide down at Noarlunga, as we look to continue our good form in the first half of the year.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!

May 23, 2016 - U18 North V Norwood
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Under 18

North: 2.2        3.2        4.5        5.6       36                                    

Norwood: 2.2       4.3         8.4        13.5     83                                            

Goals:  Simmons, Dyer, Tahana, Rozee, Dittmar.

Best: Kirk, Wohling, Wilsdon, Driscoll, Shirley, Kennedy

The game was expected to be a tight contest, both sides with many changes this week due to State footy.  We were able to reward some players for their hard work at training and we played some U16’s who performed well this year. 

The first half saw the tight contest that we expected going into the game, Qtr time was level and half time we were down 7 points.  We highlighted some areas that we needed to tweak and look forward to a good second half.

The second half saw Norwood put together a really good half of footy, they managed to kick 9 goals to our 2.  Our foot skills let us down with us missing target, we did not play our brand of footy, but take nothing away from Norwood who play a very good game and were hungry for the fight. 

Final result saw us go down by 47 points; we take a lot of learning out of this game and look to improve moving forward.  We have a good group of proud boys who will bounce back.  We have a bye this week for the State game.  Our next game against South Adelaide at AAMI Stadium after the State U18’s game, so a good chance for our lads to put their skills on display. 

May 16, 2016 - League – R8 v West Adelaide @ City Mazda Stadium
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League v West Adelaide 

After a close defeat to Adelaide last week, we had to regroup and switch our focus to take on the 2015 Premiers West Adelaide, who was desperate to win for the first time in 2016. We made two changes, with the unlucky Max Thring missing with a strained hamstring and Maris Olekalns making way for Billy Lloyd and Jake Liston. It’s a great story for Jake, as it was his first league match since 2012, after spending the last two seasons at Meningie in the River Murray League.

To get our group up and about, early goals were the order of the day and did we get them! Alex Barns snapped our first as our forward pressure forced West Adelaide to turn the ball over in a dangerous position on the ground. Straight from the centre bounce after the first goal, we had a second, this time it was Mitch Harvey who kicked a lovely goal. Jordie McKenzie and Jay Shannon added their name to the goal kickers list in the opening term as we were forcing West Adelaide into a multitude of turnovers and making them pay with scoreboard pressure. West then hit back with their first goal of the game before the break, but it was North with all the momentum after a quick start. Our inaccuracy in front of goal was frustrating as we only took a 17 point lead into the first break after having 10 shots to West Adelaide’s 3. Leigh Ryswyk was creating headaches and providing an outlet for the defence, Jay Shannon was working hard at the stoppages, Jordie McKenzie was everywhere and Jake Liston settled into the game well.

Fast starts were becoming habit for us as Marlon Motlop, in game number 50 in the red and white, kicked the first goal of the 2nd term within the first 30 seconds. From then on, we were on the back foot as West piled on 6 straight goals without a miss in a 20 minute patch where we went away from what was working so well in the first term. We were turning the ball over and our defensive transition broke down on occasions into the strong breeze which allowed easy scoring opportunities for West Adelaide. The rot finally ended with Lewis Hender, who kicked his 50th goal at league level. Both sides went inside their forward 50 on 12 occasions but West Adelaide’s efficiency was well above ours (6 shots to 4). We went into the main break 5 points down with our key contributors being Tom Schwarz with 9 disposals for the term and Michael Virgin with 7.

We got off to the perfect start to open the third term with Lewis Hender regaining the lead with an early goal. We were gaining field position from the centre stoppage and defending our forward 50 well to keep the ball in the area, putting pressure on the West Adelaide defenders.  This pressure was evident to set up Mitch Harvey for his 2nd goal of the day. West kicked the next goal before Alex Barns received a free under the old scoreboard and goaled from long range. Matt McDonough then kicked a massive goal from 60m out to add to the lead before Mitch Harvey added his 3rd with yet another coast to coast goal. Alex Barns made it goal number three from the centre bounce with Harvey turning provider before Lewis Hender had his 3rd just before the three quarter time siren as we took a very handy 35 point lead into the final term. It was a very good quarter of team football which produced 14 shots on goal; our accuracy was the only negative, kicking 7 goals & 7 points. Jordie McKenzie continued his great form and Matt McDonough showed his class with several impressive kicks. Tom Schwarz had another 9 touches and Mitch Harvey was providing a strong presence up forward for the team.

The final term was somewhat of an arm wrestle with West closing the margin with the first two goals. Both sides were tiring in the conditions as we continued our hard work all over the ground. Jordie McKenzie then capped off a great game with his 2nd goal late to seal a very good win and our 3rd for the season. Tom Schwarz and Mitch Harvey both played their best games for the year and Jake Liston looked impressive in his first game for 2016. Callum Wilkie was very good all day and James Craig dominated in the ruck once again. It was a good win which improves our record to 3 wins and 4 losses and has us sitting in 6th position on the ladder after round 8.

North Adelaide 14-16 (100) defeated West Adelaide 11-7 (73)

Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 3, Mitch Harvey 3, Lewis Hender 3, Jordie McKenzie 2, Marlon Motlop, Matt McDonough, Jay Shannon 1.

Best Players:

Jordie McKenzie: 34 disposals, 14 clearances, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 2 goals.

Tom Schwarz: 27 disposals, 7 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s.

James Craig: 15 disposals, 40 hit outs, 3 marks, 3 clearances.

Callum Wilkie: 17 disposals, 7 marks, 2 clearances.

Mitch Harvey: 15 disposals, 9 marks, 3 goals.

Jay Shannon: 18 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Jake Liston: 19 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 4 inside 50’s.

Matt McDonough: 22 disposals, 5 marks, 3 clearances, 7 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

 

Key Statistics-North Adelaide-West Adelaide

Disposals-345-345

Marks- 88-69

Tackles -36-45

Clearances- 38- 28

Inside 50’s-55 -41

Rebound 50’s-29-40

After a good win today, we are back at Prospect Oval on Sunday as we take on a red-hot Sturt outfit who are arguably the form side in the competition. We will need to be on our game for four quarters and play the North Adelaide way to get a positive result. The League game starts at 2:10pm and the Reserves at 11:25am. Hope to see you all at Prospect this weekend.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!
 

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Round 11
SLEE, Harrison -Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
TEASDALE, Luke-Hamstring -3 weeks
THRING, Max-Hamstring-2-3 weeks
DE LEONARDIS, Sam-Calf -Test
READ, Andy-Hamstring-Test

May 16, 2016 - Reserves V West Adelaide
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North Reserves v West 

After a terrific four quarter display against Sturt last Sunday, we went to City Mazda Stadium full of confidence to take on West Adelaide. We made four changes to the successful outfit with Billy Lloyd and Jake Liston going up to the league side while Liam Jacka and Kieren Smith both missed. Into the team came Nick Amato, Blake Helyar, Maris Olekalns and George Thring was back after an injured knee that kept him out of action since round 2.

One handball, two kicks and a mark was all it took for us to get our first goal on the board through Sam Gordon. West then had some opportunities but missed before kicking the next goal as they punished our skill errors. Mark Quinn restored order with his first goal after Mitch Curnow kept the ball alive for the team before the returning Blake Helyar found himself on the end of some excellent ball movement out of defence. Michael Clinch started up forward and was creating a mountain of space and options for the midfield, kicking our 4th goal for the term to put us 20 points up at the first break. Ben Jarman and Luke Wharton started like a house on fire, the latter providing plenty of dash and Ben Jarman seemed like he was everywhere. Lee Minervini and Maris Olekalns also found plenty of the ball and Blake Helyar had 8 touches, 3 clearances and a goal in his first quarter back from injury. However, the first term was soured by a hamstring injury to Luke Teasdale, which ruled him out for the rest of the game.

It took 8 minutes to get on the board in the 2nd term with Mitch Curnow getting on the end of some good work by Mark Quinn at a stoppage and kicked the first of the term. Another goal from a centre clearance was scored by Blake Helyar, who had his 2nd goal. Mark Quinn then added his 2nd goal after earning a free kick directly in front. West kicked the next three goals as they started to out-work us in the contest and we needed to regain momentum. George Thring then received yet another free kick in front of goal to restore our control. We were out-worked for periods of the second term, especially when West Adelaide got first possession at the stoppages. George Thring and Josh Gregg got plenty of the footy, while Blake Helyar and Mark Quinn’s stoppage work was very good.

We got the start we were after in the 2nd half, with the opening goal coming from the probing kick of Maris Olekalns. Mitch Curnow then had a 2nd goal before Maris Olekalns also kicked his 2nd goal in a devastating 5 minutes of play. The Curnow goal had a slice of luck, when he looked to pass the ball, but it went over the back of the pack and rolled through. Blake Helyar added two more goals to take his match tally to four as our transition from defence into attack was proving to be a headache for the opposition. We let two goals slip as we were hurt on transition but we got a reply through defender Corey Davey, who drifted forward and kicked truly. It was a very good quarter from our lads, kicking 6.2 to 2.2 in a much improved quarter, Nick Amato leading the way with 13 touches and Blake Helyar kicked a couple of goals. Luke Wharton, Wyatt Patterson, Corey Davey and Sam Wundke continued their hard work down back, repelling many a forward entry from the home side.

The final term was a very dour affair, with West kicking the first two goals before we controlled the game from then on. Over the next 20 minutes, the game tightened right up as we denied West Adelaide the football but could not really capitalise on our dominance. We finally got on the board through Mark Quinn, who kicked his 3rd before Blake Helyar capped off a fine game for him by kicking his 5th goal. Nick Amato added yet another 13 touches in the final term and Josh Gregg put in a very good performance across all four quarters. Blake Helyar was fantastic on return and Corey Davey worked hard all day.

 

North Adelaide 16-9 (105) defeated West Adelaide 9-4 (58)

Goal Kickers: Blake Helyar 5, Mark Quinn 3, Mitch Curnow 2, Maris Olekalns 2, Michael Clinch, George Thring, Sam Gordon, Corey Davey 1.

Best Players:

Josh Gregg: 31 disposals, 11 marks, 5 clearances, 5 tackles.

Nick Amato: 37 disposals, 13 marks, 6 clearances, 8 inside 50’s.

Blake Helyar: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 7 clearances, 5 goals.

Ben Jarman: 25 disposals, 7 marks, 8 tackles, 4 inside 50’s.

Corey Davey: 18 disposals, 8 marks, 5 tackles, 5 rebound 50’s, 1 goal.

Mark Quinn: 19 disposals, 7 marks, 6 clearances, 3 goals.

George Thring: 29 disposals, 11 marks, 5 rebound 50’s, 1 goal.

Maris Olekalns: 25 disposals, 15 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

 

Key Statistics                        
North Adelaide-West Adelaide

Disposals-386-351

Marks-141-90

Tackles - 51-50

Clearances-38-32

Inside 50’s-42-46

Rebound 50’s-35-26

Yet another very good performance across four quarters, carrying on from our big win over Sturt last week. We take on Sturt once again this Sunday at Prospect Oval where we will look to continue the good football we have played over the last three games. The game kicks off at 11:25am and we look forward to seeing you all there.

The SA under 18 squad for the National Championships starts their preparation this week and we would like to wish the following players all the best for the upcoming games;

Ben Jarman

Jordon Sweet

Jack Graham

Lee Minervini

Kym LeBois

Dakota Nixon

Will Hayward

We also currently have Brandan Parfitt, Dominic Grant and Xavier Cubillo representing the Northern Territory in the Under 18 National Championships. The NT has played two games, winning their first against Tasmania by 69 points before going down to a strong Queensland side in the second game by 87 points. We wish them well for the rest of the Championships.

GO ROOSTERS!

May 16, 2016 - Under 16 & Under 18 Washup
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Saturday May 12th – Semi Final

Under 16

North:3.2          5.4          5.6          6.8          44

Eagles: 3.5          6.6          9.8          9.10        64          

Goals:  Rack, Fletcher 2, Woodcock, Coyne

Best: Woodcock, Henriks, Rozee, Rack, Coleman-Oakes, Symrneos

The first half saw North play some good footy, and it was tight contest.  Neither side looked dominate and it seemed this game would go down to the wire.  Rozee started off strong with 20 disposals in the first half.  North had plenty of footy inside 50 but were unable to get reward for effort, we trailed by 8 points at half time.

The third Qtr saw the eagles blow the game open, kicking 3 goals to our zero, this ended up being the difference, we were able to keep them goalless in the final qtr but were unable to put enough on the scoreboard ourselves, Eagles defeat us by 20 points.

That concludes the U16 program, we thank all the coaches and support staff for their efforts this season.  Good to the boys throughout school and college football for the remainder of the year.

 

Under 18:

North: 2.2        8.4        10.12        15.17       103             

Centrals:4.4         8.5         11.5        13.6          84                              

Goals:  Kirk 4, Dittmar, Simmons 2, Dyer, Slade, Lakin, Watts, Denham, Nixon, Reid

Best: Nixon, Kirk, Graham, Driscoll, Wohling, Dyer

With all college players out and a few injuries we saw 7 changes this week which gave 5 kids their debut in North colours and we welcome back 1 player from the long term injury list.

A quick start saw us get an early lead in the first 10mins and then we were run over in the final half of the first Qtr to trail by 14 points at Qtr time.

A better second Qtr saw us draw that score back and we were back level with Central at half time, good goal kicking enabled this as we kicked 6 goals in the Qtr.

We had a much stronger 3rd Qtr having 10 shots on goal, unfortunately on able to convert 2 of them, this saw us with a small lead in the final break, we were just unable to get reward for effort.

A big final Qtr from either side would determine to result, we again managed to have 10 scoring, converting half of them, which saw us home with a 19 point victory.

Next week sees the State U18 kids start their championship; we wish them the best of luck and hopefully can put on a good display and impress some AFL recruiters.  Good luck to the 7 NAFC players part of the U18 State Squad.

A short turn around for the U18’s, we play Friday night under lights at Norwood.

May 10, 2016 - Round 7 League vs Adelaide at Prospect Oval
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League v Adelaide 

After a terrific win over Glenelg last week, we were fired up and ready to take on an in-form Adelaide side on Sunday at Prospect Oval. In a rare luxury for the footy club, we took in an unchanged side for the first time in a very long time.

The first goal went the way of the visitors, going coast to coast and carving through us to get the scoring underway. We then got on a roll, with four quick goals from Jay Shannon, Mitch Harvey, Lewis Hender and Marlon Motlop to gain the momentum and have the crowd involved in the contest. We then conceded the next two goals, as we started to make skill errors as a light shower came across Prospect Oval. Our pressure was terrific through the first quarter, with Mitch Clisby kicking a much needed, captain’s goal to regain the ascendancy before Jordie McKenzie extended the lead. Adelaide jagged a late goal to cut the margin to 10 points at the first break. Our pressure and ball movement was very good early as we held momentum for large parts of the first term. Max Thring was very noticeable in the first term, getting plenty of the footy and using the ball well.

Adelaide got the jump again in the second term, with the first goal before Lewis Hender added a 2nd goal for the game as he earned a free in a dangerous position on the ground. We were attacking the football with ferocity and the contest became a physical grind due to the weather. Disaster then struck, with Max Thring’s great start to the game ended in a frustrating manner as his hamstring let go on him. Adelaide’s pressure was forcing us into over-using the handball instead of getting the ball forward with our kicking. Michael Virgin found himself in space and kicked our 2nd goal for the term before they got a late one, as they did in the first term. We lost the term by 2 points but still held the lead by 8 points at half time. We played some good and exciting football in the first half, but we started to overuse the ball by hand. Jordie McKenzie was leading the way, working very hard in the middle, as well as Jay Shannon and Matt McDonough.

We got off to the perfect start in the second half as Leigh Ryswyk snapped a goal from a very tight angle. Jay Shannon orchestrated the goal, winning yet another free kick and finding Ryswyk in the forward 50. Adelaide kicked the next two goals, as we continued to overuse the handball in very trying conditions. The game was a real slog and both sides were cracking in hard at every contest. We were trying to take the game on and take it up to the opposition with our attack at the football. We had to keep working at it in the final term, with the lead just the solitary point going into the final stanza.

Adelaide then threw everything at us early in the last quarter, with the first two points going their way. We then started to get on top in the contest. We held the football in our forward 50, with repeat entries and our ability to win the ball at stoppages good. However, we were unable to convert on the scoreboard, with 5 behinds in a row giving us a four point lead. What made it more frustrating was for all of our domination, we conceded the only goal for the term which ended up being the match-winner.

North Adelaide 9-9 (63) defeated by Adelaide 9-13 (67)

Goal Kickers: Lewis Hender 2, Marlon Motlop, Jordie McKenzie, Mitch Clisby, Mitch Harvey, Michael Virgin, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk 1.

Best Players:

Matt McDonough: 24 disposals, 6 clearances, 7 inside 50’s.

Jordie McKenzie: 24 disposals, 4 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal.

James Craig: 15 disposals, 4 tackles, 34 hit outs, 7 clearances.

Joe Anderson: 18 disposals, 5 marks, 3 rebound 50’s.

Lewis Hender: 15 disposals, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals.

Michael Virgin: 24 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Mitch Harvey: 14 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal.


Key statistics-North-Adelaide

Disposals-325-302

Marks-61-70

Tackles-62-55

Clearances-38-30

Inside 50’s-45-43

Rebound 50’s-33-36

We definitely had our chances to win the contest but lacked efficiency in front of goal in the last quarter. Our endeavour and intensity couldn’t be questioned but we couldn’t find that elusive goal when required. We will now review the game at training and then turn our attention to our next opponent, West Adelaide. We are playing good football and will need that to continue against a desperate Bloods outfit searching for their first win of the season. The game is on Saturday @ City Mazda Stadium, 2:10pm start.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!
 

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Round 11-12
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
HELYAR, Blake-Hamstring-Test
McINERNEY, Sam-Hand-Test
DE LEONARDIS, Sam-Calf-Test
THRING, George-Knee-Test
THRING, Max-Hamstring-TBC
DINHAM, Nick-AC Joint-TBC

 

May 10, 2016 - Round 7 Reserves v Sturt
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Reserves V Sturt 


In the early game at Prospect Oval on Sunday, the Reserves took on Sturt. Only the three changes were made in what was the most settled side we have seen in the Reserves in 2016. Kieren Smith, Liam Jacka and Mark Quinn came in for Kym LeBois, Nick Amato and Andy Read. Cool and overcast conditions greeted the two sides and the boys were up for the fight of continuing their winning ways in 2016.

We got off to an absolute flyer in every sense of the word! Three goals in five minutes gave us instant momentum with goals to Billy Lloyd and two from key forward Sam Gordon to put Sturt on the back foot. Our intensity was simply outstanding and we had 5 scoring shots in 10 minutes, with a miss to Gordon and Jono Hayes kicking his first. Sturt then had a patch of momentum as they got their first goal before we then hit back. Liam Jacka got the quick reply, before Michael Clinch, who played forward and kicked his first before Kieren Smith finished off a scintillating quarter of football. Jake Liston started very well in the midfield and Jono Hayes was terrific up forward, with his pressure being the catalyst for the Kieren Smith goal. Sam Gordon also started well, with his two goals and crashing the packs when required. We played fast and aggressive football that was hard to stop and very impressive to watch.

The second quarter was a scrappy affair. It took 17 minutes for the first goal to come off the boot of Sam Gordon, who had his 3rd goal for the half. Sam took yet another good pack mark to add to the collection from the first term. Rain then began to fall but that didn’t worry Jake Liston, who snapped a goal from a forward stoppage to extend the lead before Sturt got one back. Another quick passage of play ended with a goal to Mitch Curnow as we took in a 43 point lead at the main break. The second term wasn’t as pretty to watch as the first, as skill errors became more evident. Jake Liston had yet another terrific quarter of football, winning plenty of clearances and even more of the ball. Derick Wanganeen was looking better for the run as he began to get hold of the ball and create drive through his foot skills from the defensive area.

The third quarter of this game became the ‘The Sam Gordon Show’. 4 goals 1 from our key forward, who had to shoulder the load as we lost Nick Dinham through injury. Sam had a great quarter, crashing packs and taking some great marks. Even his ground work was splendid, with his 7th goal coming from a clean pick up and snap under pressure. Sturt did manage to halt the run momentarily with a goal, but we were very much in control of the game by that stage. Michael Clinch added a 2nd goal to his tally as our goal kicking was a feature, kicking 15.3 to Three Quarter Time. Luke Teasdale had a superb quarter with 10 touches and the defensive duo of Sam Wundke and Luke Wharton were working very hard in the back 50.

With the game in our keeping, the last quarter was a non-event, with both sides trading goals through the term. Our tackling was superb as well throughout the day, with the efficiency running at over 70% over the four quarters. We ended up winning every quarter, with goals in the final term coming from Michael Clinch, who capped off a good day with his 3rd, Luke Teasdale and Michael McMahon adding their name to the scoresheet in a great, all-round team performance.

North Adelaide 18-6 (114) defeated Sturt 7-7 (49)

Goal Kickers: Sam Gordon 7, Michael Clinch 3, Mitch Curnow, Jake Liston, Michael McMahon, Liam Jacka, Kieren Smith, Luke Teasdale, Billy Lloyd, Jono Hayes 1.

Best Players:

Sam Gordon: 19 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 7 goals.

Jake Liston: 32 disposals, 8 clearances, 7 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Jono Hayes: 20 disposals, 6 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal.

Lee Minervini: 12 disposals, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50’s.

Wyatt Patterson: 20 disposals, 5 marks, 3 rebound 50’s.

Josh Gregg: 22 disposals, 6 marks, 5 clearances, 3 tackles.

Billy Lloyd: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal.

 

Key Statistics –North-Sturt

Disposals-359-281

Marks-83-62

Tackles -46-35

Clearances-41-36

Inside 50’s-43-30

Rebound 50’s-22-25

A very good all-round effort on Sunday with the team playing the style of football that is required to get consistent results. Everyone played their role with special mention going to Sam Gordon (7 goals) who played his best game for the club. We look forward to going up against West Adelaide and continuing the good form Saturday starting at 11:25am.

See you at City Mazda Stadium.

GO ROOSTERS!

May 09, 2016 - Under 16 & Under 18 Washup
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Saturday May 7

Under 16

North: 4.2          8.7          9.8          12.12     84

Glenelg: 2.0          3.2          6.7          8.10        58          

Goals:  Fletcher 5, Osborne 2, Woodcock, Rozee, Hill, Langley, Occhiuto

Best: Rozee, Woodcock, Moore, Finlay, Henriks, Fletcher

A very strong first Qtr help set up the game and set the standard, it was our best Qtr for the year, getting an early lead of 2 goals.In the second we backed this up again with another great Qtr of footy, we managed to have 6 goal lead going into the half. The third was a slow Qtr, this was the only Qtr the Bays won, however only by two goals.In the fourth we managed to get the control back and finish the game off with a four goal win.The boys performed well all day and solidified a spot in the finals.  We finish the year in fourth spot. We now play the top team, the Eagles on Thursday night at Footy Park.

 

Under 18
North: 4.7        9.9        10.15        10.19       79               

Glenelg: 3.4         6.5         10.6        13.9         87                               

Goals:  LeBois 3, Slade 2, Simmons, Wohling, Smoker, Graham, Szekely

Best: Nixon, Slade, LeBois, Kirk, Graham, Wilsdon

A top 4 clash, 2v3, this game was always expected to be a competitive game. First week without college kids, but we managed to get a few reserves players and State U18’s into our side this week. In the first Qtr we got off to good start, however poor goal kicking let us down.
The second Qtr was better as we filled on 5 goals to take a 3 goal lead at half time and a bit of control of the game.
After half time we struggled to find the goals, kicking 1 goal and 10 behinds in the second half.  The Bays had control of the game, out worked us in the end and they managed to come from behind and win by 8 points.  A painful loss.
We take a lot of lessons out of this game.  Poor goal kicking in the second half certainly let us down, however we move to next week.

May 02, 2016 - Round 6 League vs Glenelg
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League vs Glenelg 

Fresh after a bye last weekend, we were back at Prospect Oval to take on Glenelg on Sunday. We made three changes, with Luke Teasdale, Michael McMahon and Billy Lloyd all playing in the Reserves. Into the side came Marlon Motlop, Cohen Thiele and Tom Schwarz, who was selected to play his first league game in the red and white.

We needed a quick start and we got it through Alex Barns, who kicked his first goal after an important defensive stop by Joe Anderson across half back. We had enough of the ball, but it was turnovers that cost us early with Glenelg levelling up the scores soon after. We struggled for fluency with our ball movement early, but we maintained control and when we had the opportunity to move the ball quickly, we were able to hurt Glenelg on the scoreboard as Alex Barns had his 2nd goal for the term. Jay Shannon and Lewis Hender, playing against his former side for the first time, also added to the goal tally before the end of the quarter. We went in with a 3 goal lead after a good first term. Cameron Craig had a good start, winning plenty of one on one battles, one of which resulted in a goal for Lewis Hender. Max Thring, Alex Spina and Cohen Thiele were all good contributors in a very good opening term that allowed us to lead.

Glenelg got off to a fast start into the breeze with their only goal of the term before it was all North Adelaide. We were intense at the footy and causing Glenelg to second-guess themselves as we started to extend our lead on the scoreboard. Alex Barns had his 3rd goal, before Matt McDonough goaled from long range to add to his good start to the season. Tom Schwarz spent some time on-ball and his clearance work set up Alex Barns for his 4th goal as we continued to build strong momentum. Michael Virgin was dumped and won a down-field free that resulted in Alex Barns’ 5th goal. Michael Virgin then hit the scoreboard himself from long range with a goal that bounced through to finish off a very good quarter for the Roosters. Our intensity was terrific and our ball movement allowed us space and goal scoring opportunities. Alex Barns was the focal point up forward, with 5 goals in a half and valuable contributions coming from Mitch Clisby, who was providing a lot of run off half back, in tandem with Alex Spina. Cameron Craig was playing a terrific game down back, as was Corey Grove who was doing the job on Clint Alleway. The job was only half done, and we had to keep working hard to get a positive result.

We got the jump in the second half with Mitch Harvey the beneficiary of Callum Wilkie’s hard work at centre half forward, whose ground ball win was important in setting up the goal. We then found ourselves struggling in the clearances with Glenelg gaining the ascendency around the contest but our defenders were standing tall. Glenelg got one back before we extended our lead further, with goals to Max Thring and Cohen Thiele. Lewis Hender worked hard up forward to get on the end of some more coast to coast footy as he had his 2nd goal. Glenelg kicked the next three, as we turned the ball over in bad areas on the ground. Lewis Hender then finished off another good quarter with his 3rd, after we missed 3 set shots in a row, but we went into the final term with a 45 point lead.

Glenelg got the first goal of the last term, before Maris Olekalns drifted forward and got another goal. Glenelg got the next one then Max Thring completed a good day with his 2nd goal. Glenelg then got the next three goals as the game was in our keeping. Alex Barns capped off a superb game with his 6th as we collected our 2nd win of the year. It was a super win, we played with confidence and intensity, ran hard and everyone played their role, which was the same in the win over Norwood. Our defenders were very good, with Cameron Craig and Joe Anderson doing plenty of the hard stuff when the ball was in dispute and our midfield were on top with big numbers from Max Thring, Jordie McKenzie & Cohen Thiele and Alex Barns was terrific up forward, jumping at everything and finishing with 6 goals in a great performance.
 

North Adelaide 17-8 (110) def. Glenelg 11-11 (77)

Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 6, Lewis Hender 3, Max Thring 2, Matt McDonough, Mitch Harvey, Michael Virgin, Jay Shannon, Cohen Thiele, Maris Olekalns 1.

Best Players:

Max Thring: 30 disposals, 11 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s & 2 goals

Alex Barns: 12 disposals, 7 marks, 6 goals

Alex Spina: 23 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s

Cohen Thiele: 21 disposals, 13 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50’s

Cameron Craig: 22 disposals, 7 marks

Joe Anderson: 13 disposals, 2 inside 50’s

Jordie McKenzie: 25 disposals, 5 tackles, 7 marks, 10 inside 50’s

James Craig: 10 disposals, 27 hit outs, 4 clearances

Key Statistics
North Adelaide-Glenelg

Disposals -359- 327

Marks-105- 67

Tackles-49-30

Clearances-28-30

Inside 50’s- 60 - 35

Rebound 50’s-24-42

A very good team performance today with our ball movement and defensive pressure at the required level for most of the day. We came away with no injuries again and look forward to taking on Adelaide this week at Prospect Oval. Start time is 1:10pm as we are the televised game this week.

See you at Prospect on Sunday!
Go Roosters!!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Round 11-12
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick
-Back-Indefinite
HELYAR, Blake-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
McINERNEY, Sam-Hand-1 week
DE LEONARDIS, Sam-Calf-1 week
THRING, George-Knee-Test

May 02, 2016 - Round6 - North Reserves v Glenelg
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After a very disappointing loss against the Eagles a fortnight ago, we looked to redeem ourselves against Glenelg at Prospect Oval on Sunday. We made 7 changes, with Josh Gregg, Andy Read, Jake Liston and Derick Wanganeen all returning from injury, along with Billy Lloyd, Michael McMahon and Luke Teasdale back from the league side. Out of the side, went Liam Jacka, Kieren Smith, Brandan Parfitt, Will Hayward and Mark Quinn, along with Tom Schwarz and Cohen Thiele who played in the league side.

We won the toss and kicked with the aid of the breeze, but it was Glenelg who got away to a good start with the first goal before Nick Dinham hit back with his first goal. Glenelg hit back quickly, before we finished off the term with goals to Jono Hayes, who was working hard in and under the packs and Michael Clinch kicked a rare goal from long range that bounced through. We went in with a 5 point lead, but we were getting beaten in the clearances and tackles. Nick Amato, Ben Jarman, Jake Liston and Michael Clinch started and the message at quarter time was to be more intense at the contest.

Nick Dinham started the second quarter with a nice contested mark and goal before Glenelg kicked the next two goals. Jono Hayes was again under the pack and earned another free kick and goaled to have his 2nd for the day. Glenelg then skipped away, kicking four goals in a row, as we were getting outworked from the stoppage and in general play. We then kicked the next two goals, which we desperately needed, through Nick Dinham who had his 3rd and Ben Jarman kicked one late to keep us in the contest. Jake Liston was playing very well in his first game back from injury,  Jono Hayes was doing plenty, kicking two goals and pressuring the opposition and valuable contributions came from Josh Gregg, Ben Jarman and Billy Lloyd.

We kicked the first goal with the breeze in the 3rd quarter through Mitch Curnow, as our brave ball use hurt Glenelg on the sling shot. Our turnovers and tackling efficiency was proving costly as Glenelg kicked the next couple to push the lead out further. Derick Wanganeen had a quiet first half but bobbed up to kick a badly needed goal as we started to get on top in the contest. For probably the first time in the game, we were getting repeat forward 50 entries and we were able to apply pressure on the Glenelg defence. Jono Hayes cut the margin to two points and we grabbed the lead after a brilliant passage of play that involved Luke Wharton, Mitch Curnow and Nick Amato that resulted in Ben Jarman’s 2nd goal. Glenelg then hit back late before a couple of behinds levelled the scores at the final break, with 28 minutes to decide the game. Billy Lloyd had 10 disposals for the quarter and Josh Gregg was working hard in the middle. Michael Clinch was terrific across half back, taking intercept marks and spoiling regularly to stop Glenelg from hitting the scoreboard.

Glenelg got the ideal start in the final term with the first goal, but we managed to hit back with Nick Dinham’s 4th. We won a couple of important one on one contests to get the ball going our way and Jake Liston was the catalyst for that. We then hit the lead with Sam Gordon, who crashed many packs when required, but we were almost too unselfish in the lead up to the goal. Mitch Curnow then copped an ear massage, and was rewarded with a 50 metre penalty which resulted in his 2nd goal. Glenelg then reduced the margin in the 19th minute with a goal before we managed to lock the game down to hang on and win by just 7 points in a gutsy display. Jake Liston, Billy Lloyd and Luke Teasdale were massive in the last quarter, all having more than 10 touches and Andy Read and Derick Wanganeen got better as the game went on.
 

North Adelaide 14-8 (92) defeated Glenelg 13-7 (85)
 

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Jono Hayes 3, Mitch Curnow 2, Ben Jarman 2, Derick Wanganeen, Michael Clinch, Sam Gordon 1.

Best Players

Billy Lloyd: 36 disposals, 10 marks, 5 clearances, 6 rebound 50’s

Michael Clinch: 19 disposals, 5 marks, 3 inside 50’s

Jake Liston: 28 disposals, 5 clearances, 6 rebound 50’s

Ben Jarman: 23 disposals, 8 marks, 2 goals

Luke Teasdale: 26 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50’s

Jono Hayes: 12 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 clearances, 3 goals
 

Key Statistics-North Adelaide-Glenelg

Disposals-330 - 325

Marks - 82 - 61

Tackles - 45 - 46

Clearances- 37 - 45

Inside 50’s -38 - 51

Rebound 50’s -  37 - 24

A very gutsy win by the Reserves, highlighted by some terrific individual efforts. The reserves are playing some good football and our ball movement has been what we want from the playing group. We need to continue to pressure the opposition and use the ball well to keep the positive results going. Normally, the Reserves would have the week off with the league side playing Adelaide, but the boys will be in action on Sunday against Sturt starting at 10:25am.

See you at Prospect.

GO ROOSTERS!

May 02, 2016 - Under 16 & Under 18 Washup
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Saturday April 30

Under 16

North: 2.2          4.3          7.9          7.10        52

Eagles: 1.0          5.3          5.3          10.8        68          

Goals:  Woodcock 2, Langley, Occhiuto, Henriks, Rozee, Neagle

Best: Coleman-Oakes, Henriks, Rozee, Coyne, Ralph, Neagle

A very important game for us today, a win would secure us a place in the finals and the boys looked good coming out the blocks strong, kicking with the breeze.  This would be the scoring for the day.  Only a narrow lead at qtr time.

Second Qtr was good, we managed to score against the win and at half time we were down by 1 goal.  It had been a very good battle so far, a big second half was needed.

We had a string third Qtr, keeping the Eagles scoreless, unfortunately inaccurate kicking hurt as we kicked 3.6, a strong performance but unable to finish in front of goals.

The last Qtr, Eagles had to breeze, they kicked 5 goals and we were unable to score a goal.  Eagles ran out 16 point winners.

Next week we have another strong contest against the Bays, a win will secure 4th spot and finals.  If we lose it will come down to percentage between us and Sturt.
 

Under 18

North:5.1        5.4        8.4        10.6                66             

Eagles: 2.2         8.3         9.5        13.11            89                           

Goals:  Crompton, Smoker 2, Coventry, Hayward, Slade, Rogers, Wohling, Denham

Best: Wohling, Kirk, Nixon, Driscoll, Lakin, Smoker

This game was expected to be a tight battle all day as it was 1v2, both sides were undefeated going into this game.  We started of strong with the wind, a few silly errors cost us goals in the first.

At half time we trailed by 3 goals, we struggled to defend against this wind and allowed the Eagles to score to freely.  Unable to score a goal ourselves a 6 goal Qtr was not what we needed.

The third quarter we had the wind again and although we managed to kick straight we only kicked two, drawing the game back a little bit, but not enough.  Still down by 8 points at the break.

The last Qtr we struggled again to defend against the win, allowing 10 scoring shots, the Eagles poor kicking keep us within reach.  Finally went down by 23 points.  Eagles played a good game and we now take a lot from the game. 

Next week we face another strong contest against the Bays, 2nd on the ladder and just defeated Centrals by 140 points, they will be full of confidence.

April 27, 2016 - U16 & U18 Washup North V West
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Saturday April 23

Under 16

North:  5.5          7.14        13.16     17.21     123

West: 1.4          2.5          3.9          3.10        28          

Goals:  Occchiuto 4, Langley, Woodcock, Harrison, Neagle, Osborne 2, Rack, Coyne, Neagle 1

Best: Rozee, Woodcock, Coyne, Baker, Tonkin, Rack

We finally dominated a game from start to finish. West had beaten Norwood who we had lost to,  so we were not expecting an easy contest. However we got on top from the start and ended up with a confidence boosting win.

Only a very wasteful second quarter stopped the margin from being far greater.

We now face the second and third sides on the ladder, so we should be attacking these contests in a very positive frame of mind. If we win both a second position finish will be our reward.
 

Under 18

North:  2.4        2.8        8.11        11.16       82                  

West:  1.1         1.1         1.1        4.2            26                                  

Goals:  Garlett 2, Dyer, Kennedy, Driscoll, Wohling, Crompton, Ralph, Nixon, Lauder, Daniele 1

Best: Wohling, Kirk, Nixon, Driscoll,Lakin, Smoker

This game was expected to be a comfortable win and that is the way it panned out. However to get to that result took a long time and it was not riveting viewing

At half time the inside fifty count was 41 to 10 so one would expect the game to be over but the margin was only 13 points.

The third quarter was clearly our best scoring six goals to nothing before an even last quarter. 50 more inside fifties for the game suggest the margin should have been far greater.

Probably not the ideal preparation to face the other two top sides, but nevertheless a win is a win.  Also at stake for the players is possible promotion to the seniors in coming weeks as we are about to enter the phase where college and State players will be unavailable. So plenty to play for!

April 19, 2016 - Round 4 Reserves V Eagles
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North Reserves v Eagles 

After a great win over Port Adelaide at Alberton, we travelled to Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval to take on the reigning premier in the Eagles in a rematch of the 2015 decider. We made 6 changes again, with Liam Jacka, Brandan Parfitt, Jordon Sweet, Ben Jarman, Michael Clinch and new player Tom Schwarz coming into the side. Out of the team went Michael Virgin, Billy Lloyd and Stephen Tahana who played in the league side and Blake Helyar, Sam Venning and Sam De Leonardis all missed.

The first half was extremely disappointing. For the first time in recent memory, we were kept goalless in a half of football which is unacceptable considering the talent that is currently in the side. The Eagles kicked 7 goals 9 to our 5 behinds to effectively have the game in their keeping. We struggled to get any momentum and our forwards were very static, the Eagles defensive pressure not allowing us to get any fluency moving the ball. When we did eventually get a shot on goal, our finishing wasn’t up to standard either. Nick Amato was trying hard, leading the way with 14 first half disposals. Wyatt Patterson was doing his very best at full back with 12 disposals and 4 marks and Lee Minervini was having his best game at Reserves level after being given a role in defence.

After a half and 5 minutes of football, we finally kicked a goal, coming off the boot of Nick Amato. The Eagles kicked the next three to push the margin to nearly 10 goals before we started to get on top for the first time in the match. Kieren Smith found space at a stoppage and ran inside 50 to goal late in the term but the margin was an even 8 goals at the last break. It was a much better effort after that first half and contributions came from Cohen Thiele, Ben Jarman and new player Tom Schwarz, who was playing against his former club.

We got the first goal in the final term, with Jonathon Hayes kicking a clever goal from a tight angle before the Eagles kicked their last two goals of the match. We then finished the game off the better, but it was all too late. Ben Jarman and young Will Hayward got on the board before Nick Dinham, who had 4 behinds in the first 3 and a half quarters, kicked the last two goals of the game. Our pressure and effort was much better but it was the Eagles who prevailed by 29 points. We shaved 17 points off the margin from half time, but the way we went about it in the first half needs to be addressed going into our next game.



North Adelaide 7-13 (55) defeated by Eagles 12-12 (84)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 2, Nick Amato, Kieren Smith, Jonathon Hayes, Ben Jarman,

Will Hayward 1

 

Best Players:

Sam Wundke: 18 disposals, 4 marks, 6 rebound 50’s

Jordon Sweet: 11 disposals, 6 marks, 26 hit outs

Lee Minervini: 19 disposals, 6 marks, 3 rebound 50’s

Michael Clinch: 20 disposals, 10 marks

Wyatt Patterson: 16 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s

Nick Amato: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal

 

Key Statistics     

North-Eagles

Disposals - 315-442

Marks- 115 -111

Tackles-57 -34

Clearances -21-29

Inside 50’s-41-  49

Rebound 50’s -  37 -32


Not the best day for the Reserves side. We have to re-set over the bye and get ourselves ready for Glenelg in two weeks’ time back at Prospect Oval.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

April 19, 2016 - Round 4 - League v Eagles
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North v Eagles 

After a loss to Port Adelaide, we ventured to a similar part of the city to take on the Eagles on Sunday. We made three changes to the team, with Michael Clinch and Ben Jarman playing in the Reserves side and Josh Gregg missed through injury. Into the side came Michael Virgin, Stephen Tahana and 18 year old debutant Billy Lloyd.

The Eagles got off to a flyer with a goal inside 20 seconds to put us on the back foot. From then onwards, we got a foot-hold in the game and got the next two goals through Max Thring and Mitch Harvey as our competitiveness, ball movement and skill level were all at a high level through the early part of the game. The Eagles then locked down the game as it became a game of high stoppages through the latter part of the quarter and they managed to close the margin with a late goal. We took a 3 point lead into quarter time and we were in front of the key statistic areas against a more fancied opposition. Captain Mitch Clisby, Stephen Tahana and Cameron Craig started the game well in defence and Jordie McKenzie was getting plenty of the ball.

The 2nd quarter was a repeat of last week, with our effort, intensity at the ball and our skill level falling away.  The Eagles slammed on 6 goals and 5 behinds as they took a strangle hold on the match and we went goalless in the term for the second week in a row. We went into the main break 37 points down and we needed to get a big lift from our players. Our skipper Mitch Clisby was leading the way, providing plenty of run off half back and doing his best to drive us forward. Jordie McKenzie was leading the disposals at the main break and Leigh Ryswyk was playing very well, providing plenty of run on the wing.

We got the response we were after with Alex Barns getting our first goal in over a quarter of football as a direct result of Max Thring’s desperation to win the ball back for the team. Callum Wilkie was thrown forward to give us a different look and he changed the game kicking two goals in a row and taking a couple of strong marks. The Eagles got one back before the final change but the 3rd quarter was a better effort as we lifted the pressure gauge which forced the Eagles into turnovers. Stephen Tahana was having a terrific game across half-back and Callum Wilkie was proving to be a focal point in attack for our team. We were within touch and the message for the last quarter was to be brave with our ball movement and decision making to try and win the game.

The final term got off to the worst possible start with the first goal going to the Eagles before we started to mount our charge at the Eagles. The start came off the boot of Mitch Harvey, who kicked our first goal, but all the plaudits for Mitch’s 2nd goal of the term must go to Corey Grove, who chased what seemed to be a lost cause, but his pressure caused the Eagles player to cough the ball up while running into an open goal which resulted in a rebound 50. The Eagles then steadied before Mitch Harvey had his 4th goal for the game as a result of a terrific run from half back by Maris Olekalns. Our ball movement out of defence was much better after half time and it showed once more as Matt McDonough kicked his first goal just before the final siren. In what was a very short final term, the siren rang and we found ourselves 12 points short at the end of the match.

North Adelaide 9-9 (63) defeated by Eagles 11-9 (75)

Goal Kickers: Mitch Harvey 4, Callum Wilkie 2, Alex Barns, Matt McDonough, Max Thring 1

Best Players:

Callum Wilkie: 19 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 2 goals

Mitch Clisby: 28 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles

Stephen Tahana: 18 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s

Leigh Ryswyk: 19 disposals, 12 marks, 5 inside 50’s

Jordie McKenzie: 27 disposals, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Max Thring: 23 disposals, 7 marks, 5 clearances, 6 inside 50’s

Cameron Craig: 20 disposals, 4 marks, 3 rebound 50’s

Corey Grove: 17 disposals, 7 marks, 4 rebound 50’s

 

Key Statistics     

North -Eagles

Disposals - 320-373

Marks -86-104

Tackles - 55 - 39

Clearances - 35-28

Inside 50’s - 45- 37

Rebound 50’s- 26-36

A disappointing result considering we outscored the Eagles for 3 out of the 4 quarters. The reality is we have to play 4 quarters of consistent Rooster football to get the results we are looking for. Our game is evolving in the right direction and the players have a clear picture from the first 4 weeks of the season that they can compete when they play the way that we want to play. We have a week off this week before returning to Prospect to take on Glenelg.

See you at the footy.GO ROOSTERS!
 

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Round 11-12
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
THRING, George-Knee-3-4 weeks
McINERNEY, Sam-Hand-2-3 weeks
DE LEONARDIS, Sam-Calf-2-3 weeks
READ, Andy-Hamstring-Test
LISTON, Jake-Hip-Test
WANGANEEN, Derick-Hamstring-Test
MOTLOP, Marlon-Shoulder-Test
GREGG, Josh-Knee-Test
HELYAR, Blake-Hamstring-Test

 

 

April 18, 2016 - U16 & U18 Match Reports
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Saturday April 16

Under 16

North:2.0          5.3          8.5          10.7        67

Sturt: 3.6          3.11        6.11        7.13        55          

Goals:  Osborne 3, Fletcher 2, Finlay, Neagle, Occhiuto, Rozee, Schwerdt 1

Best: Woodcock, Flanagan, Henriks, Fletcher, Osborne, Tonkin

Sturt’s inaccuracy kept us in the game in the first quarter and even at half time.  A  lthough we were in front they had far more scoring shots.
To our credit we kept persisting and were able to come away with a 12 point win.In fact after quarter time we won all three quarters albeit by small margins.This now gives us an opportunity to make the semis, requiring two wins from the last three games to ensure a berth.
 

Under 18
North:2.1         6.4        10.5        13.6         84                 

Sturt: 1.3         5.4         10.8        12.11     83                                   

Goals:  Dyer 4, Garlett 3, Barry 2, Lakin, Driscoll, Matsouliadis, Nixon 1

Best: Wohling, Slee, Kirk, Dyer, Barry, Kennedy

This game again proved there is little between the top five sides when they are anywhere near full strength.The scores were within a goal or two all day long. The last quarter was a thriller with us regaining the lead with 30 seconds remaining. However Sturt were not done, winning the clearance and setting up a shot on goal after the siren.
Amazingly this was the same scenario as a few years back at the same oval when Sam Mayes kicked a goal with seconds remaining, and Sturt won the clearance to shoot for goal. Luckily for us it was the exact same result with the ball falling short.
Wins are critical at this time of the year to shore up a finals spot. This week we front West before we take on the other undefeated sides in the Eagles and Glenelg

April 11, 2016 - Round 3 Reserves v Port Adelaide
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Round 3
Reserves v Port Adelaide  
Alberton Oval, 2016

After a disappointing result against Norwood, the Reserves looked to return to the winner’s list against Port Adelaide at Alberton. 5 changes had to be made with Josh Gregg being called up to the league side after good form over the first two games, Liam Jacka, James Baron & Jordy Schmidt were out injured and Jacob Fisher also missed. Into the side came Nick Amato, Cohen Thiele, Sam Venning, Lee Minervini and youngster Will Hayward was selected to play his first Reserves game in North Adelaide colours.

The first quarter was not Rooster footy. We were slow and reactive to the way Port were playing early and we struggled to get the ball in our forward half. We were 2nd to the ball on too many occasions and our tackling efficiency was low. Port deserved the 8 point lead they took into the first change, with our only goal coming off the boot of Michael Virgin. Will Hayward was showing some signs early with his contested marking and the trio of Sam De Leonardis, Nick Amato and Michael Virgin all started well.

The second quarter was all North Adelaide. We dominated the term and our intensity was a complete change to the first quarter. We were first to the footy, winning the clearances and making the most of Mitch Curnow’s domination in the ruck. Sam Gordon was a physical presence up forward, providing a strong contest inside 50. As is the Port Adelaide way, they were pressing up when the ball was in their area and we were able to exploit that, with the ball getting over the back of their defenders more often than not. Will Hayward was the first beneficiary of this with his first goal of the game. Mark Quinn, Cohen Thiele and Billy Lloyd also kicked goals in the 2nd quarter and Nick Dinham chimed in with 2 goals of his own. We had 36 more disposals and 6 more clearances for the term with Sam De Leonardis, Billy Lloyd, Michael Virgin, Sam Gordon and Nick Dinham all standing up. Sam Wundke was excellent in defence and Mitch Curnow was owning the ruck.

Port started the second half the better with the first two goals as we went away from what worked in the second term. Kieren Smith provided a highlight with a gutsy contested mark when we needed to repel another Port foray forward. We finally got on the board with three quick goals, 2 to debutant Will Hayward and one to Sam Venning running into an open goal. We extended our lead further with Nick Amato getting his first as we continued to consistently score on the rebound. Port hit back with a responding goal before Nick Dinham had his 3rd and 4th goal within a couple of minutes. Our ball movement was a feature of the game after a sluggish start and we kicked 6 goals to 3 in another quarter in which Nick Amato, Sam De Leonardis and Michael Virgin all had double-figure disposals.

Sam Gordon started the final quarter with a bang with his 3rd and 4th goals, with the 4th being a party trick from the bowls club pocket at Alberton. The game proceeded to open right up as Port kicked their only goal for the final term. We finished the game full of running with goals to Blake Helyar and Nick Amato’s 2nd.  When the final siren sounded we had recorded a resounding 78 point victory which gives our Reserves side confidence ahead of the Grand Final rematch next weekend.


North Adelaide 19-13 (127) defeated Port Adelaide 6-13 (49)
 

Goal Kickers: Sam Gordon 4, Nick Dinham 4, Will Hayward 3, Nick Amato 2, Michael Virgin, Mark Quinn, Cohen Thiele, Billy Lloyd, Blake Helyar, Sam Venning 1.

Best Players:

Sam De Leonardis: 25 disposals, 3 marks, 13 clearances

Michael Virgin: 35 disposals, 13 marks, 6 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s, 1 goal

Billy Lloyd: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 3 inside 50’s

Nick Amato: 32 disposals, 6 marks, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Mitch Curnow: 14 disposals, 40 hit-outs, 5 clearances

Sam Gordon: 18 disposals, 8 marks, 4 goals

Nick Dinham: 15 disposals, 11 marks, 4 goals

Sam Wundke: 19 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s

Key Statistics     

North Adelaide-Port Adelaide

Disposals- 374 - 245

Marks- 103 - 68

Tackles - 30- 32

Clearances - 36-  22

Inside 50’s - 47 - 48

Rebound 50’s - 41- 26

The stats show that we dominated the contest, particularly after quarter time. Our efficiency inside 50 was very high, scoring 32 times from 47 entries which is very positive. Our ball movement and skill level was good, allowing us time and space when transitioning the ball through the middle of the ground. We look forward to taking on the Eagles at Woodville Oval next Sunday.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS

April 11, 2016 - Round 3 League v Port Adelaide
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Round 3
League v Port Adelaide
Alberton Oval, 2016

After a great win over Norwood last Sunday, we travelled down Port Road to take on the Magpies at Alberton. We went in with a very stable side, with only George Thring missing with a knee injury and Josh Gregg was selected as his replacement to play his first league game for 2016. With the result against Norwood fresh in the minds, the boys needed to come with the same attitude and work ethic that we showed last week.

Safe to say, we got off to an ordinary start with Port jumping out of the blocks with four quick goals, while we had a couple of opportunities to kick goals but missed. Mitch Harvey was playing against the side he played for over the last couple of seasons and started well, making plenty of contests and setting up Jay Shannon with our first goal, which was one we desperately needed. We got on a roll, Michael McMahon flew in from the side and didn’t hold the mark, but followed up with a 2nd effort that saw him soccer home our second goal. After getting smashed at ground level early, we started to get on top and Lewis Hender had his first goal of the game which was set up from a courageous Maris Olekalns mark. Alex Barns then kicked our 4th goal for the term with a great contested mark which carried over from the previous week. After our slow start, we got back into the contest by competing at the stoppages and pressuring the Magpies to take a 2 point lead into the first break. Jordie McKenzie started very well, as did Jay Shannon and Luke Teasdale was creating headaches for the opposition as the link-up between the defence and our two big forwards.

The second quarter was a repeat of the round 1 performance against Centrals. We allowed Port to dictate the game at the stoppages, run freely from defence and they kicked 10 unanswered goals for the quarter. We were reactive, unaccountable and we went away from what has made us competitive defensively. Coach Josh Carr made the players aware what was required in the second half to get us back into the contest. Leading lights for the first half were Jordie McKenzie, who was playing a lone hand inside the contest and Maris Olekalns was getting plenty of the ball playing his role on the wing.

We got on the board first in the second half, after getting the game back to a contest. Ben Jarman was terrific in the set up with a spoil, the 2nd effort to win the ball and then a perfectly weighted kick in to space for Luke Teasdale to mark and goal. Port hit back instantaneously, as we let our concentration slip once again. From then on, we were winning the contest and our disposal efficiency improved to allow us to move the ball forward with speed. Lewis Hender was the beneficiary of the brilliant work of Joe Anderson, who was the last man standing as he won a one-on-one battle that resulted in the goal. James Craig got on the end of some good ball transition from defence to kick his first goal. Matt McDonough was next to hit the scoreboard, with a snap that just got over the line for his 5th goal in the first 3 games of the year. We ended a much better quarter with Lewis Hender’s 3rd goal, and we were within striking distance of Port Adelaide. Joe Anderson won the respect of the supporters and opposition alike, standing under a high ball when required and at the third break we had reduced the margin to 32 points.

Port got the jump in the final quarter with the first goal before Lewis Hender had his 4th goal for the game. Port then kicked the next couple before Max Thring kicked one from the pocket and Mitch Harvey found himself in space after we got another rebound out the back of the last line of Port’s defence. Port then pushed the margin to nearly 50 points with two more goals before Callum Wilkie drifted forward and kicked our 13th goal for the game. At the end of the contest we were behind on the scoreboard by 43 points. We played competitive football for 3 quarters but this is a tough competition and you can’t pick and choose when to play. Port asked the hard question to our playing group in the 2nd quarter and we fell apart the same way we did in round 1. The players responded after half time when asked but you need 4 quarters of consistent football to win the contest.

North Adelaide 13-12 (90) defeated by Port Adelaide 21-7 (133)

Goal Kickers: Lewis Hender 4, Alex Barns, Matt McDonough, Mitch Harvey, Callum Wilkie, Michael McMahon, Max Thring, Jay Shannon, James Craig, Luke Teasdale 1.

 


Best Players:

Jordie McKenzie: 30 disposals, 3 marks, 7 clearances

Maris Olekalns: 28 disposals, 10 marks, 10 inside 50’s

Joe Anderson: 18 disposals, 4 tackles

Callum Wilkie: 19 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal

Key Statistics:   
North Adelaide-Port Adelaide

Disposals- 346-  321

Marks-  77-  82

Tackles- 42 -42

Clearances -  34- 41

Inside 50’s- 48- 54

Rebound 50’s - 33 -35

While today’s result is disappointing, we seen that when we stick to playing our brand of football, we will be competitive. We need our leaders to stand up when we are under pressure and lead from the front with direction and action. It’s on to next week now as we travel to Woodville Oval to take on the Eagles. The players will go through the review process tonight and then head to Woodville this weekend with a clear focus to take on a quality side.

See you at the footy! GO ROOSTERS!

Injury Report

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Round 14/15
McINERNEY, Sam-Hand-Indefinite
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
THRING, George-Knee-6 weeks
READ, Andy-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
LISTON, Jake-Hip-1-2 weeks
WANGANEEN, Derick-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
MOTLOP, Marlon-Shoulder-Test
LAKIN, Ben-Groin-Test
JACKA, Liam-Shoulder-Test
SCHMIDT, Jordy-Hip-Test 

April 11, 2016 - U16 & U18 Washup V South
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Thursday March 24

Under 16

North: 1.2            5.5          6.7          8.9          57

South: 5.0            8.3          15.4        21.9        135        

Goals:  Occhiuto 4, Elsmore, Flanagan, Fletcher, Woodcock 1

Best: Woodcock, Rozee, Henriks, Fletcher, Trenorden, Occhiuto

When you play good sides you have to make the most of your opportunities, not give them easy goals by poor skill execution. That is what we did in the first half, and in fact could quite easily have been in front at half time as our effort was quite good.

The second half though was very ordinary, and we were out ran, outplayed in fact totally outclassed. Hopefully lessons will be learnt and we can bounce back this week against Sturt

 

Under 18:

North: 3.2         9.4        13.7        22.9         141                          

South: 1.3         3.5         7.5          9.7           61                                            

Goals:  Dyer 5, Garlett,3, Coventry, Crompton Szekely 2, Kennedy, Rogers, Matsouliadis, Wohling, Kirk, Smoker, Nixon, Daniele

Best: Scrutton, Kirk, Slee, Wohling, Dyer, Wilsdon.

Although we were never in danger of defeat, South were able to make a good contest of it up until three quarter time. It was only late in the second quarter that we stretched the lead to six goals at half time. The third quarter was even, but South were within 5 goals late in the quarter. But like the Under 16’s the best team was able to dictate terms in the last quarter of the game.

With four key outs to Reserves and NT state commitments we still had too much depth for South at this time of the year. We also had three players unavailable due to AFL Academy commitments, but I believe there is a still a fair number of players from this group that will force their way into senior selection at some stage this year. 

April 04, 2016 - League Round 2 v Norwood @ Prospect Oval, 2016
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League Round 2 v Norwood

After what can only be described as an embarrassing performance against Central last Friday, the task wasn’t any easier as we took on Norwood at Prospect Oval in our first home game for the year. We made three changes to the side that were beaten at Elizabeth with Marlon Motlop and Nick Amato out injured and Sam Wundke played in the Reserves. Into the side came Michael Clinch and James Craig, while Lewis Hender was picked for his first league game in North Adelaide colours.

We got off to a flying start, with the first two goals coming through Leigh Ryswyk and Michael McMahon. We were intense at the ball and efficient with our ball movement early before Norwood replied with their only two goals of the quarter. The game was back on even terms before we got the desired response, with Matt McDonough hitting the scoreboard after some clever work from Ben Jarman. Mitch Harvey added to the lead with his first goal of the game as we dominated the latter part of the quarter to lead by 8 points at the first change. Ground ball gets were a key focus going into the game and were well in front. It was a great start and key contributions came from Corey Grove, who had 10 disposals in the first term, Jordie McKenzie, Lewis Hender and the Thring brothers were all making solid contributions.

We started the 2nd Quarter with a quick goal off the boot of Alex Barns, who was creating headaches for the opposition with his competitive aerial contests. What was a feature of our game in the first half was our desperation after it was virtually non-existent last week, as was keeping the ball in our attacking 50. We extended our lead further as we were in total control of the game with goals to Max Thring, who was on fire, Matt McDonough had his 2nd goal after Max Thring caused the Norwood defenders to cough the ball up and Alex Barns added to his tally with his 2nd. Lewis Hender got on the score sheet with a long bomb to kick his first goal for the Roosters before the main break. The boys got a well-deserved ovation as they came off the ground from the main break as we kept Norwood goalless and our confidence was at the highest it has been for a long time. We had terrific contributions from Joe Anderson, who was winning his battle with Norwood’s key forward, Corey Grove, who was having his best game for the Roosters, Matt McDonough and Jay Shannon.

The second half got off to the perfect start with George Thring getting the first goal of the 3rd quarter as we extended our lead. Norwood then got on top with three goals in a row and we were in desperate need of a steadying goal. Jordie McKenzie got that much needed goal as we won a turnover and he kicked truly running through 50. We were still playing well even though Norwood were coming at us and Alex Barns continued to step up with his 3rd goal playing in that forward-ruck role before Michael McMahon had his 2nd goal after some brilliant roving and a quick shot on goal. Norwood then kicked the last two goals of the term as we went into the last change with a 36 point lead. Jay Shannon continued his good start to the year and Alex Spina was winning plenty of possessions.

We needed the first goal of the last quarter and we got it, after Ben Jarman kicked the ball into space perfectly which allowed Leigh Ryswyk to run onto the ball and kick goal number two. Alex Spina then soared into the clouds to take a great mark on the outer wing, which will feature on the Mark of the Week segment on the SANFL website. Mitch Harvey was a strong presence all day and kicked his 2nd goal in front of the cricket club to just about seal it. Alex Barns capped off a terrific day by snapping goal number 4 over his shoulder and a brilliant day was completed by Maris Olekalns with his goal. And for the second quarter of the game, we held Norwood goalless. When the final siren sounded, the Roosters were 57 points to the good to win our first game for premiership points since Round 2 last year.
 

North Adelaide 18-10 (118) defeated Norwood 8-13 (61)
 

Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 4, Matt McDonough 2, Mitch Harvey 2, Michael McMahon 2, Leigh Ryswyk 2, Jordie McKenzie, George Thring, Lewis Hender, Alex Spina, Max Thring, Maris Olekalns 1.


Best Players

Jay Shannon: 25 disposals, 10 tackles, 8 clearances & 5 inside 50’s

Alex Spina: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and 1 goal

Joe Anderson: 10 disposals, 2 marks

Leigh Ryswyk: 22 disposals, 6 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals

James Craig: 10 disposals, 26 hit outs & 4 clearances

Alex Barns: 11 disposals, 6 hit outs, 3 inside 50’s & 4 goals

Corey Grove:  21 disposals, 5 marks, 4 rebound 50’s


Key Stats:

Disposals: North 327, Norwood 335

Marks: North 86, Norwood 97

Tackles: North 62, Norwood 44

Clearances: North 26, Norwood 40

Inside 50’s: North 50, Norwood 45

Rebound 50’s: North 36, Norwood 32

It was a terrific win in our first home game of the season to build some early momentum. It was one to savour but we have to reset for next week as we head to Alberton to take on Port Adelaide. We congratulate the North Adelaide Cheer Squad and Grog Squad on 50 years supporting our football club. The banner today was outstanding and the players gave the effort expected to compete against all sides in this competition.

See you next week.

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Round 14/15
McINERNEY, Sam-Hand-Indefinite
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick-Back-Indefinite
READ, Andy-Hamstring-2-3 weeks
LISTON, Jake-Hip-2-3 weeks
WANGANEEN, Derick-Hamstring-2-3 weeks
THIELE, Cohen-Calf-Test
MOTLOP, Marlon-Shoulder-Test
LAKIN, Ben-Groin-Test
AMATO, Nick-General Soreness-Test
THRING, George-Knee-TBC
JACKA, Liam-Shoulder-TBC

April 04, 2016 - Reserves - Round 2 v Norwood @ Prospect Oval, 2016
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Reserves - Round 2 v Norwood @ Prospect Oval, 2016

After a stirring come-from-behind win over Central District last week, we took on Norwood at Prospect Oval on Sunday. We made 6 changes due to injury and unavailability, with Luke Wharton, Kym LeBois, Jordy Schmidt, James Baron, Sam Wundke and Wyatt Patterson coming into the side, while Lewis Hender, James Craig and Michael Clinch were all called up for league duties, Brandan Parfitt & Jordan Sweet were in Melbourne with the AFL Academy squad and Derick Wanganeen out after injuring a hamstring at training during the week.

Two minutes was all it took for us to find ourselves on the back foot as Norwood goaled first before Sam Gordon kicked our first 3 minutes later. We then conceded the next two goals as we kept turning the ball over across half forward as our entries into our forward 50 were too shallow. There was plenty of feeling in this game as tempers began to fray late in the term. Sam Gordon again kicked a goal after a terrific chase and tackle to reduce the margin. We were in the game and putting pressure on the opposition but our skills were letting us down. Josh Gregg, Sam De Leonardis and Michael Virgin were playing well in the midfield and Sam Gordon had a strong start up forward.

14 goalless minutes to start the 2nd term, but the first didn’t go our way as Norwood extended their lead. Nick Dinham then got on the scoresheet with his first goal after another desperate effort in our forward half. Norwood then got the reply before Michael Virgin had us up and about with his first goal after the half time siren to give us a 4 point lead at the main break. Our pressure was much better after the 10 minute mark of the 2nd term and we had to keep that up after the main break.

Norwood got off to a fast start, kicking the first four goals as we became sloppy with our effort and intensity. We were missing too many tackles as well and it allowed Norwood to play the game on their terms. Our only goal for the term came after Kieren Smith ran down the grandstand wing and found Josh Gregg with a very neat pass. It was a disappointing quarter as we were getting hurt on the rebound and our pressure dropped off. Billy Lloyd and Corey Davey were solid contributors in a frustrating quarter for the Roosters.

The final term was a dour affair. Norwood kicked the first goal before we got a much needed reply through Kym LeBois, who was very lively for most of the day. Norwood kicked two more goals as they denied us any fluency with our ball movement out of defence and capitalised on our mistakes. It was not to be for our lads as we went down by 28 points.

North Adelaide 6-11 (47) defeated by Norwood 11-9 (75)

Goal Kickers: Sam Gordon 2, Josh Gregg, Michael Virgin, Nick Dinham, Kym LeBois.


Best Players

Sam De Leonardis: 25 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 5 clearances, 6 inside 50’s

Billy Lloyd: 23 disposals, 5 marks, 8 tackles

Michael Virgin: 28 disposals, 11 marks, 1 goal

Josh Gregg: 24 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s

Jonathon Hayes: 21 disposals, 4 clearances

Kym LeBois: 13 disposals, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s


Team Statistics
North Adelaide- Norwood

Disposals - 321 -368                                        

Marks - 110- 130

Tackles- 43- 35

Clearances-  34- 27

Inside 50’s - 28- 43

Rebound 50’s -32 - 21

Next week, we take on Port Adelaide at Alberton as we look to get ourselves back on the winner’s list in 2016.

See you at the footy

GO ROOSTERS!

April 04, 2016 - U16 & U18 Washup
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Thursday March 24

Under 16
North:                   2.1          4.3          8.5          10.8        68

Norwood:           2.2          7.3          11.4        13.5        83
Goals:  Rozee 4, Langley 2, Trenorden., Moore, McWhirter, Woodcock 1
Best: Coyne, Trenorden, Schwerdt, Rozee, Langley, Woodcock

The game started badly when Norwood scored the first goal of the game from a lucky bounce a minute in, and while we had some chances early we never really looked like winning the game.A second quarter collision between our own players which resulted in a double break to the jaw and suspected concussion to the other did not help matters.The Under 16 competition this year, looks as if it will be very even, so week in week out the players are going to be exposed to constant pressure. Moving forward this can only be a good thing and we will watch with interest in the coming weeks to see who will thrive on that.
 

Under 18
North:             3.4          4.6        10.10      12.15        87             

Norwood:       1.2          5.4         6.6          9.16         70
Goals:  Hayward 3, Grant, Wohling 2, Slade, Kennedy, Crompton, Smoker, Minervini 1
Best: Matsouliadis, Wohling, Minervini, Kirk, Hayward, Slee

Despite Norwood kicking the first goal we generally controlled the first quarter and in fact most of the second quarter, but surprisingly went in at half time behind.However a six goal third quarter gave us a four goal lead at the last change and when we kicked the first goal of the last quarter the game was as good as won.A little concern was we allowed Norwood to have more scoring shots in the last quarter than they had in the previous three, but thankfully they were a bit wasteful. Still, it was a good win against a quality side.

March 29, 2016 - Reserves v Central
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Reserves v Central @ My Money House Oval, Round 1, 2016

After being runner-up in 2015, our Reserves began our 2016 campaign against Central District at My Money House Oval on Good Friday. We had five new faces who put on the red and white for the first time; former Tiger Lewis Hender, former Magpie Sam Gordon, Billy Lloyd, Blake Helyar and Jacob Fisher.

The game got off to a poor start, with our players giving away two silly free kicks as Central got the first goal in the first minute. End to end footy ensued, with both sides making some errors by hand and foot. We had plenty of the ball early but we couldn’t apply scoreboard pressure on the opposition before James Craig kicked our first goal of the game. Central finished the quarter with a 2nd goal as we continued to miss tackles and waste chances in front of goal (1 goal 6 points for the quarter), trailing by 3 points at the first break.

The second quarter wasn’t great at all, with our boys going goalless in 28 minutes of football. Centrals piled on four goals of their own and we found ourselves down by 25 points at the main break. We were getting hurt on the rebound and looked reactive to the way that Centrals were playing. Our decision-making wasn’t good while in possession and our disposal efficiency was below par. We had good contributions from Michael Clinch, Billy Lloyd, Corey Davey and Blake Helyar in the first half, but we had a mountain of work to do to get back into the contest.

We came out breathing fire after the main break and our goal drought was ended by James Craig’s 2nd goal. Sam Gordon provided a highlight with a terrific mark in front of the interchange gates that supporters of both sides applauded. Nick Dinham kicked two goals in a minute to reduce to margin to just 5 points in the blink of an eye. We were back on top and playing the game on our terms before Lewis Hender received a 50m penalty and made Centrals pay with his first goal. Centrals got themselves back into the contest with the last two goals of the third term to lead once more. We seemed to have switched off before the final change and let Centrals do as they pleased late. Our intensity and work rate was much better until these final two goals but we were playing the style of football that has been implemented over the summer months. Lewis Hender and Derick Wanganeen had terrific third terms and were leading the way. Michael Clinch again was providing plenty of rebound off half back.

We got off to the perfect start in the final term with the first two goals coming off the boot of Jonathon Hayes. The game was played in our half of the ground as we scored two more goals through Nick Dinham and Sam Gordon to seal a great, come-from-behind win to get our 2016 season off to the perfect start. Our 2nd half was a massive improvement on the first half and a few areas were identified following the game that need improvement before our next game against Norwood this Sunday (starting with goal kicking practice!)

North Adelaide                 1.6.12                    1.9.15                    5.13.43                  9.17.71

Central District                  2.3.15                    6.4.40                    8.6.54                    8.6.54

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 3, James Craig 2, Jonathon Hayes 2, Lewis Hender, Sam Gordon 1.

Best Players:

Lewis Hender – 33 disposals, 13 marks, 4 tackles, 10 inside 50’s

Billy Lloyd – 24 disposals, 9 marks, 3 inside 50’s

James Craig – 14 disposals, 7 marks, 2 goals

Blake Helyar – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles

Corey Davey – 18 disposals, 4 marks

Michael Clinch – 24 disposals, 7 marks

 

TEAM STATISTICS

                                                                NORTH ADELAIDE            CENTRAL DISTRICT

DISPOSALS                                                          368                                         347

MARKS                                                                 134                                         108

TACKLES                                                                40                                          31

CLEARANCES                                                         27                                          25

INSIDE 50’S                                                            52                                          31

REBOUND 50’S                                                       21                                          43

We look forward to seeing you at Prospect Oval next Sunday when we take on Norwood.

GO ROOSTERS!

March 29, 2016 - Round 1, 2016 League vs Central District
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League vs Central District @ My Money House Oval – Round 1, 2016

After a long wait, Round 1 had finally arrived as we ventured out to My Money House Oval to take on Central District. This was Josh Carr’s first game as senior coach and Mitch Clisby as the Club Captain. We also had two new players don the red and white for the first time in Jordie McKenzie and Matt McDonough, while Mitch Harvey was playing his first league game for North Adelaide. We had great delight in handing SANFL League Debuts to Maris Olekalns and Ben Jarman, two products that have progressed through our junior program.

We started the first quarter in a positive manner, winning the ball early and having a couple of shots on goal before Central managed to get the first the first goal. We had three more scoring shots as we dominated field position but we couldn’t turn this into any kind of scoreboard pressure. Centrals kicked the next two goals in quick succession before we finally managed to get one through the big sticks through Max Thring, who started the game well in the clinches. Skill errors continued to plague us as Central extended the margin before Sam Wundke, who started up forward, kicked his first goal of the match. It wasn’t a great start as we were down by 15 points at the first change, with the brothers Thring, Joe Anderson and Luke Teasdale starting well.

The second term got off to a disastrous start, with Centrals getting the first goal within 30 seconds. Central kicked the next three goals as skill errors continued to haunt us. We were having enough of the footy, but we continued to constantly burn the footy when going forward. Matt McDonough kicked our only goal for the term, which was his first in league footy, but highlights were few and far between as we went into the main break 43 points down. We had enough of the football with the inside 50 count at half time 25-22 in our favour. Our defensive transition was not up to standard and Centrals were able to score far too easily.

The second half started like the 2nd term, with Centrals getting on the board early with two more goals as we continued to make errors as a direct result of the siege mentality. Matt McDonough had his 2nd goal on the board with a long bomb from outside 50 before they got an instant response. Maris Olekalns was having a fine debut and capped it off with a lovely goal in the 3rd term but the day went from bad to worse when Marlon Motlop injured his shoulder landing heavily after a marking contest. Centrals ended the quarter the better, as we fell away once more and the margin extended to 66 points at the final break.

Central got the first goal once more at the start of the last term before Alex Spina kicked a goal from the grandstand pocket. From then on, it was Central as they carried on their merry way to run out 107 point winners in what was far from an ideal start to Josh Carr’s coaching career. Our defensive transition and accountability were identified after the game as not being up to standard with Centrals scoring 34 times from their 47 inside 50’s.

North Adelaide                 2.5.17                    3.7.25                    5.9.39                    6.11.47

Central District                  5.2.32                    10.8.68                  16.9.105               24.10.134
 

Goal Kickers: Matt McDonough 2, Alex Spina, Sam Wundke, Max Thring, Maris Olekalns.


Best Players:

Jordie McKenzie - 26 disposals, 5 marks, 7 clearances, 4 tackles

Jay Shannon - 20 disposals, 10 clearances, 6 tackles

Leigh Ryswyk - 15 disposals, 9 marks

Max Thring - 25 disposals, 6 marks, 7 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Maris Olekalns - 22 disposals, 5 marks, 8 Inside 50’s


Key Statistics

                                                                North Adelaide                    Central District

Disposals                                                       323                                            370

Marks                                                              70                                             97                                    

Tackles                                                            62                                             46

Clearances                                                       42                                             30

Inside 50’s                                                       41                                             47

Rebound 50’s                                                   35                                             23

We have our first home game against Norwood next Sunday and we hope to see you all at Prospect for what will be a massive game.

GO ROOSTERS!

March 29, 2016 - U16 & U18 Match Report
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Thursday March 24

Under 16
North: 5.2            6.4          8.6          10.10     70

Centrals: 3.4       4.6          5.9          7.10        52                          

Goals:  Moore, Rozee, Schwerdt 2, Coleman-Oakes, Rack, Tonkin, Woodcock 1
Best: Smryneos, McWhirter, Rozee, Moore, Flanagan, Henriks

It was an exciting start to the 2016 season with some outstanding football being played by both sides. In fact we could consider ourselves lucky to be in front at half time as Centrals clearly had the better of the second quarter. With some players sidelined through injury we looked in a bit of trouble at the start of the third, but we were able to slightly stretch our lead in the run home.

This was a vastly improved Centrals side and they will win their share of games so the win was full of merit.


Under 18
North:           3.5          7.8        13.13      19.17        131             

Centrals:       1.2          3.4         3.4            4.5          29                               

Goals:  Hayward 5, Crompton 4, Matsouliadis 3, Kirk 2, Cubillo, Dyer, Scrutton, Smoker, Wohling 1
Best: Minervini, Graham, Kirk, Hayward, Slee, Dyer

Unlike the Under 16 match we expected this game to be a bit one sided, with several inclusions that had spent most of the preseason with the Seniors. However Centrals were very competitive until late in the second quarter, and it was only a couple of unanswered goals that gave us breathing space at half time.

The second half opened right up and we were able to extend our lead to over 100 points. A good start to a season that will have some ups and downs.  From a state perspective several players did their chances no harm, and I will be very surprised if our representation is not at least six.

March 22, 2016 - TRIAL GAME #3
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TRIAL GAME 3 -
NORTH ADELAIDE V WWT EAGLES @ THEBARTON OVAL

LEAGUE NORTH ADELAIDE 1.3.9                 2.4.16                    3.4.22                    6.7.43
EAGLES 5.5.35                   6.10.46                  9.16.70                  12.22.94
GOALKICKERS: SPINA 2, RYSWYK 1, MCDONOUGH 1, SHANNON 1, DINHAM 1

TEAM STATISTICS
NORTH ADELAIDE-EAGLES
KICKS-169-221
HANDBALLS-136-159
DISPOSALS-305-380
CLEARANCES-20-28
MARKS -93-114
TACKLES-26-18
INSIDE 50’S-27-52
REBOUND 50’S-38-21

INDIVIDUAL STATISTIC LEADERS

DISPOSALS - CLISBY 26, G.THRING 24, SHANNON 20, MCDONOUGH 20, OLEKALNS 19, C.CRAIG 19

CLEARANCES – M.THRING 4, AMATO 3

MARKS – C.CRAIG 9, G.THRING 8, OLEKALNS 7

TACKLES – CLISBY, MCDONOUGH, G.THRING, J.CRAIG, HENDER, MCKENZIE, C.CRAIG, OLEKALNS – 2 EACH

INSIDE 50’S – SHANNON 4, HENDER 4, MCMAHON 3

REBOUND 50’S – MCDONOUGH 5, G.THRING 4, WUNDKE 3, OLEKALNS 3, CLISBY 3

February 29, 2016 - North Adelaide v Norwood – Trial @ Thebarton Oval
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League

North Adelaide – 8.11.59

Norwood – 8.13.61

Goal kickers: Harvey 3, Shannon, Dinham, Olekalns, Motlop, C.Craig

We played 25 players in the league trial with key recruits Jordie McKenzie, Matt McDonough, Sam Gordon, Lewis Hender and Mitch Harvey having their first run in Rooster colours.
It was pleasing to see some of our promising juniors in Sam De Leonardis, Callum Wilkie, Mark Quinn, Wyatt Patterson, Jono Hayes, Ben Jarman and Maris Olekalns get a run at league level after impressing throughout pre-season training.
Overall we were happy with our competitiveness, tackling and intensity for the majority of the contest. Our skill level was inconsistent which exposed our defence on occasions and is an area that needs to improve before round 1.
Our offensive and defensive structures that have been put in place over the pre-season were evident and gives us a good starting point moving forward.
We received no injuries from the weekend and we will introduce more players when we play West Adelaide @ City Mazda Stadium on Friday 11th March.

Reserves

North Adelaide – 12.7.79

Norwood – 4.7.31


Goal kickers: Curnow 4, Davey 2, Helyar, Baron, J.Craig, Minervini, Le Bois, Matsouliadis


The reserves played a consistent four quarters against a young Norwood outfit. 
Senior players James Craig, Michael Clinch, Corey Grove and Josh Gregg got a run under their belt during our first hit out for season 2016.
Several of our young juniors showed encouraging signs as they continue to develop on the senior track.
The open spaces of Thebarton allowed the players to run and carry the ball which is a key component of our offensive movement.
Overall we were very happy with the game style and execution of the structures by the reserves, who will again be a young and talented squad for the 2016 season.

February 29, 2016 - North Adelaide v Norwood – Trial @ Thebarton Oval
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League

North Adelaide – 8.11.59

Norwood – 8.13.61

Goal kickers: Harvey 3, Shannon, Dinham, Olekalns, Motlop, C.Craig

We played 25 players in the league trial with key recruits Jordie McKenzie, Matt McDonough, Sam Gordon, Lewis Hender and Mitch Harvey having their first run in Rooster colours.
It was pleasing to see some of our promising juniors in Sam De Leonardis, Callum Wilkie, Mark Quinn, Wyatt Patterson, Jono Hayes, Ben Jarman and Maris Olekalns get a run at league level after impressing throughout pre-season training.
Overall we were happy with our competitiveness, tackling and intensity for the majority of the contest. Our skill level was inconsistent which exposed our defence on occasions and is an area that needs to improve before round 1.
Our offensive and defensive structures that have been put in place over the pre-season were evident and gives us a good starting point moving forward.
We received no injuries from the weekend and we will introduce more players when we play West Adelaide @ City Mazda Stadium on Friday 11th March.

Reserves

North Adelaide – 12.7.79

Norwood – 4.7.31


Goal kickers: Curnow 4, Davey 2, Helyar, Baron, J.Craig, Minervini, Le Bois, Matsouliadis


The reserves played a consistent four quarters against a young Norwood outfit. 
Senior players James Craig, Michael Clinch, Corey Grove and Josh Gregg got a run under their belt during our first hit out for season 2016.
Several of our young juniors showed encouraging signs as they continue to develop on the senior track.
The open spaces of Thebarton allowed the players to run and carry the ball which is a key component of our offensive movement.
Overall we were very happy with the game style and execution of the structures by the reserves, who will again be a young and talented squad for the 2016 season.

September 29, 2015 - Reserves Grand Final North V Eagles
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Reserves Grand Final
This was it. The Grand Final against the undefeated Eagles at Adelaide Oval. We came into the game with confidence after a brilliant win in the Preliminary Final over Port Adelaide. We made one change at the selection table, with Harry Slee out and Sam De Leonardis back from suspension.
The game got off to a very tight and congested start, with a high number of stoppages happening in the early part of the contest. Both sides were having enough of the footy and shots on goal, but it was the Eagles that would strike first. Nick Dinham kicked his first goal after we went coast to coast after the Eagles missed a chance at the Southern End. Nick’s goal was a ripper, dribbling it home from a very tight angle to get the boys up and about. The Eagles got another goal before the first break, after we gave away a very needless 25 metre penalty and paid full price. We had nearly 30 tackles in the opening term and were taking the challenge up to the opposition. We had chances in front of goal to close the gap and even take the lead, but we were unable to capitalise. The Eagles had enough chances as well, and their poor goal kicking was to our advantage.
The second quarter started on their terms, with the high stoppage numbers continuing and our boys not having much space to work in. The Eagles kicked the first two goals to push the margin out to a game high 22 points at that time. We got a badly needed reply through Oleg Markov who was well held for much of the game. While we got 6 points closer, the margin pushed out again instantly before we got on a roll with three goals in quick time to Mitch Curnow, Nick Dinham, who replicated his dribbling effort in the first term with another highlight and Luke Mitchell cut the margin to just four points at the main break. Again, the tackling numbers were very high, and we were denied space for much of the half. Sam De Leonardis was trying his best, with 7 tackles in the opening half, with Stephen Tahana and Jack Graham doing their very best across half back. The keys to the second half were winning the one on one contest and controlling the ball. 
We didn’t start the second half well, giving away two very easy goals as our tackling dropped in efficiency for the first time in the match. We needed to get the next goal or two and that is what we got, with excitement machine Brandan Parfitt creating a highlight, dodging a couple of opponents and kicking a wonderful goal before Luke Mitchell closed the margin again with his 2nd goal. Kieren Smith’s kick to find Mitchell was superb as we managed to move the ball with more speed and efficiency. The North Adelaide crowd were in raptures as we took the lead through Jono Hayes as Sam De Leonardis continued his hard at it approach with a tackle that stopped the Eagles rebounding out of our 50 and then winning the all-important clearance that set the goal up. We relinquished the lead as quick as we got it, as our stoppage work was not up to standard that cost us the lead. It was an even quarter as the game started to open up a little bit more and the sides split the quarter with 3 goals 1 apiece. With just 28 minutes left for the season, we had to throw everything at the Eagles and continue to have the red hot crack we were having in the first three quarters.
It was not the start we needed in the final term, with the Eagles getting off to a fast start and extending the lead. We had a couple of chances to close the gap, with the post getting in the way and just missing the goals. We slipped further behind before Andy Read kicked a lovely goal after stepping around a couple of opponents to keep us in the hunt. From then on however, the Eagles clamped down on us and made the game a congested affair once more. They kicked another 3 goals in the last few minutes that saw us go down in the Grand Final by 27 points. 

TEAM STATISTICS
NORTH ADELAIDE-EAGLES
DISPOSALS-228-297
MARKS-53-71
TACKLES-78-54
CLEARANCES-41-45
INSIDE 50’S-40-42
REBOUND 50’S-28-31

North Adelaide 9-9 (63) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 13-12 (90)
Goal Kickers: Luke Mitchell 2, Nick Dinham 2, Mitch Curnow, Andy Read, Oleg Markov, Brandan Parfitt, Jono Hayes 1.

Best Players: 
Sam De Leonardis – 17 disposals, 13 tackles, 8 clearances, 7 inside 50’s
Stephen Tahana – 15 disposals, 6 tackles
Jack Graham – 17 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50’s 
Brandan Parfitt – 18 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal
Alex Barns – 6 disposals, 4 tackles, 46 hit outs, 4 clearances
Jono Hayes – 14 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 clearances, 1 goal

While we did not get the ultimate prize today, the effort of our players could not be questioned at all. Sam De Leonardis was terrific, laying 13 tackles and having 17 disposals, Brandan Parfitt was terrific in a variety of roles and the young half backs of Stephen Tahana and Jack Graham played very well throughout. It has been a wonderful ride over the last month, our boys have showed tremendous resilience when challenged in the four games. The loss in the Qualifying Final to Port Adelaide with the last kick of the game could have gone in a negative direction, but to the boys’ credit, they took a positive approach and had to show plenty of fight in the two finals wins over Glenelg and Port Adelaide. 
Thank you to all the supporters that came today, we didn’t get the result that we were looking for but there were plenty of positives to be taken from the last month of football. We will see you all in 2016 as we move forward to re-establish the football club in the SANFL competition.
GO THE ROOSTERS!
Enjoy the break.

September 22, 2015 - Reserves Preliminary Final v Port Magpies
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Reserves Preliminary Final v Port Magpies 
After one of the best wins for the season in the knockout Semi Final last week, it was a rematch with Port Adelaide in the Preliminary Final at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday. After falling agonisingly short with the last kick of the day in the Qualifying Final a fortnight ago, our boys were keen for redemption against a side we haven’t been able to defeat in 2015. We made two changes with Wyatt Patterson and Will Combe coming in for the suspended Sam De Leonardis and Jordy Schmidt, who was left out of the side.
Perfect conditions greeted the two sides and the deck was in good condition which made for an exciting contest. We got the jump early with a goal to Alex Barns before Port kicked back to back goals to hold the momentum. From then on, we piled on four goals without reply to Will Combe, Oleg Markov, Maris Olekalns and Mark Quinn, as it was our younger brigade standing up early in the game. Port got a steadying goal late, but we got off to a very good start and took a 9 point lead into the first break. We were doing a lot right, with our work rate and pressure of a finals standard. We were pressuring Port into turnovers and making the most of our chances in front of goal. While we had the upper hand, we were getting beaten in the clearances in the first term, but our defence was resolute and gave excellent rebound from the defensive area. 
After a good start, Port closed the gap on us with the opening goal of the second term. We got the perfect response with back to back goals to Will Combe, who was proving to be very dangerous as the small forward. Jack Graham was important in the second goal in getting the ball forward and getting us to a 16 point lead. Port Adelaide then hit back quickly as they kicked 3 goals in a row as we started to miss tackles and continued to be beaten at the clearances. We needed to show some resilience and that we did, with four goals again without a Port Adelaide reply through Oleg Markov who had his 2nd goal and a 4th to Will Combe before Kieren Smith and Brandan Parfitt made it a 22 point lead at the main break. We fought back brilliantly after Port hit the front at the midway point of the second term, which was really important for our confidence, which was very high going into the game. Will Combe was playing an inspired game, with 4 goals and 17 disposals in the opening half, Mark Quinn had 5 tackles in the first half and we were getting good contributions from Jack Graham, Andy Read, Kym Edwards and James Baron. Half way to the Grand Final and we had to keep sticking to the process and structures, doing the little things that we pride ourselves on as a football side.
Port Adelaide got the ideal start with the first goal of the third quarter before we got a quick reply through Michael McMahon, who was working very hard across half forward. The game became circle work for the remainder of the 3rd term as Port Adelaide wrestled back the momentum with two more goals to make it a 13 point lead to the Roosters at the turn for home. While we continued to work as hard as we can, we missed a few tackles in the third term and didn’t quite capitalise on the inside 50’s we were having and the majority of the possession. With 28 minutes to go, it was going to be a big last quarter, but the players were confident and up for the challenge of putting Port Adelaide away.
The first goal of the final term was going to be crucial. Thankfully, it was the Roosters that got it through Nick Dinham who got a 25 metre penalty for a late hit. Port then hit back with a goal before Jono Hayes got another quick reply after Wyatt Patterson’s gather at the centre bounce got the ball moving in the right direction. Port then hit back once more, before we ran the game out brilliantly with the last 6 goals of the game. Alex Barns kicked his 2nd goal before Michael McMahon added his 2nd. Luke Mitchell played more game time up forward, due to the lack of height in the Port forward line and made the margin 30 points as we looked home and dry for a Grand Final appearance. Michael McMahon added goal number 3 and 4 in a dominant quarter before Mitch Curnow, who rucked well all day, finished the demolition job, his goal could have been accompanied by the Benny Hill music and made it a 49 point win and sealed our first Reserves Grand Final appearance since the 2006 triumph.
It was an excellent four quarter effort of North Adelaide football. We worked hard from the first bounce to the final siren and the contributions from Will Combe, Andy Read, James Baron, Mitch Curnow, Kym Edwards and Michael McMahon were fantastic. After the disappointment of the league season, for our Reserves to make the Grand Final has been a terrific effort. After the disappointment of the Qualifying Final, our mindset has been nothing short of superb in the last two weeks and we go into the Grand Final against the Eagles full of confidence and with two very, very good wins under our belts. 

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Port Magpies
Disposals-305-240
Marks-77-71
Tackles-47-27
Clearances-38-34
Inside 50’s-49-30
Rebound 50’s-17-28

North Adelaide 20-10 (130) defeated Port Adelaide 12-9 (81)
Goals: Michael McMahon 4, Will Combe 4, Alex Barns 2, Oleg Markov 2, Mitch Curnow, Luke Mitchell, Nick Dinham, Kieren Smith, Brandan Parfitt, Jono Hayes, Maris Olekalns, Mark Quinn 1.
Best Players: 
Will Combe – 31 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 4 goals
Michael McMahon – 22 disposals, 6 marks, 6 inside 50’s, 4 goals
Jack Graham – 22 disposals, 8 marks, 5 clearances, 3 inside 50’s
Andy Read – 10 disposals, 4 tackles, 2 rebound 50’s
Kym Edwards – 26 disposals, 4 marks, 5 clearances
J.Hayes – 21 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal

Next Sunday it all culminates in the Grand Final. We know how good the Eagles have been this year. They are undefeated and they present a massive challenge come 10:45am on Sunday at Adelaide Oval. The boys have played with a lot of confidence & belief and have been able to dig deep and respond when required. 
We hope to see you at Adelaide Oval on Sunday as we fight for premiership glory.
GO THE MIGHTY ROOSTERS!

September 14, 2015 - North v Glenelg
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September 07, 2015 - Reserves Qualifying Final v Port Magpies
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North V Port Magpies 
September arrived, as did the sunshine as our Reserves took on Port Adelaide in the Reserves Qualifying Final at Glenelg Oval on Saturday. Into the team came Brandan Parfitt and Alex Barns who replaced Luke Teasdale and Alan Obst, who both didn’t play enough games to qualify and take their place in the finals series.
Port Adelaide held all the aces early, with Port getting the early goal as we were coughing the ball up and being second to it in the early exchanges. We did settle after Port Adelaide started better and we got on the board through Nick Dinham, after a Stephen Tahana spoil turned over the football and went forward to goal before Port got one back. Oleg Markov then replied for us once more, as Brandan Parfitt was cool in a crisis to find Markov in front. We gave away a goal after we didn’t get the set up right at the centre bounce and we were caught on the hop. Jono Hayes started well and he got on the board as he won a free in a dangerous area. Port got a late goal to take a 7 point lead at the first break.
We got the ideal start in the second term, with Sam De Leonardis clever in traffic to find Liam Jacka who kicked his first goal. We kept getting within a kick and then relinquishing the momentum as Port goaled once more. We just had to get back to back goals and hold the lead and we got that lead through Alex Barns and Oleg Markov but that lead was short lived as Port answered back. After we missed a shot on goal, we capitalised on a Port kick in through Sam De Leonardis that had us up and about. Port then levelled the scores with another goal and then kicked the next two goals late in the second term as we dropped our concentration levels as half time approached. Alex Barns was giving plenty in the ruck, Sam De Leonardis was good in the middle and Jack Graham was providing a lot of run and carry out of the back half. 
The third quarter was a tight and torrid affair, with scoring hard to come by. We managed to work our way back into the game with Alex Barns kicking our two goals for the term. Port managed yet another late goal where they jumped on a poor kick in and they took in an 8 point lead at the final break. 
Port Adelaide struck a couple of body blows at the start of the final term with the first two goals to extend the margin out to 23 points. Michael McMahon got involved to kick a desperately needed goal and we made it back to back goals again to keep us alive through Jono Hayes. We got a bit fancy on the wing and turned the footy over that cost us another goal to put us on the back foot again. Every stoppage was becoming more and more crucial and Alex Barns continued to have a good game in the ruck which gave us first use when he was there. Jack Graham got a reply to the Port goal and we got the next one through Kieran Smith after Jack Graham turned supplier from a boundary throw-in. Port thought they had the game won with a shot that glanced the post at the school end and from the kick in, we went coast to coast and Jack Graham put us in front with just over a minute to go. Port got the all-important clearance in the centre and went forward. From a boundary throw-in, they had the ball and snapped the winner with not enough time for another ball up and we went down by 5 points in an absolute thriller.
We definitely had our chances throughout the game, but our skill level was below standard at times. We had good contributions from James Baron and Stephen Tahana in defence, especially after we lost Adam Kupsch in the 3rd term. Jack Graham was good across half back and Oleg Markov showed patches of what he can do with his aerial leaping. The hurt on the boy’s faces was hard to see after the game, but we do have the chance to atone next week in the knockout semi-final against Glenelg. We have to play four quarters of North Adelaide football to get a positive result and we showed we can play that style in periods of the game. 

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide V Port Magpies
Disposals-303-255
Marks-62-53
Tackles-71-66
Clearances-46-46
Inside 50’s-37-48
Rebound 50’s-34-23

North Adelaide 14-6 (90) defeated by Port Adelaide 14-11 (95)
Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 3, Oleg Markov, Jonathon Hayes, Jack Graham 2, Sam De Leonardis, Michael McMahon, Liam Jacka, Nick Dinham, Kieran Smith 1.
Best Players:
Sam De Leonardis – 25 disposals, 8 clearances, 1 goal
Stephen Tahana – 14 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s
Luke Mitchell-18 disposals, 5 marks, 3 clearances, 3 goals
Wyatt Patterson – 13 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 clearances
Michael McMahon – 20 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal
While today’s result was a heartbreaker, we do get the chance to win next week when we face Glenelg. Hopefully the disappointment can harden the resolve so that they do not feel as disappointed as they were today. Bad luck to the Under 18’s who were defeated in the 2nd Semi Final today, and we wish them all the best for the Preliminary Final against Norwood.
We hope to see plenty of red and white next week as we fight to keep our 2015 campaign alive.
GO THE ROOSTERS!

 
September 07, 2015 - Under 18 Qualifying Final
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Saturday August 29
Under 18 Qualifying Final 
North: 0.6      1.9       3.13        5.17      47
Eagles:3.2      8.6       13.7        16.12    108
Best:  Sweet, Nixon, Venning, Rocca, LeBois, Combe
Goals:  B. Jackson 2, Rogers, Slade, Sweet 1
After an easy win last weekend, what a turnaround this week. However at this level if you are continually going to miss easy shots on goal you will eventually pay the price. Halfway through the second quarter when we finally kicked our first goal we were well and truly in the game with the scores being 5.3 to 1.9. Of those 9 points only two could not be described as simple shots on goal.
However from that moment the Eagles controlled the game, and deservedly won. With no Under 18 aged players playing Senior football and with two 19 year olds who had played State Under 18’s in 2014 in the side, exemplifies the depth the Eagles have at their Club at the moment.
This week we front Norwood in the Preliminary final, and it will be a completely different Norwood to the one we easily accounted for last weekend. With their Reserves out of finals action they made seven changes on the weekend so will be far stronger. 
For their future development, to be pitted against the best is what it is all about so we look forward to the challenge, and hopefully we don’t start with 9 points again. I am sure if we get another opportunity against the Eagles it will be a far different story.

August 31, 2015 - North V Sturt
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R19 - League v Sturt
Finally after one of the longest and toughest years in the club’s history, our final game for 2015 had arrived as we took on Sturt at Prospect Oval on Saturday. Three changes were made with Brandan Parfitt, Kieren Smith and Stephen Tahana making way for Todd Miles, Cohen Thiele and Heath Caldwell. It was the final games for Todd Miles and Captain Greg Gallman and we were hoping to send our two champions off on the right note.
We got off to the perfect start with goals coming through Marlon Motlop and Michael Virgin as we had Sturt on the back foot. Our ball movement was terrific early and our stoppage work clean and precise. Sturt got a quick reply before Heath Caldwell kicked his 1st goal, but from then on, it was all Sturt. Their ball movement started to open the game up in the latter part of the quarter as they kicked the last four goals for the term. We were getting hurt on the spread and they were going end to end and finishing with efficiency to make us reactive. Sturt held an 11 point lead at the first change.
All the play at the start of the 2nd term was in Sturt’s forward half as they kicked 9 behinds in a row. We went down into our forward 50 and got our only goal through Darren Shillabeer before Sturt got one back as they went into the main break with 19 point lead. We were competing well, with Michael Virgin providing excellent run and carry out of defence. Jay Shannon was getting his hands on the footy at the stoppages, Marlon Motlop was getting plenty of the footy again and Todd Miles was reminding everyone how great he has been for the footy club, repelling Sturt with plenty of contested marks and spoils.
Sturt got the jump on us at the start of the 3rd term as they got on the board first before we jagged a goal back to Callum Wilkie that was set up by a brilliant chase and tackle from Heath Caldwell. Sturt kicked the next two before we made hard work getting a second goal for the term that came from the boot of Nick Amato, which was one that was desperately needed. We conceded late and went into the last break trailing by 31 points.
We needed to continue competing and chipping away at the margin, but it was Sturt that went on the attack with the first four goals of the last quarter. We broke the run through the retiring Todd Miles who was thrown forward in the last quarter. His goal was a terrific moment in the game as our players came from everywhere to get around him. Joe Anderson got the next goal before Sturt sealed the win before Alex Barns snapped a lovely goal from the pocket, which was a highlight, but it wasn’t to be as we went down by 46 points to end our season at 1-17. As the case has been, we had spurts of competitiveness blighted by periods where we were comprehensively beaten. We had some great contributions with Michael Virgin having 34 disposals and his run and carry and never-give-up attitude evident to see. Todd Miles was brilliant with 22 disposals, 10 marks and a goal in his last league game. Marlon Motlop had 26 disposals and tried hard and Callum Wilkie had his best game at league level.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Sturt
Disposals-314-340
Marks-81-97
Tackles-43-32
Clearances-36-45
Inside 50’s-39-55
Rebound 50’s-39-29

North Adelaide 9-7 (61) defeated by Sturt 15-17 (107)
Goal Kickers: Marlon Motlop, Joe Anderson, Alex Barns, Heath Caldwell, Nick Amato, Darren Shillabeer, Michael Virgin, Todd Miles, Callum Wilkie 1
Best Players: 
Todd Miles – 22 disposals, 12 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s, 1 goal
Michael Virgin – 34 disposals, 10 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 10 rebound 50’s, 1 goal
Callum Wilkie – 15 disposals, 10 marks, 1 goal
Marlon Motlop – 26 disposals, 3 tackles, 8 clearances, 1 goal
That concludes a season we would all like to forget. We must mention the efforts of our interim coach in Michael Handby, who took on a difficult task in leading the club through one of its darkest patches in its history. We saw improvement in the player’s attitudes and effort, that didn’t always show on the scoreboard but we took steps in the right direction. We made 51 changes in 10 weeks, debuted 8 players in that time, players that will take the club forward in 2016 and beyond.
We also congratulate the Reserves side on earning a double chance earlier in the day and the under 18’s side on their win in the Qualifying Final as well.
We look forward to seeing you all for a better year in 2016.
GO ROOSTERS
Congratulations to Greg Gallman and Todd Miles who finished their careers on Saturday at Prospect Oval. Both have been fantastic servants of the club and we wish them well for their future pathways in football, careers and life.

** A big Thank You to Tim Miller who constructs the information for the wash up every week.  Tim takes the reserves tackle count, registers the team stats for the league and takes notes of both games and sends through the write up to be posted by Monday. A great clubman who does a lot on game day and during the week that doesn’t go unnoticed by the players, coaches and staff.
Thanks for being an important part of the match day team Tim. The Football Club appreciate your time commitment and efforts.

R19 - Reserves v Sturt
After being handed a reality check by the top of the table Eagles last week, we were back at Prospect for our last minor round game on Saturday. We made 6 changes, as Kyle Jackson, Dakota Nixon, Vinnie Rocca, Nick Rynne and Sam Venning took their place in the under 18’s Qualifying Final and Taryll Campbell-Egan also missed with Jack Graham, Oleg Markov, Maris Olekalns, Luke Teasdale, Kieren Smith and Stephen Tahana all back. This was an elimination final for our boys, as a win would seal our place in the finals and potentially earn a vital double chance.
Both sides got off to a nervous start, with both finals aspirants feeling each other out in the early part of the game. We got on the board first through Michael McMahon before Sturt responded. We kicked the next couple through Alan Obst and Oleg Markov before Sturt closed the gap once again. We got our 4th goal on the stroke of the Quarter Time siren, with Michael McMahon kicking his 2nd goal. Our run and carry and speed on the outside was going to hold us in good stead in this game and we used it to full effect in the opening term.
Sturt had the upper hand in the early part of the 2nd term, but their inability to convert would prove advantageous for us as Nick Dinham kicked our only goal for the term. We let Sturt continue to pepper their goal, but they continued to miss shots and they did not register a major for the term. The 2nd quarter was levelled with our 1-3 matching Sturt’s 0-9 and we took a 10 point lead into the main break. Luke Teasdale was very good in the midfield, along with Wyatt Patterson. Oleg Markov was presenting well up forward and Jack Graham was playing a good game across half back with support from Stephen Tahana.
After Sturt wasted all those opportunities in the 2nd term, we had to come out firing in the 3rd term, but it wasn’t to be as Sturt closed the gap to less than a goal with their first goal in over a quarter. We then responded with a great team goal where Alan Obst cleared enough space for Kieren Smith to break clear and find Michael McMahon for his 3rd goal. Sturt goaled once more as their tall forwards were proving to be a handful for our defenders. We kicked two goals in a row through Sam De Leonardis and Wyatt Patterson to take back some of the momentum before Sturt jagged yet another goal back on us. We kicked the last three of the term, with goals coming from Alan Obst, Wyatt Patterson and Maris Olekalns, the Olekalns goal set up by some desperate and inventive work from Oleg Markov to keep the ball alive at the behind post. We broke the game open in the 3rd term with our speed of ball movement and intensity at the contest. We played much more desperate and brave football in a game that we were the masters of our own destiny.
We started well in the last quarter once more, with the opening two goals from Luke Teasdale and Michael McMahon, who was our standout forward in the game with his 4th goal that extended our margin. Sturt got one back before Luke Teasdale had a 2nd goal for the game. Sturt rallied late; with the last couple of goals but it was a great day for the Roosters as we secured 3rd spot on the ladder, with Norwood going down to the Eagles and Glenelg having the bye, to set up a Qualifying Final with Port Adelaide.

TEAM STATISTCS
North Adelaide-Sturt
Disposals-285-313
Marks-69-82
Tackles-59-48
Clearances-40-36
Inside 50’s-37-55
Rebound 50’s-45-23

North Adelaide 14-7 (91) defeated Sturt 9-15 (69)
Goal Kickers: Michael McMahon 4, Alan Obst, Luke Teasdale, Wyatt Patterson 2, Sam De Leonardis, Nick Dinham, Oleg Markov, Maris Olekalns 1
Best Players: 
Wyatt Patterson – 20 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals
Jack Graham – 16 disposals, 2 clearances, 5 rebound 50’s
Luke Teasdale – 22 disposals, 7 tackles, 7 clearances, 2 goals
Stephen Tahana – 18 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles
Kieren Smith – 20 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles
Michael McMahon – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 goals

This was a terrific result, with our younger players standing tall in a game that had our season on the line. This week we face Port Adelaide in the Qualifying Final at Gliderol Stadium, start time 11:25am.
We hope to see plenty of our supporters at the game to give the lads your support in their finals campaign.
GO ROOSTERS!

Saturday August 29
Under 18 Qualifying Fina
North:3.2      5.5       9.10        15.12  102
Norwood:0.4      2.6       4.5          8.10    58
Best:  Combe, Slade, Agius, LeBois, Kennedy, Venning
Goals:  Agius, Vanemoer 4, B. Jackson 2, Crompton, LeBois, Morgan, Slade, Venning 1
After making, 11, 8 and 9 changes in the last three weeks there was some concern we may be a bit unsettled early. However we started best and unlike previous encounters with Norwood we lead at quarter time. 
We went in at half time with a comfortable buffer of 17 points, but Norwood scored first in the third quarter. They challenged for a while but we were able to gain the ascendancy once again to lead by 35 points at the last change.
Norwood again started the last quarter well, but we settled and ran out comfortable winners.
Whilst it may appear we have Norwood’s measure if we meet them again in the finals, it is tempered somewhat in that with their Reserves now out of contention any underage players are eligible to drop back to the Under 18’s. 
This week to clash with the Eagles, in what should be a great contest. Only four times this year have we had more than 12 goals scored against us in a game – the Eagles have done it three times. The two times they have beaten us we have lead during the last quarter, so I expect another really close contest.

August 24, 2015 - U18 North V South
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Saturday August 22
Under 18
North:8.2      14.6      19.8    24.12  156
South:2.2       2.4         4.5       4.10    34
Best:  Agius, Slade, Vandemoer, Minervini, Kennedy, Tahana
Goals:  Agius 9, Vanemoer 6, B. Jackson 3, Minervini 2, Garlett, Kennedy, Sweet, West 1
After 11 players came in last week it was 8 players going out this week. However being the last minor round game South were just as unsettled.
The game played out as expected with us just having too much class and experience all over the field. Whilst not an ideal way to prepare for a finals campaign, you can only win.
We ended up playing 53 players during the minor round, which surprisingly will be fewer than most clubs. The number being kept down by not having the large number of College players we have previously had.
This week we play the Qualifying Final against Norwood at City Mazda Oval at 2.10pm. Norwood beat us quite easily three weeks ago, but we won the first two encounters convincingly. Sides change dramatically from week to week at this level so not too much can be read into any previous results. However we believe we will able to produce a very competitive team, that can hopefully get us over the line.

August 24, 2015 - North Adelaide V Eagles
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League V Eagles 
After a well-earned rest after two games in 5 days, we went down to Woodville Oval to take on the top of the ladder Eagles on Saturday afternoon. We were once again forced into a large amount of changes and out of the side went the retired Alan Obst, Mitch Curnow played in the Reserves, Oleg Markov was missing through study and Luke Teasdale (groin) and Cohen Thiele (sick) both missed. Into the team came Patrick Boles, James Craig, Greg Gallman, Darren Shillabeer along with another debutant in 24 year old Kieren Smith. We had 9 players with fewer than 20 games of league footy under their belt, and the players wanted to give the 2015 minor premier a physical contest.

The Eagles got the jump on us, with the first two goals going their way. It was a concerted effort early, with the Roosters having enough of the footy to create scoring opportunities. As has been the case for much of the year, our skill level was proving to be our downfall, with the Eagles taking full toll of our errors. The Eagles were playing the game on their terms early, having far too many uncontested possessions and our defence was under constant pressure. We managed a goal through Nick Amato who kicked a clever snap on the behind line before the Eagles kicked 3 goals to take a 23 point lead into the first change.

Skill errors continued to hurt us in the second term, with goals against us being the direct result of those mistakes. We were not playing instinctive football and our inability to move the ball forward with any speed, allowed the Eagles to play the game in their forward half pushing us wide on most occasions. We did well to hold the Eagles to just two goals for the term as they had a firm grip on the contest and we could consider ourselves fortunate to be only 31 points down at the main break. It was a lone goal for the term that came through Corey Grove after a terrific long kick out of defence from Josh Gregg that broke the lines. While we matched the Eagles in intensity in the opening term, we were being beaten reactive at the contest which put us under pressure right across the oval. We had good contributions from Mitch Clisby, Michael Virgin and Josh Gregg while Jay Shannon was getting his hands to the footy at most stoppages in the opening half. Our young key defenders in Sam Wundke and Cameron Craig were competing well in another solid contribution by the emerging pair.

Stephen Tahana gave the supporters a highlight with the opening goal of the second half. It was a lovely check-side snap on the run for his first goal in league footy. The Eagles got that goal back after Jay Shannon found himself in the ruck and gave away a free that cost us a goal. Our intensity and tackling efficiency was at a very high level, with our boys having 21 tackles for the term that came from 17 individual players. The game was also becoming a very congested affair with a high number of stoppages and repeat stoppages occurring at regular intervals. In a positive, we won the quarter which is something that we have not done for many weeks and our work rate was much better.

The final quarter was more of the same, with repeat stoppages and end to end footy being played throughout the term. Stephen Tahana was our sole goal kicker after Darren Shillabeer spoiled an Eagles kick in that found Tahana in open space and he kicked his 2nd goal for the game. The Eagles kicked two goals for the term as they defeated us by 39 points. It was a pleasing effort from our boys as our form this year has not been good. We showed endeavour for most of the game, with the exception of the second quarter when the Eagles dominated proceedings. We had some excellent contributions from our players with Marlon Motlop leading the disposals with 39. Michael Virgin worked tirelessly in a 24 possession effort. Jay Shannon was competitive with 20 touches and 10 clearances. Sam Wundke tried his best down back with 9 spoils and Kieren Smith had his moments as well on debut, but unfortunately couldn’t convert in front of goal to cap off his first league game.


TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Eagles
Disposals-312-353
Marks-72-92
Tackles-61-47
Clearances-44- 30
Inside 50’s-24-53
Rebound 50’s-41-19

North Adelaide 4-5 (29) defeated by Woodville West Torrens 10-8 (68)

Goal Kickers: Stephen Tahana 2, Corey Grove, Nick Amato 1.
Best Players:
Marlon Motlop – 39 disposals, 3 marks, 6 clearances, 3 inside 50’s
Cameron Craig – 17 disposals, 6 marks, 3 spoils
Nick Amato – 29 disposals, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal
Joe Anderson – 13 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 clearances
Jay Shannon – 20 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 10 clearances
Michael Virgin – 24 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 6 clearances
Stephen Tahana – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 2 clearances, 2 goals
We have one more game to go for season 2015. We take on Sturt at Prospect Oval on Saturday as we will try to bookend our year with a win over the Double Blues. With the effort the lads put in today, it’s certainly achievable. We will hopefully have Todd Miles back from injury to play one last game in the red and white.

See you at Prospect on Saturday
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Season
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
CALDWELL, Heath-Finger-Season
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-Season
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Head-Season
THRING, George-Ankle-Season
THRING, Max-Hamstring-Season
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-Season
MILES, Todd-Groin-Test
TEASDALE, Luke-Groin-Test
GRAHAM, Jack-Knee-Test
O’BRIEN, Jesse-Groin-Test
THIELE, Cohen-Illness-Test

R18 - Reserves v Eagles
After a fortnight off, our Reserves had a tough task, taking on the undefeated Eagles at Woodville Oval on Saturday. Forced into another multitude of changes once more, out of the side went Greg Gallman and Kieren Smith who played in the league side, Corey Davey, Brendon Jackson, Lee Minervini and Jordon Sweet bolstered the under 18’s side and Ben Jarman missed through illness. Into the team came Mitch Curnow, Sam De Leonardis, Kym Edwards, Taryll Campbell-Egan, Kyle Jackson, Andy Read and Alan Obst, whose retirement lasted just 9 days, as he pulled on the boots due to the numbers that are on the injured list.
We struggled to get our hands on the footy early, with the Eagles dominating the play. Once we settled and started to get our hands on the ball, our conversion in front of goal proved to be a stumbling block. We missed 5 opportunities to kick goals and the Eagles put three goals of their own on the board. We managed to get on the board through Vinnie Rocca as we trailed by 9 points at the first break. We were in the contest, but making the most of our opportunities was proving to be a challenge. 
The Eagles then dominated the second term, with our overuse of the football making life difficult. The Eagles put a sizeable break between the two sides as they kicked 5 goals to our 2, with our goals coming through Kyle Jackson and Michael McMahon. It was a half of wasted chances, not just in front of goal but coming out of defence that was proving costly. The game opened up a lot more through the second quarter after being a tight opening. Wyatt Patterson was the standout in the opening half, with Liam Jacka and Vinnie Rocca having solid contributions.
The 3rd quarter was where the Eagles asserted total dominance. There wasn’t much to write home about for the Roosters as the Eagles outplayed us for the majority of the term. Michael McMahon added his 2nd goal in the third term as we didn’t do a lot right for long periods of the term. 
The game tightened up once more in the final term, as the Eagles kicked two more goals while we added another through Harry Slee in what was a tough day for our side. Better players were Wyatt Patterson, who was a consistent contributor for 4 quarters, Adam Kupsch and James Baron worked hard in defence, Andy Read rebounded strongly out of the defence, Vinnie Rocca was lively and Dakota Nixon had another 11 tackles and was his usual tough presence around the stoppages.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Eagles
Disposals-280-400
Marks-65-123
Tackles-59-61
Clearances-39-38
Inside 50’s-39-35
Rebound 50’s-20-33

North Adelaide 5-9 (39) defeated by Woodville West Torrens 15-7 (97)
Goal Kickers: Michael McMahon 2, Harry Slee, Kyle Jackson, Vinnie Rocca 1.
Best Players: 
Wyatt Patterson – 16 disposals, 3 tackles, 5 clearances
Vinnie Rocca – 23 disposals, 3 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s
James Baron – 6 disposals, 2 tackles (defensive role)
Adam Kupsch – 7 disposals, 3 marks, 5 spoils, 2 rebound 50’s
Andy Read – 21 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s
Michael McMahon – 18 disposals, 3 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals

With the fight for the final five tightening up with one round to go, we became increasingly aware that we will have it all to do next week. A win will secure a finals spot while a loss will see us finish outside the top 5. We take on Sturt who are currently sitting in 4th position with both sides facing the same scenario. See you back at Prospect for our final minor round match for season 2015, start time 11:25am
GO ROOSTERS!

 
August 18, 2015 - North Adelaide V Norwood
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R17 - League vs Norwood
After losing to Port Adelaide on Saturday, it was an extremely short week as we fronted up once more to take on Norwood on Thursday night. We were able to play three players that missed the Port game, with Brandan Parfitt, Michael Virgin and Alex Spina all back from injury and illness. Out of the side went Michael McMahon, Sam De Leonardis and Toby Schulz. As is the base for all of our games, we needed to bring a concerted effort to match it with a quality Norwood outfit.
Norwood got the early jump on us, with the first two goals of the game going their way before Jay Shannon took a gutsy mark directly in front and kicked our only goal for the term. We started off competing very well, winning the contested ball count and reaching the benchmark for our tackling. However, while the conditions were greasy from the day’s rain, our disposal by foot was proving to be our downfall. We kept missing targets across half forward which allowed Norwood to hurt us on the spread. We were unable to lock down on our opponents which allowed Norwood to string together a high number of uncontested possessions.
We got off to an ideal start with the Roosters getting the first goal of the second term through Nick Amato inside the first 5 minutes. This was a good period of the game for us, with our boys having a large amount of the ball in our forward half. We had opportunities to peg the margin back some more but that was not to be. We only had one more scoring shot for the term to Norwood’s 10 in a quarter where the Redlegs took a stranglehold on the game. Our inefficiency to hit targets and lock down at stoppages was telling the tale. We were comprehensively beaten in clearances and their midfield was getting far too much of the ball. 
Again, it was an ideal start to the second half with Alan Obst kicking a goal in the first minute of the term. That would be the last highlight for the half, with Norwood going all out to put us to the sword. Norwood kicked four goals to one in a dominant quarter that saw us fall even further behind. We started the quarter well but we fell away once more, with our standards slipping again and playing some very ordinary football. Rain fell in the third term which made the game a more contested affair. We were able to stop their run for the early part of the term but it was always going to be a struggle against their bigger bodies.
The last term was more of the same. We had opportunities to score through Michael Virgin and Cohen Thiele, but we were unable to convert. We went goalless in the final term while Norwood kicked another 3.6 to run away with a 76 point win. The margin did flatter us, with Norwood kicking 13.23, if they had been on target, we could easily be talking about a triple figure margin. We did get some good contributions - Alex Spina had a terrific game (19 disposals, 6 tackles) after missing the last couple with injury, Mitch Clisby was damaging in the first half, Joe Anderson always gives his very best and Cameron Craig stuck to his task all night under constant pressure.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Norwood
Disposals-288-342
Marks-54-96
Tackles-56-47
Clearances-39-39
Inside 50’s-27-51
Rebound 50’s-37-24

North Adelaide 3-7 (25) defeated by Norwood 13-23 (101)
Goal Kickers: Nick Amato, Alan Obst, Jay Shannon 1.
Best Players: 
Alex Spina – 19 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s
Mitch Clisby – 26 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles
Cameron Craig – 10 disposals, 1 tackle, 6 spoils
Marlon Motlop – 21 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 6 rebound 50’s
Joe Anderson – 19 disposals, 2 tackles, 5 clearances

The task doesn’t get any easier this week as we travel down Port Road to take on the ladder leading Eagles at Woodville Oval next Saturday from 2:10pm. While we have struggled for long periods of this season, we have been able to expose some young players to the requirements of SANFL league football and we look forward to the big challenge that waits this weekend.
Also, as a footnote, Alan Obst played his 50th and final game of league football. ‘Obba’ has been a popular member of the playing group in his two years at North Adelaide and will be missed by the players, coaches and staff. We thank Alan for his contribution over the last two seasons and wish him all the very best for his future!
See you at Woodville next Saturday as we have a crack at the Eagles.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Season
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
CALDWELL, Heath-Finger-Season
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-Season
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Head-Season
THRING, George-Ankle-Season
THRING, Max-Hamstring-Season
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-Season
Todd Miles-Groin-1 week
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-Test
CRAIG, James-Groin-Test
EDWARDS, Kym-Knee-Test
O’BRIEN, Jesse-Groin-Test
SHILLABEER, Darren-Hamstring-Tightness-Test
READ, Andy-Calf-Test
GRAHAM, Jack-Knee-TBC-(Scan Monday evening)

August 17, 2015 - U18's North V Glenelg
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Under 18
North: 4.4      9.9      17.13   23.14   152
Glenelg: 1.0      1.0      1.0       4.1       25
Best: Rocca, Jarman, Agius, Jarman, LeBois, Minervini, Venning
Goals:  Agius 7, Jarman, Rocca 3, Pelentsov 2, Venning, Minervi , Nixon, Rynne, LeBois, Scrutton, Crompton, Graham 1
Eleven players returned to the side this week, and with Glenelg totally undermanned, the result was never in doubt. However for the first fifteen minutes Glenelg were better than us and had kicked the first goal of the game. 
But as we learnt last year during the finals when a massive number of players return at once it takes time to gel. Fortunately that happened relatively early . Again our third quarter was outstanding, but clearly nothing too much can be read into the result.
If Glenelg Reserves miss the finals, I believe this will be one of the teams to beat. With an injury list starting to match the Seniors, finals opportunities will be on the line this week when we play our last minor round game against South here at Prospect.
This game will start at 12.10pm as it will follow the inaugural SANFL Under 14 & Under 16 Girls Competition games which starting at 9am and 10.30am respectively. 

August 10, 2015 - North V Port Adelaide
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R17 - League vs Port Adelaide
After a tough loss to Glenelg last weekend, we took on Port Adelaide at Prospect Oval on Saturday. As the case has been since Michael Handby took over as senior coach, a large number of changes were made once more. With injuries hitting us hard after last week, Todd Miles, Jesse O’Brien, Max Thring, George Thring, Brandan Parfitt and Darren Shillabeer all missed through injury. Into the team came Alex Barns, after missing 3 months with a fractured eye socket, Jay Shannon, Corey Grove, Alan Obst, Sam De Leonardis and Oleg Markov was selected to make his league debut.
We had chances to score early, with our boys getting enough of the football. We were unable to create scoreboard pressure on the opposition and it was Port Adelaide who scored first. Our first goal came through Alex Barns and we had a second in as many minutes through Mitch Curnow as we controlled the disposal count and played efficient football. The game became a stalemate for a while, but it was level pegging at the first change as Port kicked a goal on the Quarter Time siren. We were up and about, working hard and tackling well. As the message has continually been, we had to make the most of our opportunities and continue to take the game on.
The game opened up a lot in the second term as we allowed Port to settle into the game. Port Adelaide got the jump, but our ball movement from the centre bounce allowed us to equalise once more as Nick Amato kicked truly. Port kicked the next two, with our tackling pressure dropping away and our disposal hurting us through the midfield. We had enough of the footy to be closer to the Magpies on the scoreboard, but we kept on coughing the ball up. Sam Wundke was showing his huge improvement in defence, his one-on-one effort in the south western pocket was given a great cheer as he won the footy back under extreme pressure. This lone effort resulted in Mitch Curnow’s second goal, a brilliant set shot from a tight angle in the pocket. We got opened up late in the second term, as our defence at stoppages was letting us down. We weren’t able to lock down on the Port players and they kicked two late goals to extend the margin to 18 points at the main break. We gave Port 4 goals in the first half from our mistakes, whether it was in possession or not doing the little things at stoppages in our defensive 50. We did have some great contributions in the opening half with Cohen Thiele having 20 disposals to half time. Cameron Craig, Corey Grove and Sam Wundke didn’t give the Port tall forwards a sniff, spoiling marking contests at every opportunity and Mitch Clisby was doing his best rebounding out of defensive 50.
More errors started the second half, with Port getting the first two goals from our turnovers. The Port midfield started getting on top around the stoppages and this gave them first use which made us very reactive. Sam Wundke stopped the rot and kicked a goal of the day contender from one step in front of the scoreboard for his first goal in league footy. After that goal, Cohen Thiele was flattened by Kane Mitchell and was awarded a shot from a similar area that Wundke took his shot from and Thiele kicked truly. However, two goals in 30 seconds was where it would end for us as Port kicked two more goals to push the margin to 36 points at the final change. We were continuing to fall away in our following of instructions from the coaching staff and Port’s superior fitness level was becoming a factor.
The last quarter was more of the same, we kept trying hard but it was Port Adelaide’s quality that stood up when it counted. Our effort was there, but we kept breaking down across midfield and half back, often kicking to 1 on 2 contests and being very predictable with our ball movement. Our only goal for the term came through Mitch Curnow who kicked his 3rd goal but Port managed 4 goals and ended up taking the two points by 59 points. While it was a good concerted effort in the first half, we went away from what was making us a competitive unit in the first half. Once again, we had solid contributors, with Cameron Craig having a fine defensive game with 10 spoils, 5 shepherds and 3 tackles, Sam Wundke and Corey Grove added to a good game from our defensive unit, which was made harder as we were unable to contain their small forwards who did the damage for Port Adelaide. Mitch Curnow worked hard in the ruck all day and was ably assisted by Alex Barns. Alan Obst and Oleg Markov presented well up forward but the ball wasn’t there often enough. Mitch Clisby and Cohen Thiele also put in solid efforts for the Roosters.

TEAM STATISTICS
NORTH ADELAIDE-PORT ADELAIDE
Disposals-314-389
Marks-81-112
Tackles-43-68
Clearances-30-48
Inside 50’s-33-60
Rebound 50’s-45-26

North Adelaide 7-5 (47) defeated by Port Adelaide 15-16 (106)
Goal Kickers: Mitch Curnow 3, Alex Barns, Nick Amato, Cohen Thiele, Sam Wundke 1.
Best Players: 
Cohen Thiele – 27 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal
Cameron Craig – 14 disposals, 3 marks, 10 spoils
Josh Gregg – 22 disposals, 2 marks 
Mitch Curnow – 14 disposals, 7 marks, 4 clearances, 15 hit outs, 3 goals
Corey Grove – 17 disposals, 4 marks, 4 spoils
Sam Wundke – 11 disposals, 5 marks, 3 spoils, 7 rebound 50’s

We can’t afford to dwell on this loss for very long, as we have a short turn around as we take on Norwood at the Parade on Thursday night, 7:40pm start. We will continue to prepare to win every contest we play and the young players that have been selected recently are adding energy and enthusiasm to keep the spirits high. 
See you at the footy.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Season
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
CALDWELL, Heath-Finger-Season
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-Season
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Head-Season
THRING, George-Ankle-Season
THRING, Max-Hamstring-Season
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-1-2 weeks
Todd Miles-Groin-1 week
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-Test
SPINA, Alex-Chest-Test
VIRGIN, Michael-Hamstring-Test
CRAIG, James-Groin-Test
EDWARDS, Kym-Knee-Test
O’BRIEN, Jesse-Groin-Test
SHILLABEER, Darren-Hamstring Tightness-Test
READ, Andy-Calf-Test
GRAHAM, Jack-Illness-Available
PARFITT, Brandan-Illness-Available

Reserves vs Port Adelaide
After an uncharacteristic effort last week against Glenelg, our Reserves side were keen to show a response against Port Adelaide. A ripple effect was felt by the Reserves with the many changes to the league side. Out of the team went Alex Barns, Jack Graham, Oleg Markov, Jay Shannon, Sam De Leonardis and Andy Read. Into the team came a host of youngsters and most pleasingly was club captain Greg Gallman. The young lads that came in were Lee Minervini, Vinnie Rocca, Sam Venning, Brendon Jackson and Corey Davey. This was a real glimpse into the future with 16 players still eligible to play in the under 18’s side.
The first quarter was a tight and torrid affair. We made some structural changes with both Luke Mitchell and Harry Slee starting forward after playing in defence last week and Jordon Sweet playing in the ruck. It was even all over the ground, with a high number of stoppages and tackling. Port kicked two goals to our one, with our goal coming from the boot of Luke Mitchell after Wyatt Patterson took a tremendous, gutsy mark. Dakota Nixon had a terrific start, his in and under game at a high standard, with 6 tackles for the term. 
In the second term, it was more of the same, lots of stoppages and skill errors from both teams. Our boys were having a red-hot go at the opposition and playing with high intensity. It was 14 minutes before a goal which came once again from Luke Mitchell and we finally grabbed the lead through Jordon Sweet, who was having a strong presence in the ruck. We extended our lead further, once again through Luke Mitchell who had 3 goals to half time. It was a good half of footy from our boys as we were unsure what to expect given the youth in the side. They kept cracking in for the entirety of the half and were leading at the main break by 13 points.
Our lead was quickly eroded by a hungry Port side as they kicked two early goals in the third quarter before Luke Mitchell had himself a 4th goal to stop the momentum that Port were holding. The game went goal for goal as Nick Dinham replied yet another Port Adelaide goal. From then on, we dropped away as we seemed to get tired as Port kicked 3 goals in a row before Wyatt Patterson, who played a variety of roles throughout the game, had himself a goal on the score sheet. We trailed by just 4 points at the final change and had every chance to win it.
However, it was not to be as Port Adelaide grabbed a very firm stranglehold on the contest and denied us the footy. The Magpies kicked 5 goals in the final term to take a 36 point win and hand us our second loss on the trot. We can’t question the effort of our players. We let ourselves down with our accountability and skill level after the main break. We had terrific contributions from Greg Gallman, who led the side very well on his return, Dakota Nixon had a wonderful inside game, with 19 tackles in a remarkable effort and Ben Jarman had 13 tackles himself, while showing the supporters some of the silky skills we can expect to see going forward. Jordon Sweet was good in the opening half and Luke Mitchell provided a great target up forward, but it was a solo effort. Wyatt Patterson was the standout though, by playing a variety of roles and beating his opponent in every one of them.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Port Adelaide
Disposals-234-253
Marks-52-52
Tackles-96-85
Clearances-48-54
Inside 50’s-26-42
Rebound 50’s-29-17

North Adelaide 7-6 (48) defeated by Port Adelaide 13-6 (84)
Goal Kickers: Luke Mitchell 4, Nick Dinham, Wyatt Patterson, Jordon Sweet 1.
Best Players: 
Wyatt Patterson – 11 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 3 clearances, 1 goal
Greg Gallman – 12 disposals, 3 marks, 2 clearances
Dakota Nixon – 12 disposals, 19 tackles, 5 clearances
Ben Jarman – 15 disposals, 4 marks, 13 tackles, 3 clearances
Jordon Sweet – 17 disposals, 7 marks, 4 clearances, 42 hit outs, 1 goal
Luke Mitchell – 11 disposals, 6 marks, 15 hit outs, 4 goals

While the result is disappointing, we can take positives from a developmental point of view. We have blooded some young players that will play a big role for the club going forward and they have had a taste of senior footy at a young age. Our Reserves have the weekend off next week, and we can rest the bodies ready to take on the top of the table Eagles in a fortnight.
See you at the footy!

Sunday August 8
Under 18
North: 0.0      3.0      4.0      9.2        56
Norwood:4.2      5.4      9.9     13.10    88
Best:  LeBois, Costello, Ciappina, Prior, Slade, Agius
Goals:  K. Jackson, Agius 3, Haines, Slade, Vandemoer
With another five players getting a call up to the injury riddled seniors (making eleven in the last two weeks), we knew we had a tough task ahead against Norwood, sitting equal on the table with us.
At quarter time it looked as if the margin could blow out to anything as we had hardly ventured forward, but from then on we were very competitive. In fact we won both the second and fourth quarters. 
Two Under 16 aged players got the opportunity to play their first Under 18 game as did an Under 15 aged player, and quite frankly there were a lot of positives to come out of the day.
With only two minor round games remaining Norwood appears as our likely opponent in the Qualifying Final on August 29. I believe we can look forward to the rematch with some optimism.

August 03, 2015 - Round 16 V Glenelg
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R16 - League vs Glenelg
After a positive showing against Central District last Sunday, we were looking forward to continued improvement against a vastly improved Glenelg outfit. We were forced into yet another vast array of changes, with Alex Spina, Alan Obst, Heath Caldwell, Patrick Boles and Corey Grove out injured. Into the team came Michael McMahon, Jesse O’Brien, Darren Shillabeer, Steven Tahana as well as the feel-good story in Cohen Thiele, who was selected to play his first game at league level in almost 12 months.
Very wet conditions greeted the two sides, and it was evident that the game was going to be having a high number of stoppages. Our clearance work was not up to standard as Glenelg were gaining first use of the footy and putting pressure on our defence, who was standing up against the constant entries. We isolated Darren Shillabeer up forward, to give us an option and he was able to kick the first goal of the game. Glenelg got two late goals to take a slender lead into the first break. We were in the game, with thanks to our tackling. We had to take our opportunities as they came to us and curtail their effectiveness at the stoppages.
The second quarter was more of an arm wrestle. With rain falling, we had to make the most of our chances, which we were unable to do. We missed three easy shots on goal early in the second term, when we had the momentum. Glenelg put a stop to that in a hurry as they put through three goals in a row before we stopped the rot with a goal to Michael McMahon. The message at the break was the same as quarter time, we had to keep persisting and taking our chances when they presented. We had our issues as Jesse O’Brien and the Thring brothers were playing under duress limiting our rotations. Joe Anderson had a good first half as did Rhys O’Keeffe while Cameron Craig was doing his very best down in defence on Clint Alleway.
After Glenelg got the jump in the second half, we managed back to back goals through Todd Miles and Jesse O’Brien before Glenelg took a stranglehold on the game. They kicked four goals in a row as we continued to chase jumpers and turn the football over. Todd Miles kicked two more goals in the third term in what was a lone hand in a very poor quarter. The stats don’t lie, we were comprehensively belted in the clearances 6-21, our tackles efficiency was the lowest it has been all season and Glenelg scored 11 times from 13 entries as they piled on 6.5 to 4 goals for the term. The deficit was 30 points at the last change and we required a dramatic change in form to get the result.
We were on the back foot early in the last quarter as Glenelg kicked an early goal after several missed tackles and a lack of accountability. We answered straight back through Darren Shillabeer before Glenelg piled on four more goals without reply. Callum Wilkie, who competed hard all day up forward, got a late goal before Glenelg finished the job of defeating us by 62 points. They kicked 7.2 to 2 goals in another inept quarter from the Roosters. It was not a good day, and not just the weather, but we got good contributions from Rhys O’Keeffe who had 26 touches and was the only player to gather over 20 disposals. Sam Wundke and Cameron Craig are defenders of the future for our footy club and Josh Gregg was outstanding with his desperate efforts throughout the game. Joe Anderson was good early, but faded out of the game and Stephen Tahana showed that he is very capable at this level.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Glenelg
Disposals-260-381
Marks-43-79
Tackles -60-32
Clearances-34-67
Inside 50’s-35-49
Rebound 50’s-31-26

North Adelaide 8-8 (56) defeated by Glenelg 18-10 (118)
Goal Kickers: Todd Miles 3, Darren Shillabeer 2, Jesse O’Brien, Michael McMahon, Callum Wilkie 1.
Best Players:
Josh Gregg – 14 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles
Rhys O’Keeffe – 26 disposals, 4 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s
Stephen Tahana – 14 disposals, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50’s
Brandan Parfitt – 16 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 2 inside 50’s
Callum Wilkie – 10 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal

While this was another very disappointing result, we are continuing to promote the youngsters that have the desire to succeed at league level. We need a big lift from our senior players from now on to ensure that when we are put under pressure, we get a response and show some fight and pride in our jumper. We take on Port Adelaide at Prospect on Saturday and we hope for an improved showing once more.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
CALDWELL, Heath-Finger-Season
SPINA, Alex-Chest-1-2 weeks
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-1-2 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-1-2 weeks
GALLMAN, Greg-Hamstring-Test
VIRGIN, Michael-Hamstring-Test
CRAIG, James-Groin-Test
EDWARDS, Kym-Knee-Test
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Concussion-Test
GROVE, Corey-Hamstring-Tightness Test
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-Test
THRING, George-Ankle-TBC – Likely Season
THRING, Max-Hamstring-TBC – Likely Season
O’BRIEN, Jesse-Groin-TBC
MILES, Todd-Groin-TBC

R16 - Reserves vs Glenelg
After a good win against Central District last Sunday, we took on 6th placed Glenelg at a very wet Prospect Oval. We were forced into a raft of changes once more with Stephen Tahana, Michael McMahon, Jesse O’Brien,Darren Shillabeer and Cohen Thiele all required for league duty and Lachlan Robinson was unable to be picked due to concussion. Into the team came Sam De Leonardis, Andy Read, Dylan Foulis, Harrison Slee, Nick Rynne and Jordon Sweet.
Our first quarter was uncharacteristically unaccountable and undisciplined by our reserves players. We were trying to play dry weather football on a water logged ground and we played uninspired football. We let Glenelg do what they wanted and we were reactive and on the back foot all quarter. It took us 22 minutes to get on the board through Nick Dinham and it wasn’t a happy mood at the first break as Glenelg slammed through 6 goals to 1 in a dominant display. A lead of more than 30 points on a wet day was always going to be hard to peg back.
The second term was more of the same with our players taking the easy options instead of putting in the hard work that has made this Reserves side a successful one in 2015. 6 goals 5 to just the one goal to Oleg Markov made sure of the result and all we had left to play for in the second half was respectability on the scoreboard. We were without Adam Kupsch for the remainder of the game as he left the field with a shoulder injury.
We doubled our score within 5 minutes of the second half commencing with goals to Nick Dinham and Mark Quinn. From then on, it was goal for goal before 2 goals to Nick Dinham on what was not a day for tall forwards closed out the term. Glenelg held a 53 point lead at the last change.
The last quarter was a struggle, with Glenelg playing much more desperate football than us. They were a side full of confidence while ours was shot to pieces by our lack of effort in the early part of the game. They kicked 4 goals 6 to 1 goal 1, with our goal coming on the final siren to Sam De Leonardis. It was a very ordinary effort from our boys, but full credit has to go to Glenelg, as they thoroughly outplayed the Roosters.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Glenelg
Disposals-274-320
Marks-50-49
Tackles-51-49
Clearances-46-45
Inside 50’s-32-50
Rebound 50’s-31-24

North Adelaide 8-5 (53) defeated by Glenelg 19-15 (129)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Sam De Leonardis, Jay Shannon, Oleg Markov, Mark Quinn 1.
Best Players: 
Nick Dinham – 11 disposals, 5 marks, 4 goals 
Jay Shannon – 24 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 7 clearances, 1 goal
Jack Graham – 22 disposals, 3 tackles, 8 clearances
Liam Jacka – 26 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50’s 
Ben Jarman – 16 disposals, 5 marks, 3 clearances, 2 inside 50’s
This was definitely our most disappointing effort for the season; the only positive is we get the opportunity to respond next week against Port Adelaide. We have to prepare during the week both physically and mentally, to get back to the hard working and competitive elements of the game which is the foundation of our style.
See you at the footy.
GO ROOSTERS!

Under 18
North: 3.0      6.2      9.5      11.7      72
Eagles:4.4      5.9      8.10     14.12   96
Best:  Kennedy, Rocca, Minervini, LeBois, Slade, B. Jackson
Goals:  Kennedy 4, B. Jackson 2, K. Jackson, Agius, Crompton, LeBois, West
With six players from last week going up to the Reserves it was never going to be an easy task in the top of the table clash. The Eagles dominated play early but we grabbed an early lead before they kicked the last three goals of the quarter to lead by ten points at quarter time.
We did not make great use of the breeze in the second quarter, and barring for their inaccuracy could have trailed by a bit more at half time.
As is the case most weeks our third quarter was outstanding as we worked tirelessly into the breeze. When we kicked the first two goals of the last quarter it appeared we were about to pull off a remarkable victory, but the Eagles responded with the last six goals of the game to run over the top of us.
Whilst the last fifteen minutes was disappointing ( in fact the third time this year the Eagles have outscored us in the last quarter), it was a brave effort from what we had available, and further emphasised our depth of talent at this level.

 
July 27, 2015 - Round 15 V Central District
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R15 League vs Central District
After a comprehensive loss to Adelaide last week, we took on Central District at Prospect Oval on Sunday afternoon. We made five changes with Michael Virgin, James Craig and Kahlin Santillo out injured while Nick Dinham was in the Reserves and Sam De Leonardis was out with a virus. Into the team came the returning Thring brothers Max and George, along with MAlex Spina. Mitch Curnow came in to replace James Craig and we debuted our 6th player in 5 weeks in Callum Wilkie.
It was a windy and cold day for the players as we won the toss and kicked with the aid of a fresh breeze. Centrals got the jump early as they outworked us around the ball and were keeping momentum by gaining for use. Our only goal came from Marlon Motlop with a nice snap that bounced through. Centrals kicked three goals of their own into the breeze. Goals into the breeze were at a premium in this game and it was not the ideal start. However, we remained in the contest with our tackling and effort visibly noticeable. Patrick Boles had a lively start and was up for the challenge of playing on Luke Habel and Heath Caldwell was given a job on Travis Schiller.
Centrals had the breeze in the second quarter and the players were instructed to run and carry when in possession to continue looking for scoring opportunities. We managed to equal Centrals first quarter effort with three goals that went to the debutant Callum Wilkie, Rhys O’Keeffe and Patrick Boles. Centrals kicked 5 goals with the wind but only took a 23 point lead into the main change. The mood at half time was positive but we needed to keep going and attack in the third term, which has been the quarter where our effort has dropped off in previous weeks.
Having the breeze in the 3rd quarter, our intensity and tackling pressure had continued to be at a high level. We were causing Centrals to turn the ball over and we moved the ball quickly and went long often. However, it was our inability to convert in front of goal that was hurting, with our boys kicking 2.6 to Centrals 0.3 in the term. We had ball control for the majority of the quarter but we were unable to get maximum reward for effort.
The first goal in the last quarter was going to be so important. That came our way and we were back to just a two point deficit. Centrals were able to string consecutive goals together to take the advantage in the middle period of the quarter. To the players’ credit, they fought the contest out to the final siren, where the scoreboard showed us behind by 11 points. It was a very even contribution across the board, with Marlon Motlop, Nick Amato and Max Thring working hard in the midfield. Sam Wundke and Cameron Craig did a great job in defence, along with Todd Miles, who had a strong presence all afternoon. Heath Caldwell and Patrick Boles did great defensive roles all day.

MATCH STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Central District
Disposals-251-295
Marks-48-69
Tackles-47-51
Clearances-44-44
Inside 50’s-42-38
Rebound 50’s-27-34

North Adelaide 8-15 (63) defeated by Central District 11-8 (74)

Goal Kickers: Marlon Motlop 2, Patrick Boles 2, Rhys O’Keeffe, Corey Grove, Alan Obst, Callum Wilkie 1.
Best Players: 
Nick Amato – 25 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s 
Marlon Motlop – 21 disposals, 6 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 2 goals 
Max Thring – 19 disposals, 4 tackles, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50’s
Sam Wundke – 11 disposals, 6 marks, 4 rebound 50’s, 3 spoils
Todd Miles – 12 disposals, 4 marks, 3 rebound 50’s
Heath Caldwell – 3 disposals, 7 tackles (defensive role on T.Schiller – 12 disposals)
Alex Spina – 14 disposals, 4 clearances, 2 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s

While it was disappointing to lose the close contest, the effort shown for 4 quarters was a massive improvement compared to what we have seen in previous weeks. We have seen gradual improvement at times in recent weeks and the players are starting to stick to the structure and are moving the ball with more cohesiveness to give us opportunities to kick a winning score. This weekend we play our 3rd home game in a row, this time against Glenelg. See you at the footy!
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-3-4 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-2-3 weeks
GALLMAN, Greg-Hamstring-2 weeks
VIRGIN, Michael-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
READ, Andy-Calf-Test
CRAIG, James-Groin-Test
EDWARDS, Kym-Knee-Test
CLINCH, Michae Sick – Late Withdrawal-Available
DE LEONARDIS, Sam-Sick – Late Withdrawal Available
ROBINSON, Lachie-Concussion-TBC

Reserves vs Central District
After a very good win over Norwood last week, we took on bottom-placed Central District at Prospect Oval on Sunday. We had a few players back from injury this week with Jay Shannon,Darren Shillabeer,Luke Mitchell and Alex Barns all back from injury. Nick Dinham was back from the league side and with Sam De Leonardis and Michael Clinch out with gastro; Dakota Nixon and Ben Jarman came in at the 11th hour after playing a full game in the Under 18’s yesterday. Big Mitch Curnow and Callum Wilkie went up to the league side, Maris Olekalns and Will Combe were required by their school and Dylan Foulis played in the Under 18s.
The game was played at a fast pace early, with the game going goal for goal. Central kicked two goals early with Darren Shillabeer getting both replies. We kept up our high level of intensity that we have shown in the past and our tackling was at a high efficiency. Jay Shannon was back from injury and he got his first. We got two more goals to Michael McMahon and Darren Shillabeer (his 3rd) before Centrals got one back. We were moving the ball quickly and Ben Jarman slotted his first before Jay Shannon had his 2nd first quarter goal with a kick after the siren.
Centrals had the breeze in the 2nd quarter and goals into the breeze were going to be golden in this game. Centrals got the ideal start before Cohen Thiele responded with a goal of his own. Michael McMahon’s efforts in getting the ball back for his team was first class with a brilliant chase and tackle that resulted in a goal. Centrals got back to back goals as our turnovers proved costly and Centrals made us pay. Michael McMahon got back to back goals of his own before skill errors again proved costly as Centrals trimmed the margin once more. Our pressure allowed Oleg Markov to goal late in the term as we kicked 4.1 for the term while Central slammed through 7.1 to have us holding the lead by just 9 points.
With the margin slim at the main break, it was up to us to take full advantage of the breeze after half time. After Centrals kicked the first behind of the term, we dominated the game, with 6 goals without reply. Darren Shillabeer had a love affair with the Farmer End with 2 more goals to take his tally to 5, as did Michael McMahon and his efforts again in marking contests were at a high level. Jay Shannon added his 3rd goal and Alex Barns added his name to the score sheet on his return to footy after a bad facial injury. Centrals trimmed the margin back to 37 points at the last break, with back to back goals into the wind. We had a good lead, but we had to continue pressuring the opposition and not allowing them to score quickly with the breeze.
Centrals got off to a good start with two goals to trim the margin to 26 points. We lost Lachlan Robinson who was stretchered from the field early in the final term with concussion. It took a while, but we sealed the game with late goals to Nick Dinham and Oleg Markov, who kicked his 2nd goal to cap off another good win, one that Alan Mead would have loved.

MATCH STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Central District
Disposals-267-242
Marks-73-48
Tackles-44-54
Clearances-40-43
Inside 50’s-46-36
Rebound 50’s-22-28

North Adelaide 19-11 (125) defeated Central District 14-6 (90)

Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 5, Michael McMahon 5, Jay Shannon 3, Oleg Markov 2, Alex Barns, Nick Dinham, Cohen Thiele, Ben Jarman 1.
Best Players: 
Liam Jacka – 17 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s
Alex Barns – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 29 hit outs, 8 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal
Jesse O’Brien – 27 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 5 clearances
Cohen Thiele – 18 disposals, 8 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal
Michael McMahon – 14 disposals, 6 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 5 goals
Jay Shannon – 21 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances, 3 goals
Darren Shillabeer – 8 disposals, 6 marks, 5 goals

It was another good win by the Reserves lads as it cements our spot in the top five. The boys are playing good footy and with a good attitude. We need to keep working hard over the last few games to keep our spot and see September action.
See you at the game on Saturday where we take on Glenelg  @ Prospect.
GO ROOSTERS!

We send our sincere condolences to the family of Alan Mead, who sadly passed away on Friday. He was the Reserves Team Manager and Property Steward for a long period at the North Adelaide Football Club. He was a great friend to all and will be sorely missed by all of us here at the Roosters.
Vale Alan Mead.

Saturday July 25
Under 18's
North:2.3      5.8      6.10      9.15    69
Centrals: 0.2     1.5        4.8       6.9       45
Best:  Nixon, Jarman, Rocca, Rynne, Cumming, Minervini
Goals:  Jarman 3, West  2, B. Jackson, K. Jackson, Morgan, Slee,
In a game that did not reach any great heights, we were always in control, but also at no stage did we look like breaking away.
Taking a handy 27 point lead into half time, and with our third quarter generally being our best quarter, there was every reason to be optimistic and believe we were headed for a very easy win.
To Central’s credit they won the third quarter and were still well in the game at three quarter time. When we scored the first goal in the last quarter it again appeared we may draw away, but Centrals kicked the next and had a relatively easy shot on goal to reduce the margin to 10 points.
This miss allowed us to steady and eventually win by 24 points.
We now play equal top side the Eagles at Prospect this Sunday at 11.25am before we front third placed Norwood at Prospect on Saturday August 8. This game will start at 8.45am and be part of a triple header with the Seniors taking on Port Adelaide after.

July 20, 2015 - Round 14
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R14 - League vs Adelaide
After another defeat at the hands of South Adelaide, we took on the Adelaide Reserves at Prospect Oval. We made four changes to our side, with Jesse O’Brien and Michael Clinch demoted to the Reserves, while George Thring (Ankle) and Alex Spina (Concussion) could not be considered. Max Thring was a late withdrawal with a tight hamstring. Recalled to the team were Rhys O’Keeffe, Nick Dinham and Michael Virgin, with Todd Miles returned from suspension. 17 year old Brandan Parfitt from the Northern Territory was also awarded his league debut, our 5th in just 3 weeks.
We got the start we wanted through Marlon Motlop, who crumbed a pack and goaled early before Adelaide hit right back. Alan Obst got the lead back after being on the end of a Nick Dinham pass, whose intercept mark was important at half back. From then on, we let Adelaide kick three goals without reply before Luke Teasdale kicked an important goal on the Quarter Time siren. While down on the scoreboard, the key stats were in our favour and our tackling proved important in creating pressure and turnovers.
The second term was much more of an arm wrestle. Only 3 goals were kicked for the term with our goal coming from a brilliant set shot from Marlon Motlop on a tight angle. The mood at half time was positive after being more competitive than in previous weeks. We were still meeting our KPI’s and still moving the ball with forward with intent. Our skill level was still not up to the required standard and we had to keep working hard against a quality opposition.
After half time, it was all Adelaide. We saw an avalanche of goals to the Farmer End of Prospect Oval as Adelaide won the centre square clearances with ease and fed their hungry forwards with precision passing. Everything Adelaide did worked, while we couldn’t get our hands on the footy. While Adelaide murdered us in every aspect of the game, we did manage two goals through Corey Grove and Kahlin Santillo but the game was absolutely over. We were out-run, smashed at the clearances and gave up 12 goals for the quarter with no resistance shown.
It was more of the same in the last quarter, with the spark gone from the contest. Adelaide piled on 6 more goals while we fought hard to kick 2 goals 4. Those goals came from Joe Anderson and Sam De Leonardis but they were nothing but consolation prizes. We had some good contributions from Michael Virgin, who collected 26 disposals, Marlon Motlop chipped in with 30 possessions and a couple of goals, Luke Teasdale further cemented his spot in the side with another desperate effort and the game of Brandan Parfitt as a 17 year old debutant was one of the better first games for the club, and given that he can’t be taken in this year’s draft, its good signs that he can come into the side and show that he is more than capable at league level.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Adelaide
Disposals-307-360
Marks-67-88
Tackles-51-45
Clearances-32-54
Inside 50’s-34-53
Rebound 50’s-27-27


North Adelaide 8-11 (59) defeated by Adelaide 25-10 (160)
Goal Kickers: Marlon Motlop 2, Joe Anderson, Corey Grove, Sam De Leonardis, Alan Obst, Kahlin Santillo, Luke Teasdale 1.
Best Players: 
Michael Virgin 26 disposals, 6 marks, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s
Joe Anderson – 19 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal
Luke Teasdale – 19 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal
Sam Wundke – 13 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 spoils
Brandan Parfitt – 17 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

This Sunday we take on Central District at Prospect Oval. We must pick ourselves up and commit to competing for 4 quarters of competitive football. 
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-4 weeks
GALLMAN, Greg-Hamstring-2-3 weeks
MITCHELL, Luke-Finger-2-3 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-3 weeks
READ, Andy-Calf-Test
THRING, George-Ankle-Test
SHILLABEER, Darren-Groin-Test
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-Test
SHANNON, Jay-Ankle-Test
THRING, Max-Hamstring Tightness-Test
SANTILLO, Kahlin-Knee-TBC
CRAIG, James-Groin-TBC
VIRGIN, Michael-Hamstring-TBC
SPINA, Alex-Concussion-Available


R14 - Reserves vs Norwood
While the league side took on Adelaide, the Reserves had to front up and take on Norwood in one of the programmed catch-up games in 2015. After our worst performance of the year against South Adelaide, Craig Brooks’ men were keen to show a response. Into the team came Michael Clinch, Jesse O’Brien, Jack Graham, Oleg Markov, Michael McMahon and Mark Quinn. Out of the side were Brandan Parfitt, Nick Dinham, Rhys O’Keeffe and Michael Virgin as they played in the league team and Andy Read missed with a calf. Also Dakota Nixon was squeezed out and played in the under 18’s team.
It took 50 seconds for us to hit the scoreboard through Lachlan Robinson. Two more goals to Michael McMahon and Oleg Markov through our quick ball movement and pressure were reward for effort. Mark Quinn was having an impact up forward and Kym Edwards was tough at it, winning a lot of contested ball early. Norwood got a goal on the board but we continued to put them to the sword as Oleg Markov had a 2nd first quarter goal and Mark Quinn got a lucky free kick and snapped truly. Our intensity and tackling were at a high level, with Jack Graham and Dylan Foulis having 9 tackles between them in the opening term. We were running hard and moving the ball forward with fluency which allowed the forwards to create space and produce shots on goal in good positions.
The game developed into an arm wrestle in the second quarter, with 18 minutes of circle work and a number of repeat stoppages. We managed to hit the scoreboard through Cohen Thiele before Oleg Markov had goal number three soon after. We managed to keep Norwood goalless in the second term as Kym Edwards chimed in with a goal of his own late in the term. We kept the ball in our forward half and our work without the ball was still at an optimum standard. While we had a healthy lead, it was up to us to continue to work hard and keep playing North Adelaide footy.
Jesse O’Brien got things off to a perfect start in the second half before Norwood kicked back to back goals of their own. Michael McMahon and Mitch Curnow kicked goals before Norwood jagged one back. Maris Olekalns added two more goals in a good quarter for the SA state under 18 Representative. We went into the last change with a 55 point lead as we continued to have a strong grip on the game.
The last quarter was again an even contest. Norwood added 3 goals in the term while Maris Olekalns capped off a fine game with his 4th and 5th goals in a good solo effort. Jack Graham and Dylan Foulis were also very good, having 23 tackles between them while Jesse O’Brien responded in the right manner with a best on ground effort. Lachlan Robinson was good in the midfield and Mark Quinn was lively up forward, even though his possession numbers were not high. It was an important win in the context of the season, given Norwood were 2nd on the table and look to be a finals contender later in the year.

TEAM STATISTICS

North Adelaide-Adelaide
Disposals-284-233
Marks-79-56
Tackles-95-61
Clearances-39-44
Inside 50’s-38-30
Rebound 50’s-21-22

North Adelaide 15-7 (97) defeated Norwood 7-9 (51)
Goal Kickers: Maris Olekalns 5, Oleg Markov 3, Jesse O’Brien, Mitch Curnow, Kym Edwards, Michael McMahon, Lachlan Robinson, Cohen Thiele, Mark Quinn 1.
Best Players: 
Jesse O’Brien – 22 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 7 clearances, 1 goal
Cohen Thiele – 24 disposals, 7 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal
Callum Wilkie – 17 disposals, 5 marks, 5 inside 50’s
Oleg Markov – 11 disposals, 6 marks, 3 goals
Michael Clinch – 17 disposals, 7 marks, 4 rebound 50’s
Maris Olekalns – 16 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 5 goals

A great win by the Reserves boys as we now look forward to another clash with Central District on Sunday. Get on down to Prospect Oval and watch our lads go for another win in 2015.
GO ROOSTERS! 

Under 18's
North 2.8      6.14      13.18  16.24    120
Sturt 1.2     3.4         4.6       6.8         44
Best:Nixon, Jarman, Crompton, Slee, Agius, Slade
Goals:Agius 3, Crompton, B. Jackson, Jarman, Rocca 2, Cumming, K. Jackson, Ciappina, Minervini, Prior 1
Despite kicking with the slight breeze Sturt were first on the board, before we attacked, quite wastefully for the rest of the quarter. The second quarter was quite similar to the first with Sturt have some moments but generally we had control. Poor ball usage in general field play as well as kicking for goal allowed the score to be much closer than it should have been.
Like most weeks this year our third quarter was very good, with our accuracy finally improving as were piled on seven goals to one. The last quarter was again a bit wasteful, but still saw us win all quarters on the day.
The pleasing aspect of the game, was the amount of scoring shots we had per quarter – 10,10,11 and 9. One area that did let us down was our set shot shooting,  missing around half a dozen from within 30 meters, generally from almost straight in front.
However as this was the first time in seven weeks points have outnumbered goals, I am confident  it will be remedied next week.

July 20, 2015 - U15 & U17 State Championships
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The Under 15 Metro & Country and Under 17 Country week was again greeted by poor weather conditions, but there was some really positive signs for the North Adelaide Football Club.

The Under 15 Metro team went through the week undefeated only to lose the Grand Final to Glenelg by 3 points. This is now their seventh Grand Final appearance in a row, an outstanding achievement by the various age groups and the Coach Nigel Beneke. A pleasing aspect was the four players who had played most of the Under 16 program, did not feature in the best players in the Grand Final. This accentuates the fact we have a reasonable amount of depth in this group.

The Under 15 Country team had a week of what could have been. Day 1 saw them victorious over the strong Norwood Country team (the West Coast), Day 2 they handed up a four goal lead to lose quite comfortably in the end, and the final day had to be witnessed to be believed how they managed to lose that game. A missed shot form 5 metres in the third quarter, and then with the game seemingly in their keeping, Centrals from a boundary throw in next to our point post with only 45 seconds left, ran the length of the ground to kick a goal on the siren. 
We finished last in our group, yet beat the team who won the championship!

Combine these two sides together and I think we will again be a strong force in the Under 16 competition in 2016.

The Under 17 Youth team was one of only two made up solely of country players (the other being Norwood). A concussion and two shoulder injuries did not help our cause, and bar for a ten minute period in the third quarter against the Eagles we were very competitive. Again it has probably thrown up four or five players who we have not seen at Under 18’s yet who have the necessary talent to play at this level. This very reason why we will continue to give country based players their opportunity.


RESULTS - METRO
Northern

DAY 1:  TUESDAY 14th JULY– Prospect Oval 
North Adelaide Metro 14.14.98
Norwood Metro 1.0.6

BEST: North Adelaide Metro – Neagle, Coleman-Oakes, Woodcock, Rozee, Langley, Tonkin, Bennett, Flanagan, Smyrneos
Norwood Metro – Lochowiak, McGowan, Martin

GOALS: North Adelaide Metro – Dunlop 3, Neagle 3, Rozee 2, Woodcock 1, Harrison 1, Narkle 1, Habel 1, Flanagan 1, Baker 1
Norwood Metro – Martin


DAY 2:  WEDNESDAY 15th JULY– Thebarton Oval
Woodville West Torrens Metro 2.2.14
North Adelaide Metro 9.7.61

BEST: Woodville West Torrens Metro – Friend, Parish, Miller, Practico, Ma Frederick, Arriola
North Adelaide Metro – Henriks, Habel, Neagle, Occhiuto, Rozee, Bennett, Coleman-Oakes, Woodcock, Flanagan, Tonkin

GOALS: Woodville West Torrens Metro – Miller 1, Friend 1
North Adelaide Metro – Habel 5, Rozee 1, Flanagan 1, Occhiuto 1, Smyrnios 1

DAY 3:  THURSDAY 16th JULY– Playford Alive Oval
Central Districts Metro 5.7.37
North Adelaide Metro 7.4.51

BEST: Central Districts Metro – Stevenson, Ahmatt-Lovett, Coezner, Thompson, Dimasi, Fielke
North Adelaide Metro- Buccini, Henriks, Rack, Neagle, Smyrneos, Bennett

GOALS: Central Districts Metro – Ahmatt-Lovett 2, Stevenson 1, Blades 1
North Adelaide Metro- Buccini 1, Neagle 1, Flanagan 1, Dunlop 1, Tonkin 1, Coleman-Oakes 1, Rack 1


GRAND FINAL: FRIDAY 17TH – AAMI STADIUM
North Adelaide Metro 5.6 36
Glenelg Metro 5.9 39

BEST: North Adealide Metro – Fletcher, Bennett, Redding, Coleman-Oakes, Buccinin, McWhirter
GOALS: Woodcock, Henrks, Buccini, Moore, Occhiuto

Under 15 Country

DAY 1:  TUESDAY 14th JULY– Prospect Oval 
North Adelaide Country 5.6.36
Norwood Country 5.2.32

BEST: North Adelaide Country – Bolitho, Stuart, Coyne, Head, Magor, Schwerdt
Norwood Country – Nield, Clark, Kennerly, Chandler, Beard

GOALS: North Adelaide Country – Magor 2, Marks 1, Dugan 1, Nelson-Edwards
Norwood Country – Kennerly 1, Nield 1, Collins 1, Beard 1, Shambrook 1


DAY 2:  WEDNESDAY 15th JULY– Thebarton Oval
Woodville West Torrens Country 11.4.70
North Adelaide Country 6.2.38

BEST: Woodville West Torrens Country – McCauley, Francis, Launer, Simpson, Giles
North Adelaide Country – Magor, Schwerdt, McCallum, Coyne, Tetlow

GOALS: Woodville West Torrens Country – Francis 4, Bruce 3, Michael 2, Giles 1, Armfield 1
North Adelaide Country – Puddy 2, Axford 1, Coffee 1, Dugan 1, Coyne 1


DAY 3: THURSDAY 16TH JULY – PLAYFORD ALIVE OVAL

Central Districts Country 7.7.49
North Adelaide Country 6.11.47

BEST: Central Districts Country – McLennan, Argent, Materne, Nietschke, East, Casbolt
North Adelaide Country- Nelson-Edwards, Schwerdt, Coyne, Puddy, Judd, Milera 

GOALS: Central Districts Country – Noack 3, Pape 1, Norton 1, Montgomerie 1, Hoklas 1
North Adelaide Country- Nelson-Edwards 2, Axford 1, Puddy 1, Head 1, Coyne 


UNDER 17 YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
RESULTS

DAY 1:  TUESDAY 14th JULY– Prospect Oval 
North Adelaide 7.6.48
Norwood 8.5.53

BEST: North Adelaide – Falcione, Dyer, Wohling, Sanford, Ambjerg-Peterson, Lynch
Norwood – Gerloff, Buckham, Hutchison, Wilkins, Simpson, Petty

GOALS: North Adelaide – Lynch 3, Ambjerg-Peterson 1, Shute 1, Smoker 1
Norwood – Wilkins 2, Doudle 2, Hutchison 2, T Charlton 1, L Charlton 1

Klavins 2, Cook 1, Day 1, Mentz 1, McDonald 1

DAY 2:  WEDNESDAY 15th JULY– Thebarton Oval
Woodville West Torrens 11.5.71
North Adelaide 5.4.34

BEST: Woodville West Torrens – Cook, Martin, Kitto, Holman, Rothnagel, Cranwell, Drummond
North Adelaide – Dyer, Wohling, Falcione, Quirk, Kitschke, Ambjerg-Peterson

GOALS: Woodville West Torrens – Klavins 1, Martin 1, Zille 1, Wher 1, McDonald 1, Cranwell 1, Inovero 1, Rothnagel 1, Drummond 1, Morgan 1, Pedler 1 
North Adelaide – McLean 3, Lynch 1, Burgess 1


DAY 3:  THURSDAY 16th JULY– Playford Alive Oval
Central Districts   7.4.46
North Adelaide   9.8.61

BEST: Central Districts – Russo, Northcott, Hunt, Greig, Dahms, Schiller, White
North Adelaide –  Falcione, Wilsdon, Reid, Scrutton, Ambjlerg-Peterson, Wohling, Holland, Dyer, Oliphant

GOALS: Central Districts – Schiller 1, Billing 1, Dowse 1, Zobel 1, Robertson 1, Hunt 1, Notto 1
North Adelaide –  Wohling 2, Solomon 2, Scrutton 2, Shute 1, Dyer 1, Lynch 1

July 14, 2015 - ROUND 13
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R13 League vs South Adelaide

After the game against Port Adelaide was postponed until Round 17 after the tragic passing of Phil Walsh, we were well rested going into the game against South Adelaide. Three changes were made to the side that were beaten by the Bloods a fortnight ago, with Jay Shannon (ankle), Darren Shillabeer (groin) and Jack Graham out with suspension. Into the team came Alex Spina, Sam De Leonardis and 17 year old Kahlin Santillo was selected to make his league debut.
We won the toss and kicked with the wind in the opening term. While the breeze was strong during the Reserves contest, it had abated as the first quarter had commenced. We had some very good patches in the first quarter, but we were unable to convert on our opportunities in front of goal. We got on the board through Nick Amato, but that was our only goal for the term. South Adelaide kicked three goals into the wind to take a 12 point lead into the first change. On a sour note, we lost Alex Spina early in the term as he was concussed in a tackle in front of the grandstand and did not return for the rest of the game.
South Adelaide, kicking with the aid of the strong breeze that had picked up after the Quarter Time interval, started the quarter better than we did. Their key ball winners were able to get free at the stoppages and we were not accountable on the spread. The last 10 to 15 minutes of the second quarter, we managed to wrestle back the momentum but we were unable to convert our scoring opportunities. We got a goal very late in the term through debutant Kahlin Santillo after we moved the ball with precision. The mood in the rooms was upbeat, and we had a real opportunity to continue the improvement in the second half.
The second half was a struggle. We kicked only 3 behinds in the third term as South Adelaide kept hitting the scoreboard with 4 goals of their own. We kept persisting and competing in the third term, but it was hard work just getting the ball inside our own forward 50, and when it did get in there, the ball was able to be picked off and rebounded by the resolute South Adelaide defence. The final term saw the struggle to score continue, with South Adelaide holding us goal-less once more as they kicked four more goals to run out winners by 65 points. South Adelaide played the game out to the end and we didn’t. Very disappointing to be held goalless in the second half and our ability to hold a tackle and keep the ball in congestion became non-existent.
Mitch Clisby had another fine game, getting 33 disposals and breaking the lines with his run and carry. Marlon Motlop had his own footy, with 39 disposals, Toby Schulz had another 27 touches and George Thring and Luke Teasdale had their moments. Joe Anderson, Cameron Craig and Sam Wundke were competitive in defence, with Cameron Craig keeping the talented Brett Eddy to one goal for the contest.
TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-South Adelaide
Disposals-323-389
Marks-67-102
Tackles-64-50
Clearances-32-41
Inside 50’s-32-45
Rebound 50’s-32-30

North Adelaide 2-9 (21) defeated by South Adelaide 13-8 (86)

Goal Kickers: Nick Amato, Kahlin Santillo 1.
Best Players: 
Cameron Craig – 7 disposals, 6 tackles (defensive assignment on Brett Eddy)
Marlon Motlop – 39 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50’s
Mitch Clisby – 33 disposals, 5 marks, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s
Sam Wundke – 10 disposals, 4 rebound 50’s
Luke Teasdale – 21 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s

Next week, we take on Adelaide at Prospect Oval. The players need to commit to four quarters of football if we are to get the desired result of all Rooster people. We are certainly hoping for better weather than we had at Noarlunga today!

See you at the footy
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
RYSWYK,Leigh-Quad-4-5 weeks
GALLMAN, Greg-Hamstring-3 weeks
MITCHELL, Luke-Finger-3 weeks
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-Test
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-3 weeks
SHANNON, Jay-Ankle-Test
SHILLABEER, Darren-Groin-Test
MCMAHON, Michael-Hamstring-Test
MARKOV, Oleg-Knee-Test
QUINN, Mark-Hip-Test
SPINA, Alex-Concussion-Test
THRING, George-Ankle-Test

Todd Miles and Jack Graham will be available this week after serving the final game of their suspensions on the weekend.


July 13, 2015 - Round 13 V South Adelaide
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Reserves

After the week off due to the passing of Phil Walsh, our Reserves travelled to a very cold and wet Noarlunga Oval to take on South Adelaide. There were some headaches at the selection table with the availability of the State Under 18’s representatives after a long time away with the team. Into the team came Will Combe, Maris Olekalns, Brandan Parfitt, Liam Jacka, Kym Edwards, Lachlan Robinson, Rhys O’Keeffe and Cohen Thiele was back for his first game in 10 months following a knee reconstruction suffered late in the 2014 season. Out of the side went Alex Spina, Kahlin Santillo and Sam DeLeonardis who went up to the league side while Ben Jarman, Kieran Agius, Sam Ciappina, Ben Jarman, Jordon Sweet and Nick Rynne played in the Under 18’s side. Jordy Schmidt was missing through injury.
South Adelaide started well into the breeze with the opening goal, but we got a quick response from Brandan Parfitt who snapped a clever goal from a tight angle. Our intensity was good early, with tackling being at a very high level. We hit the front thanks to the courageous Rhys O’Keeffe who was strong under a high ball and took a very tough contested mark. Rhys went back and slotted home a nice goal with the wind. South responded once more as the game became a bit of a stalemate before Brandan Parfitt had his second goal close to the Quarter Time siren. It was a reasonable start with the breeze and we held an 8 point lead at the first break. 
From Quarter Time, it was all South Adelaide as they piled on the next seven goals without reply as we allowed them to play the game on their terms. South’s pressure was very good and their ball efficiency in the tough, windy conditions was better than ours. Our inability to lower our vision when in control of the ball moving forward of centre was enabling South to get extra numbers in defence which limited our goal scoring opportunities. Nick Dinham got a late goal to grab back some momentum just before 3 quarter time, but we were 31 points behind and struggling to score with any consistency.
Nick Dinham got the 1st goal of the last quarter and his 2nd for the game to get the ideal start to the last term. South put the game beyond doubt with 2 consecutive goals before Jono Hayes got a late consolation goal to bring the final margin down to 33 points. It was an inconsistent performance with patches of the play which we have seen for most of the season mixed with inconsistent efforts and below par skill levels.

MATCH STATISTICS
North Adelaide-South Adelaide
Disposals 328-318
Marks 64-80
Tackles 89-66
Clearances 54-30
Inside 50’s 31-32
Rebound 50’s 21-24

North Adelaide 6-7 (43) defeated by South Adelaide 11-10 (76)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 2, Brandan Parfitt 2, Rhys O’Keeffe, Jono Hayes 1.
Best Players: 
Wyatt Patterson – 20 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 2 clearances 
Lachlan Robinson – 17 disposals, 11 tackles, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s
Mitch Curnow – 15 disposals, 36 hit outs, 6 clearances
Brandan Parfitt – 16 disposals, 9 tackles, 4 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals
Rhys O’Keeffe – 27 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 10 clearances, 1 goal
Dylan Foulis – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 3 clearances
Not the result we were after but we have the chance to respond next week when we take on Norwood. This is one of our catch-up games that was due to be played in early August, but has been moved forward to Saturday due to the Port Adelaide game being postponed. 
See you at the footy
GO ROOSTERS!

Saturday July 11
Under 18
North: 1.2       6.4        8.9     12.12    84
Norwood:3.1     4.2         5.4       5.6      36
Best:  Ciappina, Rocca, Jarman, H. Slee, Sweet, Venning
Goals:  West  K. Jackson, Rocca 2,  Kennedy , Jarman, Matsouliadis, H. Slee, Sweet, Slade 1
Playing in wintry conditions the game started as did the last time we played Norwood, with them gaining an early ascendancy. Again similar to last time we took control in the second quarter.
A shower started the third quarter, but once that cleared we were bathed in sunshine. We then started to dominate play probably having the ball in our half for more than 80 % of the quarter. Norwood scored their 1 goal 2 in a 90 second period late in the quarter. Unfortunately the scoreboard did not reflect our dominance, adding just 2 goals 5 for the quarter.
Coming home with what appeared to be the scoring end with the strong cross breeze, we were never threatened, drawing away for a comfortable win. 
The really pleasing aspect was the way we were able to control the game after quarter time, restricting them to just two goals. 

 
July 06, 2015 - Under 18's
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Under 18

North:4.5        8.6        13.10     14.11    95                  

Eagles: 1.2       7.4          11.5       15.11    101                              

Best:  Minevini, Kennedy, Costello, Rocca, K. Jackson, Crompton

Goals:  K. Jackson 5, Pelentsov, Stuart 2, Davey, Minervini, B. Jackson, Egan, Matsouliadis

Against equal top placed Eagle, we started well and in fact should have led by far more at quarter time. Two missed set shots from in front and two posters not helping our cause.

When we score the first goal of the second quarter it looked how far, but some poor defensive work allowed the Eagles back in the game. However four goals in eight minutes to start the third quarter saw the lead balloon out to 33 points before they were able to claw their way back.

The margin was still a comfortable 17 points heading into the last quarter. We dominated the first 4 or 5 minutes for no result before the Eagles were able to rush down and score a goal. We then gifted them another from undisciplined play, and another goal from the ball up saw them hit the front for the first time in the game.

A goal form a free enabled us to regain the lead briefly, but we could not hang on with the Eagles scoring again and eventually winning by 6 points.

The result was a little disappointing, but knowing that we dominated large parts of the game, will give us confidence when we play them again in about a month’s time.

June 30, 2015 - R11 West Adelaide
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League 

After arguably our worst performance in recent memory last week at Elizabeth, we were back on home turf to take on West Adelaide. Due to the injuries we sustained in the game at Elizabeth, we were forced into making a large amount of changes. Jack Graham was selected to make his League debut and Corey Grove his debut in the red and white. Also returning were George Thring, Alan Obst, Toby Schulz, Luke Teasdale, Jesse O’Brien and Patrick Boles. The outs were Greg Gallman, Liam Jacka, Leigh Ryswyk, Michael McMahon who were all injured, Todd Miles was out due to suspension and Michael Virgin, Nick Dinham and Alex Spina were all omitted.

The first ten minutes of the first term were promising. We had four scoring shots on the board to just one for West, but it was our inability to convert on our opportunities that saw us behind on the scoreboard. With no scoreboard reward for the early effort, the players dropped off their work rate and accountability to allow West to slam through 7 unanswered goals to take in a 39 point lead at the opening change.

We got the first goal of the second quarter through Corey Grove who managed to scramble home his first league goal for the club. Again, we were missing too many tackles and allowing West to play the game on their terms to kick another 6 goals in a row to see us down by 72 points at the main break. Half Time couldn’t come quick enough and the players were point on notice at the main break to be accountable for the first half performance. Luke Teasdale was playing a blinder, continuing his good form over the past few weeks in the reserves. The key focus at half time was our tackling pressure and to stay engaged in the contest.

With the words of Michael Handby’s half time address still reverberating around the heads of the players, we came out with intent and positivity. We were on fire, slamming through goal after goal in what was the best quarter of football that we have played in 18 months. The Roosters applied physical pressure which allowed the players to control the ball and play our brand of football. Our tackling pressure was a feature, laying 18 tackles for the quarter which was 2 shy of the total for the first half. This was backed up by our skill execution which promoted hard running and space. Max Thring led from the front with two goals for the term, along with Alan Obst who took some good contested marks. Patrick Boles injected himself into the contest and was having an impact up forward. Toby Schulz was getting plenty of the footy down back on his way to 29 disposals, and used the ball effectively when he got his hands on it. Jay Shannon was his workmanlike self at the stoppages and getting the ball going in the right direction. In the third term, we were able to keep West Adelaide scoreless, which is something we haven’t done to a team for a considerable amount of time. Our style of play was exceptional and the Prospect crowd were up and about and starting to see some positivity in our play.

There was a sense of belief at the Three Quarter Time address, with our players looking to eradicate more of the deficit created in the first half. This was not to be as West Adelaide’s ball use being at an elite level that we struggled to contain. Shannon Green was off the chain and kicked 5 goals for the Bloods, while we managed just the one goal through Acting Captain Max Thring. An 8 goal to 1 last quarter was disappointing after seeing what we were capable of the entire third term. Mitch Clisby was outstanding throughout the game, showing his continued improvement since returning from Melbourne. Mitch played with positivity and was creative across half back and using the ball effectively.

Speaking with Acting Captain Max Thring after the game, he said on the game, “We started slow and played without passion and hunger and unfortunately we didn’t take our opportunities. It was 4 points to one goal and they capitalised on their chances, which was why were down by 12 goals at half time and it was going to take a big effort to come back.” On the brilliant 3rd term Max said, “We had a chat after the game and we said that in the 3rd quarter we enjoyed our football again. The last couple of weeks we haven’t and that was the best football I’ve played at the club in general, but the difference between our good and bad is just too much. We talk about our tackle efficiency and it’s no joke that there is a correlation between our good and bad. When we are playing well our tackles are up and our efficiency is up and we win the game. Next week we take on Port Adelaide at home and Max said, “We have to bring our third quarter effort from the first bounce. Our tackling efficiency was 82% and the tackle count was high and if we bring that we completely give ourselves a chance and we can start to enjoy our footy again. And it was like the Francou era, we were taking the game on and our hunger, pressure and tackling was up and that’s what we need to improve on.”

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-West Adelaide

Disposals 322-372

Marks  88 -105

Tackles  37-30

Clearances 37-38

Inside 50’s  46 -54

Rebound 50’s 33-36

North Adelaide 8-8 (56) defeated by West Adelaide 21-6 (132)

Goal Kickers: Max Thring 3, Alan Obst 2, Corey Grove, Nick Amato, Josh Gregg 1.

Best Players:

Mitch Clisby – 27 disposals, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 5 rebound 50’s

Toby Schulz – 29 disposals, 9 marks, 3 clearances, 5 rebound 50’s

Luke Teasdale – 21 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s

Joe Anderson – 22 disposals, 7 marks, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Max Thring – 21 disposals, 4 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 3 goals

This week we play Port Adelaide at home. We look forward to continued improvement under Michael Handby as we showed the kind of football that we are capable of playing.

See you at the footy

GO ROOSTERS!

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Season
MITCHELL, Luke-Finger-5-6 weeks
RYSWYK, Leigh-Quad-5-6 weeks
GALLMAN, Greg-Hamstring-5 weeks
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-4-5 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-3-4 weeks
O’KEEFFE, Rhys-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
MCMAHON, Michael-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Shoulder-1 week
JACKA, Liam-Shoulder-Test
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-Test
EDWARDS, Kym-Head-Test
WUNDKE, Sam-Chest-Test
SHILLABEER, Darren-Groin-Test

Reserves

After a convincing win over Central District at Elizabeth, we were back on familiar turf at Prospect Oval, as we took on West Adelaide on Saturday. With multiple changes to the league side, the Reserves side were similarly affected. Into the side came Dylan Foulis, Ben Jarman, Kieran Agius, James Baron, Sam Ciappina, Alex Spina, Dakota Nixon, Nick Dinham, Michael Virgin and Jordan Sweet. Out of the team went Patrick Boles, Jack Graham, Corey Grove, Jesse O’Brien, Toby Schulz, Luke Teasdale and George Thring all went up to the league team and Kym Edwards missed with a cut to the head that he sustained against Central.

We got off to the perfect start, with our boys having all the early play in our forward half. Michael Virgin came back from League level and got the first goal with a calm set shot from a tight angle. The son of a gun that is Ben Jarman showed his precocious talent with a goal with his first kick at the Reserves level. West then hit back with two goals of their own before Ben Jarman had his 2nd goal. The two sides traded goals late in the term as we went into the opening change with a 15 point lead. The hallmark of our lead was tackling and ball movement. Our tackling efficiency was high for the term and our midfield were right on top.

We struggled to get our hands on the footy in the early exchanges of the second term with West Adelaide taking the lead with the opening three goals. Back to back goals to Michael Virgin and Sam De Leonardis helped us regain the lead before some sloppy tackling led to another Bloods goal. A couple of young guns combined with Dylan Foulis creating a scoring opportunity by tapping the ball to Ben Jarman who’s exceptional vision found Kieran Agius with a nice pass before West Adelaide struck back late to reduce the half time margin to just three points. Dakota Nixon was showing his hard at it style of play with 7 tackles in the opening half. Kahlin Santillo was his desperate best as well, having 7 tackles on his own, which is a great sign for the club, that we have young players willing to fight hard to win for the team. Alex Spina was playing across half back and getting a ton of the footy while Michael Virgin was terrific with his leadership, both with his footy and his voice.

We had to come out fighting in the second half, as West Adelaide had the momentum going into the main break. Kieran Agius got things going with his 2nd goal after some terrific delivery by Dylan Foulis. Sam Ciappina’s roving was tremendous as he added his name to the score sheet. Kahlin Santillo added to the highlight reel, going back with the flight of the ball and taking easily the mark of the day. West hit back before goals to Alex Spina and Michael Virgin extended the margin. West Adelaide hit back late to reduce our lead to 14 points at the last break. Coach Craig Brooks implored his charges to keep taking the game on and put pressure on the opposition.

West Adelaide got the start they were after but from then on, we were able to dominate the game. Goals to Ben Jarman, his 3rd, Callum Wilkie and Kahlin Santillo broke the game open in our favour. We were finally able to break West Adelaide as they challenged us for long periods of the game. Kieran Agius added a 3rd goal late to signal a very encouraging 32 point win. It was one of the youngest Reserves sides that we have had in quite some time, as a result of the multitude of changes that were made at league level. The young boys that came up from the Under 18’s side showed that they are capable of holding their own at Reserves level and will cause some headaches as more players become available when they return from injury and state representative duty.

TEAM STATISTICS

North Adelaide -West Adelaide

Disposals 314 - 312

Marks 73 -64

Tackles   68 - 56

Clearances  43 -  47

Inside 50’s 48-32

Rebound 50’s 21-33

North Adelaide 15-10 (100) defeated West Adelaide 10-8 (68)

Goal Kickers: Michael Virgin 3, Kieran Agius 3, Ben Jarman 3, Sam De Leonardis, Alex Spina, Kahlin Santillo, Callum Wilkie, Jono Hayes, Sam Ciappina 1.

Best Players:

Kahlin Santillo – 22 disposals, 9 tackles, 7 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Andy Read – 24 disposals, 11 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s

Dylan Foulis – 21 disposals, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Alex Spina – 25 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 4 rebound 50’s

Jono Hayes – 23 disposals, 5 tackles, 5 clearances, 1 goal

Wyatt Patterson – 12 disposals, 3 tackles

There are a lot of talented young players that have progressed through our junior system who are showing good form. Get on down to Prospect next Saturday to see them in action as we take on the Magpies from 11:25am.

Under 18's 

              North: 6.4        8.6        14.8     18.13    121
West: 1.1       3.5          3.8        6.11      47


Best:  Minevini, Crompton, Davey, Slade, Kennedy, West

Goals:  West 6, K. Jackson, Crompton 3, Kennedy 2, B. Jackson, Minervini, Davey, Pelentsov

With both sides having a host of players either playing at State level or in the Seniors, this game was going to be a real test of the depth of both sides.

As the scoreboard suggests the clear winner was us. Remembering this was the dominant Under 16 team two years, we now factor in the redistribution of the Port Adelaide zone. 9 players on the weekend started their junior football with Port Adelaide, and their impact has been massive.

The other real positive from the weekend was obviously the League debut of Jack Graham, and the outstanding performances by the Under 18 aged players in the Reserves, relishing their opportunity at the higher level.

With State Under 18 players to filter back into the system over the next few weeks, some who will push for League selection, augers well heading into the latter part of the season.

June 22, 2015 - Round 10 V Central District
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League

After a tumultuous week for the footy club, we travelled to Elizabeth Oval to take on Central District. Michael Handby took the reigns as the interim coach for the first time and we made 5 changes at the selection table. Outs were Alan Obst (suspended), Rhys O’Keeffe (hamstring), Jesse O’Brien, Andy Read and Toby Schulz. Into the team came the returning Jay Shannon and Heath Caldwell from ankle injuries, Nick Dinham came in after showing some good form in the Reserves for his second league game and the selectors gave Liam Jacka and Sam Wundke their League debuts.

Centrals got the first three goals of the game as we started the game in a disappointing manner. It took us 20 minutes to get a goal and that came through Nick Dinham who kicked his first goal in League footy. We went into the first change down by 16 points.

From then on, it was all Central District as we played anything but the football that we are capable of. We were thoroughly out-worked all over the ground. We were unaccountable and showed little desperation in turning things around. We were limited with rotations, with hamstring injuries to skipper Greg Gallman and Michael McMahon. Also limited with their output were Joe Anderson with a sore ankle and debutant Liam Jacka dislocated a shoulder but both were able to return in the second half. We let Central kick 11 goals in the next two quarters as we showed a lack of respect for the jumper. Our tackling efforts were paltry for the majority of the game and we ended up with only 27 for the game, which was completely unacceptable for league footy. Our work-rate was simply poor and the statistics showed, with having 155 less disposals, 76 less marks and 40 less inside 50’s. We did kick three goals in the final term through Heath Caldwell, Nick Amato and Jay Shannon but they were merely consolation prizes as we went on to cop a 99 point belting. It was an embarrassing day for the North Adelaide Football Club and we now have a very long road to regain any sort of respect from the SANFL competition.

North Adelaide -Central District

Disposals - 266 -  418

Marks   - 71 - 147

Tackles  -  27  - 51

Clearances -  32 -37

Inside 50’s - 20  - 60

Rebound 50’s  - 41 - 16

North Adelaide 4-2 (26) defeated by Central District 18-17 (125)

Goal Kickers: Heath Caldwell, Nick Amato, Jay Shannon, Nick Dinham 1.

Best Player:

Joe Anderson – 20 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 4 clearances, 3 rebound 50’s

Our league side is bereft of all confidence and self-belief and we have a long road ahead to arrest the slide that we are now in. We have a lot of respect to get back and today’s performance did not do any favours for that. It was completely unacceptable and the players are aware of the responsibilities they have once they cross the white line. It is time for the players to stand up and be counted.

Next Saturday, we are back on home turf against West Adelaide. We hope to see you there.

GO ROOSTERS!

Long Term Injury Update
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle-Indefinite
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-5-6 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-4-5 weeks
O’KEEFFE, Rhys-Hamstring-3-5 weeks
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Shoulder-Test
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-Test
GALLMAN, Greg-Hamstring-TBA (Likely 3-4 weeks)
MCMAHON, Michael -Hamstring-TBA (Likely 3-4 weeks)
JACKA, Liam-Shoulder-Test
ANDERSON, Joe-Ankle-Test
MITCHELL, Luke-Finger-TBA – (Likely Test)

Todd Miles has been offered 2 matches for rough conduct from the weekend’s game. We will review the incident tonight at training before advising the SANFL if we will accept or challenge the charge.

Reserves 

After a disappointing loss to Glenelg on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, our Reserves side went to Elizabeth Oval to take on the winless Central District. We had an emphasis on our competitiveness and being aggressive for the full four quarters. We were forced into a multitude of changes with Jay Shannon, Sam Wundke, Liam Jacka and Michael McMahon all required for the League side, James Baron was missing due to a University exam, Brandan Parfitt was representing the Northern Territory in the National under 18’s Championships against Queensland and Brendon Jackson played in the Under 18 side. Into the team came George Thring, Andy Read, Toby Schulz, Jesse O’Brien, Jack Graham, Luke Mitchell, Sam DeLeonardis and Jordy Schmidt.

We got on the board early through Toby Schulz, having his first goal within 30 seconds of the ball being bounced. We got off to a great start with our midfield working hard and Mitch Curnow on top in the ruck contests. Corey Grove made his presence felt early with a contested mark and his first goal and then Corey was the beneficiary of a turnover as he had two opening term goals. Nick Rynne’s reading of an opposition kick was crucial as he won the footy so we could score again. From then however, we dropped our intensity and Central kicked the last three goals of the term to take a 3 point quarter time lead. The boys were forced into some silly errors and Central’s attack on the footy was proving difficult for our side.

Our second quarter wasn’t great, only two goals were scored and that was by Central. We had enough of the ball, but our inability to capitalise on field position was proving costly. We kicked 5 behinds to 2 goals 3 as Centrals were able to skip away to a 13 point half time lead. Luke Teasdale again was instrumental at the stoppages with his contested work and tackling but we needed more contributors to get the game back on our terms.

We got the perfect start with back to back goals through Kahlin Santillo and Patrick Boles. Again, it was our work at the centre bounces that was crucial to both goals and that aggressiveness that was mentioned in the pre-game. However, we let Central District skip ahead with two consecutive goals of their own, but from then on we were able to grab control of the contest. We kicked 5 unanswered goals with two more goals to Patrick Boles and singles to Toby Schulz, Kieran Smith and Jesse O’Brien breaking the game wide open. The game was not as congested as normal given the wide open spaces of Elizabeth Oval and the ground size suited our ball movement. Kahlin Santillo is definitely a player to watch over the next few weeks as his intensity at the ball cannot be questioned. He is a chaser, tackler and tireless worker. He keeps the ball inside forward 50 and his ability to cause turnovers is first class for such a young player. Patrick Boles is also one that could take a step up to the league side as he played his best game since returning from injury. Luke Mitchell played in a defensive role in his first game for the season after an off-season back injury.

We got off to yet another great start to the final term with Corey Grove kicking his 3rd goal of the game before Toby Schulz joined him on three goals soon after. The margin was extended to over 5 goals but that’s where things got tense. Centrals made a run at us, kicking three goals on the bounce to bring the margin back to 12 points. Jesse O’Brien got the much needed steadier for his 2nd goal before Centrals made things interesting once more with another goal. We were able to close out the game well, forcing repeat stoppages and hitting targets with good ball use and when the final siren rang, we were 13 points to the good and we had another win on the board.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide - Central District

Disposals  -350 - 281

Marks - 103 - 71

Tackles - 44 -53

Clearances -33- 40

Inside 50’s -48  -39

Rebound 50’s  -27 - 33

North Adelaide 13-13 (91) defeated Central District 11-12 (78)

Goal Kickers: Corey Grove 3, Patrick Boles 3, Toby Schulz 3, Jesse O’Brien 2, Kahlin Santillo, Kieran Smith 1.

BEST:

Jack Graham – 28 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50’s

Sam DeLeonardis – 28 disposals, 6 marks, 3 clearances, 7 inside 50’s

Jesse O’Brien – 23 disposals, 6 marks, 8 clearances, 6 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Luke Teasdale – 26 disposals, 6 tackles, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

George Thring – 24 disposals, 5 marks, 9 rebound 50’s

Toby Schulz – 21 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 3 goals

It was a good win, given the below par start that we had. We were able to absorb the pressure that Central applied throughout the game and our ball movement was good for most of the day. Next week, we take on West Adelaide at Prospect Oval from 11:25am. 

Under 18

North:               2.6        7.11        16.16     19.17  131                

Centrals:           1.3        3.4          4.5          6.8      44                                 

Best:  Jarman, Foulis, Ciappina, Prior, K. Jackson, Nixon

Goals:  K. Jackson 4 Vandemoer 3, Jarman, Prior 2, B. Jackson, Rogers, Kennedy, Minervini, Davey, Tahana, Pelentsov, West

Playing bottom placed Centrals, this was supposed to be an easy contest, but midway through the second quarter Centrals were certainly taking the game right up to us. They dominated play for a bit over 5 minutes and when they scored a goal around the 20 minute mark the margin was only 12 points. However three late goals gave us a comfortable lead at half time.

 The third quarter was outstanding, slamming on 9 goals to 1, before we again seemed to relax a bit and meandered through an even last quarter. The final margin of 87 points though is a commendable effort.

The next three weeks we play sides destined for finals action, so at the conclusion of those games we will well and truly know where we are at.

June 09, 2015 - Round 9 North V Glenelg
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League

The public holiday Monday had arrived and we took on Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium. Out of the side went the injured George Thring (Ankle), Heath Caldwell (Ankle) and Derick Wanganeen (Ankle) and Michael McMahon played in the Reserves. Into the team came Greg Gallman, Jesse O’Brien, Andy Read and Toby Schulz.

We got off to the ideal start, kicking the first two goals through Darren Shillabeer, after we won the toss and kicked with the aid of a slight breeze. The game started in a very open fashion, with the ball moving very quickly and both sides making skill errors. We worked hard to get the lead, but let most of it slip late, as Glenelg kicked two goals late in the term to trim our margin to two points at the first change.

We started the second quarter in a poor fashion, with Glenelg kicking the opening two goals of the term, before Darren Shillabeer had his third goal which he snapped home after roving a marking contest. Glenelg added two more goals in time-on to take a 14 point lead into the main break. Our skill level by hand and foot was poor and are efficiency in front of goals was an issue. Cameron Craig was given the job on former Rooster Clinton Alleway and was keeping his influence to a minimum. Darren Shillabeer was giving us a contest up forward as well, either taking contested marks or bringing the ball down to the smaller players.

Nick Amato kicked his first goal before Glenelg responded instantly. Another instant reply was what we needed and that is what we got, with Darren Shillabeer kicking his fourth goal. A Rhys O’Keeffe spoil was swooped on by Nick Amato and he converted to kick his 2nd goal for the game. Mitch Clisby was providing a lot of run off half back and his run was important when he kicked a lovely long goal to give us the lead. That lead was short lived as Glenelg goaled once more, before Darren Shillabeer bombed from long range to have his 5th goal for the game. Our ball movement improved in the 3rd quarter and it was game on for both sides.

Glenelg came out of the blocks in the final term full of running and belief. Glenelg kicked 6 goals to our 2 behinds as we rolled over and played non-contact and unaccountable football. It was a very disappointing end after being in a competitive position at the final change.

Speaking with key defender Cameron Craig after the match, he said on the game, “It was a very disappointing day; I thought we had a big chance to win and the boys just didn’t come to play in the last quarter. In the third quarter, we were playing some good footy and it wasn’t there in the last.” On his role on Clinton Alleway, Cameron said, “It was a good little battle, I played on him last year so I knew what to expect from him, he’s a big boy and likes a bit of contact so I just tried to do my best for the team, but obviously it wasn’t enough today.” On having an extra week off to lick our wounds, Cameron said, “We have to train hard and get better. We have to work on our structures and the little things and hopefully we can turn it around in a couple of weeks.”

TEAM STATISTICS

North Adelaide -Glenelg

Disposals 286 -366

Marks  54- 94

Tackles   40 -  29

Clearances 44 - 46

Inside 50’s 57- 45

Rebound 50’s 30 - 47

North Adelaide 8-11 (59) defeated by Glenelg 14-10 (94)

Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 5, Nick Amato 2, Mitch Clisby 1.

Best Players:

Darren Shillabeer – 20 disposals, 10 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 5 goals

Todd Miles – 16 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 2 rebound 50’s

Cameron Craig – 6 disposals, 2 rebound 50’s (defensive role on Clint Alleway)

James Craig – 9 disposals, 40 hit outs, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Nick Amato – 18 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Today’s loss is extremely disappointing, especially the way we went about it in the final term. We are now bottom of the ladder and we have to work hard to arrest this slump that we currently find ourselves. We have the week off next weekend before we take on Central District at Elizabeth Oval on the 20th of June.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist Season
BURTON, Ryan-Leg Indefinite
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone 8-9 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle 4-5 weeks
THIELE, Cohen-Knee 1-2 weeks
MITCHELL, Luke-Back Test
DE LEONARDIS, Sam-Ankle Test
WANGANEEN, Derick-Ankle Test
O’KEEFFE, Rhys-Hamstring TBA (Likely 3 weeks)
ROBINSON, Lachlan-Shoulder TBA

Reserves 

After a thumping win over Norwood, we travelled to Glenelg Oval to take on the Tigers on their home patch. Overcast conditions greeted the two teams and we made a few changes to the side that won well 9 days ago. Into the team came Brendon Jackson, Jay Shannon, Brandan Parfitt, Kahlin Santillo and Michael McMahon. Out of the team went Will Dalwood, Greg Gallman, Jesse O’Brien, Andy Read and Toby Schulz.

Glenelg struck the first blow with the opening goal, as we got caught out by a long kick in and let the ball get over the back. We were kicking into the breeze in the opening term, but it was Corey Grove that got our scoring underway after taking a very good contested mark. We were second to the footy in the opening exchanges and Glenelg kicked the next two goals in a row. We managed to get two more goals before the end of the first term through Brandan Parfitt and Michael McMahon and reduced the margin to just three points at the first change.

We hit the front early in the second term as Nick Dinham kicked his first goal of the game before Glenelg regained the lead and then extended it with another goal. We got one back, again through Nick Dinham, who had his second goal and his contested marking was a highlight for our side. We got the margin back to 4 points late as Nick Dinham had goal number three, but that margin was extended late by another Glenelg goal and we found ourselves trailing by 10 points at the main break.

Glenelg got the ideal start to the second half with the opening goal before Nick Dinham had his fourth goal for the game. From then on, it was all Glenelg, as they kicked 6 goals in a row to have us behind by 41 points late in the third term. We were being thoroughly outworked all over the ground in this period of the game. We managed to stop the rot late with Brendon Jackson slotting a nice shot on the run from the pocket. We went into the final change with a 33 point deficit, but we were coming home with the wind.

We got off to the perfect start, with Michael McMahon kicking his second goal for the game. We were forcing Glenelg into error, with first gamer at Reserves level Kahlin Santillo playing well. He was instrumental in working the ball to Michael McMahon who kicked his 3rd goal for the game. Wyatt Patterson was playing in the midfield again this week, and he was on the end of some fast ball movement and brought the margin back to just 16 points with his first goal. We were well and truly in the game at this stage as Corey Grove kicked a long goal from 50m out to bring us back to a 10 point margin. Nick Dinham capped off a fine game with a very long goal from outside 50m to have his 5th. Glenelg kicked the last two goals of the game to win by 11 points and hand us our third loss for the season.

TEAM STATISTICS
North Adelaide-Glenelg

Disposals 277 -319

Marks 64 -80

Tackle   62-  54

Clearances 51  43

Inside 50’s 49 - 51

Rebound 50’s   36 - 33

North Adelaide 13-9 (87) defeated by Glenelg 15-8 (98)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 5, Michael McMahon 3, Corey Grove 2, Wyatt Patterson, Brandan Parfitt, Brendon Jackson 1.

Best Players:

Brandan Parfitt – 26 disposals, 8 tackles, 7 clearances, 1 goal

Luke Teasdale – 19 disposals, 10 tackles, 11 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Nick Dinham – 17 disposals, 8 marks, 5 goals

Michael McMahon – 16 disposals, 4 inside 50’s, 3 goals

Jay Shannon – 23 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 8 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s

The Roosters have next weekend off due to a split round before venturing to Elizabeth to take on Central District on Saturday 20th June.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

Under 18:

North: 3.3         6.5        13.10     18.11  119                 

       Glenelg: 0.1        0.4          0.6          0.12     12                               

Best:  Nixon, K. Jackson, Sweet, Jarman, Hewett, Prior

Goals:  K. Jackson 5, Prior 3, Agius, Rocca, West, Vandemoer 2,  Jarman, Ciappina 1

With Glenelg being the only side to defeat us so far this year we were looking forward to a challenge. However the ins and outs indicated that Glenelg were nowhere near full strength and the game played out accordingly - Glenelg had 8 forced changes, we had 6 ins.

Even so you can only beat what you play and we clearly demonstrated how much talent we have in this age group.

Very similar to the first time we played, we dominated the first quarter. The difference in this encounter was that we went onto dominate the next three quarters as well.

The win virtually assures us a top three finish even this far out as we are now two  games plus a whopping 20% clear of fourth placed Glenelg.

June 01, 2015 - Round 8 North V Norwood
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League

After a tough month of football, and a much needed week’s break due to the state game, we were back at Prospect Oval to take on Norwood. Three changes were made at the selection table, with Jay Shannon out with an ankle injury and Will Dalwood & Greg Gallman omitted. Into the side were Max and George Thring, along with Cameron Craig.

The first quarter was an tough early but it was the Roosters that got off to a great start. Norwood had a crack at kicking the first goal of the game, but we got the first major through Michael Virgin, who slotted home from a tight angle, just inside 50. Our start was positive and we were able to absorb the pressure that Norwood were applying. Alan Obst continued our positivity with his first goal of the game to extend our lead. Norwood couldn’t put scoreboard pressure on us as our ball movement and team play was evident for all to see. Alex Spina topped off an excellent start to the game with his first goal as we went into the first change with a 15 point lead.

We kicked the first goal of the second term through Nick Amato at the five minute mark to extend our lead. Norwood then kicked three goals on the bounce to take the lead that we had worked so hard to build. The game then was evolving into a real arm-wrestle, which was mostly played in our defensive half, but Alan Obst stopped the rot with his 2nd goal of the game late in the quarter. It was a positive change room at half time, the belief in the players was still high, even though Norwood had gained momentum. We had to continue to play our game, and stick to the theme of the day, and continue to be committed at the footy. Heath Caldwell was given the job of stopping Jimmy Allan and was doing a great job of it, keeping him very quiet and denying him the footy. Our defence was standing tall, being led by Cameron Craig and Todd Miles while Marlon Motlop was getting plenty of the ball through the midfield and across half back.

Rain began to fall at half time, which was going to make the game much tougher and harder, with tackling needing to be executed well in order to get a positive result. Norwood started the second half with three unanswered goals to put us on the back foot. We stopped the flood of undisciplined acts and Norwood’s scoreboard pressure with a great goal from Michael McMahon, who spoiled against the flight of the ball, and then recovered to win a free kick and a 25m penalty to kick his goal from the line. Norwood kicked two more goals in the third term, but Alex Spina had his 2nd goal, after running into an open goal to bring the margin back to an even 3 goals at the last change. Coach Ken McGregor implored the boys to continue doing what they were doing, and moved Rhys O’Keeffe onto the wing, to provide deeper entries into the forward 50 with his long kicking and run.

Alan Obst gave us the ideal start with his 3rd goal of the game as we were back within two goals. The rain continued to fall and the game was very congested with a lot of repeat stoppages. We struggled to contain Norwood’s ability to clear the ball, as they got first use nearly every time. Michael Virgin had the crowd up and about with his 2nd goal, with space created by a terrific shepherd by Joe Anderson. Michael McMahon then put the Roosters in front with his 2nd goal, as we took the lead by 1 point. We were working hard, forcing repeat stoppages and keeping the ball close to the boundary. Norwood pushed hard to find the lead again, which they did with just minutes remaining. We couldn’t find a way to get that goal back and were behind by 6 points at the final siren.

Speaking with midfielder Heath Caldwell after the game, “It was pretty disappointing, the worst loss for the year, being up with five minutes to go is very disappointing. It was a better effort, we fine-tuned a lot of things. The effort has been there in previous weeks, but not for the full four quarters and we hit a patch in the third quarter where Norwood got on top of us, but we had the effort. That’s footy and momentum, but the effort was good.” Heath had a shut-down role on the three time Magarey Medallist James Allan today and Heath said on his game, “I had a chat with Ken at half time about my game and he was pretty happy and after the game he gave me a bit of a rap, but disappointed that I let him get on top of me in the third quarter, but overall he was happy.” Next Monday, we take on Glenelg down at the Bay and Heath said on that, “We’ll be confident of winning, we think we can beat any side in the competition and we just showed that we can give the best a red hot crack and we look forward to getting a win down there.”

TEAM STATISTICS
 North Adelaide-Norwood

Disposals -277- 323

Marks -47-66

Tackles - 51- 46

Clearances-39 - 54

Inside 50’s - 25-49

Rebound 50’s -39 - 15

North Adelaide 10-4 (64) defeated by Norwood 9-16 (70)

Goal Kickers: Alan Obst 3, Alex Spina 2, Michael McMahon 2, Michael Virgin 2, Nick Amato 1.

Best Players:
Heath Caldwell – 7 disposals, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50’s (run with role on James Allan)

Michael Virgin – 23 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Marlon Motlop – 30 disposals, 3 tackles, 6 clearances

Nick Amato – 23 disposals, 7 tackles, 4 clearances

Rhys O’Keeffe – 24 disposals, 2 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Todd Miles – 16 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles

We played the game in our defensive half for too long and were eventually worn down by weight of numbers. The players were disappointed to not get the result but there was definite improvement from previous weeks. This week we head to Gliderol Stadium to take on Glenelg on the long weekend Monday for the annual Sandland Cup. We need to take the commitment and intensity that we displayed against Norwood and get the ball forward of centre more often to give ourselves a chance to kick a winning score. The players will review the game Monday evening and then prepare for a battle against the Tigers on their home turf.

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!

Reserves

An early start for our Reserves as we took on Norwood at Prospect Oval. We were forced to make a multitude of changes. Keiran Agius and Oleg Markov were required for the SA Under 18 side, Brendon Jackson was representing the Power’s Aboriginal Academy in Alice Springs, George Thring and Cameron Craig were promoted to the league side, Jack Graham (sick) couldn’t be considered and Jordy Schmidt went back to the Under 18’s. Into the team came Patrick Boles for his first game of the season, Will Dalwood, Greg Gallman, Jesse O’Brien, Wyatt Patterson, Mark Quinn and Toby Schulz.

The first quarter was one of two halves. Norwood absolutely dominated the first ten minutes of the game but we held them to just one goal. We got our only goal for the opening term through Nick Dinham, after missing a couple of opportunities to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition. We absorbed the early pressure that Norwood put on us and wrestled back the momentum to hold a 2 point lead at the first break.

We got off on the front foot in the second term with Toby Schulz kicking his first goal of the contest. Norwood got a goal back, as we were unaccountable at a stoppage inside our defensive 50. We got the instant reply, with Nick Dinham getting his 2nd goal of the game. We hurt them on the rebound with fast and attacking footy to get that goal to extend our lead. Our tackling efficiency was low in the first half and this allowed Norwood to get within a kick again. Mark Quinn bobbed up and extended our lead on the stroke of half time to take a 9 point lead at the main change.

The third quarter was all North Adelaide, kicking 6 goals 2 to no score to ensure that we were in control of the contest. Luke Teasdale, who is in good form, kicked the first goal of the term. We had a positive intent at the footy and Jono Hayes was lively as he kicked his first goal. Patrick Boles then signalled his return to footy with a goal before Nick Dinham had his 3rd. Jono Hayes had a 2nd goal for the quarter in what was a complete domination for our side. We restricted Norwood well, and denied them forward 50 entries. We moved the ball well and our tackling was terrific throughout the term.

Lachlan Robinson was continuing his terrific form as he went back and kicked the first goal of the final term. Norwood ended the run of 8 North Adelaide goals before Kieran Smith kicked his first goal in North Adelaide colours. The game was one of circle work for a large part of the final term, but club Captain Greg Gallman kicked a rare goal as we moved the ball perfectly from the centre bounce. Norwood got their second goal for the term before Corey Grove kicked the last goal of the contest to extend our lead to 62 points at the final siren. It was a tough start, with both sides having periods of good play, but our intent and positivity after half time proved to be the difference. It was a good team performance with every player playing their role.

TEAM STATISTICSNorth Adelaide-Norwood
Disposals-291-284

Marks- 77-74

Tackles -66- 57

Clearances- 50- 42

Inside 50’s - 48-20

Rebound 50’s-15-33

North Adelaide 14-11 (95) defeated Norwood 5-3 (33)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 3, Toby Schulz 2, Jono Hayes 2, Corey Grove, Patrick Boles, Lachlan Robinson, Greg Gallman, Kieran Smith, Luke Teasdale, Mark Quinn 1.

Best Players:
Jesse O’Brien – 36 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 9 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

Liam Jacka – 24 disposals, 4 marks, 3 clearances, 5 inside 50’s

Mitch Curnow – 15 disposals, 3 tackles, 8 clearances, 30 hit outs

Greg Gallman – 11 disposals, 2 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Andy Read – 15 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50’s

Kieran Smith – 19 disposals, 6 marks, 4 clearances, 5 inside 50’s

Wyatt Patterson – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50’s

It was a great team performance by the Reserves side today, with many contributors all over the ground. We look forward to taking on Glenelg at the Bay on the Public Holiday Monday.
See you at the footy!

Under 18

North:  2.1         6.3           7.5     10.9      69                   

          Norwood: 3.2        5.3            5.5      6.6       42                                 

Best:  Sweet, Kennedy, Foulis, Santillo, Jarman, Minervini

Goals:  Vandemoer  4, Venning, B. Kennedy, Jarman, Rocca, West, Prior

With both side having only lost one game each a tight encounter was expected. Norwood gained the early ascendency, and by half way through the second quarter led 5.3 to 3.2.

However from that point on we started to take control. Only 12 points up at the last change the game was still there to be won. We peppered the goals for the first five minutes, but either kicked points or missed altogether. Once we scored the goal we were able to add two more, before Norwood were able to score their first goal in over two quarters.

This time of the year most clubs have many players unavailable, however probably not as many as us. 3 in the Reserves, 7 playing State football, 3 in Alice Springs with the Port Academy, and long term injuries to Underage players Burton and 2014 U18 B & F Purser made the win even more meritorious.

Also there were probably 5 or 6 players watching that could consider themselves a little bit unlucky to not be playing , to further accentuate the depth of talent we have in this age group.



May 25, 2015 - Under 16's
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Saturday May 16
Under 16

North:  4.3          7.5          7.5          8.7          55

                       South: 2.4          5.9          10.12     13.16     94                          

Goals:  Scrutton 4, Quinn, Hesse-Nicholas, Rozee, Sostarko 1

Best:  Rozee, Smoker, Oliphant, Dittmar, Scrutton, Reeves

Playing against an in form South Adelaide it was reasonably expected that we might struggle. However our first half was outstanding, and for only the third time this year we led at half time.

Unfortunately we dropped off after the main break and we overrun by a side, who for the first time since the inception of the Under 16 competition will play in a Grand Final.

Whilst the result sheet will show a disappointing year, there were four Under 15 aged players who played the majority of the year. This will hold them in good stead for next season. We also appear to have some genuine tall talent, something the Club desperately needs.

Two of our Under 15 aged players, Connor Rozee and Boyd Woodcock have made the initial Under 16 State Squad. They are joined by Mackenzie Slee and we wish all three the very best in making the State Team to play on the Gold Coast in early July.

May 18, 2015 - North Adelaide vs Woodville-West Torrens
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League
After a disappointing loss to West Adelaide last week, we were back in the familiar surrounds of Prospect Oval. Perfect conditions greeted the sides with not a zephyr of wind to speak of. We made three changes to the sides that lost last week, with Sam DeLeonardis out with an ankle injury and Cameron Craig and Mitch Curnow playing in the Reserves. Into the side came the returning Darren Shillabeer, Rhys O’Keeffe and James Craig, all back from injury.
We conceded the first goal early, with the Eagles moving the ball with precision. Our pressure and intensity was at the standard required in the opening term. We were also moving the ball well and Kym Edwards was the beneficiary of good intent at the footy and kicked his first goal in SANFL League football. We hit the front, with our pressure causing the Eagles to turn the ball over regularly. We were punishing their mistakes with our ball movement and Alex Spina found himself in space after Michael Virgin created the chance with his vision in the forward pocket. The Eagles kicked the next two goals to re-take the lead before Nick Amato, who started as a permanent forward bobbed up and kicked his first goal of the game. The Eagles got that goal back before Michael McMahon got the instant reply. We took a slim quarter time lead with Nick Amato’s 2nd goal and the boys were up and about. Heath Caldwell was given the run-with role on Matthew Goldsworthy and held him to just one disposal to Quarter Time. We were working hard and efficiency going inside the forward 50 was as good as it has been all season.
For the next 3 quarters, it was all the Eagles. We were matching them in intensity but our skill level was well down after the first break and our inability to kick goals was proving to be hurtful. The Eagles kicked four goals in the 2nd term to lead by 18 points at the main change. The players remained positive that they could continue to apply the pressure to the opposition and were focussing on improving their skill execution.
We came out after half time and again, the Eagles grabbed control of the contest. They kicked 2 goals 5 to our 3 behinds in what was proving to be another tough day at the office. Nick Amato was having his best game of the season and Alex Spina’s continual improvement was evident. Josh Gregg was playing a variety of roles across half back but containing the Eagles precise ball movement was proving to be difficult.
The Eagles went on another 5 goal run to start the final term to all but end the contest. We managed two consolation goals late to Michael McMahon and Alex Spina to reduce the final margin. We were well beaten by a very good football team in the Eagles as we were left to mull over yet another disappointing performance by our boys.
Speaking with Michael Virgin after the game, he said on the loss, “It’s a weird feeling at the moment, it’s certainly the lowest point in my time at the club and a few of the other boys have said that as well and it is on us to get it back and rebound and start repaying the faith the fans show us and come out every week.” “Ken didn't speak after the game, the players brought themselves in and had a chat about things and figure out what is going on and what we need to do. We’ll review the game tomorrow night and see what Kenny has to say about it then.” On the week off next week, Michael said, “Obviously, we’re going to enjoy the week off and watch Marlon Motlop and Leigh Ryswyk in the state game with the boys and get some camaraderie back. We’ll get a few boys back in the side and pushing for selection and get us towards a result.”


North Adelaide-Eagles
Disposals 311-348
Marks 78-96
Tackles 44-44
Clearance 33-33
Inside50’s 38-43
Rebound 50’s 28-29

North Adelaide 7-13 (55) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 15-9 (99)
Goal Kickers: Nick Amato 2, Alex Spina 2, Michael McMahon 2, Kym Edwards 1.
Best Players: 
Nick Amato – 29 disposals, 6 marks, 2 goals
Josh Gregg – 19 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles
Leigh Ryswyk – 24 disposals, 8 marks, 6 inside 50’s
Marlon Motlop – 28 disposals, 6 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s
Alex Spina – 18 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 2 goals

Another tough loss for the club to digest this week as we head into the State game bye. We wish Marlon Motlop and Leigh Ryswyk all the very best for this week. We hope they get selected to represent the state jumper in the clash with Western Australia in Perth on Saturday.
Following the bye, we take on Norwood at Prospect Oval, 1:10pm start. 
We hope to see you all there as we look to turn this slide around.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!

Injury List
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

MITCHELL, Luke-Back-Indefinite
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
MCINERNEY, Sam-Back-Indefinite
SLEE, Harrison-Ankle -Indefinite
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-10 weeks
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel -Wrist-8 weeks
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-5-6 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-5-6 weeks
THRING, Max-Hamstring-Test
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-Test
PARFITT, Brandan-Back-Test
O’BRIEN, Jesse-Groin-Test

RESERVES

A perfect day for football greeted the two sides as our Reserves side took on the undefeated reigning premiers in the Eagles. Another multitude of changes occurred this week with Toby Schulz out suspended; Stephen Tahana missing with State under 18’s duty, Brandan Parfitt was missing with injury and Sam Ciappina, Anthony Prior, Sam Venning and Wyatt Patterson all out of the team. Into this week’s team came Kieran Agius, Oleg Markov, Andy Read, Cameron Craig, George Thring and Mitch Curnow. The feel-good story was the long awaited inclusion of Corey Grove for his first appearance in North Adelaide colours.
The Eagles got off to a flyer, kicking the first two goals of the game before Lachlan Robinson’s hard work at the stoppages was rewarded with a free kick and his first goal of the game. The Eagles kicked the next couple of goals before Quarter Time as our players were not switched on and were out-worked by a hungrier Eagles outfit. 
The Eagles started where they left off with the first goal of the second term. It was scrappy footy, but we managed to work our way into the game with a goal through Nick Dinham. We let through another goal but our competitiveness was much better in the quarter. Our ball movement became better and Brendon Jackson kicked a nice goal from the outer side.
The Eagles came out firing after half time, kicking two more goals in quick time. A great moment came when Corey Grove took an uncontested mark 30 metres out from goal and kicked his first goal in North Adelaide colours. The team spirit the boys showed by getting around Corey was superb and it got the boys up and about. Lachlan Robinson added his 2nd goal of the game as did Brendon Jackson before Three Quarter Time. George Thring’s return to footy was a success, as it looked like George had never missed a beat, getting plenty of the footy and being instrumental in a number of forward entries.
We got the all-important opening goal of the final term through Kieran Agius before the Eagles regained control of the game with repeat stoppages. This enabled the Eagles to play the game on their terms as we tried to take the game on with quick ball movement to the forwards. We plugged away throughout the final term, but it wasn’t to be, with the Eagles running out 14 point winners. 

North Adelaide-Eagles
Disposals 320-357
Marks 92-84
Tackles-66-58
Clearances 32-47
Inside 50’s 29-38
Rebound 50’s 29-22

North Adelaide 7-8 (50) defeated by Woodville West Torrens 9-10 (64)
Goal Kickers: Lachlan Robinson 2, Brendon Jackson 2, Corey Grove, Nick Dinham, Kieran Agius 1.
Best Players: 
Cameron Craig – 30 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s 
George Thring – 34 disposals, 11 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s
Luke Teasdale – 19 disposals, 4 tackles, 4 clearances
Sam Wundke – 9 disposals, 3 marks
Jack Graham – 18 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles
Kieran Smith – 21 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s

Not the result we were after, but after a poor first quarter, the boys played much better over the remaining three. We have to stay in the contest for longer periods to be able to get field position forward of centre more regularly.
The Roosters have a bye next week before taking on Norwood at Prospect Oval in a couple of weeks.
GO ROOSTERS!

Saturday May 16
Under 16

North: 1.0          4.1          8.3          8.3          51

Eagles: 6.2          9.10        9.11        14.19     103                        

Goals:  Quinn 3, Hesse-Nicholas, Rozee, Shirley, Combe, Reeeves

Best:  Smoker, Dittmar, Reeves, Rozee, Moore, Combe

Again we started with the first goal of the quarter, only to be completely outplayed for the rest. When the Eagles led 9 goals to 2 mid way through the second quarter things looked grim, but to our credit we kicked the next 6 goals to only trail by 14 points at three quarter time. But the last quarter was one to forget.

It is interesting to note, and one of the reasons we struggle to compete for four quarters, is how small this side is. We had 14 players on the weekend 175cm or below, the Eagles had 4. The lack of height along with the lack of body strength certainly has an impact at this level

Under 18:

North:  3.5         6.7           12.11     13.17      95            

Eagles: 1.1         3.6           6.7          12.7        79                           

Best:  Jarman, Santillo, Foulis, Nixon, Sweet, Rocca

Goals: Santillo 4, Nixon 2, K. Jackson, D. Morgan, West, Jarman, Rocca, Prior, LeBois 1

The Eagles started best kicking the first goal, but from about the 10 minute mark we took control of the game. At no stage for the rest of the game did the Eagles get within less than two goals of us. In fact from about the 10 minute mark of the third quarter until the midway mark of the last quarter it was always around the 6 to 7 goal margin.

Up until then the Eagles had not kicked two goals in a row at any part of the game. However they did kick the last 5 goals of the game (2 in the last minute), to take the shine of what had been a pretty comprehensive victory against the previously undefeated team.

We now face third placed Norwood after the bye, in a Friday night game at the Parade on May 29. With the State Under 18’s playing Vic. Metro and the Aboriginal  Academy playing in Alice Springs that weekend we will have around 10 changes across the seniors and Under 18’s. Our depth will be tested but I am sure we will give a very good account of ourselves.

May 11, 2015 - Round 6 V West Adelaide
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After a bad fadeout against Sturt last week, we travelled to Richmond Oval to take on a much improved West Adelaide side.  Four changes were made at selection with Andy Read and Jesse O’Brien omitted, Darren Shillabeer missing with a groin injury and James Craig out with an ankle. We had two late withdrawals with Daniel Kulikowski (wrist) and Rhys O’Keeffe (shoulder) pulling out of the match on Friday night. Josh Gregg, Sam DeLeonardis, Will Dalwood & Heath Caldwell all returned to the side while Kym Edwards and Mitch Curnow were promoted to make their SANFL League debuts.

West Adelaide controlled the early stages and kicked the first goal of the contest. We got our first goal through Alex Spina, which was against the run of play. We were well down in contested footy early and having to work hard to get the ball to our end of the ground. West regained the lead with the next goal as our skill level was still below par. Alan Obst kicked his first goal for the game by winning a contested possession and being awarded a 50-metre penalty. We went into quarter time with a 6 point lead thanks to a great team goal to Michael McMahon. We moved the ball cleanly and effectively from deep in defence finding McMahon free inside 50 to convert an important goal. Our efficiency inside 50 was pleasing and we needed to stay competitive and lift our kicking skills through the middle of the ground.

West Adelaide struck an early blow with the first goal of the second term and then proceeded to kick 5 in a row to extend the margin. Our skill level and inability to hold West Adelaide up with our pressure and tackling was evident. The quarter was played predominantly in West Adelaide’s forward half and their pressure and work rate was exposing the Roosters with their skill level by hand and foot nowhere near acceptable for this level of football. We did manage a goal through Alan Obst, who was blocked off the ball in a marking contest and was rewarded with the free kick. It was yet another tough quarter and we went into half time behind by 18 points, the same margin as the week before against Sturt.

The alarm bells rang early in the third quarter with West kicking the opening three goals to extend their lead. Again our turnovers and lack of run were punished and West’s efficiency with the football was a class above that of the Roosters. Alan Obst was working hard to provide an avenue to goal up forward and was awarded a free kick which he converted to kick his 3rd for the afternoon. West Adelaide was allowed too many uncontested possessions for the quarter and the Roosters were 49 points in arrears heading into the last quarter after being completely outplayed through the midfield.

The final term was just as one-sided as West Adelaide continued to win the contest and have us playing reactive football. West Adelaide’s prime movers through the midfield were controlling the game and we were unable to wrestle back any momentum. We got two consolation goals through Sam De Leonardis and new recruit Derick Wanganeen late in the last quarter to reduce the margin. When the final siren sounded, we had lost the contest by 78 points to record our 4th successive loss for the season.

Speaking with Jay Shannon after the game, he said on our performance today, “We were competitive up until half time but our second half let us down today.” “We have a long injury list at the moment, but the group we’ve got at the moment are all league footballers. The injury list is not an excuse for us, it’s more the execution of skills and effort on game day that is really letting us down at the moment.” On the tough test next week against a quality Eagles outfit, Jay said, “If we turn around our effort and intensity, if we can play as a team and win the footy, then move the footy forward a lot better than we have been to our forwards, it will bring confidence to the group. If we can start kicking a few goals early and get a head start and we will be able to play as a team and we can put up a really good fight.”

North Adelaide- West Adelaide
Disposals  326- 398

Marks 89 -  98

Tackles 79- 61

Clearances - 28- 37

Inside 50’s -34- 57

Rebound 50’s - 35- 27

North Adelaide 7-6 (48) defeated by West Adelaide 19-12 (126)

Goal Kickers: Alan Obst 3, Derick Wanganeen, Sam De Leonardis, Alex Spina, Michael McMahon 1.

Best Players:

Derick Wanganeen – 20 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Alan Obst – 15 disposals, 4 marks, 3 goals

Greg Gallman – 21 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 5 spoils

Michael Clinch – 6 disposals, 9 tackles, 4 spoils (defensive role on Fielke)

Todd Miles – 17 disposals, 10 marks, 4 spoils

Mitch Clisby – 19 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s

For the second week in a row, we were uncompetitive in the second half of the game. We were comprehensively beaten in every aspect of the game and allowed the opposition to score far too easily. Next week we head back to Prospect Oval to face an inform Eagles outfit. The group needs to rectify the key issues that are letting us down and find a strong focus for the upcoming match.

See you back at Prospect from 2:10pm next Sunday.

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-RETURN DATE
MITCHELL,Luke-Back-Indefinite
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-10-12 weeks
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-6 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-6 weeks
THRING, Max-Hamstring-1 week
THRING, George-Ankle-Test
GROVE, Corey-Foot-Test
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-Test
SHILLABEER, Darren-Groin-Test
CRAIG, James-Ankle-Test
O’KEEFFE, Rhys-Shoulder Test
KULIKOWSKI, Daniel-Wrist-TBA
O’BRIEN, Jesse-Groin-Test
READ, Andy-Chest-Test

Daniel Kulikowski is waiting for scan results on his wrist.
Cohen Thiele saw the surgeon last Thursday and has been given a time frame of approximately 6 weeks to aim for a return. 
Corey Grove will play this week if he gets through this week’s training sessions with no issues.
Lewis Johnston had surgery last Friday to reattach the tendon in his ankle. His recovery should still be approximately 6 weeks from now.

Reserves

After an undefeated start to season 2015, our Reserves side took to Richmond Oval to take on West Adelaide. With the Under 18’s National Championships approaching,  there were a multitude of changes to the side that defeated Sturt last week. Out of the side went Oleg Markov, Keiran Agius, Maris Olekalns and Mark Quinn with SA Under 18’s duty, Alek Kangur missed due to work commitments and Mitch Curnow, Kym Edwards, Josh Gregg, Sam De Leonardis and Will Dalwood all required for the league side. Into the team came James Baron, Adam Kupsch, Jordy Schmidt, Kieran Smith, Nick Rynne, Callum Wilkie, Sam Venning and Luke Teasdale, who made his long awaited return from a hamstring injury.

The game got underway in a tight, tough and contested fashion. There was 17 minutes of goalless play to start the game before Toby Schulz got our first goal of the game. West were able to respond and level the scores through their work with contested ball as there was no easy footy to be won in the term. We went into the first change with a 2 point lead as our tackling pressure and intensity were at the level required.

West Adelaide got off to the start that was required with the first goal of the 2nd term. We were able to answer back through the silky skills of Brandan Parfitt who roved a spoil from key forward Nick Dinham and snapped through the goals. Brendon Jackson got his first goal as our lead was extended after some more tough and contested footy. The game began to open up as the quarter went on as players from both sides were able to find space and use the ball with better efficiency. West finished the second term the better, with the last two goals of the opening half to hold a 6 point lead at the half way mark of the contest.

Trouble struck early in the third term, with Toby Schulz reported for the second time in the game. West were able to extend their lead with another goal before Toby Schulz was on the end of some good forward pressure and had his 2nd goal for the game before West got one back as our ball use once again proved costly. Toby Schulz had goal number 3 as we made our charge with the wind at our back in the third term. Consecutive goals to livewire forward Brendon Jackson helped our cause, his 2nd goal for the game coming from his ability to work into open space and kick truly before his 3rd goal got the right bounce to get past the last West Adelaide defender and make its way through the big sticks. West Adelaide took the momentum into the last change with a late goal that we didn’t need to give away. It was ‘game on’ as we held a 1 point lead heading into the last.

West Adelaide used that momentum gained late in the third term as motivation for the final term, with the Bloods kicking the first three goals for the quarter. Callum Wilkie jagged one back for our side has that gave us a sniff of victory. We were pressing hard for victory, with our pressure quite high and our tackling very good. West kicked two more goals late in the game to run away with a 29 point victory to give the Roosters their 1st loss of the season.

North Adelaide - West Adelaide

Disposals- 290-330

Marks-53 -64

Tackles - 89 - 66

Clearances -42 -38

Inside 50’s- 40-43

Rebound 50’s - 30- 29

North Adelaide 8-12 (60) defeated by West Adelaide 13-11 (89)

Goal Kickers: Toby Schulz 3, Brendon Jackson 3, Callum Wilkie, Brandan Parfitt 1.

Best Players:

Lachlan Robinson – 22 disposals, 7 tackles, 9 clearances

Luke Teasdale – 27 disposals, 9 tackles, 9 clearances

Toby Schulz – 20 disposals, 6 marks, 6 inside 50’s, 3 goals

Stephen Tahana – 18 disposals, 12 tackles, 4 inside 50’s

Sam Wundke – 14 disposals, 4 spoils

Not the result we were after today and we face the reigning premiers in the Reserves next Sunday in the Eagles. We have to turn things around with hard work on the track and use the ball better than we did today. The game kicks off from 11:25am next Sunday and we hope to see you at Prospect Oval then.

GO ROOSTERS!


May 11, 2015 - U16 & U18 NAFC V Centrals
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 Saturday May 2

Under 16
North: 1.2  2.5  8.6  11.7  73
Central: 4.5  8.10  15.12  22.15  147                        
Goals:  Dittmar, Shirley, Smoker 2, Coventry, Quinn, Shirley, Oliphant, Reeves 1
Best:  Dittmar, Reeves, Shirley, Rozee, Quinn, Skinner

Forced to make another seven changes because of injury and college, we were never really in the contest. Completely undermanned size-wise the lads tried hard, but were just not able to maintain enough pressure on the opposition. With several more injuries today so more Under 15 aged players will get an opportunity in the next two weeks, which can only assist us as we start preparing for next year

Under 18:
North: 4.5  6.7  12.12  15.16 106          
Central: 2.2  3.4  3.5  3.6  24                          
Best:  Nixon, Sweet, Santillo, Jarman, Minervinin, Davey
Goals: West 5, J. Morgan, Santillo 2, D. Morgan, B. Kennedy, Minervini, Nixon, Jarman, Rocca 1

When Centrals kicked a goal early in the second quarter from a free kick to only trail by 10 points, it appeared as if we had a contest on our hands. However from that moment on, we gradually took control of the game. In fact Centrals could only manage three more points for the remainder of the game, allowing us to cruise to an eighty two point win.

We now face top four teams, Eagles, Norwood and Glenelg in the next three games, sides we play three times this year. With the Sate Under 18 program in full swing for the next 7 or so weeks and the Seniors having a horror run with injuries our depth will be tested. Saturday’s game provided three players with their first game of the season, the coming weeks will give some other players the opportunity they have been desperately waiting for


May 04, 2015 - Under 16's & Under 18's
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Saturday May 2
Under 16 
North:1.1   1.2   1.4   1.4   10
Sturt: 6.4   12.5   13.7   21.11   137
Goals:  Fielke
Best: O’Leary, Reeves, Rack, Dittmar, Rozee, Falcione

We started the game well, scoring 1.1 before Sturt got on the board. But that was the end of it as we totally outclassed by a very good Sturt outfit. Forced to make 10 changes through College commitments and injuries and match day Injuries to two key players did not help our cause. This week there will be another five changes as the remainder of the College players return to their competition, but it will give the opportunity for some new faces from our Country zone.

Under 18: 
North: 4.7            6.11       9.16     12.24      96
Sturt:  1.0            2.1         3.3       3.3           21
Best:  Ciappina, Baron, Venning, Sweet, Jarman, Davey
Goals: Baron, Kennedy, Rocca 2 Vandemoer, Davey, Rynne, Foulis, LeBois, Prior 1

This game was almost a replica of the Under 16 game, except it was us who dominated, and only inacurracy in front of goal preventing the margin from being far greater. Two injuries very early on, whilst unsettling had no impact as we waltzed away to a massive win. 
With College players unavailable and the State Under 18 program commencing this week, (we have nine in the squad of 45) there will be some impact on us, but the depth is very deep and there are some very handy players who will relish the opportunity they will be presented in the coming weeks.


May 04, 2015 - Round 5 V Sturt
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Round 5- League
After our disappointing result against South Adelaide last week, we took the short drive across town to Unley Oval to take on Sturt. It was an important game so early in the season with our win loss record at 1-2. Four changes were made with Heath Caldwell out suspended, Max Thring was out with a hamstring injury, and Josh Gregg and Sam De Leonardis were omitted. Into the side came Alan Obst and Michael Virgin promoted from the Reserves side while Daniel Kulikowski and Jesse O’Brien came back from illness and injury respectively.
Sturt started off the game with plenty of the footy but missed three chances on goal before Alan Obst took an uncontested mark just 30m out from goal and converted. Sturt kicked two goals before quarter time to see our side down by 8 points at the first change. A key focus of the playing group this week was to take the game on when we had possession and be cleaner with our skills. We were playing on well but our efficiency going inside 50 was low making it hard for the forwards to get scoring opportunities.
Sturt got off to a fast start in the 2nd term with the first goal before Michael Virgin won the footy at the centre bounce and then ran forward to kick his first goal at league level. We were well and truly back in the contest when Mitch Clisby kicked his first goal in the red and white since returning from the AFL. From then on, it was hard work as Sturt kicked a couple of goals in a row. In a big blow, James Craig injured an ankle at a ruck contest and would not return to the field for the remainder of the day. Marlon Motlop kicked his first goal for the game from a quick snap that was set up by the efforts of Alan Obst who laid a strong tackle that caused the ball to spill to Motlop who reduced the margin. We let through another goal as we were fumbling the ball on the last line of defence and Sturt got an opportunistic goal. Darren Shillabeer found the going tough in the game, but took a gutsy mark going back with the flight of the footy and won a 25m penalty and kicked his first goal for the day. While we were still taking the game on, we were getting hurt on the counter-attack as Sturt were precise with their ball movement and hit targets with ease.
We got the start we wanted in the 3rd quarter, with Alex Spina kicking his first goal of the game but that would be the last of the highlights for the rest of the term. Sturt began to dictate terms and in a dominant display of football kicked 7 unanswered goals before Leigh Ryswyk got one back just before 3 quarter time. The Roosters were unaccountable all over the ground and we were in arrears by 52 points at the last change.
It took 74 seconds in the final term for Sturt to extend their margin once more. They put through two more goals before we were able to respond through Daniel Kulikowski. While Sturt were still leading us on a merry dance, we did get goals through Alan Obst, Jay Shannon and Alex Spina, but we were unable to curtail the scoring power of their Mosquito Fleet up forward, who were killing us in their forward 50. By the end of the game, the margin was 62 points and we had lost our 3rd game in a row to sit 8th on the premiership table.
Speaking with Club Captain Greg Gallman after the game, he said on the loss, “To go down in that fashion is very disappointing. Our second half was very poor and the scoreboard reflected it. Our intensity, effort, skill execution and execution of our plans were very disappointing.” On what we could take away from today, Greg said, “There is no use sugar-coating it, we won’t be taking any positives from that, if anyone is, they are kidding themselves where we are, with our position in the league. You can’t be beaten off the park that badly and think we are doing alright because that is just not up to the standard the league requires. With everyone else improving, we obviously need to improve ourselves to get ourselves on the positive side of the ledger.” Finally, on where the improvement is going to come from next week, Greg said, “We have to improve across the board. We need more consistency, we had a few damning statistics in the third quarter where we were not competitive and just didn’t have enough involvement from all of our players and they ran right over us and we need to get back to winning more of the ball inside, the 50-50 contests and being smart with the footy and take the game on.”

North Adelaide-Sturt
Disposals-288 347
Marks-88-109
Tackles-58-36
Clearances-29-49
Inside 50’s-43-53
Rebound 50’s-31-30

North Adelaide 12-8 (80) defeated by Sturt 22-10 (142)

Goal Kickers: Alan Obst 2, Alex Spina 2, Leigh Ryswyk 2, Marlon Motlop, Mitch Clisby, Darren Shillabeer, Daniel Kulikowski, Michael Virgin, Jay Shannon 1.
Best Players: 
Alex Spina – 17 disposals, 11 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals
Joe Anderson – 22 disposals, 6 marks, 5 spoils
Nick Amato – 20 disposals, 7 marks, 7 inside 50’s
Mitch Clisby – 23 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal
Todd Miles – 14 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 19 hit outs
Michael Virgin – 18 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER INJURIES FROM THE WEEKEND
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED OFF
CRAIG,James-Ankle-TBA
CRAIG,Cameron-Head-Test
KULIKOWSKI,Daniel-Head Test

LONG TERM INJURY PROGRESS  
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
MITCHELL,Luke-Back-Indefinite
BURTON,Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
THIELE,Cohen-Knee-Indefinite
BARNS,Alex-Cheekbone-10-12 weeks
JOHNSTON,Lewis-Ankle-6 weeks
THRING,Max-Hamstring-2 weeks
THRING,George-Ankle-1-2 weeks
GROVE,Corey-Foot-1-2 weeks
BOLES,Patrick-Groin-Test
TEASDALE,Luke-Hamstring-Test
WILKIE,Callum-Knee-Test
KUPSCH,Adam-Ankle-Test

This week we head to City Mazda Stadium to take on the inform West Adelaide. We need to play four quarters of consistent football to get the result we require to get our season back on track. 

See you at the footy!
GO ROOSTERS!

RESERVES
Undefeated after three games, it was a highly anticipated Reserves clash with Sturt, who were also undefeated after their opening games, at Peter Motley Oval today. Four changes were made at the selection table with Jack Graham and Brandan Parfitt back from AFL Academy duty in New Zealand and Josh Gregg and Sam De Leonardis were left out of the league side. Out of the team were Alan Obst and Michael Virgin who were called up to the league, with James Baron and Jordy Schmidt playing in the Under 18’s as over-age players.

We were on the back foot for large parts of the opening exchanges, with Sturt kicking the first goal before we were able to respond through Oleg Markov. We were fighting against a barrage of Sturt attacks as they extended their lead. Maris Olekalns was quiet early, but he was able to capitalise on a loose ball and snap home a nice goal. Oleg Markov had two first quarter goals as we responded very well to lead by 3 points at the first change. 
Sturt got back in front with the first goal of the second quarter and that would be the last time we would trail in the match. Our pressure was telling, out tackling the opposition all day and our ball movement was crisp and quick. Our next three goals were coast to coast footy, with the boys turning defence into attack in a heartbeat with those goals going to Maris Olekalns, Keiran Agius, who roved well off a contest and Jack Graham kicked a nice goal to put our boys well on top in the game. Brendon Jackson caused some selection headaches with his performance last week and he had his first goal for the game. Brendon Jackson was on the end of some more superb ball movement as he had his 2nd goal before the half time break. We had a much better second term as we went into the main break with a 26 point lead.
Alek Kangur was spending a lot of time in the midfield again, with his pressure and tackling a feature. He roved well at a stoppage and kicked a goal before Maris Olekalns scored our first behind early in the third term after 9 straight goals. Olekalns had his third goal with a hurried kick that bounced on end and went through the goals. Toby Schulz was playing more as a permanent forward in the game and was having an impact on contests. He took on two Sturt opponents and spoiled the ball down to Brendon Jackson who had goal number 3. Nick Dinham was quiet for most of the first half, but was able to pile on some more scoreboard pressure with his first goal of the game. Brendon Jackson pulled one of his party tricks out of the bag, with a banana on the wrong side for a left-footer that never looked like missing. Sturt stopped the rot with a late goal but we dominated the third term to take a 53 point lead into the final term.
Goal of the day started the final term with Oleg Markov at his athletic best. He jumped and karate kicked his third goal in mid-air to extend our lead. Our swift ball movement had not waned through the entire game as Nick Dinham was the receiver of more good play and kicked his 2nd. Our pressure was causing Sturt to turn the ball over and Sam De Leonardis was the beneficiary of that with a long goal. Nick Dinham had his third goal of the game, with a set shot that went straight as an arrow as the goal feast continued. Lachlan Robinson was having another good, consistent game in the midfield and he added to the list of goal kickers.  Sturt picked up a late goal before Jack Graham finished the job with his 2nd goal of the game. 

North Adelaide-Sturt
Disposals-364-12
Tackles-48-53
Marks-75-70
Clearances-48-35
Inside-50’s-58-37
Rebound-50’s-31-39

North Adelaide 19-8 (122) defeated Sturt 5-6 (36)
Goal Kickers: Brendon Jackson 4, Nick Dinham 3, Oleg Markov 3, Maris Olekalns 3, Jack Graham 2, Sam De Leonardis, Alek Kangur, Keiran Agius 1.
Best Players:
Sam De Leonardis –31 disposals, 8 inside 50’s, 8 clearances, 1 goal
Mitch Curnow –15 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 3 clearances, 41 hit outs
Jack Graham –24 disposals, 4 marks, 2 goals
Stephen Tahana – 17 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50’s
Sam Wundke – 14 disposals, 6 spoils
Kym Edwards – 32 disposals, 6 marks

Another great win for our Reserves who were far and away the better team for three and a half quarters. We look forward to taking on West Adelaide next Saturday as our undefeated side look to continue on their winning ways.
See you at the footy!
GO ROOSTERS!

April 27, 2015 - Round 4 Reserves V South
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Cold conditions greeted the sides at Prospect Oval for our Round 4 encounter with South Adelaide. After a draw last week against Port Adelaide, the Roosters were looking to get back on the winners list this week. Nick Amato, Cameron Craig, Sam De Leonardis, Derick Wanganeen, Josh Gregg and club captain Greg Gallman were all promoted to league duty, Alex Barns was out due to injury to his eye socket and cheekbone and Brandan Parfitt was away with the AFL Academy. Into the side came James Baron, Will Dalwood, Oleg Markov, Jordy Schmidt, and Michael Virgin back from injury, Toby Schulz and Stephen Tahana. After playing a full game in the Under 18’s on Friday night, Brendon Jackson came in at the eleventh hour after Daniel Kulikowski withdrew from the league side.

First blood went to South Adelaide as our skill level was below par. We were struggling to get the ball into our forward half as South dictated play early. Will Dalwood was playing all over the park in this game, his smother resulting in Nick Dinham slotting home his first goal for the game. Will Dalwood got involved once more with an important spoil that resulted in Keiran Agius kicking a wonderful goal under some serious South Adelaide pressure. We were wrestling back the momentum after a sluggish start. Lachlan Robinson and Alek Kangur were very important in the first quarter, working hard at the stoppages as Mitch Curnow was winning the ruck duel. Our tackling pressure was terrific throughout the game which was allowing us to gain the upper hand.

We got the first goal of the second term from an unlikely source in Will Dalwood. He got free inside forward 50 and went back and kicked truly. Alan Obst was an imposing presence up forward when he was there and his desperation to win the footy for the team was first class, chasing and laying a crunching tackle to result in his first goal of the game to give us a 10-point lead. South Adelaide, to their credit, withstood the pressure we were putting them under as they kicked back to back goals to re-take the lead late in the quarter. Late inclusion Brendon Jackson was proving to be a livewire up forward with his efforts and kicked his first goal which saw yet another lead change. We relinquished the lead once more before half time. We were winning plenty of the ball but the wet and greasy conditions were not conducive to good, skilful football. Michael Virgin who was coming back from a shoulder injury was getting plenty of the ball and providing great leadership with his voice and efforts all over the ground.

We got off to a slow start again in the third quarter as South Adelaide got the first goal before Brendon Jackson dribbled home a clever goal to reduce the margin to less than a goal. Kym Edwards was patrolling the outer wing of Prospect Oval well once again, as his courage to take a mark from a South Adelaide kick ended in Nick Dinham’s 2nd goal for the game and the lead was ours once more. The game became a dour struggle as rain fell again in the third quarter but we held the lead by 4 points going into the last quarter.

We got off to a great start in the final term, with Will Dalwood spending some time up forward and kicking his 2nd goal for the game. Rain continued to fall in the last quarter and the greasy surface allowed Nick Dinham to skid home his 3rd goal for the game in what was another good performance from our key forward. We continued to control the game, with our pressure and intensity allowing us to play the game on our terms as Michael Virgin continued the momentum with his first goal.  Michael Virgin was important once more as his hard-at-it play won the footy that resulted in Kym Edwards kicking a lovely long goal to seal the deal. South Adelaide got a consolation prize with a late goal, but our hard work and intensity allowed us to skip away to a 27 point victory, to remain undefeated in 2015.

North Adelaide -South Adelaide
Disposals-294-233

Marks-72-64

Tackles -58-69

Clearances-43-36

Inside 50’s-38-27

Rebound 50’s-20-27

North Adelaide 11-10 (76) defeated South Adelaide 7-7 (49)

Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 3, Will Dalwood 2, Brendon Jackson 2, Alan Obst, Kym Edwards, Michael Virgin, Keiran Agius 1.

Best Players:

Alek Kangur – 17 disposals, 8 clearances, 10 tackles, 3 inside 50’s

Stephen Tahana – 14 disposals, 3 marks, 4 rebound 50’s

Brendon Jackson – 17 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals

Michael Virgin – 23 disposals, 5 marks, 4 clearances, 3 rebound 50’s

Toby Schulz – 24 disposals, 4 clearances, 3 tackles

Mark Quinn – 10 disposals, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50’s

It was a very pleasing win for our Reserves side. Our pressure was terrific throughout the game as the side has a mix of youth and experience. A lot of the boys played in different positions throughout the game, with Will Dalwood playing in defence, forward and in the ruck as did Alan Obst. Toby Schulz played a lot across half back and contributed well to the win.

Next week, we travel to the small confines of Unley Oval to take on Sturt on Saturday. We look forward to seeing the lads build on what was a very good performance today.

See you at Unley.

GO ROOSTERS

April 27, 2015 - Round 4 Vs South Adelaide
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After a disappointing loss to Port Adelaide, we returned to Prospect Oval on ANZAC Day to take on South Adelaide, who was coming off an impressive win over our next opponent in Sturt. We lost Lewis Johnston, George Thring and Jesse O’Brien who were all injured. Daniel Kulikowski was a late withdrawal with the flu and Will Dalwood and Toby Schulz were omitted. This allowed Cameron Craig, Greg Gallman and Nick Amato to play their first game for the season, Sam De Leonardis play his first league game since last year’s ANZAC Day game and new recruit Derick Wanganeen make his North Adelaide league debut.

We had to be better with our pressure this week and it was a high intensity opening. It was South who struck the first blow before we got an instant reply through veteran Leigh Ryswyk. Our disposal efficiency was another area that let us down against Port Adelaide, and it reared its head when we allowed South to extend their lead. A bit of a scrap ensued before we worked the ball forward to Sam De Leonardis who kicked his first goal in league footy in his 3rd appearance. South then got the upper hand, kicking consecutive goals before we moved the footy quickly to end in a Rhys O’Keeffe goal from long range. We conceded two more goals from stoppages before the quarter time break to go into quarter time with a 22 point deficit.

The second term started brightly with Todd Miles going forward and kicking a goal just 64 seconds into the quarter. We had to be stronger at the contest, making sure we connected with our tackles and being cleaner in possession. South had a run of play, but were unable to convert, missing numerous chances before Jay Shannon kicked a nice goal from long distance. Heath Caldwell was doing a great job in the first half on their main ball-winner in Joel Cross and Joe Anderson was wearing their main goal kicking weapon in Brett Eddy. In a blow to the team, we lost Vice-Captain Max Thring to a hamstring injury that would limit rotations for the rest of the game. We got to within 8 points right on the half time siren after Andy Read sharked the footy and kicked a great goal. We had momentum going into the main break with a notable lift in intensity and tackle efficiency evident during the second quarter.

South broke their goal-less run in the third term and pushed the margin out to 20 points in quick time to have us reactive and indecisive. Darren Shillabeer got us back in the game before Leigh Ryswyk’s 2nd goal got us to within 8 points once more. There was a belief in the group at three quarter time that we could win the game. We had to keep sticking tackles and keep hitting targets with our disposal. We had to be brave, bold and to keep taking the game on.

The last quarter was a real arm-wrestle. South got the only goal for the quarter as we went scoreless kicking with the advantage of the breeze. We had a tough time keeping the ball due to our decision making and skill execution. South were controlling the play and having a lot more of the uncontested possessions than we did. It seemed that every time we got the ball, we turned it over. We were outnumbered and outworked for the entire quarter to go down by 16 points when the final siren sounded to signal our second loss for the year.

Speaking with Leigh Ryswyk after the game, he said, “It was really disappointing obviously as we fought really hard for two and a half, three quarters of the game and couldn’t do anything in the last quarter to get over the line.” On the last quarter, Leigh said, “Our skill level, all day was letting us down. It was wet early and we probably overused the ball and in the last quarter we kept turning it over and couldn’t get any penetration in to the forward line.” Ken McGregor’s message after the game was, “He was really disappointed. It’s a big day, ANZAC Day and we had to think of all the sacrifice our troops made and we had to sacrifice something for ourselves today and we just weren’t good enough which is an issue and we have to play some good teams in the coming weeks. If we don’t start to perform and lift our skill level and execute the game plan and play as a team, we’re really going to struggle.” On next week’s game against Sturt, Leigh said, “We have to be positive, we played OK in bits and pieces today, but we need to bring it together for four quarters, which is something we haven’t done this year. We have to play as a team, get out on the track this week, train hard and come out positive and play our best footy to beat them as they are a good side. We have the team to do it; we just have to start putting it together.”

North Adelaide-South Adelaide

Disposals-244-269

Marks-43-59

Tackles-77-56

Clearances-44-47

Inside 50’s-29-43

Rebound 50’s-31-20

North Adelaide 8-1 (49) lost to South Adelaide 9-11 (65)

Goal Kickers: Leigh Ryswyk 2, Rhys O’Keeffe, Sam De Leonardis, Darren Shillabeer, Andy Read, Jay Shannon, Todd Miles 1.

Best Players:
Marlon Motlop – 25 disposals, 2 inside 50’s, 4 rebound 50’s

Joe Anderson – 4 disposals, 5 spoils (matched up on the dangerous Brett Eddy)

Heath Caldwell – 7 disposals, 8 tackles, 2 inside 50’s (run with role on the in-form Joel Cross)

James Craig – 4 disposals, 7 tackles, 44 hit outs

Leigh Ryswyk – 16 disposals, 6 marks, 4 rebound 50’s, 2 goals

Nick Amato – 17 disposals, 9 clearances, 7 tackles

Injury Update

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
MITCHELL,Luke-Back-Indefinite
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-Indefinite
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-10-12 weeks
JOHNSTON, Lewis-Ankle-6 weeks
THRING, George-Ankle-2-3 weeks
GROVE, Corey-Foot-1-3 weeks
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-1-2 weeks
KUPSCH, Adam-Ankle-1-2 weeks
TEASDALE, Luke-Hamstring-Test
WILKIE, Callum-Knee-Test
THRING, Max-Hamstring-TBA
SHANNON, Jay-Ankle-TBA
ROBINSON, Lachie-Ankle-TBA

Next week we take on Sturt at Unley from 2:10pm. Sturt had a good win yesterday and will give us another hard opponent to face in a very even SANFL competition. Two areas that will need improvement from the weekend are our skill level and decision making if we are to earn the valuable two points. Get out there and support the Roosters as we look to return to the winner’s circle.

See you at the footy.

GO ROOSTERS!


April 27, 2015 - Under 16's & Under 18s
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Saturday April 25

Under 16
North:1.2  2.5  4.6  5.10   40

Glenelg: 2.3 5.7  11.8  15.12  102                        

Goals:  Oliphant, Daniele, Woodcock, Renney, Szekely

Best: Rozee, Oborn, Smoker, Slee, O’Leary, Woodcock

Kicking into what was almost a cross breeze, we started well and had more opportunities to score than the scoreline indicated. Again in the second quarter our intensity was good but poor disposal far too often allowed Glenelg to sneak away. The third quarter saw Glenelg take control of the game and open up a match winning lead. Whilst we battled hard our skill execution was very ordinary, something that has to change if we are to win many more games.                                                                                                                                      
Under 18

North: 1.2  3.3  5.5 9.8 62                           

Glenelg: 0.0  3.4 7.5 11.8  74                                          

Best: Combe, Rynne, Hewett, West, Ciappina, Nixon

Goals: West 3, LeBois 2, B. Jackson, K. Jackson, Kennedy, Jarman

Scoring was extremely difficult early, and it took over half of the first quarter for a score to be registered. By half way through the second quarter we had managed to put on 3 goals 3 to no score and seemed in complete control. However a kick across the ground that was intercepted and allowed Glenelg to score a walk in goal changed the complexion of the game.

Glenelg score 7 goals 5 without us troubling the scorer until late in the third term. Only down by 12 points at the last change it was still anyone’s game. With Glenelg scoring the first goal it appeared to make our task a bit difficult but we then took control of the game again and rattled on four unanswered goals to hit the front with about 5 minutes to go. The next clearance was won by Glenelg and a free to follow allowed them to regain the lead. We still had chances but were unable to score, and a goal on the siren to Glenelg gave them a 12 point victory.

This was a high standard game between two very good teams at this time of the year.


April 21, 2015 - Reserves
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Reserves Round 3 vs Port Adelaide

After a fortnight of no footy for our Reserves side, they were back in action against Port Adelaide at Alberton on Saturday. A host of changes were made, with several big inclusions for the club. Club Captain Greg Gallman, Cameron Craig and Alex Barns were all back from injury, Alan Obst back from suspension while new recruits Derick Wanganeen and Mitch Curnow  were pulling on the red and white for the first time in minor round action. In addition to these, Josh Gregg and Alek Kangur came back from the league side.

The first quarter was poor from the boys. We lost Alex Barns through injury early which limited our rotations but the skill level was poor and we let Port play the game on their own terms. We went goalless while Port put through three goals from their pressure and intensity at the contest. These were two areas that had to be addressed by the playing group to turn things around.

Port Adelaide got off to the desired start with the first goal of the 2nd quarter. It took a quarter and 10 minutes but we finally broke our duck through Maris Olekalns. We were starting to capitalise on the possession dominance we were having as Northern Territorian Brandan Parfitt snapped his first goal of the game. Mark Quinn chopped off a Port kick, and he found Brandan Parfitt on his own who kicked the ball into space that Derick Wanganeen marked and ran into the open goal to have his first goal in the red and white. We had four goals in 7 minutes and finally the lead when Derick Wanganeen had his 2nd goal for the game. We were well and truly on top when Nick Dinham, who was presenting well up forward, had his first goal of the contest. Port got a goal back before a Mitch Curnow tackle resulted in Nick Dinham’s 2nd goal for the quarter. Mark Quinn got his first goal just before the half time siren sounded to give us a 16 point half time lead with our boys kicking 7 goals to 2 to take control of the game.

We got off to a great start in the second half, with Nick Dinham kicking his 3rd goal of the game before Port Adelaide were able to respond. Mark Quinn was taken high at the top of the goal square and he slotted home his 2nd goal. We were still in control of the game, but we had a propensity to overuse the footy at key moments and turn the ball over. Port responded yet again to stay in the contest before Derick Wanganeen’s class at the stoppage set up Nick Amato for his first goal of the game. Port kicked the last two goals of the quarter to set up a thrilling last quarter.

Port Adelaide dominated for long periods of the final term, with our boys becoming even sloppier with their skills and Port Adelaide’s intensity and pressure causing us to stand back instead of attacking the footy. Derick Wanganeen got our only goal of the quarter and his 3rd of the game to steady after Port had two goals before we hit the scoreboard. We kicked a point to extend our margin to 6 points before Port levelled with only a handful of seconds remaining to force the draw. We controlled the game for much of the middle two quarters, but we let ourselves down in the 1st and 4th quarters with a lack of intensity and putting pressure on the opposition.

North Adelaide-Port Adelaide

Disposals 365-318

Marks  70-100

Tackles 36-29          

Clearance 38-31

Inside 50’s 46-48

Rebound 50’s 36-35

North Adelaide 11-14 (80) drew with Port Adelaide 12-8 (80)

Goal Kickers: Derick Wanganeen 3, Nick Dinham 3, Mark Quinn 2, Nick Amato, Brandan Parfitt, Maris Olekalns 1.

Best Players:

Nick Amato – 34 disposals, 4 marks, 7 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Derick Wanganeen – 25 disposals, 4 tackles, 6 clearances, 3 goals

Josh Gregg – 29 disposals, 6 marks, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50’s

Brandan Parfitt – 25 disposals, 5 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal

Nick Dinham – 15 disposals, 10 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 3 goals

Sam De Leonardis – 22 disposals, 8 tackles, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s

While today’s draw was one that got away, the boys will be back in action on ANZAC Day against South Adelaide. We look forward to seeing you at the game and supporting the lads in their third game for the year.

GO ROOSTERS!

April 20, 2015 - League Round 3 v Port Adelaide
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League Round 3 v Port Adelaide

Cooler conditions greeted the players as our North Adelaide Roosters travelled down to Alberton to take on Port Adelaide. Alek Kangur and Josh Gregg made way for Joe Anderson and Michael Clinch at the selection table for this important contest early in the season. 
Port Adelaide who hit the scoreboard first before Alex Spina created some good forward pressure with a tackle that won us the ball and our first goal of the game. It was a very open game for the majority of the first quarter and we had to work hard to contain the hard running of Port Adelaide. Leigh Ryswyk got our second goal for the game after another chase and tackle that allowed us to take the lead, albeit momentarily as Port Adelaide responded quickly. Michael McMahon was on the end of some brilliant play which resulted in his first goal and another lead change. However, it was Port Adelaide who went into the first break with a 5 point lead with another late goal. In bad news for the club, Lewis Johnston went down with an ankle injury early on in the contest and he didn’t return for the rest of the day.
For 14 minutes of the second term, it was a game of circle work with neither side able to put on scoreboard pressure. It was Port Adelaide that was able to break the stalemate with the first goal of the quarter. We answered back through Marlon Motlop, who kicked a long ball that bounced through the big sticks thanks to a Leigh Ryswyk shepherd. Port Adelaide was able to extend the lead once more before the main change as we went in with a 13 point deficit. We were in the contest, but we had to make the most of the opportunities when going inside our forward 50.  Our intensity was good but we were lacking in the skill department and making the game hard for ourselves due to our constant turnovers.
Port Adelaide goaled first in the third term before Darren Shillabeer got his first goal from long range. Port Adelaide then grabbed the contest by the scruff of the neck. Three goals in a row from Port saw the lead extend to a game-high margin. Michael McMahon, showing his great promise as a forward for our side, won another holding the ball free kick and kicked his 2nd goal of the game. As was the case throughout the game, consecutive goals for us were hard to come by as Port responded once more. Darren Shillabeer kicked his 2nd goal for the term as we continued to work hard and stay in the contest. Once again, Acting Captain for the day in the absence of Greg Gallman, Max Thring won the ball at the centre bounce and after disposing of the footy, got it back and kicked a goal to reduce the margin. Port kicked yet another late goal to push the margin to 34 points at the last change.
Port Adelaide kicked the first goal of the last quarter within 26 seconds to extend the margin to 40 points. Jay Shannon tried hard all day and kicked a rare goal before Darren Shillabeer bombed a monster goal from outside 60m before Port got yet another goal. We had a lot of good play for most of the final term, but 7 behinds and just two goals saw us on the wrong side of the ledger with a 36 point defeat. 
Speaking with defender Mitch Clisby after the game, he said, “It was a tough day at the office, not just for me, but the team as a whole. Port’s pressure at the footy caused them to overrun us in the end. There were some good signs out there today but their pressure around the footy and contested ball smashed us today.” In Mitch’s words, Ken McGregor’s message after the game was, “We were reminded that we were smashed in the contested ball and they are the benchmark of the competition and we need 21 guys playing consistent four quarters of footy to match it with the best.” On next week, Mitch said, “We need to respond from that, clearly, it’s a must win game for us and we need a big effort from the boys and we need to fix a few things on the track and respond in those areas that we were down in today.”
North Adelaide-Port Adelaide
 Disposals- 266 -396
 Marks- 59- 112
Tackles -32 -25
Clearances- 34- 40
Inside 50’s -39- 52
Rebound 50’s- 36- 28

North Adelaide 10-9 (69) defeated by Port Adelaide 15-15 (105)
Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 3, Michael McMahon 2, Marlon Motlop, Alex Spina, Max Thring, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk 1.
Best Players:
Todd Miles – 14 disposals, 5 marks, 2 rebound 50’s
Max Thring – 18 disposals, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s, 1 goal
Alex Spina – 19 disposals, 5 clearances, 3 tackles 1 goal
Jay Shannon – 21 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles 3 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s, 1 goal
Joe Anderson – 14 disposals, 4 marks, 5 rebound 50’s

Injury Update
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED OFF
JOHSNTON, Lewis Ankle-TBC- waiting on Scan results.
O’KEEFFE, Rhys-Shoulder-Test
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-TBC

LONG TERM INJURY
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
MITCHELL, Luke-Back-Indefinite
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-Indefinite
GROVE, Corey-Foot-2-4 weeks
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-2-4 weeks
TEASDALE, Luke-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
VIRGIN, Michael-Shoulder-Test
WILKIE, Callum-Knee-Test
TAHANA, Stephen-Groin-Test

Next week is a very special day on our calendar. We played on ANZAC Day last year and it was a special day for all involved to be a part of. This time, we host South Adelaide back at Prospect Oval. The players will look to improve on the areas identified following the game to prepare for a winning performance this Saturday. We hope to see you all at the game next week cheering on the Red and Whites.

See you at Prospect Oval.
GO ROOSTERS!

Reserves Washup will be posted tomorrow morning

       
April 20, 2015 - League Round 3 v Port Adelaide
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League Round 3 v Port Adelaide

Cooler conditions greeted the players as our North Adelaide Roosters travelled down to Alberton to take on Port Adelaide. Alek Kangur and Josh Gregg made way for Joe Anderson and Michael Clinch at the selection table for this important contest early in the season. 
Port Adelaide who hit the scoreboard first before Alex Spina created some good forward pressure with a tackle that won us the ball and our first goal of the game. It was a very open game for the majority of the first quarter and we had to work hard to contain the hard running of Port Adelaide. Leigh Ryswyk got our second goal for the game after another chase and tackle that allowed us to take the lead, albeit momentarily as Port Adelaide responded quickly. Michael McMahon was on the end of some brilliant play which resulted in his first goal and another lead change. However, it was Port Adelaide who went into the first break with a 5 point lead with another late goal. In bad news for the club, Lewis Johnston went down with an ankle injury early on in the contest and he didn’t return for the rest of the day.
For 14 minutes of the second term, it was a game of circle work with neither side able to put on scoreboard pressure. It was Port Adelaide that was able to break the stalemate with the first goal of the quarter. We answered back through Marlon Motlop, who kicked a long ball that bounced through the big sticks thanks to a Leigh Ryswyk shepherd. Port Adelaide was able to extend the lead once more before the main change as we went in with a 13 point deficit. We were in the contest, but we had to make the most of the opportunities when going inside our forward 50.  Our intensity was good but we were lacking in the skill department and making the game hard for ourselves due to our constant turnovers.
Port Adelaide goaled first in the third term before Darren Shillabeer got his first goal from long range. Port Adelaide then grabbed the contest by the scruff of the neck. Three goals in a row from Port saw the lead extend to a game-high margin. Michael McMahon, showing his great promise as a forward for our side, won another holding the ball free kick and kicked his 2nd goal of the game. As was the case throughout the game, consecutive goals for us were hard to come by as Port responded once more. Darren Shillabeer kicked his 2nd goal for the term as we continued to work hard and stay in the contest. Once again, Acting Captain for the day in the absence of Greg Gallman, Max Thring won the ball at the centre bounce and after disposing of the footy, got it back and kicked a goal to reduce the margin. Port kicked yet another late goal to push the margin to 34 points at the last change.
Port Adelaide kicked the first goal of the last quarter within 26 seconds to extend the margin to 40 points. Jay Shannon tried hard all day and kicked a rare goal before Darren Shillabeer bombed a monster goal from outside 60m before Port got yet another goal. We had a lot of good play for most of the final term, but 7 behinds and just two goals saw us on the wrong side of the ledger with a 36 point defeat. 
Speaking with defender Mitch Clisby after the game, he said, “It was a tough day at the office, not just for me, but the team as a whole. Port’s pressure at the footy caused them to overrun us in the end. There were some good signs out there today but their pressure around the footy and contested ball smashed us today.” In Mitch’s words, Ken McGregor’s message after the game was, “We were reminded that we were smashed in the contested ball and they are the benchmark of the competition and we need 21 guys playing consistent four quarters of footy to match it with the best.” On next week, Mitch said, “We need to respond from that, clearly, it’s a must win game for us and we need a big effort from the boys and we need to fix a few things on the track and respond in those areas that we were down in today.”
North Adelaide Port Adelaide
Disposals       266 396
Marks 59 112
Tackles 32 25
Clearances 34 40
Inside 50’s 39 52
Rebound 50’s 36 28

North Adelaide 10-9 (69) defeated by Port Adelaide 15-15 (105)
Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 3, Michael McMahon 2, Marlon Motlop, Alex Spina, Max Thring, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk 1.
Best Players:
Todd Miles – 14 disposals, 5 marks, 2 rebound 50’s
Max Thring – 18 disposals, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s, 1 goal
Alex Spina – 19 disposals, 5 clearances, 3 tackles 1 goal
Jay Shannon – 21 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles 3 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s, 1 goal
Joe Anderson – 14 disposals, 4 marks, 5 rebound 50’s

Injury Update
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED OFF
JOHSNTON, Lewis Ankle-TBC- waiting on Scan results.
O’KEEFFE, Rhys-Shoulder-Test
BARNS, Alex-Cheekbone-TBC

LONG TERM INJURY
PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
MITCHELL, Luke-Back-Indefinite
BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
THIELE, Cohen-Knee-Indefinite
GROVE, Corey-Foot-2-4 weeks
BOLES, Patrick-Groin-2-4 weeks
TEASDALE, Luke-Hamstring-1-2 weeks
VIRGIN, Michael-Shoulder-Test
WILKIE, Callum-Knee-Test
TAHANA, Stephen-Groin-Test


Next week is a very special day on our calendar. We played on ANZAC Day last year and it was a special day for all involved to be a part of. This time, we host South Adelaide back at Prospect Oval. The players will look to improve on the areas identified following the game to prepare for a winning performance this Saturday. We hope to see you all at the game next week cheering on the Red and Whites.

See you at Prospect Oval.
GO ROOSTERS!

        
April 20, 2015 - Under 16's and U18's V West Adelaide
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Saturday April 18

Under 16

North:5.3  8.3  15.3  18.8   116

                     West:1.3  3.5  6.6  10.8   68                          

Goals:  Woodcock 4, Daniele 3, Aplin 2, Denham, Quinn, Rozee, Shirley, Slee, Oliphant, Chapman, Coyne, Smoker

Best: Woodcock, Slee, Aplin, Tonkin, Coventry, Smoker

After a midweek hiding by Norwood, it was good to bounce back and record a strong win. The game was never in doubt as we had two goals on the board in the first few minutes. The third quarter was without question our best football of the season. Unfortunately a couple of concussions and maybe a broken hand and a hamstring strain left us a bit short in the last quarter, but we still had more scoring shots than West.

Under 18:

              North:2.1  7.4  9.12  12.18  90                

                          West:3.6  4.9  5.12  5.12  42                               

Best: Nixon, Combe, Sweet, Kennedy, Markov, J. Tahana

Fielding possibly a side that will be our strongest for the season, we were outplayed early by West. This was not completely surprising as five players had come down from the seniors that some of the other players had not even seen or known. However midway through the second quarter we started taking control of the game, and although we went into the break having less scoring shots, the writing was on the wall for a comfortable victory.

During the break the rain came and made for a very difficult half of football. 17 scoring shots to 4 in this period is an indication of the dominance we had after half time.

We now face Glenelg on Friday at the Bay at 4.20pm, a clash between what most likely will be two of the top four sides in the competition.

April 13, 2015 - Round 2 vs Adelaide, 2015
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Round 2 vs Adelaide, 2015

After 7 months between games, the day had finally arrived as our North Adelaide Roosters took on Adelaide at Prospect Oval. It was a perfect day for football and the oval was in great condition. We had a few milestones going into the game with George Thring playing game number 100, Acting Captain for the day, Max Thring brought up game number 50 and Gepps Cross product Michael McMahon was rewarded for a great pre-season with his first league game for the club. We also welcomed home three players returning from the AFL, Alex Spina, who was playing his first league game in North Adelaide colours, Mitch Clisby and Lewis Johnston from Melbourne and Adelaide respectively.

Adelaide jumped out of the blocks quickly with the opening goal as the game started in an open fashion. Michael McMahon was having a dream debut, finding himself with a good chest mark and our first goal for season 2015. Adelaide then had a good run of the play; however, their inaccuracy in front of goal was keeping us in the contest. Leigh Ryswyk then gave us the lead, taking a gutsy mark and then copping a hit from Podsiadly that was reward with a 25 metre penalty and a goal from the square. The returning Lewis Johnston kicked a long bomb from outside 50m to give us a 9 point lead at the first change. Our contested ball was strong and the message at quarter time was we needed to improve our tackling efficiency.

Adelaide started with 4 unanswered goals in the 2nd term and things were not going our way. Lewis Johnston broke the run with yet another long bomb that reduced the margin. Adelaide replied once more before the main change and they took an 11 point lead into the half time interval. Max Thring was containing the dangerous Ian Callinan, while Rhys O’KeeffeR and Heath Caldwell were doing their bit for the side.

We got the start we were after in the third term, with Marlon Motlop getting a hand on a James Podsiadly kick-in and snapped home his first goal for the game. Adelaide had a knack of keeping us at arm’s length, it seemed every time we scored a goal, they would get one back almost instantly. Darren Shillabeer kicked his first goal for the game after laying a tackle on Podsiadly that hurt the Adelaide defender, Toby Schulz picked off the defence-clearing kick then found Shillabeer on his own at the top of the square to close the margin. Adelaide extended the lead to 22 points at the 23 minute mark of the 3rd term. We went coast to coast on the fly that resulted in a goal to Daniel Kulikowski and repeated the dose that saw Toby Schulz on his own to reduce the margin again. Adelaide got the steadier they required as we trailed by 16 points at the turn for home. After the message from the coach, club captain Greg Gallman gathered the troops and demanded one last crack at the Crows.

Darren Shillabeer got the first goal of the final term, to bring us back to 8 points. Adelaide extended once more before Shillabeer had his 3rd with a brilliant curling goal and his impact on the contest was important. Our tackling and defensive pressure lifted as we gained momentum before Broken Hill product Heath Caldwell kicked his first goal in league football to reduce the margin to a single point. Adelaide got another instant response to make it 7 points once more. Leigh Ryswyk brought us back to a one point deficit before Marlon Motlop, who had the ball deep in defence after a kick in, ran the full length of the ground to end up with a snapped goal on the line to send the Prospect crowd into raptures as we hit the front for the first time since the second term. Our tackling and defensive pressure locked the ball inside our forward 50 to maintain the pressure on Adelaide and at the final siren we had recorded a gutsy and stirring 3 point victory.

Speaking with ruckman James Craig after the game he said, “Round one for us and it’s good to get a win.” “Quite a few of the boys are the fittest they have ever been, I know I am and I think we can run out the games well.” On the tackling effort of the lads, James said, “The effort came from the desperation of the boys to get the win and we were at them all day and in the last quarter it just clicked and allowed us to get the goals we needed.” On the incident that saw James leave the field in the first term, he said, “I’m not sure how bad it is, we will have to see how it pulls up, but someone came across and hit the outside of my leg and hurt my medial ligament in my knee. I’m not sure how bad it is, or if I will miss any games yet. I will just have to look after it and hope to play next week.” On James’s game personally, he said, “Second efforts are something I have worked on as I am not the most gifted runner but I have a bit of size and I want to use that and rough up their midfielders and make it easier for our boys.” Ken McGregor’s message after the game was, “Keep believing in ourselves and prepare for a pretty big hit out next week against Port. We need to keep backing ourselves in and what we went out there to do which we saw in the last quarter, we were able to score and restrict the opposition from scoring. As long as we get ourselves right and play the way we want to play, no one should stand in our way.”

North Adelaide 13-12 (90) defeated Adelaide 12-15 (87)

Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 3, Marlon Motlop 2, Lewis Johnston 2, Leigh Ryswyk 2, Heath Caldwell, Daniel Kulikowski, Michael McMahon, Toby Schulz 1.

Best Players:

Max Thring (18 disposals, 6 marks, 3 rebound 50’s)

Rhys O’Keeffe (20 disposals, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s)

Darren Shillabeer (13 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 3 goals)

Marlon Motlop (25 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals)

Heath Caldwell (10 disposals, 12 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal)

Andy Read (17 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles)

                                                                   North Adelaide                       Adelaide

Disposals                                                           316                                         295

Marks                                                                  87                                            71

Tackles                                                               68                                            59

Clearances                                                         36                                            51

Inside 50’s                                                        42                                            40

Rebound 50’s                                                    28                                            27

Next week is a big test for our side. We take on Port Adelaide at Alberton in what should be a cracking contest. While we got the win today, we were inconsistent for periods of the game, which we cannot afford against a strong Magpies outfit. The reserves are back in action as well next week which will see a few more names returning from injury which is a positive sign for the football club.

Also, it is an early start next week, with the Reserves kicking off from 9:25am and the league side from 12:10pm. We hope to see plenty of red and white infiltrate Port Adelaide heartland and get behind our players as the season is well and truly underway.

Injury Report

PLAYER NAME-INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

MITCHELL, Luke-Back-Indefinite

BURTON, Ryan-Leg-Indefinite

McINERNEY, Sam-Back-Indefinite

THIELE, Cohen-Knee-10-12 weeks

SLEE, Harrison-Ankle-4-5 weeks

GROVE, Corey-Foot-3-5 weeks

BOLES, Patrick-Groin-3-5 weeks

TEASDALE, Luke-Hamstring-2-3 weeks

CRAIG, Cameron-Ankle-1-2 weeks

VIRGIN, Michael-Shoulder -1-2 weeks

ANDERSON, Joe-Ankle- Test

GALLMAN, Greg -Calf-Test

WANGANEEN, Derick-Hamstring-Test

BARNS, Alex-Ankle-Test

CRAIG, James-Knee-Test

See you at the footy!

GO ROOSTERS!

September 15, 2014 - Under 18 Preliminary Final
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North: 1.1  3.3    8.5     11.6.72
West:  2.5  9.10  11.10  14.12.96
Goals:  Pobke 3, Agius 2, Ciappina, Combe, Olekalns, Slee, Viney, Quinn
Best: Purser, Pobke, Slee, Santilo, Wilkie, Combe

Never really in it probably is a fair summary of the game. For the second week running we were virtually out of the contest at half time. A third quarter revival gave us a glimmer of hope, but again the opposition steadied at held us a bay. 
Whilst it appears a disappointing end to the season, a few reasons contributed. Finishing top at the end of the minor round at this level is not an advantage. With College players coming straight into a final without any warm up games makes it hard for everyone to adjust. In fact we made 8 changes then 5 changes when Reserves players became available this week.  

We have had a quick discussion on the side and can’t see any reason why any of the 21 who played on the weekend can’t get to at least reserves level, so despite the result we are quite buoyant moving forward.

September 09, 2014 - Reserves and Under 18s Finals
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RESERVES

First Semi Final
Report thanks to: Tim Miller & Darryl Wintle

After a loss to Sturt in the Qualifying Final, we were up against Norwood in the knockout First Semi Final at Gliderol Stadium. We made one change to the side that lost last week with Reserves Magarey Medallist Luke Teasdale out with a recurrence of his groin injury, with Sam McInerney taking his place in the 21. It was a perfect day for finals football once again, with a breeze favouring the Southern end of the ground, which we were kicking against in the opening term. 
Norwood got off to a fast start, with a goal within the first two minutes and second goal following straight away before we had much of a chance to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition. Liam Jacka won himself a free kick that was sent long into a dangerous area, where the roving skills of Jarrod Stokes was supreme to find Kym Edwards in space to kick our opening goal. A key to stopping Norwood was to shut them down quickly and effectively, but we weren’t able to do that. We dropped our intensity at the contest for a few minutes and we were badly punished on the scoreboard. Norwood slammed through 4 goals in 5 minutes that put us on the back foot. We were chasing jumpers and the skill level of the Norwood side was far superior to that of our players. 39 points down at the first break, and it was going to take some hard work to get our way back into the contest.
Our intensity was much improved to start the second term, after such a disappointing first term. Kym Edwards won the footy from a Norwood error, and our fast ball movement was able to hurt Norwood on the sling-shot which resulted in a goal to Addison Burns. The game became a tight stalemate for the next few minutes, before Stuart Hill won himself a free kick. We made scrappy work of it, but a goal resulted to Josh Gregg to help close the margin. Norwood was much better at playing out the quarters, and it showed with more red-time goals against our side. We were punished for nearly every error we made in the opening half. We were being out-tackled, we were struggling to win the clearances and our skill level was not at the standard required to win a finals game of football.
The second half got off to a horrible start. Not only did Norwood kick a goal within 30 seconds, Lachlan Robinson and Riley Hayes collided which left Riley with a leg injury, and Liam Jacka also limped off at the same time. Norwood got the next two goals that we desperately needed to push the margin out even further. Callum Wilkie went forward and got himself a goal before another Norwood response cancelled that out. Nick Dinham got himself back to back goals to reduce the margin to 49 points at the final change. 
We got the first goal of the final term as Josh Gregg won a rare clearance which found Mark Quinn who kicked truly before Norwood steadied once more. Braden Allen got himself a late goal before Nick Dinham had his 3rd toward the end of the quarter to bring season 2014 to an end.
It was a disappointing result and a disappointing way to end the season. We did have a young side, especially in defence, which had started to tire towards the end of the minor round. While upsetting, we have some exciting prospects that represented the club at Reserves level this year and we look forward to watching them develop over the summer to prepare for the 2015 competition.

Match Statistics - North Adelaide - Norwood

Disposals - 236 - 361
Marks - 44 - 101
Tackles - 40 - 56
Clearances - 44 - 53
Inside 50’s  - 28 - 46

North Adelaide 9-6 (60) lost to Norwood 18-10 (118)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 3, Josh Gregg, Kym Edwards, Addison Burns, Braden Allen, Mark Quinn, Callum Wilkie 1.
Best Players: 
Heath Caldwell (20 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 clearances)
James Baron (11 disposals, 4 tackles)
Jarrod Stokes (15 disposals, 3 inside 50’s)
Kym Edwards (23 disposals, 6 marks, 4 clearances, 1 goal)
Josh Gregg (18 disposals, 3 marks, 5 clearances, 1 goal)

A disappointing result for the Reserves to get knocked out of the finals series in straight sets for the second consecutive season. The squad played a consistent brand of football for most of the year but looked to tire at the end. The Reserves used 54 players this season and unearthed some future stars for the football club.
Congratulations to Luke Teasdale for winning the Reserves Magarey Medal and also to Nick Dinham who won the goal kicking for season 2014 with 38 goals in the minor round. Nick finished with 45 goals for the season after kicking 7 goals in the finals campaign to cap off a fine year in the key forward post.

Thanks for your support this season. See you next year.
GO ROOSTERS!

Under 18

Second Semi Final

North:   0.3  1.4  7.8  7.9.51
Eagles:  3.3  8.5  9.8  15.8.98

Goals:  Viney 5, Graham, Hayes 1
Best: Viney, Pobke, Slee, Combe, Santillo, Graham

Kicking with the breeze we dominated play in the first six minutes but could not score. The Eagles first foray into the forward lines resulted in a goal, and set the tone for what was a dismal day.
In fact we did not score a goal until the 20 minute mark of the second quarter, and we being outplayed and outsmarted all over the ground.
The third quarter did give us some glimmer of hope, with Harry Viney almost singlehandedly getting us back in the game.
Trailing by only 12 points at three quarter time despite kicking into a slight breeze, there was a cause for some degree of optimism. However, when the Eagles scored a goal in the first few minutes, and then another one soon after it was game over. In fact the last quarter was very disappointing as we conceded six goals to a solitary point, which was scored very late in the quarter.
This certainly leaves us with something to think about as we come up against a rampaging West in the Prelim. Able to drop underage players back with no senior sides in the finals, they have had two massive wins. We ourselves now have the luxury of a few players coming back from the Reserves, so we are by no means finished.

September 03, 2014 - Reserves Qualifying Final v Sturt
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After a minor round that saw our North Adelaide Reserves finish in 2nd place, we took on Sturt at Woodville Oval. Four changes were made to the side that lost to Central District last week with Harry Viney and Sam McInerney omitted while Andy Read and Alex Barns did not qualify for the finals series. Into the side came Darren Shillabeer, Josh Gregg and Stuart Hill from the league side, while Addison Burns was back from the Adelaide Reserves. It was a perfect day weatherwise and the ground was in good condition which would allow for skilful football.

Sturt hit the ground running with the first goal, after a poor disposal at half forward saw us hurt badly on the sling-shot to give Sturt the lead. We kicked into the breeze in the opening term and we struggled to get the ball past centre in the early exchanges, while Sturt were dominating the contest. We found ourselves down even further as our players were drawn into the contest and Sturt were hurting us on the outside in space. Four goals down in 14 minutes and we were well and truly on the back foot. Our disposal efficiency and tackling efficiency were well below the standards set during the season and there was a nervous look about the way we were playing the game. We finally got on the scoreboard through Nick Dinham that was well and truly against the run of play and we had back to back goals after Liam Jacka extracted the footy to Heath Caldwell who kicked truly from 40m out. We were put on the back foot once more, as we let Sturt run through a stoppage unmarked for yet another goal. Sturt got a goal after the Quarter Time siren to lead by 32 points at the first break. We were well beaten in the clearances and our inability to use the ball cleanly by hand and foot was hurting. 

Sturt continued where they left off with the first goal after a soccer off the ground from Jarrod Stokes fell agonisingly short and they took the ball coast to coast to score. Sturt had 10 goals in a quarter and 8 minutes in what was becoming a disastrous day for our side. We finally had another goal to Nick Dinham, after Mark Quinn got hit hard by two Sturt opponents and then worked hard to win the ball at the throw in to set up the goal. After yet another instant reply from Sturt, we pegged back the margin once more after Jarrod Stokes caused a turnover in our forward half that set up Mark Quinn for his first goal. We had back to back goals once more through Addison Burns who marked strongly and kicked truly. However, we saw our deficit extend to 36 points at the main break, as our tackling efficiency was still hurting and we were overusing the footy and double-grabbing the ball when it became loose. The shining lights in the opening half were Heath Caldwell, who had 19 possessions and winning the footy first at the clearances, to go with good first halves by Braden Allen and Riley Hayes.

We got off to a perfect start in the 3rd term through Nick Dinham, who kicked a goal with a check side shot on the boundary line. We allowed Sturt to kick back to back goals after gaining some ground in the early part of the second half. Michael McMahon was back in defence this week, and his defensive act allowed Braden Allen to run into an open goal, after the bounce of the ball nearly didn’t go our way once again. Addison Burns had his 2nd goal after Liam Jacka chased and tackled brilliantly as Sturt looked to go forward again. Sturt responded yet again with another goal as our accountability was still hurting. From the next centre bounce after the Sturt goal, Tom Sandercock was terrific with his 2nd effort that ended in a Darren Shillabeer goal after he got a nudge in the back. We won the 3rd term into the breeze which was a positive but we were still 34 points down as we couldn’t get close enough to mount a genuine challenge.

We got yet another perfect start to the final term through State Under 18 representative Callum Wilkie who drifted forward and reduced the margin. A second goal through Liam Jacka, after some fast and clean ball movement, that was few and far between in the game, got us to within four goals as we started to come with some momentum. Sturt kicked the next after some undisciplined play was penalised before Nick Dinham kicked his 4th goal and was clearly our best forward on the day. The players played the game out until the final siren but it was too little, too late, as Sturt won the game by 23 points.

Speaking with best-on-ground Heath Caldwell post game, he said on the loss, “It was pretty disappointing. Especially when we rock up and we let them get 6 goals up on us in the first quarter and we outscored them for the rest of the game is very disappointing.” On the disappointing aspects of the game, Heath said, “It’s a mindset thing really, we know we can do it, we have done it all year and we just have to execute our game plan and our structures and have a fair-dinkum crack at it.” On facing Norwood next week, Heath said, “We will be pretty confident against Norwood, but in saying that, it’s a final, and an elimination final for us now, spots are up for grabs but we just have to come to play and not expect anything.”

North Adelaide 12-5 (77) defeated by Sturt 15-10 (100)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Addison Burns 2, Heath Caldwell, Liam Jacka, Braden Allen, Darren Shillabeer, Mark Quinn, Callum Wilkie 1.
Best Players: 
Heath Caldwell (32 disposals, 7 tackles, 12 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s, 1 goal)
Josh Gregg (24 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances)
Nick Dinham (19 disposals, 11 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 4 goals)
Sam Wundke (6 disposals, 2 tackles, 6 rebound 50’s)
Lachie Robinson (23 disposals, 4 tackles, 7 clearances)
Kym Edwards (25 disposals, 7 marks, 7 rebound 50’s)

Obviously, not the result we were after, given we have had such a good minor round. Now we find ourselves in a do-or-die situation, with a loss signalling the end of the season. The players will analyse the loss and look to rectify the aspects of the game which let us down on the weekend. This week we head to Gliderol Stadium (Glenelg Oval) and take on Norwood at 11:25am in what will be a very interesting contest. 

We also have the Under 18’s in action in the 2nd Semi Final against the Eagles at City Mazda Stadium (Richmond Oval) starting at 2:10pm. Get out to the games and support the boys, there is a lot of young talent running around at both games.

GO ROOSTERS!

August 26, 2014 - Round 18 v Central Districts
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LEAGUE

Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller & Darryl Wintle
Our final minor round game for 2014 saw our North Adelaide take on an in-form Central District at Prospect Oval today. While we were still a mathematical chance to play finals, with a lot hinging on the game at Woodville, the emphasis was to control what we could control and get the right result. Four changes were made to the side that defeated the Eagles with Joe Anderson and Michael Clinch back from respective two week bans and Toby Schulz and Josh Gregg promoted from the Reserves. 
We were controlling the play for the majority of the early exchanges, but we were unable to convert on the scoreboard. It was a high intensity contest, with both sides attacking the footy with ferocity and desperation. However, with all our domination, Centrals hurt us with the first two goals of the game in quick succession to jump to an early lead. Ben Williams was having an influence early and he intercepted a Centrals kick which allowed new crowd favourite Darren Shillabeer to kick his first goal on the run to get us on the scoreboard. Michael Clinch was back for our side after a stint on the sidelines, his run and carry was important, as was our precise ball movement that allowed Joe Anderson to level the scores from long range. We had the aid of the breeze in the opening term, but we weren’t able to make use of it as Centrals kicked a third goal late in the term to open up a 6 point Quarter Time margin. 

The second quarter started like the first, with our boys having most of the possession and most of the time in our forward half. Darren Shillabeer had goal number two on the board inside 4 minutes before an immediate response from Centrals. It took the best part of 6 minutes for our next goal to come through Darren Shillabeer once more, who was having a day out and ignited the Prospect Oval crowd with a stunning set shot and a celebration to match. Darren had 5 goals within a Quarter and 17 minutes to bring us back into the contest and hold the lead. After a terrific debut game, Darren showed no second game blues as he was far and away the most dominant forward on the ground. Our ball movement was a feature of the game, with the likes of George Thring, Josh Gregg and Marlon Motlop using the ball effectively and hitting targets constantly. Centrals kicked two late goals to regain the lead as we went into the main break 7 points behind the Bulldogs.

With the breeze in the 3rd term, we saw the ruthless, attacking and visually brilliant North Adelaide at the top of their game. Toby Schulz got us underway and back in the lead before Josh Gregg made it the old 7-point play after intercepting a Centrals kick in. It was great reward for Josh who was making his first league appearance since round 3 against West Adelaide, since that nasty injury and was on his way to 25 disposals and had a real impact on the contest. Nick Amato was one of our ball magnets yet again as he racked up 29 disposals of his own and extended our lead to 14 points as the Prospect crowd were seeing us throw everything at Centrals. Ben Williams was the recipient of some precise ball movement and kicked his first goal of the game as we piled on 4 goals in 11 minutes, but we weren’t done with yet. Max Thring was gifted a shot on goal following some undisciplined play by Centrals and kicked a goal before Darren Shillabeer had goal number 6 which was capped off with another crowd pleasing celebration. Captain Todd Miles, who started in the ruck and had his opponent well beaten, giving our midfielders first use, mainly Jesse O’Brien, kicked a goal after another free kick after the three quarter time siren. What a dominant third quarter it was, with Centrals stuck on 7-4, we kicked 7-3 in the third term to take a 38 point three Quarter Time lead.

The one-man show that was Darren Shillabeer had goal number 7 within 100 seconds of the final term starting. George Thring was having his best game by far since returning from that horrific ankle injury and kicked his first goal, as the Roosters continued to play entertaining football for their fans. Centrals got their first goal since half time after the 12 minute mark, but that mattered little. Ben Williams had his 2nd goal of the game after roving brilliantly at a marking contest as we entered time-on. Toby Schulz took a slips catch and then proceeded to kick his 2nd goal before Jay Shannon, who was very well held by Jackson Potter on the day put the exclamation mark on a great win before Centrals pegged one back before the siren, that showed a 41 point, North Adelaide victory to end the minor round with 9 wins and 9 losses.

Speaking with young defender Cameron Craig, he said on the great win, “We did finish on a high note, we played well but it’s disappointing that the Eagles didn’t do us a favour but the team played the last two games really well.” “We won the inside ball and out-spread them, especially in the third quarter with the wind. We got it into our forwards long and deep and kicked some goals. Darren Shillabeer has come in with 10 goals in two games and hope he kicks another 10 in the Reserves finals.” Looking ahead to 2015, Cameron said, “We are a young bunch, with another pre-season in and get bigger bodies and bit fitter. We have a lot of good players in the Reserves coming through that are playing well and most of the boys will stick around so we have a good unit there.”

Match Statistics - North Adelaide - Central District
Disposals - 355 - 284
Marks - 109 - 81
Tackles - 29 - 39
Clearances - 45 - 42
Inside 50’s - 56 - 40

North Adelaide 18-6 (114) defeated Central District 11-7 (73)

Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 7, Ben Williams 2, Toby Schulz 2, Joe Anderson, George Thring, Nick Amato, Josh Gregg, Max Thring, Jay Shannon, Todd Miles 1.

Best Players: 
Darren Shillabeer (14 disposals, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 7 goals)
George Thring (29 disposals, 10 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 4 rebound 50’s, 1 goal)
Daniel Kulikowski (27 disposals, 8 marks, 4 clearances, 2 inside 50’s)
Josh Gregg (25 disposals, 14 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
Nick Amato (29 disposals, 8 marks, 9 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
Marlon Motlop (26 disposals, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s)
Jesse O’Brien (19 disposals, 11 clearances, 4 inside 50’s)

Unfortunately, with such a great result, our season has concluded, missing out on the finals due to the Eagles win over West Adelaide. We finish the year in 6th place, which is very disappointing. Our inconsistent performances ultimately cost us in the end as our best football shown throughout the season was more than competitive with all the competing finals sides.
Congratulations however are extended to Tim Weatherald and his Under 18s side for being minor premiers for season 2014 and Craig Brooks and his Reserves team for finishing their minor round in 2nd place and securing an all-important double chance. While there is no league footy for the finals, we have these two teams to follow in their quest for finals success.
See you at the finals.
GO ROOSTERS!

RESERVES

Our final minor round game, and with 2nd spot secure, our Reserves side took on Central District in the last minor round game of the season. Four changes were made to the side with Andy Read back from league duty and Kym Edwards, Heath Caldwell and Luke Teasdale making their return from injury. Out of the side went Addison Burns, who was required by the Adelaide Reserves, Rhys O’Keeffe missed for personal reasons and Toby Schulz and Josh Gregg were elevated to the league team. 
Central District got on the board first and had 3 goals in 10 minutes to have us under extreme pressure early in the contest. We weren’t hard at the footy, we were unaccountable and we looked like we were protecting ourselves for the finals game the following week. We were lucky to even score in the first quarter and Coach Craig Brooks didn’t mince his words at the Quarter Time break. We were simply outworked, out-tackled and outplayed. 
Centrals put another two goals on the board to start the second quarter and it took 19 minutes into the 2nd term for our first goal that came from the returning Luke Teasdale, who won the footy with his own hard work and ran inside 50 to kick truly. An instant response from Centrals followed before Alex Barns took a strong contested mark and kicked a goal after the half time siren. It was a very ordinary display from our boys in the opening half as we trailed by 30 points at the main break. We were indecisive, coasting and lacked passion and physicality.
Callum Wilkie was moved forward after starting the game in defence and had his first goal on the board to get us off to the required start in the third term. Alex Barns was providing a contest up forward, with his attack on the ball important and a second effort that saw Nick Dinham get his first goal for the game. Our intensity was much better after half time but our skill level was still below par. After having a good period of play, where we started to make inroads that was well and truly stopped by two successive Centrals goals. Jarrod Stokes made it a 27 point Three Quarter Time deficit by kicking the last goal of the 3rd term.
Centrals quickly extending their lead to 33 points before Nick Dinham had his 2nd goal of the game. Callum Wilkie had goal number two as he scrambled a goal home to make it 22 points. Centrals had yet another reply before Callum Wilkie and Nick Dinham had their 3rd goals respectively. Heath Caldwell was instrumental in the midfield as he set up the Dinham goal with a crucial intercept. We were back in the match as Callum Wilkie had goal number 4 and showed how versatile a player he is. Callum has spent most of his time in defence since returning from State duty, and has been used effectively as a swing-man when needed. An instant reply once more saw the deficit extend further before Michael McMahon, who returned forward this week, won a foot race and got his first goal late in the game but it was too little, too late as we lost the game by just 10 points.

Match Statistics - North Adelaide - Central District
Disposals - 292 - 332
Marks - 75 - 88
Tackles - 39 - 45
Clearances - 45 - 37
Inside 50’s - 41 - 43

North Adelaide 11-6 (72) defeated by Central District 13-4 (82)
Goal Kickers: Callum Wilkie 4, Nick Dinham 3, Jarrod Stokes, Alex Barns, Michael McMahon, Luke Teasdale 1.

Best Players: 

Wyatt Patterson (18 disposals, 5 marks)
Callum Wilkie (16 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50’s, 4 goals)
Michael McMahon (18 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal)
Heath Caldwell (24 disposals, 7 marks, 6 clearances, 9 inside 50’s)
Lachlan Robinson (24 disposals, 4 tackles, 9 clearances)

Obviously not the way to enter a finals campaign and it highlighted to the young playing group that you need to enter every game with the right mindset and achieve the standards that have been set and maintained during the season. This week we look forward to taking on Sturt in the Qualifying Final. Sturt knocked us off last time these two sides met, so the players need to train hard this week and get back to what makes them a very good side. 
The game will be at Woodville Oval at 11:25am next Saturday, so if you can, get out there and support our boys as they start their finals action.
GO THE ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18S

North:  6.6  10.10  11.15  16.21.117
Centrals:  1.0  3.1  7.3  7.3.45

Goals:  Agius 3, Morgan, Santillo, Woolford 2, J. Hayes, Hay, Jarman, Schmitt, Sweet, J. Tahana, Turnbull 1
Best: Purser, Agius, Santillo, Turnbull, Marshall, Morgan

With Centrals needing a win or a close loss to make the finals we were expecting a tough game.
However a brilliant opening quarter virtually put the result beyond doubt at quarter time. Whilst the third quarter left a bit to be desired, we actually had the same amount of scoring shots.
All this did was ensure that we finished the game off strongly, which we did adding 5 goals 6 to no score.
As minor premier we now have next week off before facing either - Norwood or the Eagles in the Second Semi.
For the statistically minded, no side beside Port, who beat us twice, was able to kick more than 11 goals against us this year. Only four times did we kick less than 11 goals in a game, and we won three of those games. This will mean very little once finals commence, however I am quietly confident regardless of which 21 represent us, such is our depth, we will give a very good showing.

August 19, 2014 - Round 17 v Eagles
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Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller & Darryl Wintle.

After our loss to Sturt last week, we took on the Eagles at Prospect Oval in another must-win game for the Roosters. Two changes were made to last week’s side with Rhys O’Keeffe and Alex Barns sent back to the Reserves. Stuart Hill came into the side as well as 25 year-old Darren Shillabeer for his league debut. Darren played junior football at North Adelaide before spending time back in Port Augusta before returning to North Adelaide this season. 
The Eagles were coming off a tough loss to South Adelaide and they came out desperate to show the competition that they weren’t a spent force. Todd Miles started up forward, Max Thring had the job of containing James Boyd and Daniel Kulikowski was entrusted to keep Matthew Goldsworthy under control. It was all the Eagles in the first term, with the Eagles kicking the first four goals of the contest and defensively keeping us scoreless for the majority of the first term. It took 27 minutes for us to hit the scoresheet through Ben Williams, who earned a free kick in a dangerous spot on the ground and he made no mistake. It was a tough quarter for the Roosters as our skill execution was poor allowing the Eagles to play fast, direct football to their key targets up forward.
We got off to a better start to the 2nd term, which was the focus at quarter time as our 2nd quarters have been below standard for most of the season. Leigh Ryswyk, after missing a set shot from a similar position, went back and kicked our first goal for the term from a tough angle. The game became a heated and sometimes spiteful contest with spot-fires breaking out and the crowd becoming restless. The Eagles were able to steady with their only goal for the quarter but to our Rooster’s credit, we stayed in the contest. Nick Amato was at his fiery best, kicking his first goal when we desperately needed it. Todd Miles, still playing forward when not relieving James Craig in the ruck, responded almost immediately with a goal of his own as we reduced the margin. Jay Shannon was everywhere, working hard at the stoppages on his way to 12 clearances and 18 contested possessions for the game. We went into the main break 4 points behind, after being 26 points down late in the first. The players had regained the momentum and we had an even contribution from all players. Captain Greg Gallman was switched from his role on the wing to play a key defensive role on Michael Wundke and was able to curtail his influence after he had 3 first quarter goals. 
After being behind for the whole of the first half, it took just 52 seconds of the second half for our Roosters to hit the front through George Thring. Soon after, Darren Shillabeer had his first goal at league level before the Eagles responded as the game reached boiling point, both sides realising the importance of the contest. Darren Shillabeer was having a real impact in his first game, making important tackles and kicking his 2nd goal when we needed a response. Max Thring got his first goal immediately after the Shillabeer goal with Jay Shannon again crucial in setting up Max after winning a crucial contest. We went into the final term with a 7 point lead and we had control of the contest.
Alan Obst got our final term off to the perfect start, kicking his first goal after winning a free kick in a marking contest. Ben Williams had his 2nd goal after earning a free kick and then Matt Campbell, lively all day, chased the ball to the goal square and punched it back into play where Marlon Motlop kicked the ball out of mid-air to get the Rooster faithful into celebrating a bit of show time. We jumped out to a 32 point lead in the blink of an eye before Matt Campbell went from provider to finisher with his first goal before the Eagles pegged one back. Max Thring’s pressure was extraordinary as he snapped home his 2nd goal before Todd Miles had goal number two and the Roosters were home. Michael Wundke had his 5th goal in a lone hand for the Eagles before league debutant Darren Shillabeer put the exclamation point on a terrific win with his 3rd goal on the final siren to cap off a great debut game. The end result, a 38 point win which keeps our finals hopes mathematically alive.
Speaking with defender Michael Virgin post-game, he said on the positives of the day, “It started off with our KPI’s, the stuff we measure ourselves on with our contested ball and tackling. I think we were pretty sloppy early, but as soon as we started to tidy everything up, everything just fell into place and it started with contested ball and we got a good win.” On the even contribution from our 21 players today, Michael said, “I think personally that it started on the track, we have been sloppy over the last couple of weeks which ended with some bad results, but we tidied some things up, and got some of the right members into the structural positions and everything worked out well. The team vibe was back and it was the best we have felt during a game for a while and it showed out there. Shillas (Darren Shillabeer) is a great bloke and always up and about, always cracking jokes and it’s great to see him get his gig today and he’s been having 20 (disposals), taking ten marks and kicking goals in the Reserves and he has been knocking the door down, it’s good to see him up here and performing well and hopefully he’s here for a few years.” On the task that we face next week against Centrals and what we can expect, Michael said, “It’s going to be a hard contest, hopefully we bring exactly same as what we did today. We bring that sort of footy and we believe we can beat anybody as we showed against Port and we showed against West and today we put on some really good performances and we bring the same stuff we brought today, we can beat anyone and get a result.”

MATCH STATISTICS - NORTH ADELAIDE - EAGLES
Disposals - 276 - 272
Marks - 68 - 83
Tackles - 59 - 37
Clearances - 48 - 38
Inside 50’s - 42 - 39

North Adelaide 15-9 (99) defeated Woodville-West Torrens 9-7 (61)

Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 3, Ben Williams 2, Max Thring 2, Todd Miles 2, Matt Campbell, George Thring, Nick Amato, Alan Obst, Leigh Ryswyk, Marlon Motlop 1.

Best Players: 
Jay Shannon (29 disposals, 5 tackles, 12 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 4 rebound 50’s)
Darren Shillabeer (17 disposals, 13 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 3 goals)
Todd Miles (17 disposals, 5 tackles, 18 hit outs, 6 clearances, 2 goals)
Max Thring (13 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 2 goals)
Matt Campbell (21 disposals, 6 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
George Thring (19 disposals, 8 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
Daniel Kulikowski (14 disposals, 2 inside 50’s, 2 rebound50’s)
Marlon Motlop (19 disposals, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal)

A terrific result today as our 2014 minor round has one more game left. This week we look forward to taking Central District head-on to finish the season with a win. We can only control what we can control and that is to prepare for this weekend and get the result we are all after. Make sure you get down to Prospect Oval in your red and white colours to support the team in our last home game of the season. 
See you at Prospect, this Saturday for the 2:10pm start.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Corey Grove - Foot - Season
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Season 
Cohen Thiele - Knee - Season
Patrick Boles - Groin - Season
Campbell Combe - Knee - 2 weeks
Kym Edwards - Foot - Test
Luke Mitchell - Groin - Test
Heath Caldwell  - Back - Test
Luke Teasdale - Groin - Test
George Thring - Ankle - Test

RESERVES

A top of the table clash awaited our Reserves side after a disappointing loss to Sturt the previous week. Six changes were made to the selected team with Stuart Hill and Darren Shillabeer elevated to the league side and Patrick Boles, Heath Caldwell, Luke Mitchell and Sam Tonkes missing with injuries. This allowed Coach Craig Brooks to select Harry Viney for his first game at Reserves level, Lachlan Robinson and Toby Schulz returning from injury, James Baron up from the Under 18’s and Alex Barns and Rhys O’Keeffe sent down from the League team.
The Eagles struck first before Jarrod Stokes got our first goal on the board after debutant Harry Viney hunted the footy and found Stokes in space. Josh Gregg was returning to his courageous best, going back with the flight of the footy and putting his body on the line to win the ball back for the team. The Eagles got back to back goals as they began to hurt us on the rebound and used the footy well. Alex Barns got the reply we were after a favourable bounce over the line before Rhys O’Keeffe dribbled home a goal of his own to continue his strong start to the match. Mark Quinn’s second effort set up our next goal. The Eagles got one back before Toby Schulz got a goal of his own. Mark Quinn put us in front late in the quarter with a great dribble kick from the boundary on the left foot. After going behind by 13 points early, we turned the momentum to lead by 6 points at quarter time.
Mark Quinn was his own personal highlight reel, with his 2nd goal coming after some excellent roving and a clever snap to get the scoreboard ticking over. Lachlan Robinson made his long awaited return after suffering numerous concussions through the season, and it looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. He was gathering plenty of the footy and causing the opposition plenty of headaches. He found himself in space directly in front of goal and slotted home his first goal. We had kicked 6 of the last 7 goals of the game until the Eagles were able to get one back. Our rebound footy was very good, with Sam Wundke and Michael McMahon important in defence to repel the Eagles forays forward. Nick Dinham had his first goal late in the term before the Eagles got one back before the break. The first half was entertaining and we went into half time with an 18 point lead. 
Jarrod Stokes was at his pressurizing best with a smother and Toby Schulz was cool under pressure to find Josh Gregg who got the second half up and going with his first goal of the game. Addison Burns won another free kick in front of goals and slotted his first goal before the Eagles were able to respond. The 3rd quarter became a grind, with both sides making a number of skill errors as the rain began to fall. Toby Schulz had his 2nd goal before the Eagles got yet another response. We went into the final change with a 15 point lead, and with arguably the most inexperienced side we have had on paper, we had a great chance to upset the table topping Eagles in the lead up to the finals.
Braden Allen got the final quarter off to the ideal start with his first goal that saw us extend to a 20 point break. Addison Burns had his 2nd goal to make it a 26 point break before the Eagles made a late charge. The Eagles reduced the margin to 6 points as we held on desperately against the fast finishing Eagles outfit. It was a gutsy win in the end and regains our momentum to head into our last game of the season with confidence.

MATCH STATISTICS - NORTH ADELAIDE -  EAGLES
Disposals 321 - 345
Marks - 87 - 78
Tackles - 40 - 25
Clearances - 34 - 43
Inside 50’s - 36 - 57

North Adelaide 13-5 (83) defeated Woodville-West Torrens 11-11 (77)
Goal Kickers: Toby Schulz 2, Addison Burns 2, Mark Quinn 2, Rhys O’Keeffe, Josh Gregg, Jarrod Stokes, Alex Barns, Lachlan Robinson, Nick Dinham, Braden Allen 1.
Best Players: 
Wyatt Patterson (26 disposals, 6 marks, 8 rebound 50’s)
Josh Gregg (21 disposals, 6 marks, 1 goal)
Sam Wundke (14 disposals, 10 rebound 50’s)
Michael McMahon (19 disposals, 9 marks, 4 rebound 50’s)
Rhys O’Keeffe (22 disposals, 5 tackles, 7 clearances, 1 goal)
Braden Allen (20 disposals, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
Lachlan Robinson (20 disposals, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 1 goal)

The Reserves will face Central District in the final game of the home and away season at Prospect Oval this Saturday. Get down to the ground early too see the talent on display as they look to continue their form line into the finals.
See you at the footy!

UNDER 18S

North: 2.4  5.7  11.11 12.11.83
Eagles:  2.0  7.4  8.5  11.10.52 
Goals: Morgan 5, Agius 4, Woolford 2, Jarman 1
Best: Morgan, Woolford, J Hayes, Purser, Graham, Agius

Playing against a possible premiership contender, the game was a tight affair before half time until our six goal third quarter. The Eagles come back strongly again in the last but we had enough in hand to hang on by 7 points. As far as determining premiership chances the result probably meant very little. The Eagles had six forced changes we had three this week, but several others in the two lead up weeks. So the make-up of both sides will change dramatically during the finals.
It is giving the opportunity to younger players to have a taste of a very good standard of football, and can only enhance their development. Some have seized the opportunity and will press strongly for finals selection.
August 11, 2014 - Round 16 v Sturt
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Reports by: Tim Miller & Darryl Wintle

After a frustrating and disappointing result against Norwood last Sunday, we ventured to Unley Oval with our season on the line. Four forced changes were made to the side that was beaten by Norwood with Toby Schulz and Cohen Thiele forced out with injury and Joe Anderson and Michael Clinch missing through suspension. Recalled to the team were Max and George Thring after extended lay-offs with injury and Michael Virgin and Alek Kangur returned after good, consistent form in the reserves.

Sturt got the first goal of the game early as both sides were trying to have a physical impact on the contest. Vice-Captain Jay Shannon got our first goal on the board with a 35 metre snap after Alan Obst smothered a kick in, retrieved the ball and found Shannon on the move with a pin point handball. Sturt responded with back to back goals as their uncontested possession count was becoming a concern as we struggled to get first use of the ball around the stoppages. Alan Obst was presenting well and was the recipient of a neat pass and kicked our 2nd goal of the contest. Sturt were able to respond with a 4th goal for the term and we were behind by 11 points at the first break.

The 2nd term got off to a bad star with Sturt hitting the scoreboard first before 50-gamer Nick Amato snapped a nice goal to reduce the margin. Sturt piled on the next 4 goals of the contest without reply to push the margin to 40 points late in the 2nd quarter. Jay Shannon had his 2nd goal of the game that was able to reduce the gap to 32 points at the main break. Sturt’s accuracy in front of goal was the difference at this point of the game as the Roosters had missed several gettable opportunities at the other end. 

Alex Barns got us off to the desired start with his first goal after a good contested mark on the goal line to reduce the margin to 27 points and give us some early momentum. Nick Amato was getting plenty of the football as he usually does, and kicked his 2nd goal of the game to reduce the margin further. We were more competitive around the stoppages due to Todd Miles having an impact in the ruck contests. Sturt responded as we started to mount our charge and the margin went out to 24 points once more. Leigh Ryswyk kicked 2 goals in a row to reduce the margin to 12 points after some fast, fluent play which allowed for one on one opportunities inside our attacking area. Sturt were able to keep us at arm’s length again with another goal. Straight from the centre clearance, they pushed their lead out to 24 points at the final change. We were again wasteful in front of goal kicking 4 goals 5 behinds for the term. We started to control the game in patches and had 1 more scoring shot for the game.

Sturt struck a blow to start the last quarter as their twin forwards in Michael Coad and Matthew Duldig were causing headaches for the defence. Alan Obst kicked his second for the day after a strong, contested mark which was important in the context of the game. Again, Sturt responded with a goal to make it a 5 goal game once more. An inspirational running goal from Matt Campbell was followed by a goal line goal to Todd Miles which reduced the margin back to 18 points before Nick Amato kicked his 3rd from a free kick to make it a 12 point game. Sturt found another response to our challenge as the game became free-flowing and both sides looked out on their feet. Ben Williams got a well-deserved goal late in the quarter before Sturt finished off with another goal to end the game 19 points in front of the Roosters.

Speaking with the returning George Thring after the game, he said, “It was a disappointing loss. There was a lot on the line for us today and it was do or die for us. I rolled the dice once and it didn’t pay off and a few of the other boys did the same and its annoying because the result didn’t reflect on how the game went.” On the turnaround after half time, George said, “We started converting our chances, throughout the whole game, we made our chances count, we had enough of them and we would have been right in there if we put more scoreboard pressure on, but unfortunately we didn’t. That’s the way footy goes, if you don’t take your chances; it’s pretty hard to bounce back.” On the last two games at home and what we can salvage from those two games, George mentioned, “We can definitely salvage something, no one wants to finish in the bottom two and that is unfortunately a possibility for us and I suppose we can keep going on that (finishing in the bottom two), that’s a lot to play for in itself and no one wants to finish in the bottom two and that is a lot to play for.” This was George’s first game in the league side since March, George said on that, “It felt good to be back and playing with the guys. I got a bit of a knock (on the ankle) just before half time which had me limping around a little bit but I have iced it up and it feels alright now.”

StatisticsNorth Adelaide - Sturt
Disposals - 323 - 348
Marks - 77 - 102
Tackles - 41 - 31
Clearances - 44 - 42
Inside 50’s - 51 - 51

North Adelaide 13-13 (91) defeated by Sturt 17-8 (110)
Goal Kickers: Nick Amato 3, Alan Obst 2, Jay Shannon 2, Leigh Ryswyk 2, Matt Campbell, Alex Barns, Ben Williams, Todd Miles 1.
Best Players: 
Jesse O’Brien (31 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 11 clearances, 6 inside 50’s)
Nick Amato (26 disposals, 4 marks, 10 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 3 goals)
George Thring (28 disposals, 8 marks, 6 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s)
Todd Miles (17 disposals, 4 marks, 14 hit outs, 6 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
Daniel Kulikowski (18 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s)
Jay Shannon (23 disposals, 4 marks, 6 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals)

Obviously, not the result we were after and it will now make it difficult to compete in the finals in 2014. We now need to focus on what we can control over the next two weeks and finish the season off to the last match. This week we face the Eagles who comprehensively beat us at their home ground in mid-May. The players were keen post-match on the upcoming challenge and need to respond with a win after 2 losses in a row. 

RESERVES

Our Reserves have been dominant for the majority of the 2014 season, and we went to Unley Oval today with our confidence at a high level. Five changes were made with Alek Kangur, Michael Virgin, Max Thring and George Thring all called up to the league side and Luke Teasdale was forced to watch from the sidelines with a recurrence of a groin injury. Into the side came Michael McMahon from injury, Wyatt Patterson, Mark Quinn and Sam McInerney from the Under 18s and Sam Tonkes returned after a holiday overseas.

Our pressure and intensity was at a high level early as both sides knew the importance of the contest. Kicking into the breeze in the first term, Darren Shillabeer had our first goal on the board which was shortly followed by a Sam Tonkes running goal from just inside the 50 metre arc. Sturt were able to get the next 3 goals in a row to lead by 5 points at Quarter Time. We were turning the ball over in critical areas and our efficiency going forward was below the level set in previous weeks. 

Nick Dinham goaled after taking a terrific mark while outnumbered to get the 2nd quarter off to the desired start. Sam Wundke found himself playing on older brother James at times during the game, his spoiling work crucial as the ball ended with Addison Burns who kicked his first goal of the contest. Michael McMahon kicked his first goal in his return from a hamstring injury to extend the lead. From then on, it became a congested game with both sides turning the ball over regularly mainly due to the pressure being high from both sides. Sturt got the margin back to just 1 point before Luke Mitchell kicked his first after earning a free kick and then he backed that up by kicking accurately after the half time siren to see our lads take a 13 point lead at the main change.
Sturt came out after half time and gained the ascendency from the first bounce. They kicked the first goal as we began to go away from the structures which have been the strength of this side all season long. It was as bad a quarter as we have seen for a while from our Reserves side as Sturt kicked goals at will before Luke Mitchell got our only goal late in the quarter to trail by 10 points at the final change. The momentum was well and truly with the Double Blues and we needed to get the game back on our terms to get back into the contest.

We were down a rotation after Patrick Boles was helped off early in the last term with a leg injury after colliding with the fence in a tackle. We caused another turnover at a stoppage and Darren Shillabeer helped our boys back to within a goal of the lead. From then on, it was all Sturt, as they were able to wrest back the ascendancy and push the margin out past 4 goals before Addison Burns reduced the final margin to 18 points with his 2nd goal late in the contest. Full credit to Sturt today, they were the better team for longer periods and played 4 consistent quarters of football. 

Statistics - North Adelaide - Sturt
Disposals - 282 - 336
Marks - 60 - 78
Tackles - 41 - 37
Clearances - 32 - 42
Inside 50’s - 42 - 52

North Adelaide 10-9 (69) defeated by Sturt 13-19 (97)
Goal Kickers: Luke Mitchell 3, Addison Burns 2, Darren Shillabeer 2, Michael McMahon, Nick Dinham, Sam Tonkes 1.
Best Players: 
Liam Jacka (25 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 6 inside 50’s)
Heath Caldwell (24 disposals, 6 marks, 3 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s)
Josh Gregg (15 disposals, 5 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s)
Darren Shillabeer (17 disposals, 6 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals)
Patrick Boles (9 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 2 inside 50’s)
Jarrod Stokes (14 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50’s)

Next week, our Reserves side take on the top of the table Eagles in what looks like a tight contest. We lost by the narrowest of margins in the away game this season and we look forward to the challenge this presents for us. Get down to Prospect Oval on Saturday, start time 11:25am and watch our finals bound Reserves take on the league leaders.
GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18S

North: 6.1  12.2  18.9  21.15.141
Sturt: 2.3  4.4  4.6  7.10.52

Goals:  Agius 9, Morgan, Viney 3, Jarman, Markov 2, Nye, Woolford 1
Best: Agius, Viney, Purser, Marshall, Nye, J. Hayes

Despite kicking with the aid of the breeze Sturt started far better leading  2 goals  3 to 1 point half way through the quarter. However from there it was all one way traffic as we kicked six unanswered goals.
The second saw us add another four before Sturt got one back. A goal apiece after that rounded out the quarter. The third quarter started slowly with no goals scored until almost half way through the quarter, but once we did the floodgates opened again.

With the minor premiership completely decided, our intensity dropped off in the last quarter, with the only interest being whether Keiran could kick ten for the day. The win just shows what depth we have at the moment. With 14 changes in the last two weeks some other players have now put up their names to possibly win a spot in our finals sides. 

August 06, 2014 - Round 15 v Norwood
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Senior Reports by: Tim Miller and Darryl Wintle
Round 15 had arrived as we welcomed Norwood to a sunny Prospect Oval on Sunday. One change was made to the side that beat Glenelg the previous week, with 
Campbell Combe going out of the side with a knee injury as Jesse O’Brien earned himself a recall after finding form in the Reserves. With the position we had put ourselves in so far this season; it was an important game against an opponent that has put together 2 months of very good form.
We got on the board early through the in-form Leigh Ryswyk as we dominated the opening exchanges. We had Norwood on the back foot early and they were indecisive with their ball movement and decision making. Toby Schulz was the beneficiary of a defensive turnover and kicked our 2nd goal of the game. From then on, Norwood was able to settle and kick the next three goals to lead by 5 points. Norwood was able to get on top around the stoppages which allowed them to find space and take too many uncontested marks. We needed to close down on their spare quicker and continue to force them into errors. We also lost Cohen Thiele to a serious knee injury in the opening quarter. 

The second quarter started with a Norwood goal after a high shepherd that gave away a free kick close to goal. This unfortunately became a theme for the 2nd term, with consistent ill-discipline costing us possession and scoring opportunities.Alex Barns kicked his first goal within 4 minutes to get us one goal closer on the scoreboard. We lost focus for 15 minutes which allowed Norwood to blow the game wide open. We were unaccountable for long periods and Norwood was able to move the ball with precision and decisiveness through the middle of the ground. They slammed through 6 unanswered goals to lead by 43 points at half time and have complete control of the contest.

Coach Ken McGregor challenged the playing group to stand up and get the game back on our terms. Todd Miles was thrown forward in an attempt to inspire the playing group after his previous cameo performance on Anzac day. The 3rd term was a much more even contest as we focussed on the footy and outworking our opponents with work rate and intensity. We kicked three of the last four goals of the term throughJames Craig, Daniel Kulikowski and Alan Obst, but we were unable to make inroads into the Norwood lead.

The last quarter was played out by both teams with no real impact or highlights evident. We kept Norwood goalless for most of the term before they got one late, but we could manage only one goal ourselves through Nick Amato as we fell to another heavy loss for season 2014. A 53 point deficit was the end result which now leaves the Roosters 1 game out of the final 5 with 3 games to go.

Speaking with tall forward Alex Barns after the match, he said, “Where it went wrong today was our discipline, especially in the 2nd Quarter. Norwood was first to the footy, especially in the midfield, we let their loose men provide too much in defence and pretty much an ordinary effort all round.” “Ken was pretty scathing, very disappointed in us and let us know what the real truths were as we had a lot on the line today with a finals spot and South beating Port, we needed to win and we let ourselves down.” With the upcoming fixture against Sturt at Unley, Alex said, “We have shown this season that we have come off some bad games and played well, like the South Adelaide game (at Noarlunga) and then “backed up and beat Port and its really do or die, we don’t have a choice now, we have to keep winning.”

STATISTICS  North - Norwood
Disposals   280 - 315
Marks 92 - 104
Tackles 37 - 23
Clearances 30 - 35
Inside 50’s 36 - 43

North Adelaide 7-8 (50) defeated by Norwood 15-13 (103)
Goalkickers: Daniel Kulikowski, Nick Amato, Alan Obst, Alex Barns, Leigh Ryswyk, Toby Schulz, James Craig 1.
Best Players: 
Cameron Craig (14 disposals, 8 marks) had the matchup on Michael Newton and stuck to the task all afternoon. Rebounded well and won some important contests under extreme pressure.
Andy Read (23 disposals, 7 marks, 4 clearances) worked hard and ran with intensity to carry the lines. Put himself in the play and was one of a couple to have an impact in all 4 quarters.
Leigh Ryswyk (23 disposals, 8 marks, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 5 rebound 50’s) played everywhere and worked tirelessly all day. Played through the midfield and also up forward.

Obviously, yesterday’s effort was very disappointing and nowhere near acceptable for a team fighting for their season. The players have 6 days to mentally and physically prepare to take on Sturt this Saturday at their home ground. Which North Adelaide side will turn up is the big question. It has to be the one that on its day can beat the best the competition has to offer or it will be an early exit for season 2014.
See you at the footy.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Season 
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - 3-4 weeks
Campbell Combe - Knee - 3-4 weeks
Michael McMahon - Hamstring - Test
K
ym Edwards - Hamstring - Test
Cohen Thiele - Knee  - Season

RESERVES

After a good win over Glenelg last week, our Reserves side took on 4th placed Norwood at Prospect Oval. 4 changes were made to the side that defeated Glenelg, with Jesse O’Brien called up to the league side and young guns Wyatt Patterson, Mark Quinn and Sam McInerney unluckily sent back to the Under 18s. Into the side was Addison Burns who played in the Adelaide reserves last week,Patrick Boles, Luke Mitchell andLuke Teasdale back from injury.
The Roosters were switched on from the start with Heath Caldwell and George Thring getting their hands on the footy at the opening bounce which resulted in Darren Shillabeer kicking his first goal within 30 seconds.Luke Mitchell signalled his return with a terrific contested mark and slotted through his first goal within the first 5 minutes. We then allowed Norwood to settle, after having them well and truly on the back foot, as they kicked the next 4 goals to lead by Quarter Time at 13 points. We weren’t doing a lot wrong, our pressure was good and we just needed to move the ball with more fluency and accuracy to our forward options.

From Quarter Time, it was all North Adelaide. We played fast, physical and decisive football, kicking 9 goals for the 2nd term while holding Norwood to just one point in one of the best quarters of football our Reserves have played this season. Luke Mitchell was proving dangerous up forward with his presence, earning a free kick and kicking his 2nd goal. We were in front within the blink of an eye, with Darren Shillabeer kicking his 2nd goal within the first 5 minutes.Max Thring was everywhere in the first half and was controlling play with his ability to find the ball all over the ground. Darren Shillabeer had his third goal as we hit Norwood with multiple goals to open the term. We were moving the football so cleanly and with precision and decisiveness. Michael Virgin was given the job on the dangerousPeter Persinos and quelled his influence on the contest. Nick Dinham had his first goal as he was the recipient of a fortunate bounce and snapped home. We were creating perceived pressure on the opposition, forcing them into numerous turnovers and getting the ball forward to score on most forward entries. Luke Teasdale kicked the next goal out of mid-air and then our constant pressure allowed Patrick Boles to kick his first goal after Norwood kicked the ball out on the full. Addison Burns added to our goals with his first before livewire Jarrod Stokes, dodged around 3 defenders to kick the goal of the day from a very tight angle.

The 3rd Quarter became a tighter affair as Norwood restructured and came out with their usual defensive mindset. Luke Mitchell created space with a shepherd that saw Patrick Boles rove brilliantly at a stoppage to kick his 2nd goal before Mitchell himself had his 3rd, after his size and strength troubled his Norwood opponent who gave away a free kick in the goal square. After kicking 11 goals in a row, Norwood stopped the momentum with a goal of their own to halt the onslaught from the Roosters. We continued to play the consistent, high intensity style which has been evident most of the year, with our pressure and tackling efficiency being a hallmark of the game and Alek Kangur leading the way again with 9 tackles in another solid performance from him.

The last quarter was one of circle work, with both sides turning the ball over and not much happening at either end. Patrick Boles finished off his return with another great piece of roving and had his 3rd goal. When the final siren sounded after a short final term, we came away with a 52 point victory and moved within one point of top spot. 

North Adelaide 14-13 (97) defeated Norwood 6-9 (45)
Goal Kickers: Patrick Boles 3, Luke Mitchell 3, Darren Shillabeer 3, Josh Gregg, Jarrod Stokes, Nick Dinham, Luke Teasdale, Addison Burns 1.
Best Players: 
Max Thring (29 disposals, 7 marks, 8 clearances, 6 inside 50’s)
Luke Teasdale (26 disposals, 4 tackles, 8 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal)
Darren Shillabeer (23 disposals, 9 marks, 3 goals)
George Thring (22 disposals, 6 marks, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s)
Stuart Hill (15 disposals, 7 marks, 4 rebound 50’s)
Heath Caldwell (22 disposals, 5 marks, 4 clearances, 5 inside 50’s)

Next week we take on 3rd placed Sturt at Unley Oval.  The boys look forward to the challenge of continuing the good form that they have displayed all season in their charge toward the finals. Hope to see you there nice and early to support the players against the Double Blues.
GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18

North: 2.0  4.4  6.6  8.6.54
Norwod: 1.1  3.3  5.6  7.8.50
Goals:  Woolford, McInerney 2, Agius , Markov, Viney, Quinn 1
Best: McInerney, Patterson, Viney, Hayes, Purser, Turnbull

In the game to decide minor premier, we were able to come back and snatch victory after being headed in the last quarter.
Despite top of the table status, the game never reached any great heights, as for most of the game, most of the players were in the one half of the ground. We started well to score the first two goals, only to have Norwood reply with the next there before we scored the last two goals of the first half.
Getting two goals up in the last quarter it appeared we had the game, but Norwood replied with two goals to grab the lead. We were able to respond and score again, and then had to defend grimly for several minutes to hang onto a well deserved win.
The win was even more meritorious, given we had a player in the Wakefield Sports Clinic with a dislocated shoulder, another one in the Womens and Childrens with concussion before three quarter time. A severely corked thigh and a fourth player with possible knee damage, kept our very efficient trainers busy.
With College players also unavailable our depth will be tested this week, but there is still some very good players waiting to take their opportunity over the next few weeks.

July 29, 2014 - Round 14 v Glenelg
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Senior Reports thanks to Tim Miller and Darryl Wintle
After a well-earned week off, our North Adelaide side took on bottom placed Glenelg at Prospect Oval. In a very rare occurrence for our team, we went in with the same 21 that was triumphant against Port Adelaide 14 days earlier. Our form has been disappointing following the week off and the players were well aware that a win would bring them equal fifth with South Adelaide on the ladder.

We got off to the proverbial flyer, with Alan Obst kicking our first goal of the game with 23 seconds gone on the clock. All the play was in our forward half and we were asserting ourselves on the contest as Ben Williams, who was playing as a permanent forward, kicked his first goal of the game. Greg Gallman was important in the build up with his voice and leadership as we moved the ball forward at pace that allowed us to hit the scoreboard. Ben Williams was crucial in our 3rd goal with two brilliant defensive spoils that ended up with Toby Schulz kicking his first goal of the game. We were well and truly on top in the contest and Glenelg couldn’t get the ball forward of centre. Another long kick to a dangerous area found Cohen Thiele virtually unmarked in the goal square and laconically he kicked his first goal. Ben Williams was having a first quarter to remember, kicking his 3rd after our forward pressure turned the ball over once again. We were dominating the contest with fast, high intensity football which Glenelg had no answer for. Leigh Ryswyk kicked his first goal late to complete the quarter as we went into the first change with a 44 point lead. We were doing everything right, tackling well, creating turnovers with our forward pressure and using the ball effectively by foot. We dominated most of the key statistical areas and produced our most dominant first quarter of the season.

Glenelg kicked their first goal to start the second quarter as their mindset had changed and intensity lifted. Leigh Ryswyk kicked his 2nd goal after Michael Clinch was crucial in taking a great contested mark going back with the flight of the ball. Glenelg got one back as it seemed we had lost our intensity and the game had started to be played on Glenelg’s terms, with them denying us scoring opportunities with more numbers around the contest. Our skill level was suddenly inaccurate and the accountable approach from Glenelg was starting to frustrate the Roosters. Cohen Thiele got his 2nd goal when we desperately needed to steady the ship. Glenelg’s intensity at the contest had put us on the back foot and the North Adelaide side that was on fire in the first quarter now realised it had a fight on its hands in the second half. 

Glenelg got things underway yet again to start the 3rd term as we looked sluggish and flat footed. Glenelg outworked us all over the ground, getting on top around the stoppages and spreading with intent. Glenelg dominated the contest but could only reduce the margin narrowly as the Roosters went into 3 quarter time after a goalless term. Glenelg had restructured and made the game a one on one contest all over the ground. The message at 3 quarter time was to take the game on and show some physicality around the contest.

The final quarter had the margin reduced even further with Glenelg again getting the first goal. Toby Schulz finally got a goal for the red and whites as we kicked our first goal since the 23 minute mark of the 2nd quarter. Once we finally got the goal we were searching for, we played more of the game on our terms, with Leigh Ryswyk getting his 3rd goal and Ben Williams kicking goal number 4 to cap off a good individual game. Michael Clinch was a defensive rock for our side today, taking a number of important marks and making some very important spoils when required. 
Speaking with Marlon Motlop after the game, he said, “It was a good start. We played some good footy in the first quarter and for the next 3 it was a bit of a struggle but to get the two points is always good.” On the struggles we had in the final 3 quarters, Marlon said, “It was a combination of Glenelg’s pressure and we probably under-estimated them a bit. They had a lot of young guys around the footy and they were getting to the footy first and we became reactive in the 2nd and 3rd quarters but we managed to get back on top late in the game but against the good sides that’s not going to work and we need to work hard.” On coach Ken McGregor’s message after the game, Marlon said, “It’s good to get a win; we’ll take it and look to move forward to Norwood next week. There’s a lot to improve on, with our lapses in concentration but we’ll take the win.”

North Adelaide 12-8 (80) defeated Glenelg 5-8 (38)
Goal Kickers: Ben Williams 4, Leigh Ryswyk 3, Toby Schulz 2, Cohen Thiele 2, Alan Obst 1.
Best Players: 
Leigh Ryswyk (15 disposals, 9 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 3 goals)
Daniel Kulikowski (18 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles) 
Michael Clinch (13 disposals, 6 marks, 6 rebound 50’s)
Ben Williams (14 disposals, 5marks, 4 tackles, 4 goals)
James Craig (7 disposals, 3 clearances, 23 hit outs)
Todd Miles (16 disposals, 4 marks, 2 rebound 50’s)
Nick Amato (22 disposals, 4 marks, 8 clearances)

It was far from the best 4 quarter performance we have produced this year but we got the win to maintain our momentum in the run home to the end of the minor round. Next week is another important game in the context of the season as we face Norwood at Prospect Oval. It is an early start with the League side kicking off at 1:10pm and the Reserves at 10:25am. Let’s all get down to Prospect on Sunday to get behind the players as they strive for their 3rd win in a row.
Hope to see you all at Prospect!
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

Sam De Leonardis – Ankle – Season
Corey Grove – Foot – Indefinite
Lachie Robinson – Concussion – 3-4 weeks
Michael McMahon – Hamstring – 1-2 weeks
Kym Edwards – Hamstring – Test
Luke Teasdale – Groin – Test
Luke Mitchell – Groin – Test

JAY SHANNON – 50TH LEAGUE GAME FOR NAFC

This weekend Jay Shannon will play his 50th club game for the North Adelaide Football Club. Since joining the Roosters, Jay has played 49 consecutive games since making his NAFC debut in Round 16, 2012 ironically against the Port Magpies, the club he transferred from. In that time, Jay has produced consistent performances with his clearance work and competitive appetite for the physical contest a feature of his play.
Jay is well respected within the playing group and was rewarded with vice captaincy for the 2014 campaign. After finishing 3rd in the 2013 best and fairest, Jay earned state selection in 2014, won the Bob Quinn Medal for best afield in the Grand Final rematch on Anzac Day and he also won the Dean Higgins Medal against Glenelg on the June long weekend for the most courageous player on the ground.
We look forward to watching Jay showcase his talents for the rest of season 2014 and beyond.

WELL DONE JAY.

RESERVES

It seemed like only yesterday since we last faced Glenelg on the Queen’s Birthday Holiday, but we welcomed them to Prospect Oval today. 5 changes were made to the side that beat Port Adelaide with George Thring, Max Thring, Stuart Hill, Mark Quinn and Sam McInerney into the side in place of Patrick Boles, Kym Edwards, Michael McMahon, Luke Teasdale and Harrison Wigg making way. It was a great to see the two Thring boys finally back in a North Adelaide jumper after long lay-offs with injury.
The morning mist cleared in time for the bounce but the ground was still wet, therefore making it a scrappy affair and not pretty to watch, with plenty of numbers around the footy and tackling pressure and efficiency being paramount. Poor discipline from Glenelg allowed Stuart Hill to go forward and kick the first goal of the game. More tight and tough footy ensued before Liam Jacka was calm and cool under pressure to find Jarrod Stokes, who’s miskick found Liam Jacka who had worked hard forward and he shrugged a tackle and goaled. Glenelg were inaccurate in front of goal which allowed us to hold the lead for most of the quarter. Glenelg were the better side for the majority of the first term and they hit the lead late but they were only ahead on the scoreboard by 5 points at quarter time. Alek Kangur and Stephen Tahana were defending well and were keeping us in the contest.
Jarrod Stokes got us up and about with the first goal in the 2nd term before Glenelg regained the lead with another goal. Stephen Tahana was important in defence with a crushing tackle that caused a turnover. George Thring went to the hot spot with the kick on our next forward entry, allowing Callum Wilkie to take a very important mark where he was outnumbered. He kicked his first goal and the lead was ours once again. Glenelg responded immediately before Heath Caldwell won an easy clearance that allowed Nick Dinham to kick his first. Our clearance work lifted, with Jesse O’Brien prominent and getting George Thring involved allowing Callum Wilkie to kick his 2nd for the quarter. Wyatt Patterson has come into the side this year and has not looked out of place at Reserves level, with an important mark that thrust us forward and allowed Max Thring to get his 1st goal. Our ball movement was much improved in the 2nd term as the ground began to dry with the sun shining on it. Braden Allen was as lively as ever, with a crucial turnover and a clean pick up that saw us go forward once more and got Jesse O’Brien on the score sheet. Glenelg jagged one back after Sam Wundke over-committed but we steadied the ship late in the term with Stephen Tahana laying a terrific tackle, his 6th for the half and Nick Dinham getting goal number 2 before the main break. A 7 goal to 3 second quarter saw us go into the main break 15 points ahead. 

Max Thring extended that lead with his 2nd goal before Glenelg respond due to our poor defence. Jesse O’Brien limped off in the 3rd term but thankfully returned to the field. Alek Kangur was consistent all day across half back, along with his partners in crime in Stephen Tahana and Stuart Hill. Alek’s work was finished off by Callum Wilkie who kicked his 3rd goal and showed why he is a great talent for the future. Max Thring turned provider after buttering up an errant handball and found Heath Caldwell who kicked truly before Glenelg got one back. Braden Allen backed his pace yet again, that allowed Thring of the George variety to kick a goal in his comeback game. Josh Gregg looked better for another run after his long-term injury, but shanked a shot which fortunately found Nick Dinham who had his 3rd goal from a tight angle. Glenelg got one back, but our accuracy was allowing us to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition as we went into the final term with a 25 point margin.
Michael Virgin had a quieter day, but his courage was on show with a gutsy mark on the defensive scoring line. We went coast to coast from there as Darren Shillabeer kicked his first goal of the game. Darren Shillabeer won a holding the ball free kick directly in front of goal and slotted his 2nd goal of the game before Glenelg were able to respond with back to back goals as end to end footy took place for a few minutes. Alek Kangur completed another terrific defensive spoil that found Tom Sandercock in space and hit a beautiful fat-side pass to Nick Dinham who had his 4th for the day. Alek Kangur put the exclamation mark on a good performance by kicking a rare goal on the full time siren that saw our boys with a 34 point victory, which cements our place in 2nd spot on the ladder. 

North Adelaide 18-6 (114) defeated Glenelg 12-8 (80)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Callum Wilkie 3, Max Thring 2, Darren Shillabeer 2, Jesse O’Brien, Stuart Hill, Heath Caldwell, George Thring, Jarrod Stokes, Liam Jacka, Alek Kangur 1.
Best Players: 
Alek Kangur (18 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal) 
Jesse O’Brien (26 disposals, 8 marks, 7 tackles, 10 clearances, 1 goal) 
Heath Caldwell (27 disposals, 5 marks, 7 clearances, 5 inside 50’s)
Callum Wilkie (14 disposals, 7 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 3 goals) 
Max Thring (24 disposals, 5 marks, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals)
Stephen Tahana (8 disposals, 2 marks, 9 tackles)
Stuart Hill (11 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal)

A great win by our Reserves as we maintain our good form in the run home to for finals. We take on Norwood with a lot of confidence and look forward to another good showing next Sunday.
GO ROOSTERS!

July 21, 2014 - Under 18s v Glenelg
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North: 3.3  8.7  10.16  12.20.92
Glenelg: 4.2  6.4  8.6  9.9.63
Goals:  Burton 4, McInerney, Santillo, Rocca 2, Olekalns, Viney 1
Best: Nye, Hayes, Wigg, Burton, McInerney, Baron

Fielding probably our strongest side for the year, Glenelg were able to lead us at quarter time. 
However from there we were able to take control, having 26 scoring shots to 12 for the remainder of the game. Whilst Glenelg were able to draw within 16 points when they kicked the first goal of the last quarter, we always seemed in control and cruised to a 29 point victory. As the scoring shots indicate the margin could have been far greater.
We now have a bye this week, before we play the four sides directly below us on the ladder. The five almost appears set so it will be a good challenge leading into the finals to be playing sides we will face in the major round.

July 15, 2014 - Round 13 v Port Adelaide
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Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller & Darryl Wintle

After copping an unwanted hiding from South Adelaide, we ventured down Port Rd to Alberton Oval to take on league-leading Port Adelaide. Two changes were made to that side that were thoroughly beaten by the Panthers with the unlucky Alek Kangur andMichael Virgin making way for the in-form Cameron Craig and Andy Read. We had a milestone in today’s game, with Will Dalwood making his 50th league appearance. We desperately needed to respond and show some resilience after such a bad loss. Time was going to tell how that would pan out.
We got off to a bright start, having the majority of the play in the opening exchanges.Toby Schulz got us off to the perfect start, kicking the first goal of the contest. Port was able to respond almost immediately, and followed up with two further goals to put us on the back foot. They were able to get their running game going and Karl Amon was proving to be a headache up forward for the Magpies. Port was deadly in front of goal, kicking 5 straight to see our boys go into Quarter Time with a 19 point deficit. We were playing some good footy in the opening quarter, moving the ball well at times and matching Port in the contested footy and leading the tackle count. However, we were unable to convert in front of goal when we had opportunities to do so.
We got the start we were after in the 2nd term, with the dogged Ben Williams kicking a rare goal. Co-Captain Todd Miles was courageous in the lead up, going back with the flight to prevent a Port score and get the ball moving in the right direction. Port responded before new recruit Daniel Kulikowski bobbed up and kicked his first goal in North Adelaide colours, after the inspirational Greg Gallman made 2nd and 3rd efforts to stop Port from regaining possession. Port responded with a goal of their own before Leigh Ryswyk kicked his first goal of the game after some quick and precise ball movement. We got back to back goals, with Alan Obst getting on the score sheet as we started to dominate the contest and force Port into a feeling of frustration that the game was being played on our terms. The lift in our intensity and pressure, and the fact we had come to play was evident, as Cohen Thiele was one of our ball magnets and kicked his first before Port responded yet again. It was goal for goal footy throughout the 2nd term as Leigh Ryswyk had his 2nd goal before half time. We just couldn’t get the lead back after playing one of our best halves of football for the season. Port got a late goal to take a 13 point lead at half time, but the scoreboard was not a reflection on how the game was being played. We were well and truly in the contest and matching Port in the key areas that we need to do in order to be a successful footy team. We had to come out with the same brash and bold footy that we had played in the first half and continue to take the game on.
Port got the jump in the 3rd term with the first goal. It took 11 minutes but Marlon Motlop finally got us on the board in the 2nd half with a great goal from the outer pocket. It was tight and tough footy, neither side breaking away and grabbing the contest by the scruff of the neck. After holding Port at bay for a few minutes, more fast and precise ball movement and hitting consecutive targets hurt Port as Alan Obst turned provider for Andy Read to dribble home and reduce the margin to 8 points. Port got a goal back quickly and one to Steven Summerton after the siren saw us go into the final change 19 points in arrears. Again, the scoreboard was not a true reflection of the game and we knew that we had the ability to win this game if we were good enough and if we wanted it enough. 
Matt Campbell was thrown forward to spark the side and that he did, kicking the first goal of the final quarter to bring the margin back to 12 points. Leigh Ryswyk got us back within a kick soon after and the impossible before the game suddenly seemed possible. Scores were level within 7 minutes after Matt Campbell’s brilliant roving skills saw him on his own in the goal square for his 2nd and it was time to dream a little bit more. Leigh Ryswyk was having his best game of the season and kicked goal number 4 to put us in front for the first time in a long time. Port began to press and hit the lead by 2 points at the 17 minute mark of the final quarter. There was still time to cause a massive boilover. Cameron Craig and Todd Miles were fantastic with their pressure acts in the final quarter, Cameron Craig with a crucial spoil under the scoreboard and Todd Miles with an inspirational chase and tackle to win possession back. All the play was in our forward half for the last 10 minutes of the game, and 4 behinds in 3 minutes saw us re-take the lead by 2 points. Port was forced into a chip around, keepy-offy style of play, while our team structure was not allowing them time and space with the football. Port were heading forward when the final siren sounded and we had caused one of the great upsets of the 2014 season. 
It was a great win, full of character and determination. Ruckman James Craig said after the game, “It was a pretty good win, always great to get up over the Magpies as well.” 19 points down at 3/4 Time, James said regarding the message from Ken McGregor, “Take the game on, we know that our best is good enough and we play to our best, we’re good enough. We had more scoring shots and put it (pressure) on the scoreboard as we hadn’t done it yet but the message was to take the game on, take chances and put scoreboard pressure on.” On the last 5 minutes when Port were trying to ice the game, James mentioned, “As long as we get those hard things right, our attacking game will take care of itself, and if we get those things, like tackling and smothering, all of the hard stuff, the result will take care of itself and if we can do those things week in and week out, the result will come.” After the disappointment of last week, James said, “Last week was obviously not what we want to produce week in and week out, so we had a tough week on the track and we overcame that (the hurt) and the boys responded really well as we didn’t come to play last week and this week we wanted to come out and have a red-hot crack at them and we did it, we got over the line, just, and the two points is what it’s all about.” On the week off next week and the upcoming game against cellar-dwellers, Glenelg, James said, “We have to replicate what we did today, everyone played their role and contributed, keep doing all the hard things and to win games consecutively you need to do that, not rely on one or two guys to get it done at this level, you have to work as a 21 to get it done.” On his own form, James said, “I’ve had a bit more experience and understanding my game better as a player and taking on a role within the team, being a bit more accountable with my role in the team before I give feedback to others and keep me moving forward as well as the team.”

North Adelaide 13-16 (94) defeated Port Adelaide 14-8 (92)
Goal Kickers: Leigh Ryswyk 4, Matt Campbell 2, Daniel Kulikowski, Alan Obst, Andy Read, Ben Williams, Toby Schulz, Cohen Thiele, Marlon Motlop 1.
Best Players: 
Leigh Ryswyk (24 disposals, 8 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 4 goals) played his best game of the season. Was damaging early around the contest and then went forward to be a constant threat inside the forward 50.
Todd Miles (16 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s) was influential in the result with his defensive pressure and presence in the back half. His last 10 minutes of the contest was outstanding.
Matt Campbell (23 disposals, 3 marks, 2 goals) played a variety of roles and was always involved in the contest. Went forward in the last quarter and used his speed and experience to kick two very important goals.
Cohen Thiele (26 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 4 clearances, 6 inside 50’s, 1 goal) accumulated possessions consistently all afternoon. Worked hard between the arcs and was a constant in all our good movement through the middle of the ground.
Alan Obst (19 disposals, 8 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 1 goal) gave a strong contest across half forward both in the air and on the ground. Gave the midfield a confident target to aim at.
Jay Shannon (28 disposals, 4 tackles, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s) was pivotal in the contested battles and worked hard all over the ground.

Special mention to Joe Anderson and Daniel Kulikowski who played specific roles on very good players Ben Newton and Steven Summerton.

Congratulations to Will Dalwood on his 50th league appearance at SANFL level.

This was a tremendous win given the circumstances surrounding our loss at Noarlunga last week. We had an even contribution from all 21 players on the park, and the mood in the rooms was one of great jubilation. We look forward now to a week off with the 2nd of the 2014 split rounds upon us before we take on Glenelg at Prospect Oval in a fortnight. It is one to savour Rooster Nation!

See you at the familiar surrounds of Prospect Oval in a fortnight.
GO THE ROOSTERS!!!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME NATURE OF INJURY TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN

Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite 
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - Indefinite
Luke Mitchell - Groin - Indefinite
George Thring - Ankle - 2-3 weeks 
Max Thring - Shoulder - test 

RESERVES

After beating South Adelaide last week at Noarlunga, our Reserves side took on Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval today. 6 changes were made to the side with Michael Virgin and Alek Kangur coming back from the League side, Stephen Tahana, Harrison Wigg and Callum Wilkie available again after SA Under 18s commitments and finally, after 3 months on the sidelines with a perforated bowel, Josh Gregg returned in his No. 18 jumper. Out of the side were Justin Schahinger, Sam Tonkes, Luke Mitchell, Cameron Craig, Andy Read and Stuart Hill.
Port Adelaide got off to a strong start before livewire Braden Allen responded with our first goal of the game. We allowed Port to play the game on their terms, with a fast and free flowing contest developing as our boys were overusing the ball and missing targets in what were damp conditions. Darren Shillabeer was proving to be very dangerous up forward, taking one tremendous contested mark when 4 deep in the pack, before Nick Dinham took a mark on the behind line to kick his 1st goal of the game. Another turnover allowed Port to take a 4 point quarter time lead in a close, entertaining contest.
Nick Dinham got us on the board early in the 2nd term as we were moving the football with more composure. Another turnover allowed Port to regain the lead, but our pressure was fantastic as Darren Shillabeer kicked his 1st goal of the contest. Riley Hayes closed the margin once more as he roved a contest and kicked truly for his first goal. We were in control at the stoppages and our tackling efficiency and pressure were good. Port won the quarter by a point and we went into the main change 5 points down. 
Port extended their lead early in the 3rd to kick out to a 2 goal lead. Port’s kick ins were proving lethal as their set up was efficient and allowed them to transition the ball quickly from defence into space. Patrick Boles kicked our next goal before Port kicked back to back goals as the rain began to fall. Port extended further as it was all going their way before Nick Dinham had his 3rd goal of the game, after Michael Virgin caused Port to cough the footy up and move the ball with precision to find Dinham. We dominated the last 10 minutes of the third term with Jarrod Stokes and Luke Teasdale kicking really important goals to keep us in the contest as we went into the final change with a 6 point deficit.
Once again, we allowed Port to register the 1st goal of the quarter. Another precise chain of movement saw Darren Shillabeer kick truly to bring us back within a kick. Nick Dinham’s 4th goal put us in front for the first time since early in the contest with 12 minutes gone in the final quarter. We were right on top in the contest and we had to maintain our ascendency. SA Under 18’s MVP Harrison Wigg kicked an important goal to put us 9 points up as we entered time-on before Port made things interesting with a goal to bring the margin back to 2 points. That was the way things stayed, with our boys holding on to win by 2 points, and win their 9th game for season 2014.

North Adelaide 12-12 (84) defeated Port Adelaide 12-10 (82)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 4, Darren Shillabeer 2, Patrick Boles, Jarrod Stokes, Luke Teasdale, Braden Allen, Riley Hayes, Harrison Wigg 1.
Best Players: 
Jesse O’Brien (26 disposals, 5 marks, 8 tackles, 7 clearances) was clean around the stoppages and worked hard all day in transition. 
Patrick Boles (16 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s) made a significant impact on the contest. Work hard at high intensity and his defensive pressure was solid all day.
Jarrod Stokes (16 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s) was lively early and continued to be involved all day. 
Sam Wundke (18 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s) defended well in the key post and rebounded when required. Stood up in important stages throughout the day.
Tom Sandercock (11 disposals, 3 tackles, 40 hit outs, 3 inside 50’s) played predominantly in the ruck and gave the midfield first look at the ball on most occasions. Used his athleticism around the ground to get involved in general play.
Nick Dinham (14 disposals, 10 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 4 goals) presented to the right areas and gave the midfield a tall target. Finished off his hard work with 4 goals to go with 10 marks.
Harrison Wigg (20 disposals, 6 marks, 3 rebound 50’s, 1 goal) was efficient with his ball use across half back and through the midfield. 

Our boys get a well-deserved rest before taking on Glenelg at Prospect in two weeks.
See you at the footy!

UNDER 18S

North: 1.1  2.4  5.9  8.11.59
Port: 2.3  3.6  6.7  7.8.50
Goals:  Agius 4, Combe, Hayes, McInerney, Viney 1
Best: Pobke, McInerney, Hayes, Combe, Faulkner, Agius

Playing the only side that has beaten us this year, 8th placed Port, we were slow out of the blocks and Port had two goals on the board before we were able to score one.
The second quarter was similar to the first where Port were prepared to work and run a lot harder than we were. The start of the third was the same, but about half way through we worked our way back into the game. If not for some poor disposal, and forwards being too often behind we should have lead at three quarter time.
With the breeze at our backs the game did look a formality but it certainly did not work out that way. It was not until the 9 minute mark before we hit the front for the first time. We dominated play for the next 10 minutes without scoring a goal and when Port kicked truly they were back in front. A goal at the 25 minute mark saw us regain the lead, and some desperate defence allowed us to go forward again. A free and a 25metre penalty on the siren extended our margin to 9 points.
An unconvincing win against a side who were a little more committed on the day.

July 07, 2014 - Round 12 v South Adelaide
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After a week off for the first of the two split rounds for 2014, our North Adelaide side went down to Noarlunga Oval to take on South Adelaide. After the gut-wrenching loss to Adelaide last time out, our boys were keen to rebound in what was the most crucial match in the context of our season, as we needed to stay in touch with the top 5. Three changes were made to the side that lost to Adelaide with Luke Mitchell, Jesse O’Brien and Stuart Hill being sent to the reserves with Alex Barns and Alek Kangur being recalled, and new recruit from Williamstown via Port Magpies Daniel Kulikowski coming in for his first game in the Red and White.

Important to the contest was our intensity and tackling efficiency, given that it was an area that we let ourselves down in the last time we played them in Round 2. We started with two sloppy tackles which allowed South to get on the board first, and they followed that goal with two more before we had an inside 50 entry. We finally got on the board through vice-captain Jay Shannon, after Alan Obst’s intensity at the man with the footy caused a turnover to allow Shannon to kick truly from 30 out. We kept trying to press and work our way into the contest but our skill level was substandard and cost ourselves scoring opportunities time and again, and allowing South to kick their 4th goal of the game. Jay Shannon was working hard at the stoppages, as he always does, and won himself a free kick. Alan Obst and Campbell Combe were in the chain that set up Toby Schulz for his first of the game. South then got one after the quarter time siren to extend their lead to 20 points. We were in the contest, but our skill level and clearance work was the areas that had to improve in order to reduce the margin and get towards a positive result.

South had the better of the play in the 2nd term, but they were unable to put us away. They kicked their two goals for the term at the midway mark, after 15 minutes of scrappy, lacklustre football from both teams. It took us 23 minutes to get close to scoring and we got our only goal through the recalled Alex Barns. We went into the main break with a 28 point deficit. Our skill level was poor, but we were in the contest. The first couple of goals of the 2nd half were all important.

It seemed that after half time, only one side returned to the wide expanses of Noarlunga Oval, and it wasn’t North Adelaide. We did not come to play after the main interval as South ran rampant. We were unaccountable and undisciplined, giving away silly free kicks behind the play and giving away 25m penalties. The Panthers kicked 6 goals in a row that killed off the contest and the 2 premiership points were safe in the Panther’s keeping. We left our intensity at home and South, to their credit, took full advantage of that.Alex Barns finally snapped one against the run of play. We gave away more possession as the skill level and ball movement was too bad to describe. Cohen Thiele kicked another long goal to arrest the slide, even if only momentarily. South extended their margin to over 10 goals before Alex Barns, who kicked his 3rd for the match, was proving to be one of a few shining lights on a very dark day for our Roosters. 59 points was the margin at the final change, and all we had to fight for was respectability on the scoreboard. 

The final quarter was more of the same, with South proving that they were a top 5 side, while we were not. Todd Miles drifted forward and kicked a goal after South had pushed their lead past 12 goals. By this time frustration had well and truly set in and we had nothing left to do but lick our wounds. Toby Schulz had a 2nd goal late in the term, but it was only a consolation prize as we drifted to 4 points behind 5th place and left Noarlunga with a 78 point defeat.

Speaking with Co-Captain Todd Miles in the post-match, he said, “There wasn’t enough intensity, the first quarter wasn’t too bad, just a few skill errors cost us but after that there wasn’t enough intensity.” “Ken said after the match that he will see what kind of group we have, whether we just want to sit back in the corner and hide away from it and keep playing bad footy or we take it on and show that we are a resilient group and push forward.” On the prospect of taking on Port Adelaide next week at Alberton, Todd mentioned, “We just need to bring our intensity around the footy and have everyone on the same page, play our style of footy, win it in close, run and break it apart. We showed last time that we are around the mark and we just need to bring that intensity.”

North Adelaide 8-3 (51) defeated by South Adelaide 20-9 (129)
Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 3, Toby Schulz 2, Jay Shannon, Todd Miles, Cohen Thiele 1.
Best Players: 
Campbell Combe – 20 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 7 clearances, 3 inside 50’s.
Alex Barns - 10 disposals, 5 marks, 3 goals.
Alek Kangur – 12 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles.

Next week we take on Port Adelaide at Alberton. In the last contest between the two sides, we lost the game by 26 points and showed we can match it for long periods with the benchmark side in the competition. Obviously the boys will need to respond after an unacceptable performance that we saw today. Have faith Rooster Nation.
See you at Alberton.

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - test
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Max Thring - Shoulder - 1-2 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite 
George Thring - Ankle - 3-4 weeks 
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - test 

RESERVES

Our Reserves side entered this match with a two week break between games and were keen to continue their winning form. 6 changes were made to the side that last played a fortnight ago, with Alex Barns, Greg Gallman, Nick Rynne, Jonathon Hayes, Matthew Nye and Mark Quinn going out of the side being replaced by Jesse O’Brien, Luke Mitchell, Patrick Boles, Stuart Hill, Heath Caldwell and Liam Jacka

Greasy conditions greeted the two sides at Noarlunga, and it was evident early that it was going to be a contested game. Heath Caldwell helped to get things going with a great tackle that won us a free kick that we took the advantage from and Luke Mitchell got scoring underway before South responded almost immediately. Our tackling intensity and efficiency was up and we were first to the footy. Andy Read kicked his first goal after winning yet another free kick for the team. The first of a few showers hit Noarlunga Oval and the ball became tough to handle. There were a lot of stoppages and the bulk of the play was between the two 50m arcs. Jesse O’Brien took a clever contested mark and kicked our 3rd goal for the game as we held the upper hand at the opening break.

Another heavy shower fell over the ground, which made the game far from a spectacle. With Stuart Hill coming into the side to strengthen the defence, Darren Shillabeer was thrust into a permanent forward role, and kicked his first goal of the game after a free kick and a long stalemate between the two sides. Andy Read went looking for Darren Shillabeer with a pass that fortuitously skidded through the goals, giving Andy Read his 2nd goal for the game. Darren Shillabeer won a show of strength with his opponent to mark and goal. The rain woke our Roosters up and we began to dominate the contest. We went into the main change with a handy 25 point lead, as more rain fell during the half time interval.

All the play was in our forward half in the 3rd term, and Michael McMahon added to the lead with his first goal of the game. It was back to scrappy footy before South kick two goals on the bounce to give them some hope of a revival. Scoring was hard to come by, but we had many shining lights with Luke Teasdale continuing his consistent form, and Justin Schahinger rucking well. Cameron Craig was rebounding out of the defensive 50 beautifully and Tom Sandercock was a rock at Centre Half Back.

Once again, the theme of the game was ugly. It took a while, but Nick Dinham got our first goal with a clever snap as nearly all of the 36 players on the ground were in one half of the ground. We denied South Adelaide goals to the southern end of the ground for the two quarters they were kicking to that end. Tom Sandercock drifted forward and kicked his first goal before Darren Shillabeer kicked his 3rd goal for the game as the most dominant forward on the ground. The final siren greeted us with a gutsy 36 point win in very trying conditions.

North Adelaide 10-5 (65) defeated South Adelaide 3-11 (29)
Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 3, Andy Read 2, Tom Sandercock, Jesse O’Brien, Luke Mitchell, Michael McMahon, Nick Dinham 1.
Best Players: 
Darren Shillabeer – 19 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 3 goals.
Luke Teasdale – 26 disposals, 6 tackles, 5 clearances, 6 inside 50’s.
Andy Read – 21 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals.
Cameron Craig – 13 disposals, 6 marks.
Justin Schahinger – 8 disposals, 4 tackles, 39 hit outs, 3 rebound 50’s.
Tom Sandercock – 19 disposals, 6 marks, 1 goal.

Next week we venture to Alberton Oval to take on Port Adelaide, a side that our Reserves side is yet to be beaten by in 2014. We look forward to seeing another good performance from the boys that are knocking on the door of the league side.
GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18S

North:  4.4  9.10  13.15  17.22.124
South:  1.0  1.1  2.3  3.3.21
Goals:  Santillo 5, Combe, McInerney 3, Rocca, Viney 2, Slee, Ciappina 1
Best: Santillo, Combe, McInerney, Rocca, Nye, Purser

Kicking into a slight breeze we had four scoring shots in the first five minutes in what was to be an ominous sign for bottom placed South.
Fielding a side with only one under 18 aged player playing Reserves football, but without the State representatives, it was a pretty formidable side. 
With a strengthening breeze, the second quarter was probably not as productive as it could have been, the ball spending about 90% of the quarter in our forward half.  
Misty rain came toward the end of the third quarter, making it very slippery and meaningful passages of play became very difficult. In the end it was a good victory in trying conditions.

June 23, 2014 - Round 11 v Adelaide
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by: Tim Miller and Darryl Wintle
After the crushing win over West Adelaide, we took on a vastly improved Adelaide side at Prospect Oval today. 3 changes were made to that winning side withJesse O’Brien and Ben Williams available after injury and after numerous setbacks, our inspirational captain Greg Gallman returned to the league side. Out of the side was last week’s debutantHeath Caldwell, along with the unlucky Patrick Boles and Alek Kangur.  This was another crucial game in the context of our season and the players were riding a wave of confidence after two big wins.
Breezy conditions greeted the two sides and Adelaide won the toss and elected to kick with the aid of the breeze. They had all the play in the first ten minutes, with our Roosters defending hard to stop Adelaide from scoring. Adelaide got the first goal at the 9 minute mark but we managed to find our feet. 5 goals last week to Matt Campbell had him high on confidence and he slotted our first goal. Adelaide kept us at bay with the next goal before Matt Campbell had his 2nd on the board after a tremendous chase and tackle at the top of the goal square to regain the ascendancy. Adelaide answered straight back before Luke Mitchell hit the scoreboard late in the term. We went into the first change with a 1 point deficit, but our contested ball and tackling efficiency was where it needed to be. We restricted Adelaide to just 3 goals with the breeze in the first term in a good defensive effort all over the ground.
Adelaide extended their lead once again with former Rooster Alex Spina kicking their first goal for the term. We were creating scoreboard opportunities but our inability to convert in front of goal was starting to hurt. Adelaide skipped out to an 18 point lead within 13 minutes and we had to start playing catch up footy. We kept firing away at goal but we kicked behind after behind, before Joe Anderson bombed away from outside 50 to kick our only goal for the quarter. 9 points was the margin at half time, and we knew that we had the potential to come out in the 2nd half and work towards a positive result. Hitting targets and converting in front of goal were two areas that we needed to improve, as our KPI’s were all in the positive.
We made a habit of letting Adelaide score first in the quarter today, with the Crows extending their 9 point half time lead once more, before Alan Obst, who was providing a target for the midfield, got on the board with his 1st goal. Matt Campbell continued his goal scoring form as he kicked his 3rd goal and his 8th in two games to reduce the margin to 3 points. Alan Obst was providing headaches for the opposition with his 2nd that saw the Roosters hit the front for the first time in the match. Adelaide regained the lead once more, before we drew level with consecutive behinds. We allowed Adelaide to get a late goal which hurt, as we went into the final term just one solitary goal in arrears.
The last quarter got off to the worst start imaginable, with Adelaide kicking two goals in two minutes to extend their lead to 18 points. We desperately needed a goal and we got that goal through milestone man Cohen Thiele, who kicked truly. This play started with Michael Virgin chasing his opponent and putting pressure on their kick which we duly won the footy. Leigh Ryswyk reduced the margin to 5 points as the Prospect crowd were lifting our players toward the finish line. Vice-Captain Jay Shannon then bobbed up as we took the lead once more. Marlon Motlop found himself in space in the middle of Prospect Oval and extended our lead to 7 points and the belief started to grow even further. From then on it was goal for goal and lead change after lead change for the remaining minutes. Adelaide got the next goal on the board before a chaos ball in our forward 50 found Campbell Combe alone in the goal square to put us 8 points up. Adelaide kicked the next two goals as the last quarter seemed to drag on before Jay Shannon got his hands on the footy first, as he does every week, and put us in front at the 26 minute mark. Nervous times for everyone at Prospect Oval as Adelaide then hit the front once more with 30 minutes gone in the quarter. There was still time as there were 12 goals kicked for the quarter. We got the all-important centre clearance through Greg Gallman which went out of bounds. Todd Miles had a shot on goal smothered and the siren sounded with our North Adelaide side 4 points down. It was a heartbreaking result for the team after having the better of the opportunities for much of the game, but when we got that 2 kicks in front, we were unable to put them away. 
Speaking with the returning skipper Greg Gallman, he said, “It’s obviously a tough one at the end there when we were so close and to lose it in the final minute, but like all games, there are opportunities to win the game before that last minute and we have to be able to do things better throughout the game and take our chances.” “Overall, at stages we looked like the better team and in a strong position but we couldn’t quite execute at the end and it’s a tough one (loss) given where we are at in the context of the season.” On the game against South in two weeks, Greg mentioned, “Its handy to have the week off and rest up, we have a lot of sore bodies, myself included. We will recover and review the game, find the areas we can improve on and we will have a good week on the track. Losing games like that sting and I know that you are looking forward to that next week straight away and you’re trying to get redemption and we’ve got two weeks to wait, but hopefully that drives the boys with quality on the training track and get all the Ressies boys who didn’t have a game this week will be up and about and there is plenty of pressure for spots (in the league team) at the moment so we are looking forward to a solid workout and we’ll be chomping at the bit to get at South in two weeks.”
The message from coachKen McGregor in the aftermath was in Greg’s words were, “Kenny was obviously happy with the things we did right that we aim to do with contested ball and our KPI’s were where we need to be as a team and a footy club and lot of them showed we would have won the game, but from there, there was a lot of things we could have done better as a group and put us in a position where we could be three goals up with a minute to go rather than 2 points so whilst there were pleasing aspects of the way we played, but it’s a tough loss and we need to be improving and that’s what we intend to do over the next two weeks.”
On playing in the league side for the first time in a long time, Greg said, “The main thing was getting through; it’s fantastic to run out with the guys, especially in Cohen Thiele’s 100th match. He’s a guy that’s been here the whole time I have and its fantastic to run out, the crowd was great and I had plenty of support. It’s a nice feeling to get that cheer from the crowd (when Greg came off the interchange bench and first disposal) and it was nice. It’s what you play footy for, you try and get around your mates and it’s been a frustrating 18 months to get back so many times and have so many hurdles, it has been very tough mentally, luckily I have had a great support base with my family and all the boys at the club and it means the world to me to be back out there, especially as the skipper and in a leadership position and its all I’ve wanted to do is be able to help the guys on track and get over the line today, but personally there is that little box to tick off that I have got through a game and look forward to two weeks time.”

North Adelaide 13-12 (90) defeated by Adelaide 15-4 (94)
Goal Kickers: Matt Campbell 3, Alan Obst 2, Jay Shannon 2, Joe Anderson, Campbell Combe, Luke Mitchell, Leigh Ryswyk, Cohen Thiele, Marlon Motlop 1.
Best Players: 
Jay Shannon (29 disposals, 10 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 2 goals) was again our most dominant player around the stoppages. Got first use of the ball consistently and gave us good drive all day.
Marlon Motlop (24 disposals, 4 inside 50’s, 1 goal) had 11 first quarter disposals and continued to create drive across half back with his kicking skills again a feature.
Nick Amato (25 disposals, 7 clearances, 6 inside 50’s) partnered with Jay Shannon to create a contest around the ball all afternoon. Worked tirelessly to work forward and create opportunities.
Alan Obst (16 disposals, 7 marks, 2 goals) created a strong avenue to goal across half forward with his competitive aerial contest.
Joe Anderson (17 disposals, 4 marks, 8 inside 50’s, 1 goal) was again physical in his approach to the contest around the ground. Has added strength and competitiveness to the midfield since shifting there 3 weeks ago.
The first of the split rounds are upon us, with the players having the week off before taking on South Adelaide at Noarlunga on the 5th of July. We have obviously had a setback today, but we look forward to rebounding against South Adelaide on their home turf. 
Have a great two weeks off, and we will see you all at Noarlunga!
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Max Thring - Shoulder - 2-3 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite 
George Thring - Ankle - 4-5 weeks 
Liam Jacka - Eye - Test 
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - Indefinite
June 16, 2014 - Round 10 v West Adelaide
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Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller and Darryl Wintle
After rebounding in style with the big win over Glenelg, our North Adelaide side greeted West Adelaide full of confidence and looking to square our season 2014 ledger at 5 wins and 5 losses. 2 forced changes were made to that side that got back on the winner’s list with Ben Williams out with injury and
Jesse O’Brien withdrawing from the selected side with illness. That allowedCampbell Combe, who was preparing for the Reserves game to play in the League team, and Broken Hill productHeath Caldwell to make his League debut after consistent form in the Reserves.
Slippery conditions greeted the two teams with overnight rain falling and we knew what West would bring, a tight, tough and congested game. That was what we got for the first 9 minutes with no score for either team, as West put through their only goal of the quarter to start proceedings. From then on, it was all North Adelaide, playing our brand of football that is important to our footy club. Toby Schulz got our first goal of the game after a Cohen Thiele smother and a clever pass from Joe Anderson that set Toby up for the goal.Patrick Boles bobbed up with a fantastic mark after James Craig shot out a handpass while on his back that gave the Prospect Oval crowd a laugh. Alan Obst got our 2nd goal on the board two minutes after the first goal. Jay Shannon drifted forward and slotted goal number 3 for the term and Nick Amato chimed in with a goal of his own. It was evident by this stage that we were right on top in the contest and really came to play mentally. Luke Mitchell and Toby Schulz continued to apply more scoreboard pressure on the opposition late in the quarter as we went into quarter time with a 33 point lead. We were dominant and brought our good form from Gliderol Stadium back to Prospect. Due to the wet conditions, we were making some skill errors but we had the momentum and certainly didn’t want to give it back. 
The 2nd quarter couldn’t get off to a more perfect start with Joe Anderson kicking a goal within 15 seconds to continue our momentum. Circle work ensued for the next 13 minutes with the game having plenty of stoppages as is the West style of play. Late inclusion Campbell Combe found himself in space and slotted his first goal. West Adelaide was struggling to get the ball inside their forward 50 as our defensive unit were repelling attack after attack. Jay Shannon had another great day at the stoppages, with his good work findingCohen Thiele in space who dribbled his first goal home. Immediately after that goal, we went forward again asMatt Campbell went back and kick truly. It was a case of rinse and repeat as Matt had his 2nd goal straight after. Toby Schulz had 3 goals on the board as he bombed home from 50m out and Matt Campbell had his own highlight reel in the 2nd term with his 3rd goal 72 seconds later. Toby Schulz kicked a great goal from the boundary after the siren as we went into the main break with a huge 77 point lead, after our best half of football for 2014. 

Rain at half time made conditions slippery once again and we knew that it may become a closer contest for the next half, but Matt Campbell had none of that, kicking his 4th goal within 60 seconds of the bounce. Campbell Combe and Cohen Thiele had their 2nd goals for the game as we continued on our merry way. Leigh Ryswyk hit the scoreboard with full force as the lead stretched past 90 points before West hit back with consecutive goals. West were much more competitive from this point and were doing their best to get some respectability back on the scoreboard. We went in to the final term with an 81 point break as we looked to put our first 4 quarter effort on the board. The half time rain slowed our running game down but we were still able to win the quarter with contributors all over the ground.
Rhys O’Keeffe was back in good form and got things going in the final term with the first goal, followed by Alan Obst’s 2nd goal and Matt Campbell’s 5th. We were able to have the luxury of Matt playing as a small forward and showed how dangerous he is when at the top of his game. The lead hit 99 points before West kicked the last two goals of the game. It was a great performance from our North Adelaide boys today as we took an 87 point win from this Round 10 game. 

Cohen Thiele continued his good form today and said post match, “It was awesome today, we set the tone early with our pressure at them (West) and we knew after the first quarter that we could run all over them which was handy, we haven’t had that (against the opposition) all year. It was our only full four quarter effort (so far) so it felt good.” Ken McGregor’s message post match was, “He said it was a great effort and was happy with the contested ball and we knew how important today was for our season.” On the return fixture with Adelaide, Cohen said, “We know what makes us a good side by winning the contested ball and winning inside and giving out to our runners. I think if we can play like that we should get over the top of them but they are a good side and we have to prepare ourselves for another big game.” On his own game Cohen said, “I think I had 4 effective kicks but I found a bit of the footy and it’s good to get a touch and the two points is what we are after.”

TEAM STATISTICS - NORTH ADELAIDE - WEST ADELAIDE
DISPOSALS - 392 - 313
MARKS - 120 - 106
TACKLES - 33 - 20
CLEARANCES - 36 - 40
INSIDE 50’S - 53 - 35

North Adelaide 21-10 (136) defeated West Adelaide 7-7 (49)

Goal kickers: Matt Campbell 5, Toby Schulz 4, Alan Obst 2, Campbell Combe 2, Cohen Thiele 2, Joe Anderson, Rhys O’Keeffe, Nick Amato, Luke Mitchell, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk 1.
Best Players: 
Rhys O’Keeffe (27 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 7 inside 50’s, 1 goal) played a variety of roles and impacted the game with his run and carry and penetrating disposal.
Matt Campbell (22 disposals, 6 marks, 5 goals) put together a highlight reel in the second quarter when he individually blew the game open. Was dangerous around goal and continued to be creative through the midfield.
Michael Virgin (23 disposals, 4 marks) has stepped in and contributed in his role across half back. Plays with high energy and his disposal efficiency has been very good.
Jay Shannon (29 disposals, 9 marks, 6 clearances, 1 goal) continued his dominant form around the stoppages and in general play. 
Cohen Thiele (31 disposals, 11 marks, 10 inside 50’s, 2 goals) has hit a rich vein of form of late. Works hard between the arcs and is dangerous at ground level around goal.
Toby Schulz (22 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 4 goals) has slotted into the third tall forward position and played at a consistently high level. Is a good kick for goal and provides a good contest aerially.
Marlon Motlop (30 disposals, 9 marks, 4 inside 50’s) was outstanding in the first half with his creative run and drive from half back.
Nick Amato (30 disposals, 9 marks, 3 clearances, 5 inside 50’s) always gets himself in good positions to win and receive the ball. Continues to drive the ball forward from the midfield.
Michael Clinch (17 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles) plays his role with a strong presence on the field. Is an excellent tackler and creates drive when required.

Next Sunday we take on Adelaide again at Prospect Oval. It is another huge game in the context of our season. We have hit some good form with the hard work the boys are putting in on the track after that tough month prior to the state game. We’ve had two good wins and we look forward to another strong showing this week to sustain our momentum.
Enjoy the week Rooster Faithful and see you next Sunday.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Max Thring - Shoulder - 3 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite 
George Thring - Ankle - 4-5 weeks 
Liam Jacka - Eye - Test 
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - Indefinite 
Ben Williams - Concussion - Test
Jesse O’Brien - Sick - Test

RESERVES

After rebounding in fine style against Glenelg, winning ways were the order of the day as we took on West Adelaide at a slippery Prospect Oval. 4 changes were made to the side that knocked off Glenelg with Jonathan Hayes coming up from the Under 18s, Sam Tonkes and Nick Rynne were selected to play their first Reserves game and Matthew Nye was required to back up from the Under 18s on the Saturday when Campbell Combe was forced to go up to the League due to the late withdrawal ofJesse O’Brien. Joining Campbell Combe in the league side wasHeath Caldwell, with Stephen Tahana and Maris Olekalns being required by the State under 18s and school respectively.
Cameron Craig was the surprise first goal kicker as he drifted forward and kicked truly from outside 50. Club Captain Greg Gallman got our 2nd goal on the board soon after as we started the way we finished against Glenelg. It is very positive for our footy club to see Greg back in a red and white jumper and leading from the front after a frustrating 18 months. Young Mark Quinn roved a marking contest and cleverly dribbled our 3rd goal through the big sticks before West fired a shot. The game was being played between the 50m arcs for much of the first quarter before Alex Barns earned himself a free kick in a marking contest and his radar was on target as he slotted goal number one. We went into quarter time with an 18 point break after a good, strong start. We needed to keep our tackling pressure up as we looked to build on a positive first quarter.
West started the 2nd term better, getting a goal on the board as our tackling efficiency and intensity around the contest dropped. After 17 minutes of circle work,Kym Edwards hit the scoreboard and extended the lead. Our pressure in our forward half was a feature of the game as it allowed Mark Quinn to kick his 2nd. We took a 31 point lead into half time after we fought hard to control the contest. It was not the prettiest game to watch due to the slippery conditions but our boys had come to play and brought the right attitude to the battle.
Livewire forwardJarrod Stokes got our first goal in the 2nd half, after a great tackle from Michael McMahon caused a turnover, followed by a terrific long pass to findBraden Allen. Braden then kicked the ball into open space, backing his and Jarrod’s pace to win the footy, which Braden did and then shot the handpass to Stokes to finish off a great piece of team footy. West Adelaide jagged one back after a poor kick in, but we managed to hit back straight away throughLuke Teasdale, who kicked a beautiful check-side goal from a stoppage. Luke then kicked his 2nd goal as he showcased his fantastic roving skills to extend the margin further. West then got consecutive goals as our concentration slipped slightly late in the term before Braden Allen kicked his first goal from long distance. Our team-first footy was evident today, with selfless acts causing turnovers and allowing our boys to apply scoreboard pressure to West. 
Luke Teasdale continued his good work as his tackling was tremendous throughout the game as he finished with a game high 10 tackles. That pressure allowed Andy Read, who was having a fruitful game himself, to kick his first goal. Our ability to turn the footy over at will was another hallmark of the game, when Alex Barns kicked his 4th goal. Nick Dinham had a tough battle against his opponent but was able to kick two goals before Michael McMahon kicked his first.Alex Barns then had his 5th soon after, as he juggled a clever mark at the top of the goal square. Andy Read’s hard running was rewarded with his 2nd goal immediately after the centre bounce. Jamestown-Peterborough productNick Rynne kicked his 1st goal for North Adelaide before Luke Teasdale finished off another consistent game with his 3rd. When the final siren sounded, a 93 point win was secured and another step forward in our progress for season 2014.

TEAM STATISTICS - NORTH ADELAIDE - WEST ADELAIDE
DISPOSALS - 333 - 260
MARKS - 84 - 68
TACKLES - 67 - 31
CLEARANCES -  47 - 32
INSIDE 50’S - 47 - 26

North Adelaide 21-7 (133) defeated West Adelaide 6-4 (40)
Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 5, Luke Teasdale 3, Andy Read 2, Nick Dinham 2, Mark Quinn 2, Cameron Craig, Jarrod Stokes, Kym Edwards, Michael McMahon, Greg Gallman, Braden Allen, Nick Rynne 1.
Best Players: 
Braden Allen (36 disposals, 4 marks, 11 clearances, 5 inside 50’s) Braden played his best game and collected his most disposals in a match. His intensity at the contest in a feature of his game as is his top end speed. Is progressing well and improving his game each week.
Luke Teasdale (28 disposals, 10 tackles, 12 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 3 goals) continues to play high level, consistent football at reserves level.  Was constantly in the contest whether attacking or defending.
Andy Read (21 disposals, 7 tackles, 4 clearances, 2 goals) was played through the midfield and impacted the game with his running power and foot skills. 
Alex Barns (16 disposals, 9 marks, 5 goals) presented a strong target for the midfield for the second week in a row. Took several contested marks and finished off in front of goal to reward the efforts further up the field.
Justin Schahinger (7 disposals, 3 tackles, 33 hit outs) had a bigger influence on the contest than his numbers suggested. His tap work was quality and he used his strong frame to clear space constantly for the midfield runners.
Wyatt Patterson (23 disposals, 6 marks) has been very impressive since his promotion from the Under 18 side a few weeks ago. Reads the play well and attacks the contest with strong endeavour.
Kym Edwards (34 disposals, 10 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s) continues to accumulate high numbers consistently. Is taking the game on with his speed and is playing his role well.

Our Reserves boys have a bye next weekend, a good chance to put the recharge the batteries and prepare for South Adelaide in 3 weeks, with the split round arriving the week after.
GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18S

North: 3.4  8.8  14.10  19.16.130
West:  3.2  5.2  10.2  11.6.72

Goals: Santillo 4, Schmitt 3, Agius, Ingram, McInerney 2, Baron, Ciappina, Morgan, Langman, Nye, Woolford
Best: Viney, Purser, Nye, Santillo,  McInerney,  Marshall
Playing 5th placed West we were always in command at City Mazda Oval. Kicking into the breeze in the first quarter we were able to lead by two points at quarter time. West stuck with us for the first half of the second quarter, courtesy of two goals from free kicks, both warranted. The latter part of the quarter we were able to stretch our lead to twenty four points, leaving us in a comfortable position at half time
They were able to score five goals with the breeze in the third, but we again outscored them adding 6 goals two. The last quarter saw us increase our lead and run out easy winners by 58 points
This week we play the State Under 16 Squad in a curtain raiser to the League game against Adelaide, before we have another bye on June 29.

June 11, 2014 - Round 9 v Glenelg
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Senior Reports by: Tim Miller and Darryl Wintle

After a refreshing weekend off for our league side, we travelled down Anzac Highway to meet bottom-placed Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium. 5 changes were made to the side that went down to Port Adelaide two weeks ago, with Alan Obst, Matt Campbell, Rhys O’Keeffe, Cohen Thiele and Toby Schulz brought in to replace the departed Chad O’Sullivan, Andy Read, Alex Barns, Campbell Combe and Cameron Craig. This was Toby’s first league game for North Adelaide after 24 games at Norwood and a couple of seasons in the Amateur League in between.

The first 15 minutes of the contest was all Glenelg, with our former Captain Clinton Alleway asserting his influence on the contest, kicking the first 3 goals before we registered a score. 20 minutes passed before Toby Schulz settled proceedings with his first goal of the game. We were really struggling to get the ball forward, Glenelg comprehensively beating us around the contest. With a few slight adjustments, the Roosters were able to stay in the game and slowly turn the momentum our way.Leigh Ryswyk got our 2nd goal on the board as we went into the first change with a 5 point deficit. 

Our nemesis from the first quarter opened proceedings yet again, Alleway kicking his 4th goal of the game. Alan Obst got his first goal a couple of minutes later to reduce the margin to less than a goal. Our tackling pressure was a hallmark of our performance today, with Joe Anderson being the standout with 16 tackles for the game. Toby Schulz levelled the scores with his 2nd goal before Glenelg reclaimed the lead they had held for most of the encounter to this point.Alan Obst had his 2nd goal and regained the lead for the Roosters. We were taking the game on well, Marlon Motlop providing run and creativity from the back half, and Stuart Hill working hard in aerial contests, spoiling when necessary and our smalls clearing the defence when required. 

Glenelg opened the 2nd half with a dubious free kick and there was yet another lead change.Patrick Boles had a much improved 2nd half, and started with his 1st goal for the game as the lead changed one final time in the match. After Glenelg got the jump to start the 2nd half, it was a complete domination from our Roosters. The goals kept coming as Matt Campbell roved a marking contest to score in an open goal.Matt Campbell kicked his 2nd in a row after laying a terrific tackle that won him a free kick from point blank range and he kicked truly.Ben Williams was his usual dogged self and his courage evident when he went for a mark but had to come off under the blood rule. Toby Schulz kicked his 3rd goal as the lead stretched past 5 goals. Cohen Thiele kicked his first goal of the game late as the game was played in our forward half. As the Three Quarter Time siren rang out, Rhys O’Keeffe’s long shot on goal was sailing through the big sticks as we went into the final term with a 40 point lead. It was a quarter of relentless footy from our boys where we had 14 scoring shots to 2, and the tackle count was well and truly in our favour, as was the contested ball count. 

Luke Mitchell kicked his first goal of the game to start the last quarter as we had the game in our keeping. Alan Obst kicked his 3rd from the boundary line on an acute angle and then kicked his 4th (and his 50th SANFL League goal) to push the margin to 58 points. Goal for goal ensued as we took our foot off the gas ever so slightly. Matt Campbell kicked a brilliant running goal to register his 3rd goal which came immediately after a Glenelg goal. Cohen Thiele kicked his 2nd goal after the full time siren, which the scoreboard showed that the hard work the boys had put in over the last two weeks proved fruitful with a 57 point triumph. Jay Shannon was awarded the Dean Higgins Medal for the most courageous player on the ground and Todd Miles accepted the John Sandland Cup to signify our victory.

Speaking with our tackling machine Joe Anderson post match, Joe said on the win today, “Definitely good to bounce back (after 4 losses in a row and the State Game bye) and the next 4 weeks we have winnable games, it’s good to get up today and get a few more wins on the board.” On what worked well today Joe said, “Everyone played their roles, we started off slow but then we stuck to our structures and played their roles and we ran over the top of them.” Joe said on his personal performance today, “I try to set myself for about 5 or 6 tackles a game but I didn’t realise that I had 16, which was a good effort and I need to keep that consistency up now.” On the prospect of facing West Adelaide on a 6 day rest Joe said, “It will be a lighter week, we’ll train harder on the Friday and have a light session on Wednesday. It’s all about recovery and keeping our focus on everything we’ve been doing right over the last couple of weeks.”

North Adelaide 17-16 (118) defeated Glenelg 9-7 (61)
Goal Kickers: Alan Obst 4, Matt Campbell 3, Toby Schulz 3, Patrick Boles 2, Cohen Thiele 2, Rhys O’Keeffe, Luke Mitchell, Leigh Ryswyk 1.
Best Players: 
Joe Anderson (19 disposals, 16 tackles, 5 clearances) was intense all day in his role around the stoppage. Went to Sam Lonergan around the ground and they had an absorbing contest all afternoon.
Marlon Motlop (23 disposals, 8 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) was creative across half back and through the midfield. His disposal efficiency has been high and is a good link between defence and attack.
Jay Shannon (23 disposals, 4 tackles, 4 clearances) won the Dean Higgins Medal for most courageous player on the ground. Continues to win first use around the contest and sets the standard with his attack on the football.
Cohen Thiele (26 disposals, 6 marks, 2 goals) was his industrious best in a good return to the side. Was creative inside 50 and always found space on the tight area at Glenelg.
James Craig (9 disposals, 5 tackles, 48 hit outs) was crucial in the contest with his ruck work and second efforts. 
Ben Williams (17 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) had the assignment on Glenelg’s dangerous small forward Andrew Hooper and kept him to 5 disposals and no goals. Created good drive when required and attacks every contest with high intensity.
Nick Amato (27 disposals, 7 clearances, 7 inside 50’s) was busy all day with his intense approach to the contest. 
Matthew Campbell (16 disposals, 5 inside 50’s, 3 goals) had a quiet start to the game but made a big impact when he got involved. His run and carry is important to our style of play.

On Sunday we take on West Adelaide back on the familiar surrounds of Prospect Oval. It was a terrific result today as we have a crucial few weeks ahead of us, with positive results seeing us well and truly back in the hunt for season 2014.
Enjoy the week Rooster Nation and see you at the footy!
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Max Thring - Shoulder - 4 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - 7 weeks 
George Thring - Ankle - 4-5 weeks 
Liam Jacka - Eye - 2-3 weeks 
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - Indefinite 

RESERVES

After our worst performance of the season against South last week, along with a close loss against the Eagles and the draw with Port Adelaide, our Reserves were keen to get back in the winner’s circle against Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium today. Alex Barns, Maris Olekalns, Andy Read, Campbell Combe and Cameron Craig came into the side with Alan Obst and Toby Schulz being required by the League side,Lachie Robinson out with another concussion andSam Ciappina andMatthew Nye heading back to the Under 18’s. 

Jarrod Stokes hit the scoreboard first as the returning Campbell Combe and the always prominent Luke Teasdale started like the proverbial house on fire. We began to pepper the big sticks after the first goal but we couldn’t convert, kicking 6 behinds in a row as Glenelg got their first goal on the board. It took a while, but Nick Dinham put one through the centre to get our 2nd goal. We allowed Glenelg to get another goal at the end of the first quarter as we took a 5 point lead into the first change. Our tackling pressure was really good, we were playing aggressive, hard at it footy, but we had to convert  our opportunities in front of goal. 

The game continued to be played in our forward half. Our structures were really good as Glenelg were having trouble getting the ball in their half.Kym Edwards was working hard and took a great contested mark to stop the Tigers from going forward. Luke Teasdale opened our account in the 2nd term with his first goal. Alex Barns after missing two chances kicked truly for his first goal. Alex had a very good game, his contested marking a feature throughout and ably supported Justin Schahinger in the ruck when required.Michael McMahon had an indifferent first half, but managed to kick his first goal of the game, before Andy Read contributed to the highlight reel with a spectacular mark in the goal square before going back and kicking truly. We kept Glenelg to one point for the term, while slamming through 4 goals of our own to take a 32 point half time lead. We were on top, but we had to continue the hard work. 
Michael McMahon started the 2nd half off well by kicking his 2nd goal of the match before Glenelg ended their goal scoring drought. McMahon had his 3rd not long after then Glenelg replied once again. Nick Dinham added another goal to the score sheet after McMahon went from finisher to provider for that goal. Another dominant quarter for our boys as we kept the pressure up and our tackling pressure was continuing to be at a high level. 

Alex Barns had a tough day in front of goal but kicked his 2nd goal to start the final term.  Glenelg kicked back to back goals for the first time in the match but that was where it ended for the Bays. Kym Edwards’ desperation stopped Glenelg from going forward and allowed Nick Dinham to kick goal number three as Alex Barns kicked his 3rd and 4th goals to stretch the margin out to 59 points at the final siren. We dominated the contest from start to finish in this one, with our lads having 35 scoring shots to 11 and winning the tackle count just as convincingly. We could have won the game by more, but the two points is what we were after and the two points is what we got. It was great for the lads to get back on the board after a tough month with disappointing results and get back to winning ways. We look forward to taking on West Adelaide again after having a win against them back on Easter Thursday.

North Adelaide 13-22 (100) defeated Glenelg 6-5 (41)
Goal Kickers: Alex Barns 4, Michael McMahon 3, Nick Dinham 3, Jarrod Stokes, Andy Read, Luke Teasdale 1.
Best Players: 
Luke Teasdale (23 disposals, 7 tackles, 7 clearances) worked tirelessly all game through the midfield.  
Kym Edwards (30 disposals, 10 marks, 2 tackles) had a huge game up to three quarter time as a constant linkman through the middle of the ground. Received a hard tag in the last quarter due to this dominance. 
Alex Barns (18 disposals, 12 marks, 4 goals) was a tall focal point all game with his marking a feature. Had 9 shots on goal for the day in a dominant display.
Campbell Combe (29 disposals, 7 marks, 6 clearances) was dynamite early with his ball winning ability in congestion a highlight. Continued to work hard all day.
Stephen Tahana (24 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles) rebounded strongly across half back. Won the ball consistently in the contest and used it with good efficiency.
Michael McMahon (24 disposals, 11 marks, 3 goals) had an indifferent first half but was impressive in the second half. Continued to present all day and got good reward for effort at the end of the day.
Greg Gallman (20 disposals, 4 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s) is improving each week and is finding solid form. His run from defence was important and his leadership is noticeable on the field.
Cameron Craig (18 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) rarely beaten in the one on one contest all day. Supplied good run from the deep defensive post.

Onto next week as we take on West Adelaide. Have a great week and GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18S

North: 3.2  6.8  8.11  13.13.91
Glenelg: 3.0  5.0  8.4  9.5.59
Goals:  Agius 6, Marshall, Santillo 2, Foulis, Hayes, Schmitt 1
Best: Zwar, Agius, Combe, Santillo, Cant, J. Hayes
With college players available, and the seniors strengthened due to players returning from injury we were afforded the luxury of 9 changes. 
The first two quarters of the game was almost solely played in our half yet we only lead by 14 points at the break. The margin realistically should have been at least 5 goals.
Glenelg outscored us in the third quarter, but we always maintained the lead. When they scored the first goal of the last quarter and reduced the margin to a point it appeared a game we had dominated may slip away from us. However a quick steadier , followed by another soon after allayed those fears, and we are to draw away for quite a comfortable win in the end.
The stats make interesting reading. Glenelg had 20 more possessions and took 19 more marks, but we won the inside fifties 56 to 24, indicating where Glenelg had gathered most of their touches, and also indicating the margin could easily have been far greater.

June 04, 2014 - Round 9A v South Adelaide
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The Reserves rolled up to Prospect Oval on Saturday to play South Adelaide in an important game for both sides. Both teams selected strong squads for the extra game to make up the 18 game season due to the Crows not having a team in the competition. Into the side came Stephen Tahana back from State Under 18 duties, Tom Sandercock, Jarrod Stokes, Luke Teasdale, Alan Obst and Club Captain Greg Gallman. Out of the side which drew with Port Magpies last week were James Baron, Sam McInerney, Josh Pobke, Jonothan Hayes, Luke Trenorden and Addison Burns.
The game started and it was clear from the opening bounce that the Roosters were in for a tough day. Our intensity and physical approach at the contest was non-existent and South Adelaide was doing as they pleased in the greasy conditions. The Panthers dominated play and at the end of the first quarter had opened up a 34 point lead with 9 shots on goal. The Roosters didn’t bother the scoreboard attendant and were held scoreless in a quarter for the first time this season.
Coach Craig Brooks asked for an improved effort in the second quarter and instructed the players to focus on being more competitive and accountable in general play. The Roosters started to find some momentum and had several opportunities to bridge the margin. The game had became a contest and we were committed to the contest and working harder all over the ground. It was an even quarter and the Panthers took a 36 point lead into the half time break.
The Roosters tried to rally in the second half and were starting to find the drive and competitive levels that have carried them well this season. The Panthers always had the answers as we were unable to narrow the margin enough to put any scoreboard pressure on them. The only positive from a team perspective was that we never stopped trying and ran the game out until the final siren where we finished 26 points behind an impressive South Adelaide team. Individual positives were the form of Alan Obst in his return from a hamstring injury and the strong play ofGreg Gallman across half back to show that he will be an important player for the football club in the second half of the season.
In disappointing news for the football club,Lachie Robinson suffered his third concussion for the season and will need some time on the sidelines. Lachie is in good form and was pushing for league selection. Lachie is an outstanding character within the playing group and we now have to focus on his personal well being to make sure that he is fully recovered from the head knocks that he has taken over the last six weeks. We wish him well and hope to see him back on the football oval soon once medically cleared.

Final Scores:
North Adelaide  0.0.0   3.2.20  4.5.29   7.7.49
South Adelaide  5.4.34 8.8.56  8.11.59  10.15.75

Goal Kickers: Caldwell 2, Stokes 1, McMahon 1, Schulz 1, Dinham 1, Quinn 1.
Best Players: Robinson, Patterson, Shillabeer, Obst, Sandercock

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED OFF
Lachie Robinson - Concussion - Indefinite
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Liam Jacka - Eye - 2 weeks
Max Thring - Shoulder - 5 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - 8 weeks 
George Thring - Ankle - 4-5 weeks 
Ben Williams - Concussion - test
Matthew Campbell - Heel - test
Rhys O’Keeffe - Knee - test
Cohen Thiele - Back - test

We are confident that Ben Williams, Matthew Campbell, Rhys O’Keeffe and Cohen Thiele will be available for the game next Monday against Glenelg.

STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Congratulations to Todd Miles, Jay Shannon and Leigh Ryswyk for playing their role in SA’s come from behind victory against Victoria in Melbourne on Saturday.

This week sees the Roosters head down Anzac Highway to take on Glenelg on Monday 9th June. Both the Reserves and League sides will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle in important contests in both grades. Look forward to seeing the red and white colours out in full force down at the Bay.
SEE YOU AT THE FOOTBALL. GO ROOSTERS.

UNDER 18S

North: 4.1  6.5  10.6  12.11.83
South:  1.0  4.1  7.2  10.5.65
Goals: Agius, Jarman 3,Graham, Viney 2, Morgan, Schmitt 1
Best: Cant, Zwar, Pobke, Langman, Baron, Viney
Playing bottom placed South, we got off to a great start and had three goals on the board in the first eight minutes. From there the game just meandered along without us looking likely to break away or South winning the game. Quarter break margins were 19, 16, 22 before the final margin of 18 points.
Whilst not a game to get excited about, it was played in misty rain making conditions difficult.
This week we have the college players back before we have the most difficult game of the year on June 15 numbers wise, with both state programs in full swing and college returning to their program. We are now 4 games clear of the 6th side with half the season over, so a finals berth is assured, it will just be a matter of what position we fill. A top three berth looks most likely.
May 26, 2014 - Round 8 v Port Adelaide
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Senior Reports thanks to Tim Miller (and Darryl Wintle)
Back at Prospect Oval for Round 8 saw our North Adelaide take on the toughest test in SANFL football at the moment in Port Adelaide. Out of the side that were comprehensively beaten by the Eagles were Rhys O’Keeffe, Cohen Thiele, Nick Dinham and Matt Campbell while Patrick Boles, Will Dalwood and Cameron Craig were promoted along with Michael Virgin who was selected to make his league debut for the club.

Port got the jump early with an easy goal to Butcher after a hotly contested opening. Leigh Ryswyk scored our first goal after roving a marking contest that saw Campbell Heath from Port Adelaide stretchered from the field. Butcher kicked another one from the goal square to regain the lead for Port Adelaide, who were down to 19 men after Brent Renouf was stretchered from the field with a dislocated kneecap. The first term was very even, with no side gaining complete control of the contest. We were moving the ball with more precision and the effort levels were a definite improvement from the week before. 
Port kicked the first two goals of the 2nd term to kick away to an 18 point lead before Alex Barns got our first goal on the board. Port answered straight away and extended the lead once again. Luke Mitchell got our 2nd goal for the quarter to reduce the margin to 11 points. Port had chances to put more scoreboard pressure on us, but could only get one more goal to see us go into the half time break just 19 points down. Jay Shannon once again was performing well at the stoppages, on his way to 10 clearances for the game. James Craig was again rucking well and Marlon Motlop was creative across half back. 
Patrick Boles got the 2nd half off to the ideal start with the first goal of the quarter, matching Port Adelaide in effort, desire and intensity. Port answered back with another goal before Luke Mitchell slotted his 2nd for the day. Port jumped out to a 24 point advantage at Three Quarter Time, but we were hanging in there. We were over using the handball which was enabling Port Adelaide to turn the ball over in critical areas on the ground. With one quarter to play, the focus was to finish the game strong and continue to work on our defensive pressure all over the ground.
We lost Ben Williams to concussion early in the final term, as Ben went back with the flight of the ball, unaware of what was coming and copped some friendly fire from Luke Mitchell. Jay Shannon got the first goal of the final term before Andy Read’s desperate work to win the footy set up Alex Barns for his 2nd goal to reduce the margin to 12 points. Port then kicked three goals in 3 minutes to extend the margin to 30 points at the 13 minute mark to almost kill off the contest. Nick Amato kicked two goals of his own to reduce the margin to 18 points. Port got another goal late to see the final margin at the end of the game to 26 points. Ken McGregor said in the post-match presentations that, “We’re here to win games of football and we didn’t do that today, which is disappointing. But you could see with that effort that the players gave today, we will win more games than we lose.” 
Nick Amato said in the aftermath, “It was a better effort from the boys but still not acceptable (not getting the win), after the game last week it was a great improvement, but we play to win games and we didn’t come away with the result today.” “Ken’s message after the game was that it was a better effort but still not what we want to achieve and we had opportunities to run over the top of them but we didn’t take it.” “We had a few run-ons in the last quarter and let them kick a goal or two and that was it.” On the upcoming State game weekend bye, Nick said, “There’s nothing different in our training program, we’ll train properly, rest up some bodies that need to be rested up and the message is to do everything right, do everything possible and come through ready for Glenelg.” Nick said on our game against Glenelg, “They haven’t been going too well the last couple weeks, it’s a good chance to have a week off, come out at Glenelg and give it a good crack. It’s a great opportunity get our season back on track (after 4 consecutive defeats).”

North Adelaide 9-9 (63) defeated by Port Adelaide 12-17 (89)
Goal Kickers: Nick Amato 2, Alex Barns 2, Luke Mitchell 2, Patrick Boles, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk 1.
Best Players: 
Michael Clinch (21 disposals, 7 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) was outstanding in the defensive area with his fearless attack on the ball and ability to win the one on one contest.
Marlon Motlop (28 disposals, 8 clearances, 10 rebound 50’s) was creative and precise with his disposal all afternoon. Has fitted into our style of play well and offers flexibility to the coaching staff.
Nick Amato (24 disposals, 5 inside 50’s, 2 goals) never gave up and was important with his strength around the contest. Kicked 2 late goals to keep the game alive.
Jay Shannon (27 disposals, 4 tackles, 10 clearances) was impressive around the stoppages winning first possession numerous times. Has had a consistent season.
James Craig (7 disposals, 5 tackles, 37 hit outs, 3 clearances) had a big impact on the contest with his tap work and second efforts. Laid a team high 5 tackles and showed some strong physical play.

Next weekend is a much needed respite for the league boys with the state game in Victoria. It gives us a chance to prepare for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday clash with the Tigers. As Nick Amato said, it is a great opportunity to get our season back on track. Its been a tough month with injuries to key personnel and we look forward to getting some of those boys back on the park soon. 
See you at the Bay in 2 weeks.
GO ROOSTERS!

STATE REPRESENTATIVES
Congratulations to Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk and Todd Miles for making the final selection to represent the SANFL against the VFL in Melbourne this weekend. We wish all three players the best and we are sure that they will perform and represent our great club with pride.
GO SA!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot Indefinite
Liam Jacka - Eye - 3-4 weeks
Max Thring Shoulder - 5-6 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - 8-9 weeks 
George Thring - Ankle - 4-5 weeks 
Greg Gallman - Hamstring - test
Alan Obst - Hamstring - test
Luke Teasdale - Ankle - test
Tom Sandercock - Groin - test
Matthew Campbell - Heel - test
Rhys O’Keeffe - Knee - test
Cohen Thiele - Back - test
Ben Williams - Concussion - Test
Jarrod Stokes - Hand - Test

RESERVES

Beautiful conditions greeted the Reserves as we took on Port Adelaide at Prospect Oval. 7 changes were made to the team that lost to the Eagles by the narrowest of margins last week, with Nick Dinham, Sam McInerney, Wyatt Patterson, Josh Pobke, Jonathon Hayes, Luke Trenorden and James Baron. Out of the side went Patrick Boles, Michael Virgin, Will Dalwood and Cameron Craig were required by the league side and Luke Teasdale, Tom Sandercock and Jarrod Stokes were out with injury.

We flew out of the blocks with the first two goals coming off the boot of Michael McMahon before Sam Ciappina kicked truly. Port jagged one back before Nick Dinham kicked our 4th on the quarter time siren. We started well before overusing the ball and allowing Port Adelaide to stay in the contest.

Addison Burns kicked his first goal to start the 2nd term as we extended our lead further. Port kicked two goals in a row as a lack of accountability and poor disposal was hurting us. Kym Edwards took a gutsy mark that stopped a Port foray forward. This resulted in a Riley Hayes goal that was able to halt the Magpies momentum. Port kept plugging away and deservedly hit the front just before half time. We needed to be more accountable and cleaner with the football if we were going to get a positive result.

Port got the ideal start to the 2nd half that pushed their margin out to 9 points before aLachie Robinson mark set up Darren Shillabeer to bomb away from 60 metres to bring the deficit back to less than a goal. Port got another one back to steady their ship as we were trying our best to get the lead back from the Magpies. Braden Allen made a brilliant chase and tackle to stop Port getting another inside 50. He sprinted 70m, starting in our attacking goal square to lay that tackle that got the crowd up and about. Michael McMahon was the most dominant forward on the ground for us, he took several marks and lead well for his team mates to kick too. He kicked his 3rd goal before Reserves debutantJonothon Hayes reduced the margin to a solitary point. We levelled the score at the 20 minute mark before Port kicked 3 in a row. Nick Dinham and Heath Caldwell got two desperately needed goals before the final change to give us some real hope. 

Addison Burns levelled the scores once more, kicking his 2nd to start the final quarter. Port got the lead back from a free kick which was their only goal for the quarter. 4 points down for a while beforeMichael McMahon put us back in front by 2 points. It was a long last quarter after a Port player collided with the fence and had to be stretchered off. Port had two chances to take the lead, but were unable to convert and when the final siren sounded, scores were tied and each side left Prospect Oval with a premiership point each.

North Adelaide 13-13 (91) drew Port Adelaide 14-7 (91)
Goal Kickers: Michael McMahon 4, Nick Dinham 2, Addison Burns 2, Heath Caldwell, Darren Shillabeer, Sam Ciappina, Riley Hayes, Jonathon Hayes 1.
Best Players: 
Darren Shillabeer (22 disposals, 5 marks, 7 rebound 50’s) was creative in the key defensive post and provides penetrating rebound with his kicking ability.
Kym Edwards (30 disposals, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s) was outstanding in the first half winning his own ball and taking a courageous mark. Has been consistent in his wing role all season.
Lachie Robinson (23 disposals, 5 clearances, 3 inside 50’s) plays with a high intensity around the football. Is gaining match fitness and his output is improving each week.
Michael McMahon (13 disposals, 8 marks, 4 goals) is starting to find some consistency with his football. Is very good on the lead and provides a constant option.
Heath Caldwell (16 disposals, 3 clearances, 7 inside 50’s) won some important touches in the midfield and across half back.
While it is a week off for the league side, our Reserves have their 2nd catch up game for the year against South Adelaide at Prospect Oval at 11:25. Get down and support our lads as they look to get another win on the board for season 2014.
GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18

North: 3.3  4.5  5.7  9.11.65
Port:  0.6  6.9  8.13  12.15.87
Goals:  Agius, Viney, Harris, Pelentsov 2, Slade
Best: Faulkner, Turnbull, Viney, Purser, Markov, Langman

Like the Seniors, the side was ravaged by injuries and had to make 8 forced changes. But as is standard practice across most sides at this time of the year, we had only 5 players in the side who played in Round 1.
We got off to a good start, probably aided a bit by Port’s poor kicking. However from there we lost control of the game and Port were able to take a handy 16 point lead into half time. The second half was pretty even, with the final margin being 22 points.
Interestingly we have only lost two games, both to Port. They have only won three games, and look at this stage unlikely to play finals football.

UNDER 16

Semi Final Thursday May 22
North:  2.4  3.6  3.8  7.11.53
Glenelg:  1.1  4.4  8.8  11.9.75
Goals: Ralph 2, Dinedios, Garlett, Kirk, Pasiczynskyj, Tahana 1
Best: Graham, Purser, Jarman, Pasiczynskyj, Garlett, Minervini
An easy missed shot on goal in the first 20 seconds of the game, probably summed up the first half where we dominated play but could not put the score on the board. Glenelg scored a goal from a fumble on the quarter time siren and then kicked two in the last two minutes of the second quarter to take an unlikely lead into the third quarter.
The changeroom at half time was filled with players receiving treatment, and when Glenelg came out strongly in the third quarter it was almost all over at three quarter time. We already had one on his way to hospital with concussion, but in the second half of the last quarter we looked for a fleeting moment we may snatch victory. We had drawn within 22 points with 7 minutes to play, and had an opportunity or two but another forward foray ended in another concussion. The game had to be called off with about 3 minutes remaining as the boy needed to be taken by ambulance to hospital.
It was a disappointing way to end the season but I think Glenelg will probably win the Grand Final.
Thankfully both boys were given the all clear by the Doctors for any other possible injuries beside the concussion they suffered.

May 20, 2014 - Round 7 v Woodville West Torrens
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Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller & Darryl Wintle

Today we ventured down to Woodville Oval to take on an inform Eagles side. 5 changes were made to the side that lost narrowly to Central District, with Will Dalwood, the injured Max Thring, Patrick Boles, along with Ryan Burton and Stephen Tahana (both had State Under 18 commitments) all not selected. Into the side came Michael Clinch, Alex Barns, Ben Williams who returned from suspension, Marlon Motlop in his first game in the league side since returning to SA and Nick Dinham was selected to make his league debut. 
We started very strongly, getting the ball forward and gaining the early momentum. Missed chances to Chad O’Sullivan and Luke Mitchell kicked off the scoring, but we were up and about and playing the game on our terms. Campbell Combe got our first goal, followed quickly by Alex Barns and Chad O’Sullivan. The Eagles then settled with a goal, and some undisciplined work at the top of the goal square allowed them to get another before play could get underway again. Ben Williams was his tough and uncompromising self before kicking straight for our 4th goal for the quarter. Rhys O’Keeffe chimed in and kicked a long goal after a Jay Shannon shank landed straight on his chest before the Eagles got another goal. Marlon Motlop found himself in space and kicked truly to end the quarter on a good note. 6 goals to 4 in the first term to our side, and we were playing strong, accountable football. We were matching them in contested footy and we were taking the game on and moving the ball with fluency. 
Luke Mitchell kicked our only goal for the second term at the 6 minute mark, and from then on, it was all the Eagles. An onslaught, a deluge, an avalanche, call it what you will, we couldn’t stop it. The things that worked so well in the opening term were starting to slip, the Eagles got their hard running, fast flowing game going and we were put well and truly on the back foot. They were getting the ball in quick to their twin towers in Ainger and Wundke, and the momentum was all one way. 8 goals to 1 in the 2nd term and we went into the main break 34 points behind. 
The start of the second half was more of the same. The Eagles continued to run all over us and maintaining scoreboard pressure. Luckily, they were missing shots on goal that allowed us to have a faint glimmer of hope. They got out to a 46 point break within 3 minutes of the start of the 3rd quarter, but we managed to get some momentum back our way. Goals to Mitchell, O’Keeffe, Barns and Nick Amato reduced the margin to 27 points at the final change. We were in with a chance, even though we were being well and truly outplayed.
The last quarter did not start the way we hoped, with the Eagles extending the margin further. We were chasing jumpers all over the length and width of Woodville Oval. We had our chances to close the gap, kicking 1 goal 8 for the quarter. The only goal coming off the boot of Andy Read very late in the quarter, which was his first league goal for the club. The Eagles piled on 10 goals of their own as we left Woodville with a 76 point defeat. 
Speaking with defender Alek Kangur in the aftermath of the defeat, he said “the first quarter we were on top, winning the centre clearances, but after that, they were getting their hands on the footy first and before the game we spoke as a group about shutting down their running game. They were able to link up way too easy and getting the ball into Wundke and Ainger too easily.” On the prospect of facing a highly credentialed Port Adelaide side next week, Alek said, “We need to lift our tackling efficiency, you can’t win games with that at less than 50% efficiency and we have to get them on that. In the trial game (at Alberton) when we turned up the heat on them in the 2nd half, we were competitive with them and it’s about the intensity and tackling efficiency.” Alek said about the confidence in the group, “at training, we need to be upbeat all week and we have the review tomorrow (Sunday) and put this game behind us after tomorrow and just work towards next week.”

North Adelaide 12-15 (87) defeated by Woodville West Torrens 24-19 (163)
Goal Kickers: Rhys O’Keeffe 2, Alex Barns 2, Luke Mitchell 2, Chad O’Sullivan, Nick Amato, Campbell Combe, Andy Read, Ben Williams, Marlon Motlop 1.
Best Players: 
Nick Amato (28 disposals, 7 marks, 1 goal)
Jay Shannon (29 disposals, 5 tackles, 12 clearances)
Next Saturday we take on the toughest test in SANFL football at the moment at Prospect Oval. Port Adelaide are playing some magnificent football and are definitely the competition pace setter at present. It will be good to get back to Prospect and to see what the playing group are made of against a good opponent.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
Max Thring - Shoulder - 10-12 weeks 
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - 8-10 weeks 
George Thring - Ankle - 4-6 weeks 
Greg Gallman - Hamstring - 1 week
Alan Obst - Hamstring - 1 week
Luke Teasdale - Ankle - Test

RESERVES

Our undefeated Reserves side looked to continue their good form against a very good Eagles side. Five changes were made this week as Lachie Robinson returned from a concussion, Will Dalwood and Patrick Boles were brought back from the league side, whileSam Ciappina and Addison Burns came into the line-up from the Under 18s and the Crows Reserves respectively. Nick Dinham, Alex Barns, Marlon Motlop andMichael Clinch were called to league duty, while Liam Jacka missed with a concussion.
The Eagles got proceedings underway with the first goal before we settled. Missed chances to Michael McMahon and Darren Shillabeer started our scoring. The first goal went toJarrod Stokes after Michael McMahon roved his own high kick to find Stokes with a sweeping handball free in the goal square. We were competitive early and playing glimpses of the footy we have shown over the previous 6 rounds. The Eagles had a better end to the first term as we missed chances to close the gap. The Eagles took a 15 point lead into the first change.
Darren Shillabeer continued his goal scoring ways to start the 2nd term before the Eagles went on and kicked the next couple. Shillabeer brought the margin back with a massive set shot to halt the Eagles momentum. Toby Schulz was presenting well as the lead up forward, and kicked his first goal after some good forward half pressure by Riley Hayes. The Eagles jagged one back as the game was a good even contest. Toby Schulz then bombed a long goal from outside 50 to bring us back to an 11 point deficit at the main interval. We were getting plenty of the footy ourselves, but we had to make the most of our opportunities in front of goal.
Lion-hearted ruckman Justin Schahinger ventured forward and got his name on the score sheet with a rare goal to start the second half. The Eagles kicked the next four unanswered goals to regain the ascendancy in the contest and extend the margin. Darren Shillabeer kicked his 3rd goal and a badly needed one as we went into the final change 22 points down. Belief was still high in the group as the boys have shown the ability to fight back and win games so far this season. 
Luke Teasdale brought the deficit to 16 points early in the final term before we missed a couple of chances to close the gap further. The Eagles extended that lead beyond 20 points at the 8 minute mark and we desperately needed the next one. It took a while, but that goal came at the 18 minute mark off the boot of Michael McMahon, who took a low sliding mark, afterMichael Virgin and Sam Ciappina stopped the Eagles from getting the ball in their forward half. We missed another chance to kick a goal before Will Dalwood, who was playing as a permanent forward in the final quarter closed it back to just 7 points as we entered time on. Michael Virgin continued his great tackling pressure and Sam Wundke put in a great chase to effect an Eagles shot on goal that came to nothing. Braden Allen kicked a goal on the siren, but the scoreboard showed we had suffered our first defeat of the year by the narrowest of margins – 1 point. 
We had our chances to win this one today, but we missed chances in front of goals, with 9 more scoring shots than the Eagles. The boys will learn from this loss and look to get back in the winner’s circle next week against Port Adelaide.

North Adelaide 11-15 (81) defeated by Woodville West Torrens 13-4 (82)
Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 3, Toby Schulz 2, Will Dalwood, Jarrod Stokes, Michael McMahon, Justin Schahinger, Luke Teasdale, Braden Allen 1.
Best Players: 
Michael Virgin (18 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles)
Luke Teasdale (24 disposals, 5 marks, 9 tackles, 6 inside 50’s 1 goal)
Sam Wundke (10 disposals, 2 tackles)
Toby Schulz (19 disposals, 10 marks, 6 inside 50’s, 2 goals)
Will Dalwood (16 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal)
Heath Caldwell (21 disposals, 7 marks, 5 rebound 50’s)

Next week we take on Port Adelaide at Prospect. The players will look to bounce back from the disappointment of today’s narrow defeat and continue to perform at the level they have set for the first seven games.

See you at Prospect.

UNDER 18

North: 2.5 6.6 11.7 14.9.93
Eagles: 2.0 5.1 6.2 10.2.62
Goals:  Schmitt 5, Agius 3, J. Hayes 2, Baron, Harris, A. Hayes, Santillo 1
Best: J. Hay, Zwar, Graham, J. Hayes, Patterson, Schmitt

This was one of those games that we looked as if we were always going to win, it just took a long time to put it beyond complete doubt.
Double the scoring shots at half time showed we had control of the game and our third quarter opened up a 37 point buffer at three quarter time. The Eagles did close to within four goals midway through the last, but did not really look like threatening us.
Eagles, like us appear to be a top three side, but with so many players unavailable to both sides through College and State commitments not too much can be read into the results. What it does show is we have outstanding depth at this level. 
We now face Port the side that has inflicted us with our only defeat so far. This was the game we led by 10 goals and lost, so I am sure the team is very keen to redeem themselves.

UNDER 16

North: 6.6 12.9 18.11 22.14.150
Eagles: 0.0 0.3 5.3 6.9.45
Goals:  Smith 4, Pearce 3, Haines, Minervini, Purser  2,  Carter, Dinedios, Garlett, Hall, Jarman, Nixon, Reeves, Sweet, Tahana 1
Best:  Purser, Jarman, Minervini, Smith, Pearce, Dinedios
With 12 first choice players unavailable, and four playing their first game, we came out of the blocks running and had put the result beyond dispute at quarter time. The second quarter was similar to the first and it looked like the margin could have been anything. However the Eagles were far better in the second half, and whilst still outscored offered far more resistance.
Full credit to those who have come in for the last few games and performed admirably, emphasising we have a bit more depth at this level than we first thought.
We play Glenelg in the Semi Final this Thursday night at 7.30pm at AAMI Stadium. The only game we did lose was to Glenelg, and it was by a considerable margin, so hopefully we can reverse that result and play in the Grand Final on Sunday June 1 at AAMI
May 12, 2014 - Round 6 v Central District
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Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller

After the poor performance against Sturt, we went out to Elizabeth Oval to take on Central District. Last week was unacceptable, and we were determined to get back on track and play some solid team specific football. Centrals were coming off an unacceptable performance themselves and would be gearing up for an improved performance to stay in touch with the final 5.
Ken McGregor and the coaching staff made 3 changes to the side that lost to Sturt, with Jesse O’Brien, Matt Campbell and Patrick Boles coming back from injury and illness, whileLuke Teasdale, Alex Barns and Jarrod Stokes made way in the side. 
We got on the board early with Rhys O’Keeffe landing our first goal from a throw in. Luke Mitchell made it two in four minutes as we started like a house on fire. Our contested ball was really good and our pressure and intensity was at the required level. Matt Campbell kicked a goal on return as we had three goals in the first 11 minutes. Central got a run on and a drop in intensity ensued, as they kicked 4 goals to take a 5 point, quarter time lead. Ken McGregor was pleased with our contested ball and pressure at the contest. Our missed tackle count was too high and this was emphasised at the quarter time break.
The 2nd quarter started well as Luke Mitchell jagged his 2nd goal for the contest. By this time in the game, we lost Max Thring with a shoulder injury and he would not return to the field. Cohen Thiele was having an influence on the contest, he kicked his first in a tight and tough contest. Cohen bobbed up again and kicked goal number 2 as our contested ball work was still constant. Centrals kicked 4 goals for the quarter and we went into the main change down by 11 points. It was not a pretty game to watch, with both sides making basic skill errors and Centrals were winning the clearance count. 
Luke Mitchell got our scoring underway with his 3rd goal, followed by Cohen Thiele with his 3rd. Centrals were moving the ball far better than us at this stage of the game, but we weren’t going away. Campbell Combe snapped truly as we reduced the deficit to just two points. Centrals took a 1 point lead into the final change. We had the majority of the play in our forward half after the 14 minute mark when the Bulldogs held a 15 point margin. We were continuing to work hard and were pressuring the opposition into making errors. 
Luke Mitchell made it a habit of scoring goals first in the term today, kicking his 4th to put us in front for the first time since the early exchanges, and proceeded to kick his 5th shortly after. We got to a 10 point lead before Centrals pegged one back. Jay Shannon then kicked truly to make it an 11 point break before Patrick Boles sharked the ball from a stoppage to make it 17 points clear midway into the last. From there we should have controlled the game, but we were unable to wrestle back the ascendancy from the hard working Centrals side. They kicked the last four goals of the game to win by 7 points. 
This was one that certainly got away and was a shattering loss for our boys. Speaking with our Deputy Vice-Captain Will Dalwood, he said, “It was one that got away, it wasn’t a good loss, being up by 3 goals and then throwing it away at the end. “It was a bit of ill-discipline and a bit of their good play that helped to win. We allowed them to get the ball in their forward half and they were able to convert.Ken McGregor’s message after the game was, “he was pretty adamant that a few players made mistakes at crucial moments that cost us goals and put it on them and we just have to get over it tonight and move on to next week, as we have a tough game”. Will said about the next two games against the Eagles and Port Adelaide, “hopefully we get some numbers back and that we are able to regroup (after consecutive losses) and give these boys a crack as they are on Cloud 9 at the moment and we are suffering a bitter defeat, but we know that we can play harder footy that can get us over the line.” “It’s not so much our skill level, but we need to stop drifting in and out of games so much, and playing a bit more consistent footy because when we play good footy and we need to find that, we can be a finals side.” “We were very competitive for three and a half quarters, they were very competitive as well, but we cost ourselves in the end.”

North Adelaide 13-7 (85) defeated by Central District 14-8 (92)

Goal Kickers: Luke Mitchell 5, Cohen Thiele 3, Matt Campbell, Rhys O’Keeffe, Patrick Boles, Campbell Combe, Jay Shannon 1.
Best Players: 
Matt Campbell (25 disposals, 4 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 4 rebound 50’s) was always creative when in possession of the ball. Provides run and carry and his disposal efficiency was very good.
Joe Anderson (20 disposals, 3 inside 50’s, 3 rebound 50’s) continued his consistent form with another intense performance. Defends well and provides drive from half back when required.
Cohen Thiele (22 disposals, 8 marks, 3 goals) was dangerous and creative forward of centre. Looked lively when given opportunities in space.
Andy Read (14 disposals, 2 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s) was given the defensive assignment on the dangerous Luke Habel and nullified his influence.

Next Saturday we take on an in-form Eagles outfit. After losing today from a winnable position, we need to prepare and look forward to taking on one of the competition pace setters at their home ground. The Eagles have been playing some terrific footy in the early exchanges of 2014 and will be a formidable opponent this weekend. The players need to find consistency in their performances and believe that our best football is as good as any other team in the competition.
Enjoy the week Rooster Nation. See you at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval.
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
George Thring - Ankle - Indefinite
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite
Greg Gallman - Hamstring - 1-2 weeks
Alan Obst - Hamstring - 2 weeks
Max Thring - Shoulder - TBC

RESERVES

After 5 consecutive wins to start season 2014, we took on Central District at Elizabeth Oval. 5 changes were made to the side that accounted for Sturt last week, with Marlon Motlop playing his first game for the club since returning from WA, Michael Clinch returning from suspension, Jarrod Stokes, Luke Teasdale and Alex Barns were all sent back from the league side. Out of that side were Sam McInerney and Callum Wilkie who were required by Brenton Phillips and the SA Under 18s side, Sam Ciappina returned to the Rooster Under18s outfit, Lachlan Robinson was not available for selection due to concussion and Addison Burns was required by the Crows Reserves in their clash with West Adelaide.
Our first 5 minutes of the game was below our standards which have been set all season. We allowed Centrals to start well before we wrestled back momentum through hard work and defensive pressure. Kym Edwards kicked our first goal of the game with a well taken set shot from a tight angle. Darren Shillabeer started forward after his solo effort last week and kicked his first soon after. Toby Schulz played a bit further up the ground and completed a great defensive tackle at half back, that resulted in Nick Dinham’s first goal. Cameron Craig was defending manfully at full back yet again, his spoiling was extremely effective when Centrals got the ball in their forward 50. We had a good first quarter, minus the first 5 minutes and our ball movement was far superior. 
Nick Dinham started the 2nd quarter with another goal as we kept the game on our terms. We had all the play in our forward half, as Centrals were flooding our attacking 50. Our defensive pressure was very good, forcing the Bulldogs into repeated errors and sending the footy back in our direction. Luke Teasdale continued his high work rate and showed more of his running capacity to win possession for our team. Nick Dinham kicked his 3rd as we started to skip away. We dropped our intensity slightly, and allowed Centrals to kick consecutive goals. Marlon Motlop was important around the ground, winning plenty of the ball and setting up forward entries. Darren Shillabeer kicked goal number 2 before half time to keep our momentum. Alex Barns ended the first half well, taking a tremendous contested mark in a pack. He was three deep in the contest and went back and kicked truly. We went in with a 25 points lead, but there was still plenty of work to be done. 
Riley Hayes was continuing his good form across half forward, chasing hard and working well in tandem with Braden Allen, Kym Edwards, Michael Virgin and Michael Clinch were getting plenty of the footy for us as we looked to extend our margin. Alex Barns continued where he left off in the third quarter by kicking goal number 2. Michael Clinch was his usual tough self on return and kicked his first goal, bursting through a pack with the footy to kick truly. Nick Dinham had his 4th goal as we extended the lead to 43 points. Straight after the Dinham goal, Darren Shillabeer kicked his 3rd after some good play from the centre bounce. Matthew Nye had another good game, working hard in defence and looking right at home in the Reserves side. Liam Jacka once again showed his terrific leg speed, saving a certain score with one of the best chase and tackles of the season. He gave his opponent a 10 metre start and chased his opponent down in no time to win possession back for the team. That desperation allowed Mark Quinn to kick his first of the game. A 12 point turn-around.
We were 40 points ahead at Three Quarter Time. We were playing the better footy and controlling possession, with our major ball winners having an even contribution. Michael Clinch found himself in space and kicked his 2nd to start the final quarter. Nick Dinham kicked his 5th to extend the margin to 10 goals. Alex Barns had his 3rd which was followed by big Tom Sandercock’s first. Tom played a lot of the game at Centre Half Back and worked hard all day. Justin Schahinger had another good, consistent game, dominating once again at the ruck contests and providing repeated efforts to win the ball for the outside runners to do their best work. When the final siren sounded, we were 67 point winners and had our 6th consecutive win to start the year in great form.

North Adelaide 17-12 (114) defeated Central District 7-5 (47)
Goal Kickers: Nick Dinham 5, Alex Barns 3, Darren Shillabeer 3, Michael Clinch 2, Mark Quinn 2, Tom Sandercock, Kym Edwards 1.
Best Players: 
Luke Teasdale (28 disposals, 5 marks, 6 clearances) responded well to his demotion from the league side with a hard working game in the midfield.
Marlon Motlop (27 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 7 clearances) was creative and clean with his disposal. Won some important touches in congestion and looked fit in his first hit out of the season.
Nick Dinham (22 disposals, 15 marks, 6 inside 50’s, 5 goals) played his best game for the Roosters. Marked everything in the first half and worked tirelessly all game.
Riley Hayes (24 disposals, 9 marks, 3 inside 50’s) is playing a role across half forward and presenting well. Works hard all over the ground and drives the ball forward on numerous occasions.
Braden Allen (21 disposals, 4 marks, 3 inside 50’s) sets the tone defensively and is starting to get his possession count up. Uses his speed running both ways and is courageous with his attack on the ball.
Michael Virgin (30 disposals, 12 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) continues to get high possessions from the defensive area. Creates drive through his foot skills.
Great win to the Reserves boys today. Next Saturday we take on an in form Eagles side. Our boys are playing with great confidence and desire and we look forward to watching them in action again.
GO ROOSTERS!

UNDER 18s

North: 5.5 7.5 9.11 9.16.70
Central: 0.0 2.2 3.3 4.4.28
Goals:  Morgan 3, Agius 2, Hayes, Ingram, Schmitt, Santillo 1
Best: Graham, Baron, Ciappina, Faulkner, Morgan, Santillo
The first quarter was almost a mirror image of the Under 16’s with us completely dominating. Four goals each for the rest of the game completed the rather uninspiring contest.
13 scoring shots for only two goals after half time was disappointing. In fact across both grades the shooting for goal from set shots from within 30 metres and shots at goals on the run without any pressure left a bit to be desired. Hopefully that is just a one week anomaly.
On a positive note, it was a very strong win with so many unavailable due to college football and State Under 18 Squad trials. The State Under 18 program will now continue until July 5, which we should have strong representation in again. 
Next week we play highly rated Eagles which will give us a very good guide to the depth of this group.

UNDER 16s

North: 6.6 10.11 12.16 21.24.150
Centrals: 1.0 3.1 6.2 6.2.38
Goals: Nixon, Pasiczynskyj, Purser 3, Minervini, Pearce, Tahan, T.Rogers 2, Dinedios, Rogers, Smith, Sweet 1
Best: Nixon, Purser, Tahana. Jarman, T.Rogers, Dindios
With six goals in the first 10 minutes it looked like the margin could be anything. But with the game played in the one half with almost always the whole thirty six players in there it turned into quite an ugly contest.  Centrals did well to kick six goals on fast breaks, however in the last quarter we were able to open the play up a bit more and romped away to a convincing win

May 05, 2014 - Round 5 v Sturt
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Senior Reports thanks to: Tim Miller
Round 5 had arrived as our North Adelaide side looked to continue our winning ways against Sturt at Prospect Oval on Saturday. Ken McGregor and the coaching staff were forced to make 5 changes to the side that defeated Norwood on ANZAC Day. Out of the side due to illness and injury were Patrick Boles,Matt Campbell, Jesse O’Brien and Sam De Leonardis as well as the suspended Ben Williams. Into the side were Andy Read, Campbell Combe, Luke Teasdale and Jarrod Stokes, while 17 year old Stephen Tahana was selected to make his League debut, our third in 3 weeks. 
We won the toss and kicked with the aid of the breeze but it was Sturt who got the first goal. The recalled Luke Teasdale kicked our first goal of the match in a scrappy and congested start. Alex Barns kicked a long bomb off one step from outside 50 to extend our lead, but Sturt kept persisting and we were unable to make use of the breeze. Sturt were more desperate at the footy and this was a theme for the whole day, as we took a 2 point lead into the first change. 
We got the jump in the second term, as Todd Miles kicked our only goal for the quarter, after a tremendous contested mark by Ryan Burton. From then on in the second term, Sturt kicked 8 unanswered goals in a double blue avalanche that we could not stop. We struggled to get the ball past centre, as it became more and more evident that we had not brought the pressure and intensity that had held us in good stead in the previous two games. We hadn’t come to play and Sturt were all over us, running harder, winning the stoppages and using the ball far better than we were. In the onslaught, Will Dalwood and Stuart Hill were trying their best to arrest the slide. Sturt were relentless. Sturt seemed to have more space than we did. 43 points down at half time, we needed an immediate response to have any chance of winning the game.
We won the 3rd quarter, kicking 3 goals to one. Jay Shannon, Ryan Burton and Nick Amato kicked our three goals as Sturt continued to play the better football. We didn’t make many inroads into the Sturt lead as our accountability was still poor, with Sturt managing to find space and hit targets at will. We had to fight the game out and get some respectability on the scoreboard, or it would end in an ugly manner.
The 4th quarter didn’t get any better, Sturt running the game out well, Leigh Ryswyk getting his goal late in the quarter as Sturt ran out the game with a 61 point win. It was a very disappointing and frustrating day for the side. We had few winners on the ground and struggled to play our brand of footy across the four quarters. Speaking with defender Stuart Hill post match, “Our pressure over the ground was where it went wrong today. Our effort to get the ball at the stoppages wasn’t up to standard. It starts in the midfield, but it was across the board in the game, forward pressure, defensive pressure was well down.” “They had pressure on us all day coming out of the middle that made it easier on their spare man to read the play, the same way it is for our spare when we apply the pressure on them, which makes it a different game.” “Their defensive pressure when we were going forward made it harder for us to hit targets as well.” “We will lament a bit tonight, we have a good record at Elizabeth in recent times and we have played well out there. We get some key personnel back next week. We need to come fired up, bring our pressure across the ground the way we need to and get the two points and get back on track.”

North Adelaide 7-6 (48) defeated by Sturt 16-13 (109)
Goal Kickers: Nick Amato, Alex Barns, Jay Shannon, Leigh Ryswyk, Todd Miles, Luke Teasdale, Ryan Burton 1.
Best Players
Joe Anderson (22 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) stood Michael Coad and was competitive in the contest and provided drive from the defensive area.
Jay Shannon (33 disposals, 10 clearances, 5 inside 50’s) continued his impressive form. Was our only midfielder who competed for 4 quarters.
Stuart Hill (13 disposals, 5 marks, 10 rebound 50’s) played loose in the defensive area for the majority of the day. Was strong aerially in the contest and on the ground.
Stephen Tahana (17 disposals, 8 marks, 2 inside 50’s) made a strong debut with his defensive attributes standing out. Won his share of the ball and always looked to make something happen.

Next Saturday we head to the wide open spaces of Elizabeth Oval to take on Central District. The beauty of sport is that there is always next week as we look to rebound from what was an extremely disappointing day with very few highlights. We have the opportunity to right the wrongs of today and get back on track with a win.
Enjoy the week Rooster fans and see you at the footy!
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
George Thring - Ankle - Indefinite
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite
Greg Gallman - Hamstring - 1-2 weeks
Alan Obst - Hamstring - Test
Luke Trenorden - Hip - Test
Jesse O’Brien - Groin - Test
Matthew Campbell - Foot -Test
Patrick Boles - Sick - Available

Michael Clinch has served his 5 game suspension and will be up for selection this week against Central District @ Playford Alive Oval.

RESERVES

Prospect Oval saw the visit of Sturt as our North Adelaide Reserves side looked to go for their 5th consecutive win to start the season. With the league side making 5 changes, it gave coach Craig Brooks an opportunity to bring up some young talent from the Under 18s. With Jarrod Stokes, Luke Teasdale, Stephen Tahana, Campbell Combe and Andy Read being required for league duty, it allowed Matthew Nye, Sam Ciappina, Mark Quinn, Callum Wilkie and Sam McInerney to come up and show their talents at Reserves level. Captain for the day Michael Virgin won the toss and kicked with the aid of a strong breeze. The ground was in exquisite condition given the rain on the previous day. Tom Sandercock was off early after a heavy collision, he returned to the field and played the rest of the game. Liam Jacka got us off to the perfect start with the first goal. Mark Quinn bobbed up in his first game and kicked our second goal. Mark was getting plenty of the footy early and proved to be quite dangerous up forward. Michael McMahon added a third for the quarter, but we didn’t make full use of the breeze, kicking only 3 goals for the quarter. Our defence was working well together, as Cameron Craig continued his terrific defensive work and Sam Wundke was playing well across half back. 

Déjà vu as Liam Jacka kicked his 2nd goal to start the 2nd term, which was our only goal for the term as Sturt gained the ascendancy. Sturt started to get on top and we had to halt the onslaught. We went into the main change 2 points down, but we were playing some good footy. It was the side that wanted it more that was going to get the win.

The second half started with Sturt getting the first of their 3 goals. From then on it was the Darren Shillabeer Show, as Darren kicked 5 third quarter goals to regain the lead and dominate the contest. Tom Sandercock was shifted to defence and Shillabeer went forward in a reshuffle of the side at half time. Darren presented well, taking good contested marks and shooting for goal with supreme accuracy. It was a tremendous individual effort by Darren to wrestle back the ascendancy for the team. Toby Schulz kicked our other goal for the quarter as we went into the final quarter with a 19 point lead. Was it going to be a big enough lead? The next 30 minutes of footy were going to decide it. Sturt were coming home with the breeze and we had to work really hard to stop them from scoring. 

We lost Lachlan Robinson very early in the final quarter as he was stretchered off with concussion. He is doing fine after the collision which did not look good. Lachlan has had a much improved start to season and is getting plenty of the footy so far and using it brilliantly. Darren Shillabeer kicked his 6th to extend the margin. Sturt then had another period of domination and began to pepper the goals. Like last week against Norwood, we had to hang tough to get the win. Michael Virgin continued his desperation to get the win with a score saving smother as Sturt continued to produce scoreboard pressure. Sturt had plenty of opportunity to level the score, kicking 2 goals 7 for the quarter as Addison Burns extended the margin to 12 points before the boys began to ice the clock and hold on for a gutsy 13 point win. 

We had a disappointing 2nd term, but the move of Darren Shillabeer to full forward proved a master stroke. Darren’s 3rd quarter changed the game as we went on to record the 5th win to start 2014.

North Adelaide 12-12 (84) defeated Sturt 10-11 (71)

Goal Kickers: Darren Shillabeer 6, Liam Jacka 2, Michael McMahon, Toby Schulz, Mark Quinn, Addison Burns 1.
Best Players: 
Heath Caldwell (26 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles) rotated through the midfield and across half back in his best game for the season. Found the ball in dangerous positions and worked hard into space.
Justin Schahinger (11 disposals, 33 hit outs, 8 clearances) best big man on the ground in another consistent performance. His follow up at the stoppages was impressive.
Lachlan Robinson (17 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s) plays the game with high intensity and courage. 
Matthew Nye (10 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles) played a defensive role for 2 and a half quarters and shut down the opposition’s best midfielder completely. 
Liam Jacka (26 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 7 rebound 50’s) continued his good form of recent weeks. Worked both ways consistently and capped his game off with 2 goals.
Darren Shillabeer (15 disposals, 9 marks, 6 goals) was quiet by his standards across half back in the first half. Was moved forward at half time and kicked 6 second half goals in a match winning performance.

Next week we take on Central District at the Playford Alive Oval as our Reserves look to continue their winning ways. Hope to see you all at the footy next week.
GO ROOSTERS!


UNDER 18S

North: 3.8 8.9 13.14 18.15.123
Sturt: 1.2 2.5 2.5 4.7.31
Goals: Agius, Hayes, Schmitt, Slade 3, Morgan, Harris, Woolford 1
Best: Hayes, Pobke, Baron, Viney, Zwar, Davey

Kicking with the breeze we failed to capitalise on our shots on goal in the first quarter, but as it turned out it did not matter. Three five goal quarters in a row allowed us to run to a convincing 92 point victory.
With College starting and some injuries to seniors we made 10 changes this week (Sturt also made 8), and with the state program starting this weekend the whole competition will change shape dramatically in the next 8 weeks. However, as shown on the weekend, our depth looks quite good.

Congratulations to the following who have made it into the initial state Under 18 squad of 55. This will be shaved back to 40 in the next few weeks.
Ryan Burton
Sam McInerney
Oleg Markov
Maris Olekalns
Josh Pobke
Harrison Slee
Stephen Tahana
Harrison Wigg
Callum Wilkie
Jed Woolford

UNDER 16S

North: 2.0 6.5 9.6 13.12.90
Sturt: 2.4 3.6 7.7 8.7.55
Goals:  Ralph 5, Hayward 3, Purser, Smith 2,Matsouliadis 1  
Best:  Graham, Crawford, Hayward, Matsouliadis, Nixon, Haines
Kicking into the breeze in the first quarter we did well to restrict Sturt, and with the breeze at our back in the second quarter we were able to go in at half time with a handy 17 point lead. We virtually sealed the game in the third quarter, although being outscored still kicking three goals. Turning in front we extended our lead to a comfortable 35 points, against a side who is also going to finish top four.

April 28, 2014 - Round 4 v Norwood
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thanks to: Tim Miller

LEAGUE

After a gutsy come-from-behind win over West Adelaide last Thursday, we had the honour of playing on ANZAC Day against Norwood at the Adelaide Oval. In overcast, yet perfect conditions for football, Ken McGregor and the coaching staff made 4 changes to the side that defeated West Adelaide. Into the side came Chad O’Sullivan, who deserved his call up after good form in the Reserves, while James Craig, Todd Miles and Max Thring were returning from injury. Out of the side went the injured Josh Gregg and Andy Read, Campbell Combe and Justin Schahinger went back to the Reserves. It was a massive occasion for our side, with the Grand Final rematch also being the first SANFL game at the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval. 

As is usually the way with Norwood, it was a tough and congested encounter with plenty of stoppages. Norwood missed two early chances before we managed to get on the board first through Matt Campbell. The good start then turned sour after Sam De Leonardis had to be stretchered off with a bad leg injury. Very sad for Sam given he had such an impressive debut against West Adelaide, and was also the Round 3 Star Search Nominee (the 2nd after Josh Gregg was the Round 1 nomination). Our skill level was up on the previous week, but Norwood kept the game as congested as could be at the stoppages. Cohen Thiele kicked the 2nd goal after playing on from a mark. Our pressure and intensity was fantastic, causing Norwood to fumble and turn the ball over. We forced them into errors they would not normally make, and this resulted in our 3rd goal on the bounce through Ryan Burton, after Luke Mitchell nearly brought down a great mark. Norwood got on the board late in the term after an uncharacteristic error by foot from the returning Todd Miles. We went into the first change 12 points up and things were looking good. Ken McGregor was pleased with the contested numbers and the tackling pressure in the term.

Norwood got the jump in the 2nd quarter, kicking their first goal from yet another turnover, then some ill-discipline cost the next goal. Norwood’s pressure and intensity lifted greatly, we were over-using the handball instead of trying to find an option by foot. Norwood began their usual hunting of the footy and always had numbers around the contest or the ball carrier. Norwood’s defensive structure was working, and finding targets became difficult. Even though we were behind, Norwood weren’t hurting us on the scoreboard and we were well and truly in the contest. Luke Mitchell kicked his first goal for the game in the 2nd term, but it was our only goal for the quarter. 10 points down at the main change, Norwood had control of the game, but we were never going to go away.

Norwood extended their margin with the first goal of the 3rd term. Ken McGregor threw Todd Miles forward, just to try and mix things up and he kicked a rare goal for the Captain. Ben Williams was working hard in defence. His closing speed at the contest is a great asset of his and has really improved that area of his game. Alek Kangur was having another terrific game across half back. His desperation evident when Norwood looked like scoring, but Alek’s effort to win the footy back for the team with knocking the ball away from the Norwood player, then after losing possession laying a tremendous tackle, which caused Norwood to cough the ball up, then clearing the ball out of defence. We went coast to coast after this that resulted in Ryan Burton kicking his 2nd for the match. Todd Miles got his 2nd for the match to close the margin to 1 point, before Norwood got a steadying goal. The defensive acts from Alek Kangur seemed to spark us into action again as we closed the margin to 8 points at the final change. We were well and truly in this game. Ken McGregor called on his leaders to stand up when it mattered. We needed the boys to be brave and united in the final term and work our backsides off to get the result. 

The final term got off to the perfect start with Luke Mitchell kicking his 2nd of the contest to bring the margin to 2 points. Our ball movement was far more fluent as it took less than a minute after Mitchell’s 2nd goal for Max Thring to put us in front. Max was given the role on former Rooster James Allan and they had an absorbing duel for the day. It was a great return to the side for Max as he missed the previous game through injury. We were right on top, but missed a couple of shots at goal that would have broken the back of the Norwood side. Luke Mitchell had another long shot at goal and kicked his 3rd for the match to extend our lead to 12 points. Norwood rallied and had reduced the margin to 4 points by the 13 minute mark. Luke Mitchell slotted through goal number 4, and got the lead back out to 10 points. Nick Amato had another terrific game and kicked his 1st goal to get us to a 16 point lead. We had the momentum back and were well and truly up and about. Jay Shannon got in on the act with a goal to push the lead to 22 points and Todd Miles then kicked goal number 3 shortly after. Chad O’Sullivan was important in the midfield in his return to the side, especially at the stoppages, winning plenty of first possessions to give our runners the opportunity to set up scores. Norwood got one back and when the final siren went, we were 21 points to the good. 
As was the case last week, it was another gutsy, hard at it win. There is no quit in this group. Our boys backed themselves when it counted. The group took the game on and our leaders stood up again when the chips were down. 

Speaking with Bob Quinn Medallist Jay Shannon after the match, “It was a big game, losing to them in the Grand Final last year, we really put an emphasis on that through the week to get motivated and come back and smash them. It was great to play on ANZAC Day so it was really good to get the win.” “It was great to finish off the game really well. We lost Sam De Leonardis early, so we were down a rotation for most of the day. We had a really good 1st quarter and a tremendous last quarter, we ran over the top of them. The boys are really fit and worked hard together.” “Tackling pressure was really good in the 1st quarter, they like to flick the handball around and our pressure was really good. We dropped off a bit in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but it was fantastic in the last quarter from everyone and we stuck our tackles when we really needed it.” “It was a good call by Kenny to change it up and throw Toddy forward. He went really well down there and gave us a contest. James Craig’s last quarter was brilliant, his ruckwork was exemplary and Will Dalwood, the general in defence was great all day and our leaders stood up and Luke Mitchell has got a great presence up forward and kicked a few goals.” “Ken was just happy and excited after the game and the way we finished. Ken was just excited that he knows we can go one better. If we can be a bit more consistent, we move the footy well and take the game on. We had a couple of Servicemen come in and talk about being brave and united as a group and it showed in the last quarter where we stuck together and fought it out well.”

North Adelaide 14-7 (91) defeated Norwood 9-16 (70)
Goal Kickers: Luke Mitchell 4, Todd Miles 3, Ryan Burton 2, Matt Campbell, Nick Amato, Max Thring, Jay Shannon, Cohen Thiele 1.
Best Players: 
Jay Shannon (28 disposals, 6 tackles, 9 clearances) a deserving winner of the Bob Quinn Medal for best on ground. Worked tirelessly all day and stood up when counted in the tense last quarter.
Todd Miles (14 disposals, 5 marks, 3 goals) controlled the defensive area before moving forward and impacting the game with 3 goals.
Leigh Ryswyk (26 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles) ran hard through the lines all day and gave the side great momentum when he got hold of the ball.
Nick Amato (23 disposals, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50’s) continues to win the contested ball. Worked hard at the stoppages and ran hard forward to create an option.
Chad O’Sullivan (19 disposals, 9 clearances) got better the longer the game went. Had a huge impact in the last quarter getting first possession constantly.
Matthew Campbell (17 disposals, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50’s) was impressive for the first three quarters before foot soreness pushed him to the goal square. Provided great drive whether in the midfield or defence.
Ben Williams (15 disposals, 3 tackles, 6 rebound 50’s) had a role on the dangerous Simon Phillips and kept him under control all day. Also provided some drive from defence.
Joe Anderson (21 disposals, 5 marks, 4 rebound 50’s) was creative and strong across half back. Reads the game well and knows when to attack/defend.

Next week it is back to Saturday footy at Prospect Oval where we welcome Sturt. We can take a lot of confidence out of today’s terrific win and the way we can run games out. The last two weeks have shown that we work our backsides off until the final siren and there is a lot of belief in this playing group.

Have a great week Rooster Faithful and see you at the footy!
GO ROOSTERS!

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
George Thring - Ankle - Indefinite
Greg Gallman - Hamstring - 2-3 weeks
Alan Obst - Hamstring - Test
Luke Trenorden - Hip - Test
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite
Alek Kangur - Chest - Test

Unfortunately last Friday we had our second broken ankle in 5 weeks with Sam De Leonardis joining George Thring on the sidelines. Sam was injured after being tackled from behind when disposing of the ball to create our first goal of the game to Matthew Campbell. Sam has had surgery to place a plate over the injured area and is still recovering in hospital.  His rehabilitation is likely to take approximately 8-12 weeks. We wish him all the best through the recovery process and look forward to seeing his talented football abilities back on the oval soon.

RESERVES

Our Reserves were looking to go four from four as we took on Norwood at Adelaide Oval this afternoon. Three changes were made to the side that defeated West Adelaide last Thursday, in came Justin Schahinger, Campbell Combe and Andy Read from the league side and out went Chad O’Sullivan who deserved his call up to league duty and Maris Olekalns and Harrison Wigg were omitted. 
We got on the board first through Jarrod Stokes after Sam Wundke won an important 2 on 1 contest that saved a certain score. We weren’t accountable after that as Norwood began to gain momentum but were unable to convert. Sam Wundke again was important as he took another score saving mark before a Heath Caldwell kick found Andy Read well within scoring range. Read kicked truly and we got the first two goals on the board before Norwood pulled one back. Justin Schahinger was important in the ruck, his second efforts at ground level were instrumental in finding our runners and getting the ball moving in the right direction. We were forcing stoppages and Norwood was keeping the game tight. Braden Allen kicked his first goal of the game after some excellent ball movement, with clean skills from Addison Burns, Toby Schulz and Riley Hayes before Allen found himself free inside 50 after starting the chain himself. Darren Shillabeer saved a certain score with a great tackle before Norwood kicked the last goal of the quarter to head into the first change 5 points ahead.
Both sides coughed the footy up early in the 2nd before Norwood extended their lead. Our tackling pressure was good and had been to this point in the contest. Luke Teasdale was winning plenty of the footy and kicked our first for the quarter. Tom Sandercock was presenting well up forward and working hard as the back-up ruckman. Sam Wundke continued his great game with a clever mark at half back that found its way to Nick Dinham who kicked a brilliant set shot from the boundary line that never looked like missing, which put us back in front. Norwood regained the lead after we weren’t accountable at a stoppage as Norwood moved the ball cleanly from the scrimmage and kicked a goal. Jarrod Stokes replie