ENCOUNTER BAY – More than 2300 people went to Encounter Bay oval to witness South Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows play an SANFL game. The Crows won the match by six points in a thriller.
South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe said it was a good advertisement for SANFL football and Encounter Bay Football Club ensured it was a great football experience.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day, better game, but perhaps a more favourable result,” Mr Sharpe said. “While next year it is our turn to host a Good Friday game at Hickinbotham Oval, we will investigate whether or not there is an opportunity to play a game in our zone on an annual basis. We’ll review it, talk to the SANFL and then make a decision based on all the information.”
Great Southern players Ben Heaslip (Encounter Bay), Sam Overall (Victor Harbor), Adam Hunter (Mount Compass), Rigby Barnes (Encounter Bay) and Luke Durdin (Yankalilla) all had their moments according to South coach Garry Hocking.
“Ben Heaslip played mainly half forward onball and showed at times he can have an influence on the game, but just needs to be more consistent over the four quarters.
“Sam Overall was our best forward on the day finishing with four goals and created a few more for others with his attack on the ball in the air. Is in good form with nine goals from the past two games.
“Adam Hunter is really settling in nicely to his role on the wing, offers good run both offensively and defensively and finished with 17 possessions and nine marks. Very composed when he has the footy and should play a large amount of games in 2017.
“Rigby Barnes was fairly consistent across the game and doubled his possession count from the week before, still needs to work harder around the ground when South are in offence, but his defensive actions were terrific laying seven tackles.
“Luke Durdin has showed some really good signs down back this year, had the Dear match-up for parts of the game and gave up some scoring shots against. I like the way he does compete and tries to challenge his opponent when South gain possession,” Hocking said.
In the curtain raiser Great Southern Football League under 15 Academy played against Southern Football League and won by 12 goals.