South Adelaide under 17 girls win premiership

South Adelaide's Under 17 girls have claimed the 2017 Statewide Super Talent Shield after their winning grand final performance against Sturt at Unley Oval on Sunday, September 17.

The Panther girls put the finishing touches on an undefeated season, clinching the Statewide Super Shield with a dominant 11.7 (73) to 0.1 (1) victory over Sturt. 

The grand final success is the second in a row for this age group of South Adelaide junior girls and their third grand final play-off in as many years.

South Adelaide was able to score the first major of the match thanks to a Sturt turnover at half back, with some silky ball movement through the middle of the ground and forward pressure setting up a great snap in the third minute.

The Panthers kicked their second major just two minutes later after some more terrific forward pressure.

South started to show their dominance through the back line, with some great intercept marking, and strong running through the midfield setting up repeat forward entries.

By the first change, South had control of the match leading 20 points to no score.

To their credit, Sturt's players continued to battle hard in the second term, limiting the Panthers to just 2.2 for the quarter and remain in touch at the major break.

However, in the third term the Panthers broke the game open, adding 3.1 to the scoreboard and continuing to keep the Double Blues goalless.

The margin at the final change was 52 points and the match was over as a contest. South Adelaide's defence continued to hold strong in the final term when Sturt did make charges forward. The Panther defence was miserly and was determined to not let the Double Blues score a major.

On the other hand the Panthers moved the ball fluently into their attacking zones and created many opportunities for their forwards.

At the final siren the young Panther cubs had stamped their mark on a breathtaking and controlled 72-point shutout win. They restricted Sturt to only one point in a masterful display of disciplined football.

The Great Southern Football League was well represented in the South Adelaide Football Club girls premiership win with Amy Beaumont, Nicky Bell, Annabel Thomas from the Strathalbyn Football Club, Tayla Bohnsack, Elouisa Thomas and Mackenzie Worsley from the Victor Harbor Football Club, Mikayla Fyfe, Brooklyn Kraft, Emily Puckridge and Shenae Williams from Encounter Bay Football Club and Caitlin Radbone and Katrice Turner from the Willunga Football Club all playing roles.

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