BAROSSA District resisted an inspired effort from Angaston, as the Dogs claimed a nine-point victory in Saturday’s Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football match.
The Dogs were back to full strength with seven massive inclusions that included playing-coach Todd Miles and big ticket forward Darren Shillabeer.
Miles said he was happy to take out another tight encounter over the Panthers.
“Every game we’ve played against Angaston since I’ve been at the club has been a tight game, they trouble us a bit,” he said.
“The way they used the footy in that first half was really good.
“They started really well, but we weren’t up to standard early.”
The Panthers’ pressure was on-point from the first bounce, as Ryan Humphries-Carnelly hit the scoreboard in the opening minute.
Around the contests the Panthers were red hot, laying 21 first-quarter tackles.
Goals to Callan Lowke, Ross Kuhn and James Paprotny ensured the Panthers got the jump over the visitors, taking an unscripted 21-point lead at quarter-time.
Unfortunately, the Panthers will miss Paprotny for a long period of time, after he injured his knee.
Barossa’s forward pressure stood up in the second term, however that did not translate into scoring.
The Dogs’ kicking efficiency suffered, converting only two goals from 11 inside 50 entries.
For Angaston, Alex Brackstone combined with Thomas Ryan to take some very handy defensive marks, but the team failed to slot a major in the second stanza.
Barossa’s Jack Schuurmans and Jack Maxwell then scored back-to-back majors to cut the margin to just eight points at the main change.
Barossa hit its straps in the third term, slotting five goals in the premiership quarter, giving it a big enough buffer to hold on to victory in the final term.