Gutsy win keeps Central District in the hunt

CENTRAL District is still in the finals hunt after it scrapped its way to a thrilling two-point victory over Glenelg in SANFL action at My Money House Oval on Saturday.
The Tigers got off to a flyer, kicking the first two goals of the game.
However, the next 10 minutes were dominated by the Bulldogs, with Justin Hoskin, Josh Richardson and John Butcher kicking goals, allowing their side to enter quarter-time 12 points up.
Central went into damage control in the second term, after the Tigers kicked two successive goals to snatch the lead.
Richardson then scored just on the brink of half-time to put the Dogs ahead at the main change.
The Tigers fluffed chances in front of the big sticks, and Brendan Dew made them pay.
Jordan Furnell kicked a major just before three-quarter-time to set up a thrilling final term, as the Bulldogs led by eight points.
Carl Nicholson got his side back to within a point early in the quarter, but Hoskin and Brody Mahoney helped maintain the Dogs’ lead.
However, Matt Snook and Luke Reynolds kicked late majors for the Tigers, setting up a nail-biting finish.
The Dogs got the chocolates after a late scramble in the goal mouth was rushed through for a behind.
Post-match, Central District assistant coach Darren Reeves said his side just needs to keep winning.
“We probably didn’t take advantage of the conditions in the first quarter,” he said.
“They dominated in the second quarter, we just managed to not concede goals against us.
“They kicked a couple of goals late, it was a bit of a scramble late on.”
The Bulldogs have won their past two games by under a goal, and Reeves said those results are pivotal for boosting confidence.
“They’re absolutely important,” he said.
“We’re aware that we have some work to do and need to do a bit if we are to get close to finals.”
Butcher starred for the Bulldogs, while Kyle Jenner and Travis Schiller also played their part.
“Trav Schiller was outstanding, again,” Reeves said.
“Jarrod Schiller was outstanding, Johnny Butcher probably played one of his best games…he was influential.”
The Bulldogs sit two games outside the top five, and play West Adelaide and the winless Adelaide Crows in the coming weeks.
“All we can control is our games, we go to Westies this weekend pretty confident,” Reeves said.
“The Crows are struggling with injuries, but first we’ll try and get a result at West Adelaide.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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