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Round 5 Hostplus SANFL Snapshot – Sunday

Woodville-West Torrens spoiled Sturt’s side as they managed to swing the pendulum back in its favor and take a highly entertaining eight-point lead at Thomas Farms Oval.

As popular Double Blues captain James Battersby celebrated his 200th Hostplus SANFL League match at a newly renovated Unley surface, all signs pointed to the crowd of 3,158 enjoying a home win in stunning sunshine.

But the rejuvenated Eagles, who have flourished under the presence of new coach Sam Jacobs, had other ideas as they managed to resist a six-goal third-term flurry from the hosts.

“Last year we struggled a bit when we lost twice to Sturt,” Eagles star James Rowe told Channel 7 after the match.

“We knew they would come out well for James Battersby so we tasked ourselves as a group to make a statement against the competition and I think we did that today.”

Rowe, who was awarded the Coles Values ​​Player after 25 disposals and two goals, said his side were confident of the final change despite being 13 points behind.

“As a group, we feel like we’re a great team in the last quarter,” Rowe said.

“We have won every last quarter this year, so we are very confident that we can run over teams and we did that again today.”

The visitors led by as many as 31 points going into the second quarter as they seemingly had the game under control while holding a 20-point lead at half-time.

But Sturt, again without star midfielder Tom Lewis, fired back as it tried to honor Battersby, closing in on the first six majors of the third quarter with an 18-point lead.

Blues forward Lachie Burrows scored the opening goal of last season to extend his team’s margin to 19 points, but that would be his side’s last score until a pair of hurried bottoms came just over 23 minutes later.

The Eagles’ bevy of contributors included rising onballer Adam D’Aloia with 29 touches, six clearances and 10 tackles, while captain Joey Sinor had 25 disposals, 12 tackles and eight clearances.

Grown-up player Luke McKay continued his hot start to his SANFL career with the Eagles with 24 disposals, 10 tackles and a striking long-range goal, while tall Connor Ballenden had a big say in the outcome with his four goals from five points and 13 divestments.

Sturt’s Will Snelling again found plenty of Sherrin with 37 disposals, six clearances and five tackles, while Casey Voss collected 27 disposals and eight marks.

Double Blues forward Connor McFadyen had a strong presence inside the 50 yards with 20 disposals, nine marks and two goals, while Battersby recorded 19 disposals, nine tackles and five clearances in his milestone match.