The South Cardiff Panthers continued their unbeaten run in the Welsh Australian Rules Football League but not after a scare by an outstanding performance by the Vale Warriors. Despite key players missing from their squad, the Panthers lined up with a strong team including Great Britain players Mark Horsman and Liam Corbett and European representative Josh Davey.
After kicking three early goals it seemed that this would be a routine victory for the 2010 Champions however the Warriors have been this years dark horses and constantly threatened. Andy Gardner led strongly from the back, with his big kicks constantly penetrating the Panthers defensive line, whilst Ethan Dicks, playing only his first year of footy kicked four goals and earned himself the Best on Ground Award.
At the end of day however it was the Panthers experience and fitness that paid off and they ended up 12.19.91 – 10.5.65 winners in what has been the closest and more fiercely fought contest of the whole season. In what was a horrible dip in form the Panthers will hope not to let their form dip again whilst chasing a 3rd successive title whilst the Warriors will hope to continue their form from their last 2 matches as they look to build on a promising opening to the season.
League standings following round 3:
(F = Forfeited Game)