Spencer Gulf

BRAVE SOLLIES FALL TO SOUTH

September 23, 2019

The South Augusta Football Club has claimed the 2019 SGL Grand Final as the most successful era of their long and proud history continues to roll on with their fourth flag in a row.

They didn’t have it all their own way though and the Solomontown Cats started well and early on the boilover was a chance. The Cats got the first two of the game and held South goalless in the first quarter and led by 13 points at the first break. It was a real arm wrestle in cold blustery conditions and a real tough battle ensued in the second with South closing the gap to go in even at the main break.

Sollies would have been thinking they were a sniff but needed a strong third stanza. Accuracy cost them badly though as South skipped out with 3.4 to the Cats who only managed 6 behinds to leave them 16 points behind with a quarter to go. Goal scoring has been their Achilles heel all year and again only managed one in the last to 4.2 to the Dogs to see the final margin blow out to 34 points which. The Dogs were very much the deserving winner but with 22 scoring shots to 18 the end margin was probably not a true indication as to the competitiveness of the Cats.

The dual menace of the South forwards in Warren and McKenzie were again damaging in a low scoring affair with seven goals between the duo. Ritter was strong and decisive all day and was awarded the medal for best afield. Big man Downey battled everything that the Cats could throw at him to still be working tirelessly all day. Both Shirley’s were very good and part of a dominant defence that didn’t allow anyone from Sollies to get off the leash and Wingfield was at his best when it mattered most.

For the Cats they just couldn’t keep playing well enough for long enough and once broken South coasted late. No one was able to get multiple goals and none of their four highest goal scorers in Knibbs, Riley Hayes, Corey Davey and Tom Head found their way into their goal kickers list which was always going to hurt them. Davey was still very busy though and was best for the Cats and along with fellow midfield motor Jonno Hayes got plenty of it. Mason Munzberg was the best big man for the Cats and Kaleb Head and livewire Lindsay Bearman also gave their all.

It was always going to be a big assignment for the Sollies outfit, and they gave their supporters real hope with a strong first half. In the end it was the South guns that got the job done and for another season at least all other sides will continue to chase the runaway South outfit.

Four grades, four different Premiers.

All four Grand Finals followed a predictable track with the four Second Semi Final winners repeating the dose and getting the job done in the big one. This left three Port Augusta Champions and Port being the only Pirie side to salute the judge. This was a good result for the League with four different winners and strong showings from the Leagues bottom three League sides in Port, Central and West.

In the Reserves it was the West Augusta Hawks who slowly wore down the Lions challengers to come out victorious by 30 points in a good solid display. For the Hawks the Stapleton brothers excelled with Damien bagging four goals and Ray their best. For Lions it was youngster Bailey Congdon with three goals and plenty of it complimenting his uncle Andrew who also played very well. 

In the Under 18s Port made it back to back with a good win over an improving West Augusta Hawks side. West drew to within single figures at three quarter time before a strong last quarter got it done to win by four goals. Jacob Akker and Lawson Collins were devastating for the Dogs with plenty of senior experience whilst Alchin bagged four and O’Reilly Gray two. For Westies Kirkham bagged three whilst Searle was outstanding all day.

In the 15s it was the Central Augusta Bloods that capped a faultless season with a comfortable win over the young Port Bulldogs outfit. McAuliffe and Edwards bagged three goals each plus McAuliffe showed his immense talent and potential with a best afield performance. For the Dogs the Medallist Hanlon was very good along with good games from Simpson-Dunn, Johnson, Murphy and Caputo.

Season 2020

Season 2020 will see at least two clubs change coaches with Corey McKenzie stepping down for West Augusta during the year and Craig Roberts stepping down after three years with Port. We would guess that Lions (Promnitz) and Cats (Head) will continue with their leaders after only one year at the helm whilst Central have improved in Reddens second year. South have had four years with Boles at the helm for four flags so it’s unlikely of changes.

Combined footy will return with a game against Whyalla in Whyalla for their Centenary. No doubt there will be plenty of moves and rumours before we all line up again next year but one thing is known, all will be chasing the runaway Red and White Dogs again to try and stop them equalling the West Augusta record of 5 in a row from 1972 to 76. It won’t be easy.

GRAND FINAL on September 21, 2019
South Augusta    0.3   4.5    7.9    11.11 (77)
Solomontown      2.5   4.5    4.11   5.13 (43)
 

Best:  South Augusta – C. Ritter, J. Wingfield, C. Shirley, M. Downey, G. Shirley, D. Kildea. Solomontown – C. Davey, M. Munzberg, J. Hayes, L. Bearman, K. Head. Goals: South Augusta – G. Warren 4, K. McKenzie 3, V. Urbancic, A. Stuart, D. Kildea, C. Heron. Solomontown – B. Francis, R. Bernhardt, S. McIntyre, J. Hayes, J. Baker

CATS THROUGH TO MEET SOUTH

September 17, 2019

The Solomontown Cats are through to the Grand Final. It has taken four goes this year before finally overcoming their cross-town rivals in the Proprietary Risdon Lions but have left it to the most crucial clash to get it done, the Preliminary Final. The Cats entered the game after a dominant display in the first semi whilst the Lions had lost the second semi against top side South the week before.

Sollies had a bad run of injuries early in the season whilst Lions unfortunately copped their worst run late which has hurt them. Leading Pirie vote getter Eckert had a season ending injury and magic man Fuller came in under an injury cloud but played. It certainly wasn’t all one-way traffic though, and it was a tough, keenly fought out battle with little between the sides until late.

It was four goals each at quarter time with the wind proving little impediment to scoring either end. Sollies had managed to kick it out to 10 points by half time and six at three quarter time with their inaccuracy costing them a bigger advantage. three goals to one in the last was enough to see them through to the big one and consign Lions to a seasons end.

For the Lions Wallace was good all day with his link up work and three goals along with fellow half forward Dyer. Hill was good in ruck and his defensive marking a kick behind repelled many attacks. Edwards and Patterson were best of the onballers and Jacobs was dangerous without getting the finishes he wanted.

For Sollies they would be thrilled to finally win through and the Hayes cousins Riley and Jonno were outstanding with clearances and bagged five between the two of them. Davey was good with 4 as he spent more time forward and Tom Head continued his good year along with Marco Caputo and big man Mason Munzberg who used his strength to advantage.

It was Sollies clearance work and direct style that deservedly won the day over the Lions possession style of football and Sollies will need to repeat that and more for a boilover in the big one. For Lions they only dropped three games all minor round only to drop both their finals in a deflating finish to a well-constructed season, the footy gods just didn’t smile on them.

Preliminary Final on September 14, 2019

Prop Risdon

4.1

6.2

8.4

9.7 (61)

Solomontown

4.2

7.6

8.10

11.13 (79)

Best: Solomontown – M. Munzberg, R. Hayes, J. Hayes, T. Head, M. Caputo. Prop Risdon – S. Dyer, H. Wallace, S. Hill, S. Edwards, L. Patterson. Goals: Solomontown – C. Davey 4, R. Hayes 3, J. Hayes 2, T. Head 2. Prop Risdon – H. Wallace 3, S. Dyer 2, A. Jacobs, T. Horsnell, T. Bradley, S. Edwards

GRAND FINAL SPOT ON THE LINE – PRELIM FINAL PREVIEW

September 12, 2019

What Pirie side will get the nod for a berth in the Grand Final to challenge the rampant South outfit? It will be all decided this Saturday at Memorial Oval for the winner a shot at glory, for the loser it’s curtains. The Lions have been very consistent this year having only been defeated by the top side South all season and will have a degree of confidence having defeated the Cats three times already this year, whilst the Cats have nothing to lose.

If you must play in a Preliminary Final, then coming off a win in the First Semi is quite often a good way to get there as opposed to coming off a loss in the Second Semi. Historically though the higher placed side can recover and regroup, and this is what Lions will need to do. Eckert is again unlikely, so his output needs to be covered with a lift from all others across the ground. Shaun and Kurtis Edwards, Patterson, Oliphant, Lagoudis, Mathias Browne and the talented Fuller who copped a heavy leg knock on the weekend, will need to be at full tilt. They need goals and have the forward line to do it. Horsnell will want a bag with assistance from Dyer who will want to back to his early season form. Jacobs can score as can Wallace and Steele if given any freedom Big man Hill will be up against the multiple talls of the Cats whilst the defence will be tested with Browne, Thorpe, Ley and Harmer if he lines up back will want to work together to continue their good defensive record.

The Cats have spent large parts of the year with Saracino, Redman, Riley Hayes, Mudge, Nitschke and even McIntyre who transferred back in prior to the mid-season cut off. With all of these in and firing it does the Cats a much more solid, formidable feel. They have big manpower in the Munzberg brothers plus Bernhardt and should get the opportunity at the ball first. Riley Hayes gives them spark around goal and if Knibbs plays this week along with Tom Head and McIntyre then the chances to score will be there. Jonno Hayes is a midfield gun and along with Davey they are a devastating duo. Add in Redman, Saracino, Caputo, Bearman and Francis then their set up is strong.

This finals series has pretty much gone to a script predicted by many early in the season but can we get a twist. Can Lions get another crack at South and make a better fist of it? Will Sollies overturn the trends of the season that has seen them go down to Lions three times for another South/Solly Grand Final? Time will tell but Lions have picked up a few injuries so late in the year, in particular Eckert and now possibly Fuller, whilst Sollies have overcome more than their share of early season injuries to now be full strength. For that reason alone, we pick the Cats by under a goal in what should be a belter!

CATS CRUISE THROUGH, SOUTH INTO GRAND FINAL

September 10, 2019

The Solomontown Cats made it two wins in two weeks over the Central Augusta Bloods as the cruised through the first semi-final to book a spot in next weeks prelim final. There was a feeling that the Cats left plenty in the kit bag last week as the game was effectively a dead rubber for them and they were saving it all for this week. The result probably suggests that was the case.

The Cats were miserly in defence and the fact the Bloods first goal came in the third quarter gave an indication as to the gap between the two sides. Sollies bagged three in the first and six in the second to have the game all wrapped up come half time with a 53-point lead and only really pride left for the Bloods to fight for. This gap was increased to 71 by three-quarter time before a four goal to two last quarter to the Bloods made it look a little more respectable.

Sollies attack was sharp and is always helped when Riley Hayes is available and bagged four. Other to bag multiple goals were three each went to the returning Davey back from Crows duties and McIntyre whilst Highfold scored twice. Central on the other hand had six individual scorers.

Sollies had players winning their position all over the ground but it was the silken skilled Francis that got the nod as best. Others to excel included Josef Caputo who is in sparkling later season form, Saracino with his toughness around the ball with big man Mason Munzberg and Joe Head.

Centrals had very few winners and bowed out meekly in the end with Scott, Fuller and Muirhead the best of those. Mothballs for the Bloods but Sollies have won the right to continue and guaranteed a Pirie side in the Grand Final. Solomontown 16.14.110 Central 6.9.45

South surge into GF over Lions

The South Augusta Bulldogs have continued their stranglehold over the Lions in season 2019 with their fourth win over them booking them a ticket to the Grand Final in two weeks time.

South flew out the gates and a seven goal first term had the Lions on the back foot from the get-go. Lions were off their game and struggled to find any rhythm which was not helped with centreman Eckert missing with injury leaving a forced reshuffle to try and cover his loss. Lions did steady in the second to reduce the deficit from 37 to 25 points but was again kicked out to 40 points at three quarter time and it was always going to be too tough to overhaul. Lions rested a few sore players late in the game with percentage no issue comes finals and they were thinking ahead now to the following do or die weekend.

Downey played brilliantly all day and his work rate, fitness and tap work giving Souths fleet of runners first use of the ball. The Bulldogs were on fire and lit up by the skills and energy of the likes of Milera who bagged five, McKenzie with four and the dazzling Stuart with three goals and a dominant on ball display. Kildea showed there was no Madigan Medal hangover for him with plenty of it and Bolitho was also amongst the best.

For Lions they were well held and Horsnell could only get free for two goals and was the only multiple scorer for the defeated. Edwards was committed all day and Lions best with Browne being used to fill holes all day with good effect but was overwhelmed with the relentless nature of the Red & Whites. Others to perform well included wingman Oliphant, Patterson and Simmons whilst key man Fuller copped an injury that is a worry. South did it all a little easily and now sit and wait to see who they have next as an opponent as Lions must regroup and go again against the Cats this week. Whoever gets through will have plenty to do to chase down this dominant outfit. South 15.11.10 Prop Risdon 8.9.57.

Second Semi Final on Sunday September 8, 2019

South Augusta

7.2

9.5

12.9

15.11 (101)

Prop Risdon

1.1

5.4

6.5

8.9 (57)

Best:   South Augusta – M. Downey, A. Stuart, W. Bolitho, C. Milera, D. Kildea. Prop Risdon – S. Edwards, P. Browne, L. Patterson, A. Simmons, A. Oliphant. Goals: South Augusta – C. Milera 5, K. McKenzie 4, A. Stuart 3, G. Warren 2, V. Urbancic. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 2, A. Oliphant, S. Edwards, S. Dyer, H. Wallace, P. Browne, B. Congdon

First Semi Final on Saturday September 7, 2019

Solomontown

16.14

(110)

 

 

Central Augusta

6.9

(45)

 

 

Best:   Solomontown – B. Francis, J. Caputo, R. Saracino, J. Head, M. Munzberg. Central –  T. Scott, M. Fuller, J. Muirhead, N. Wedding, B. Taylor. Goals: Solomontown – R. Hayes 4, C. Davey 3, S. McIntyre 3, S. Highfold 2, R. Saracino, N. Redman, L. Bearman, R. Bernhardt. Central – J. Mandemaker, D. Miller, S. Besant-Wilton, B. Cooper, A. Hosking, J. Muirhead

WEEK ONE FINALS PREVIEW

September 5, 2019

The two Semi Finals take place this weekend as we look at all four sides left in the competition. Can the dynasty that has seen the last three flags continue at South Augusta. The Lions only losses this year have been to South, conquer that mountain and they may well bring home their second flag. Sollies have beaten South but stumble with Lions. They have won it from the first semi with their last flag and will be looking for lightning to strike twice. Central have lagged behind most of the year but three stellar weeks of football could stun the SGL, not likley but at least they have a shot.

First Semi Final Solomontown v Central Augusta Saturday Memorial Oval Port Pirie

For the second week in a row Sollies and Central will do battle in Port Pirie on the Saturday, except this time its winner takes all. In quite an even battle last weekend the Cats took the points and will again no doubt start favourites for this one as well. The Cats have won through to the last two Grand Finals and will be gunning to do this again starting with the Bloods. Central missed finals last year and were out of the four for much of the season so this year is an improvement and they really have nothing to lose with this one.

Bloods coach Redden will know he will need all his guns up and about to grab success and will take solace in the fact they have managed to beat Sollies twice during the year including in Pirie in the opening round. They will need all their guns up and about. Muirhead has had a stellar season and finished high in Madigan Medal voting and is very classy. Goals will be a at a premium and their two main avenues to goal will be the elusive Reid who will zip zap around and Hosking will want to be prominent. The evergreen Fuller and Struck are certainly closer to the end of their careers than the start and have the experience to help a young Bloods outfit. Hill, Khan and Williams will also need to be on song.

For the Cats their depth appears a little deeper with their guins in Jonno Hayes, Joe Caputo and Bearman will be fired up. One of the competitions absolute jets is Corey Davey and last week he was called up for SANFL finals with the Adelaide Crows and will likely be there again so could be a major out for this week at least. Up front they will want Lachy Knibbs and mid season pick up McIntyre to get busy and pour on scoreboard pressure along with Riley Hayes if available with work. The Cats have talls in the Munzberg brothers and Bernhardt and extra run from the athletic Head boys.

All in all this will be a good clash but we cant see Solomontown letting it drop. They won last weeks clash despite being a dead rubber for them so expect a lifting of intensity now survival depends on it. The Cats by 36 points

Second Semi Final South Augusta v Prop Risdon Sunday Central Oval Port Augusta

These two sides have been clearly the top two all year and this second semi final draw has been predicted a long way out. The Lions and Bulldogs have met three times this year with all the spoils going to the current Premiers South so this fact added to the fact its on their home deck will give them great confidence.

There will be a pensive lead in to the game with both sides having key players under massive injury clouds. For Lions star onballer Eckert who snaffled the Recorder Medal on Sunday hasn’t put in a bad game for years, injured a shoulder last game and it didn’t look good. We are not sure if it’s a season ender or can be worked around to play in the next two or three weeks. For South they similarly have a bit of a concern with their gun ruckman Downey who took a hard knock last week. There is plenty of conjecture and sensitivity around in todays football regarding concussion but at the time of writing we have no information on his progress. South are a very professional club and we are sure their major concern will be the welfare of their player, so they will likely err on the side of caution if there is any doubt.

Tyson Horsnell won the goal kicking for the league with 55 and goals are of a premium in finals so a bag will see the Lions well set up to win their way through. Sam Dyer has been powerful across half forward and if on song is such a hard match up and they will also get goals from Wallace and the talented youngster in Jacobs.

Recruit Hill has been much improved since moving to the ruck and will compete to give their runners and onballers in the classy Fuller, Patterson, Eckert if he comes up, Oliphant and the Edwards boys. Their defence is solid with Browne, Ley, Lagoudis giving good cover but the pace of the Bulldog attack is hard for any side to contain.

South are a class outfit. They have won the last three flags on the bounce and been dominant on the way through. They dropped only two games (to Sollies) through the year plus had the points for another taken away. There have been stages of the year when their form has waned but they have enough class sprinkled through to still fashion wins. Darcy Kildea, has just won his second Madigan Medal whilst other top shelf players include Thompson, Stuart, Warren, Ritter, Shirley and Mckenzie amongst others. This team has been tested in fire many times in the past few years and if Eckert is out its hard to see the Lions climbing this mountain. South by 18 points

BUSINESS END OF THE SEASON – FINALISTS DECIDED

September 3, 2019

All the shuffling has been done and the final four combatants have been decided as the fifth and sixth based finishers West and Port are shelved for season 2019.

Sollies outlast Bloods

In what was expected to be a prelude to the first semi final turned out to be exactly that, as next week will see a repeat of this game to decide who moves forward. Sollies really had little to play for whilst Central knew if West could pull a win over South out of the hat, then this one was a must win to make sure they played September action.

Both sides jumped out the blocks pretty well with a four goal to three opening term seeing Sollies shade Central at quarter time. The Cats set up their win with a doninant second quarter and took a 30 point lead to the main break. This was reduced to two points by three quarter time but Central used up plenty of energy to get there and Sollies steadied and pulled away in the last to win by 15 points. Not dominant but enough to get it done.

For the beaten Bloods it was Reid that was the only multiple scorer with two whilst better players included Nance and Muirhead with good games from Fuller, Williams and Hill.

Bearman bagged three for the Cats whilst Knibbs and Highfold also got multiples. Saracino is hitting form as the finals arrive and was good all day whilst both the Munzberg boys excelled along with Joe Caputo and Mudge. Its been a good seson so far for the Cats but it all starts now!

Lions fine tune with win over Dogs

Lions needed a win in case South lost focus and left a shot at stealing top spot. Port on the other hand have not been good this year, but were buoyed by their first win last week that derailed Westies finals hopes.

Wind was a factor in the game and Lions took first use of it and led by 23 points to no score at the break. They fought back somewhat from there in the second before Lions took it away from them in the third to hold a 35 point three quarter time lead. Given Port only had scored 21 to that point the boilover wasn’t on the cards and 34 points was the end margin and that could have been more with better kicking.

Of the 14 goals scored on the day only two were into the wind. Phillips from the Dogs nailed four of the five for the losers and led the scoring for both sides with Lions Jacobs leading the way for them with three. Vivar finished his season in good touch and Cooke also performed well again. Youngsters Gray and McNamara were good and Coe was handy all day.

For Lions Oliphant leads into finals in ripping nick with a best afield performance whilst Browne and Fuller were consistent as always along with another good performance from big man Hill. Lions did enough but were unable to get through this dead rubber without injuries as Eckert injured a shoulder in what could be a season defining moment for the Lions.

West can’t overcome South to bow out

Westies needed to recover from their loss to the bottom placed Port to beat the top placed South to have a sniff of going through. Put simply though the Bulldogs had too much bite and too much on the line with a home semi final and held West at bay. Its time for Westies to pack up and South to get fired up. Finals are here!

Round 17 – August 31, 2019

West Augusta

1.7

2.12

3.13

4.16 (40)

South Augusta

2.4

3.7

5.10

10.14 (74)

Best:   South – J. Warren, A. Stuart, C. Ritter, C. Shirley, K. Thompson. West – R. Hobbs, D. Kroes, T. Newchurch, Z. Willis, T. Harrison. Goals: South – A. Stuart 3, R. Fuschtei 3, V. Urbancic, S. Horner, C. Milera, J. Collins. West – H. Warren, T. Newchurch, B. Winton, M. Searle

Port

2.2

3.3

5.4 (34)

Prop Risdon

3.5

3.6

8.8

9.14 (58)

Best:   Prop Risdon – A. Oliphant, P. Browne, J. Fuller, A. Jacobs, S. Hill. Port – J. Vivar, G. Cooke, A. Coe, O. Gray, P. McNamara. Goals: Prop Risdon – A. Jacobs 3, T. Horsnell 2, A. Oliphant 2, L. Patterson 2. Port – G. Phillips 4, P. McNamara

Solomontown

4.1

9.4

9.5

12.6 (78)

Central Augusta

3.4

4.4

8.9

9.9 (63)

Best:   Solomontown – R. Saracino, M. Munzberg, J. Caputo, L. Munzberg, C. Mudge. Central Augusta – J. Nance, J. Muirhead, M. Fuller, L. Hill, C. Williams. Goals: Solomontown – L. Bearman 3, L. Knibbs 2, S. Highfold 2, B. Francis, T. Head, R. Bernhardt, R. Saracino, R. Hayes. Central – J. Reid 2, J. Nance 2, A. Hosking 2, C. Williams, J. Muirhead, B. Cooper

ROUND 17 PREVIEW

Likely First Semi Final preview

August 29, 2019

Unless Westies can pull off the shock of the year this will be the first week of Solomontown v Centrals at Memorial in what will be the First Semi Final. Central need to win to absolutely guarantee a spot but Sollies will most likely show all their cards leaving quite an interesting setting for this one.

Central had a shocker last week against a fired-up Lions outfit and copped a 100 point plus drubbing so at the very least will need to at least uncover some chinks in the Cat armour. They surprised Sollies in round one with a comfortable win after some woeful goal scoring from the Cats and again in Round 11 in Port Augusta blitzed with an eight goal last quarter.

Sollies have plenty of guns with Davey, Jonno Hayes, Riley Hayes, Joe Caputo, Knibbs, Head, Redman and Bearman amongst others. Centrals have Muirhead, Fuller, Reid, Hill, Struck and Khan.

Sollies should have too much firepower and will win this one by 24 points.

Lions to fine tune in last game.

Only one side has beaten Lions all year and this last minor round game against Port won’t be the second. Lions are flying and have deservedly earned the double chance with a good consistent run withy poor games very rare. They are well drilled with a blessed group of runners, a steady consistent defence and plenty of fire power up front.

Port will be very happy, even relieved to finally break through for a win last week and will treat this one as a free swing at a second with the duck broken. They have some good young kids but the thought of resting some in the lead up to finals will be a consideration.

The Leagues two leading scorers in Horsnell (52) and Phillips (49) will have their own private battle for goalkicking honours but Horsnell is likely to take that out with more likely opportunities. Lions will check and see if any little niggling injuries can be rested before finals but apart from that will be at full strength and will win. Their form is good and its mothballs for the Dogs next week. Lions need to win for a chance to finish top if South are somehow stopped by the Hawks, as unlikely as that is. Lions by 40 points.

West need win for Finals

Westies will be desperate for a win to earn a finals berth but sadly for them their opponent South equally has top spot and a home semi to secure so will be unlikely to let their effort slip. West would be ruing dropping a game to lowly Port last week that in the end looks like costing them that fourth spot if they can’t upset South on Saturday.

South to win but not easily and 30 points is our tip.

Madigan Medal time

In the days after the season finishes the Madigan Medal will be decided so we will take a stab at likely poll getters and a tip

Lions – Fuller won the gong in 2016 and will poll well again but Eckert has had a stellar year since moving from defence to the middle and get plenty.

Solomontown – Corey Davey is class and will poll well as will Jonno Hayes and perhaps cost one another votes

Port – Difficult to find a winner here on the back of so few wins but Cooke is a proven vote getter

South – Have provided last two winners in Stuart and Kildea as well as Downey being very high up in last three years. Could provide another with Thompson having a stellar year.

Central – Jack Muirhead is a standout and won’t have many taking votes from him

West – Nic Collins was runner up last year and won in 2015 and has pieced together some good games and will lead their votes

Tip- Perhaps looking at it a bit parochially from a Pirie view we are picking a trifecta of Eckert (Lions) from Thompson (South) and Muirhead (Central) third. Good luck to all.

PANTHERS, THEN TIGERS BEAT BLOODS ON MARQUEE DAY

August 27, 2019

It was a fabulous day for the Proprietary Risdon Football Club as the Lions logo was shelved for the weekend. First half saw the return of the Blue and Red Panther guernsey and the second half the Yellow and Black Risdon guernsey was worn with pride. It was a dominant display with the Panther clad first half leading by 49 points before changing over to the Tiger version and extending by another 61 points for the final margin of 110 points in a dominant display heading towards finals.

Centrals were sitting in 4th and the Lions 4th leading into the game but the distance between the sides was appreciable after a reasonably competitive first quarter that saw four goals to three. From this point on though it was 19 goals to four as Lions ran the Bloods ragged.

Lions had eight multiple goal scorers as the load was shared all over the ground. Big man Hill continued his recent good form which is a real plus for the finals. There was a fleet of best players for the victors with four goals to Jacobs and Wallace, another super game from Eckert and others in the best were Patterson Oliphant and Simmons.

Centrals had a nightmare day with only Muirhead Wedding and Fuller being competitive and big man Baulderstone with three goals. Port did Central a favour by beating West to hold Central in fourth spot but on that performance, it will only extend their season by a weekend.

It was a great day for the Lions Footy club with plenty of old stories between old combatants of yesteryear that now support the same side about which version was better. The old Tigers said they did more in their second half half whilst the old Panthers said that was only because they had broken it open for them, plenty of good fun banter all day. Well done.

Port finally break through

The Port Bulldogs finally broke through for a win against the fifth placed West Augusta Hawks in a boilover result that is likely to cost West a spot in the finals. Whilst Port have disappointed this year, they have been more than competitive in many games and their percentage much higher than any other winless side across the state and have led quite a few games at the last change.

West needed the win to leapfrog Central into 4th but were under pressure early with Port kicking out to a four goal to two first quarter. In a dour low scoring affair, there were only another seven goals scored for the game with West applying pressure but unable to bridge the gap. West trailed by 20 at three quarter time and despite the Dogs not goaling, the Hawks only scored one to go down by 17 points.

Athanasos has been good this year as has Cooke and they were the two best for the dogs along with good games from Coe, Symons and Phillips with 4 of the 8 goals Port nabbed. For West evergreen Hobbs gave it his best whilst other better players included Collins, Kroes Toome and Stuart

Port head into their last game on a high whilst Westies will be disappointed and must overturn the League leaders in South to have any chance at finals.

Cats scalded by South

The Cats couldn’t make it three from three for the Pirie sides despite being brave for three quarters before being torched by a wound up South Bulldog outfit in the final quarter. South went down badly last time these two teams met but had some big outs so were very keen to right that wrong in their eyes as finals looms.

The game was quite close early as the Cats battled hard and were assisted by the inaccuracy of the Dogs in front of goals. Sollies led by nine at quarter time and five at half time before South wrestled back a goal lead at the last break despite 21 scoring shots to 10. From here the Dogs straightened up and fired up with a 9-goal last quarter to run out 56-point winners and pound out a warning to all other final’s participants.

For the victors Thompson again was on song along with fellow runners Fuschtei, Stuart plus Heron and Wingfield. McKenzie was again busy in front of goals for four. For the Cats Caputo has been finishing the year well and was best plus good games from Lawson Munzberg, Redman, McIntyre and Sciangalepore

Round 16 – August 24, 2019

South Augusta 2.4 4.10 6.15 15.18 (108)
Solomontown 4.1 6.3 7.3 8.4 (52)

Best: SA – K. Thompson, J. Wingfield, C. Heron, A. Stuart, R. Fuschtei. Sollies – J. Caputo, L. Munzberg, N. Redman, S. McIntyre, T. Sciangalepore. Goals: SA – K. McKenzie 4, A. Stuart 3, K. Thompson 3, R. Fuschtei 2, V. Urbancic, G. Warren, T. Ritter. Sollies – L. Knibbs 2, S. McIntyre, M. Foster, T. Head, J. Baker, N. Redman, R. Bernhardt.

Port 4.1 7.4 8.5 8.10 (58)
West Augusta 2.4 2.6 4.9 5.11 (41)

Best: Port – T. Athanasos, G. Cooke, A. Coe, G. Phillips, B. Symons. WA – R. Hobbs, D. Kroes, N. Collins, A. Toome, J. Stuart. Goals: Port – G. Phillips 4, T. Dickeson, F. Collins, O. McDowall, A. Coe. WA – L. Woodforde 2, H. Warren, D. Kroes, B. Winton.

PropRisdon 4.1 10.11 14.16 23.20 (158)
Central Augusta 3.2 3.4 6.5 7.6 (48)

Best: PR – S. Hill, T. Eckert, L. Patterson, A. Oliphant, A. Simmons. CA – J. Muirhead, N. Wedding, M. Fuller. Goals: PR – A. Jacobs 4, H. Wallace 4, D. Steele 3, T. Horsnell 3, T. Eckert 3, A. Oliphant 2, L. Patterson 2, S. Dyer 2. CA – T. Baulderstone 3, A. Hosking 2, C. Benbow, K. Mcauliffe.

Round 16 preview

August 23, 2019

All teams have played one another three times and the last couple of rounds repeat the first two in the unavoidable uneven nature of a 17-round season. Both Lions and West have the advantage of an extra game against last placed Port in their one on one battles for top spot and fourth spot respectively, so it will be interesting to see if in the end it makes the difference. There are three good games that will shape the finals to look forward to.

Cats look to repeat the result.

South have had the wood over the Cats in recent seasons as their premiership run extended to three-in-a-row but this year the Cats hold a two to one advantage. South will point out the guns they had out last time and will be looking for revenge. The Bulldogs have only lost once in the last 13 rounds on the scoreboard having their other ‘loss’ when their points were taken away for an inadvertent player breach.

This game will be in Port Pirie so the Cats will want to take advantage of this, and their defence will be under huge pressure against the sharpest attack about. The battle through the middle will be first class with the Cats Hayes (Jonno and Riley), Davey, Joe Caputo, Bearman and Redman on the comeback from injury up against the star studded South line up of Thompson, Kildea, McKenzie, Warren, Stuart and the best big man about to give them first crack in Downey.

South probably have more to play for as a win will see them hold top spot and get the home semi. Ironically if the Cats do win, they may cost themselves a home final as Lions finishing top means the 3v4 game will go to Port Augusta. For that reason alone, we are tipping the Dogs by a point.

Lions to beat Central.

The Lions need to keep winning and should do so against a desperate Central outfit trying to hold on to 4th spot knowing West play bottom placed Port.

Lions had a good, tough win last week in Port Augusta and will relish being back at home against the Bloods who have battled out the second half of the season with real pride. The Lions on ball jets in Fuller, Eckert, Slattery and co will hopefully give their attackers in Horsnell, Dyer and Wallace plenty of chances to kick away.

For Central they will need huge games from their keys with Muirhead a real shining light. Big man Fuller has been good of late and small forward Reid will need a bag to have them in it along with Khan and Hill. They won’t get there though and Lions by 24 points.

West to seize fourth spot

West Augusta will be desperate as they travel south to Port Oval to try to get the win to reclaim the last finals spot with only one round to go. Port hasn’t managed to end up with the win at all this year and with the high-flying Lions in the last round this may be their last realistic chance. They have tested the Hawks on multiple occasions this year but have faltered late in games.

For West the big forward Hayden Warren is on fire with 38 goals in 9 games including 6, 6 and 7 in 3 of the last four weeks. Greg Phillips is sitting second on the goal kicking only 4 goals behind Horsnell in a super effort in a team without a win and he will need to be up and about. Through the midfield Collins, Dare-Ryan, Allen and Ryan will battle Coe, Vivar, Hutchison and Gray with Westies holding an edge.  

SOLLIES FAR TOO GOOD

Round 15 report – August 20, 2019

It was a tale of two seasons as Solomontown Cats continue to ratchet up their season as they head towards finals whilst the Port Bulldogs have two games left and are limping toward the end of the year to quickly put a line under a disappointing season.

Sollies recent form has been good and despite sitting a distant third to the top duo on the table they will be looking forward to having a crack at finals success. They went into this game as a distinct favourite and after a reasonable competitive first quarter the game was blown apart with a seven goal to two second quarter to put the game result to bed. The margin continued to grow in the third and the final margin of 93 points was fair given the gulf between the teams.

For Sollies their attack looks so much more potent when Riley Hayes is available to partner Knibbs and they managed 10 between them with Knibbs six and Hayes four. Lawson Munzberg was the best big man on the ground and led the Cats with very good games from Kaleb Head, Davey and Bearman but there could have been another 10 names put here as a good all-round team effort.

For the defeated Phillips again scored multiple goals and finished with four whilst better players that battled hard were those in the action with Vivar, Coe and Gray around the ball and Symons and Johnson in defence.

Full points to the Solomontown Football Club for their spectacular Aboriginal Guernsey that graced the field last Saturday. The Cats are the first Pirie side to play is an Aboriginal design and were joined on the weekend by both West and Central. South led the league last year with their inaugural version.

Lions come from behind

There was plenty at stake in Port Augusta on Saturday with Prop Risdon Lions needing the win to match step with fellow table leaders South whilst West Augusta Hawks now needed to catch up a win on the fourth place Central and a home game against a travelling side opened up an opportunity to re enter finals positioning.

The first quarter gave a snapshot as to how things were to pan out with a deadly accurate West nailing five goals straight including two to the leagues form forward Hayden Warren to the Lions who squandered a few chances at 4.5 top trail by a point. West pushed their advantage to 13 points at half time and the sniff of an upset was on.

Lions haven’t lost to anyone but South all year and weren’t about to let their shot at top spot go so had to pull out all stops to wrestle back control. They had pulled it back to a point at three quarter time and in a tight tough last stanza the Lion’s man handled West away with a 3.4 to 2.2 last quarter to win by seven points. Lions deserved the win with 7 extra scoring shots and their epic season long stoush for top spot continues.

Best for Lions was Eckert who has had a stellar year and will poll well in the Madigan Medal. Wallace was very good with three goals and plenty of possessions and Horsnell bagged four. Big man Hill was again good as was Slattery and Simmons. For West again it was their goal-scoring talisman Warren who was again elusive and dynamic for a match high 6 goals and was fed from their livewire old school rover Nic Collins. Others to perform well were Duffy, Dare-Ryan and Harrison in a good team effort that was brave but just fell short.

South second half gets it done

Central Augusta Bloods were overrun by the top placed South Augusta Bulldogs after a good first half as they desperately looked for a win to put some distance between themselves and West in 4th/5th spots. South were led by 13 points at quarter time and a goal at the main break before seven goals to two in the second half saw the powerful Red and White Dogs pull away.

For South their guns in Thompson, McKenzie, Warren, Stuart and Kildea were best whilst the Bloods were brave and their better players included Muirhead, Taylor, Fuller, Hill and Khan.

Round 15 – August 17 & 18, 2019

Central

3.2

5.3

7.5

7.8 (50)

South

1.1

4.3

7.9

11.15 (81)

Best:   South – K. Thompson, K. McKenzie, G. Warren, A. Stuart, D. Kildea. Central – J. Muirhead, B. Taylor, M. Fuller, L. Hill, N. Khan. Goals: South – K. McKenzie 4, C. Milera 3, A. Stuart 2, R. Fuschtei, E. Reid. Central – T. Baulderstone 3, N. Khan, A. Hosking, J. Muirhead, D. Press

West Augusta

5.0

9.2

12.6

14.8 (92)

PropRisdon

4.5

6.7

11.11

14.15 (99)

Best: PR – T. Eckert, A. Slattery, H. Wallace, S. Hill, A. Simmons. WA – N. Collins, H. Warren, D. Duffy, J. Dare-Ryan, T. Harrison. Goals: PR – H. Warren 6, N. Collins 2, T. Harrison 2, J. Fraser , T. Warren, K. Davies, J. Packard. WA – T. Horsnell 4, H. Wallace 3, S. Edwards 2, S. Hill 2, T. Eckert, J. Fuller, B. Congdon.

Solomontown

3.2

10.6

15.9

22.11 (143)

Port

1.2

3.4

5.6

7.8 (50)

Best: Sollies – L. Munzberg, K. Head, R. Hayes, C. Davey, L. Bearman. Port – J. Vivar, A. Coe, O. Gray, B. Symons, L. Johnson. Goals: Sollies – L. Knibbs 6, R. Hayes 4, M. Munzberg 2, C. Davey 2, L. Bearman 2, T. Head 2, R. Bernhardt, R. Saracino, S. Highfold, A. Enalanga. Port – G. Phillips 4, P. McNamara 2, G. Cooke.

Round 15 PREVIEW

August 15, 2019

This one shapes up as a pretty straight forward round with top 3 playing bottom three in games that should the ladder. 1v4 2v5 and 3v6.

Sollies to continue Ports woes.

This game should be quite straight forward for the Cats with the main danger being complacency as the Cats tread water waiting for finals. Sollies will be looking to try and iron out their movement heading forward and will be pleased to give keyman Redman more game time.

Caputo’s form has been up and Jonno Hayes and Davey have been first class all year. They would love to see Knibbs, Bearman or Bernhardt get a bag and it was noted Scott McIntyre played his first league game for the year after a sojourn South with Ardrossan finished prior to June 30.

Port will continue to get experience in their youth and have no option to get senior games into their future players even if it does cost them at Senior Colts level from a club perspective.

Sollies to win by 36 points

Lions must keep pressure on

Lions will want a home Semi and must finish top to get it. They now must have someone do them a favour and defeat South, but also must honour their commitment to keep winning as well. West on the other hand have had their claws firmly on that last finals berth and will not want to rely on a win against the Bulldogs to resecure their spot in the next round, they will want it now.

For Lions Horsnell leads the league goal kicking with 45 goals but only 8 games from Hayden Warren has seen him bag 32 to lead the average at 4 per game. If either of these gets off the chain for their respective team it will go a long way to a win. If they both do it will be worth seeing.

Lions will have the edge in overall depth through the midfield, but this game is in Port Augusta so a plus for the Hawks. It will be close, but we are picking the Lions by 12 points in the closest match of the round.

South to beat Central.

Central have shown plenty of improvement in the last few rounds but not enough to overturn the league leading Dogs on Sunday. South have been battling hard all year for top spot and equally Centrals for fourth spot so a win for both is vital.

The class gap is too great though and Southies to get the job done by 33 points.

LIONS TOPPLE FROM TOP SPOT

Round 14 Report – August 13, 2019

The Prop Risdon Lions have only lost 3 games all year, but unfortunately for them they have all been to the South Augusta Bulldogs with last Saturday the latest. Round 14 has seen the Premiership table leader change for the fourth time this year and now Lions will need South to drop a game elsewhere for them to have a sniff of getting it back.

It was quite a low scoring dour affair as most games across the damp windswept state were that saw both teams only manage a goal each in the first term and two goals to one in the second with Lions holding a seven point lead. Lions managed another 3 in the second half but alas South were winding up with three in the third and came home with a game high four to win by 22 points.

For South four goals from zippy McKenzie proved crucial and his speed and class are a tricky matchup. Shirley was best for the victors and is a very good defender that is often overlooked and under rated by others mainly due to the star studded on ball/forward set up they have but is very rarely beaten. Thompson and Downey were back, and it showed in the dog’s game and others to win their positions were medallist Stuart and Irvine.

Lions had their goal scorers held and none could register multiple goals. The two that did the damage against the Cats last week were again the best duo for the Lions with Eckert and Hill again performing well. Shaun Edwards was good as was Marsland with his strength and Simmons for his best game for a while.

Lions were beaten but were not battered and the feeling is they are learning and gaining each time, they were flogged the first time, only a goal down at home and now a very respectable 22 points away after leading at half time. They will meet round 1 of the finals, time will tell if the Lions can find a chink or a weakness to exploit.

Cats fend off pesky Hawks.

The Solomontown Cats won a crucial round 14 clash against their most likely first semi-final opponent in the West Augusta Hawks with a come from behind win in good fashion. The loss has forced West out of the top four with Central winning but they have another game against bottom placed Port that still sees them as most likely to get back in as the games and tables stand.

The lead changed hands each of the first three quarters before a powerful last stanza saw the Cats finish over the top of the Hawks with a five goal to one break to win by 19 points.

For the vanquished it was Hayden Warren that almost fired the Hawks to this boilover victory in a way with seven of the teams nine goals to be the best man on the ground. Westies are a better outfit with him up and about and his footy nous and surprising speed are a real handful when he is motivated. Others performing were Sinkinson, Duffy (one goal) plus Hobbs and Cammarano.

The pluses for Sollies again was Joe Caputo who again put in all day, Bearman was damaging and good games again from Jonno Hayes Kaleb Head and Lawson Munzberg. Sollies were unable to get anyone score higher than two goals and play their best footy when someone sets them alight up front. A real plus for the Cats though was the return of Redman whose early season form was excellent so a great sign to see him back.

Central rise to finals spot.

We had written the 2019 Central Augusta Bloods out of finals contention mid-season after falling 2 games plus a sizeable percentage out of reckoning. Their latest win over the Port Bulldogs though makes it three wins in the last four games and rifled them back to 4th spot superseding the Hawks. It’s a real feather in the cap of Coach Redden if he can hold them there as they go through a rebuilding phase.

On the other hand, though it was very much a well-played record with the Dogs being very competitive for long periods of the game, only to be outgunned in the last. None of the margins except the last were in double figures and fitness will be a priority headed into next season.

Reid bagged three for the winners whilst Phillips had four for Port to be the main goal scorers on the day. Muirhead for Central again continued a period of red-hot form and was ably assisted by veterans Fuller and Struck along with Rigden and Hill. For Port again one of their youngsters in Gray was impressive whilst Cooke Vivar, Edmonds and Coe were their best.

Round 14 – August 10, 2019

South Augusta

1.2

2.6

5.10

9.12 (66)

Prop Risdon

1.5

3.7

4.8

6.8 (44)

Best:   South – C. Shirley, K. Thompson, M. Downey, R. Irvine, A. Stuart. Prop Risdon – T. Eckert, S. Hill, S. Edwards, A. Simmons, C. Marsland. Goals: South – K. McKenzie 4, R. Fuschtei 2, J. Wingfield, A. Stuart, C. Milera. Prop Risdon – A. Jacobs, H. Wallace, T. Eckert, J. Fuller, C. Marsland, T. Horsnell

Central Augusta

3.3

5.6

8.7

13.15 (93)

Port

3.2

4.3

7.7

8.7 (55)

Best:   Central – J. Muirhead, M. Fuller, J. Rigden, L. Hill, R. Struck. Port – O. Gray, A. Coe, J. Vivar, C. Edmonds, G. Cooke. Goals: Central – J. Reid 3, D. Miller 2, J. Muirhead 2, J. Berry, A. Hosking, M. Fuller, M. Harvey, C. Benbow, K. Davey. Port – G. Phillips 4, P. McNamara, Z. Hutchinson, C. Edmonds, A. Coe

Solomontown

1.4

6.10

7.12

12.13 (85)

West Augusta

3.6

5.11

8.12

9.12 (66)

Best:   Solomontown – J. Caputo, L. Bearman, K. Head, L. Munzberg, J. Hayes. West – H. Warren, F. Sinkinson, D. Cammarano, R. Hobbs, D. Duffy. Goals: Solomontown – J. Caputo 2, L. Bearman 2, L. Knibbs 2, B. Francis, R. Bernhardt, M. Munzberg, N. Redman, S. McIntyre, T. Head. West – H. Warren 7, T. Newchurch, D. Duffy

Round 14 preview

August 8, 2019

The games pan out as 1v2, 3v4 and 5v6 in what should be an intriguing clash in the lead up to finals

Top of the table clash

South Augusta Dogs play host to the Prop Risdon Lions at Central Oval in Port Augusta on Saturday in what is likely to be a season defining moment as to who finishes top and hosts the Second Semi come finals time.

Lions have only dropped two games all year, both being to Southies and this is a trend they must snap if they are looking for finals glory in their quest for the second SGL flag as the Lions. This game should be a beauty as the Dogs appear to be below their earlier season dominance and dropped a game a fortnight ago to Sollies whilst they had a few out.

South will be hoping both key players in Downey and Gary Warren are back as they are a much better side with them in. Thompsons form continues to hold up and he has plenty of help with runners Kildea, McKenzie, Fuschtei, Milera and last year’s medallist Stuart.

Lions will be looking for a solid display on what many see as the likely grand final teams and venue so will be looking to their keys to get it done. In short, the twin attacking forks of Horsnell and Dyer will need to be on along with ruckman Hill and runners Eckert, Fuller and Patterson who are capable of hurting opposition sides.

South will still start favourite, but Lions can get it done and we will tip them parochially by a goal.

Cats host Hawks.

As the table stands this game is the likely first semi final at the likely venue in what should be an intriguing clash. Sollies cant catch second spot now or fall out the final 4so there isn’t too much on the line for them but the Hawks have lost four of their last five and have been caught on points by Central who play the lowly Port at home in a likely win. A loss here will most likely fall out of the four at exactly the wrong time of year.

For the Hawks Warren was quiet and will want to bounce back. They have good onballers in Collins, Dare-Ryan, Allen and Ryan. They have big men in Tyrone Warren, defender Packard and evergreen Hobbs and all of these will need to be on song for the win.

Standing in their way is a Solly side that has had an interesting three weeks. Loss to Central, beat South, lost to Lions that will be looking for a winning feeling to their last four games. They should have too much firepower at home with the two Hayes boys, Davey, Knibbs, Saracino, the Head brothers and plenty more. Cats by 24 points.

Central chase fourth spot.

If Sollies can do the Bloods a favour by holding the Hawks at bay, then a win here by Central will see them re-enter the top four for the first time since round six.

Only pride and a desperate search for that elusive win will keep the Dogs in this as they travel to Centrals home ground where they will be tough. Centrals season was tapering away before big wins in the past three weeks against West and Sollies has left the door ajar and a chance to progress to September action.

Port will need all the youngsters running hard and their experienced members fired up to compete whilst Central will want to continue on their way. Central by 24 points.

ROUND 13 REVIEW

August 6, 2019

Lions Hold Cats at bay

The Prop Risdon Lions maintained top spot on the ladder by once again defeating the Solomontown Cats in a tense battle that remained close for much of the day. That’s zero from three for the Cats against Lions and they can’t seem to find that combination needed to overcome their cross-town rivals despite beating South twice; something Lions haven’t been able to do at all this season. The pressure was on with South looking likely winners against bottom placed Port and a loss to Prop Risdon would have seen them drop to second.

Sollies were able to withstand the dangerous Lions first quarter to lead by two points in a five goal tight quarter. The game freed up in the second with an extra goal to Lions seeing them wrestle the lead back at the main break. The third quarter saw Lions kick 5.3 to Sollies 3.1 which was the largest difference in any stanza and with the last quarter being even it saw the Lions triumph by 18 points. Lions had 28 scoring shots to the Cats 20 and deserved their win but still couldn’t really shake a persistent Cats.

For the Lions Eckert put in a blinder. He is very cool and sure footed with excellent ball use and is somewhat under-rated by many. Hill was excellent in the ruck and twin forward combo Horsnell and Dyer both bagging four each in good performances along with excellent form from Wallace and Patterson.

For the Cats both Knibbs and Tom Head snared three goals each and were led at the work face by Caputo, Riley Hayes along with big man Bernhardt in one of his better games. The Cats had quieter games from a few big guns and although disappointed in the loss they will believe they can bridge this gap if they meet again.

South dismiss persistent Port

For large parts of this game Port were very competitive, much more than their nine wins to zero difference but once again a period of run on for the triple premiers were all it took to take the game away from Port on their home deck.

At one stage early Port kicked three of the first four goals to have a bright start to lead 19 to seven. Port however were unable to add their fourth till early in the third quarter as South piled on 11 unanswered goals to open a 57-point lead. Port kept it even from there, but the game was gone by then and South eventually closed it out easing down by 48 points.

For the winners Jarryd Warren put in clearly his best game for the year and was joined in the mix by the running brigade of Thompson, Kildea, Fuschtei and Clayton Milera bagged five and McKenzie three. For Port Phillips slipped in for four goals whilst youngster Liam Dreaver was their best. Vivar was good along with serviceable games to both Coe and Hutchinson.

Time is running out for Port to grab that elusive win with four rounds to go.

Central draw level with West.

The Central Augusta Blood have pulled off a huge win for the course of their season by beating fellow finals aspirant West Augusta Hawks by 16 points. A loss to Central would have nearly been glasses down for them as it would have put them two games plus percentage behind West but now both teams are poised on five wins in fourth and fifth respectively. Central have Port this week so finals are now a real chance for the Bloods as West have slumped losing four of their last five. After an even first quarter the bloods slipped out to a commanding 37-point lead at three quarter time before eventually winning by 16.

Little was best for the Bloods along with Williams Khan and Muirhead whilst for the Hawks Hobbs wound back the clock and joined by Harrison, Collins and Dare Ryan.

Round 13 – August 3, 2019

Central Augusta 2.1 6.3 10.6 11.7 (73)
West Augusta 2.0 2.3 4.5 8.9 (57)

Best: Central – J. Little, C. Williams, N. Khan, J. Muirhead, L. Hill. West – R. Hobbs, T. Harrison, N. Collins, J. Dare-Ryan, D. Kroes. Goals: Central – J. Reid 3, A. Hosking 2, D. Miller, T. Cribb, C. Crabbe, J. Muirhead, P. Hull , J. Mandemaker. West – T. Harrison 3, D. Duffy 2, H. Warren, J. Fraser , T. Warren.

Port 3.1 3.2 8.4 10.6 (66)
South Augusta 4.1 11.3 13.8 17.12 (114)

Best: South – J. Warren, K. Thompson, D. Kildea, R. Fuschtei, C. Milera. Port – J. Vivar, L. Dreaver, Z. Hutchinson, A. Coe, G. Phillips. Goals – C. Milera 5, K. McKenzie 3, V. Urbancic 3, J. Wingfield 2, A. Stuart 2, R. Fuschtei, C. Heron. Port – G. Phillips 4, T. Athanasos 2, P. McNamara, A. Coe, D. Puddy, C. Edmonds.

PropRisdon 2.5 7.8 12.11 15.13 (103)
Solomontown 3.1 7.4 10.5 13.7 (85)

Best: Props – T. Eckert, S. Hill, L. Patterson, S. Dyer, H. Wallace. Sollies – J. Caputo, R. Hayes, R. Bernhardt, C. Davey, L. Knibbs. Goals: Props – T. Horsnell 4, S. Dyer 4, H. Wallace 2, A. Jacobs, A. Oliphant, S. Edwards, L. Patterson, T. Eckert. Sollies – L. Knibbs 3, T. Head 3, R. Saracino 2, R. Hayes 2, C. Davey 2, L. Bearman.

Round 13 Preview

August 1, 2019 – Felines set to fight

In what is set up to be an absolute belter third placed Solomontown Cats square off against top placed Prop Risdon Lions in a game that has it all.

The Cats have beaten the triple premiers South twice but can’t beat their cross-town rivals Lions. The Lions have bettered the Cats twice already this year but can’t beat South. If either of these teams want to win the flag, then they will need to arrest this trend and the likelihood of thee two facing off in the finals is high.

The Cats confidence is high but still won’t enter this game as favourites and they will need to go in hard and early to stem the flying starts that have been the hallmark of the Lions this year. Both sides are chock full of guns with it all starting in the ruck with the recent form of Hill a timely progression for Lions against the height of the Solly rucks.

The opening bounce will see Eckert, Fuller and Patterson squaring off with Sollies Jonno Hayes, Davey and Saracino in a battle that will go a long way to deciding a winner. Will the attack led by SGL leading scorer Horsnell and Dyer (combined with 67 goals) outscore the Cats with Knibbs and Davey (46) or will the defences win the day? If the prime movers break even the next level runners in Bearman, Caputo, Francis and Head boys eclipse the Lions Slattery, Oliphant, Jacobs and Brown?

For Lions to win they must keep up their consistency and work rate all over whilst for Sollies to win they will need to free up Davey to spend enough time forward to kick a winning score.

It will be close and fiery, and we are tipping Lions by under a goal with zero confidence. Be there!

Dogs to duel!

Catching Sollies off their worst win for a few years is not exactly what Port were looking forward to and its expected with the guns back in the side that South will want to hit back and hit back hard. The Reds know that the Lions are in for a tough tussle and a win could see them back to assume the top mantle which is vital for the second semi venue.

Port have plenty of kids in the form of McNamara, Remphrey, Liam Dreaver and Lawson and Fraser Collins amongst other but will need real leadership. Phillips, Cooke, Vivar, Coe, Murphy and Jared will need to step up big time. South have a vast array of stars and won’t be beaten. They will have too much run and gun for their green fellow dogs in Thompson, Stuart, McKenzie, Ritter, Kildea, Milera, Aitken, Fuschtei, Bolitho and many more. South by 60 points

Battle for Fourth

West and Central square off for that vital last spot on the finals roster and a win for West will nearly put this to bed. Westies form has been good and Centrals recent win over the Cats will give them lingering confidence but it’s likely a Westies win on the back of a swag to Hayden Warren. West by 12 points.

Honour for Bob Boston

Legendary journeyman coach Bob Boston is being rightly honoured come Saturday night by the Port Past Players as guest speaker at the reunion for the 97, 98 and 99 premiership sides where he will also be honoured with Life Membership. Bob coached Port to all 3 plus another 3 later on in a stunning achievement over 10 years (86-95) that led Port out of the Premiership wilderness of a 27 year drought.

Bob has been known state-wide for his coaching prowess having also coached Jamestown (1983-85, 1988-90) to five flags, Kadina (86, 87), Warnertown (94, 95), Southern Flinders (2006) and Solomontown (78-81, 09-11) over the course of an lengthy 28-season coaching career. This is the longest tenure of any coach in country SA in history.

Bob was a hard task master that never wavered from his nailed-on philosophies honed during his playing days under of AFL Hall of Famer Fos Williams at Port Adelaide. Its fair to say his unconditional approach wasn’t embraced by all and some didn’t warm to straight-talking manner, but he was a fierce advocate for his players and his success spoke volumes. Many of the stories surrounding Bob have fondly grown to a mythical status, even bush legend over the years, and plenty more will be told Saturday night.

But if you ever hear someone say they knew a coach like Bob, then be sure to put them straight, there is only one Bob Boston. Congratulations.

Cats blow flag race wide open

July 30, 2019

There is an old coach saying that a team will often start the next game the way they finished the last. Solomontown Cats have proved this to a myth having put in their best performance of season 2019 over their recent nemesis of the past few seasons in the South Augusta Bulldogs.

Sollies were coming off an 8-goal final quarter onslaught to go down to fifth placed Central last week to this week come up against the top placed Dogs in what was going to be a tricky job for coach Head. These sides have met four times in the last two years finals series with all going strongly the way of South but today was not going to be a repeat of that. Sollies were magnificent.

The free scoring South are the heaviest scoring team in the competition but were left without answers in the first half being held to no goals whist the Cats poured on five in the first and another four in the second to hold a 52-point half time lead. South steadied in the third booting five but were again eclipsed by six in return from the Cats before an even last quarter saw the Dogs finally win a stanza.

The South faithful will point to big outs in the form of Madigan favourite Kriston Thompson and their electric forward Gary Warren. It could be argued their biggest out was their prime mover Matt Downey in ruck. He is big, strong and fit and who gives an armchair ride for their fleet of runners. The loss of their ruck against the band of talls that Sollies have in the Munzberg boys and Bernhardt were not ideal.

It was the onballers for the Cats though that did the damage with hardman Saracino putting in his best shift for some time, eating up the hard balls along with fellow inside mid Jonno Hayes. Davey exploded for a best afield performance along with the electric pace of Bearman and run of Caputo putting the Dogs to the sword. Tom Head went forward for three goals along with key tall forward Knibbs.

For South, their outs led to a rejig of their side with Shirley shifted forward for two goals along with multiples to Aitken, Milera and Ronald Fuschtei who was joined in the team by his brother Edward for his debut. Their best was Bolitho and was aided by previous medallist Stuart and a medal placegetter in McKenzie in a day South will quickly put to one side.

South coach Boles would have stern words with his charges but also has the experience to know this is not when it counts. Those games are yet to come, but this win would have given them plenty to think about, especially on their home deck and likely Grand Final venue. The season could be more open than many think.

Lions seize top spot.

The Prop Risdon Lions consistency for the year has seen them resume their position at the head of the table courtesy of a solid nine goal victory over fifth placed Central Augusta Bloods at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

Lions customary first quarter flying start was again on show with 10 scoring shots to four in the opening quarter, but poor kicking meant they only led by a solitary point. They fixed this issue with eight straight in the second to blow the game to bits and lead by 41 at the main break. There was no way back for the Bloods from there and despite winning the third quarter marginally they eventually ran out 54 points behind.

Sam Dyer again was dominant up front for five with a trio to both Jacobs and Oliphant helping boost the Lions tally. Eckert was best afield and was joined in the best by the spark of Brown and the youngster in Declan Combe who had his best game in senior company to continue the long Combe tradition at Mary Elie Street.

Central were coming off a superb win last week and would have looked forward to claiming another high placed scalp but were rarely in it. Muirhead is class and was their best and joined with performances by Miller, Hill, Taylor and the forever young Fuller who rarely puts in a bad game. Reid still managed three along with Hosking but it wasn’t enough and their quest to catch West wasn’t helped with their win over Port.

Port again close

The Port Bulldogs keep knocking on the door of a victory but can’t put it all together and were again denied by the West Augusta Hawks at Port Oval on Saturday.

West were desperately unlucky against the then leaders South last week and their form line has been on the rise but only won one quarter for the day but that was enough. An 8-point quarter time deficit was turned into a 21-point lead courtesy of a seven goal second quarter that in the end was the difference. Port continued to peg back the margin and got back close, but the damage was done, and West pulled away to win by 13 points.

Hayden Warren booted six giving him 15 from his last three games and his brother Tyrone was excellent in ruck in a great battle with Cooke. Slade Laube was best for the Hawks and was ably supported by Hobbs and Bejah to get the job done.

Greg Phillips was back in the goals with five for the Dogs after being held goalless last week and was joined on the scorecard by rookie colt Patrick McNamara who gives it everything each week. Athanasos was again good along with Vivar and the consistent Cooke and it was a better game from Coe but still the Dogs couldn’t get it done despite winning three of the four quarters. The struggle continues for the Dogs.

Round 12 – July 27, 2019

South Augusta

0.2

0.8

5.12

9.14 (68)

Solomontown

5.2

9.6

15.10

18.12 (120)

Best:   Solomontown – C. Davey, J. Hayes, L. Bearman, R. Saracino, J. Caputo. South – W. Bolitho, D. Glass, R. Fuschtei, A. Stuart, K. McKenzie. Goals: Solomontown – T. Head 3, L. Knibbs 3, R. Saracino 2, L. Bearman 2, C. Davey 2, J. Hayes 2, A. Enalanga, R. Bernhardt, J. Caputo, B. Goodridge. South – C. Shirley 2, K. Aitken 2, R. Fuschtei 2, C. Milera 2, A. Stuart

Port

3.0

5.2

8.3

9.5 (59)

West Augusta

1.4

8.5

10.5

11.6 (72)

Best:    West – S. Laube, R. Hobbs, K. Bejah , H. Warren, T. Warren. Port – J. Vivar, T. Athanasos, G. Cooke, P. McNamara, A. Coe. Goals: West – H. Warren 6, J. Packard 2, S. Laube 2, F. Sinkinson. Port – G. Phillips 5, P. McNamara 3, F. Collins

Prop Risdon

3.7

11.7

14.9

18.11 (119)

Central Augusta

4.0

5.2

9.3

10.5 (65)

Best:   Prop Risdon – T. Eckert, S. Dyer, A. Jacobs, M. Brown, D. Combe. Central – J. Muirhead, D. Miller, M. Fuller, L. Hill, B. Taylor. Goals: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer 5, A. Jacobs 3, A. Oliphant 3, M. Brown 2, T. Horsnell 2, C. Marsland, T. Eckert, B. Congdon. Central Augusta – J. Reid 3, A. Hosking 3, C. Crabbe, L. Hill, P. Hull , J. Muirhead

Round 12 Preview

July 25, 2019

The three Pirie sides come up against their three northern neighbours in a very interesting round that was now has much more on it courtesy of last weeks results.

South to inflict successive defeats on Sollies

Sollies have only won two of their last five and likely to be two from six as they come up against the quality of the South Augusta Bulldogs. The Dogs were given a real fright last week and Sollies have been the only team to turn South over this year so the Cats will give themselves a chance.

One of the biggest factors in Souths favour will be the home ground advantage and their scoring ability with McKenzie, Warren and Urbancic all nabbing over 20 so far this year and all in the top six. Sollies highest is behind all three of these with Knibbs on 22. South average over 100 points per game whilst Sollies have only hit triple figures twice this year.

Big man Downey will have plenty of tall timber to overcome with Bernhardt and the Munzberg brothers providing good reach. The on ball battle will be a beauty with the class of Hayes, Hayes and Davey against Thompson, Stuart, Kildea and more.

It should be a good game but South at home are hard to toss. Dogs by 25 points.

Lions to handle improved Bloods at home

Lions have already played Central twice this year, once at ETSA for a 13 point win and secondly at Central Oval for a thumping 90 point victory again to Prop Risdon.

Both sides are coming in off good wins and both have plenty to play for. A win will keep Lions pressuring South for top spot and a home semi whilst a win for Central may lift them into the four and hence finals calculations.

Lions are starting to settle their side down now with Hill in ruck releasing both Dyer and Wallace more free to roam the forward lines along side Horsnell whilst down back they seem to be covering the loss of Tom Harmer with a disciplined defensive unit. Central have good on ballers and a key small forward in Reid. Hosking got against the goals last week and a repeat of that will assist the Bloods greatly.

In the end though the home ground and the depth of the Lions should get it done but it won’t pay to take them easy. Lions by 26 points

West to continue upward trend

West have lost their last three games but oddly their last two against league leaders Lions and South have both ended in promising close defeats by 16 and five points respectively. Port have tried to graft a win with three of the last six games only going down by eight points or less. The last two however were 58 and 88 and with the Hawks improvement they will start favourite.

The last time these two met it looked as if the Dogs were going to break through until late goals snatched the game away late in the fourth. Port have continued to have their ranks thinned and have a very young side fronting up that needs leadership. If their experienced players can get them going early then they will need to try and hold on late as their last quarters have been poor all year.

Westies have plenty to play for and with their experienced players in Collins, Warren brothers, Packard and Hobbs will lead them to an 18 point win.

Lions coast to win

July 23, 2019

The Prop Risdon Lions maintained their neck and neck race at the head of the table with South after a very easy victory against the winless Port Bulldogs at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

It was a close affair last time that these two met but on this occasion the Lions held the Dogs to a solitary goal in each half to never be in danger. After a relatively even first term the Lions extended their two goal quarter time lead to explode mid way through the second and should have led by more but poor kicking saw them register 5.10 for the quarter to a point. Another three in the third and four in the final quarter left the margin at a hefty 88 points.

Hill has flourished for Lions since going into the ruck and his battle with Cooke was engaging. Slattery was knocked up getting touches and Wallace looked sharp up front with plenty of action. Ben Harmer was good up and down the wing and Oliphant again continues to get to the contest and pick up touches. Dyer led the scoring with three whilst Horsnell, Eckert and Wallace nabbed a couple.

Better players were much harder to find for the Bulldogs as their depleted list is suffering from a lack of experience and class after losses to their playing stocks. Murphy was their best and battled manfully all day. Vivar was busy on the ball and youngster Dreaver gave his all despite the weight of numbers from Lions wearing him down. Cook again gave an honest effort.

A good win for the Lions and a long run home for the Dogs to come.

Barnstorming Bloods collar the Cats.

For the second time this year the Solomontown Cats have been taken down by the lesser favoured Central Augusta Bloods courtesy of a withering finish in front of their appreciaitive home crowd at ETSA Oval in Port Augusta.

Sollies lead for long periods and appeared marginally in control for much of the day but let themselves down again in front of goals. They lead at all changes with 11 at quarter time reduced to 5 at the main break. The third saw the Cats kick 1.7 to lead by 9 points with 25 scoring shots to 16.

It was all one way traffic from here though as the Bloods caught fire to nearly double their own score with 8.6 in the last to only two goals from the Cats to run out easy 33 point winners. Recruit Hall was best for Central along with the class and skill of Muirhead. Fuller again was his experienced self, Hill was very good and Hosking with his four goals was the major scorer for the game along with 3 from Reid.

For Sollies their old scoring problem was at the forefront again with Caputo the only multiple scorer with two. Better players for the Cats was big man Munzberg, Bearman who is improving along with runners Francis, Caputo and the consistent Davey.

This game has breathed life back into the finals race as Central have drawn level with the much improved Hawks and two games behind Sollies who won’t want much of a repeat of any of that sort of form in the run home.

Hawks give top team South a real scare.

It was left to very late in the last before South Augusta were able to put the much improved West Augusta Hawks away with the last goal of the day.

For West Hayden Warren is back scoring and his brother Tyrone back winning taps. Collins has regained his medal winning form and Allen is very well polished and busy. They are a much improved side of late.

South have had their ups and downs and despite this continue to win. This one won’t be regarded as one of the better but will take pride in responding when put under pressure. Bolitho and Warren coming off their Northern representative weekend were good whilst Shirley, Glass and Wingfield were high up in their best.

Round 11 – July 20, 2019

Prop Risdon

3.1

8.11

11.13

15.19 (109)

Port

1.1

1.2

2.6

2.9 (21)

Best:   Prop Risdon – A. Slattery, H. Wallace, S. Hill, A. Oliphant, B. Harmer. Port – L. Murphy, L. Dreaver, J. Vivar, G. Cooke. Goals: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer 3, H. Wallace 2, T. Horsnell 2, T. Eckert 2, A. Jacobs, M. Brown, A. Oliphant, L. Patterson, S. Edwards, B. Harmer. Port – T. Dickeson, T. Athanasos

South Augusta

4.2

4.4

9.9

11.11 (77)

West Augusta

1.3

5.9

6.10

10.12 (72)

Best:  South – W. Bolitho, G. Warren, G. Shirley, D. Glass, J. Wingfield. West – N. Collins, B. Allen, R. Hobbs, K. Bejah , T. Warren.

Goals: South – K. McKenzie 3, J. Wingfield 2, G. Warren 2, A. Stuart 2, G. Shirley, K. Thompson. West – H. Warren 4, J. Packard, N. Collins, J. Dalla Santa, L. Woodforde, B. Allen, T. Harrison

Central Augusta

2.0

7.5

8.8

16.14 (110)

Solomontown

3.5

7.10

8.17

10.17 (77)

Best:  Central Augusta – T. Hall, J. Muirhead, M. Fuller, A. Hosking, L. Hill. Solomontown – L. Munzberg, L. Bearman, C. Davey, J. Caputo, B. Francis. Goals: Central – A. Hosking 4, J. Reid 3, N. Khan 2, M. Fuller 2, J. Muirhead 2, C. Crabbe, K. Davey, T. Cribb. Solomontown – M. Caputo 2, B. Francis, J. Caputo, R. Hayes, L. Bearman, C. Davey, T. Head, J. Baker, L. Knibbs

The Run home, Round 11 Preview

July 18, 2019

Round 11 sees the end of the breaks and the run home of the minor round from now till the end of August begin in earnest for all sides. The weekend festivities were a huge smash but it’s all down to business on a local level with one game in Pirie and two in Port Augusta on Saturday.

Sollies trek North

Solomontown are on the road again with a trip to ETSA Oval in Port Augusta to play Central Augusta on their home ground. Sollies were shocked in the first round with their worst loss for the year to go down by 39 points. They did however have a big hand in assisting in their own demise having kicked 3.17 for the game and actually had more scoring shots.

They will be hoping their form of last week comes to the fore again with Bernhardt having his best game in front of goals for some time. If he can chip in again and also Riley Hayes who is coming off 5 goals a fortnight ago that will great assist their main two scorers in Corey Davey and Lachy Knibbs and ayes comeing off 5 goals a fortnight prior than those coiupled go a long way to locking this one up.

Sollies have plenty of talls with the Munzberg brothers in particular trying to give the strong on ball and running division of the Cats a real advantage. Jonno Hayes has been outstanding all year, Corey Davey classy and extras such as Francis, Caputo, both the Head brothers Kaleb and Tom, Sciangalepore and Bearman coming off his 200th last week.

For Centrals they are only a game plus percentage out of finals calculations and thus this one is one they must try to steal. Their go to, prime mover is Muirhead who has real ability with the ball in hand but he will need plenty of assistance. Veteran Struck is always consistent along with big man Fuller. Hill Khan and Williams will need big games and their livewire small forward in Reid is one of the best small forwards in the league. He has kicked 24 and will need a bag to get the Bloods up over the Cats.

The Bloods were very good last round only lowering their colours by three goals to the powerhouse South outfit. They caught Sollies snoozing first up in Round 1 but the Cats have been pretty consistent since and we tip they will be again. They have too much all around depth and should win by four goals.

 Lions to continue winning ways.

Prop Risdon Lions will continue on their merry way this weekend against bottom placed Port Bulldogs to commence their run towards the finals. Lions are two-nil with results going their way in the previous encounters in Round one and Round six with the last clash being a dour low scoring affair with a slim victory the result. Its doubtful Lions will allow themselves to be held that way again.

The Lions attack is firing with league leading goal scorer Horsnell giving their forward line a real cutting edge with 36 from the first 10 rounds having a free reign across half forward and deep toward goal. Sam Dyer is spending more time up front at centre half forward and hid mobility and athleticism is very tough for any back man to match up on.

The Lions on ballers are silk with Eckert, Fuller and Patterson getting it done week in week out. Add to them Oliphant, Slattery, Edwards and Steele if playing will give the blue and gold plenty of run. Their defence is understated with Browne, Ley, Harmer and Hill if not used in ruck proving very effective.

For the Dogs, much of their scoring success rises or falls on the form of Phillips, 28 goals, with the second highest scorer being Coe on 11 goals from 10 rounds and their third only on seven goals. They have some very good juniors coming through with Remphrey, McNamara, Lawson Collins and Dreaver all with plenty of great football ahead.

Their seasoned performers in Hutchinson, Corrieri, Murphy, Jared and Keane will need big games and assist Cooke who has been very consistent all year. Edmonds form has been mixed but improving and Vivar and Coe are always around the ball.

Port will need to be on their guard early as Lions have continually flown out the gates time and time again this year to put a lot of games to bed by quarter time. Even if they can hold them early, they won’t all day and Lions to win by 40 points.

South to silence Hawks

The West Augusta Hawks have been very plucky to rise from the depths of season 2018 into the finals positions and have the league leaders South Augusta Bulldogs twice in the last seven rounds. This will be a tough assignment for the young Purple and Whites and will need all their guns on fire to push for a win.

They will need plenty of run from Allen, Collins, Ryan and Stuart to give their key forwards including the enigmatic Hayden Warren a chance to boot a score. South on the other hand have elite players on every line. Medal favourite Thompson adds to Gary Warren, Kildea, Downey, Ritter, McKenzie and many more will have too much firepower for the Hawks to counter. South to win by 36 points.

There should be plenty of pats on the back for all involved in last weekend’s festivities with a Country Championships that surpassed all expectations. The crowds were huge, the format perfect, the SANFL experiment at the same time a success and the women’s carnival running concurrently a magnificent new aspect for Pirie. All of this on the best venue outside Adelaide. Well done Pirie!

Cats mark Bearman’s 200th with win

July 9, 2019

The Solomontown Cats showed a clean set of heels to the bottom placed Port Bulldogs to easily pull away to a 58-point win in a solid display in one of Sollies favourites Lindsay Bearman’s 200th game.

The Cats cleared out early to increase their first quarter league from 20 to 37 by half time. Ports best quarter was the third but Sollies once again drew away with a six goal to one last term.

Coach Joel Head would have been pleased with his forwards as this is only the second time Sollies have broken the 100-point barrier this year and there were a few more options for them going forward. Riley Hayes had his best game for the year with 5 goals plus a swag of possessions eclipsing his four-goal haul in Round Four. Bernhardt also stepped up for his biggest haul of three plus Mason Munzberg and Knibbs chimed in for multiples as well.

Bearman was classy all day and the Head brothers Tom and Kaleb were both very good. Tyler Sciangalepore continued his good season and Sollies had plenty of other quality performers across the day.

For Port their youngsters led the way with Dreaver Remphrey and Lawson Collins all showing some of their more experienced team mates the way. Athanasos again was good and Hutchinson also played to his usual high standard. Phillips bagged three and the only other scorers for Port were Mitch Collins and Athanasos with two each.

After two complete rounds Sollies look the likely third spot that rung below the Lions and South whilst Port are still scrambling to find that elusive win and won’t play finals.

 

Lions hold out Hawks.

Fourth placed West Augusta Hawks have kept the Prop Risdon Lions honest with a tough gritty performance that saw the Lions prevail by 16 points. The Hawks stuck at the job at hand all day but was aided by the inaccuracies of the home side. Lions had 2.9 at half time and finished with 26 scoring shots to 15 and most games with similar scoring shots would have led to a larger margin.

Big man Hill played his best game yet for the Lions and is improving with more games and fitness under his belt. The running brigade were again prevalent for the Lions with centreman Eckert coupling with wingman Oliphant and on ballers Slattery and Patterson. The SGLs number one goalkicker Horsnell again led the way for Prop Risdon with 3 as his consistency continues and he continues to present and lead all day.

Westies were held in with a sparkling display from perennial sharpshooter Hayden Warren who bagged five of the seven scored by the Hawks. Nic Collins was their best and when on song his class and work rate is as good as any about, a real pleasure. Allen again was strong around the ball and talls Packard and Hobbs also put in sterling displays for the Purple and Whites.

Lions will finish top two this year and push for top to ensure a home Semi. Westies improvement this year has surprised many and they would expect to hold out Centrals as have a game plus percentage plus have two more games against the winless bottom side whilst Central only one.

 

South ease to victory.

The league leaders South Augusta Bulldogs defeated the fifth placed Central Augusta Bloods in Port Augusta last Saturday. The margin of three goals however did surprise many with Centrals putting up one of their better displays to run the Dogs close and even held South goal less in the last quarter.

Thompson again was best afield and is mounting a huge case for the medal with three goals and countless possessions plus adding to super games from three previous medal winners, Kildea, Downey and Stuart. For Central Reid bagged four and Muirhead and Hall were impressive.

South will be aiming for a record breaking four in a row and Central will continue to fight and scrap for a finals berth but will have their work cut out.

Round 10 – July 6, 2019

South Augusta

2.2

7.5

11.10

11.15 (81)

Central Augusta

3.2

4.3

7.3

9.9 (63)

Best:  South – K. Thompson, D. Kildea, M. Downey, A. Stuart, W. Bolitho. Central – J. Muirhead, T. Hall, L. Hill, A. Hosking, N. Wedding. Goals: South – K. Thompson 3, K. McKenzie 2, A. Stuart 2, D. Kildea 2, V. Urbancic, G. Shirley. Central – J. Reid 4, A. Hosking 2, T. Cribb, J. Muirhead, J. Mandemaker

Port

1.0

3.3

6.4

7.4 (46)

Solomontown

4.2

9.4

10.4

16.8 (104)

Best:   Solomontown – R. Hayes, K. Head, T. Sciangalepore, T. Head, L. Bearman. Port – L. Dreaver, N. Remphrey, T. Athanasos, L. Collins, Z. Hutchinson. Goals: Solomontown – R. Hayes 5, R. Bernhardt 3, M. Munzberg 2, L. Knibbs 2, B. Francis, C. Davey, S. Highfold, J. Nitschke. Port – G. Phillips 3, M. Collins 2, T. Athanasos 2

Prop Risdon

2.8

2.9

7.16

8.18 (66)

West

3.1

3.1

5.7

7.8 (50)

Best:  Prop Risdon – S. Hill, T. Eckert, A. Oliphant, L. Patterson, A. Slattery. West – N. Collins, J. Packard, R. Hobbs, B. Allen, H. Warren. Goals: Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 3, L. Patterson 2, A. Jacobs, T. Eckert, H. Wallace. West – H. Warren 5, D. Cammarano, N. Collins

Round 10 finishes two complete rotations

July 4, 2019

This round will mean all sides have played each other twice each as we head toward the second break for the year as the country championships roll up next weekend. For the second week in a row Pirie will have two games on whilst the South v Central clash takes place in Augusta.

Cats and Dogs at it again!

For 110 years these two sides have clashed and this one sees the gap on the ladder substantial with five wins 10% and three rungs separating the third placed Solomontown over the bottom placed Dogs.

Solomontown have been quite consistent under new coach Head and despite a steady run of injuries the only real poor turn outs from the Cats corresponds to bouts of poor kicking letting them down. Sollies win over West last week stamped them as the main side likely to push the top two whilst for Port it had been a very different story.

Port are yet to register a win this year despite leading deep into many games and in fact three of their last four games were lost by under 10 points. Injuries and unavailability have hit them hard, but this is always seemingly compounded when a side can’t find that break through win.

If Port are going to push for the win here, they will want it all to go right. They must have big games from on ballers Coe, Vivar, Hutchinson and big men Athanasos, Cooke and Edmonds all must play big games. Phillips will need a big game to add to his 25 foals for the year and Jared, Murphy and youngster Remphrey will want to keep Cats scoring to a minimum.

Sollies strength comes from their engine room with Corey Davey and Jonno Hayes as good a midfield combination as there are in the league and they will need assistance from Caputo, Francis, Nitschke and Baker. Mudge and the Head brothers will be hard to counter and if Knibbs can get free up front he will score. His athleticism and agility are impressive for his size. Bernhardt has been quieter this year but the Munzberg brothers have both been good.

Sollies will have too many guns to stop and the Cats will be favourite to overhaul the Dogs by five goals even though Port will be in it early.

Lions to host Hawks

After losing top spot the Prop Risdon Lions will be keen to atone for their second loss of the year and bounce back against Westies at home. The Hawks also are coming of a defeat at the hands of Sollies and they will be keen to gather a win over a side above them on the ladder as all four of their wins are against the fifth and sixth placed sides Central and Port.

The last time these two met in Augusta the Lions prevailed by 20 points and they will like the home ground advantage to stretch this margin this time. Dyer and Horsnell have been good for the Lions up front with other smaller run on players hitting the scoreboard to assist racking up a winning score. Eckert, Fuller, Oliphant, Slattery and Patterson will all be busy and defenders Browne Steele and Hill will be difficult to score against.

For the Hawks their onballers in Allen, Collins, Ryan, Stuart, Curley and Laube will all need huge games to be in it whilst up front Hayden Warren will need help from Dalla Santa and Harrison to put the score on the board. Tyrone Warren is always a handful in the ruck and recruit Duffy has class and will flash in and out.

Westies will have good patches and will want to watch Lions first quarter but unfortunately for them it still won’t be enough. Lions should win by 35 points with a good team effort and hold the pressure on at the top.

South to beat Central.

South Augusta have fought hard to reel in Lions at the top of the table and won’t be keen to let that spot slip against fifth placed Central in Augusta on Saturday. Put simply Central don’t have the depth on class to push South for the full game and will be left behind by the classy dogs. South by 50 points

LIONS LOSE LADDER LEAD

July 3, 2019

The Prop Risdon Lions have lost top spot after being outlasted by the reigning premiers South Augusta Bulldogs in a hard-fought contest at Memorial Oval in trying conditions. Despite losing the game they would have gained much confidence that they can compete with the best about in the SGL.

South needed to make sure that they kept the Lions recent fast starts at bay and should have led into quarter time, but bad kicking left them only a point down. From here though the Dogs roared into action with a five goal to one quarter to have a commanding 22-point margin in a low scoring game. Coach Promnitz gathered his forces at the long break and whittled the lead back to a goal by holding South without a goal for the quarter and a barnstorming finish was on the cards.

The first three quarters had only produced 11 goals in total but in a free flowing last another 10 were kicked with five each to see South outlast Lions and hold that six point margin at the final siren. This victory has lifted South above Lions on the table for the first time this year and they will clash once more before the minor round ends.

For the victors Urbancic kicked four and Thompson three whilst for the Lions Horsnell kicked half the team’s goals with five and multiples to Wallace and Eckert. Ritter’s form for South has continued as he was named best for the dogs ahead of Glass. For the Lions youngster Oliphant played a beauty and assisted Eckert beautifully across the middle plus Hill had his best game for the club along with Wallace and Slattery.

Cats confirm third spot

The Solomontown Cats travelled to Augusta to return with the points over West Augusta Hawks. The Cats confirmed they were still the most likely of the other sides to try to seize a Grand Final spot from the top two later in the year.

The game was relatively close early with Westies leading by 4 points at half time but a dominant 7 goal to nil goals in the third put the game to bed. The Hawks were shut out in 2 of the four quarters unable to register a goal in a good defensive performance albeit on a slippery intermittent day in Port Augusta to run out 38 points winners.

Corey Davey was again superb with a best afield performance racking up possessions at will and goaling every quarter to end up with a season high 5 goals for him in a very polished display. Foster was the only other Cat to get multiple scores with 2 whilst for the Hawks Hayden Warren bagged three and Dalla Santa two..

Jonno Hayes again put in his usual tough work rate to be in the best for the Cats along with Tom Head, Baker and Bearman for his best game for a while. For the Hawks Declan Duffy imported from the Northern Areas played his best game for the club and was ably assisted by big man Tyron T-bone Warren veterans Curley and Hobbs along with busy onballer Allen.

Port remains winless

The Port Bulldogs were back at their home ground with high hopes of a victory over the travelling Central Bloods to get their flailing season off zero wins. Central had only won two games and last time the two met they had come from behind Port for an 18-point victory in Augusta.

Despite the slippery conditions Port started ok and led by 16 points and 10 points at the first two breaks before trailing by three at the final break. In a low scoring affair where only 15 goals were scored for the game, the Bloods held on well in the final term to run out eight point victors.

As per the round four game Phillips led the scoring for both sides with four and Coe with two whilst the eight goals for Centrals were split to two each from Muirhead, Hill, Miller and Besant-Wilton.

Remphrey again was outstanding for Port as a key back with on ballers Hutchinson, Vivar, Coe and big man Edmonds all in the better players for the Dogs. Miller and Muirhead added quality games to their two goals to be best for the winners whilst Harvey was busy, and veterans Struck and Fuller still proved their worth.

This one has put a line through the Dogs season but the feintest of heartbeats remain in the Bloods finals prospects.

Round 9 – June 29, 2019

Port

3.4

3.5

5.5

7.5 (47)

Central Augusta

1.0

2.1

6.2

8.7 (55)

Best: Central – D. Miller, J. Muirhead, M. Harvey, R. Struck, M. Fuller. Port – N. Remphrey, Z. Hutchinson, J. Vivar, A. Coe, C. Edmonds. Goals: Central – J. Muirhead 2, L. Hill 2, D. Miller 2, S. Besant-Wilton 2. Port – G. Phillips 4, A. Coe 2, T. Athanasos

West Augusta

0.3

4.8

4.9

6.13 (49)

Solomontown

2.2

4.4

11.5

13.9 (87)

Best: Solomontown – C. Davey, J. Hayes, T. Head, L. Bearman, J. Baker. West – D. Duffy, T. Warren, R. Hobbs, M. Curley, B. Allen. Goals: Solomontown – C. Davey 5, T. Foster 2, M. Munzberg, M. Caputo, L. Knibbs, J. Bateson, T. Head, J. Nitschke. West – H. Warren 3, J. Dalla Santa 2, B. Allen

Prop Risdon

2.1

3.4

5.9

10.11 (71)

South Augusta

1.6

6.8

6.9

11.11 (77)

Best:  South – C. Ritter, P. Glass, V. Urbancic, K. Aitken, S. Horner. Prop Risdon – A. Oliphant, T. Eckert, S. Hill, A. Slattery, H. Wallace. Goals: South – V. Urbancic 4, K. Thompson 3, M. Downey, D. Kildea, K. Warren, K. Aitken. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 5, T. Eckert 2, H. Wallace 2, K. Edwards

Huge Round Nine on the way!

June 28, 2019

A classic round to mark the midpoint of season 2019 with the games playing out in ladder order with top sides South playing Lions in a 1 v 2 clash in Port Pirie for top spot, West and Sollies in 3 v 4 in Port Augusta for third spot and the sides sitting outside the finals in Port and Central clash at Port Oval in a huge day of footy for Pirie!!

Top spot up for grabs

Risdon Prop Lions have put in an almost faultless season to date, almost except for the round four clash with triple premiers South Augusta. On that day however they were given a belting by the Dogs by over 11 goals in a result that still rankles Lions fans and fired a huge reminder flare of the standard they need to reach to stop the Red and White runaways this year.

Lions will take solace from the fact the game is on their home deck and will need to have their strategies and implementation spot on to reverse the round four result. One thing that Lions will need to continue is their flying first quarter starts to get a break on the Dogs. Lions attack is very well organised up front with Dyers athleticism proving a very hard match up for any defence plus the SGL number one goal scorer in Horsnell. Souths star studded line up often outshines their more blue-collar defence but with players like Kerin, Shirley and Ritter they are rarely beaten.

The midfielders battle will be on with Fuller, Slattery, Eckert, Edwards and Oliphant up against Kildea, Kildea, Stuart if available and ruckman Downey will be hard to stop in the ruck. South have a fleet of goal scorers that are all slick and their pace may bother the bigger Lions defenders in Ley, Harmer, Hill and Browne.

It will be a belter and will be close. Lions will be confident they can win and will be longing for the challenge it brings. Can they win? We’re hoping from a local view point we are wrong but are tipping South to win by 11 points. Be there to see a likely Grand Final preview.

Sollies to straighten up

Sollies have come up short for the past two games against the league leaders but will be looking to settle back into winning form with a victory over third placed West.

Their top two or three are the equal of any within the league and Davey, Jonno Hayes, Riley Hayes and Caputo will need to be on song. Goalkickers are not thick on the ground for the Cats this year and this week will be ideal to get a few extras bobbing up to assist Knibbs and the onballers on the score sheet.

Westies will be looking to grab a scalp from those sides above them and will be looking for previous Medallist Collins, Allen and Ryan to get them fired up. Westies also have struggled for a focal point and will be hoping big Hayden Warren has an on day to help them boot a winning score.

Sollies have bottom side Port next week and Westies top side Lions to finish out 2 complete rounds so this game is vital. Being in Port Augusta will make it closer but the Cats have been consistent all year and we are tipping them by 17 points at Central Oval.

Is this Ports week?

Port would be disappointed by where they find themselves this year and a win against the fifth placed Central will throw them the thinnest of lifelines for season 2019 as far as finals go.

Muirhead is class for the Bloods and they will look to him, Hill, Khan and evergreens Fuller and Struck to have big games along with the livewire forward Reid who has been good in a struggling side for 20 goals for the year.

Phillips almost single handedly hauled Port over the line last time these two met with a stunning 11 goal haul out of 16 and if something similar happens they will go very close. Cooke and Athanasos have been good for the Dogs and if their on ballers in Coe, Vivar and Hutchinson can get their share of the ball then Port may break their duck. They must quickly write off last weeks belting at the hands of South as other teams will suffer similar as South get wound up.

Port have led at three quarter time on three occasions this year only to fall away but if they can be there this week they should win. Through Pirie coloured glasses we will tip them to win by 5 points and get their season finally started.

Cats scalded by Lions

Report – June 24, 2019

Top team Risdon Prop Lions put in a very professional, very clinical dismissal of the third placed Solomontown Cats. This game showed why the Lions have opened up a three-game lead plus percentage over third spot and have as good as sewn up a top two position, thus a double chance as a minimum as we approach the halfway mark of the year.

A high scoring first quarter the Lions did their now customary lightning start kicking the first four and six of the first seven including three from in-form forward Dyer to set up a 27-point quarter time lead. From here the lead slowly stretched out the further the game went to lead by 38 at half time, 51 at three quarter time before running out 53-point victors.

Sollies battled hard all day but with Knibbs well held they simply couldn’t put enough score on the board with alternate routes to goal again proving to be a thorn in their side. This is borne out by the fact that their only multiple scorers in Davey and Riley Hayes also rotated through the midfield so cannot be targets for the whole game. Davey was enormous again for the defeated along with fellow midfield motor Jonno Hayes. The Head boys battled hard against the waves of opposition and Mason Munzberg also again only enhanced his growing reputation.

For the victors they simply had too many winners all over the ground. Dyer again was a focal point for four goals whilst Horsnell is appreciating the extra freedom for four as well. Fuller is in blistering form for a best on ground performance along with fellow defender turned midfield gun Eckert. Patterson was good as was youngster Oliphant who shows great balance and stamina and Simmons is very much under rated by many.

Sollies have come up short against the league’s top two in the past fortnight and have now dropped to fourth with West winning. They will get the chance to reload against a few easier sides than Lions and South. Lions are roaring at present, but they know what awaits them next week, South, strap in it should be a belter.

Ports buckle under Souths power.

South Augusta wound up at home against bottom side Port to come away with their first 100 plus point win for the year. South won the game but lost the points last time these two met and the Reds were keen to keep Lions under pressure for that top spot with a win.

Port had battled manfully for the last two weeks in desperation for their first win for the year having run both Lions and Westies very close after leading at three quarter time in each game. Once again, their resolve looked as if it was set to lock away the scores at 15 points each at the first break. Sadly for Port though they only managed another 16 for the game whilst South scored 121.  Eight goals in the second and seven again in the third had this one shot to bits as South opened up both barrels on the now broken Green and Whites.

McKenzie was electrifying for Southies up front as K Mac as he stood out with his pure class for the second highest haul in the SGL this year shaded only by Phillips 11 for Port in round four. Collins chimed in for three whilst previous medallists Kildea and Downey were good all day. Ritter continued his good year whilst Aitken had his best game for the year so far.

For Port better players were certainly much harder to find. Youngster Noah Remphrey battled hard across half back against considerable odds in a good game for the youngster perhaps giving Port a snapshot to the future. Edmonds is working into the year now after a slow start and Coe, Cooke and Athanasos were all again in the better performers, but they need help.

West draw clear of Central

West Augusta drew two games clear of fifth placed Central after defeating them by five goals on Sunday. From midway through the third West kicked seven of the last eight goals to come from behind and clear out for a five goal win and move above Sollies into third spot.

Round 8 – June 22 & 23, 2019

South Augusta

2.3

10.8

17.12

20.16 (136)

Port

2.3

3.4

4.5

4.7 (31

Best:   South – K. McKenzie, D. Kildea, C. Ritter, K. Aitken, M. Downey. Port – N. Remphrey, C. Edmonds, A. Coe, G. Cooke, T. Athanasos. Goals: South – K. McKenzie 8, J. Collins 3, G. Warren 2, K. Thompson 2, V. Urbancic 2, K. Aitken, C. Heron, C. Ritter. Port – A. Coe 2, M. Collins, G. Phillips

Solomontown

3.1

5.7

7.7

10.11 (71)

Prop Risdon

7.4

11.9

15.10

19.10 (124)

Best:   Prop Risdon – J. Fuller, T. Eckert, A. Oliphant, A. Simmons, L. Patterson. Solomontown – C. Davey, J. Hayes, T. Head, M. Munzberg, K. Head. Goals: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer 4, T. Horsnell 4, H. Wallace 2, K. Edwards 2, T. Eckert 2, A. Jacobs, F. Wyatt, A. Oliphant, J. Fuller, T. Thorpe. Sollies – C. Davey 3, R. Hayes 2, M. Caputo, A. Enalanga, L. Knibbs, T. Foster, C. Southam

West Augusta

4.3

8.6

11.9

15.11 (101)

Central Augusta

3.1

8.1

10.3

11.5 (71)

Best:   West – T. Newchurch, T. Collins, D. Duffy, S. Laube, J. Packard. Central – T. Hall, R. Struck, J. Muirhead, C. Williams, J. Berry. Goals: West –  J. Warren 4, T. Collins 2, N. Collins 2, J. Milera, M. Curley, J. Dalla Santa, T. Newchurch, J. McKenna, J. Packard, J. Stuart. Central –  J. Muirhead 4, J. Little, C. Crabbe, J. Mandemaker, M. Harvey, D. Miller, C. Williams, T. Cribb

ROUND 8 PREVIEW – June 20, 2019

Sollies v Lions – Sollies need to win

A mid-season must win is on offer this Saturday at Memorial Oval particularly for Sollies as a loss to Lions will see them clear out by three games plus percentage on the third placed Cats. This will be crucial for the Lions to maintain top spot as well as second placed South battle the winless Port in Augusta the same day and whilst last time, they lost their points, they didn’t lose their percentage and will take top spot if Risdon Prop falter.

The game will be decided up front for the Cats where they will need to add to the firepower on offer from Knibbs (17 goals from four games) and will be looking for scores from the likes of possibly Nitschke or Bernhardt to add to the onballers scores as well. Lions have been very miserly giving up only 64 points a game with the likes of Harmer, Steele, Ley and Browne providing great rebound.

Up front for the Lions the in-form Dyer (seven goals last game) joins traditional goal scorer Horsnell (24 from seven games) to form a dangerous combination and if they can get extras from Wallace, Jacobs and Marsland it may be too much for Sollies to overhaul.

The battle of the midfields should be an interesting one with Sollies holding the edge in the air with Munzberg, Munzberg and Bernhart matching up against Wallace, Harmer or Simmons all giving away big centimetres in height. When the ball hits the ground though it will be a battle worth admission with the fit and fast Lions guns in Fuller, Eckert, Slattery, Oliphant and Edwards battling the sure skills of Hayes, Davey, Francis and Caputo.

It should be a ripper and we are tipping for the Lions to clear out late and win by 2 goals.

Battle of the Dogs may get ugly – South v Port

Port have been brave in the last two rounds pushing both games with three quarter time leads only to fall away to suffer losses but this one may prove their toughest assignment yet. South Augusta are flying at present and added to the difficulty for Port this one is away in Port Augusta.

All sides have injuries and losses throughout the year, but Port can certainly push a case that they have lost as many as anyone. Last week had nine players missing from round one from a mixture of injury, employment, accidents, family, defection and discipline has the green and whites scrambling to remain competitive. Its given great opportunity for the juniors they have and the improvement from many of those players has been appreciable and will in the long run benefit the club.

South on the other hand are in the middle of their best era. Never have they won three in a row and they now have their sights locked on four. They have class, run, skill and confidence with a good defence and high scoring attack.

They will win this one and Port will do well to be within 10 goals.

Battle for Fourth spot – West v Central

West take on Central in Augusta with the fourth spot the likely end of season prize. Westies hold that spot by a game plus percentage and this game, like the one in Pirie, will have a huge bearing on the ladder if West are successful and thus becomes a vital clash.

Westies seem to have a bit more run and a more balanced side at this point and we are tipping them to win a tight Sunday clash by 10 points.

Lions leave Bloods on the floor

June 17, 2019

Top side Prop Risdon Lions responded to the challenge being issued from triple premiers South Augusta in the best possible fashion with a dominant crushing victory over the battling Central Augusta Bloods.

As has been their way the Lions flew out the gates with a four goal to one first term only to go better with six to one in the second. The game was already shot to bits at this stage, but the Lions continued to open up the motors and hit a 100 plus margin before releasing the pressure to be outscored by a goal in the last.

Sammy Dyer was dominant for the victors with seven majors as a power forward and it was hard to split him from Jordy Fuller who was his cool skilful best with seemingly endless time and space to weave his magic. Steele got plenty of it and midfielders Eckert and Edwards were busy as always through the midfield. It was a very solid performance away from home and Lions

Centrals better players were certainly much harder to find with the one-way nature of the first three quarters in particular would have disappointed coach Redden considerably. Centrals struggled up front with no one scoring multiple goals and Muirhead was the only midfielder to have any impact. Others that battled hard were Williams, Berry and Hill but improvement will be needed to make any impact on this season.

South reverse result.

South Augusta Bulldogs were still smarting from their round two loss to the Solomontown Cats and were not about to have their colours lowered again. Both sides started well with the accurate Sollies leading the Dogs by four in an 11 goal first quarter. Scores were tied at the main break before an 11 goal to three second half saw South pull away for an impressive win.

For the defeated it was very much the usual suspects with the classy Davey again proving his worth along with the consistent Hayes. Francis played one of his better games for the year which was pleasing against this quality opposition and Lawson Munzberg again played a good big man game. Knibbs again was an active route to goal bagging a match high four with the only other multiple scorer being Highfold for the Cats.

Downey again was back to his medal winning form giving the silken Thompson and McKenzie (both with three goals) an armchair ride around the stoppages and both were busy up front. Warren again shone and South had six players with multiple goals making them a very hard proposition to stop.

Heartbreak for Port

Port Bulldogs once again have given up a three-quarter time lead to go down against West Augusta Hawks in a rare Sunday clash in the Northern city. Port missed the opportunity to reduce the margin on the table to only one game behind both fourth and fifth after Centrals loss the day before but when push came to shove in the last it was the home team that finished the stronger.

The Hawks came into the game after a tumultuous week off with Coach Corey McKenzie stepping down without a future coach being named. They had a temporary coach for the day, and they would have been thrilled to win and hold that coveted last finals position on the ladder.

Again, the Dogs defence stood up and only allowed 61 points through but sadly for Port they could only muster 57 themselves to go down by four pointd. Port had been good early and by early in the third quarter had kicked out to a six goal to two lead only to give up seven of the last nine goals including the heart stopping winner in the final minute.

For the victors Josh Milera was the difference with 3 last quarter goals in his third game for the year despite being quiet till then. Toome put in his best game to date whilst Ryan put in his third best player game in the last four games as a real plus for Westies. Skipper Curley, Laube and Cammarano also performed well.

For Port Cooke again was very good, racking up solid performances all year. Mitch Collins bagged three on a low scoring day whilst Athanasos, and Jared were good performers. Edmonds is improving from early season injuries and Murphy also battled hard.

Round 7 – June 15 & 16, 2019

Central Augusta

1.0

2.2

2.2

6.2 (38)

Prop Risdon

4.6

10.9

16.12

19.14 (128)

Best:  Prop Risdon – J. Fuller, S. Dyer, S. Edwards, T. Eckert, D. Steele. Central – J. Muirhead, L. Hill, J. Berry, C. Williams. Goals: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer 7, T. Horsnell 3, A. Oliphant 2, A. Jacobs, K. Beattie-Dadleh, T. Ley, H. Wallace, K. Edwards, T. Eckert, B. Harmer. Central – L. Hill, P. Hull , J. Reid, M. Harvey, J. Muirhead, S. Besant-Wilton

Solomontown

6.0

8.3

9.6

11.11 (77)

South Augusta

5.2

8.3

11.6

19.9 (123)

Best:  South – M. Downey, K. Thompson, K. McKenzie, G. Warren, D. Kildea. Solomontown – C. Davey, B. Francis, L. Knibbs, L. Munzberg, J. Hayes. Goals: South – G. Warren 3, K. Thompson 3, K. McKenzie 3, V. Urbancic 3, J. Collins 2, K. Aitken 2, C. Heron, D. Dohnt, W. Bolitho. Solomontown – L. Knibbs 4, S. Highfold 2, B. Francis, J. Nitschke, C. Davey, J. Baker, R. Bernhardt

West Augusta

1.2

2.6

4.7

9.7 (61)

Port

2.4

4.6

6.8

8.9 (57)

Best:  West – C. Ryan , A. Toome, M. Curley, D. Cammarano, S. Laube. Port – G. Cooke, T. Athanasos, S. Jared, L. Murphy, C. Edmonds. Goals: West – J. Milera 3, J. McKenna 2, J. Dalla Santa, S. Laube, T. Harrison, N. Collins. Port – M. Collins 3, G. Phillips 2, A. Coe, G. Cooke, Z. Hutchinson

Round Seven Preview – June 12, 2019

Footy is back locally after the long weekend off and it’s a straight Pirie V Augusta teams this week as Central take on Lions at Central Oval Saturday, Sollies play South at home Saturday and Port play there only Sunday game for the year on the road to Port Augusta to take on Westies.

Cats hope to repeat the dose

Solomontown finally broke through for a win over South who have proved to be a real thorn in the Cats side defeating them in the last two years Grand Finals. Both sides currently sit equal on eight points a game behind the leaders Lions so a win here will be vital, particularly for the Cats as they still must face South twice more this year, both times in Port Augusta.

Jonno Hayes starred in this same clash with a best afield performance plus three goals and they will need a similar effort again to get the win. Fellow midfielder Corey Davey has once again been a prime mover this year and along with Joe Caputo they have all featured in the best players often. Big man Lawson Munzberg gets better with every outing and along with his brother Mason and Bernhardt they have good height and options. Lachy Knibbs has only played three games yet sits fifth on the season scoring tally and didn’t play against South last time around.

For the Bulldogs their form has been very good after dropping this round two clash and they will be confident of getting the result they desire. Gary Warren has been outstanding this year kicking goals and high in the best players every time he has played and will take some stopping.

Kriston Thompson is fully fit and flying and along with Kildea, McKenzie and others all chipping in to play their part through the midfield. Downey will give South first shot at the ball around the rucks and the defence led by the in-form Ritter are very hard to break down.

It will be close again but tipping the white-hot bulldogs to overturn the round 2 result, but only by a goal or two.

Lions to continue winning ways

Lions will be look to maintain top spot on the ladder with a win over the fifth placed Central Auguista Bloods in Port Augusta on Saturday. Centrals form has been a little hot and cold over the season and even within games as occurred last time these sides played one another. Central roared back from a 51-point deficit to get within two goals only to let Lions slip away again.

Tyson Horsnell leads the competition with 21 goals to date by only two goals over fellow will of the wisp forward Jared Reid who has 19. Both players are well and truly the main route to goal for both sides and if one can get off the chain it will go a long way toward getting the result doe for their team.

Lions have a long-established core group of players that they have managed to compliment this year with a few good ins. Jordy Fuller has been as consistent as ever and along with Eckert form a very tough to match midfield duo. Slattery, Oliphant, the Edwards brothers will help through the midfield whilst in defence Browne has been sensational. Big man Dyers whether across half forward or on the ball has been great for the Lions and will be looking to bag a few more this week.

For Centrals evergreen Struck and Fuller have been good along with Nathan Khan with all three being not far from Centrals best. Mandemaker is good when available and the classy Muirhead is fantastic when on song.

Lions are going well and tipping them to win again by three goals.

Port look for break through win.

West Augusta will be at home to Port this coming Sunday in what is a must win for the hapless bulldogs looking to finally get their season underway in what is becoming a desperate situation for the Dogs. Port are two games behind both Wests and Centrals so a win can put them only one behind both if league leaders Lions do the business and win as expected.

Put simply Port have been struggling to score. Phillips has kicked 18 for the season to be third in the kicking but 11 of those goals came in a round four flurry against the Bloods. None else has hit double figures yet. For the Dogs Cooke and Coe have been Ports best with the recent form of Athanasos also a real plus. Port have been in most games up to three quarter time only to fade late.

Westies have improved vastly from their lowly year last season. They have bought in Duffy Allen and got Warren back from Roopena in Whyalla and with this the other players have responded. Collins, Packard and Ryan have been great along with a lot of their youngsters all helping put down full team performances.

If the Dogs are a chance to play finals they must beat the two sides above them and West and Central are those teams. This one will go a long way to defining their fortunes for season 2019 and we expect them to go hard. A lack of goals and Westies at home on a Sunday will hurt them though and from a local perspective hopefully this tip is not right but its West by a goal

ROUND SIX REPORT – June 3, 2019

Lions overhaul Port

The Prop Risdon Lions came from behind in the cross-town clash to shade a brave Port Bulldogs outfit by eight points under the lights at Memorial Oval on Friday night.

Port were desperate to get a win on the board and scrapped hard to hold the dynamic Lions forward line at bay but again struggled to score themselves which in the end again became their undoing in a low scoring affair. Conditions were quite good which suggested scoring should be free flowing but that certainly was not the case with only nine goals scored all night with both defences on top all day.

Lions scored the only goal in the first, to hold the lead with another one each in the second. Port had the highest scoring quarter in the third and looked on track for a win with a 9-point margin at three quarter time. This was over-hauled by the Lions with two goals in the last to run out eight point victors. Wallace and Horsnell were the only multiple scorers for either side with two each.

For Lions Thorpe was best along with Simmons Ley, Lagoudis and Browne depicting the dominance of the defenders. For the Dogs young Lawson Collins gave a glimpse into the future with a polished display whilst Athanasos was best for the second week running. New boy Glover showed a bit whilst Jared in defence and Coe on ball were busy.

Lions have been pretty good all year but won’t be underlining this one as one of their better games and other opposition may have made them pay. They will be pleased though headed for the break in top spot and will reload for the next few games before the Country Championships break.

Port once again faded in the last which has tormented them all year. In all games Port have been outscored by only 67 points in the 18 quarters to three quarter time (six games) and in fact led twice at that point. They have lost all six last quarters to the tune of 100 points in what is clearly their Achilles heel suggesting their fitness and belief has been lacking. There’s plenty to work with but they need a boost that a win will bring.

 

Cats maul the Bloods

The Solomontown Cats reversed the result from Round One in a dominant display at Port Augusta on Saturday with a thumping 11 goal win to keep them very much in top two discussions. They now head to the break at four wins, equal to the adjusted South total and one win below the league leading Lions.

The Cats were smarting from their round 1 disappointment and exploded out the gates slamming on seven unanswered first quarter goals to blow the game apart. The Central Bloods stemmed the bleeding in the second but four goals to three in the second wasn’t bridging the gap anywhere near quick enough to trail by 42 points at the main break. Another six goals to one in the third shut the gate on this one and despite taking the foot off in the last, the Cats were dominant in their 66-point win.

Sollies had five multiple scorers with Riley Hayes leading the way with four goals. Cousin Jonno Hayes was best on ground with another classy display ably assisted by Davey, Head and Nitschke for his best game of 2019. Mason Munzberg continued his good form with three goals and a good big man display.

Reid bagged three for Central continuing his consistent scoring whilst the classy Muirhead was the best the Bloods had on Offer. Fuller battled hard against a long string of opposition talls whilst Struck and Besant-Wilton also held their heads high.

Sollies are nowtwo games ahead of the fourth and fifth placed sides and will look to build now over the break having won three on the trot but with South and Lions looming. Much of their season’s future will be foretold in the next two rounds and they will desperate to at least break even over that fortnight.

For the Bloods after a good round one win their only other success was against bottom side Port. They are still there and scrapping for finals and will need all hands-on deck to continue their season in the right direction.

South continue strong push for Four flags.

South Augusta gave another good performance with a workman like 38-point win over the West Augusta Hawks on Sunday. Westies copped a series of 100 plus point thumpings at the hands of the dogs last year and whilst they have improved greatly, they are still a step down from the silken Red and Whites.

For the Hawks Hayden Warren booted four whilst Allen and Packard were the best duo. For South they are a special side to watch with their Indigenous players showing others how the game should be played with McKenzie, Stuart, Thompson and Gary Warren with 4 goals all high up in their best.

South have only lost one game on the scoreboard all year and face Sollies next round to make amends whilst West will be licking their wounds with losses on the run. They will be keen to arrest this against Port next round.

This week was set aside for combined football but with Whyalla having three teams celebrating their 100 years it will be a long weekend off for all teams. Enjoy the break.

Round 6 – May 31, June 1 & 2, 2019

West

4.1

6.2

9.7

10.9 (69)

South

5.1

8.3

11.8

16.11 (107)

Best:   South – K. McKenzie, C. Ritter, A. Stuart, K. Thompson, G. Warren. West – B. Allen, J. Packard, J. Stuart, J. Dalla Santa, N. Collins. Goals: South – G. Warren 4, K. McKenzie 3, J. Collins 2, A. Stuart 2, P. Glass, C. Heron, V. Urbancic, K. Aitken, K. Aitken. West – H. Warren 4, B. Allen 4, J. Milera 2

Central Augusta

0.2

4.2

5.4

9.7 (61)

Solomontown

7.4

10.8

16.15

18.19 (127)

Best:  Solomontown – J. Hayes, C. Davey, M. Munzberg, T. Head, J. Nitschke. Central – J. Muirhead, R. Struck, S. Besant-Wilton, M. Fuller. Goals: Solomontown – R. Hayes 4, M. Munzberg 3, C. Davey 2, L. Knibbs 2, C. Southam 2, B. Francis, R. Bernhardt, J. Hayes, J. Nitschke, T. Head. Central – J. Reid 3, P. Hull 2, A. Hosking 2, Z. Johnson-Thomas, J. Muirhead

Port

0.3

1.7

4.11

4.12 (36)

Prop Risdon

1.0

2.6

3.8

5.14 (44)

Best:   Prop Risdon – T. Thorpe, A. Simmons, T. Ley, M. Lagoudis, P. Browne. Port – T. Athanasos, B. Glover, A. Coe, L. Collins, S. Jared. Goals: Prop Risdon – H. Wallace 2, T. Horsnell 2, A. Jacobs. Port – G. Cooke 2, A. Coe, G. Phillips

ROUND 5 REPORT – CATS HOLD BULLDOGS AT BAY

May 28, 2019

A good crowd greeted the combatants on a Friday night under the bright lights of the revamped Memorial Oval as one of the states oldest rivalries wrote another chapter. The round was designated as White Ribbon Round to highlight the scourge of violence against women and many of the ladies had a great night enjoyed the spectacle from the elevated clubrooms.

The going was tough early on as both sides tried to wrestle the momentum with only two points the difference at the first break. It remained tight all day but did have the feel that the Cats were always doing enough as they slowly lengthened their lead at every change eventually cashing in with a 29-point victory. Port have been in most games to three quarter-time but are unable to push on towards victory.

Lachy Knibbs backed up his half dozen last week with another five this week as he starts to loom as a quality target for Sollies going forward. Sollies on ballers had a touch more polish with Joe Caputo, Jonno Hayes and Davey all putting in solid shifts. The big men in Bernhardt and Lawson Munzberg in particular.

For the defeated Phillips was again dangerous but only snared three this week as he struggled to get off the leash. Tyler Athanasos gave his best display for the year as did youngster McNamara who is building into his work as he becomes more comfortable. Balmer was another who bobbed in and out and Mitch Collins was good. It’s a still a case of too many holed though for Port and even this early in the year it is getting vital for a win!

Cats remain in third spot Solomontown 12.10.82 Port 7.11.53

LIONS BACK ON TOP

Despite copping a bad loss last week, the Lions have fought back with a quality victory on the road against the vastly improved West Augusta Hawks outfit in Port Augusta.

Lions were good all day and, on most days, would have blown this game out earlier except for the accuracy of the Hawk forwards who had seven goal straight to lead the Lions 6.5 by a point at half time. Lions persisted with the pressure to extend to 21 at three quarter time before rounding out as 20-point winners with 22 scoring shots to 12.

Jacobs for Lions continues to show his ability especially for his age and he snagged a match high 3 goals along with teammate Horsnell and opposition Allen for the Hawks. The Warren boys should improvement in a marquee game for Hayden whilst their runner’s ion Collins, Allen and Ryan caused issues all day.

For the winners Browne continued his good year along with on ballers Fuller, Slattery and youngster Oliphant. Marsland put in his best display all year and this strength and vigour at the contest won quite a few one on one balls.

It was tight but a good win Lions 11.11.77 West 9.3.57

 

SOUTH BELT CENTRAL         

It was three games in three days as the season’s first Sunday game was run and won by the resurgent South Augusta Bulldogs by a dominant 81 points. South trail Lions with a better percentage and it seems a matter of time before they zero in on top spot, time will tell. South 23.9.147 Central 10.6.66

Round 5 – May 25 & 26, 2019

Solomontown

2.2

6.2

10.8

12.10 (82)

Port

2.0

4.2

7.4

7.11 (53)

Best:  Solomontown – J. Caputo, R. Bernhardt, J. Hayes, L. Munzberg, C. Davey. Port – T. Athanasos, M. Collins, P. McNamara, E. Balmer, G. Phillips. Goals: Solomontown – L. Knibbs 5, M. Munzberg 2, T. Head 2, C. Davey, J. Hayes, T. Hoare. Port – G. Phillips 3, P. McNamara, E. Balmer, C. Smith, C. Edmonds

West

2.0

7.0

8.1

9.3 (57)

Prop Risdon

4.5

6.5

10.10

11.11 (77)

Best: Prop Risdon – C. Marsland, J. Fuller, L. Patterson, A. Oliphant, P. Browne. West – C. Ryan , N. Collins, B. Allen, T. Warren, H. Warren. Goals: Prop Risdon – A. Jacobs 3, T. Horsnell 3, D. Steele 2, L. Patterson, S. Dyer, J. Fuller. West – B. Allen 3, C. Ryan 2, H. Warren 2, J. Dare-Ryan, T. Harrison

Central

4.1

5.2

7.5

10.6 (66)

South

4.4

8.8

15.9

23.9 (147)

Best:  South – G. Warren, D. Kildea, C. Ritter, V. Urbancic, K. Aitken. Central – J. Reid, J. Rigden, C. Williams, N. Khan, L. Hill. Goals: South – V. Urbancic 6, G. Warren 5, K. McKenzie 2, R. Fuschtei 2, J. Wingfield, J. Warren, M. French, K. Aitken, S. Horner, D. Kildea, P. Glass, C. Heron. Central – J. Reid 6, T. Baulderstone, P. Hull , J. Muirhead, A. Hosking

Round 4 – May 18, 2019

Central

4.4

9.6

12.7

18.10 (118)

Port

7.0

9.1

13.2

16.4 (100)

Best: Central – N. Khan, J. Reid, D. Miller, M. Fuller, R. Struck. Port – G. Phillips, J. Vivar, A. Coe, G. Cooke, P. McNamara. Goals: Central – J. Reid 6, T. Baulderstone 4, P. Hull 4, D. Miller 2, J. Muirhead, H. Stewart. Port – Greg Phillips 11, S. Keane 2, E. Balmer, O. McDowall, A. Coe

South

3.4

12.6

15.9

20.17 (137)

Prop Risdon

2.4

3.5

7.7

10.9 (69)

Best: South – K. Thompson, M. Downey, G. Warren, H. Holland, D. Glass. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell, J. Fuller, S. Dyer, T. Ley, T. Eckert. Goals: South – G. Warren 6, S. Horner 3, R. Fuschtei 3, K. Thompson 2, C. Heron 2, M. Downey, K. McKenzie, H. Holland, V. Urbancic. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 4, D. Steele 3, J. Fuller 2, T. Eckert

Solomontown

8.4

9.4

14.5

15.7 (97)

West

4.5

5.6

7.8

13.10 (88)

Best: Solomontown – C. Davey, J. Hayes, L. Knibbs, L. Munzberg, J. Caputo. West – C. Ryan , M. Curley, B. Allen, S. Dorizzi, N. Collins. Goals: Solomontown – L. Knibbs 6, C. Davey 4, T. Head 2, M. Munzberg, M. Leske, K. Cunningham. West – S. Laube 3, D. Von Senden 2, B. Allen 2, N. Collins, S. Dorizzi, J. McKenna, C. Ryan , D. Duffy

Round 3 – May 11, 2019

Central Augusta

1.0

3.0

6.1

9.3 (57)

West Augusta

4.6

9.7

13.9

16.11 (111)

Best: West – S. Laube, B. Allen, J. Stuart, T. Newchurch, J. Packard. Central – N. Khan, J. Mandemaker, T. Cribb, M. Fuller, J. Berry. Goals: West – T. Newchurch 4, T. Harrison 3, J. Dalla Santa 2, T. Warren 2, D. Von Senden 2, D. Duffy, S. Laube, C. Johnston. Central – T. Baulderstone 4, T. Cribb 3, J. Reid, D. Miller

Port

4.3

5.4

7.7

7.7 (49)

South Augusta

3.1

7.2

9.4

13.12 (90)

Best: South – K. Thompson, K. McKenzie, C. Ritter, M. Downey, A. Stuart. Port – G. Cooke, S. Keane, S. Jared, L. Murphy, A. Coe. Goals: South – K. McKenzie 3, J. Wingfield 2, A. Stuart 2, V. Urbancic, R. Fuschtei, S. Horner, D. Dodd, K. Aitken, K. Thompson. Port  – G. Phillips 3, G. Cooke, T. Dickeson, J. Vivar, A. Coe

Prop Risdon

14.11

(95)

 

 

Solomontown

8.11

(59)

 

 

Best: Prop Risdon – T. Eckert, J. Fuller, S. Dyer, M. Brown, L. Patterson. Solomontown – J. Hayes, J. Caputo, M. Munzberg, N. Redman, C. Mudge. Goals: Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 4, S. Dyer 2, A. Oliphant 2, M. Brown 2, A. Jacobs, C. Marsland, K. Edwards, T. Eckert. Solomontown – M. Munzberg, M. Leske, K. Cunningham, L. Munzberg, J. Hayes, N. Redman, J. Nitschke, C. Southam

Round 2 – May 4, 2019

West

3.3

6.6

9.11

13.12 (90)

Port

1.1

4.3

6.4

10.4 (64)

Best: West – N. Collins, J. Stuart, B. Allen, C. Ryan , J. Dalla Santa. Port – J. Parker, T. Dickeson, L. Murphy, J. Vivar, T. Athanasos. Goals: West – T. Harrison 3, R. Hobbs 2, D. Von Senden 2, A. Bentley 2, S. Laube, N. Collins, C. Ryan , J. Dalla Santa. Port – J. Parker 4, A. Coe 2, Z. Hutchinson, T. Dickeson, T. Athanasos, J. Vivar

Central Augusta

0.1

6.6

7.6

9.9 (63)

Prop Risdon

8.4

8.5

11.9

11.10 (76)

Best: Prop Risdon – T. Eckert, S. Dyer, P. Browne, A. Slattery, J. Fuller. Central – J. Mandemaker, J. Little, T. Scott, N. Khan, R. Struck. Goals: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer 3, T. Horsnell 3, H. Wallace 2, C. Marsland 2, A. Oliphant. Central – J. Mandemaker 2, J. Reid 2, J. Muirhead, A. Hosking, C. Crabbe, P. Hull , T. Coulthard

Solomontown

3.2

7.5

8.6

11.7 (73)

South Augusta

3.4

5.13

6.13

9.17 (71)

Best: Sollies – J. Hayes, C. Davey, N. Redman, L. Munzberg, K. Cunningham. South – C. Ritter, V. Urbancic, D. Kildea, S. Horner, K. Aitken. Goals: Sollies – J. Hayes 3, L. Bearman 2, K. Cunningham 2, M. Munzberg, M. Leske, L. Munzberg, J. Nitschke. South – J. Weir 3, V. Urbancic 3, J. Wingfield, C. Milera, K. Thompson

Round 1 – April 27, 2019

Solomontown

0.5

0.7

2.8

3.17 (35)

Central

2.0

6.3

8.4

11.8 (74)

Best: Sollies – K. Head, N. Redman, J. Caputo, T. Sciangalepore, L. Munzberg. Central – J. Muirhead, T. Cribb, J. Little, B. Taylor, L. Hill. Goals: Sollies – J. Caputo, M. Caputo, C. Davey. Central – J. Muirhead 2, A. Hosking 2, M. Fuller 2, T. Coulthard 2, J. Rigden, C. Crabbe, J. Reid.

Prop Risdon

6.1

9.1

12.5

16.7 (103)

Port

1.2

5.6

7.8

8.10 (58)

Best: PR – P. Browne, H. Wallace, J. Fuller, T. Eckert, T. Horsnell. Port – G. Cooke, T. Hall, J. Parker, S. Keane, T. Amey. Goals: PR – T. Horsnell 5, H. Wallace 3, J. Fuller 2, L. Patterson 2, S. Dyer 2, K. Edwards, M. Lagoudis. Port – T. Byerlee 2, M. Collins, S. Keane, S. Jared, A. Coe, G. Cooke, E. Balmer.

Round 1 – ANZAC DAY

South

2.3

4.5

6.8

9.10 (64)

West

1.1

3.3

3.5

5.9 (39)

Best: South – K. Thompson, G. Warren, C. Milera, D. Kildea, M. Downey. West – . Hobbs, N. Collins, J. Packard, C. Ryan , C. Johnston. Goals: South – J. Weir 2, C. Milera 2, J. Wingfield, G. Warren, K. McKenzie, K. Thompson, V. Urbancic. West – R. Hobbs, A. Bentley, B. Allen, J. McKenna, J. Dalla Santa

THREE-PEAT FOR SOUTH AUGUSTA

SOUTH PUT ICING ON PERFECT SEASON

September 3, 2018

The South Augusta Bulldogs overcame the Solomontown Cats on Saturday to close out an udefeated season and a hatrick of Premierships to reinforce their dominance in SGL football for season 2018.

Solomontown had proved themselves to be the ‘next best’side all year having only been beaten by one other side than South all year, but when the blowtorch of the Grand Final was put on, they were still not able to overcome the might of this Red and White machine. Such was their dominance throughout the year that there was no side that was able to push South to under a four goal margin and only four times in their 17 games this year was the margin under 40 points.

Solomontown travelled to Port Augusta full of hope and with an early goal each side via Hamilton and Davey set up the contest. South then skipped out to a four goal break before Cats Skipper Bearman goaled to bridge the margin at quarter time to 19. The second term started with another Bearman goal and one to big man Bernhardt split by one to medallist Stuart and the margin was back to 13 points midway through the second with Sollies scoring three of the last four goals; there was a flicker of hope. This was quickly quashed though by the dogs as they closed out the half with three goals and then continued the third with five of the next six goals. Afetr a couple of early last quarter goals to South the game intensity stepped down a cog and both sides scored three goals each to run the game out. The halftime margin was 31 points that increased to 50 at three quarter time before closing it out at a tick over 10 goals at 61 points.

For the victors, better players were plentiful. Lionel Brown kicked five for his season tally to end on 92 in an outstanding year. Other multiple scorers included three from Hamilton who could have ended up with six or seven and actually won the medal for the day. Three more to Urbancic and Warren plus a brace from Stuart. Warren played a beauty getting plenty of the ball along with midfielders in Stuart, Kildea and McKenzie. Souths defence was all class with Ritter providing plenty of rebound and talls Kerin and Shirley winning in their roles. Ruckman Downey tolied succesfully all day and there are few if any that had poor days.

For Sollies it was harder to find winners on the day. Bearman kicked three goals to be the most likely up front for the Cats with Joe Caputo the only other multiple scorer with two. Their midfielders were competitive with the consistent Davey, Redman and Hayes getting their share of the ball but were overwhelmed in the end with the sheer class and volume of good opposition players.

Quite simply South were too good for Sollies for the second year running and also too good for the entire competition all year. It’s the first time in their long and distinguished history that South Augusta have strung together three flags in a row and other clubs will need to improve a fair bit next year to bridge the gap to prevent them from any more. Solomontown were defeated but can still hold their head high for the season. They had considerable player losses from last year and yet were still able to compete solidly all year and earn the right to contest this years Grand Final when many thought they perhaps would not.

Congratulations to James Boles and the team at South Augusta for their season, it was something to remember!

Grand Final on September 1, 2018

South Augusta

5.3

9.5

14.8

19.10 (124)

Solomontown

2.2

4.4

6.6

9.9 (63)

Three flags in a row for South Augusta

Best: South Augusta – G. Warren, V. Urbancic, D. Kildea, M. Downey, C. Ritter. Solomontown – C. Davey, J. Hayes, N. Redman.  Goals: South Augusta – Lionel Brown 5, 92 for the season, T. Hamilton 3, V. Urbancic 3, G. Warren 3, A. Stuart 2, C. Milera, K. Aitken, J. Collins. Solomontown – L. Bearman 3, J. Caputo 2, R. Bernhardt, N. Redman, C. Davey, L. Munzberg

Reserves- South bag the double as well!

Adding to their success in the League, South Augusta were able to complete the double with a strong 23 point victory over a Prop Risdon Lions side that had a go, but trailed all day. A tight first quarter built a lead that was grown in the second and third quarter before a late surge of four goals from the Lions in the last gave the smallest flicker of hope before the Dogs shut the game down.

Better players for South were Lukich (who won the medal for best for the game), Heron and Frick whilst for the Lions Jase McCarthy, youngster Combe and Brown were the pick of their players. Both Heron and Dodd bagged three for the Dogs whilst the Lions only multiple scorer was big Cam Pine with two.

Senior Colts – Port win by solitary point!

The Port Bulldogs senior colts defeated an invigorated Central Bloods by the slimmest of margins, a single point in a low scoring but high quality affair. Both sides were strengthened with the return of many players released from their eliminated League sides and the overall competitive standard and ferocity was very high.

The undefeated Bulldogs entered the game as favourites but the opening three goals from Central showed Central were mnoy buying into to that belief. Half way through the second the Dogs had bridged the three goal margin to draw level to only once again have the ascendency wrestled away from them to trail by 14 points half way through the third. Port still trailed by nine points at three quarter-time and it took all their resilience and self belief to come from behind and snatch the game in the last by only a point.

Both sides can be extremely proud of their efforts with better players for Port being the ones with senior experience in Murphy (including the last two goals and the medal for best for the game), Puddy and Amey. For the defeated Bloods Ackland, Finlayson and Thomas were the pick whilst Cooper was good with three goals on a low scoring day.

Port have often been the bridesmaid in this grade and deserved their Premiership having not dropped a game all year to be the only sucessful Pirie side for the year.

Junior Colts- Central also win a one point nailbiter

Incredibly the junior colts was also decided by only a point with a very even contest seeing the Central Augusta Bloods hang on against the fast finishing West Augusta Hawks. The Bloods superior kicking in the end probably proved the difference in two very evenly matched sides.

SEASON SUMMARY

Looking from a Port Pirie perspective for The Recorder, the season ended up quite a successful one with all three local sides making the finals and in general were fairly well matched all year.

South Augusta- Standouts with massive depth and class. Will take a good side to stop them repeating the dose again next year.

Solomontown – Suffered a big player drain but were expertly led to the Grand Final by a band of seasoned performers and a very good coach in Pollard. Reserves showed the real effect of those player losses going from Premiers to missing the four. Another marking key forward would help them considerably.

Lions- Good first year effort from Coach Promnitz and the Lions by holding their position and improving depth with the reserves making the GF. Would also love a key forward to straighten them up or a ruck to release Dyer forward.

Port- First finals series for both A&B grades for five years so a plus there. Would have been disappointed by exit. Have a few out of town recruits that can be a year by year and will want to hold on to a few more of their quality kids coming through.

Central – Also have a stack of good kids that will continue to develop and wont be down for long. Would love to gain a bit more quality in the mid 20’s age group.

West – Had a shocker of a year and will look to address this quickly. They will improve next year for sure but will take a few years as starting from a long way back. They need more numbers and more depth.

The SGL itself- Were disappointed to not get in a combined game this year and face interesting times ahead. The new Memorial Oval will come on line next year so that will be interesting to see how it plays out with Port also looking for home games. Hopefully we can see a suitable solution reached with the Port Augusta Council regarding use of the Central Oval up there that is amicable for both sides. Plenty of good people put in many hours to make this associatioon work and they must be congratulated as the game doesn’t go ahead without them. I include the umpires in this as their work has been good all year. Good job.

GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

South and Sollies square off for Finals Glory!

August 30, 2018

The Solomontown Cats took an extra week to book their spot in the Grand Final but nonetheless have got there! Once again, they square off with their recent nemesis South Augusta Bulldogs as they go for a perfect undefeated season as well as closing out a very rare hat trick of premierships for the Red and Whites in front of their home crowd.

The two sides will know one another intimately as this week will have South lining up against Sollies for the seventh time in their last 19 games! For Sollies its seventh time in 21 games as they have played two extra winning preliminary finals, so it will be very hard for either side to spring anything new.

Both coaches have previously tasted the ultimate success with South Coach James Boles winning 2016 & 2017 whilst the fairy-tale win in 2014 from fourth was a highlight for Chris Pollard after both coaches having star studded playing careers at clubs other than the ones they now coach. It’s no surprise that Sollies and South are also the most settled sides along with third placed Lions with South having used 31 players this year with 12 playing all or missing only 1. Sollies have used 33 whilst in comparison Lions have used 31, Port 38, Central 45 and West 42.

South are a very well-oiled machine with class oozing from all parts of the ground, they have three Madigan Medallists in big man Downey, livewire Kildea and this year standout star Aziel Stuart. They have on ball and rebound strength and pace in Warren, Russel, McKenzie, Thompson, Holland and plenty of others. Lionel Brown has set the comp alight with a stunning 87 eight games for his 33 goals and will be another that will score heavily if left alone.

Many are anticipating this to be a lay down misere for the Dogs given their dominance this season to date, but anyone that knows footy knows that may very well not be the case. If you take out the 115 point round 12 flogging against an undermanned cats’ side the average for the other three games is still seven goals. Plenty will need to go right for the Cats for certain but there are a few things that must happen to push the tide back that we can look at.

Downey is the best big man in SGL footy and needs to be curbed by lion hearted Bernhardt and/or Munzberg. This will help stopping the Dogs run at the source. The Cats on ballers in Hayes, Davey, Francis, Caputo and Redman will all need big games and get their hands on the ball first to feed out to the runners.

In four games South have scored 65 goals against Sollies this year and 20 of those have come from Brown. He is their major source of goals and stopping his 5-goal average will go along way to holding them to a beatable score. This will take a team effort and defenders Caputo, Tom & Kaleb Head, Mudge and anyone that rotates back will need to be disciplined and tight. Finally, up front Sollies will need to score and score heavily. If Bearman can get off the chain his electric speed and uncanny goal sense can inspire and lead the Cats to victory. He will need help, Nitschke (and Hoare if he plays) will need to get loose and finish well, Foster must chime in for a few but more importantly must compete to give their crumbers opportunity to score. The resting onballers and wings such as Caputo, Davey must hurt the Dogs at every chance and score at every opportunity.

The other thing that must happen is a good start. If you can fire out of the blocks, then South will have plenty to think about and possibly start second guessing themselves whilst it will help the Cats belief grow that the upset is on!

South will still go in as raging favourites and common sense will be tipping them to win by 6 goals. Everyone from Port Pirie though will be cheering for the upset. Each game brings South closer to a loss and the Blue and White army will be out in force and believe it will be this weekend! Carn the Cats!

All six sides are represented on the day and the lower grades they should be all close so get there early!

Reserves South Augusta v Prop Risdon. Lions hung on last week and despite losing the 2nd semi comfortably they only had three less scoring shots. South will likely lose one of their best players up to the A grade as the Grand Final is the only game all year you play 22 players (always wondered why?) so that will hinder their reserves. It will be close, but South will be favoured.

Senior colts – Port v Central Augusta. Central have been barnstorming through to the Grand Final with the return of their colts playing League. Port have been top all year and will also have players back this week so we are tipping htm to hold on in a belter of a game!

CATS WIN THROUGH TO GRAND FINAL

August 28, 2018

The Solomontown Cats with a flying start has managed to outlast a brave Prop Risdon Lions to deservedly win through to the 2018 SGL Grand Final.

The Cats flew out the blocks and with a six goals to one first quarter, the Lions found themselves five goals down at quarter time for a second week running, not where they wanted to be. The Cats were dominant and all over a scrambling Lions defence with their pressure leading to turnovers and goals. It looked like the recent run of wins of the Cats over the Lions was set to roll on.

Come the second quarter and the Lions hit back hard, four goals to 1one and the 30 point lead was pared back to under two goals and it was game on. The second half was a real arm wrestle with the big crowd enjoying the glorious finals weather and the spectacle in equal measure.

Sollies had managed to kick it back out to 20 points at three quarter-time and in the end that was enough to hold out a fast finishing Lions outfit giving it their all. The end margin was only eight points and both sides can feel proud of their efforts.

For the defeated Tom Harmer stood out and was good all day along with fellow defenders Browne, Bradley who went back and youngster Declan Combe for his best senior game. Eckert and Davey cancelled one anoither out in a good battle and Patterson found plenty of it whilst Fuller was quieter than the stellar level he usually sets.

For the Cats Bearman booted three and was busy along with runner Sciangelepore and Francis and the workhorse Hayes who is forever feeding ball after ball out to the Solly quicks. Kaleb Head though got the best on ground votes for a superb display for a player that loves the big games and big man Bernhardt was superb and will need to be again next week for the Cats to have a chance.

Lions may consider themselves a little unlucky with extra scoring shots over the Cats but Sollies have been more consistent over the whole season and deserve their second crack at the highly fancied South.

Preliminary Final on August 25, 2018

Solomontown

6.2

7.3

10.4

11.6 (72)

Prop Risdon

1.2

5.4

6.8

9.10 (64)

Best: Solomontown – K. Head, J. Hayes, T. Sciangalepore, R. Bernhardt, B. Francis. Prop Risdon – T. Harmer, T. Bradley, P. Browne, L. Patterson, D. Combe. Goals: Solomontown – L. Bearman 3, J. Nitschke 2, N. Redman 2, J. Caputo 2, J. Hayes, B. Goodridge. Prop Risdon – A. Jacobs 2, T. Horsnell 2, T. Ley 2, K. Edwards, S. Edwards, T. Eckert

PRELIMINARY FINAL PREVIEW

August 24, 2018

Grand Final prize for the winner

The Solomontown Cats square off against fierce crosstown rivals Prop Risdon Lions in what promises to be a fierce feline clash of Pirie rivals to see who gets a shot in the Grand Final.

Lions haven’t beaten the Cats now for over 2 years and 7 games including this very clash in last years Preliminary Final, so they have a fair mountain to climb to go an extra week. Lions have been consistent though, backing up their 2015 Premiership with now 3 preliminaries in a row and will be brimming with optimism and confidence following their breath taking come from behind win in the Semis. Sollies are coming off the loss to South and earned this double chance right after a very consistent disciplined year.

Its probably fair to say both sides would like to score more heavily, and I think who ever can get their forward structure up and going will go a long way to victory. Sollies will rely on skipper Bearman ably assisted by Nitschke and Hoare to add to any midfield goals. Lions on the other hand will be looking toward talisman Horsnell who was runner up in the SGL goalkicking and 2 weeks since bagging 10 to be assisted by strongman Marsland and junior Jacobs who set them alight last week. Fuller always drifts forward and Slattery is rotated through as well.

Both on ball divisions are strong with Sollies led by in and under Hayes, plus Davey and Redman who never put in bad games. Lions main trio of Fuller, skipper Edwards and newly moved onballer Eckert means there will be no place for the faint hearted at the first bounce.

Both defences are solid with Lions Harmer, Browne, Chivell and possibly Ley if he is back to be countered by the Solly backs in Mudge, Kaleb and Tom Head and Caputo. Sollies will be taller with Bernhardt, both Munzbergs and Foster whilst it will be up to Dyer and possible Ben Harmer to try and match them.

This game will be a beauty, close and tough with no standout winner obvious. We will tip Sollies by a breath with not much confidence and only because of the recent successes and finishing 2 spots higher over the whole year. Come 2.20pm on Saturday all that count for nothing and it will be on.

Make sure you are there to see who gets a shot at the prize!WEEK ONE FINALS WRAP

August 22, 2018

Lions steam into Prelim

The Prop Risdon Lions overcame a slow start to come home over the top of the Port Bulldogs in a fabulous clash to keep their season alive. It was a sweet victory that will live long in the memories of the Lion faithful with this deserved result a real reflection of the never-say-die attitude that Lions showed on the day.

Port came into the game having lost to the Lions twice already this year and exploded in the first quarter. Coe had bought his own footy along and was feeding the ball forward and kicking them himself. Two quick goals were answered by a couple from Lions before five unanswered goals including a fabulous mark and goal on the siren to Fraser Collins had the Doggies thinking this was their day. Lions had their turn with the wind and whittled the lead back from 30 to 22 but would have gone in to the sheds at half time with worries on their mind.

From the opening goal to the Lions in the third quarter it was clear the contest was on. Lions playmakers had stepped up and now the 50/50 balls that they were struggling with in the first half started to be won by them. Port only managed 1 goal with the wind whilst Lions had three and with the difference now 14 points, and the Blue and Gold boys with the wind at their backs, a huge finish was on.

It was tense and tight, plenty of crowd atmosphere and still a very tough contest. The dogs didn’t give up without a fight but in the end the Lions relentless waves of attacks finally burst them into the lead in the final minutes of the game.

For Lions it was the engine room that got going in the second half, Eckert’s move to the midfield is again reaping real rewards, Fuller despite heavy attention was finding more of it, skipper Edwards was as tough and honest as always and despite coming into the game under a cloud Horsnell still managed three. The star for the day was no doubt young gun Aidan Jacobs who showed real skill and courage time and again to give the Lions a real spark finishing with three goals.

For the Dogs it was Coe that battled all day along with the strong bodied Parker and silken Hutchison that got plenty of it. Lions would have scored many more if it wasn’t for Jared and the battles on the wings were entertaining all day with Dickeson probably the pick of them.

Its mothballs now for Port with this game ironically mimicking their season. After a great start they only won three of their last nine to fade disappointingly. For Lions its another week and the opportunity of a shot at the Grand Final with a Preliminary Final replay of last year against Sollies next week. This euphoric, inspirational win will strengthen their belief their journey may continue for a couple weeks more.  

South book Grand Final spot

The undefeated South Augusta Bulldogs proved too strong for the second placed Solomontown Cats at Port Augusta on Saturday with a solid 40-point win as their unblemished season continues.

As has been the case of late, Sollies were able to put good pressure on the Dogs early in both the first and second quarter, and were within touch at 13 points behind at three quarter time. Third quarter was moving time for South though as they upped their work rate to ease away with five goals to one and had blown the game out to a match winning 38 points. A couple of goals each were traded in the last but the real sting in the match was gone as teams looked ahead and the game was ended with South 40 points the victors.

For South, Brown again terrorized the forward 50 with five to take his season tally to 87. Aziel Stuart wasn’t slowed by the extra burden of being the Madigan Medal winner and turned it on whilst best for South was Gary Warren with one of his best games for the year. Downey was good as always gave many of the fleet of red and white runners including Jarryd Warren and Fuschtei plenty of the ball from stoppages.

Sollies scoring was lead by skipper Bearman with three majors but sadly for the Cats no one else could manage multiple scores. Mason Munzberg the recently named Bishop Medallist for the 18s was very good and continues to improve whilst Davey, Hayes and Redman continued to try to push the Cats forward.

That’s six in a row now for South over Sollies with three of them finals so the Cats have it all to do for seventh time lucky as they will be desperate to get back and have another go in two weeks. Before then though they face a fired-up Lions outfit to get there who will be chipper coming off such a great win. Time will tell.

Knockout First Semi at Port Pirie on August 19, 2018

Port

7.0

9.1

10.5

11.7 (73)

Prop Risdon

2.0

5.3

8.3

12.7 (79)

Best: Prop Risdon –A. Jacobs, T. Eckert, J. Fuller, S. Edwards, T. Harmer. Port – A. Coe, S. Jared, Z. Hutchinson, J. Parker, T. Dickeson. Goals: Prop Risdon – A. Jacobs 3, T. Horsnell 3, A. Slattery 2, C. Marsland 2, L. Patterson, J. Strawbridge. Port –  A. Coe 3, B. Woodards 3, T. Byerlee 2, C. Grove, F. Collins, J. Parker

Second Semi at Port Augusta on August 18, 2018

South Augusta

2.1

6.3

11.6

13.9 (87)

Solomontown

1.2

4.2

5.4

7.5 (47)

Best: South Augusta – G. Warren, A. Stuart, M. Downey, J. Warren, V. Urbancic. Sollies – C. Davey, J. Hayes, M. Munzberg, J. Caputo, N. Redman. Goals: South Augusta – L. Brown 5, K. Aitken 2, V. Urbancic 2, A. Stuart, K. McKenzie, T. Hamilton, J. Collins. Sollies – L. Bearman 3, M. Munzberg, R. Hoare, T. Foster, C. Davey

Semi Final Previews – August 16, 2018

Qualifying Semi -South Augusta v Solomontown, Port Augusta, Saturday

In a replay of last year’s Semi/Grand Final games will see the undefeated South Augusta Bulldogs come up against second placed Solomontown Cats for a spot in the Grand Final come September 1.

South secured top spot weeks ago and has been treading water waiting for the business end of the season to arrive. Sollies on the other hand have lost two of their last four and despite hopefully welcoming star Jonno Hayes back into the fold this week they will be long odds to win this one.

South is star studded from front to back with plenty of pace, class and run to compliment their dominant big man Downey. They score heavily and defend hard and their skills and two way running are hard to stop, especially at home. Lionel Brown has only kicked 17 over the last five but is ready to explode on the big stage.

For Sollies to win they will need their onballers to be placing immense pressure on their Bulldog counterparts. Hayes and Davey will need boom games, all other onballers such as Redman, Francis, Joe and Marco Caputo, Roy Mezzino and youngster Baker will all need to be up and about around the contest to compete. South average over 16 goals a game so Bearman, Nitschke, Foster and any on resting onballers will need to score heavily.

It will be tough for the Cats and sadly I can’t see them getting there. Stranger things have happened but wont this week. South by six goals

Elimination Semi -Port v Proprietary Risdon Sunday in Port Pirie

It’s do or die for cross town rivals the Port Bulldogs against the Prop Risdon Lions this week in what should be an entertaining clash. Lions hold the whip hand over the Bulldogs despite finishing below them by a game on the table and last time they met was the end of a poor four game losing streak for the Dogs. Port have since won three of their last four and Lions four of their last six so both will be happy with their lead in form. Last year Lions played well in this game dispatching the flagging West and will want to do the same to Port this year.

Both Lions and Ports percentage were ironically higher than second placed Solly with Port outscoring Lions by 41 and defending better by 70 with over 15 games is pretty close. For Lions their top half dozen are the equal of any with Fuller, Edwards, Eckert, Patterson, Dyer and Horsnell all top shelf and for them to win they will need none of these to be quiet. Support will be needed in Ley, Ben and Tom Harmer (if fit), Browne, Chivell, Saunders and Kurtis Edwards amongst others.

Port has a potent attack and if Groves and Woodards with help from Phillips and Byerlee get going Port will be hard to stop. Keane has been on fire on his wing and the Dogs defence have been back to their early season form with Jared and Puddy in particular on song.

It will be close; I’m tipping the Dogs by under a goal with not much confidence.

For tips in the lower grades

Reserves -Lions to upset South and enter the Grand Final whilst Central without their League playing to prove too strong for Port and eliminate them from the Finals.

Senior Colts- Port to continue their undefeated season and book a spot in the GF whilst a strong Central outfit to roll the Cats out of the Premiership race.

Junior Colts – Westies only finals team to beat Central and progress whilst a strong Port outfit to beat South and stay alive for another week!

ROUND 15 REPORT

August 13, 2018

Dogs lick the Cats

The Port Bulldogs overcame the Solomontown Cats in a good spirited clash in the last minor round especially given their was very little on it but bragging rights and confidence heading to finals.

Sollies best quarter was their first only trailing by five points at quarter time despite heading into the teeth of a strong wind that faded later in the day. Port stepped up in the second and third to open up a strong lead and during the last were up by 40 points before late Solly goals bought it back to a respectable 17 points.

The Cats were without Jonno Hayes and wouldn’t risk him on a game that meant little. George and Amey were out for Port and will come under strong consideration for next week. Lawson Munzberg was good all day along with both Head boys, Kaleb and Tom. Redman was damaging early and Davey was swung about to try and seek a winning formula.

Port took their foot off the pedal late but dominated the majority of the day. They have been playing with 3 talls in Groves, Woodard and Byerlee and there were times they were all deep and contested against each other without crumbers at their feet, if they can sort this they will be much more potent. Wingmen Keane and Dickeson were good and Coe continued to show his value for the team whilst Jared showed why he is such a good defender with a great game in the back half.

Port won but the Cats still took second spot, now for the real stuff.   

Horsnell hammers Hawks

Damaging Prop Risdon Lions forward Horsnell had a perfect warm up for the finals with a double figure return against the hapless West Augusta Hawks. Lions did as they pleased in a great tune up for finals and won by 134 points with Westies only goals coming in the last quarter.

Horsnell was best afield in a sparkling display whilst Browne continued his great year backed up by Eckert and Chivell in defence whilst all the Lions onballers were dominant with Fuller the standout.

The pain has ended now for West and they should searching reviews will now commence as this proud club looks to pick up the pieces and build on a poor year. Packard and Singleton were two that held their heads high with youngster McKenna, Newchurch and Mckerlie also having a crack.

Job done for now as Lions will look to the finals coming off a good win.  

South over Central by 41 Points

In a very uneventful day on Saturday Centrals season was finished off with a loss to the Finals bound South. The Dogs were just keen to get through unscathed and now look forward to the Semis with confidence.

Round 15 – August 11, 2018

Prop Risdon

3.6

11.10

15.15

22.18 (140)

West Augusta

0.1

0.1

0.4

2.4 (16)

Best: Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell, P. Browne, T. Eckert, J. Fuller, A. Chivell. West Augusta – J. Packard, T. Newchurch, J. McKenna, D. McKerlie, C. Singleton. Goals: Prop Risdon – Tyson Hornsell 10, J. Fuller 3, K. Edwards 2, L. Patterson 2, S. Dyer, S. Edwards, J. Strawbridge, T. Eckert, C. Marsland. West – F. Sinkinson, C. Singleton

South Augusta

2.1

6.1

7.5

14.8 (92)

Central

1.6

2.8

4.13

6.15 (51)

Best: South Augusta – K. McKenzie, G. Warren, L. Brown, C. Ritter, K. Aitken. Central – B. Everett, L. Nelson, T. Digance, C. Williams, N. Khan. Goals: South Augusta – L. Brown 5, G. Warren 5, K. Aitken 2, K. McKenzie, V. Urbancic. Central – B. Colson 2, B. Everett, S. Besant-Wilton, K. Colson, S. Dorizzi

Port

6.5

6.5

11.8

12.10 (82)

Solomontown

4.4

4.4

5.4

10.6 (66)

Best: Port – S. Keane, S. Jared, C. Grove, A. Coe, T. Dickeson. Solomontown – L. Munzberg, T. Head, N. Redman, C. Davey, K. Head. Goals: Port – B. Woodards 3, A. Coe 3, C. Grove 2, T. Byerlee 2, M. Collins, Z. Hutchinson. Sollies – L. Bearman 3, J. Nitschke 3, C. Davey 2, T. Foster, B. Goodridge

Round 14 summary

August 9, 2018

Games went according to the ladder this week and teams are now locked and loaded with one round to go for finals

Cats continue dominance over Lions     

The Solomontown Cats long run of victories over the Prop Risdon Lions continued Saturday with the disciplined boys from Main Road getting the job done by 17 points.

Lions started well and with four goals to three would have been pleased to lead into the wind at quarter time only for Sollies to up their own game in the second bagging four to one to have a handy 10-point break. Sollies continued that theme after half time with another good quarter to lead by over five goals before Lions closed the gap in the last.

Nitschke (3) and Hoare (2) continue to add goals to give Sollies a much more reliable forward line coupled with skipper Bearman (2). Having both Davey and Knibbs back now also gives more depth and even allowed victory despite Hayes being a touch quieter than usual. Francis was best afield along with good games again from Caputo and Redman and the talls in Lawson Munzberg and Bernhardt rounded out a good team effort.

For Lions it was very much a case of the usual suspects with Horsnell bagging 3 and better players being Patterson, Browne, Eckert, Fuller, defender Browne and skipper Shaun Edwards. Lions had a few out and were close enough to give themselves a chance of upsetting the Cats in a final should their paths cross again. Sollies 13.9.87 Lions 10.10.70

Runaway South continue on their way over Port.

Both the Leagues Bulldog team faced off in Port Augusta on Sunday in a very blustery day for footy with an entertaining clash being witnessed. As has been the case on quite a few occasions this year teams are able to scrap and fight to stay with South for two or three quarters into the game before the Reds put their foot down and power away in the last. They are supremely confident in their ability to run out games and to overpower teams the longer it goes.

Port led at quarter time and trailed at the half, both times by under a goal before South slowly wound up and drew away to win by six goals which could have been more with 29 scoring shots to 13. The big man Downey continued his dominance in ruck and must be a chance for his second medal for South. Shirley was good in defence and Ritter and Warren chimed in for one of their better games for the year. Brown, McKenzie and Hamilton all chimed in for three goals in an even forward display.

For Port Grove also bagged three and Woodards two whilst their best were those around the ball a fair bit in Vivar, Coe, Hutchinson and Mitch Collins whilst Jared was good down back.

Each game brings South closer to a loss, not sure it will be this year though. South 11.18.84 Port 7.6.48

Central smash West

Central Augusta Bloods took their opportunity to post their most likely last win for the year over bottom placed West who would have thought themselves a chance. In the end the Colson twins got the scent and ended up with seven goals each to remind the league of their talents. To guide the Bloods to a 12-goal win. Central 19.12.126 West 8.6.54

Round 15 preview

The last round before finals will have South and Lions polishing off the lower placed Central and West and Port and Sollies trying to make sure they have bragging rights heading into the major round.

Sollies and Port clash on Sollies big day.

The Solomontown Football Club celebrate their 125th year this weekend with a big show and many past greats returning to commemorate one of the oldest footy sides in the State. What better way to do it than to knock off third placed Ports on their own deck on Saturday in what should be a great clash.

They are one-all this year with Sollies winning the round 10 clash returning the favour from Ports round five victory. Round five was the only other loss for Sollies apart from to the undefeated South outfit and they will enter this game as favourites. Port started the season well, had a mid-season slump but are gathering again for a major round assault.

Sollies have found extra routes to goal with the explosive Bearman, Nitschke and Hoare all getting amongst them of late. Their on ball and rebound runners are impressive with Davey, Hayes, Caputo, Francis, Sciangalepore, Redman, Mezzino and the Head boys Kaleb and Tom all giving them speed across the ground. Their main area of dominance should be their big men with Bernhardt continuing his great year, adding to the Munzberg boys Lawson and Mason giving them first use.

Port have twin targets in Woodards and Groves sitting second and third on the goal kicking with 39 & 38 each plus crumber Phillips also in the top ten. Recent changes have seen Byerlee move forward with some success and it will be interesting to see if this continues. Their strength this year has been their defence with Jared, Corrieri, Puddy, Murphy, Smith and young all doing their bit. Parker in the midfield has given their much more physicality around the ball and they will be hoping for George to return from injury

Ports attack is the second best in the league and their defence the same, but they aren’t second on the ladder, Sollies are. That’s because their team work and consistency has been better all year and they will be favoured to win in front of their past greats in a close one. Sollies by a goal.

Lions to fine tune in win over West.

Sadly, West haven’t had a good year at all this year and this game will give them the joy of it all coming to an end. Lions have been quite consistent this year and will consider themselves a wild card headed to finals as very little separates the three Pirie sides.

This will be a good chance to gain a little confidence with Horsnell and Bradley getting in the goals, with their defence running and rebounding through Browne, Eckert, Chivell amongst others. They have a few out injured and if they are getting them back this may be a good entry game to get them in for a run. Patterson and Fuller will get plenty of it, Dyer will dominate the rucks or half forward and will be cherry ripe for the first semi.

For West their tall defenders in Packard and Singleton try hard, Collins has had a year to forget whilst Laube and Harrison have been good for the Hawks. West haven’t had a player kick more than 10 goals for the whole year and it will be hard to add to that come Sunday. Lions can’t take it too easy but for West to finish such a horrid season with a Sunday Game in Pirie will make it very tough for them to rally. Lions by 10 goals

South to belt Central.

Central Augusta would have made the most of a rare victory last week only to now run into the undefeated South to finish their year. South are flying and will keep it that way with an easy 12 goal win in the lead in to finals.

Round 14 – August 4 & 5, 2018

South Augusta

1.3

6.7

8.11

11.8 (84)

Port

2.1

6.2

7.4

7.6 (48)

Best: South Augusta – M. Downey, C. Ritter, V. Urbancic, G. Shirley, J. Warren. Port – J. Vivar, A. Coe, Z. Hutchinson, S. Jared, M. Collins. Goals: South Augusta – T. Hamilton 3, L. Brown 3, K. McKenzie 3, V. Urbancic, D. Dohnt. Port – C. Grove 3, B. Woodards 2, G. Phillips, T. Dickeson

West Augusta

1.1

6.4

7.5

8.6 (54)

Central Augusta

1.3

5.7

12.10

19.12 (126)

Best: Central – L. Nelson, M. Fuller, K. Colson, B. Colson, B. Everett. West – N. Collins, C. Singleton, T. Harrison, K. Davies, J. Packard. Goals: Central – K. Colson 7, B. Colson 7, S. Besant-Wilton 2, B. Everett, M. Fuller, S. Dorizzi. West – N. Collins 2, K. Bejah 2, J. Fraser , J. McKenna, C. Ryan , K. Davies

Prop Risdon

4.2

5.7

6.7

10.10 (70)

Solomontown

3.4

7.5

11.9

13.9 (87)

Best: Sollies – B. Francis, L. Munzberg, R. Bernhardt, M. Caputo, N. Redman. Prop Risdon – L. Patterson, P. Browne, T. Eckert, S. Edwards, J. Fuller. Goals: Sollies – J. Nitschke 3, R. Hoare 2, L. Bearman 2, B. Francis, M. Caputo, J. Davies, T. Foster, N. Redman, C. Davey. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 3, T. Bradley 2, A. Jacobs, L. Patterson, T. Eckert, J. Fuller, S. Dyer

Round 14 preview

August 2, 2018

A couple of cross town derbies on Saturday with Lions and the Cats squaring off locally and the Hawks and Bloods for their last chance for a win most likely. Sunday has the Dogs and the Dogs as Port travel North to play South to see if they can make a dent on the trendsetters of the SGL.

Cats and Lions in match of round

The next two rounds will be mainly about fine tuning and preparation for finals, but this fight of the felines will carry some weight as Lions will want to take some confidence in to the major round and here is a great spot to start. The Solomontown Cats have won all contests over the Prop Risdon Lions for the last two years and if Lions are to make it past the first round then Sollies are their most likely opposition.

Lions won three in a row before facing South last week and their key runners have been playing well with Fuller, Slattery, Oliphant and skipper Edwards all up and about. Browne returned to early season form last week and is the perfect foil in defence to Eckert and hopefully for the blue and gold Harmer will return from injury. Horsnell sits fourth on the goal kicking table with 32 goals and he will need a few for Lions to succeed and Dyer will have his hands full against the opposition height on offer.

The Cats were returned to form by the Hawks and look a much better side when they have Davey assisting Hayes in the midfield that allows Bearman to spend more time forward scoring goals. Nitschke has great goal sense and coach Pollard would have been happy to see Ryan Hoare bob up for five last week.

Lions form of late has been good and if they can find extra routes to goal they can upset the favoured Cats. Whatever forward line gets their act together will win and Sollies have an extra option or two at their disposal and will lock up second spot with a win by 10 points.

Battle of the bulldogs

There is still the slimmest of chances that Port can catch Sollies if they win and Sollies lose this round setting up a clash for second next week. The problem the Port Bulldogs have is the South Augusta Bulldogs are their opponent this week on Sunday in Port Augusta and no one has been able to inflict defeat on them all year.

Port will be looking to continue to work on their new forward line set up that has skipper Byerlee forward creating another marking option along with Groves and Woodards. Their onballers were good last week with Coe, Keane, Collins, Vivar and journeyman Parker to give them options whilst their defence has the second best record in the league with Jared, Corrieri, Puddy and Dickeson amongst others proving hard to beat.

Round 13 summary

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Both Sollies and Port consolidated their positions with wins over lower placed sides whilst Lions were in it for a half against flag favourites South away on Sunday before fading.

Port dismantle listless Bloods

Port Bulldogs continued their upward return to form with a big win over a Central Bloods side that was very young and outgunned on the road. This defeat signalled the end of the smallest slimmer of finals hopes Central, had and in fairness it showed. They had players pull out on the day adding to the already injury strained list leading to the side not being as strong as the Bloods would like.

Both sides were competitive early with Port taking a 15-point lead into quarter time after pushing into the breeze. In the second the Dogs exploded piling on nine goals to two to effectively end the contest. Port returned to some of their early season run and spread and fed their tall forwards in Woodards (7 goals) Groves (3 goals) and the recent forward convert Byerlee (3 goals) who was swung to the opposite end of the field. The game slowed in the third and Port should have won by more kicking 5.9 in the last. Port had winners everywhere with their runners up and going in Keane, Vivar, Coe and Phillips busy whilst the debut of Amey was impressive. Parker was best afield for the dogs with his powerful presence and raking left leg causing havoc amongst the undermanned Bloods.

For Central evergreen Fullers work rate was very impressive and continues to try and lift his team week in week out, Nelson and Digance had a bit of it along with Brendon Colson who kicked four. Port are refinding their early season form whilst the Bloods are looking toward the end of the year as a blessing and chance to regroup.

Sollies power away on the road

Solomontown in second spot were expected to beat the bottom placed West Augusta on the road, and apart from a bright start from the locals, that is what transpired. Sollies were buoyed by the return of gun midfielder Corey Davey for his first game in five weeks along with Lachy Knibbs back in for his first run this year.

Westies started brightly and led by 3 points at quarter time, but any thoughts of a boilover dissolved quickly from there with 15 goals to five from that point on. Ryan Hoare was busy up front with five with three from both Bearman and Nitschke. Mason Munzberg continues to show why he is such a promising prospect with a best afield performance whilst the classy Francis and Caputo also showed plenty.

For the Hawks, both Packard and Singleton battled hard in defence whilst Laube continues to put his hand up and their best was Davies. Sollies now have the other two Pirie sides to close out their season and will be confident of their ability to go deep into finals whilst the Hawks will win the undesirable wooden spoon with only two games to go.

Lions can’t stem the South dominance

South Augusta Bulldogs continued on their merry way with the Prop Risdon Lions the latest to perish under their stranglehold of the competition. Lions were able to lead it in the first half and only be a goal down at the main break, before being worn down and overcome with 11 goals to two from there.

Brown continued to torment the Lions with another bag of five whilst in the ruck Downey dismantled Lions to give the fleet of foot runners first crack at it. Kildea, McKenzie and Thompson (3 goals) were electric along with the solid defence of Collins and Shirley. For the Lions Browne found some good touch in his second game back from a spell whilst skipper Edwards and runners Patterson, Fuller and Oliphant were also doing their best work trying to match the class of the Dogs. Horsnell bagged three but in the end like all else before them this year it wasn’t enough to stop the South machine despite giving their all.

South continue to tread water and fine-tuning waiting for the finals whilst Lions have Sollies and West in the run home with next weeks clash being a fascinating contest as they haven’t beaten Sollies for over two years now.

Round 13 – July 28 & 29, 2018

South Augusta

3.2

6.3

11.3

14.9 (93)

Prop Risdon

5.1

5.3

6.4

7.5 (47)

Best: South Augusta – M. Downey, D. Kildea, K. McKenzie, C. Shirley, J. Collins. Prop Risdon  – P. Browne, S. Edwards, L. Patterson, J. Fuller, A. Oliphant. Goals: South Augusta – L. Brown 5, K. Thompson 3, J. Collins 2, D. Dodd, K. McKenzie, C. Milera, H. Holland. Prop Risdon –  T. Horsnell 3, S. Edwards 2, A. Jacobs, J. Fuller

West Augusta

3.1

5.2

7.7

8.8 (56)

Solomontown

2.4

8.8

13.10

17.19 (121)

Best: Solomontown – M. Munzberg, B. Francis, L. Bearman, J. Caputo, C. Davey. West – K. Davies, S. Laube, C. Singleton, J. Dalla Santa, J. Packard. Goals: Solomontown – R. Hoare 5, J. Nitschke 3, L. Bearman 3, C. Davey 2, B. Francis, R. Bernhardt, T. Foster, L. Knibbs. West – M. Searle 2, N. Collins, C. Ryan , K. Davies, C. Singleton, J. McKenna, T. Harrison

Port

5.4

14.7

17.10

22.19 (151)

Central Augusta

3.1

5.3

8.5

8.6 (54)

Best: Port – J. Parker, J. Vivar, T. Amey, T. Byerlee, A. Coe. Central – M. Fuller, L. Nelson, T. Digance, B. Cox, B. Colson. Goals: Port – B. Woodards 7, C. Grove 3, T. Byerlee 3, A. Coe 3, G. Phillips 2, J. Vivar, S. Jared, S. Keane, J. Parker. Central – B. Colson 4, S. Anderson, B. Cox, M. Fuller, A. Hosking

Round 13 preview

July 26, 2018

All ladder positions are realistically settled with only miracle mathematical chances of any changes. This leaves the final few rounds as simply the opportunity to fine tune and prepare for the business end and this week again three Pirie sides square off against three Augusta sides with two games at Port Augusta.

Port v Central Augusta Saturday in Port Pirie.

Last weeks loss by Central at the hands of Lions has realistically ended their finals hopes for season 2018 so this one is a matter of pride and preparation for season 2019 for them. Its always tricky as well as their reserves and under 18s are very much in the mix especially given the numbers of colts that have been playing in higher grades, so the Bloods may have one eye on not risking injury to some of those boys in the run home. Port ended their recent horror run and will look for another win to build on.

Port will be back at home after losing too the Bloods away last time and will again rely on the strength of their defence to repel and act as a springboard into attack for the Dogs. Groves and Woodard returned to the goals last week and will need to continue this for the Dogs to progress come finals. A few Port players have been off their early season form and have been quiet in recent losses, so coach Roberts has decisions to make as others return from injury.

Port at home should have too much to play for and too much class across the ground and will win by 20 points.

West Augusta v Solomontown Saturday in Port Pirie.

Sollies copped a fearful hiding at the hands of South last week but are not alone in that group so will be looking at regrouping and continuing their recent run of wins. Sadly, at the moment West have had a very tough year and despite their best efforts can’t compete for four quarters against the other sides.

Bearman has been the spark in attack they have needed with 15 goals over the last four weeks and his class and explosive work at pace is a treat to watch and inspires his team mates. Jonno Hayes hasn’t put in a bad game all year and will poll plenty come Madigan Medal night Bernhardt has developed into one of the best few big men in the league and his skills and touch is impressive. Nick Redman continues to run and find the ball all day and Sollies the Head brothers have been growing in stature the longer the season goes.

Sollies will win this game and win it easily. Sollies by 70 points

South Augusta v Lions Sunday in Port Augusta. The Prop Risdon Lions will be in the gun to face the rampant league leaders and sadly for them it’s on their home deck and on a Sunday, always a big ask for any SGL side. South have taken all before them, but Lions have won their last three on the trot so will be as confident as they have been all year and should be competitive for large periods of the game.

Bradley bobbed up for four last week and for Lions to be their most dangerous then Horsnell needs help up there to kick enough to defend. They have a strong running division with Fuller, Saunders, Edwards, Patterson and Oliphant all needing to be on point. Their defence is lead by one of the best Eckert, who is ably supported by youngster Chivell, Browne, Harmer and Ley so they do have all bases covered to be competitive.

South on the other hand have it all, a good ruckman in Downey, plus real speed, creativity and run in Stuart, Kildea, Thompson Russel, Milera and McKenzie. Their defence is first class with Kerin and Shirley taking the key posts and plenty of runners surrounding but its up front with livewire Brown where they have torched other sides. He has already kicked seven and five in the last quarters of the last two times they met! He was quiet last week but South still put 21 past second placed Sollies.

South will win comfortable but Lions will be in the game for a decent stretch. South by 40 points

Round 12 summary 

July 24, 2018

A couple of blow outs on the Saturday to Port and South followed by a good close hit out that had the Lions tested by the Bloods at Port Augusta before the travellers stepped up and ran over the locals.

Lions win on the road

The Sunday clash at Port Augusta between the Central Augusta Bloods and Prop Risdon Lions turned out to be the match of the round after being close all day. The quarter, half and three-quarter time breaks saw the difference each time being less than a goal and the Bloods had even kicked the lead out to 11 points early in the last before the Lions kicked the last six goals of the match to power to victory by four goals.

Tyler Eckert was best for the Lions and rarely puts a foot wrong as one of the most consistent performers in the league. Fuller, also on that lofty level was good with two goals and plenty of the ball. Bradley had his best game for the year and Lions are a much more dangerous outfit when he can get off the chain and finished with four to compliment three from Horsnell. Chivell again continues to put in a great year and Saunders was strong at the ball all day.

Nelson was best for Centrals and his brother Nelson-Edwards, Everett and Wedding all bagged two goals in handy performances. Fisher was aggressive and strong all day and Rigden and Baker put in good games early before fading.

This win pretty much locks up the top four spots with three games plus percentage with only three rounds remaining. It also marks 3 in a row for the Lions as they gather their bets momentum for the year.

Dogs back in winner’s circle  

The Port Bulldogs travelled north to face the West Augusta Hawks in Port Augusta coming off four losses in a row and looking for answers to try and turn their season around. Westies would have thought they were as good a chance as they have been all year, especially as the game was on their home ground.

West remained within touch for the first half the game without really threatening before pretty much leaving it all the sheds at the main break and only scoring a point in the second half. The Port boys enjoyed the extra freedom and lesser pressure on offer to motor away further the longer the game went on.

Ports twin targets in Woodard and Grove bagged five and four respectively and Shaun Jared slowly continues to gather form since returning from injury. Feisty wingman Sam Keane continued his good recent form to be best for the Dogs and Vivar and Fraser Collins also got plenty of it. Hawks skipper Curley was his team’s best and others to collect possessions were previous medallist Collins, Laube who has battled all year and Singleton and Harrison as well, but all did little to bridge the eventual 87-point margin.

South show Sollies the difference in class.

The South Augusta Bulldogs travelled to Pirie as undefeated league leaders to face the Solomontown Cats who sat in second place for a top of the table clash. It loomed as the match of the round and three goals to two at quarter time it continued to show promise. That is pretty much where it ended as a contest as Sollies only mustered two more for the game whilst 18 goals were piled on by the Red and Whites to run out an enormous 115-point victors.

Jonno Hayes again was Sollies best along with Joe Caputo and Tom Head and Bearman was the only multiple scorer with a brace but the was a long list of quiet players for the day. South on the other hand had winners everywhere and it’s hard to see how Stuart wouldn’t have got votes for his best afield performance. There were winners all over though and its starting to look like you could pick a side from the other five sides that still wouldn’t beat the rampant South outfit but as always it always comes back to finals!

Round 12 – July 21 & 22, 2018

Central Augusta

2.1

5.5

8.10

9.12 (66)

Prop Risdon

1.3

6.4

8.5

14.6 (90)

Best: Prop Risdon – T. Eckert, N. Saunders, T. Bradley, A. Chivell, J. Fuller. Central  –  L. Nelson, N. Wedding, D. Baker, J. Rigden, D. Fisher. Goals: Prop Risdon – T. Bradley 4, T. Horsnell 3, J. Fuller 2, A. Jacobs, L. Patterson, T. Eckert, A. Oliphant, S. Dyer. Central – C. Nelson-Edwards 2, B. Everett 2, N. Wedding 2, C. Williams, B. Colson, L. Nelson

West Augusta

1.4

2.5

2.6

2.6 (18)

Port

4.1

5.2

9.7

16.9 (105)

Best: Port – S. Keane, S. Jared, B. Woodards, J. Vivar, F. Collins. West Augusta – M. Curley, N. Collins, S. Laube, T. Harrison, C. Singleton. Goals: Port – B. Woodards 5, C. Grove 4, M. Collins, J. Vivar, T. Byerlee, S. Clarke, A. Coe, S. Jared, S. Keane. West – J. Milera, N. Collins

Solomontown

2.3

2.4

4.6

4.7 (31)

South Augusta

3.1

11.8

15.13

21.20 (146)

Best: South – A. Stuart, B. Russell, M. Downey, G. Warren, K. McKenzie. Sollies – J. Hayes, J. Caputo, T. Head, N. Redman, B. Heard. Goals: South – G. Warren 6, K. McKenzie 5, T. Hamilton 4, V. Urbancic 2, B. Russell, L. Brown, C. Milera, C. Shirley. Sollies – L. Bearman 2, R. Hoare, L. Munzberg

Round 12 preview – July 19, 2018

There will be a bit of treading water in the lead to finals with all finals games all but locked in for the run home. The highlight of the round will be a likely Grand Final preview.

Solomontown v South Augusta – Port Pirie Saturday.

Sollies will be looking to inflict some damage on the free-wheeling Red and White reigning premiers South come Saturday at Port Oval. South travelling will hopefully give the Cats some glimmer of light as well as their current run of four wins in a row.  Bearman has been giving them an explosive route to goals to hopefully match the mercurial Lionel Brown on the day. Hayes will need to be on point and the Sollies defence will have their hands full all day

South have won their last four against Sollies and undefeated this year and have been looking for the challenge this game will offer them. As much as the locals would love it it’s hard to see the Cats beating them, South by 30 points

West Augusta v Port – Port Augusta Saturday

West have really struggled this year and may have thought their one win may be their only one for the year. Ports form over the last four losses have taken them from second best to second worst over that period, and given the game is at home for the Hawks, they will sniff a chance.

Port surely at some point will want to turn it around, and now must be that time. West have plenty of youngsters and are a couple of years from contesting again and Port should win by 24 points

Central Augusta v Prop Risdon – Port Augusta Sunday

Central won this clash in round two earlier this year and were again very good in the second half against the in-form Cats for the second half last week so will enter this game with confidence. Lions on the other hand are playing as well now as they have all year coming off two straight wins and aiming for three! The table suggests they will get there and shade the Bloods on Sunday by under a goal in a good contest.

Round 11 summary – June 16, 2018

This round was a replay of round one and ironically the results also replicated with Lions easily accounting for Port, Sollies closing out a fast finishing Central and South do it easily against Westies in a top v bottom clash.

Lions muzzle dogs

A disciplined display from the Risdon Prop Lions totally out classed the Port Bulldogs on their own deck Saturday at Port Oval. They have turned the tables on the last time they met and now lead the Dogs two wins to one for the season and have drawn back level on wins in third and fourth spot.

Lions won the toss and kicked with a three-goal breeze to lead four goals to nil at quarter time. Port has their turn with the benefit of the wind but in scrambly defensive affair neither side were able to register a goal to hold the status quo at the main break. Incredibly the third quarter was almost a replica, excepting a goal from the Lions to leave the score line at 5 goals to nil at three quarter time. Despite not scoring a goal at all, the game could be turned with early strikes from the Dogs in the last, but the Lions never let them get going. Port finally managed to score three goals for the quarter, but the Lions had them covered with four of their own to run out easy 35-point victors.

Better players were largely on the side of the victors with Jordy Fuller, Tyler Eckert and Sam Dyer again proving thorns in the Dogs side with continual effort and class shining through in a dour affair. Youngsters Jacobs (three goals) and Chivell in defence were also good performers for the winners with Slattery and Horsnell also slotting a couple each. Youngster Bailey Congdon got a late call up and would have pleased the diehard Blue & Gold fans as this welded on Lions youngster made a good debut and gave his all in a great start.

Better players for the conquered Dogs were much harder to find with Sam Keane continuing his break out season with a good display, the skipper Byerlee tried hard in defence and Jacob Akker continues to impress and is a shining light to his more experienced team mates. Groves kicked two in the last but was a long way from his best and it was hard to find many more.

It wasn’t the prettiest game, but that wouldn’t bother the Lions fans one bit, as this victory would have been duly celebrated against the higher placed, more fancied Dogs. That makes two in a row for the boys from Mary Elie St and their form is slowly starting to gather come the business end. Port on the other hand must have coach Roberts wondering which levers to pull. They were flying at 5/2 but have now lost their last four in a row with Westies on the road next week now looking a danger!

Sollies continue to get the job done against Central

The Solomontown Cats travelled North to Port Augusta on Saturday for another successful raid and came home with the points against the fast finishing Central Augusta Bloods, to win by 15 points.

The Cats flew out the blocks with skipper Bearman booting the first two before a couple more to Heard and Nitschke, but the Bloods got one back late to lead by 19 at the first break. Bearman continued to cause havoc in the second with three more for five at half time. Sollies lead by a very healthy seven goals at half time. 

The Cats took their foot off the throttle from there as the Bloods stepped their game up for the second half and closed the gap gradually before making a late charge. Four quick late goals bought Central to within two goals late before the Cats steadied with a late one to Benny Goodridge to settle it.

The Head boys Kaleb and Tom were both great performers all day along with the ever consistent Jonno Hayes plus Joe Caputo was best on in one of his best displays for the year. Bearman starred with his five first half goals and Nitschke again was a multiple scorer. Centrals best was Brad Taylor whilst Brendon Colson bagged five in a glimpse of last years form. Fuller continues to wind back the clock, Hosking got a pair and Roberts and Finlayson are also worthy of mentions.

Sollies are now locks for second spot being three games clear and their position has been helped via this third win from four games in Port Augusta this year. Centrals finals hopes are also all but gone now trailing Lions by two games plus a stack of percentage with only four games to go.

South in a canter over West

The South Augusta Bulldogs from top position easily accounted for West Augusta Hawks in bottom spot as expected on previous games. This was Westies last game and best performance against the Dogs as the other two games have been 100+ point beltings whilst this one was a cruising 74-point margin after only trailing five goals to seven at half time.

Round 11 – June 14 & 15, 2018

West Augusta

1.1

5.2

6.2

7.2 (44)

South Augusta

4.9

7.11

11.14

17.16 (118)

Best: South – K. Thompson, M. Downey, G. Warren, K. McKenzie, D. Kildea. West –  J. Dalla Santa, M. Curley, K. Davies, C. Ryan , M. Coulthard. Goals: South – G. Warren 5, L. Brown 3, K. Aitken 2, D. Kildea, P. Glass, K. McKenzie, J. Collins, V. Urbancic, C. Milera, A. Stuart. West – D. Von Senden 3, T. Harrison 2, F. Sinkinson, N. Collins

Central Augusta

1.3

2.3

6.5

12.5 (77)

Solomontown

4.4

8.9

9.10

13.14 (92)

Best: Solomontown – J. Caputo, J. Hayes, K. Head, L. Bearman, T. Head. Central – B. Taylor, R. Finlayson, M. Fuller, K. Roberts, B. Colson. Goals: Solomontown – L. Bearman 5, J. Nitschke 2, T. Foster 2, B. Francis, B. Goodridge, B. Heard, S. Highfold. Central – B. Colson 5, A. Hosking 2, J. Berry, B. Allen, B. Everett, A. Miller, C. Williams

Prop Risdon

4.2

4.4

5.7

9.7 (61)

Port

0.2

0.5

0.8

3.8 (26)

Best: Prop Risdon – J. Fuller, T. Eckert, S. Dyer, A. Jacobs, A. Chivell. Port – S. Keane, T. Byerlee, J. Akker. Goals: Prop Risdon – A. Jacobs 3, J. Fuller 2, A. Slattery 2, T. Horsnell 2. Port – C. Grove 2, B. Woodards

Round 11 Preview

July 10, 2018

After a week off, all teams head in to a more complete round where every team squares off for the 3rd and last time in the minor round over the next 5 weeks. This year’s Grand Final is very early on the 1st September in a new shortened format this year; last year at the same time minor rounds were still going on the 2nd and 3rd.

Lions and Dogs square off in likely Semi preview.

Its still five weeks away but should the table remain the same, this one is a preview for the elimination Semi Final in the first week of finals. The Prop Risdon Lions won the season opener and the Port Bulldogs reversed the result come round 6 to leave the ledger even heading in to this one. A super clash is on the cards.

Port were very pleased headed to the first break sitting in clear second a game plus percentage clear but in the subsequent three games they have dropped them all, and with it the double chance. They won’t have given up the chase to get it back so this one is a must win. They will be hoping for a return of some injured players and a return to form of some that may have quietened a bit of late. 

They will be looking for forwards Woodards and Grove to score heavily and compete to give the smaller Philips and resting on ballers Coe and Pisani a chance to crumb a few more as well. Ports defence has been good all year and only bettered by South and will need to be up and about all day led by skipper Byerlee who will be hoping Jared, George and Corrieri are back.

Lions have been a little up and down as well but at their best they match it with any side in the league. They have regained a break of a game plus plenty of percentage over 5th placed Central and a win here will pretty much lock in finals.

The defence is well served via Ley, Harmer, Browne and Eckert giving them a dependable contest and great rebound going forward. Lions need more from their attack with Horsnell leading the way and will want multiples from Bradley and the vigorous Marsland to help the total. Sam Dyer goes well in both attack and ruck but sadly they haven’t got two of him. Their onballers and runners are classy with Slattery, Oliphant, Shaun Edwards and the silky Fuller a real strength.

It should be a good day out Saturday and will stick with positions on the table and lean toward Port to win by 12 points and snap their losing streak.

Sollies look to extend winning streak

Sollies are two games clear in the double chance second spot and a win here will stretch their run to four and further consolidate this spot for them come finals. Discipline has been their key of late and coach Pollard will be looking for this to continue come Saturday.

Sollies have won both encounters this year and will be hoping for three from three. Their run is the key to their game with a fleet of onballers include the talented Jonno Hayes, speedster Bearman and the consistent Redman their man movers. Add to this Francis, Sciangalepore, Goodridge, Mezzino, Caputo and Nitschke and the Bloods will need to work hard to quell the danger.

Big man Bernhardt has been a standout as well rarely appearing out of the top few and chips in for a few goals as well. Assisting in the big man department is the Munzberg boys as well as good tall options up front in Foster and Heard and back with Mudge and the Head boys.

Central have been very good on occasions but rarely for more than a quarter. They gave Sollies a real fright in round one and again their greatest asset will be this game is in Port Augusta as well. Fuller will test the Cats big men as his form of late has been excellent. The Colson twins have not really fired this year but are always dangerous if you let them get loose. Everett has been a good recruit and has been one of their more consistent performers with Miller Williams and Allen also bobbing up with good games throughout the year.

Its been a tough year for new coach Redden at Central and can’t see them scoring enough to beat Sollies. They have only one person that has scored more than eight goals in the ten games so far this year and Sollies will have too much firepower to win by 24 points.

South to easily account for West.

This will be the last time West face South this year and I’m sure they will be glad of that fact. Their two clashes this year have averaged over 21 goal victories and this one may be the same. Lionel Brown will be looking for a swag of goals and should get them. South by 100 points on Sunday in Port Augusta.

Round 10 wrap up

July 3, 2018

The top four final makeup started to become clearer after both Solomontown and Lions drew clear in 2nd and 4th spot to make it tough to alter from here on in.

Sollies confirm Pirie dominance

Solomontown Cats have firmly put their stamp on second spot in The Spencer Gulf Football League after a slim but convincing win over cross town combatants Port Bulldogs. It means the Cats have had consecutive wins over the third and fourth placed rivals with Lions last week and now sits with a two-game buffer to third spot with five rounds to go.

Sollies went into the game without Corey Davey this week and have lost the services of Riley Hayes and Karl Muller for the rest of the year but it didn’t appear to hinder their enthusiasm as again they stuck to their game plan and out played their opponent with hard work and discipline. They basically skipped out to a first term lead of two goals and held it all day. It remained relatively close all day, but it seemed never likely to be headed.

Lindsay Bearman was again brilliant with his work at blistering speed and willingness to run not able to be countered all day and finished with four goals. Bernhardt again put his hand up to now be considered one of the best talls in the league. Tom Head locked horns all day with three goal Woodard in a quality clash all day and Jonno Hayes and Joe Caputo continuing to rack up possessions.

For Port they battled hard all day, continued to ring the changes and roll the dice but were let down with poor forward entries and bad turnovers caused in part from the pressure from Sollies. Port needed this one to track square with the Cats and have now dropped three from three since the break and must regroup with another break this weekend.

Better players for Port were those mainly defensively based with Tim Byerlee clearly best dominating in defence in a great skipper’s game. Alexander Young played his best game for the year and looks good when he backs himself in. Sam Keane and Darcy Puddy battled hard and Cain Pisani had plenty of it and Thomas Dickeson was able to give a good spread of attacking play and defensive shutdown when given a blanketing role.

There was plenty of pressure and intensity in this game that gave rise to plenty of mistakes and turnovers and was entertaining due to its closeness. Sollies won by 12 points in the end and have hardened up as the season progresses. They are now the most likely rival for the runaway Reds in Port Augusta.

Lions consolidate with win over Hawks

The Prop Risdon Lions travelled away and, in the end, drew away from the spirted West Augusta Hawks to regain the game break secure in fourth spot. A couple of wins on the trot by Centrals couple with Lion losses closed a two-game break back to percentage so this win will help settle some nerves and gain breathing space as the final five rounds approach after the break.

The Hawks have trailed the rest of the competition by quite a distance on many occasions but had been much better of late and with Lions being on the road they would have sniffed an opportunity. Lions only led by a goal at half time but held the Hawks to a solitary goal in each of the final two in the third and fourth to ease down to comfortable six goal win.

They always look better when Horsnell is in the goals and his five led the way for the travellers. Jordy Fuller was best afield, and his class was evident, complimented by two goals. Other multiple scorers were Bradley and Slattery with two each. Browne and Ley also put in good defensive games and Luke Patterson has been in Lions top three four out of the last five weeks in a good stretch of form for this quality player.

For the Hawks they continue to find a few green shoots with Kayden Bejah putting in his best League game to date for the youngster. Slade Laube kicked three and was one of the better Hawks as he has consistently been whilst Cammarano also put in his best shift for the year.  Harrison and Ryan have been in the best a bit as well this year and again were serviceable especially in the first half.

 

South March on over Bloods

The South Augusta Bulldogs spanked the Central Augusta Bloods in what is becoming quite routine now. Thompson and Stuart were again electric in midfield and will steal votes off one another come medal time and Lionel Brown continues his pursuit of the ton as he slotted another nine. Fuller was again best for Central who have it all to do now with a wine plus percentage separating them from finals.

Country Carnival Break

Renmark will be the place to be this weekend with the focus of country talent headed for the Riverland for the Country Championships. There will be a good sprinkling of SGL Players that we hope impresses as the Northern Zone look to better their recent efforts and go well.

Everyone else will enjoy the last break for the year with one complete five round cycle to go before finals. On third of the season to go until we get to the business end of the year!

Round 10 – June 30 – July 1, 2018

Central Augusta

1.3

1.7

2.8

4.9 (33)

South Augusta

4.4

9.4

15.6

18.11 (119)

Best: South – K. Thompson, M. Downey, C. Shirley, A. Stuart, L. Brown. Central – M. Fuller, L. Nelson, B. Allen, A. Miller, S. Besant-Wilton. Goals; South – L. Brown 9, C. Milera 2, A. Stuart 2, V. Urbancic 2, K. McKenzie, H. Holland, K. Aitken. Central –  S. Anderson, B. Allen, D. Fisher, M. Fuller

West Augusta

3.0

6.2

7.2

8.4 (52)

Prop Risdon

5.4

6.8

9.10

13.10 (88)

Best: Prop Risdon – J. Fuller, P. Browne, L. Patterson, T. Ley, T. Horsnell. West Augusta – K. Bejah , D. Cammarano, C. Ryan , T. Harrison, S. Laube. Goals: Prop Risdon –  T. Horsnell 5, A. Slattery 2, T. Bradley 2, J. Fuller 2, A. Oliphant, C. Marsland. West Augusta – S. Laube 3, D. Von Senden 2, T. Harrison 2, M. Coulthard

Solomontown

5.1

5.1

7.2

11.5 (71)

Port

2.2

2.2

5.4

9.5 (59)

Best: Solomontown – R. Bernhardt, J. Hayes, J. Caputo, T. Head, L. Bearman. Port – T. Byerlee, A. Young, S. Keane, D. Puddy, T. Dickeson. Goals: Solomontown – L. Bearman 4, T. Foster 2, R. Bernhardt 2, J. Nitschke 2, J. Caputo. Port – B. Woodards 3, C. Grove 2, A. Coe 2, C. Pisani, Z. Hutchinson

Round 10 preview

June 28, 2018

This round is the last game before the Country Footy Carnival break, so all sides will be looking for a win with one complete round to go after the break.

Sollies v Dogs in SGL’s greatest rivalry

This clash looks like a belter and a refreshing change from last years lopsided affairs as the old rivals again match up in a battle that’s been on since 1909. The Solomontown Cats have over taken The Port Bulldogs over the last two games with a couple of wins whilst Port had their worst game for the year against Central and then followed up with a spirited loss to South last week.

As 30th June zooms up we are more likely to get an idea of how Sollies end of season line up will look. Employment has been playing havoc with the availability of Corey Hayes and Karl Muller plus it looks like youngster Bryce Pretty has transferred out and doubts on week to week availability of Crows SANFL top up player Corey Hayes is making it hard for coach Pollard week in week out.

He would have been thrilled however with the form and sharpness the Cats had on show last week against Lions and a repeat of that display will go a long way to winning this one. Their forward line looks much better with Bearman up front showing plenty of Zip along with livewire Nitschke both crumbing at the feet of big targets in Foster, Munzberg and Heard. Jonno Hayes will rack up plenty of possessions along with Redman, Mezzino, Caputo and the classy Francis and should be given an edge via the rucks of Sollies, in particular Bernhardt. Mudge will lead their defence and the Head boys and Sciangalepore will go well.

Port have had their own outs with half their starting defence out last week in Jared, Corrieri and George out with injury and time will tell whether they will be risked given there is a week off after this game. The defence has been Ports biggest weapon this year and still have plenty of options with Akker stepping back last week, Dickeson playing well and add to the good seasons from Puddy, Murphy and Skipper Byerlee. Port have been getting plenty from their small on ballers in Coe and Pisani, they have firepower in Woodard, Grove and sharpshooter Phillips. No one has been able to lockdown the Ruck for Port, but Groves showed a bit there in patches last week.

Port accounted for the Cats easily last time and all will be put on the line as this is a huge clash with season defining implications. A win from the Cats will give them a two-game break on Port and will condemn the Dogs to three losses in a row. Plenty of player selection is unknown but we are tipping the Dogs to move back to second spot by percentage with a 3-point win! Be sure youre there to see it

Lions must be careful of slip up against West

Lions will enter this game against bottom placed West as favourite and will want to shake the lethargy of last weeks showing with a dominant display. They won the Round 5 clash in Pirie by 116 points but West have improved from there. This one could be a real banana peel for Lions if they are not careful.

Central have drawn level with Prop Risdon in 5th spot but play undefeated South so are unlikely to win so it will be a perfect chance for Lions to draw clear again. Lions have plenty of class all over with onballers Fuller, skipper Edwards, Patterson, Saunders and Oliphant pumping the ball forward to Horsnell and Dyer when he is there. Coach Promnitz will need more from their attack with a few very quiet games from some of late and others are needed to build big scores.

The Lions defence is solid with Eckert, Browne, Ley and Harmer all having the ability to propel the Hawk attacks and Ben Harmer has been honest competing in ruck and around the ground.

West will need all their guns up and about to go close and they have some class with Collins, Laube, Packard, Singleton and Dadleh if he plays plus a sprinkling of good young kids to make them competitive. The game is in Port Augusta which will favour the Hawks but still won’t be enough for them to get the job done. They will be much more competitive, but the Lions will win by 30 points.

South to continue winning ways

Fifth placed Central front up to the runaway league leaders, undefeated South Augusta in Port Augusta Sunday in a game that will not be close. South love sticking it to the Bloods and their class will see them home by 60 points to continue their perfect season leading in to the break.

Round 9 Review – June 26, 2018

Solomontown take bragging rights over cross town Lions, Central outlast West and in the battle of the bulldogs, South again fire up in the last to burn off Port.

Sollies outclass Lions

The Solomontown Cats have now won three of the last four and moved back into clear second spot on the ladder with a very easy win over Prop Risdon Lions on Saturday in probably their quietest display for the year.

The Cats won all four quarters and drew further and further away as the game progressed after only leading by a goal at quarter time. Their second quarter took the wind out of the game with 5.3 to only a point as Sollies fired up all over the ground. They had winners everywhere with the mobile brigade of Sollies continually running and spreading off their defence to feed the ball in, time and time again. Foster bobbed up as a marking target with two goals plus missed a couple, Bernhardt was good all over the ground and Lions struggled to go forward at all. Bearman scorched the ground with his pace and kicked four for the day. Jonno Hayes was directing play all day plus Davey and Francis added to their ground dominance.

Lions are better than they showed but looked subdued all day. Sam Dyer battled well and used the ball well when he got it. Horsnell and Fuller got two each but didn’t impact like they can, Tom Harmer in defence had the ball in his area most of the day and did well along with the consistent Eckert and Patterson was the best of the runners for the Lions rotating through the wing and on ball.

The two wins since the break for the Cats has propelled them back to clear second whilst the two losses to the Lions has them back level on points scrapping with the improving Central for 4th spot.

Central over power West for their second win on trot

In a close affair in Port Augusta on Saturday the Central Augusta Bloods have outlasted the West Augusta Hawks to reverse the results of Round 4. Central were a goal down at three quarter-time before firing up with five goals to nil in the last to record consecutive wins. Fuller turned back the clock to be best for the Bloods whilst Singleton continued his good personal form this year to lead the charge for the Hawks.

South again flex their final term muscle to shut out Port

South Augusta Bulldogs travelled to Port Pirie on Sunday and were made to work very hard to beat the local Port Bulldogs in an entertaining affair. Port were always within striking distance and tracked South all day without ever heading them. They trailing by one, seven and one point at the three breaks as the ball moved freely from end to end, with plenty of highlights and in the end the class and fitness of South was the difference.

For South, their run on players in Stuart, Thompson and Russel were heavy possession winners driving the Red & Whites forward again and again. Downey rucked well all day with heavy strikes pushing South goalward. Brown was made to work down the ground for more possessions and ended up with five as did Tom Hamilton as their multi-pronged attack came through again.

For Port journeyman Josh Parker in his first League game for the club kicked 3 goals whilst Woodard’s battled Shirley in a great duel all day for two along with two for Grove who spent some quality time in the ruck as well. Cain Pisani continued his stellar season with another best player performance and great drive was given from defence from Dickeson and Puddy, plus Keane won plenty of it on the wing.

Teams are working out ways to stay in games longer against the 2018 freight train that is South, and time will tell if any side can further bridge that gap.

Round 9 – June 23 & 24, 2018

Port

3.1

6.1

10.3

11.6 (72)

South Augusta

3.2

7.2

10.4

16.9 (105)

Best: South – K. Thompson, M. Downey, B. Russell, A. Stuart, L. Brown. Port – C. Pisani, B. Woodards, C. Grove, T. Dickeson, S. Keane. Goals: South – T. Hamilton 5, L. Brown 5, B. Russell, D. Dodd, M. Downey, V. Urbancic, R. Fuschtei, A. Stuart. Port –  J. Parker 3, C. Grove 2, B. Woodards 2, C. Smith, A. Coe, C. Pisani, G. Phillips

Central Augusta

2.4

4.6

5.7

10.7 (67)

West Augusta

1.0

4.7

6.7

6.9 (45)

Best: Central – M. Fuller, C. Williams, D. Fisher, A. Miller, R. Finlayson. West – C. Singleton, M. Curley, E. Khan, T. Blinman , N. Collins. Goals: Central – B. Colson 3, B. Everett 2, C. Williams 2, S. Besant-Wilton, J. Nance, A. Miller. West – S. Laube 2, N. Collins, T. Hore, T. Harrison, J. Packard

Solomontown

3.2

8.5

12.6

15.10 (100)

Prop Risdon

2.2

2.3

4.6

6.9 (45)

Best: Sollies – J. Hayes, L. Bearman, R. Bernhardt, C. Davey, B. Francis. Prop Risdon – L. Patterson, T. Harmer, S. Dyer, T. Eckert. Goals: Sollies – L. Bearman 4, T. Foster 2, J. Hayes 2, J. Nitschke 2, B. Francis, B. Heard, R. Bernhardt, J. Caputo, C. Davey. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 2, J. Fuller 2, N. Saunders, T. Ley

Preview of Round Nine

Preview Round 9 – June 21, 2018

Cross town rivalry fires up again in what should be a season shaping clash between the Cats and the Lions. Port face a mid-season audit against South whilst Central get their chance for consecutive wins and push back towards finals calculations. Its 1v2 3v4 and 5v6 in a good round!

Lions and Cats square off in blockbuster

 Saturdays clash between the Prop Risdon Lions and the Solomontown Cats in Port Pirie should be an absolute belter with plenty hanging on the outcome.

Lions were brave against South last week before being stung by Lionel Browns closing class and couple with Centrals return to form it only puts Lions ahead by one game (plus percentage) in 4th spot. Solomontown are in third, two games ahead of Lions and level with Port who face South so a win will most likely CATapult them into second spot 😊.

Sollies will be hoping that Corey Davey is here to stay as his class, strength and fitness is very hard to match up in Country footy and he will have a major impact tin the second half the year. Nitschke also has only played three games for seven goals so will also add to the depth and scoring potential of the Cats.

Lions continue to put in honest performances and will badly want this game. They haven’t won a cross town clash since round one and if they repeat their first three quarters from last week they will be right in this. Both Horsnell and Patterson need to fire to kick a winning score and Lions will be hoping Dyer is back to help counter the big man strength of Sollies.

 

Both sides have great midfields and will be all out for the win. It’s still Sollies for mine and I’m tipping them in a close one by 10 points.

Central Augusta and West Augusta square off at Central Oval Port Augusta on Saturday.

 After a much-improved showings by both sides last week. West were much better and competed all day whilst Central broke through for win two of season 2018. West won this clash earlier this year but I’m tipping two in a row for the Bloods and they will start to pressure for a finals berth the longer the season goes. Central by 22 points

Bulldog v Bulldog

League leaders South Augusta travel South to Pirie to take on Port on Sunday in a clash of 1v2 in what should be a good clash.

None has laid a glove on South at this point and for Port to win all the following will need to happen. Brown must be held to four or less and Puddy is likely to get first crack at it. Grove and Woodard will need to be on song up front and force South to drop numbers back to help. Port will need to tackle and harass the talented South midfield, in particular the talented indigenous trio of Stuart, Milera and Thompson have been shredding teams with their extreme class and speed. Port must break even against the best knock ruck big man in the SGL, Downey. The Ports defence will need to be the springboard to set up attacking forays and Port simply must improve their skills from last week.

There is a bit that needs to go right there and there is also the travel factor to hinder South as they head to Pirie. Will Port get it done? With a local bias, we hope so, but it’s not likely. South to win by 20 points.

Round Eight Review

June 18, 2018

This first round back after the break produced three quite even albeit low scoring affairs over the weekend with the weather proving not to be ideal for high scores.

Cats run over improved Hawks

The Solomontown Cats drew back level in second spot with their victory over the bottom placed West Augusta Hawks on Sunday in an entertaining and closer affair than most expected.

By the scorecard the result seemed up in the air until the last but in honesty the wind had a large bearing and distorted the three-quarter time margin that showed only 13 points difference and the breeze assisted Cats kicked away late to their fifth victory. Both sides only managed two goals into the breeze all day but the Cats with 6 in the second and four in the last compared to four all day from West when they had the advantage in the end was where it was all won and lost.

Two huge pluses for Sollies was in increased firepower offered by the return of Jake Nitschke (three goals) from injury for his third game and more crucially the return of star Corey Davey from the Crows SANFL side to add four goals. This gave them a much more efficient forward line, and both were in the sides best. The silky-smooth Francis was best for Cats and others to go well were big man Bernhardt again along with Redman who was everywhere, and Muller and Foster chipped in for a couple each.

West were better but still have a long way to go. Harrison added two goals to his possessions to be the Hawks best whilst Slade, Ryan and Curley were busy around the ball and Singleton in defence was athletic as always.  Not Sollies greatest game but will be pleased for the win. Solomontown 12.12.84 West Augusta 6.7.43

Lions competitive against table topping South

South Augusta Hawks continued their winning ways but were made to work again by fourth placed Prop Risdon Lions who seem to compete for large parts of games as well as any side against the overwhelming Bulldogs outfit from Port Augusta.

Lions were very good in the first half and went in locked away at 4.5 each and thought they had a sniff! Their pressure was good, and they used the breeze well in the first to skip out to a 22-point lead. South steadied when they got their chance before upping their game and intensity in the second half to run out 26-point victors.

The same issue that haunted the Lions in Round three reared its head again and that was the cyclone that is Lionel Brown. In Round three Brown slotted seven goals in the final term and this time it was five and remains the only South player to score goals against Lions in the final term this year. Brown was goalless in the first half and holds the key to Souths prolific scoring with 50 now from eight games. Sadly, Lions only scored two points in two quarters into the wind and against top sides that won’t get you victories.

Onballers Shaun Edwards, Oliphant and Fuller were well up in Lions best along with defenders Tom Harmer, Chivell and Eckert particularly early held Lions in the game for long periods. Downey gave South first use of it in the ruck against undersized Ben Harmer who battled well, plus onballers Russell, the silky-smooth Thompson now injury free along with Warren and Kildea who got a bit of it. South 11.11.77 Prop Risdon 7.9.51

Port stumble on the road to Central.

The Port Bulldogs again proved the difficulty that all sides seem to find as soon as they leave home going down to Central Augusta Bloods in Port Augusta by five points.

Port would have been confident having won five of their last six and were up against a side that had won only one game all year. It was relatively close all day with Central using the breeze to skip out to a quarter time lead only to go in slightly behind at the main break. Port matched the Bloods three goals in the third and would have expected to come home strong but this was not the case. They did cop a few injuries on the day and were left very thin on the bench, this did hurt them.

Woodard with five and Grove with three kicked most of the Bulldogs score whilst Central shared their goals between eight goal kickers in an even display. Youngsters Puddy and Pisani kept up their good early season form whilst George in defence and Keane on the wing were both busy for the Dogs. Allen and Everett have been high up in Centrals best all year and again were prominent, Fisher was strong all day and Williams Baker and Miller played their part.

Port may consider themselves unlucky with injury, but they weren’t with the result, Central deserved to win. Central had five more scoring shots and Ports skill errors and turnovers cost them. Central were able to capitalise and put life back into their season. Central Augusta 11.9.75 Port 11.4.70

Round 8 – June 16, 2018

Solomontown

1.1

7.3

8.7

12.12 (84)

West Augusta

1.2

3.2

6.6

6.7 (43)

Best: Solomontown – B. Francis, C. Davey, R. Bernhardt, N. Redman, J. Nitschke. West Augusta – T. Harrison, S. Laube, C. Ryan , M. Curley, C. Singleton. Goals: Solomontown – C. Davey 4, J. Nitschke 3, K. Muller 2, T. Foster 2, B. Francis. West Augusta – T. Harrison 2, N. Collins, S. Laube, J. Dalla Santa, T. Blinman

Central Augusta

4.2

5.3

8.6

11.9 (75)

Port

1.0

6.1

9.3

11.4 (70)

Best: Central – B. Allen, B. Everett, D. Fisher, A. Miller, D. Baker. Port – D. Puddy, C. Pisani, B. Woodards, S. George, S. Keane. Goals: Central – B. Colson 2, B. Everett 2, B. Allen 2, C. Williams, J. Reid, R. Finlayson, K. Colson, R. Morris. Port – B. Woodards 5, C. Grove 3, C. Pisani, J. Akker, S. Clarke

Prop Risdon

4.5

4.5

7.7

7.9 (51)

South Augusta

1.1

4.5

6.6

11.11 (77)

Best: South – B. Russell, K. Thompson, M. Downey, L. Brown, G. Warren. Prop Risdon – S. Edwards, A. Oliphant, T. Harmer, J. Fuller, A. Chivell. Goals: South – L. Brown 6, D. Dodd 2, V. Urbancic, C. Milera, G. Warren. Prop Risdon – J. Fuller 2, J. Strawbridge 2, T. Bradley, T. Horsnell, L. Patterson

Mid Season Wrap with our local correspondent

June 14, 2018

Sadly since the Whyalla Football League were unable to meet their combined commitments this has left the SGL without any footy last week so I thought I would take the chance to give a mid-season summary, concentrating mainly on the Pirie sides.

It is looking like unless something drastic happens South have top spot all sewn up. West I feel are looking most likely to finish at the foot of the table and Central the most likely to finish fifth. This leaves the three Pirie sides. They have been incredibly even, which is great for the local games. Lions beat Port in Round one by 26 points, Solly beat Lionsin round four by 12 points, Port beat Solly in Round five by 53 points and Port beat Lions by 29 points in Round six. As you can see, its pretty even with five more cross-town derbys to come and it makes for sensational banter and one-upmanship between local rivals which is great to see! Nothing feels better than strutting about town chest out after a good win over the dreaded enemy, at least for a week or two haha!

As they stand on the Ladder

Top – South Augusta Bulldogs – cannot put a foot wrong at this point. They had a lost a couple and replaced them with even more. Lionel Browns return from Broken Hill has set the competition alight with 45 goals from seven games and is on target to kick 100. South are raging favourites this year, but so were Sollies last year and it’s all or nothing on one day in September. Haven’t lost a game and averaging 40 points more than any other side a game

Second – Port Bulldogs – Have recruited well and also got some back from injury and returning past players from Adelaide to add to their overall depth. Everything went wrong for the Dogs last year but this year it seems to be gathering momentum. Defence is rock solid and let through less than anyone, a real plus. Will play finals and should impact, much improved.

Third – Solomontown Cats – have had considerable player drains from last year but are starting to steady and expect a few more back more often come the last half the year. When they are at full strength they can beat all sides, would love more avenues to goal, have scored roughly 100 points less than Port and Lions.

Fourth – Proprietary Risdon Lions – Running division is very strong and last game gave them a handy two game buffer in to the top four over West and Central. Will need all their best players playing to be winning when the whips are cracking come finals time. Have an issue of a tall marking forward to add to Horsnell when Dyer is rucking.

Fifth – Central Augusta Bloods – has a good pack of youngsters and some very good but aging older champions with not enough in between. They have had a huge turnover of players that are not gelling as well as coach Redden would like. They will be better after the break and need to work hard when it starts to go against them.

Sixth – West Augusta Hawks – In the words of the Queen, this is Westies Annus Horribillus, a shocking year. All clubs go through it from time to time with a bad alignment of circumstances that is usually followed by waning enthusiasm for the size of the task at hand. Port have been through it of late and I’m sure those in charge at West are already looking and working toward solutions in the coming seasons. Westies are brave (you must be to wear that distinctive purple) and will improve in the second half the year.

Now looking at the Pirie sides we will have a look at few specific topics

Gun recruits? Who are the better players to make an impression for the locals in their new club?

Lions – Patrick Browne. Came across from the same coloured Lincoln South Eagles to join Lions without much fanfare but has blended in beautifully. His poise and run across half back has suited the game plan of coach Promnitz to a tee and he continually offers Eckert freedom to do what he does best. A quality player to gain.

Solomontown – Riley Hayes. Certainly not new to the club, but back after a long period away and is as good as any new recruit. A strong and fit midfielder that give the Cats real bite. Along with his cousin Jonno the older Cat faithfully can close their eyes and the Hayes boys can take them back to glory days of Premierships past when their dads prowled the field in the 80’s!

Port – Shaun Jared. Perhaps one that is not expected given other recruits of Coe, George, Groves and Vivar amongst others, this lad has come across the Ranges and is a huge part of Ports lock down defence. Watch him closely, he moves beautifully, has great hands and has footy smarts. A great asset.

 

Gun youngsters? All clubs love to see their youngsters coming through so we will have a look at a few.

Lions – Anthony Oliphant & Ash Chivell. Young Oliphant has been a bright light on the way for some time and now really finding his feet in the bigger bodies of League footy with real class, skill and workrate and is a joy to watch in full flight. Ash had taken a while to get his shot given Lions strong recent sides and even toyed with the idea of a move but to his credit he stuck at it and now he has his chance. He is really starting to flourish deep in defence, learning from those calm heads around him and does not lack courage or willingness to get in. A great future for both!

Sollies – Lawson Munzberg & Tyler Sciangelepore. Lawson is a massive talent and add to the big man depth of Sollies and has real ball skills for a lad that size which is rare. Will improve year on year as most big men do and good luck stopping him in a few year’s time. Tyler is a Cat favourite given his voice and passion for his club. Finally earnt his regular spot and really starting to blossom and show the talents he clearly has at that higher level. Will continue to give his all.

Port – Darcy Puddy & Cain Pisani. Darcy has the simplicity of youth and shows no fear in his key role in the last line of defence, continually backing himself and simply just playing footy. He won’t end up being a defender but for now, it’s great fun watching him go at it. Cain is a little older, but it’s fabulous to see him get an injury free run at it. He has real heart, talent and immense courage. He is equally adept at in and under clearance work, as he is in front of the sticks. He gets under a lot of team’s radar and is a star right now!

Guns of yesteryear? If we could turn back time, what player from yesteryear would each club love to have lace up this week? Not having a go at today’s players but let’s have some fun and pick one to ‘recruit’ in, here’s mine.

Lions – Have had some absolute jets in their line ups in their short, merged history but one man they would love back in his prime is Elijah Ware. His Best on Ground performance in a losing Grand Final against Port was as good as any I have seen. He had pace, he had flare, he could fly and boy did he have some serious skills that took him all the way to the AFL and multiple SANFL flags. He would set the comp on fire again and people would flock to see him play!

Solomontown – The Cats can’t seem to find their way to big scores this year and someone that I would go back to from the late 80’s is past goal kicking sensation and premiership player Larry Rawlins. Larry was Cats through and through and scored heavily over his career proving to be a real focal point with his wonderful leading, high flying and dead eye accuracy. Wouldn’t the fans at the Cattery love a 25yo Larry right now to straighten them up and create that X factor excitement.

Port – Ports Akker, Remphrey and others have been doing well in ruck but I’m sure the Dogs wouldn’t mind the services of some of their great big men in years gone by to assist. Possibly the spring heeled Michael Burford or even the Hall of Fame thinking man’s ruckman Jamie Keane. The one I would opt for though, is the late, great Hugh Murphy. Hughie was a Port Icon, a 6 time premiership ruckman with a massive ticker from the 50’s and 60’s. He was as hard as nails and would have been the perfect man to take these boys under his wing.

 

Snap back to current day! This week in summary

Sat – PropRisdon v South in Pirie. Its Lions turn to face the blowtorch that South is providing at present and whilst will be competitive for large parts of the game I’m tipping South by 36 points

Sat – Central v Port in Augusta. Central will have enjoyed the break and have had a fortnight to size up the second placed dogs. It will be closer than last time but still tipping Port by 24 points

Sun – Solomontown v West in Pirie. Hopefully the break has allowed the Hawks to regroup and get some back. They will need it though, the cats to win easy by 54 points

Round 7 Summary

June 5, 2018

All three Pirie sides took on all three Augusta sides with all results going the way of the home sides. Thankfully for the Pirie teams two of them played here!

Lions show their class and the gap to Central

In an important clash for the break down of the table Prop Risdon Lions in 4th spot put the 5th place Central Bloods to the sword to now broaden the gap and has Lions two games ahead of West & Central.

Central beat Lions in Port Augusta in Round two with a blistering last quarter but the Bloods wheels have completely fallen off since then dropping every game to everyone else in the competition since then. This result though would have stung given they only scored two goals for the day in a listless effort.

Lions took a while to get going but were purring by the end of the third quarter before settling back in the last happy with what they had done. They did not allow Central to goal in the second half and proved they when they can play to their strengths they will both defend and score heavily and they will again take higher scalps as the year goes on.

Horsnell again set them alight and was their best player as their most likely and lively route to goal finishing with five. Shaun Edwards worked well all day along with Patterson and Browne also put in another sterling performance.

Everett for Central continues to front up for Central but needs help. O’Dea showed patches as did Baker Anderson and the burley Fisher. This season is not quite half way through, but it feels as though the finals are all but settled already. Lions at their best are very good and they will look forward to testing their mettle after the break against last years Grand finalist. They will find it tougher than this as they ran out 71-point victors Prop Risdon 13.15.93 Defeated Central 2.10.22

South class overcomes Sollies fight

Solomontown travelled north to Port Augusta to play league flyers South Augusta in a replay of last years Grand Final game. Sadly, for Sollies the result ended up the same as well with South drawing away in the last for a comfortable 40-point win.

Despite being competitive all day and running into three quarter time only 10 points down South always were able to hold the Cats at bay and when the explosive Brown took off in the last his four goals for a game total of nine put the result to bed.

South have lots of footy smarts all over the ground and Brown as mentioned and Aziel Stuart are both rolled gold performers and very hard to quell. Add Kriston Thompson to this duo and another good game from Holland and Souths run and class were too much for the cats.

The Cats Achilles heel remains unsolved and despite a couple of early ones from Muller giving a hint as to a possible bag, in the end neither Muller or anyone else could snaffle any more than two. Riley Hayes was everywhere for the cats along with the classy Francis and Redman. Head repelled many attacks and Bernhardt was again very active and skilled as a big man. South overcame once again but Sollies hopefully have learnt something to help them for next time South Augusta 17.14.116 Solomontown 11.10.76

 

Resurgent Port head to the break in second spot after belting West Augusta.

Port have been involved in plenty 100-point results over the few years but thankfully for them this time they were the victors instead of the vanquished. The opened very quickly with a 5-goal lead at quarter time and repeated the dose for the second and third quarter to lead by 91, before throttling down in the last quarter to win by an even 100.

For West it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel at present and the break couldn’t come quick enough for them as the16re last three games after beating Central have resulted in losses of 100, 143 and 116 points! Slade Laube showed a bit, along with youngster Fraser but their best player for the day was Harrison.

Ports better players on the other hand were much more plentiful with winners all over the ground. Hardnosed defender Corrieri was best afield and along with Puddy who again dominated and the rest of the Dogs defence they were able to keep the Hawks to only 7 scores for the day. Grove had been competitive all this year but finally got off the leash with a bag of 8 that should have been 11 or 12 which will please the Dogs faithful. Coe has been a very handy recruit and his voice and work-rate couple with his sharpness around goals with 4 put him high up as well along with fellow on baller Pisani having a sparkling season.

All in all, coach Roberts with be pleased with his charges after the successful rebuild of the Port boys to date. 5 and 2 and in clear second spot at the break would have been an optimistic hope at seasons start, but the dogs still have plenty to do! West on the other hand need to find a way to compete, get their better players up and about and fight the year out or more heavy defeats are on the way Port. 20.12.132 West 5.2.32.

Round 7 – June 2 & 3, 2018

Prop Risdon

3.5

7.7

12.13

13.15 (93)

Central Augusta

1.3

2.5

2.7

2.10 (22)

Best: Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell, S. Edwards, L. Patterson, P. Browne, N. Saunders. Central – B. Everett, K. O”Dea, D. Fisher, S. Anderson, D. Baker. Goals: Prop Risdon –  T. Horsnell 5, L. Patterson 2, B. Harmer, T. Eckert, K. Edwards, J. Fuller, T. Bradley, T. Ley. Central –  C. Crabbe, K. Colson

Port

6.1

11.3

17.8

20.12 (132)

West

1.0

2.0

3.1

5.2 (32)

Best: Port – J. Corrieri, C. Grove, D. Puddy, A. Coe, C. Pisani. West – T. Harrison, A. Fry, C. Ryan , J. Fraser , S. Laube. Goals: Port – C. Grove 8, A. Coe 4, B. Woodards 3, C. Di Stefano, T. Dickeson, F. Collins, D. Puddy, G. Phillips. West – T. Harrison 2, N. Collins, D. McKerlie, J. McKenna

South Augusta

4.4

9.5

11.10

17.14 (116)

Solomontown

3.1

6.4

10.6

11.10 (76)

Best: South Augusta – A. Stuart, L. Brown, V. Urbancic, K. Thompson, H. Holland. Solomontown – R. Hayes, K. Head, B. Francis, R. Bernhardt, N. Redman. Goals: South Augusta – L. Brown 9, B. Russell 2, V. Urbancic 2, H. Holland 2, D. Dodd, P. Glass. Solomontown – K. Muller 2, R. Hayes 2, R. Mezzino 2, B. Heard 2, T. Foster, J. Caputo, T. Head

Round 7 Preview

May 31, 2018

Its back to Pirie v Augusta in all three games this week with some good clashes in store

South to repeat the dose against Solomontown

Solomontown travel north to face their recent nemesis in South Augusta in a 1 v 3 clash Saturday that holds good intrigue. Sollies have a few players that are not always available every week with employment and will want a full squad to choose from against the start studded Bulldogs.

Sollies need to find the right match ups for twin targets Brown (36 from six) and Hamilton (20 from four) as South are averaging 11 goals a game from these two alone! The loss of Siemer through employment to Kangaroo Island is magnified when looking at this problem on selection night. The cats will need to be up and about and running hard with Redman, Caputo, Jonno Hayes, Corey Hayes, Mezzino, Pretty and Sciangalepore requiring big games. Bearman will be wanting to repeat his goal scoring from last week and big man Berhardt will lead the attack against the SGLs leading big man Downey.

South will simply want to keeping doing what they are now with plenty of run and spread scorching all those they come up against and to be honest I cant see it changing here. South by 8 goals.   

Port look to continue the misery for West

The Port Bulldogs line up against the bottom placed West Augusta Hawks in Pirie on Saturday in a game Port will be hoping to use to sure up second spot. The common thought is that Sollies may struggle to overcome the league leaders South away so a big win here will give them a game plus percentage over the cats.

A win here will see Port move to five wins which is more wins than three out of the last four year season tallies in a pleasing return to form for the Dogs faithful. Unfortunately it is now Wests turn to endure the pain of rebuilding that Port appear to be coming out of and little pity for their situation will be offered from the Green & Whites. They will simply have too many guns scattered all over the ground and should win easily. Their defence has been resolute, their midfield consistent and deeper in defence and their forward line slowly getting more cohesive.

West are struggling as oit is and sadly it looks as if motivation and desire amongst the already thin list is starting to impact on results for them. They must find a way to fight and be competitive and this week will be as good a week as any but it wont be the case. Port by 15 goals

Lions looking to solidify a top 4 spot against Bloods.

Proprietary Risdon have lost a string of games recently that was interupted only by the thumping of a poor West side in Pirie but have a great chance to increase their likelihood of finals against their nearest rival Central in Pirie this Sunday. Lions have a game plus percentage over the Bloods and a two game break would be a real bonus as we approach mid season.

They will however need to reverse the result from the last time these two met with the Bloods finishing all over the Lions at home in Port Augusta for their only win for the year. Centrals have dropped off from that point and they are not travelling well.

Lions should have too much run and cohesion though with experinced guns in Eckert, Fuller, Edwards and Patterson rivalling most sides top four players plus Slattery, Oliphant, Browne and Horsnell plus Dyer if he is back! Centrals need their X Factor forward twins in the Colson boys on song along with Allen, Everett and Williams. Central have a lot of experience in Fuller, Struck, Crabbe and Morris but most would accept their best days are behind them. Lions to win by five goals  

Round Six report

May 28, 2018

Sollies and South replicated their wins from Round one whilst Port was able to turn the tables on cross-town rivals Lions with a quality win.

Port impress in good five goal victory

The Port Bulldogs reversal of recent years form has continued as they maintained second spot on the ladder by snapping their string of four consecutive losses at the hands of PropRisdon Lions.

Both sides had changes approaching this game with Sam Dyer (hamstring) and Tom Harmer (holidays) being big outs for Lions whilst Vivar, Dickeson and new recruit Di Stefano stepping in for the dogs. Lions first quarter was good having the first four scoring shots and the majority of the play in slippery conditions before a late Port goal meant they trailed by only three points at the first break.  

The second quarter changed all Ports way with the dogs quickly moving to four straight goals before butchering opportunities with 6 consecutive points whilst Lions stalled on their quarter time score. The third quarter was more of the same with four goals to two to Port before Lions after trailing by 32 at three quarter time was reduced slightly to the final 29 point margin.

Port were in control much of the game with the weather and pressure ensuring it was a low scoring affair. The Port defence stood up once again and has been a shining light for them this year with Jared and George again featuring high in best players. Akker again showed plenty for someone so young, Hutchison was his consistent quality and Coe was again busy. For Port to continue to win they need an even performance across all levels and would have been pleased with Sam Clarke who put in his best for some time in a good game and Di Stefano showed some real class patches that gives a hint on what may be to come.

Lions were outgunned but did stick at it all day winning two of the four quarters. Sean Edwards led from the front and Marsland capped his good games with three goals in a tough day up front for Lions contracting to last weeks goal fest. Chivell conitinued his best season so far and Slattery also figured prominantly. Slattery and Fuller also got touches but are harder marked than some others given thrir known class.

Lions have now dropped two games behind Port & Solly and have won one of their last five so next week is vital for them! Port are stringing a few together now having won four of their last five and play bottom placed West next week. Port 9.11.65 defeated Lions 5.6.36 by 29 point.

Solomontown return to winners circle over Central in comfortable fashion.

 Solomontown were left smarting last week after a rare touch up from Port and were keen to keep pressure on to secure that double chance second spot on the premiership table.

Coach Pollard still has his Cats going well with four wins from six but their achilles heal is finding a more potent forward line. Signs were better on the weekend with the classy Bearman moving forward and returning good reward with four of the sides 12 goals. Redman was again busy through the midfield as was Jonno Hayes who again was best afield as his Maddigan vote tally must be growing! Big man Bernhardt again was strong all day and Sciangalepore has been a real plus in his best season to date in his young career.

Centrals again started well with their first quarter effort again being its best and went in nine points up at the first break having scored 3.4. Sadly though they only scored another 2.4 for the day as the Sollies defence stepped up and over any Bloods opposition to end up winning by 42 points in a solid display.

Central have now lost four games in a row whilst Solomontown are on Ports hammer and two games ahead of fourth. Solomontown 12.8.80 Central 5.8.38

Westies woes remain in thumping against league leaders South.

The South Augusta Bulldogs started this year with a bang and a thumping 114 win over their cross town rivals, the West Augusta Hawks. The Hawks have won a game since then and would have been hoping for a better showing this time around but sadly it got worse, five goals worse.

After leading by 58 points at quarter time the game was shot to bits and eventually the marging blew out to 143 points with Brown and Hamilton both again vying for goalkicking honours with six apiece. Aziel Stuart is flying at present and again was best on ground. South 25.18.168 West 3.7.25

Round 6 – May 26 & 27, 2018

Port

1.0

4.6

8.8

9.11 (65)

Prop Risdon

1.3

1.3

3.6

5.6 (36)

Best: Port – S. Jared, S. George, J. Akker, S. Clarke, Z. Hutchinson. Prop Risdon – C. Marsland, S. Edwards, L. Patterson, A. Slattery, A. Chivell. Goals: Port – B. Woodards 2, C. Grove 2, G. Phillips 2, M. Collins, A. Coe, Z. Hutchinson. Prop Risdon – C. Marsland 3, L. Patterson 2

South Augusta

9.5

17.7

22.15

25.18 (168)

West Augusta

0.1

1.2

2.3

3.7 (25)

Best: South – A. Stuart, G. Warren, V. Urbancic, B. Russell, K. Thompson. West – M. Curley, S. Laube, J. Dare-Ryan, J. McKenna, T. Harrison. Goals: South – L. Brown 6, T. Hamilton 6, V. Urbancic 4, H. Holland 3, C. Milera 2, C. Ritter, A. Stuart, G. Warren, K. Aitken. West – J. Spooner, J. Fraser , M. Curley

Solomontown

2.1

7.6

10.7

12.8 (80)

Central Augusta

3.4

4.4

5.8

5.8 (38)

Best: Solomontown – J. Hayes, N. Redman, R. Bernhardt, T. Sciangalepore, L. Bearman. Central – B. Everett, B. Allen, S. Anderson, K. O”Dea, C. Crabbe. Goals: Solomontown – R. Bernhardt 4, R. Saracino, J. Caputo, J. Scrutton, B. Goodridge, B. Pretty, K. Cunningham, S. Warren, N. Redman. Central – B. Colson 2, C. Crabbe, R. Morris, B. Allen

Round Six preview

May 24, 2018

For the third week in a row a cracking local game will be held with Lions squaring off against Port in Pirie Sunday after Sollies and Central on Saturday!

Dogs keen for a Round 1 reversal over Lions

 Lions dented Ports off season optimism with a round one win in a spiteful game in the opening round this year, but Port has improved week on week and will be looking to show it this Sunday.

Ports defence is only just bettered by South for the year and much of their rebound and drive is starting from here. Skipper Byerlee, George,  Jared, Corrieri, Murphy and the livewire Puddy have all featured in Ports best so far this year and will be looking for a team effort to quell Horsnell, Dyer and Patterson to keep Lions scoring to a minimum. Coe has been good along with Vivar and Pisani but the Dogs will most likely be without Murphy from last week. Woodwards and Groves will be a target and Lions will need Eckert, Browne and Harmer to be up and about.

Lions have great experience with their runners in the Edwards boys, Slattery, Simmons and Thorpe but Fuller in particular will hurt you if allowed to run unchecked and Dyer should give them first crack at it.

Port were happy with their win over Sollies last week and will be confident but Lions could not have been any more impressive in their landslide win over West. Its all set up for a beauty. Port to win, just, in a not very confident tip of 3 points, it will be a beauty! 

Sollies to bounce back against a struggling Central

Sollies are sitting at 3 wins and 2 losses equal with Port except for percentage, so a win here could put them into second if Port cant overcome the Lions! Centrals last three weeks have been poor after showing a bit in the first two rounds and they will be looking  to get back into the winners circle against Sollies to keep in touch with the top four.

Sollies on ballers have been good but finding a key goalkicker has been a bit of a worry for coach Pollard as their points for is only beating bottom placed West at this point. Both Bernhardt and Munzberg have been in good touch but more goals from them would be a huge boost as well as a few more of their on ballers bobbing up for a few as well as Muller if he is back. The Hayes boys have been great all year, as has Redman, but all will need to lift from last week.

 The Cats defence has been good and will need to be if the Colson twins get up and about as well as big man Crabbe at half forward. Central will need big games from Everett who has showed a bit along with Nance and Williams who have both been consistent so far this year.

It should be a good contest but I expect Sollies to get a few players back and send the Bloods packing to the tune of 6 goals.

South to add to Westies misery in Augusta Saturday.

After showing better signs for a few rounds only to fall in a heap last week the last thing West needed was to rtun into the well oiled South outfit. Hopefully they can show more than they did in round 1 as if they dont it could get ugly for them. South by 15 goals.

Round 5 report

May 22, 2018

After all teams have played each other we should now have a much better lay of the land but to be honest the weekends results have only made it even more intriging! South have taken all before them and cleared out, Central and West have a win each and there is only one game separating all three Pirie sides in 2nd , 3rd and 4th spot with all having a win and a loss against their cross town rivals.

Dogs power away from fading Cats

Port have finally broken through against long time tradtional rival Solomontown for their first win over them at the Port Oval! Both sides entered the game with confidence after the Cats beat Lions and Port pushing South harder than anyone away last week. It was a real arm wrestle early with Sollies first goal not coming until the second quarter but still only trailing by only 11 points at half time. This was increased to 20 at the last break before Port gathered momentum to finish the last with an additional 5 goals to again hold Solomontown goalless for the quarter.

Cain Pisani was on fire for the Dogs from start to finish capping a dominant performance with 3 goals and his evasive skills and courage was a real treat.  Clearly Port were on top in defence and were lead there by the run and carry of both Corrieri and colt Puddy who is starting to put a series of good games together. George and Jared are really starting to gel in their new team. Coe gave great run and a rare appearance from the talented Murphy home from school in Adelaide showed why he is raising eyebrows in the big smoke.

Sollies better players were harder to find but Riley Hayes gave the cats great running strength around the ball along with Bernhardt whose bigman presence gave Sollies one of the rare areas of control. Both Jonno Hayes and Redman were also busy and Mudge fared well down back where the ball spent plenty of time.

Sollies had a poor day and Port lifted when they sensed blood in the water. A good win to the Bulldogs but by no means will the Cats drop their heads, they will have better days. Port 12.12.84 by 53 points over Solomontown 4.7.31

Lions lash hapless Hawks in a dominant display!

Proprietary Risdon opened up the throttle on West Augusta in their most dominant display for the season. Everything they touched turned to gold and despite West improving is recent weeks they had a shocker and were exposed as can happen with young sides.

It was all one way from the opening bounce with West failing to trouble the scoreboard at all for the first quarter and very little after that. Lions kicked 5, 5 and 7 in the first 3 quarters to lead by over 100 points at 3 quarter time before easing down in the last to give their percentage a huge boost.

Lions found multiple routes to goial with Patterson bobbing up for 6 as a perfect complimentary force to couple with their mainstay forward Horsnell (3) and Dyer again slotted 3 as well. Eckert was dominant in defence and his ability to read, intercept and rebound is always a treat. Sean Edwards was as reliable as ever and Browne and Oliphant and Marsland was back in from a tribunal forced lay off and gave good strength and vigour around the ball.

West didnt fare so well and 6 scoring shots for 2 goals wasnt the return they were hoping for or needed! Laube had one of his best games for the year, Curley found a bit of it along with Kroes Davies and Fraser but there wasnt too much else. West look like they may have a tough year ahead but need to get games into these youngsters to hold them in good stead for the future. PropRisdon 20.12.132 by 116 points over West 2.4.16

Star studded South march on against Bloods in Augusta.

Central were brave early and was under 2 goals behind at quarter time but only managed 1 goal to 13 in next 2 quarters to end up on the wrong end of a belting. Hamilton outshone Brown in front of the sticks this week with 9 goals to Browns 6 but South had winners all over the ground. South 22.10.142 to Central 8.6.54

Round 5 – May 19 & 20, 2018

Port

2.1

4.4

7.8

12.12 (84)

Solomontown

0.3

2.5

4.6

4.7 (31)

Best: Port – C. Pisani, J. Corrieri, D. Puddy, J. Murphy, A. Coe. Solomontown – R. Hayes, R. Bernhardt, N. Redman, J. Hayes. Goals: Port – C. Pisani 3, C. Grove 2, A. Coe 2, B. Woodards 2, Z. Hutchinson, S. Jared, S. Keane. Solomontown – R. Hoare 2, M. Munzberg, N. Redman

South Augusta

6.1

11.7

19.7

22.10 (142)

Central Augusta

4.0

4.3

5.4

8.6 (54)

Best: South – A. Stuart, C. Milera, V. Urbancic, M. Downey, T. Hamilton. Central – C. Crabbe, D. Colson, J. Nance, B. Everett, C. Williams, Goals: South – T. Hamilton 9, L. Brown 6, C. Milera 2, V. Urbancic 2, H. Holland 2, A. Stuart. Central – C. Crabbe 2, D. Fisher, B. Everett, A. Miller, K. Colson, B. Colson, S. Anderson

Prop Risdon

5.3

10.7

17.9

20.12 (132)

West Augusta

1.2

1.4

3.4 (22)

Best: Prop Risdon – T. Eckert, S. Edwards, P. Browne, A. Oliphant, C. Marsland. West – S. Laube, D. Kroes, K. Davies, M. Curley, J. Fraser. Goals: Prop Risdon – L. Patterson 6, T. Horsnell 3, S. Dyer 3, T. Pellegrini 2, T. Bradley 2, A. Slattery, T. Ley, T. Eckert, J. Fuller. West – J. Milera, J. Dalla Santa

Round 5 previews

SGL’s oldest and fiercest rivalry set to resume – May 17, 2018

All roads lead to the Port Oval come Sunday with 2nd v 3rd, Port Bulldogs and Solomotown Cats set to fight out the latest chapter of their 110 year history! Last year was no doubt a low light in this history with Sollies averaged over 100 points in each of their 4 victories last year over the Dogs that left them with much soul searching over the off season.

They will enter this game with renewed optimism after a disappointing loss early doors to Lions was followed up with 2 good victories over West and Central and a spirted defeat to South showing they are very much an improved unit circa 2018. Phgillips is back up forward and back in form with 14 from his first 4 games. Youngsters Puddy, Akker and Collins have held their own whilst Vivar, Coe, George and Jared have proved to be good contributors at their new home. Grove will click sometime soon with a boom game, the green and white faithful will hope its this week and couiple with Woodards they have the firepower to trouble most sides.

For Sollies those with longer memories will love having 2 Hayes boys back in their side with anostalgic nod to yestertyear whiulst their youngsters have also shown plenty with Foster improving, Munzberg proving he could be become a real top shelf performer and Scrutton if he is back will cause headaches with his athleticism. Seasoned performers in Saracino, Bearman, Redman and Mudge will compliment the likes of Francis, Caputo, Mezzino and the Head brothers who all blossomed last year in a golden run of form. Coach Pollard would love for someone to take charge up front as a major goalkicker has been lacking and covered via a big spread of contributors. Whilst vthey sit second on the ladder they are 4th in total points scored with 6 goals from Jonno Hayed their best contributor but still not in the leagues top 10.

Whether Port can overcome the scars of last year will be the testand whilst brave I still see the Cats winning by 6 points in a much improved contest.

Lions looking to consolidate top 4 spot over West

Saturdays clash at Port Oval looks a much tighter contest than it did a week and a half ago with West Augusta Hawks buoyed by their victory over Central coming up against the Risdon Proprietary Lions who were bettered by Centrals in round 2.

Lions on ball brigade led by their ruckman Dyer should get first crack at it and will want Fuller, Slattery, Ewardsx2 and co to fire them forward. Horsnell was impressive last week against the Cats and his finishing and abilty to get loose and read the ball make him a hard match up for the inexperienced Hawk outfit. They will need help from Bradley and others to help mount a winning score.

The Lions defence has leaked a few goals this year and their record is only 3 goals in front of the leagues worst in the Hawks including the 157 points they gave up in a round 1 belting at the hands of the dual premiers South. They have good players in Eckert, Browne and the 2 Harmers and will want a committed effort to win.

For West their defence has been better with Singleton being as good as any backs so far this year complimented by the consistent Packard amongst others. Big man Hore has been working into the season and on ballers and runners in the silky Collins, Cammarano, Bejah and Milera will want to pump it forward to Rooster Dadleh and VonSenden as well as chiming in themselves.

This will be West first journey South to Pirie this year and Im tipping it wont be a succesful one with Lions taking the chocolates by 24 points.

South Augusta to wallop stumbling Central.

The timing of this match couldn’t be worse for Central as they scramble to regain form after there last 2 poor performannces and there is nothing South love more than putting the Bloods to the sword. The Dogs will have too much run, too much cohesion and too much firepower for Central and should win by 60.

Whyalla pull the pin on Combined footy

The SGLs league game set for 9th June against Whyalla has been abandoned with the Whyalla Football League dropping out of the scheduled game in a disappointing outcome. Whyalla has been stricken with oval availability with Bennet Oval out and placed the League under massive strain with some league games starting as early at 10.30 in the morning. Last years result in Whyalla of a 179 point thumping to SGL also would not have helped along with this years game having them travelling to Pirie. This now leaves the SGL with no combined footy this year but Whyalla are still hoping to organise some games at junior and senior colts level.

Round 4 report 

The most competitive round for the year so far with all games under 5 goals

May 15, 2018 – by a special correspondent

Even Cats hold out determined Lions

In a strongly fought hard defensive display of country footy Solomontown Cats has held the Proprietary Risdon Lions to steal early season bragging rights over their cross town rivals. Very little separarated the sides all day with the Lions heading into the long break leading by a point but let it slip in the match defining third quarter with the Cats scoring 4 goals to 2 from the Lions to end up being the game result.

For the defeated Takka Horsnell kept the Lions in the game with a match high 5 goals adding to the only other scorer Saunders with 2. If they could have found another route to goal to compliment sharpshooter Horsnell they very well may have snatched victory. Oliphant was lively all day in his best display for the year to date and Dyer continued his good form along with Slattery and Patterson.

For Sollies it was youngsters in Munzberg and Foster that played well complimented by the consistent Jonno Hayes, livewire Redman and Bernhardt again showing his worth in a victory that enabled the Cats return to the coveted top 2 spot! Solomontown 9.8.62 PropRisdon 7.8.50

South out run and out muscle Port in the battle of the dogs

It was Bulldog v Bulldog as the Port team travelled North to Face South Augusta at their home ground but were found short against the undefeated reds. South handed out some fearsome hidings to Port last year and the wait to turn the tables will continue as a very even first half opened out into a relatively comfortable 29 point victory as Soth drew away.

Phillips coming off his 8 goals last week led the scoring for Port with 3 but for Port to compete against the best they need more from Grove and Woodards who only managed 1 each in a tough day. Darcy Puddy starred for the travellers after being handed the poison chalice of standing early season sensation Lionel Brown and did a magnificent job replacing his his lack of experience with energy and commitment. He wa shelped in defence by skipper Byerlee and George whilst onballers Hutchinson and Vivar continued their early season form.

For the league trend setters Thompson put in his second good one in a row along with the immensely talented Milera and also Bolitho putting in his best game for some time. Shirley was great holding Ports key attacking bigmen down and Brown whilst much quieter still eeked out 4 goals along with 3 from burley forward Hamilton.

In wasn’t all gloom and doom for Port as they were brave in defeat and will play better games this year. Sadly for them so will South! South Augusta 11.8.74 Port 6.9.45

West storm over Central for break through victory!

Central were left kicking themselves as their inaccuracy in the second half kicking 1.8 left the door ajar for the West Hawks as they slammed on 6 final quarter goals to snatch victory after trailing by 11 at 3 quarter time!

Coach McKenzie will be a relieved man after a tough tough start as gaffer and Central coach Redden will have headaches leading into his next 2 games against last years Grand Final combatants. West 9.6.60 Central 5.15.45

Round 4 – May 12 & 13, 2018

West Augusta

1.4

1.5

3.5

9.6 (60)

Central Augusta

1.3

4.7

4.10

5.15 (45)

Best: West – J. Fraser , D. Von Senden, J. Milera, C. Singleton, N. Collins. Central – B. Allen, C. Williams, J. Nance, M. Fuller, T. Scott. Goals: West – D. Von Senden 3, J. Milera, D. McKerlie, J. Fraser , H. Nunn, K. Bejah , T. Hore. Central – B. Everett, J. Reid, D. Armstrong, K. Colson, R. Morris

South Augusta

4.1

5.4

9.6

11.8 (74)

Port

3.2

4.4

5.5

6.9 (45)

Best: South Augusta – W. Bolitho, C. Milera, K. Thompson, C. Shirley. Port – D. Puddy, J. Vivar, T. Byerlee, S. George, Z. Hutchinson. Goals: South Augusta – L. Brown 4, T. Hamilton 3, W. Bolitho, K. Aitken, H. Holland, C. Milera. Port – G. Phillips 3, M. Collins, C. Grove, B. Woodards

Prop Risdon

2.1

4.4

6.4

7.8 (50)

Solomontown

2.1

4.3

8.7

9.8 (62)

Best: Solomontown – L. Munzberg, J. Hayes, N. Redman, T. Foster, R. Bernhardt. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell, S. Dyer, A. Oliphant, L. Patterson, A. Slattery. Goals: Solomontown – T. Foster 2, J. Hayes 2, T. Head, J. Caputo, L. Bearman, R. Bernhardt, M. Caputo. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 5, N. Saunders 2

Round Four Previews  – 10 May 2018

The local Cats and Lions face off for the first time this year in a crucial clash whilst the improved Port will get an early season audit againt the all conquering South outfit to test how close or otherwise they are to finals this year.

Solomontown and Lions – where do they stand!? Last year Lions were unable to better the Cats all year but still made it through to the preliminary and finished only one spot below in third. At present they sit third and fourth and Lions had a good win against Port first up in the only local derby this year so far.

Both sides have a good deck of runners with the Lions stars in Bearman, the Hayes cousins, Francis, Redman, Mezzino, Francis, Caputo and the Head brothers probably slightly shade the Lions stars in Fuller, the Edwards brothers, Patterson, Saunders, Thorpe and Oliphant but its close.

Sollies big men in Muller Bernhardt and Munzberg will give the Cats good options despite the best efforst of spring heeled Dyer and Lions will need great games from Ley, Tom Harmer and Bradley who has scored each week to drive them closer. Eckert will always play well and Browne gets better each week but they are missing Marslands presence up front.

This one should be a belter and Im picking the Cats to prevail with more scoring options but not by much, 9 points.

Top of table clash for the Dogs. Whilst early season premiership tables can sometimes throw up some unusual positioning its probably fair to say that Port have improved from last year and this week we get to see by how much.

After a couple of good wins they will head to Port Augusta with some optimism but know they will be up against it. South have been sweeping all before them and have winners all over the ground. Brown coming off a seven goal last quarter against Lions for a 20 goal tally for 3 games will take some stopping and whoever gets the job will need some serious pace and footy smarts, possibly Murphy but good luck to whoever gets the task!!

Similarly though Phillips set the ground alight himself last week and crumbing at the feet of big man Groves has reapt great rewards for the seasoned sharpshooter. Kerin or Shirley will be given the tasks on Woodards and Groves but it’s the onballers that South have will be the difference. Kildea, Thompson, Holland, Stuart, Fuschtei and the mercurial Milera will lead Coe, Vivar, Hutchinson, Collins, Pisani, Dickeson and Keane a merry dance and whilst brave I cant see them getting there. South by 31 points

Central V West – Both sides will be screaming for a win in Port Augusta to stay in touch with the top four and whilst West have shown improvement from the orching at the hands of South in round 1 I still cant see them flipping the Bloods. Central by 23 points

PIRIE SIDES TURNED THE TABLES ON THEIR NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS WINNING 2 OUT OF 3!

Round 3 Match Reports

Phillips fires as Dogs maul Bloods

In one of the best displays from Port for quite a while, the dogs put a much improved Central side to the sword in Port Pirie on Saturday. Central had finished fast the previous two weeks versus Sollies and Lions for two close results, one win and a loss, but were never in the game as Port jumped out to a 20 point quarter time lead that increased to 46 then 66 before the final 63 point margin.

Phillips cut a swathe through the opposition defences early with 7 goals in the first half to finish with 8 whilst at the other end the livewire Central forwards the Colson twins were held to a goal between them in a solid display at both ends. Jacob Akker again showed his talent and played well in the ruck against evergreen Fuller whilst the rebounding defenders in Jared and George did well to set up many attacking moves from behind the centre. Coe was busy again whilst Hutchison gave plenty and Vivar showed what talent he has in his best display for the club.

For the travellers better players were harder to find in a display that would have disappointed coach Redden. Their forwards were held and their movement and run never got going. Kuerschner and Everett battled all day with Williams their best and Armstrong their only multiple scorere with 2.

We wont get the full picture till everyone has played everyone but that is a real handy one for Port with South and Sollies to come! Port 15.14.104 Central 6.5.41

South roll Lions in comfortable clash

The high scoring South Augusta side continue to knock aside all challngers and has mad it 3 from 3 with a 57 point win over the travelling Proprietary Risdon Lions.

The Lions battled hard all day and early on traded goals with South with doubles each to Fuller and Urbancic for a 1 point game at quarter time. The game started to stretch away from here with the lead out to 23 at the main break as South run and spread on the big oval started to open Lions up. The third again went against Lions with 5 goals to 3 as Lions struggled to stay in touch before South opened up in the last. In honesty it wasn’t so much South as it was Lionel Brown! Brown had already racked up bags of 5 and 6 in the first two rounds and added to the 2 he already had this game with all 7 goals that South kicked in the last quarter for a bag of 9. A dynamite performance.

Fuller was agin best for Lions with a bag of 4 to add to his swag of possessions with partner in crime Eckert again being prominent. Browne chimed in with great poise to be one of Lions better players along with youngster Chivell that’s showing good signs! For South there was plenty to choose from, Brown for his 9 goals, Kriston Thompson finally seeming to shake his injuries to put in a blinder along with Stuart and Rusell whilst key defenders Shirley and Kerin were very efficient as always.

The Lions have a big clash against the Cats this week before they round out their first complete round with West and will be looking to add to their 1 win as soon as they can. But this one gave them a sight of where they need to be to be in the mix come finals and went down by 57 points South 19.10.124 Lions 10.7.67

 

 

Sollies outlast Hawks in a low scoring win

For the second time this year the Cats have travelled north to Port Augusta and came home victorious to nudge their season tally to 2 wins 1 loss to draw level with Port. There was only 13 goals scored all day and its fair to say there will be more attractive free flowing games for both sides as the season rolls out. Sollies in particular were poor in front of the sticks with 32% conversion and 17 points for the day to help keep the margin lower than it should have been.

Again West were keen early as they search for there debut win and should have led my more as there 5 point lead was all behinds with 7 scoring shots to 2. Sollies slowly steadied and gathered momentum to regain the lead at half time before slowly drawing away as the game played out.

It was Sollies run that in the end won the day as although West get a lot of the ball they havent the players or moreso experience to convert it to scoreboard pressure. Skipper Bearman was good for the Cats along with other runners in the Hayes cousins Jonno and Riley with his best game since returning. Their youngsters are also starting to chime in with Scrutton showing glimpses, along with Munsberg who was good and Foster who scored a goal.

For West for the second week running defender Singleton continues to shine showing his speed and athleticism along with the seasoned champion Collins and good games from Laube Von Senden and Harrison.

Sollies now look forward to cross town clash with Lions whilst West might give themselves a chance to draw level with Central who have only won one game from three. It was Sollies day and 2 wins from 2 away they will be happy with Solomontown 8.17.65 West 5.7.37

Round 3 – May 5 & 6, 2018

West

2.5

3.5

3.7

5.7 (37)

Solomontown

2.0

4.6

7.12

8.17 (65)

Best: Sollies – R. Hayes, J. Hayes, K. Head, L. Bearman, L. Munzberg. West – C. Singleton, D. Von Senden, N. Collins, S. Laube, T. Harrison. Goals: Sollies – J. Hayes 2, K. Muller, R. Bernhardt, B. Francis, J. Scrutton, R. Hayes, T. Foster. West – N. Collins, R. Dadleh, T. Hore, D. Von Senden, S. Laube

South

3.2

7.8

12.9

19.10 (124)

Prop Risdon

3.1

4.3

7.4

10.7 (67)

Best: South – K. Thompson, C. Shirley, M. Kerin, B. Russell, A. Stuart. Prop Risdon – J. Fuller, T. Eckert, P. Browne, A. Simmons, A. Chivell. Goals: South – L. Brown 9, B. Russell 4, V. Urbancic 3, H. Holland 2, D. Dodd. Prop Risdon  –  J. Fuller 4, T. Bradley 2, S. Dyer 2, M. Brown, T. Eckert

Port

4.2

10.7

13.10

15.14 (104)

Central

1.0

3.3

3.4

6.5 (41)

Best: Port – G. Phillips, J. Vivar, J. Akker, S. George, Z. Hutchinson. Central – C. Williams, R. Kuerschner, B. Everett, T. Finlay, M. Fuller. Goals: Port – G. Phillips 8, A. Coe 3, C. Grove 2, J. Vivar, S. George. Central – D. Armstrong 2, C. Crabbe, M. Fuller, B. Everett, B. Colson

Round 2 – April 28 & 29, 2018

West

1.1

3.1

5.3

5.5 (35)

Port

2.1

5.5

7.7

10.11 (71)

Best: Port – M. Collins, B. Woodards, S. Jared, D. Puddy, S. Keane. West – C. Singleton, M. Curley, T. Harrison, T. Hore, N. Collins, Goals: Port – B. Woodards 4, C. Grove 3, A. Coe, G. Phillips, S. George. West – R. Dadleh 2, J. Milera, S. Laube, J. Fraser

Central

2.0

4.4

6.4

11.7 (73)

Prop Risdon

5.4

5.6

9.7

10.7 (67)

Best: Central – B. Everett, A. Miller, T. Finlay, C. Williams, J. Nance. Prop Risdon – J. Fuller, T. Eckert, S. Edwards, A. Simmons, T. Thorpe. Goals: Central – R. Morris 3, B. Colson 2, K. Colson 2, D. Armstrong 2, J. Reid, B. Allen. Prop Risdon – T. Horsnell 2, A. Oliphant 2, T. Bradley 2, K. Binell, A. Slattery, J. Fuller, T. Pellegrini

Solomontown

3.2

3.4

4.9

5.9 (39)

South

0.3

4.7

7.9

12.14 (86)

Best: South – M. Kerin, A. Stuart, C. Milera, C. Shirley, V. Urbancic. Sollies – J. Hayes, R. Mezzino, T. Sciangalepore, L. Munzberg, R. Saracino. Goals: South – L. Brown 5, G. Warren 4, D. Dodd, C. Milera, K. Aitken. Sollies – J. Hayes 2, J. Baker, J. Caputo, B. Heard

Round 1  – April 21 & 22, 2018

Central

1.3

3.6

4.6

10.9 (69)

Solomontown

2.0

3.3

8.7

12.8 (80)

Best: Sollies – K. Muller, R. Bernhardt, J. Hayes, R. Hayes, B. Goodridge. Central – B. Allen, J. Nance, C. Williams, D. Colson, A. Miller. Goals; Sollies – R. Bernhardt 3, J. Caputo 2, J. Nitschke 2, K. Muller, B. Francis, J. Davies, T. Foster, L. Bearman. Central – B. Colson 4, B. Allen 3, K. Colson 2, B. Everett

West

4.1

5.4

5.6

6.7 (43)

South

4.3

10.8

17.13

24.13 (157)

Best: South – C. Milera, A. Stuart, L. Brown, M. Downey, S. Maule. West – J. Dalla Santa, C. Ryan , J. Packard, J. Fraser , S. Laube. Goals: South – L. Brown 6, V. Urbancic 4, G. Warren 3, C. Milera 2, T. Hamilton 2, D. Dodd 2, R. Irvine, K. McKenzie, H. Holland, K. Aitken, K. Thompson. West – T. Warren 2, S. Laube, M. Curley, D. Von Senden, J. Dalla Santa

Prop Risdon

2.2

5.5

9.8

13.8 (86)

Port

1.3

5.3

5.7

8.12 (60)

Best: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer, T. Eckert, T. Ley, T. Thorpe, T. Horsnell. Port – A. Coe, F. Collins, J. Akker, D. Puddy, O. Gray. Goals: Prop Risdon – S. Dyer 3, B. Harmer 2, J. Fuller 2, T. Bradley, T. Horsnell, T. Ley, L. Patterson, C. Marsland, A. Chivell. Port – A. Coe 2, G. Phillips 2, B. Woodards 2, M. Collins, C. Grove

 

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