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 Augusta5.39.514.819.10 (124)
Solomontown2. (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.


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.


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!


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

Solomontown6.27.310.411.6 (72)
Prop Risdon1. (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


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

Port7.09.110.511.7 (73)
Prop Risdon2.05.38.312.7 (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 Augusta2.16.311.613.9 (87)
Solomontown1. (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!


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 Risdon3.611.1015.1522.18 (140)
West Augusta0. (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 Augusta2.16.17.514.8 (92)
Central1. (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

Port6.56.511.812.10 (82)
Solomontown4.44.45.410.6 (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 Augusta1.36.78.1111.8 (84)
Port2. (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 Augusta1. (54)
Central Augusta1.35.712.1019.12 (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 Risdon4.25.76.710.10 (70)
Solomontown3.47.511.913.9 (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 Augusta3.26.311.314.9 (93)
Prop Risdon5. (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 Augusta3. (56)
Solomontown2.48.813.1017.19 (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

Port5.414.717.1022.19 (151)
Central Augusta3. (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 Augusta2. (66)
Prop Risdon1.36.48.514.6 (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 Augusta1. (18)
Port4.15.29.716.9 (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

Solomontown2. (31)
South Augusta3.111.815.1321.20 (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 Augusta1. (44)
South Augusta4.97.1111.1417.16 (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 Augusta1.32.36.512.5 (77)
Solomontown4.48.99.1013.14 (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 Risdon4. (61)
Port0. (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 Augusta1. (33)
South Augusta4.49.415.618.11 (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 Augusta3. (52)
Prop Risdon5.46.89.1013.10 (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

Solomontown5. (71)
Port2. (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

Port3.16.110.311.6 (72)
South Augusta3.27.210.416.9 (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 Augusta2.44.65.710.7 (67)
West Augusta1. (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

Solomontown3.28.512.615.10 (100)
Prop Risdon2. (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 4thspot. 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

Solomontown1.17.38.712.12 (84)
West Augusta1. (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 Augusta4.25.38.611.9 (75)
Port1.06.19.311.4 (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 Risdon4. (51)
South Augusta1.14.56.611.11 (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 Risdon3.57.712.1313.15 (93)
Central Augusta1. (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

Port6.111.317.820.12 (132)
West1. (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 Augusta4.49.511.1017.14 (116)
Solomontown3.16.410.611.10 (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

Port1. (65)
Prop Risdon1. (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 Augusta9.517.722.1525.18 (168)
West Augusta0. (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

Solomontown2.17.610.712.8 (80)
Central Augusta3. (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

Port2.14.47.812.12 (84)
Solomontown0. (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 Augusta6.111.719.722.10 (142)
Central Augusta4. (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 Risdon5.310.717.920.12 (132)
West Augusta1.21.43.4 (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 Augusta1. (60)
Central Augusta1. (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 Augusta4.15.49.611.8 (74)
Port3. (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 Risdon2. (50)
Solomontown2. (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


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

West2. (37)
Solomontown2. (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

South3.27.812.919.10 (124)
Prop Risdon3.14.37.410.7 (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

Port4.210.713.1015.14 (104)
Central1. (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

West1. (35)
Port2.15.57.710.11 (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

Central2.04.46.411.7 (73)
Prop Risdon5.45.69.710.7 (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

Solomontown3. (39)
South0.34.77.912.14 (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

Central1.33.64.610.9 (69)
Solomontown2.03.38.712.8 (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

West4. (43)
South4.310.817.1324.13 (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 Risdon2.25.59.813.8 (86)
Port1. (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