BRAVE SOLLIES FALL TO SOUTH

September 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four grades, four different Premiers.

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

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

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

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

Season 2020

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

Combined footy will return with a game against Whyalla in Whyalla for their Centenary. No doubt there will be plenty of moves and rumours before we all line up again next year but one thing is known, all will be chasing the runaway Red and White Dogs again to try and stop them equalling the West Augusta record of 5 in a row from 1972 to 76. It won’t be easy.GRAND FINAL on September 21, 2019South Augusta    0.3   4.5    7.9    11.11 (77)Solomontown      2.5   4.5    4.11   5.13 (43)

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

CATS THROUGH TO MEET SOUTH

September 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preliminary Final on September 14, 2019

Prop Risdon4.16.28.49.7 (61)
Solomontown4.27.68.1011.13 (79)

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

GRAND FINAL SPOT ON THE LINE – PRELIM FINAL PREVIEW

September 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

CATS CRUISE THROUGH, SOUTH INTO GRAND FINAL

September 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

South surge into GF over Lions

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

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

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

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

Second Semi Final on Sunday September 8, 2019

South Augusta7.29.512.915.11 (101)
Prop Risdon1.15.46.58.9 (57)

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

First Semi Final on Saturday September 7, 2019

Solomontown16.14(110)
Central Augusta6.9(45)

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

WEEK ONE FINALS PREVIEW

September 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS END OF THE SEASON – FINALISTS DECIDED

September 3, 2019

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

Sollies outlast Bloods

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

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

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

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

Lions fine tune with win over Dogs

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

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

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

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

West can’t overcome South to bow out

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

Round 17 – August 31, 2019

West Augusta1.72.123.134.16 (40)
South Augusta2.43.75.1010.14 (74)

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

Port2.23.35.4 (34)
Prop Risdon3.53.68.89.14 (58)

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

Solomontown4.19.49.512.6 (78)
Central Augusta3.44.48.99.9 (63)

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

ROUND 17 PREVIEW

Likely First Semi Final preview

August 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

Lions to fine tune in last game.

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

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

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

West need win for Finals

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

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

Madigan Medal time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PANTHERS, THEN TIGERS BEAT BLOODS ON MARQUEE DAY

August 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Port finally break through

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

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

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

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

Cats scalded by South

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

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

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

Round 16 – August 24, 2019

South Augusta2.44.106.1515.18 (108)
Solomontown4.16.37.38.4 (52)

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

Port4.17.48.58.10 (58)
West Augusta2.42.64.95.11 (41)

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

PropRisdon4.110.1114.1623.20 (158)
Central Augusta3.23.46.57.6 (48)

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

Round 16 preview

August 23, 2019

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

Cats look to repeat the result.

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

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

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

Lions to beat Central.

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

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

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

West to seize fourth spot

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

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

SOLLIES FAR TOO GOOD

Round 15 report – August 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Lions come from behind

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

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

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

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

South second half gets it done

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

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

Round 15 – August 17 & 18, 2019

Central3.25.37.57.8 (50)
South1.14.37.911.15 (81)

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

West Augusta5.09.212.614.8 (92)
PropRisdon4.56.711.1114.15 (99)

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

Solomontown3.210.615.922.11 (143)
Port1.23.45.67.8 (50)

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

Round 15 PREVIEW

August 15, 2019

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

Sollies to continue Ports woes.

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

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

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

Sollies to win by 36 points

Lions must keep pressure on

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

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

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

South to beat Central.

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

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

LIONS TOPPLE FROM TOP SPOT

Round 14 Report – August 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Cats fend off pesky Hawks.

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

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

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

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

Central rise to finals spot.

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

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

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

Round 14 – August 10, 2019

South Augusta1.22.65.109.12 (66)
Prop Risdon1.53.74.86.8 (44)

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

Central Augusta3.35.68.713.15 (93)
Port3.24.37.78.7 (55)

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

Solomontown1.46.107.1212.13 (85)
West Augusta3.65.118.129.12 (66)

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

Round 14 preview

August 8, 2019

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

Top of the table clash

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

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

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

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

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

Cats host Hawks.

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

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

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

Central chase fourth spot.

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

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

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

ROUND 13 REVIEW

August 6, 2019

Lions Hold Cats at bay

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

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

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

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

South dismiss persistent Port

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

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

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

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

Central draw level with West.

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

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

Round 13 – August 3, 2019

Central Augusta2.16.310.611.7 (73)
West Augusta2.02.34.58.9 (57)

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

Port3.13.28.410.6 (66)
South Augusta4.111.313.817.12 (114)

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

PropRisdon2.57.812.1115.13 (103)
Solomontown3.17.410.513.7 (85)

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

Round 13 Preview

August 1, 2019 – Felines set to fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dogs to duel!

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

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

Battle for Fourth

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

Honour for Bob Boston

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

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

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

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

Cats blow flag race wide open

July 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lions seize top spot.

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

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

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

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

Port again close

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

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

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

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

Round 12 – July 27, 2019

South Augusta0.20.85.129.14 (68)
Solomontown5.29.615.1018.12 (120)

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

Port3.05.28.39.5 (59)
West Augusta1.48.510.511.6 (72)

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

Prop Risdon3.711.714.918.11 (119)
Central Augusta4.05.29.310.5 (65)

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

Round 12 Preview

July 25, 2019

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

South to inflict successive defeats on Sollies

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

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

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

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

Lions to handle improved Bloods at home

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

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

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

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

West to continue upward trend

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

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

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

Lions coast to win

July 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Barnstorming Bloods collar the Cats.

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

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

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

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

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

Hawks give top team South a real scare.

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

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

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

Round 11 – July 20, 2019

Prop Risdon3.18.1111.1315.19 (109)
Port1.11.22.62.9 (21)

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

South Augusta4.24.49.911.11 (77)
West Augusta1.35.96.1010.12 (72)

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

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

Central Augusta2.07.58.816.14 (110)
Solomontown3.57.108.1710.17 (77)

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

The Run home, Round 11 Preview

July 18, 2019

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

Sollies trek North

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

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

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

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

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

 Lions to continue winning ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

South to silence Hawks

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

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

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

Cats mark Bearman’s 200th with win

July 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lions hold out Hawks.

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

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

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

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

South ease to victory.

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

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

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

Round 10 – July 6, 2019

South Augusta2.27.511.1011.15 (81)
Central Augusta3.24.37.39.9 (63)

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

Port1.03.36.47.4 (46)
Solomontown4.29.410.416.8 (104)

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

Prop Risdon2.82.97.168.18 (66)
West3.13.15.77.8 (50)

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

Round 10 finishes two complete rotations

July 4, 2019

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

Cats and Dogs at it again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lions to host Hawks

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

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

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

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

South to beat Central.

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

LIONS LOSE LADDER LEAD

July 3, 2019

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

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

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

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

Cats confirm third spot

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

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

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

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

Port remains winless

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

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

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

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

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

Round 9 – June 29, 2019

Port3.43.55.57.5 (47)
Central Augusta1.02.16.28.7 (55)

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

West Augusta0.34.84.96.13 (49)
Solomontown2.24.411.513.9 (87)

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

Prop Risdon2.13.45.910.11 (71)
South Augusta1.66.86.911.11 (77)

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

Huge Round Nine on the way!

June 28, 2019

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

Top spot up for grabs

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

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

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

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

Sollies to straighten up

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

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

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

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

Is this Ports week?

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

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

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

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

Cats scalded by Lions

Report – June 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Ports buckle under Souths power.

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

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

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

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

West draw clear of Central

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

Round 8 – June 22 & 23, 2019

South Augusta2.310.817.1220.16 (136)
Port2.33.44.54.7 (31

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

Solomontown3.15.77.710.11 (71)
Prop Risdon7.411.915.1019.10 (124)

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

West Augusta4.38.611.915.11 (101)
Central Augusta3.18.110.311.5 (71)

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

ROUND 8 PREVIEW – June 20, 2019

Sollies v Lions – Sollies need to win

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

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

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

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

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

Battle of the Dogs may get ugly – South v Port

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

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

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

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

Battle for Fourth spot – West v Central

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

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

Lions leave Bloods on the floor

June 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

South reverse result.

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

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

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

Heartbreak for Port

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

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

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

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

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

Round 7 – June 15 & 16, 2019

Central Augusta1.02.22.26.2 (38)
Prop Risdon4.610.916.1219.14 (128)

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

Solomontown6.08.39.611.11 (77)
South Augusta5.28.311.619.9 (123)

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

West Augusta1.22.64.79.7 (61)
Port2.44.66.88.9 (57)

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

Round Seven Preview – June 12, 2019

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

Cats hope to repeat the dose

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

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

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

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

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

Lions to continue winning ways

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

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

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

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

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

Port look for break through win.

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

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

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

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

ROUND SIX REPORT – June 3, 2019

Lions overhaul Port

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cats maul the Bloods

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

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

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

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

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

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

South continue strong push for Four flags.

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

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

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

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

Round 6 – May 31, June 1 & 2, 2019

West4.16.29.710.9 (69)
South5.18.311.816.11 (107)

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

Central Augusta0.24.25.49.7 (61)
Solomontown7.410.816.1518.19 (127)

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

Port0.31.74.114.12 (36)
Prop Risdon1.02.63.85.14 (44)

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

ROUND 5 REPORT – CATS HOLD BULLDOGS AT BAY

May 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

Cats remain in third spot Solomontown 12.10.82 Port 7.11.53

LIONS BACK ON TOP

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

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

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

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

It was tight but a good win Lions 11.11.77 West 9.3.57

SOUTH BELT CENTRAL         

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

Round 5 – May 25 & 26, 2019

Solomontown2.26.210.812.10 (82)
Port2.04.27.47.11 (53)

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

West2.07.08.19.3 (57)
Prop Risdon4.56.510.1011.11 (77)

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

Central4.15.27.510.6 (66)
South4.48.815.923.9 (147)

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

Round 4 – May 18, 2019

Central4.49.612.718.10 (118)
Port7.09.113.216.4 (100)

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

South3.412.615.920.17 (137)
Prop Risdon2.43.57.710.9 (69)

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

Solomontown8.49.414.515.7 (97)
West4.55.67.813.10 (88)

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

Round 3 – May 11, 2019

Central Augusta1.03.06.19.3 (57)
West Augusta4.69.713.916.11 (111)

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

Port4.35.47.77.7 (49)
South Augusta3.17.29.413.12 (90)

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

Prop Risdon14.11(95)
Solomontown8.11(59)

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

Round 2 – May 4, 2019

West3.36.69.1113.12 (90)
Port1.14.36.410.4 (64)

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

Central Augusta0.16.67.69.9 (63)
Prop Risdon8.48.511.911.10 (76)

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

Solomontown3.27.58.611.7 (73)
South Augusta3.45.136.139.17 (71)

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

Round 1 – April 27, 2019

Solomontown0.50.72.83.17 (35)
Central2.06.38.411.8 (74)

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

Prop Risdon6.19.112.516.7 (103)
Port1.25.67.88.10 (58)

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

Round 1 – ANZAC DAY

South2.34.56.89.10 (64)
West1.13.33.55.9 (39)

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