All three Port Pirie football teams defeated their Port Augusta opponents on the weekend in A grade football.
Solomontown bounced back from its shock loss to Lions last week to knock South Augusta from top of the premiership table.
Port now becomes the ladder leader – moving up from being second – courtesy of its thrashing of Central Augusta, and Sollies’ win against South Augusta.
Lions defeated West Augusta on Saturday to win its second consecutive game – for the first time since round 17 and 18 of the 2010 season.
South Augusta looked the form team of the competition in the first five rounds of matches – going through against each other club undefeated.
By comparison last year’s premiers Central Augusta started poorly but had rebounded strongly – until Port almost doubled its score on Sunday.
Lions started the season with a win against Central – playing at Memorial Oval but that had looked like an aberration until last week, when it defeated Sollies.
Importantly its win against West Augusta on Saturday came in Port Augusta, lifted it out of the wooden spoon spot and made the prospect of Lions playing finals football in 2012 real.
On the weekend’s form all three Pirie teams have the potential to play finals but the ladder is tight with fourth realistically the only opening should Lions overtake Central.
The top three sides all have seven wins from the 10 rounds played this season, with percentage all that separates Port, South and Solomontown.
In that regard, Port is well out in front should it keep on winning, but with it playing South this coming Sunday the winner will draw ahead of the other on points.
Sollies will play West on the weekend and will be looking for a big win to boost its percentage.
If Lions can defeat Central both will have four wins for the season, although Central’s percentage is vastly superior.
There are 17 minor rounds in the Spencer Gulf Football League – plenty of time for improving sides to take their chances and make real progress.