Central Augusta showed that it has the ability to again be a force in the 2012 SGL final series following a 73-point demolition of the Port bulldogs at Central Oval on Saturday.
The bloods showed similar form to that which won it the past three SGL flags.
Port on the other hand had one of its darkest days in the club’s history by not being allowed to register a single goal in a match which is something which no one can remember happening to the league team in the SGL.
The bloods won the toss and kicked towards the stadium which was aided by a four goal-cross wind which was blowing straight into the grandstand.
Ryan Morris who was in great touch going into the game kicked the first two goals of the match.
Then following two posters Anthony Ruffles put the third major on the board for the bloods.
Mark Fuller was having a great tussle with up against Michael Burford and both were named high in their respective teams best players but Braden Allen was giving them good spark around the ground and he kicked two successive majors in the later part of the first term and Central had a handy 32 point lead at the first change.
Both teams came out battling hard at the start of the second term but despite having the wind the bulldogs were finding it hard to score, Chris Johnson named the bloods best seamed to everywhere and at the 10- minute point of the quarter, Garry Hull another good player for central goaled.
Central maintained the pressure and Morris soon had his third then followed another goal from Cameron Edson who went forward from defence.
With the bulldogs only kicking two points for the quarter with the wind at their backs the game was all over at half time with central having a 50- point lead.
The bulldogs with Terry Hall and Henry Whitting trying hard the green and whites went forward but could only manage a minor score, but the bloods had the answers being too big and strong all over the ground.
Central continues to deliver the ball well into Morris and he kicked the only two goals of the term.
Cody Brooke was trying hard to keep Matt Woolford quiet but he was finding the ball than usual against the green and whites and the bloods had a 63-point lead at the final change.
In the last term the only interest was to see if the bulldogs would be able to kick a goal for the game.
Tom Underwood was marking well giving Port a target they had the ball in their forward area for a fair amount of time but being under pressure the green and whites were only allowed five points by the relentless bloods back line.
Central when going forward continued with the good delivery into Morris and he kicked another two majors into the wind giving him seven for the game.
He was the only person on the ground to kick a goal in the second half of the game.
Morris was one of Central’s many good players on the day but as for Port it was as just hard to find its best players as it was to find its goal kickers.
Central completely outclassed the bulldogs and Port will need to get some injured players back plus more get endeavour back into the team to have any chance of winning any of its past three games this season to qualify for the major round.