Prop Risdon V Solomontown
Top-placed Solomontown fired up against third-placed Prop Risdon and proved too hot to handle as they continued on their merry way with an 88-point victory.
Lions started okay, albeit with a considerable breeze at their backs, and only trailed by four points at the first break. It was when Sollies took their turn with the wind that the game was busted open as they opened Lions up with a seven goal to one quarter and a 41-point lead. The Lions were asked for a big third but no answers were found and the last quarter was more of the same. In fact, after quarter time Lions were only able to register two goals to 15 in return.
For the Cats, Scott McIntyre filled his boots once the sting was out of the game as all forwards love with seven goals, including five of the last seven, his season’s best. His brother Travis was lively again along with Jonno Hayes stylish once again. Big man Karl Muller went off injured relatively early leaving the ruck duties to Rylie Bernhardt who excelled along with boom youngster Lawson Munzberg loving the opportunity.
Lions’ better players were harder to find but the day suited the style of Lions’ hard-man Chris Marsland, a man who would frighten Chuck Norris. Jordy Fuller showed his class again along with fellow combined reps Patterson and Eckert.
A good day for the Cats but the medical staff from both teams will be busy with injuries to Lagoudis, Alexander and Hoare not looking great.
Port V South
Last time these two sides met an incredible 166 points was the difference. In a game of two halves the Port Bulldogs were more than competitive in the first half on Sunday though, and an incredible boilover looked on the cards and actually led into the big break by a point. After that though sadly it was all the one-way traffic of the previous encounter as the red-and-white mosquito fleet flayed open the Port defence to outscore them 13.4 to 1.3 in the second half and win by 12 goals.
Better players for Port and all mainly in the first half included Fraser Collins, a youngster that will become one of the best in the league, along with Thomas Dickeson both across half back. Woodards kicked four, Turpin and Snook found a bit of it and after that they were harder to find.
South’s running machine Kildea was best on ground and his ability to get to the contest time and again left his opponents floundering. Hamilton kicked five and Milera four both with stints on the ball plus good games from youngster Holland and Whyalla recruit Ackland kept forcing South forward.
Port tried hard but need more consistency and two-way running if they want to compete over four quarters.