This round was a replay of round one and ironically the results also replicated with Lions easily accounting for Port, Sollies closing out a fast finishing Central and South doing it easily against Westies in a top v bottom clash.
A disciplined display from the Risdon Prop Lions totally outclassed the Port Bulldogs on their own deck on Saturday at Port Oval.
They have turned the tables on the last time they met and now lead the Dogs two wins to one for the season and have drawn back level on wins in third and fourth spot. Lions won the toss and kicked with a three-goal breeze to lead four goals to nil at quarter time. Port had their turn with the benefit of the wind, but, in a scrambly, defensive affair, neither side were able to register a goal to hold the status quo at the main break.
Incredibly, the third quarter was almost a replica, excepting a goal from the Lions to leave the score line at five goals to nil at three quarter time.
Despite not scoring a goal at all, the game could be turned with early strikes from the Dogs in the last, but the Lions never let them get going.
Port finally managed to score three goals for the quarter, but the Lions had them covered with four of their own to run out easy 35-point victors. Better players were largely on the side of the victors with Jordy Fuller, Tyler Eckert and Sam Dyer again proving thorns in the Dogs side with continual effort and class shining through in a dour affair.
Youngsters Jacobs (3 goals) and Chivell in defence were also good performers for the winners with Slattery and Horsnell also slotting a couple each.
Youngster Bailey Congdon got a late call up and would have pleased the die-hard blue-and-gold fans as this welded-on Lions’ youngster made a good debut and gave his all in a great start.
Better players for the conquered Dogs were much harder to find with Sam Keane continuing his break-out season with a good display. The skipper Byerlee tried hard in defence and Jacob Akker continues to impress and is a shining light to his more experienced team-mates. Groves kicked two in the last but was a long way from his best and it was hard to find many more.
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but that wouldn’t bother the Lions’ fans one bit, as this victory would have been duly celebrated against the higher-placed, more-fancied Dogs.
That makes two in a row for the boys from Mary Elie St and their form is slowly starting to gather come the business end. Port on the other hand must have coach Roberts wondering which levers to pull.
They were flying at five and two but have now lost their last 4 in a row with Westies on the road next week now looking a danger!
Next week, Lions take on Central Augusta in Port Augusta, Sollies take on South Augusta in Pirie and West Augusta plays Port at home.