Central Augusta took their opportunity to post their most likely last win for the year over bottom-placed West who would have thought themselves a chance. In the end the Colson twins got the scent and ended up with seven goals each to remind the league of their talents. Central 19.12.126 West 8.6.54
The last round before finals will have South and Lions polishing off the lower placed Central and West and Port and Sollies trying to make sure they have bragging rights heading into the major round.
Sollies, Port clash on Cats’ big day
The Solomontown Football Club celebrate their 125th year this weekend with a big show and many past greats returning to commemorate one of the oldest footy sides in the state. What better way to do it than to knock off third-placed Ports on their own deck on Saturday in what should be a great clash.
They are one-all this year with Sollies winning the round 10 clash returning the favour from Port’s round five victory. Round five was the only other loss for Sollies apart from to the undefeated South outfit and they will enter this game as favourites. Port started the season well, had a mid-season slump but are gathering again for a major round assault.
Sollies have found extra routes to goal with the explosive Bearman, Nitschke and Hoare all getting amongst them of late. Their on ball and rebound runners are impressive with Davey, Hayes, Caputo, Francis, Sciangalepore, Redman, Mezzino and the Head boys Kaleb and Tom all giving them speed across the ground. Their main area of dominance should be their big men with Bernhardt continuing his great year, adding to the Munzberg boys Lawson and Mason giving them first use.
Port have twin targets in Woodards and Groves sitting second and third on the goal kicking with 39 and 38 each plus crumber Phillips also in the top 10. Recent changes have seen Byerlee move forward with some success and it will be interesting to see if this continues. Their strength this year has been their defence with Jared, Corrieri, Puddy, Murphy, Smith and young all doing their bit. Parker in the midfield has given them much more physicality around the ball and they will be hoping for George to return from injury.
Port’s attack is the second best in the league and their defence the same, but they aren’t second on the ladder, Sollies are. That’s because their team work and consistency has been better all year and they will be favoured to win in front of their past greats. Sollies by a goal.
Lions to fine tune in win over West
West haven’t had a good year and this game will give them the joy of it all coming to an end. Lions have been consistent this year and will consider themselves a wild card headed to finals as very little separates the three Pirie sides.
This will be a good chance to gain a little confidence with Horsnell and Bradley getting in the goals, with their defence running and rebounding through Browne, Eckert, Chivell amongst others. They have a few out injured and if they are getting them back this may be a good entry game to get them in for a run. Patterson and Fuller will get plenty of it, Dyer will dominate the rucks or half forward and will be cherry ripe for the first semi.
For West their tall defenders in Packard and Singleton try hard, Collins has had a year to forget whilst Laube and Harrison have been good for the Hawks. West haven’t had a player kick more than 10 goals for the whole year and it will be hard to add to that come Sunday. Lions can’t take it too easy but for West to finish such a horrid season with a Sunday game in Pirie will make it very tough for them to rally. Lions by 10 goals.
South to belt Central
Central Augusta would have made the most of a rare victory last week only to now run into the undefeated South to finish their year. South are flying and will keep it that way with an easy 12 goal win in the lead in to finals.