Cats win through to shield battle

CATS IN GRAND FINAL: Solomontown secured its spot in the League grand final after defeating Lions at the weekend. Pictured in action at Port Oval is Sollies' Marco Caputo.
CATS IN GRAND FINAL: Solomontown secured its spot in the League grand final after defeating Lions at the weekend. Pictured in action at Port Oval is Sollies' Marco Caputo.

The Solomontown Cats with a flying start has managed to outlast a brave Prop Risdon Lions to deservedly win through to the 2018 SGL Grand Final.

The Cats flew out the blocks and with a six goal to one first quarter, Lions found themselves five goals down at quarter time for a second week running, not where they wanted to be.

The Cats were dominant and all over a scrambling Lions defence with their pressure leading to turnovers and goals.

It looked like the recent run of wins of the Cats over the Lions was set to roll on.

Come the second quarter and the Lions hit back hard, four goals to one and the 30-point lead was pared back to under two goals and it was game on.

The second half was a real arm wrestle with the big crowd enjoying the glorious finals weather and the spectacle in equal measure.

Sollies had managed to kick it back out to 20 points at three quarter time and in the end that was enough to hold out a fast finishing Lions outfit giving it their all.

The end margin was only eight points and both sides can feel proud of their efforts.

For the defeated, Tom Harmer stood out and was good all day along with fellow defenders Browne, Bradley who went back and youngster Declan Combe for his best senior game.

Eckert and Davey cancelled one another out in a good battle and Patterson found plenty of it whilst Fuller was quieter than the stellar level he usually sets.

For the Cats, Bearman booted three and was busy along with runner Sciangalepore and Francis and the workhorse Hayes who is forever feeding ball after ball out to the Solly quicks.

Kaleb Head though got the best on ground votes for a superb display for a player that loves the big games and big man Bernhardt was superb and will need to be again next week for the Cats to have a chance.

Lions may consider themselves a little unlucky with extra scoring shots over the Cats but Sollies have been more consistent over the whole season and deserve their second crack at the highly fancied South.

GRAND FINALS

All six sides are represented on the day and the lower grades should be all close – so get there early!

SECONDS

South Augusta v Prop Risdon

Lions hung on last week and despite losing the second semi comfortably they only had three less scoring shots. South will likely lose one of their best players up to the A grade as the grand final is the only game all year you play 22 players (always wondered why?) so that will hinder their reserves.

It will be close, but South will be favoured.

THIRDS

Port v Central Augusta

Central have been barnstorming through to the grand final with the return of their colts playing League. Port have been top all year and will also have players back this week so we are tipping them to hold on in a belter of a game!

UNDER 15s

Central Augusta v West Augusta

The two best sides all year face off in the big game and we will tip Westies to overturn their loss from the semi to become premiers.