Cats stop South's long win streak

Every team in the SGL has felt the wrath of the South Augusta dynamo in the past few seasons, but none more so than the Cats with two semi-final, two grand final and three minor round losses, but finally Sollies are on the right end of the scoreboard.

In a cliff-hanger that had no side lead by more than a goal at any break, a vastly-improved Solomontown shaded South Augusta by two points that would have had the Cats faithful fired up on Saturday night.

It was the Cats' turn this week to benefit from inaccurate kicking that had plagued them the week before as in the end it was 26 scoring shots to 18 in South's favour, yet the Cats still prevailed.

Coach Head would have been particularly pleased with the mettle of the Cats who kicked into the breeze in the last and gave up a five-point lead to trail by 14 before closing the game out with the final three goals for a stirring victory.

In a cliff-hanger that had no side lead by more than a goal at any break, a vastly-improved Solomontown shaded South Augusta by two points that would have had the Cats faithful fired up on Saturday night.

Leading the way was key pivot man Jonno Hayes who fed the ball out continually to his runners and bagged three goals himself.

Corey Davey was good all day giving the Cats both strength and drive on ball whilst Redman again put in his usual polished display.

Cunningham chimed in for two goals as well as getting plenty of the ball and Lawson Munzberg again was very good.

For the much-changed Dogs strongman Ritter was best along with both Weir and Urbancic who each bagged three goals.

Onballers Kildea and Horner worked hard all day.

The Dogs would have gone home disappointed for their first loss in more than 20 games, but they know a long season is to come.

Solomontown 11.7.73 defeated South 9.17.71

Lions leading the way

The Prop Risdon Lions would be pleased to be the only team on two wins after two rounds after a see-sawing clash with the Central Augusta Bloods by 13 points. The scorecard looks as though there was a stiff breeze, but this was not as strong as it suggests.

Lions were blistering in the first term and skipped out to a 51-point lead at the first break slamming on 8.5 to a solitary point and it looked like a cakewalk was on offer.

From here though the Bloods struck back hard holding Lions to a point in the second whilst responding with 6.5 themselves to bring the game back to life to trail by under two goals at the main break.

From here though Lions drew away in the third and held on the last to run out 13-point victors. Eckert again showed why he is the premier rebound defender in the league continually driving the ball forward.

Sammy Dyer was great whether on ball or up front and along with Horsnell bagged three goals to add to their tallies from last week.

Slattery and Fuller again were good all over the ground and steady defender Browne once again showed poise and polish.

For the beaten side it was recruit Mandemaker that gave a peek at his skills with two goals capping off a good game.

Little was fast and damaging with ball in hand and Struck wound back the clock with a mature display. Whilst disappointed with their start coach Redden will be upbeat about the spirit Central showed and will look forward to more victories on the horizon, but not this one.

Prop Risdon 11.10.76 defeated Central 9.9.63

Hawks break down disappointing Dogs

West Augusta Hawks tasted victory for the first time this year equalling their last year tally to now, leaving the Port Bulldogs the only side to not yet manage a win after the first two rounds.

The Hawks kicked out to an early lead in the first quarter and despite a game-long arm wrestle never realistically looked like getting reined in as their lead slowly grew longer as the game progressed.

Wests are getting plenty of drive around the ball with their better players in Collins, Ryan, Stuart and the new addition Allen who has come across from Central all forming a good spread of quality and run across the ground.

Harrison led the way in front of goals with three and returning ex-skipper Hobbs relishing his move forward with a couple himself.

For Port, the standout was journeyman Parker who showed his class with great strength and that long raking left leg to boot four on top of plenty of crucial possessions.

Murphy was good in defence and saw plenty of it as did wingman Dickeson and it was a good return for ex junior Athanasos. West would be pleased with their improvement and whilst a series of injuries hurt Port, they will be desperately looking to atone next week.

West 13.12.90 defeated Port 10.4.64

Previews

Well our tipping has been 50/50 this year with three from six and round two results have set this year up as a belter for the SGL with quality clashes each week.

Prop Risdon v Solomontown - Memorial Oval, Saturday

All roads lead to the new Pirie showpiece this week as both the undefeated Lions and the revved-up Cats clash for the first time in season 2019 in the clash of the round.

Lions have started very well and coach Promnitz will be keen to iron out some in game consistency to ensure they don't give the Cats a sniff.

Many of these lads have played together for a long time but word has it there could be a couple that will need to pass fitness tests after copping some niggles last week.

They have on ball power through Fuller, Slattery, Edwards and Oliphant. Their defence is rock solid with Eckert, Ley, Browne and Harmer and they have goal kicking power with Horsnell, Wallace and Dyer although he may need to spend more time on-ball with the Cats height.

The Cats will want to make the most of their height with both Munzberg boys and Bernhardt feeding the ball to Hayes, Dave, Bearman and Saracino.

Goal scoring will come from their swarming attack with Nitschke, Cunningham, Francis and the onballers providing their main avenues.

It should be a beauty, but we are tipping the Lions to continue their form and hold the Cats out by a goal. Get there to see it all play out.

Port V South Augusta - Port Oval, Saturday

Port return to their home ground for the first time this year and with it they hope to bring a change of result in a battle of the bulldogs.

They will be hoping for some key ins to add to their quality across the ground and will be relying on Parker, Vivar, Coe, Dickeson and Hutchison to get the ball running quickly their way.

Byerlee has made the move forward and will be keen to get on the end of a few as will Athanasos and Phillips as they try to overcome some off-season key forward losses.

South on the other hand have had their first defeat in a long time and won't be happy about it. They will hit back hard and whilst their losses have been substantial they still have the likes of Thompson, Kildea, Downey, Milera, Horner, McKenzie, Shirley, Ritter and Kerin that would be walk up combined players and that should still be enough to inflict more pain on the Port outfit. South by 24 points.

Central Augusta v West Augusta - Central Oval, Saturday

Both sides are one win, one loss and will be looking to get the edge early in what should be a very keenly fought battle. Both sides have surprised with their improvements and we are tipping Central to get it done, but not by much. Central by 12 points.