Coming off a massive loss to Solomontown, Port have claimed a hard-fought victory over South in the Battle of the Bulldogs.
The game remained balanced for the whole four quarters but Port were just able to get the win 78-71.
Port were keen to prove they can match it with the best sides in the league, especially after their big loss last week.
South in contrast, were full of confidence after a big win over Central that showed the competition they have plenty left.
The first quarter showed that the game would be close and very tough as both sides had the game on their terms in periods.
Shannon Snook has been in great form and was again finding plenty of the ball for Port, covering every blade of grass.
Matt Downey once again dominated the ruck battle and gave midfielders in Darcy Kildea and Josh Ackland a good opportunity to get the ball into attack.
Unfortunately, this work was undone as Port had the ball within scoring range plenty of times as they boasted a 16-point half time lead.
The game was certainly not out of South’s reach in the second half and they remained in it thanks to defender Sam Maule’s ability to deliver the ball out of the defensive 50.
However, Port’s Luke Copley couldn’t be kept quiet and kicked five fantastic goals to keep his side’s nose in front.
It proved to be a task too big for South as the swinging momentum eventually stayed with Port.
At the other end, Brendon Colson was once again a big target for South and booted three goals and Tom Hamilton kicked two in his return game.
Nick Schild and Lachlan Murphy had a big impact on the game and were the main contributors to the 7-point win.
Both sides have big games coming up as South take on a dominating Sollies and Ports come up against the top-of-the-table West.
PATRICK’S PICKS – ROUND 4
We are in for a big round of SGL football this week as we begin to separate the top sides in the league.
South Augusta vs. Solomontown:
South have had an indifferent start to this season and currently sit 4th on the League table with one win and two losses.
They looked back to their premiership contention ways against Central but lost in a close encounter with Port last week.
Sollies have been the big improvers of the league and are on top of the ladder with three wins from three games.
I think this will be a very close game that could go either way and it is Sollies first big challenge so if they can win, they will definitely be a top four side.
However, I’m leaning towards South to win by 6 points.
PropRisdon vs. Central Augusta:
Both Lions and Centrals are yet to chalk up their first win of the season so this is a crucial game for both sides.
Lions seem to be sliding down after a number of years amongst the top sides.
Central have also been very disappointing and have only played one good quarter where they have seemed competitive.
This will be a very close game with both sides crashing in to get the win. I’m going to tip Central to just get the win by 10.
Port vs. West Augusta:
West have been unbelievably good and Ports have been up and down.
I believe Ports have the ability to match it with the best sides and are a genuine finals contender.
West are 2nd on the ladder only by percentage and appear to be very difficult to beat. If Ports can play at their best there’s no doubt they can win this game, but I’m tipping West by 30 points.