Central Augusta have finally got the monkey off their back with their first win of the season in a tight tussle with Port.
It was a highly-contested game and up until half time, the teams couldn’t be split. It was pleasing to see Central put up a four quarter performance for the first time this season and show that they can match it with the better sides in the competition.
Central were forced to make nine changes to their side that lost to Lions in Round 4, five of whom had been in Central’s best players at least once this season. This factor, along with the form they brought into this game, their backs were truly against the wall.
Of their nine inclusions, Ryan Struck, Dwayne Colson, Kyle Colson, Kallan O’Dea, Dylan Kerber and Tylar Digance all came in for their first A-Grade game of the year.
Dwayne and Kyle Colson were two mid-season recruits for the Bloods, and along with Ryan Struck, had a huge involvement in Central’s win.
Port had two wins and two losses heading into this game and their form would suggest that they could be amongst the top sides in the league.
Jarrad Adams and Darcy Puddy were the two inclusions to the line-up and showed glimpses of excellence. The scores were tied at both the quarter time and half time breaks and everything was pointing to a heart-stopping encounter, but the game broke open after the main change.
Jack Muirhead was absolutely unstoppable as he played up forward and managed to kick eight goals in one of the best individual performances for some time.
His job was made easy thanks to the brilliant deliveries he received from midfielders Elijah Edwards, Ryan Struck and Liam Nelson.
Other than Muirhead’s game, it was difficult to pick the best players because it was one of those all-played-well wins for the Bloods.
Nick Schild was best for Ports but Central were excellent in shutting down the Bulldog’s game winners in Shannon Snook in the middle and Luke Copley up forward.
There wasn’t much to complain about for Central as nine players played in their first A-Grade win for the club.
Patrick’s Picks – Round 6
South Augusta and West Augusta is by far the match of the round as both sides are in fantastic form.
If South win, it will be their third in a row and this would be the best of them all. West suffered their first loss for the season in Round 5 but are still atop the ladder.
There are some big goal kickers at either and of the ground with Brendon Colson (South) and Hayden Warren (West) who are averaging 5.0 and 4.2 goals per game respectively. I think West will bounce back with a win by 15 points.
PropRisdon Lions seem to be on the improve and have played decent football in the last two weeks.
Meanwhile Port, after picking up two massive wins early on, has gone back to the pack after handing Central their first win of the season.
This game will be eagerly watched as it would be a morale-boosting win for either side. I’m tipping Port by 30 points.
What a week both Solomontown and Central Augusta had in Round 5!
It’s taken a while but Central have finally found their footing and got a win on the board. The huge win over Port will definitely boost the belief of the team. On the other side, Sollies recorded a monstrous win over West in what was the Hawks first loss of the season.
Sollies have been the big improvers of the season and have some big wins under their belt.
It will be one of the most intriguing second vs sixth battles in some time, but I’m backing Sollies to get a 20-point win.