WEST suffered just their second loss of the season – this time at the hands of the fast-improving PropRisdon Lions.
Port Oval hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Hawks this season and this continued with a 30-point loss on Saturday, June 17.
Lions appear to be a much different side now compared to what they were at the start of the season, as their run and carry tore their opponents apart.
West made the trip to Pirie without consistently good players Corie Singleton, Jordan Warren and Damien Kroes, as well as co-captain Rhys Dadleh.
Things unfortunately didn’t end there for West, with two of their best players Hayden Warren (concussion) and Nic Collins (hamstring) going down with injuries.
Warren was in the middle of his 200th SGL game when he suffered a head knock that sidelined him for most of the game.
The confident Lions came in with the same side as they had in their Round 6 thrashing of Port.
Lions started with the edge, with a three-goal first term giving them a 14-point lead at the first change. They continued in this manner to build their advantage to 27 points at the main break.
West were letting themselves down with their ball use and some 50/50 contests weren’t going their way. The second half was a much more even game to the first, but Lions held off the premiership favourites to win 96-66.
West Coach Jason McInerney was impressed with how Lions have improved as the season has gone on.
“They (Lions) have certainly improved and their run and carry created plenty of opportunities,” he said.
“We were hit pretty hard with injuries to players that just can’t be replaced. Collins’ hamstring might keep him out for 3-4 weeks, but Hayden (Warren) should be good this week.”
West will look to respond this week when they take on Central Augusta on Sunday, June 25 at Central Oval, while Lions battle the in-form Solomontown on Saturday at Port Oval.
Patrick’s Picks – Round 8
The second ‘Battle of the Bulldogs’ is on Saturday, with South Augusta battling Port.
Port will be reminding themselves of the last time these two sides met. I think that will be the only thing in Port’s favour, as South have been in riveting form as of late.
Port have had some appalling performances lately and Souths have been very good.
Will Port be able to contain the dangerous players in Darcy Kildea, Brendon Colson and Matt Downey? I don’t think so.
Last Time: Port 11.12 (78) def. South 10.11 (71)
Patrick’s Pick: South by 35 points.
PropRisdon Lions seem to be on the improve and Sollies have been the surprise team of the season.
Not many people would’ve thought the Cats would be on top of the ladder at this point of the season and they definitely deserve that accolade.
Lions have been very good however, and this will be match of the round in my opinion.
Last Time: Sollies 12.8 (80) def. Lions 8.11 (59)
Patrick’s Pick: Sollies by 20 points.
West Augusta have given up top spot on the ladder after suffering their second loss of the season to Lions, but should be back on their winning ways as they come up against Central Augusta.
West should be without Nic Collins after he sustained a hamstring injury and Central will hope to take advantage of this, but I think Central will be undermanned in many positions around the ground.
Last Time: Central 8.7 (55) def. by West 20.12 (132)
Patrick’s Pick: West by 50 points.