SOUTH Augusta has sent the strongest message possible to the top teams in the SGL, with a mammoth 166-point win over Port.
They were far too good for the hapless Port side, who claimed a victory over their Bulldog counterparts earlier in the season.
South fans were delighted to see X-Factor Lionel Brown back in their side, and he didn’t disappoint, booting 10 of South’s 31 goals.
Port were without captain Tim Byerlee, who was missing due to a knee injury sustained the week before, and things didn’t end there on the injury front, with ball magnet Shannon Snook making his way to the bench with a hamstring injury.
Lionel Brown started exceptionally well with the first goal of the game and then another two in the first quarter. After kicking nine goals in the first term against Central the week before, South were looking to better that, kicking six and leading by 29 points at quarter time.
Matt Downey once again dominated the ruck contests, while Darcy Kildea and Jason Lukich continued to find the ball all afternoon.
Josh Ackland was sensational and found plenty of it. He was taking the kick-ins from full back and gathering possessions through the midfield, while also kicking two goals.
Port were held scoreless in the second quarter, while South kicked eight goals. It was a matter of how big the margin would be by half time, as South led by 78 points.
The pain didn’t end there for Port, and although Matt Thomson was looking the goods across half back and Brett Woodards continued to present well in the forward 50, Port were outclassed.
The South onslaught continued with eight more goals in the third quarter. Lionel Brown had the bag of 10 in his sights by three quarter time, with seven to his name.
He managed to get there in the dying seconds of the game with some help from teammates, who all wanted him to reach the milestone. Brendon Colson is in unbelievable form, booting another four goals.
The scoreboard told the story at 199 to 33. South were far too good, recording the biggest win of the season so far.
Patrick’s Picks – Round 9
West Augusta will be wanting to get back to winning ways when they meet Port at Central Oval.
Port have been struggling and will be without captain Tim Byerlee again. Both sides could be missing their key possession-getters, with Nic Collins and Shannon Snook both suffering hamstring injuries.
West have lost their last two, but a loss to Port would be disastrous.
Last Time: Port 11.5 (71) def. by West 13.12 (90)
Patrick’s Pick: West by 40 points.
Match of the round this week comes from Port Oval with a top of the table clash between Solomontown and South Augusta.
Both sides are in ripping form and it is hard to know which way this one will go. Sollies have only lost once this season, but that was to South. I will be expecting a close contest from the opening siren to the final siren.
Last Time: South 16.9 (105) def. Sollies 10.4 (64)
Patrick’s Pick: Sollies by 10 points.
I’m predicting a close game between Central and PropRisdon, but who knows how this one will go.
Central have been unpredictable so far this season and have put up fantastic performances against Port and West, but have been otherwise terrible. Lions have strung together some good showings after a poor start to the season.
Central are in pursuit of a top four position and need to win this to give themselves a realistic chance.
Last Time: Lions 11.19 (85) def. Central 7.6 (48)
Patrick’s Pick: Lions by 15 points.