Spencer Gulf Football League: Central Augusta lose to Port

FOOTBALL: Alex Hosking kicked one of Central Augusta's five goals in a 49-point loss against Port on Saturday, July 15.
FOOTBALL: Alex Hosking kicked one of Central Augusta's five goals in a 49-point loss against Port on Saturday, July 15.

Central Augusta slumped to the bottom of the Spencer Gulf Football League ladder after another poor performance against Port in a bottom of the table clash.

Goal kicking was their biggest issue, as the behind tally continued to kick over without any goals being scored. On the flip side, Port took their opportunities to keep their noses in front for the majority of the game.

Central had six players from their previous clash missing, including Jack Muirhead, Tom Finlay and Jack Dalgleish, but had Lucas Hill and veterans Anthony Ruffles and Jared Reid in to take their place.

Ethan Finlay and key position player Blair Miller along with captain Tim Byerlee were back to boost Port’s side.

Central’s troubles in front of goal began from the start of the game, managing just one goal from eight shots in the first term.

Clayton Crabbe looked promising up forward, taking good contested marks but couldn’t convert into major scores and, although Central seemed to have more of the ball in their possession, they found themselves trailing by six points at quarter time.

It was much of the same in the second term as the scrappy affair continued. Both sides were desperate for a win and goals were so valuable, yet hard to come by.

As Central pushed their score out to one goal and 11 behinds, they had given Port every opportunity they needed to edge ahead.

The goal kicking worries seemed to have been eased after the main break, with the Bloods putting themselves in front with two quick goals. Port steadied though, carrying a strong 18-point lead heading into the last quarter. Central showed no intent in the last quarter and allowed Port to run away with a whopping 49-point win.

The ever-reliable Greg Phillips was outstanding for Port and Todd Baker was impressive in defence. Central’s dynamic duo in the backline, Brad Taylor and Daniel Fisher, continued to attack the football and saved plenty of goals to keep their side alive.

Unfortunately it was another awful performance for Central, as their inefficiency by foot hurt them again.

Patrick’s Picks – Round 11

Central will be looking to play much better than the last time they met Sollies.

They will have to put that one out of their minds in their attempt to better their score of seven from that game. I don’t think it will be that bad for the Bloods, but I can’t see any way they can knock off the premiership favourites this week.

Last Time: Sollies 19.18 (132) def. Central 0.1 (7)

Patrick’s Pick: Sollies by 50 points.

The clash between South Augusta and West Augusta is the match of the round, with the two sides fighting for second spot and a double chance come finals time.

West have suffered quite a few losses recently and aren’t at their best, while the Bulldogs have shown that they are a chance of defending their 2016 premiership title.

Last Time: South 14.4 (88) def. by West 15.8 (98)

Patrick’s Pick: South by 10 points.

Port won last week, while PropRisdon Lions lost, which means that this clash has a lot riding on it in terms of ladder position with both sides fighting for fourth position.

Lions seem like the better of the two sides, but a big win for Port would improve their finals aspirations tremendously.

Last Time: Lions 15.12 (102) def. Port 6.3 (39)

Patrick’s Pick: Lions by 20 points.