Solomontown too good for Central Augusta

FOOTBALL: Elijah Edwards looks to break out of a tackle after being wrapped up and surrounded by the opposition during Central Augusta's loss to Solomontown at Port Oval on Saturday. PHOTO: Ethan Nitz
FOOTBALL: Elijah Edwards looks to break out of a tackle after being wrapped up and surrounded by the opposition during Central Augusta's loss to Solomontown at Port Oval on Saturday. PHOTO: Ethan Nitz

Solomontown were too much for Central to handle as the Cats further proved that they are the side to beat in the SGL.

The two sides were fairly even for a lot of the game but there were periods of the game where Sollies were able to score a string of goals to build their lead.

Corey Davey’s form continued and great performances from Marco Caputo, Travis McIntyre and Brayden Francis helped their side to a 56 point win.

Up until the 15 minute mark in the first quarter, Central had battled superbly and scores were level but the Cats got moving from there on to pile on five goals before quarter time to take a 31 point lead.

Alex Hosking was finding space to retrieve the ball while Elijah Edwards and Liam Nelson were battling hard to win the ball.

The second term was going the same way as Central pegged the Cats back with a couple of majors but Sollies held their 31 point lead into half time.

A lot of positives came out of the first half for the currently bottom placed side and they weren’t out of the game at the half way point.

Sollies slightly increased their lead and made the Bloods work for every goal. Turnovers again cost Central dearly when they were transitioning from defence into attack and Sollies capitalised with three third quarter goals.

The last quarter was when the first placed Sollies put their foot down and ran away with a convincing win 97-41.

Karl Muller was too big for any Central defender to stop and the McIntyre brothers were once again amongst the best for the Cats.

In one of Souths better games, veterans Ryan Struck and Mark Fuller showed just how important their experience and decision making is to their team. Ryan Kuerschner also had one of his best games of the season.

Patrick’s Picks

West Augusta’s clash with PropRisdon will be an interesting game. Battling for third spot, both sides are fairly even. Lions had been in some good form recently, but they haven’t been at their best in their last two games. West has had some mediocre performances, but definitely have a squad that can be successful. 

Patrick’s Pick: West by 20 points.

The double-header continues on Saturday at Central Oval with South taking on Central. South will be donning an Indigenous Guernsey for this match in a fantastic initiative that other clubs should follow. South has been the second-best side all season behind Sollies, with stars wherever you look on the ground. Central had a good showing last week against Sollies, but I think the Bulldogs will be too good.

Patrick’s Pick: South by 40 points.

Sollies are clear favourites to win against Port, as their form has been unbelievable, especially in Pirie.

It seems everyone has stood up in their team and although Port pushed Lions right to the end last week, I can’t see them winning this game.

Patrick’s Pick: Sollies by 35 points.