WEST Augusta has got back on track as they head into finals with a big win over Central Augusta. It was just their second win in their last six games, so to say that they needed the two points is an understatement.
They regained big game players Jarryd Warren, Corie Singleton and Hayden Warren to go into the game against the bottom-placed Central with plenty of confidence. Central needed to win to keep their extremely slim finals hopes alive.
The first quarter was low scoring but entertaining, with both sides giving their best and competing hard. With both sides unable to score a goal in the first term, the game was evenly poised at the first change.
The goal scoring troubles carried over into the second quarter for Central, as they finished up the half with just three behinds, while West were on two goals and five behinds.
Tyron Warren was proving a handful for the Central ruckmen and Michael Curley was finding his hands on the ball a lot. In just his second league game of the season, Tyler Digance was impressive as his continued attack on the ball didn’t go unnoticed.
A see-sawing third term saw West hold a 15-point lead at three quarter time. Central had chances to keep them within touch and had they taken one or two of those chances, the result may have been different.
Karl Finlay was dominating up forward and looked to turn the game around for the Bloods with strong contested marks and two goals.
An early goal to West in the final quarter all but sealed the game, but Central continued to fight. Once again they turned the ball over far too often and with three goals in a row in the last quarter, West finished the game off in style to run out 25-point victors in a hard fought contest.
Port v South Augusta
South Augusta’s second half onslaught blitzed Port, rolling on to a ninth win of the season to cement a top two spot on the ladder.
After trailing by one point at the main break, Bulldogs went on to kick 13 goals in the second half to finish 72-point winners.
South were hot off a big win over Central, while Port were on the receiving end of a hammering from Solomontown. All signs pointed to South winning the game, so the half-time score line would have surprised many.
Port’s Brett Woodards was a strong target up forward for the underdogs and went on to kick four goals, but this was nullified by South’s dominant midfield.
Darcy Kildea has continued to prove that he is a major chance for the Madigan Medal with another awesome performance, while strong performances from Billy-Joe Russell and Josh Ackland helped spur South on to a big second half as they ran all over their Bulldog counterparts.
South are locked into second position now and remain one of the big premiership contenders, while Port’s miserable season continues.
Patrick’s Picks – Round 14
South Augusta come up against Solomontown in what will be one of the best games of the season, as the top two sides play off for big bragging rights heading into finals.
Both sides are in ripping form and last time Sollies were far too good. However, that match was at Port Oval where Sollies have played excellent football this season. With this clash back in Port Augusta, I’m tipping South to just get over the line.
Patrick’s Pick: South by 5 points.
West Augusta has jumped up to third with a win over Central, which was important for their confidence. A loss to fifth-placed Port would be detrimental to their progress coming into finals. If West lose, I will predict they can kiss their premiership hopes goodbye.
Patrick’s Pick: West by 35 points.
PropRisdon Lions and Central Augusta will be an interesting clash, as Central has been disappointing but have shown glimpses of impressiveness.
Meanwhile, Lions have been up and down and don’t seem any better than the third position they have held throughout the season. Central have struggled to put up a full four-quarter performance and if they cannot do that, they will find themselves losing again.
Patrick’s Pick: Lions by 30 points.