Spencer Gulf Football League 2017 Grand Final preview

THIS IS IT: Sollies' Nick Redman looks to block a kick from South ruckman Matthew Downey in a previous encounter. The sides are split 2-2 in head-to-head battles this season.
THIS IS IT: Sollies' Nick Redman looks to block a kick from South ruckman Matthew Downey in a previous encounter. The sides are split 2-2 in head-to-head battles this season.

AFTER a total of 51 minor round games and three finals, the two best league sides of the season have made it through to the grand final as South Augusta take on Solomontown in the biggest game of the year.

Sollies had a near-perfect season heading into finals, but suffered a convincing loss at the hands of South in the qualifying final.

South Augusta are the only side to beat the Cats this season and they will look to use that, as well as the Central Oval home ground advantage, in their favour.

Meanwhile in a do-or-die preliminary final, Solomontown bounced back well to book a place in the grand final.

A 27-point win over Lions will give them a boost heading into the final match of the season.

South will come in with a lot of confidence after their big qualifying final victory over the Cats, but as they have proved this season, Sollies are very hard to beat. It truly is anyone’s game.

Previous Meetings:

2017 Qualifying Final – Sollies 11.15 (81) def. by South 21.3 (129)

2017 Round 14 – South 11.11 (77) def. by Sollies 24.10 (154)

2017 Round 9 – Sollies 16.13 (109) def. South 9.11 (65)

2017 Round 4 – South 16.9 (105) def. Sollies 10.4 (64)

Seconds

Just like in the A Grade, South and Sollies ended the minor rounds as the top two sides in the Seconds and they will now face off in the final.

After 17 rounds, the Bulldogs were the best side in the league, finishing two points above Sollies, before clinching a 42-point win over the Port Pirie side to earn a spot in the decider.

The Cats will be raring to go after scoring a nail-baiting five-point victory over defending champions Central Augusta.

South hold a 3-1 advantage over Sollies in head-to-head clashes, but form will go out the window in this tie.

Under 18

After suffering an eight-point loss against Port in the qualifying final, Central Augusta bounced back to batter Solomontown by 10 goals to set up a mouth-watering Grand Final.

Port and Central were almost inseparable this season, both finishing on 26 points, with the Bloods scoring a superior percentage by just 0.37. If their previous clashes are anything to go by, expect a close, low-scoring affair in this one.