South Augusta have completed their remarkable undefeated minor round with a win against a determined Central side.
Poor goal kicking from the Bloods kept South in a good position at half time, before a final quarter surge finished the game off, as the Bulldogs recorded their 15th win of the season by 41 points.
The game started positively for Central, who came into the game knowing that it would be their last for the year.
They had the ball locked in their forward 50 early on, but didn’t take advantage and kicked three behinds, before Brendon Colson stood up to give the Bloods an early nine-point lead.
However, Lionel Brown was able to turn it around for the Dogs and kicked two goals in a row to put them in front.
Central were hanging with the premiership favourites, but missed a lot of their chances and had two goals and six behinds at quarter time.
South hit their straps in the second quarter, with Vinny Urbancic hitting the scoreboard soon after the first break.
Brown then extended their lead with his third, before the game evened out and the Bloods had a chance to hit the scoreboard.
More inaccurate goal kicking let Central down, and when Gary Warren kicked two late goals of his own, South were in a good position at half time.
After having three extra scoring shots in the first half, Central felt as though they should have been closer than three goals down and the wayward kicking didn’t improve in the third quarter.
The Bloods added another five behinds to the eight they already had at the main break, although they did keep the Dogs to just one goal for the term.
Kyle Colson and Sharmbaye Besant-Wilton gave life to the Bloods’ chances of winning with goals that brought the margin down to 10 points at three quarter time.
The two sides went goal for goal in the opening 10 minutes of the last stanza, but then South got on another one of their trademark rolls to kick the last five goals and run away with a 41-point win.
Lionel Brown and Gary Warren both finished with five goals, while Kahran McKenzie was named best player for the victorious South side, along with Caleb Ritter and Kyle Aitken.
Central’s recruit Brannan Everett finished his season with another stellar performance, while Liam Nelson’s form continued and youngsters Tyler Digance and Caleb Williams impressed.
The final margin may not have reflected how the game was played, but nevertheless, South roll on into the pointy end of the season with 15 wins from 15 games.
South will be hoping to advance straight to the Grand Final when they host Solomontown at Central Oval on Saturday, August 18 in the semi.
Meanwhile, Port and Lions face off on Sunday in the elimination final.