South Augusta set sights on historic premiership

BUZZING BULLDOGS: South Augusta Coach James Boles, centre, and co-captains Caleb Ritter and Darcy Kildea are striving for Grand Final glory.
BUZZING BULLDOGS: South Augusta Coach James Boles, centre, and co-captains Caleb Ritter and Darcy Kildea are striving for Grand Final glory.

One game is all that stands between South Augusta and a historic Spencer Gulf Football League (SGL) season.

A win against Solomontown in the 2018 SGL Grand Final on Saturday, September 1 at Central Oval would wrap up an undefeated season and the club’s first-ever ‘three-peat’.

While the Bulldogs have blitzed through the competition – their smallest winning margin was by 26 points against Lions in Round 8 – Coach James Boles said his players have kept their feet on the ground.

He declared the hunger for more premiership glory as the only motivation his players have ever needed.

“It comes from within the group. When you keep winning and winning and winning, it becomes a feeling you just get used to after a while and the motivation drives itself,” Boles said.

“I’ve been saying to the boys all along that it’s just a stepping stone to the end. 

“You’ve got to keep winning games to get to a Grand Final, now hopefully we’ll end up with three premierships in a row.”

South have won 15 premierships during their 106-year history, with 10 of those triumphs occurring in the SGL era.

Co-captain Darcy Kildea admitted that while the club is buzzing in the lead-up to another Grand Final, it’s also a very nerve-racking time.

“We don’t want to fall over at the final line,” he explained.

Despite being wary of undoing all of their good work in the final game of the season, both Kildea and fellow co-captain Caleb Ritter are confident their side will come out on top if they keep to their game plan.

“It’s more or less about sticking to the structures that we’ve set within the playing group,” Ritter said.

“If we stick to them and keep doing the right things, then we’re going to get the final result.”

South boast a long list of talented players and a coach who brings their qualities together, but the captains revealed the secret to the team’s continued success.

“This playing group is pretty remarkable, there’s such good team chemistry,” Kildea said.

“Everyone gets on really well within the playing group and I think it’s a lot easier to play good footy when you’re all good mates,” Ritter added.