Souths hunt for a fourth and the dream ends for Centrals

A GRADE: South Augusta's Matt Downey has had a superb season, which he continued in the Bulldog's semi final win over PropRisdon.
A GRADE: South Augusta's Matt Downey has had a superb season, which he continued in the Bulldog's semi final win over PropRisdon.

South Augusta are on their way to the big dance after a convincing win over PropRisdon in the semi finals.

The Bulldogs well and truly mopped the floor with the Lions in what many considered to be a preview for the upcoming Grand Final

The 44-point win can be attributed to an outstanding first quarter from the three time reigning premiers.

They booted seven goals and kept the Lions to just one major score.

Kahran Mckenzie scored the first and the last of the quarter, but it was Clayton Milera who impressed the most with three straight goals before the 25th minute.

The Lions came out in full force in the second, outscoring the Bulldogs and closing the deficit to an attainable 25-points.

They scored a quick goal just after half time, but it was all red and white from there.

Matthew Downey was outstanding in the ruck, providing plenty of opportunities for the likes of Aziel Stuart, Will Bolitho and dual Madigan Medal winner Darcy Kildea.

The Bulldogs went into the final stanza 40-points ahead of the Lions and piled on the goals from there.

Milera finished the day with five to his name, followed closely by Mckenzie with four.

Best players in an all around team effort were Downey, Stuart, Bolitho, Milera and Kildea.

The Bulldogs have earned a rest this week while PropRisdon and Solomontown battle it out in the preliminary final.

No matter the outcome, Souths will be heading into the match with their usual air of confidence. Can they make it four in a row?

South Augusta 15.11-101 def PropRisdon 8.9-57

The dream is over for Central Augusta, bowing out of grand final contention after a 65-point loss to Solomontown.

It was a day to forgot for the Bloods, outclassed and outplayed by a hungrier and more experienced Sollies outfit.

By half time Centrals were yet to score a goal and staring down the barrel of a 53-point margin.

A goal from Alex Hosking and Jordan Mandemaker saw them claw back some dignity in the third, but the Cats just kept coming.

At three quarter time the margin had increased to a whopping 79-points and there was certainly no coming back from there.

To their credit, the Bloods outscored Sollies in the final term, kicking four goals and holding the Cats to just one.

After two years without a finals appearance it certainly wasn't the way Centrals wanted to go out, but the club is still in a re-building phase and signs are positive for the future.

The club has a young list and has introduced a lot of first gamers this year. They will be looking to increase consistency heading into the 2020 season.

Best on the day were Todd Scott, Mark Fuller, Jack Muirhead, Nick Wedding and Bradley Taylor.

Solomontown 16.14-110 def. Centrals 6.9-45