West shock the reigning premiers and Centrals go down in Pirie

TEARAWAY: West Augusta's Nick Collins breaks away from the pack. Photo: Marianne Curley
TEARAWAY: West Augusta's Nick Collins breaks away from the pack. Photo: Marianne Curley

In a result that very few people would have predicted, the West Augusta Hawks triumphed for the first time in many years over the much-vaunted South Augusta Bulldogs.

What is just as astonishing is the fact the reigning four-time flag winners were held to just 28-points in the Spencer Gulf League clash.

South's Lionel Brown kicked the first goal of the day, but it was all West from there.

Charlie Ryan and Hayden Warren had two-a-piece before the major break, with Hawks heading into the third stanza with a 17-point lead.

Souths stemmed the bleeding in the third and a goal from Darcy Kildea had the Dogs poised to make one of their famous comebacks, but West held strong.

Hawks stuck the boot in for the final quarter, holding Souths to just one goal while they packed on 15-points.

In a low scoring affair Hayden Warren and the elusive Charlie Ryan were absolute gold with three goals each whilst the athletic Joe Packard was a standout all day.

Ty Harrison, Brock Grayson, Richie Hobbs and Damien Kroes all found their way to the best player list in a memorable win for West.

South will lick their wounds and put this one down to a spluttering start and reload this week and featured Shirley, Thompson, and Russel as the best of a side that lost by four-goals.

West Augusta 7.10-52

South Augusta 4.4-28

Lions def. Centrals

A blistering second half of quality football has seen the PropRisdon Lions break the Central Augusta Bloods in a clash of the previous weeks two winners to see Lions assume control of the ladder.

Lions crept out to a seven-point lead at quarter time and held that through to half time in a very tight affair on the Lions' home deck.

The Bloods were shut down from that point on, with only one more goal whilst three and four goals in the final two terms sealed a solid seven-goal victory.

BLOODS: Jason Ryan-Dare.

BLOODS: Jason Ryan-Dare.

Once again, the Lions' strength came from their on ball running division with both drive across the ground and scoring once up front.

Dyer and Wallace as talls did the damage with 10 last week but amassed only the one this week as Horsnell and Luke Edwards bagged three with pairs to Fuller and Eckert.

Eckert was again high in the best players as was Edwards, Jacobs and the physical Lagoudis.

For the Bloods, many of their players faded with the scores in the second half but were well served by evergreens in Crabbe and Fuller whilst their best was Wedding in one of his standout games for the club.

Milera gave them some bite in the forward 50, booting three of their five goals, but unfortunately did not have much assistance.

Todd Scott and Dean Miller were also good in a disappointing day for Centrals, who will play a down-and-out Port next week.

Central Augusta 5.9-39

PropRisdon 12.11-83