Dogs' shock loss and Centrals out of the running

A GRADE: Daniel Dohnt played his 200th game for the South Augusta Football Club in their disappointing loss to the Lions. Photo: Lorelie Pycroft.
A GRADE: Daniel Dohnt played his 200th game for the South Augusta Football Club in their disappointing loss to the Lions. Photo: Lorelie Pycroft.

South Augusta Football Club came off worse for wear in the first round of finals for the Upper Spencer Gulf Fooball League.

The Dogs went down to PropRisdon by five-points after a hard-fought four quarter slog out with the Lions.

The four-time-premiers had not lost a final since 2015, with eight wins on the bounce before running into a determined Lions outfit.

South got off to a slow start, with Lions scoring six of the first eight goals of the match.

The Dogs outscored Lions in the second quarter and a late goal from Jake Collins put them within 14-points of PropRisdon at the main break.

A big third quarter from South saw the ball delivered beautifully into the forward fifty.

They booted four goals to Lions' one. Collins added two more to his total, playing one of his best games of the season.

Clayton Milera helped out with his second goal and Kyle Aitken slotted a rare one as well.

South were up by one-point going into the final term and in the past this is when they would run over sides, but Lions came out firing in the final quarter

Lions torched a few opportunities but managed to outscore the Dogs by two goals to win by five-points at the final siren.

Collins had another good day with four goals whilst Milera bagged three and was lively all day. Chris Heron was good again whilst Kriston Thompson got plenty of it with big man Matt Downey winning the rucks.

South will know it's in two weeks' time that really counts whilst Lions were jubilant to shrug off any doubts and secure a home Grand Final.

South 13.5.83

Lions 13.10.88

Centrals' season over

Central Augusta have said goodbye to the 2020 season with a one-point loss to Port in the preliminary finals.

Port entered the game with the home game advantage and knowledge of a victory last time they met, but Centrals were keen for a fight by generally shading Port for most of the day.

Centrals started strong, kicking the first three major scores for the day.

But Port were right behind with the next three. With only two points in it at quarter time, it was anyone's game.

It was all Centrals from there, they earned a 20-point lead by quarter time and it looked like they had secured a semi-final berth.

But they lost focus and Port seized their opportunity to pounce in the final term.

Port managed three goals to a solitary late point that hit the post for Centrals.

A late free and 25 metre penalty were hotly disputed, but both teams gave their all in a classic finals game.

For Centrals only Cam Benbow bothered the scorers more than once with two and better players included evergreen Mark Fuller, Hamish Stewart, Ryan Watson, and Caleb Williams with their best being Lucas Hill.

Port 7.11.53

Central 8.4.52

South Augusta host Port in Port Augusta this Saturday in what should be an interesting contest with the four-time flag winners' clear favourites at home.

South had won the double chance by topping the league at seasons end and now use up that chance with a second bite at getting a Grand Final berth.