Lions chase title against four-time premiers South Augusta

GRAND FINAL: Vice-captains Tyler Eckert, left, and Jordan Fuller with coach Matt Promnitz, centre. Lions have put in a solid season towards the premiership showdown on Saturday and are determined to take home the trophy.
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GRAND FINAL: Vice-captains Tyler Eckert, left, and Jordan Fuller with coach Matt Promnitz, centre. Lions have put in a solid season towards the premiership showdown on Saturday and are determined to take home the trophy. ]

PropRisdon Lions are chasing their second Spencer Gulf League Premiership title this weekend in the game against four time premiers South Augusta Bulldogs.

In an unprecedented start to the season amid COVID-19, Lions withdrew from the competition, but later backflipped to join the season. This decision could now see the Lions bring home their first premiership since 2015.

Lions came into the 10-round program with a good pre-season under their belts and had only two losses which were inflicted by their northern rivals.

South gave them the "gut check" they needed to turn around the result to secure passage to the Grand Final.

Coach Matt Promnitz said they are just grateful for the opportunity.

"We all thought we weren't playing," he said.

"At the start of the year we thought we had been building nicely the last couple of years and we got a couple of new players into our group that we thought would add to our mix and when, we were told that we weren't playing, it was just devastating.

"When it got back-flipped, we had the opportunity to play again and we were just excited to do what we love."

In the lead-up to the Grand Final, Mr Promnitz said the team is excited to have the opportunity to take on South for a shot at the Premiership.

"We have worked really, really hard and I am just excited for the players to have the opportunity to be able to perform on the big stage because the amount of work that we have done behind the scenes to prepare ourselves for this big day is just an opportunity we won't get again," he said.

"We do want to touch on how much respect we have for South as a football club. They have won the past four premierships and they probably even got stronger this year with their playing groups so we hold them very highly with their talent.

"It is really good to have a home final and to have both league and seconds teams in the finals shows as a club that we are growing and we are probably one of the measuring sticks in the competition and we are proud of that.

"Hopefully, come Saturday we can do our supporters and members really proud."

Vice-captain Jordan Fuller said the team is just grateful that the hard work has paid off and they have another shot at the title.

"After being so close in the past four years we have made it to the preliminary and we have been able to break that wall to get through," he said.

"After last week the emotions and the excitement went through the roof after we won and now we finally get that chance to win another flag."

The Grand Final will hopefully see the Lions win on their home ground to bring back the title to Port Pirie and their clubrooms.

This story Lions go for gold in finals first appeared on The Recorder.

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