Bulldogs rolled in thriller

FLYING HIGH: South Augusta soared after half-time and led at the last change, but it wasn't enough to dethrone the minor premiers. Credit: Ethan Nitz Photography.
FLYING HIGH: South Augusta soared after half-time and led at the last change, but it wasn't enough to dethrone the minor premiers. Credit: Ethan Nitz Photography.

It was a typically close contest between the two sides, who have been the best teams in the SGL this season.

Our correspondent

If South Augusta want to claim an unprecedented sixth consecutive Spencer Gulf League premiership, they'll have to do it the hard way after falling to Solomontown by four points in a nailbiting Qualiyfing Final.

Having clawed their way back into the contest after a tough first half, the Bulldogs led by five points at the last change but couldn't hold on as the Cats surged late.

The teams exchanged goals in the fourth with Aziel Stuart kicking the first for South and Dylan Boundy, who had a total of five for Sollies, replying with his own major.

Stuart and Boundy again exchanged goals, leaving South clining to a two-point lead 67-65, but it was Marco Caputo who would have the last say for Sollies, kicking the Cats into a Grand Final - 10.11 (71) to 9.13 (67).

It was a typically close contest between the two sides, who have been the best teams in the SGL this season, and the Bulldogs will be eager to have another shot at the minor premiers.

Apart from Boundy's bag, the Munzberg brothers, Lawson and Austin, were also pivotal for Sollies, while Corey Davey, Marco Caputo (two goals) and Colby Mudge were in good form.

Star recruit Jamahl Mckenzie (three goals) did not disappoint in his finals debut for South, while James Weir, Kriston Thompson, and Aziel Stuart (two clutch goals) did their best to will the Bulldogs over the line.

South now head into a cutthroat Preliminary Final against Proprietary/Riusdon, after the Lions ended West Augusta's season with an 86-poiont hammering in the Elimination Final.

West started the game well, leading by 16 points at quarter time, but the Lions woke up in the second and were unstoppable for the rest of the contest, kicking away to win 17.11 (113) to 3.9 (27).

Hugo Wallace and Ryan Finn booted four goals each while Tyler Eckert (three goals), Jordan Fuller and Joel Palmer starred around the ground for the Lions.

Dylan Cammarano, Richie Hobbs and Kye Davies fought hard for West, who's late-season resurgence was unfrotunately ended by a side that was far better on the day.

South will go in as the favourites in the Preliminary Final, having won their last two matches against Props, while the Lions will be eager to get payback for their devastating Grand Final loss to the Bulldogs last year.

The two will clash at Memorial Oval in Port Pirie on Saturday, with the match to kick off at 2:25pm.