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Port will be tested in Battle of the Bulldogs

This weekend’s football sees the clash of the SGL bulldogs between Port Pirie’s Port Football Club and Port Augusta’s, South Augusta.
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I’d expect both sides to enter this game with full squads and all players available given they return following the second ‘bye’ week off for season 2015.

Firstly let’s look at the current form of the Augusta Bulldogs. It would be fair to say that they aren’t travelling well having lost their last four games, and two of those losses were absolute beltings thanks to West Augusta (126 points) and Props/Risdon (55 points).

South now face the unenviable task of travelling to Port Pirie to face a Port outfit desperate to get their hands on a win. Ports lost their last game and would be looking to smack South in an attempt to gain a valuable percentage increase but also to regain that “winning feeling”.

South Augusta would again be expecting big efforts from Maule, Horner, Martin, Laube and Hamilton. Thomas Hamilton is obviously a big focal point for Souths having kicked 18 goals this season, nine of those over the last three weeks. He’s in good form and it wouldn’t surprise to see him kicking three or four goals again this weekend…but would that be enough to get South over the line?

For Ports, as above, they lost their last game to Sollies and are desperate to get back on the winners list. That loss, however, was only eight points, but it looked like it should have been more. Ports were flattered by the eventual margin as they were never in the game. While that is a concern, what it did show was that Ports do have an ability to stay in the game and not tank it. Their players know that games are played over a full four quarters and even though they lost, the damage was minimised. That said, the result is the same…zero points.

So, what do we make of Ports and South this weekend? I’m finding it hard to read the form lines, which seems strange given South sit clear on bottom of the league ladder with only three wins.

Round eight saw South lose to Sollies by only four points. Round nine saw Ports lose to Sollies by eight points.

Round six saw South lose to West by 126 points. Ports beat West by 17 points in round eight.

I’ve decided on a winner based on the fact that South have to travel, and that they seem to fall apart if a side can get five or six goals up. If Port can start quick and put scoreboard pressure on Souths, then they may be able to expose that weakness in South. If not, Ports would be looking to run out 4 quarters of footy and grind out a win, but the prior looks like a more enviable task.

On another note, I believe that this may be Port’s Shannon Snook’s last game this year as he is unavailable after this week. He has had a stellar star to season 2015 and will be sorely missed. You’d expect that he would be looking to go out on a big note.

If Ports players Brad Inglis, Brett Woodards, Shannon Snook and captain Greg Phillips all fire, then Ports could belt South. If not, then they are vulnerable.

I’m picking Ports but as I’ve said, they must start fast, hit the scoreboard often and put Souths out of the game early.

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