Lions tear apart Tigers

BRODIE BARKER

 

SOUTH Gawler reigned supreme in a one-sided affair against archrival Gawler Central in Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football on Saturday, winning by 83 points.

The Lions took full advantage of the perfect weather early, and piled on seven goals in the first quarter to gain the ascendancy.

Matt Naumann, Bailey Zobel and Ben Russell all got involved early and kicked good goals, while Chad Connolly dominated an undermanned Gawler Central defence and provided a strong marking target up forward.

The Lions held a handy 37-point lead at quarter-time, which reflected their dominance throughout the first term.

A fired-up Gawler Central emerged with some vigour after the break and appeared to take the game right up to the Lions.

The Tigers won the quarter on the scoreboard, however remained 34 points down at halftime.

Lachlan Carter was particularly involved for Central as he manfully willed his side along through the midfield.

Meanwhile, South’s Bradyn Lehman played a crucial intercepting role off half-back, and his marking prowess was on full display throughout the second quarter.

The arm wrestle continued after half-time, with both teams fighting hard in a contested game of footy.

Lion young gun Rhys Sutton, in his first A-grade game of the year, kicked a brilliant goal from tight on the boundary for his third goal of the day to give the visitors a boost.

Similarly, Naumann provided many headaches for the Tigers as he found lots of possessions and kicked a few crucial goals.

Connolly continued to dominate play up forward and kicked three goals for the third term to give his side a 48-point buffer at three-quarter-time.

The Lions then hit top gear throughout the last term to blow Central out of the water.

Russell was particularly prolific through the midfield, his release handballing being a standout feature.

Sutton capped off a good game with a fourth goal, while South skipper Chris James was particularly dominant in the ruck giving his side first use all day.

South coach Chad O’Sullivan was particularly happy as his team strung together its second win in a row.

“We played very well, our ball movement was terrific,” he said.

“Young Rhys Sutton played well, Lehman was strong in defence, he took lots of contested marks, and Chris James led by example in the ruck.

“Jackson Press and Ben Russell had lots of touches on the ball and were great.”

Meanwhile, Gawler Central coach Matt Whelan was left disappointed with another loss.

“Intensity was good early, we were definitely let down by skill errors and decision making at times, we are not big enough, not strong enough yet,” he said.

“Jamie Wegener, Ash Johnson down back and Nick Hooker on a wing were all good on the day for us.”

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