It’s Hectorville’s flag to lose. Elizabeth have a massive fall from grace. Blackfriars OS and St Pauls OS now pose the major threat to the Hounds. Marion are now finals bound
By Lachy Jones

Elizabeth 8.8 (56) def by Hectorville 13.8 (86)

The top two goliath clash on Saturday saw Hectorville prevail on the road to remain unbeaten in 2020, but it did not come easy. Elizabeth led at quarter time and kept it close until the last quarter, with just nine points separating the two sides at the final change. But it was the classiness and experience of the Hounds that carried them over the line, as the Eagles dropped from second to sixth with the loss. Jake Mazzone ran riot for the victors once again with five goals and the five votes for best afield, as Hectorville steered two games clear on top of the table. The loss has really hurt the Eagles finals chances now after being second last week, with just one week left and a critical match against Trinity to decide their fate.

Mawson Lakes 5.7 (37) def by Trinity 15.14 (104)

The gap between the good teams and the bad teams widened on the weekend, with Mawson Lakes joining three others at equal bottom on the ladder after getting smashed by the visiting Trinity by 67 points. The game was never close; in fact, it took a half for the home side to register a goal, and a four-goal last term saved complete embarrassment. Liam Nottle (six goals), Liam Edwards (four goals) and Dylan Winning (five votes) were the standouts for Trinity, with the win putting them equal second with just a week to play. Mawson Lakes season is all but over, and they will look towards 2021 as a chance at redemption for their disappointing year.

Ingle Farm 3.5 (23) def by Blackfriars 22.19 (151)

After two straight forfeits, Ingle Farm showed up to play on the weekend, but they may as well have not. A 128-point decimation of the home side from Blackfriars proved that the Bulldogs just are not good enough in 2020, as they sit bottom amid some large defeats this year. A forfeit would have been a closer game, as Luke Keogh (two) and Michael Wheaton were Ingle Farm’s sole goalkickers for the day. Giuseppe Villoti and Dylan Richardson shared five goals, while Antonio Scaffidi-Muta added four for the visitors, with Matthew Brincat voted best on ground in the slaughtering. Blackfriars move to equal second on the brink of finals, with a must-win clash against Marion on the cards.

Marion 19.16 (130) def Houghton 6.6 (42)

Marion returned to their winning ways on the weekend with a dominant 88-point win against the lowly Houghton. The 19-goal effort saw their finals chances very much still intact, needing a win on the road against Blackfriars next week to solidify a spot. In the crunch game for the home side, Josh Buckney was the best player for Marion, while Tim Stewart kicked four goals as the hapless Houghton were smashed from the get-go. Their 1-7 campaign in 2020 has been disappointing, with a 2021 rejuvenation firmly in their sights. It was only a five-goal difference at half time, before the home team kicked away in the third term leaving the visitors in their wake.

St Pauls 17.12 (114) def Para Hills 7.8 (50)

With the finals race so tight with just a round in hand, St Pauls gave themselves every chance of a top four berth with a 64-point win over Para Hills. The home side were in cruise control all game and were never really challenged, with the closest margin at a break being the 31-point half time lead. Para Hills still just have one win to their name, sitting equal bottom; this season has been such a disappointment compared to their finals run last year. St Pauls, on the other hand, are 6-2 and a win next week will mean they play finals in 2020. The victors shared eight separate goalkickers, with Tom Schlicker the leader with four majors. Zach Norris was best afield for St Pauls.

ROUND 9 PREVIEW
Houghton V Mawson Lakes

HOUGHTON MEMORIAL OVAL; Saturday 29 August, 2:15PM

In the final round of the season, this game is meaningless for both sides; finals are out of reach and this game is just a consolation. The winner will take at least something positive into the offseason, with both sides split on just one win all year. At home, Houghton have a big chance to go out with a bang. Who will end season 2020 with a win?

Blackfriars V Marion
ST DOMINICS OVAL; Saturday 29 August, 2:15PM

This will be one of the biggest matches all year. Blackfriars (6-2) sit equal second and a game clear of Marion (5-3), but that could all change with a Marion win this weekend. Marion regained some form last week after a couple bad losses on the trot, and travel to Blackfriars with the almighty task of a potential upset on the cards. A Marion win, and other results going their way, would mean the visitors play finals this year, but if they lose, they can kiss 2020 goodbye. With a spot in the finals on the line, who will carry their winning momentum through to September?

Para Hills V Ingle Farm
THE PADDOCKS; Saturday 29 August, 2:15PM

Another meaningless game, but a chance nonetheless for one of these two sides to find some joy inside a dismal 2020 season for each respective team. Para Hills have fallen well short of their 2019 run, while Ingle Farm have even forfeited a couple games in what has been a difficult year for both clubs, resulting in just one win each. In the battle of the bottom clubs, albeit an Ingle Farm forfeit, who will prevail?

Hectorville V St Pauls
THEBARTON OVAL; Saturday 29 August, 2:15PM

The scheduling for this final round could not have been any better, with two top sides battling it out to end the home and away season for 2020. Hectorville are safe at the top but would want to continue that winning form heading into September, so even though they can afford a loss it may affect their form if they do. In saying that, St Pauls are in cracking form and a win will seal a finals berth if they can do the unthinkable – beat the Hounds at their hunting ground. A loss, and a potential big loss, could cost them their year if other results do not go in favour of them, so there is a lot to play for this week if you are St Pauls.

Trinity V Elizabeth
TRINITY COLLEGE GAWLER CAMPUS; Saturday 29 August, 2:15PM

Like other games this round, this matchup has everything to do with how the finals aspirants will end up on the ladder to end the regular season. Elizabeth had the tough task of hosting Hectorville last week, which they lost, so their finals chances have taken a huge hit. Sitting at 5-3, they must win this week if they have any hope of playing in September, while Trinity, at 6-2, need to win to secure a spot also. It will be interesting to see how this round’s results pan out, in particular this match, and who will be advancing through to the finals in 2020.

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