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Eagles to go in as Round 1 underdogs
KINGBOROUGH began its Southern Football League title defence in fine style by defeating a gallant Brighton under lights on Good Friday, with a powerful second half winning by 36 points.
The Tigers kicked 21.10 (136) to defeat the Robins 15.10 (100), at Brighton’s home ground, the Pontville Oval.
The first term saw both sides really attack the football and Brighton started slightly better but made some basic skill errors as the nothing separated the sides at quarter time.
The second term saw the game start to open up as the Tigers moved to a six-point lead but the match was still in the balance at the main break.
The third term saw the Robins kick the first three goals as an upset appeared on the cards, however, the classy Kingborough stepped up the pressure as Brighton started to fall away and they recorded a strong sixgoal win to open their season.
Despite the loss, the home side should be happy with their commitment against the best side in the competition.
Best on the ground was Kingborough full forward Tim Lamprill who kicked 10 goals to prove the difference in the two sides.
He was well supported by Philp, Mitchell and Fielding whilst O’bourke kicked three handy goals.
Best players for a disappointing Brighton were Triffitt, Conlan, Whitford and Howlett.
Given last Friday’s win Kingborough will go into this weekend’s Round 1 clash withnewnorfolk under lights with even more confidence.
In what is a repeat of last year’s grand final the Tigers will also have the all important home ground advantage when it hosts the Eagles, in what promises to be a close encounter and a very high standard game.
The Tigers were impressive winners last week away from home against an improved Brighton, however, they’ll need to find more av- enues to goal as Lamprill will not be allowed to dominate like he did last week with 10 goals.
The Tigers will be better prepared with a strong game the week before and this should see them fitter and be more consistent.
The Eagles will still be hurting after last season’s grand final defeat and this will give them the extra incentive and motivation to start the season with a win and prove they are still the side to beat for this year’s flag.
Kingborough will have gained a lot of confidence with their breakthrough win in last year’s grand final and I believe they will continue their winning way and start the season with a win and take the four points.
In other SFL games this weekend, Claremont meets Cygnet, Central Hawks take on the East Coast, Brighton faces Huonville and Dodges Ferry takes on Lindisfarne while Sorell as the bye.
The Eagles supporters’ bus will leave the New Norfolk Football Club rooms at 3.30pm this Saturday for Kingston, for the night game.
ONE TO WATCH: The Eagles will have to shut down Tigers star Tim Lamprill if they are to overcome Kingborough.