Pre­miers sound warn­ing in SFL

Ea­gles to go in as Round 1 un­der­dogs

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - Sport - GARY WIL­LIAMSON

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.

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