Central keeps SGL premiership dream alive

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Clayton Crabbe is soiled in the contest by his West Augusta opponent Fraser Sinkinson.CENTRAL Augusta booked a place in the SGL A grade grand final with a tough 14-point win over West Augusta at Central Oval last weekend.
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In warm conditions the Bloods held a slight lead at every change and held off a determined Hawks team to take the victory.

Neither side took the advantage early, with the even contest providing plenty of stoppages.

The Bloods’ Geoff Appleton started well then got forward and kicked the first goal of the match.

Centrals took a two-goal lead as Jared Reid made himself dangerous, but it didn’t last long as the Hawks quickly hit back.

They kicked two goals, one to Michael Curley and one to key forward Hayden Warren.

Madigan medallist Nic Collins was quiet in the first term as Dylan Baker gave him no space.

Blood Kristopher Crabbe kicked truly from a set shot to give Centrals a six-point lead late in the quarter as his side looked to take the ascendency.

Centrals kicked three early goals during the second term and looked like the much stronger team.

That was until halfway into the term when West surged back into the game.

The Hawks showed grit as they kicked the next three goals against the momentum, with Jordan Warren doing the damage with two terrific goals.

Central’s ruckman Clayton Crabbe kicked a goal late in the quarter giving gave the Bloods back a two-goal lead at halftime.

The Hawks made some positional changes and played excellent football after the main break.

Ray Hayes put Hayden Warren into the midfield, Jordan Warren at full forward and Curley tagged Appleton making an instant impact on the game.

Collins got running and broke free from his tag and gather numerous influential possessions and Jordan Warren, Justin Nunn and Joe Packard.

The changes provided a spark that saw West kick six goals for the quarter.

Unfortunately for West though, the Bloods’ Aaron Parsons played an unbelievable third quarter to keep the Hawks from running away with the game.

Parsons made the most of his chances and kicked three vital goals.

Centrals Clayton Crabbe kicked a second and Nic Callary launched long goal late in the quarter to give Centrals a five-point lead with one quarter remaining.

The last quarter was tense and entertaining.

West moved the ball forward quickly early in the quarter allowing Hayden Warren to soccer the ball through on the goal line to even the scores.

The next 10 minutes saw both clubs struggle to get the ball forward, before Appleton again stepped up for Centrals.

He got his hands on the ball and kicked truly from a set shot 30-metres out to give the Bloods a 10-point lead.

With time winding down in the quarter Kristopher Crabbe marked the ball 35-metres out from goal on a very tough angle.

He went back and kicked a magnificent goal.

West didn’t give up but couldn’t kick another goal in the match.

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