San Diego Lions 9.5.59, LA Sharks 8.6.54
The LA Sharks overcame a slow first half start during last Saturday’s game against San Diego, but were ultimately unable to close the gap, falling to the Lions by a single goal. The Sharks had some nice passages of play as the game unfolded, helped by a midfield that showed some increasingly smart and aggressive ball movement. Gary Green and Joe Silvio worked tirelessly in the engine room, feeding the ball out to the forward line, while Silvio booted two goals on the afternoon.
It was also a nice comeback for Paul Francis and Dre Jansen, two veteran players who saw their first metro action of the season and will be key ingredients heading forward. Sam Murphy again showed consistent play in the ruck despite nursing some minor injuries, and Peter Momjian and Harry Dixon teamed with Jansen to provide some nice pressure in the backline. Late entry Ethan Panizza was a pleasant surprise, kicking two goals during his first go in a Dragons uniform.
LA Outlaws 14.5.89, Riverside Eagles 2.5.17
The LA Outlaws remained undefeated with another impressive win at home last Saturday, heading into the final round of SCAFL metro season with supreme confidence. Despite being short on numbers, the Outlaws were able to show plenty of skill and athleticism throughout the day as they beat the Riverside Eagles by 72 points.
Nick Melrose and Pat Nicholls were once again the big-time highlights at full-forward, with Nicholls leading the way (four goals). Justin Hall kicked two for Riverside, who weren’t quite able to overcome mismatches in the midfield and forward line. Veteran Gabriel Martin del Campo was another bright spot for the Outlaws, moving smoothly and efficiently while setting up plenty of shots-on-goal to Nicholls and Melrose up front.
At 4-0, the Outlaws still hold the top spot in the SCAFL heading into the final week of competition. Both the Outlaws and Sharks will face familiar foes in San Diego and Orange County next week as the metro season comes to a conclusion.