Great Southern Bowl 2018 Razorbacks v Spartans by Tony Virgo (37)-X3 Great Southern Blowout

Hogs 33 v 0 Spartans They say defence win’s championships, but you still need to put points on the board. The Spartans entered the bowl minus starting QB Webb and having committed nine turnovers in the semi-final, but still boasting the competitions best defensive unit. The Hogs offence lead the league in scoring, while also […]

4TH-&-GOAL 4th and goal finals edition

It has been twenty-six games, 971 points and 98 days since the season started, which has led to two teams earning the right to square off for the prize of hoisting The Great Southern Bowl. Will it be a sixth-time in a row for the University of Adelaide Hogs with the impressive aerial attack, or […]

Week-08-Spartans-v-Eagles-01 lucky 13

Spartans 14 v 10 Eagles   The Spartans entered the final minus Webb, and question surrounding their ability to score points. The Eagles arrived on a high after defeating the resting Hogs, would they be able to take advantage of a depleted Spartans outfit? They should have! The Eagles were gifted the game, the Spartans […]

Week-13-Hogs-v-Eagles-05 Momentum rested

Eagles 31 v 13 Hogs With the Bowl game wrapped up, the Hogs had nothing to play for… other than a perfect season. Were the Hogs coaches influenced by the injuries in game one, the Spartans losing two QB’s the week before finals. Probably. The Hogs sat Valles, Plamondon, Berrington and Renney, while playing Morton […]

Week-12-Spartans-v-Oilers-04 A costly win

Spartans 27 v 6 Oilers It was a tough week for the Spartans, whom playing a dead rubber, lost two quarterbacks to injury. This being the worst possible result from a game that the Spartans were dominating in all phases. The big question is will Webb be fit for the prelim, against the Eagles whom […]

Week-12 Air raid

Hogs 34 v 12 Oilers With the Bowl berth wrapped up, the Hogs looked to tighten up their redzone efficiency, while avoiding injuries and resting players. With Olsson, Rose and Valles all sitting out, the Oilers got to work, scoring on their first possession. Would they be able to sustain the early success without key […]

Week-07-Chiefs-v-Eagles-05 Go Long

Eagles 31 v 8 Chiefs The Chiefs have been decimated by injuries this season, they faced the Eagles with low numbers and key contributors missing. That said, they hung tough, leading at the half. Henshaw recoding his second pick 6 against Crummy this season, making an impressive house call indeed. The Eagles have a plan, […]


Hogs 22-15 Spartans The Hogs have beaten the Spartans twice this season, each contest by a single point, would we be treated to another tight physical contest? Indeed! The Hogs welcomed back Plamondon after he missed the previous contest, although Berrington would miss due to injury as did Spartans playmaker Ottens. The Hog offence continued their […]


Oilers 20-0 Chiefs The Oilers need to continue to win if they hope to catch the Eagles, and win big, as scoreboard differential is becoming an issue as both teams now have identical records. The Chiefs offensive woes continue, 20 points in their last 3 games combined. Today would be no different as Benjamin struggled […]

Eagles-V-Oilers-01 Flying finish

Eagles 16 v 12 Oilers The Eagles and Oilers are locked in a race to the finals, both fighting for the chance to face the Spartans in the prelim. Both QB’s have struggled with turnovers this season, often giving the opposition favorable field position. Would one of these teams be able to take advantage of […]

Spartans-V-Chiefs-06 What a rush

Spartans 39-7 Chiefs The Spartans looked to make a statement against the struggling Chiefs via a physical rushing attack, mission accomplished! Volar and Ottens combining for 4 rushing scores, on a day in which both QB’s struggled (combined 8 interceptions). The Chiefs lone highlight being Henshaw making a house call via Webb. The Spartans passing […]


It’s been a thrilling few weeks since I last brought an instalment of 4th and Goal to the good gridiron people of the Festival State. These are 10 things that caught my eye during the period and some thoughts ahead of the Super Saturday approaching. The Gridiron SA highlight videos are great. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten […]

Hogs-V-Spartans-08 TaylorMade

Hogs 14 v 13 Spartans The Hogs and Spartans entered week 8 battling for the bye, so a physical matchup was expected. Fans were treated with hard hitting and momentum swings, as the Spartans scored on their first drive due to a blown coverage assignment. The hogs responded with multiple methodical drives, but were hurt by penalties […]

Week-10-Oilers-v-Eagles-09 Soaring

Eagles 39 v 20 Oilers The Eagles might just be onto something! After losing twice by a single point, they now have two on the trot and have been putting up points. The Oilers seemed to have lost something, after finishing 2017 on a high and winning their first two, have been stuck in reverse […]

Hogs-V-Oilers-02 Comeback Kids

Hogs 18 v 9 Oilers The Hogs squared off against the Oilers for the first time this season (strange scheduling) looking to improve on the lackluster performance the week prior. After steady improvement to begin the 2018 campaign (two wins, equaling 2017) the Oilers have taken a step backward without QB Tedmanson on the field. […]

Chiefs-V-Eagles-02 High flying

Eagles 36 v 13 Chiefs The Chiefs found a little rhythm last week, pushing the Hogs for 3 quarters, would they be able to secure their second win of the season against the winless (but improving) Eagles? Not this time. The Eagles continually harassed Benjamin, never allowing the Chiefs to gain momentum, as they added […]

Hogs-V-Chiefs-02 It’s a trap

Hogs 22 v 12 Chiefs   The Hogs walked onto the pitch very much expecting an easy win, the first play a 70 yard Welbourn to Morton connection and it looked like more of the same (60 v 8 earlier in the season, Morton with 3 TD’s).  The Hogs very quickly found out this game […]

Week-07-Spartans-v-Oilers-01 Turn it over

Spartans 28 v 2 Oilers   The Oilers again took the field without starting QB and leader Tedmanson, and the offensive struggles continued. The Spartans applying constant pressure, forcing 5 interceptions and 2 pick sixes. The Oilers only score coming via a Spartans intentional safety, avoiding punting from their own endzone. The Spartans look to […]

Week-08-Spartans-v-Eagles-07 Kicking themselves

SPARTANS 20 v 19 EAGLES   Showing steady improvement, would the Eagles knock off the Spartans after their first loss in over a year? The probably should have, and will be kicking themselves that they didn’t. The Spartans continue to move away from their traditional power offence, featuring the pass far more often. Webb connecting […]

Week-06-Chiefs-v-Oilers-04 Chiefs light up the oil

CHIEFS 38 v 18 OILERS   Benjamin returned at QB for the Chiefs after missing the first 3 games, managing the game well and avoiding crucial mistakes as his team took advantages of Oilers errors. Playing without Tedmanson and undermanned, the Oilers fought well but were undone via inexperience, as the Chiefs scored twice defensively […]