Saints, Eagles fly high on ladder

This week marks the downhill run into this year’s finals series, with the competition still wide open bar the Eagles and Saints who have cemented their places at the top of the table.

Eyre United travel to Cummins this week to take on Ramblers who will be desperate to get over their opponents after a bold showing in their round three encounter when they fell just short.

The Saints have become an offensive powerhouse in recent weeks booting 49 goals in their last two outings, with Miller, Stengle and Burgoyne becoming a dangerous scoring trio.

Miller has been particularly impressive kicking 17 goals in these games to lead the league goal kicking and with Milera to come back in to the side, they possess an impressive forward half.

Jordy Telfer has had another stellar season across half back, and Davey, Taylor and Murray provide them with plenty of run.

The Magpies were outclassed after half time last week against the Eagles but they will take some confidence out of their first half when they led the ladder leaders.

Bilney. Pilgrim, Parsons and Rule were all in great touch, Rob Shirley hit the scoreboard booting four, and the ever reliable George Pedler again found plenty of the ball.

The Saints’ leg speed looks a massive concern for Ramblers in this contest and they are red hot at the moment and in great form, which will see them too quick and too good for the Magpies; Saints by four to five.

United Yeelanna host Cougars at the Kooplex, which looks a formality for the Eagles but make no mistake Cougars will be buoyed by a confidence boosting win last week which has reignited their season and has them sitting outside the four by percentage only.

Zeb Kenny was outstanding against the Blues and looked dangerous up forward kicking five, while West, Paech, Wedd and the tough no-nonsense approach from Green ensured their side was up and about to pick up a much-needed victory.

Injuries and unavailable players have wreaked havoc with their side to date in 2017 with as many as 10 first choice players missing.

If they can sneak in to the four and get some personnel back, they may yet have a say in how the season runs out.

They come up against a formidable opponent this week, who have yet to put a foot wrong this year.

They have class all across the ground – Jack Crettenden played his best game since returning to the club last week, Stephen Crettenden has been in great touch up forward, and the class of Watson, Carr, Norton and Skinner has been impressive in recent weeks.

Cougars would have got plenty out of last week but this will be a totally different ball game and the Eagles will win at home by five goals plus.

Tumby Bay take on Lock on the Roos’ home ground in what looms as a super important game for both clubs and their finals’ chances.

The Blues were caught napping in their round three clash and they will need to be on their mantle early against a Lock side that will be keen to rebound strongly after a big defeat last week at the hands of the Saints.

Tumby Bay will welcome back some key players for this one, most noticeably Nigel James and Jordan Hind, but the loss of Brodie White to a season ending injury will hurt their midfield depth.

They had a crack last week but came up short, with Walker, Lawrie, Jacobs and youngster Watson battling hard, Rees was excellent up forward and on the ball, and Murphy and Cave were handy up forward.

The Roos had a shocker against the Saints and will be keen to put that performance behind them as their season to date has been full of merit.

Arbon was outstanding, Kelly and Heath continued their good form, and Cain Reynolds enhanced his reputation with another strong showing.

This should be a cracker of a contest between two sides desperate for victory to shore up their seasons and ultimately get them closer to finals action.

It’s a tough one to pick but with some key players back in, I think the Blues can get up in a tight, low scoring affair.