The final round of Great Flinders football starts this Saturday in the lead up to finals, and after an up and down season with the exception of United Yeelanna, this week’s games may all but finalise the top four.
The Blues take on United Yeelanna, Cougars up against the Saints, and in the final game Ramblers host Lock at Cummins oval.
Ramblers v Lock, Cummins
The Magpies are coming off a n impressive win against Cougars last week where their defensive pressure was at its best keeping Cougars goalless for the entire game in an impressive display.
Scott Blacker and Tysan Mickan are in excellent touch, and with James Pedler still to return, they will be a difficult unit to score against.
They had good service from young stars Kennerley and Haarsma last week, Wes Bilney is in a purple patch of form and key forward Kit Williams was back on the scoreboard last week.
Their opponents this week in Lock were definitely on the improve last week against the Eagles with some key players back in the fold, so Ramblers can ill afford to take this game lightly.
Arbon was outstanding last week playing as a roaming follower, Billy Brown was hard at the contest, Beard and Heath provided them with plenty of drive, and their younger brigade in Aron Beard, Siebert, Slape and Reynolds continued to impress.
This will be an interesting contest but with second spot still up for grabs, Ramblers are tipped to win by three to four goals but do not be surprised by another improved performance from the Roos, especially if they regain some depth for this clash.
Eyre United v Cougars, Ungarra
Cougars face another tough assignment this week when they travel to Ungarra to face Eyre United, although the Saints wheels are somewhat wobbly at the minute having lost their past three matches against fellow finals contenders.
They are a different side without Milera and Miller up forward and were certainly found wanting in this area against the Blues last week.
Coach Rob Flavel will be keen to get his charges back on track and in some form leading in to finals, and they get that chance this week.
Jordan Telfer continues his fine season, Nick Telfer has been sound and the likes of Burgoyne, Stengle and Ainsworth continue to find plenty of it.
They will be up against a desperate Cougars this week who will be fighting to keep slim finals chances alive.
Nothing went right for them last week and they will need to put that game well and truly behind them and focus on turning their form around in this one.
Moroney has been good since returning, Sam Ness was back in some form last week and the likes of Zeb Kenny, Boyd Kenny, Levi Konitzka and Lochie Paech are genuine quality who can cause the Saints some headaches.
This looks a winnable game for Eyre United and one they need to grab given their recent form – the Saints to get back on the winners list on their home ground.
United Yeelanna v Tumby Bay, Yeelanna
Tumby Bay travel to the Kooplex ‘cauldron’ to take on a red hot United Yeelanna...
In this week’s match of the round, an in-form Tumby Bay travel to the Kooplex ‘cauldron’ to take on a red hot United Yeelanna who have been in blistering touch in recent weeks.
This will be a true test of how much the Blues have improved in the past month after stringing together three wins on the trot recently.
Their defensive pressure has been impressive, and their back half led by Walker, Cave and Lebrun has been in excellent form, and the midfield quartet of Lawrie, Jacobs, James and Hind have been impressive and instrumental in their recent good form.
Their forward line looks dangerous at the minute, with the likes of Calverley, Murphy, Kelly and Rees all hitting the scoreboard and providing them with plenty of options.
The Eagles have gone from strength to strength in season 2017 and to date have rarely been troubled in any of their games.
Casey Carr has really hit his straps in the past month and is coming off a season-high bag of seven goals last week, Dyer, Skinner, Ben Carr and Jack Crettenden have been solid defensively, while Xavier Watson and Jaxen Norton have been dominant in the midfield.
The Eagles will be keen to snuff out another finals contender, while the Blues will be keen to test themselves against the best side in the comp but you cannot go past Yeelanna on their home deck, and they will win by three to four goals.