Great Flinders football preview
THE season took yet another twist last week, and with another interesting round ahead on Saturday, the only thing that is certain is United Yeelanna will finish top and finals are out of reach for the Roos.
Just where Ramblers, Eyre United, Tumby Bay and Cougars finish remains to be seen.
They are locked in a four-way battle for the double chance and finals action, ensuring an action packed final four games of the minor round season.
Eyre United v Lock
Eyre United have got the wobbles up losing their past four matches in a row and have gone from a genuine premiership contender a month ago, to being in danger of missing finals all together.
They seem to be void of all confidence and have struggled to gel as a team and produce the fast running game that was so successful early in the season.
Milera returned last week in a massive boost to their side, Burgoyne, Stengle, and Telfer continue to be solid each week but the Saints without gun Malcolm Miller will struggle to make the finals let alone have an impact.
He is pivotal to their ability to kick a winning score and his absence has been consistent with their drop off in form.
They will face a much improved Lock side with the Roos expected to gain a number of key personnel back from illness, and they will sense an opportunity to grab the Saints at a weak moment on their home deck.
Siebert, Britza, Brown, Wright and Beard battled hard last week and will welcome some support across the ground for this clash.
This is a massive game for Eyre United – another loss, coupled with a tough few games running in to finals could see them miss finals action again.
If ever they have anything to play for, this week is it.
With their season on the line, I’m going to tip them to win a close one against a determined Lock outfit.
Tumby Bay v Cougars
Tumby Bay were pulled back a peg by a ruthless Eagles side last week but they were genuinely in the contest until three-quarter time.
They host Cougars on Saturday in what looms as a massive contest for both clubs.
Pending other results, the Blues could sit anywhere between second and fifth come 5pm on Saturday, while a Cougars victory puts them well and truly back in the finals hunt.
Cougars were impressive last week in dismantling the Saints, Lochie Paech was back to his very best in a dominant midfield display, Wedd, Konitzka and Kenny were prominent, and they were able to get good service up forward from Sam Ness who has come back in to some good touch in recent weeks.
The Blues will need to put last week behind them but they will certainly take something from a competitive effort to three-quarter time.
Mitch Lawrie has been excellent in their last two outings, Nigel James’ form continues to rise, while Walker, Jacobs, Hind and Rees have been in good touch.
Cougars proved too strong for Tumby last time they met but both sides will present very different sides to that encounter in what should be a fantastic game.
Another tough one to pick but the Blues look just a touch more balanced at the minute and will get up in a close one.
Ramblers v United Yeelanna
In this week’s match of the round, the classy Eagles travel to Cummins to take on Ramblers who have suddenly found themselves second.
In typical fashion, the Magpies appear to have gone up a gear as the business end of the season approaches.
They have been at their defensive miserly best in the past fortnight conceding just two goals in eight quarters of footy – and yes, you read that correctly.
Scotty Blacker is leading a tight knit defence with Shirley, Mickan and Quigley all playing important roles in their defensive half.
George Pedler has been in scintillating touch of late, Wes Bilney is finding plenty of it, and the crafty Kit Williams has been a regular contributor up forward.
Their defence will be put to the mantle in this one against the competition’s most damaging offensive side who have a host of options up forward capable of kicking a winning score.
Casey Carr has been damaging on the scoreboard and around the ground, the Crettenden boys always provide strong targets, and Dufek and Breed are difficult players to match up on.
Their midfield led by Norton and Watson is giving them plenty of opportunities and a resolute back half in Glover, Skinner, Jolly and Dyer set up many of their attacks.
This should be a cracker of a contest between two sides in excellent form but it’s all but impossible to tip against the Eagles juggernaut at the moment – they have strength and class across all parts of the ground, and although they’ll be made to work hard for victory, they will be simply too strong and win by three to four goals.