Port Lincoln football preview
THE final round before the start of finals football in Port Lincoln is a round of last chances – a last chance for Boston to get their first win of the season, a last chance for any team to hand Mallee Park a loss before finals and a last chance for Tasman to get into the finals.
Tasman v Lincoln South, Ravendale
Tasman are back at home one more time in 2017 and will need a good win if they want to surpass Lincoln South on the ladder and get themselves into the finals.
Both teams are coming off of losses, Tasman to Mallee Park by 61 points and Souths to Marble Range by 59 points.
Souths will look to control the contests as they have all year with the likes of Chris Minns, Levi McDonald and Jamie Doudle going for the contested football.
Jack Waller continues to impress as a marking forward and Nathan McEvoy should help drive the Eagles’ attack.
For Tasman look for Rhys Kelsh to give his teammates plenty of first options in ruck with midfielders including Lachlan Kitson and Jace Rodda to run the ball away from the packs.
Matt James should go hard for the football and Ben Daniels continues to be a good option up forward.
Tasman have shown they can defeat this Eagles team but the odds seem to be too much against them to get into the finals at this point as they need a sizeable win to get over the line.
This could be a very close match but Souths may have the goods here to go into the knockout final with a win.
Wayback v Mallee Park, Centenary
In what could be a preview to the second semi final, Wayback and Mallee Park will face off in one more regular season match at Centenary.
The Demons have come the closest all year to handing the Peckers their first loss of the year, falling by nine and four points in their previous matches this year.
Waybacks would be full of confidence after defeating Boston by 135 points while Mallee Park are coming off of anniversary celebrations and the aforementioned win against Tasman.
The Demons show great attacking pressure and should set up plenty of inside 50s, look for Toby Rawson to run the ball into the centre with Ian Jericho and Seth Meyers to be key in shutting down Mallee Park’s progress.
The Peckers will use their pace to their advantage with clean disposals to set up great passages of play.
Along with usual suspect Peter Lindsay, Quade Ware and Ky Miller have had a great few weeks with great speed and ball handling skills while Wayback will need to shut down Barry Johncock Jnr before he can get firing.
At this point it is very unlikely anyone will beat Mallee Park but Wayback stand the best chance.
The Demons will also want to firmly seal second spot but it should not be a blowout from any side of the equation. Mallee Park should get the win to roll into the finals undefeated.
Marble Range v Boston, Wangary
Marble Range are back home one more time to take on Boston with a good win giving them a slight chance of getting into second.
The Ranger midfield was on point against Lincoln South last weekend with Todd Owen showcasing great ball handling and pace and Cody Pilgrim staying active around the football.
While attention up forward would be on league leading goalkickier Tynan Keeley, last weekend Blaze Kay and Matt Marschall also showed they are players to watch in attack as well.
For Boston Sam Kolega and Sunny Singh have gone hard into the contests while the Nicholls brothers have been standouts at either end of the ground.
Coming off three straight weeks of more than 100-point losses, this is Boston’s last chance for a win this season but most likely the young players will take this as another learning experience as they begin to rebuild ahead of next season. Marble Range should win easily at home.
Shanno’s Pizza Award
Boston under 17 on-baller Zac Eustice played a dominant role in his team’s huge win over Waybacks.
Eustice is a complete with skills on both sides of his body and a huge running ability to go for four quarters.
Eustice has played regular A grade this season and it showed in Saturday’s match with his goal kicking a highlight as he managed four majors and is a star in the making.