Eagles tipped to win second semi

Great Flinders Football Preview

Second semi-final action this weekend in Great Flinders Football, with a great program of games to be played at Tumby Bay oval.

In the colts, minor premiers take on an in form Tumby Bay, United Yeelanna face Tumby Bay in the reserves,.

In the A grade United Yeelanna go head to head with Ramblers for an opportunity to go straight to this years grand final.

Colts

Tumby Bay v Ramblers

This should be an outstanding game to kick start proceedings with nothing between these two talented sides.

The Blues were able to record a close win against Ramblers last time they met, with Ramblers winning their two earlier season encounters convincingly.

Tumby Bay will be well led by their captain Jackson Murphy, while onballers Pete Hennell and Jagga Cross will be prominent, and youngsters Higgins and Richardson have had strong years.

The Magpies have plenty of talent in their side through Jeb Nettle, James Richardson, Bailey Ryan and key backman Jed Forster that will ensure their side is up and about.

Tough game to pick a winner here, but will go with Tumby to win by less than a goal in a tight one.

Reserves

United Yeelanna v Tumby Bay

The Eagles have gone through season 2017 undefeated to date, and have a quality reserves side with a great mix of experience and youth that has seen them dominate this year.

Reserves medallist Matty Haylock has been outstanding throughout the season, and the likes of Habner, Harris, Kidney and Pobke give them some class and experience across the ground.

Their biggest challenge for the year came in round 11 when they scored an eight-point win over the Blues, who will be keen to have another crack at them.

Chris Prime will be prominent for them up forward as always, Fleming, Watson, Smith and Cook important in the midfield, and Southern and the experienced Damian Modra have been steadying influences in their back half.

Hard to go past the Eagles form here, and will tip them to win, but don’t be surprised by a bold showing from the Blues on their home deck.

A grade

United Yeelanna v Ramblers

In the main game of the day, minor premiers United Yeelanna take on finals specialists Ramblers for a direct ticket to this years grand final.

Eyre United will also be watching closely to see who they will face in next week’s preliminary final.

Ramblers will need to be at their very best to challenge the leagues best side, but they have some serious weapons in their side that have hit some great late season form.

The Eagles finely tuned their finals preparation with a massive win against Lock in the final minor round game, while Ramblers did likewise against Cougars to lock in the double chance.

The Eagles have simply been irrepressible throughout the year and appear to be going from strength to strength as the season progresses.

Mail Medallist Xavier Watson, Casey Carr, Matt Dyer and Ricky Skinner lead an impressive midfield, Norton has been massive in the ruck, while Steve Crettenden, Dufek and Breed have again been prominent up forward.

Their back half has been outstanding as well and often goes under the radar, but Ben Carr, Glover, Jolly and the run of Martin have played an important part in setting up many of their sides attacks from defence.

Ramblers will need to be at their very best to challenge the leagues best side, but they have some serious weapons in their side that have hit some great late season form.

Their midfield quartet in George Pedler, Rob Shirley, Wes Bilney and Scotty Blacker need no introduction, and the late season inclusion of James Pedler is an important one for the Magpies finals chances.

Luke Rowe gives them a bit of an ‘x factor’ if he plays, while Kit Williams and Adam Haarsma are capable and clever forwards that will need to be monitored closely by the Eagles’ defence.

Down back, the underrated Mitch Dennis has had an outstanding season, and Tysan Mickan and Harry Ford will be called upon to play important roles against Yeelanna’s key forwards.

The Eagles look a good thing in this one – they are a well oiled machine, in great form and have quality across all lines that will see them be too strong for Ramblers and advance directly to yet another grand final.

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