Prelim will be a belter

Great Flinders football preview

Preliminary final

ALL roads lead to Kapinnie Oval for this week’s preliminary final action with sides getting one last opportunity to play in next week’s Great Flinders grand finals.

Tumby Bay get another chance in the colts when they take on Cougars, Yeelanna face Cougars in the reserves, while in the main game Ramblers take on a well rested and dangerous Eyre United side that is coming off a confidence boosting semi-final win a fortnight ago.

Colts

Tumby Bay v Cougars

The Blues were disappointing last week but will take some confidence out of the way they finished strongly despite going down by close to five goals.

Murphy, Cross and Hammond were all quiet last week and will be keen to turn their form around for this one, while the return of Jack McDonald will add some depth to their key posts. Degner and Bates were high in their best players last week and will again be prominent.

Cougars will back themselves in this one on their home deck and look certain to challenge Tumby through key players Jayden Gale, Burns and Dobbins, while Brodie Laube is always dangerous up forward.

The Blues will have to improve on last week’s performance but they look to have enough class across the ground, and should win this one by three to four goals against a determined Cougars side.

Reserves

United Yeelanna v Cougars

The Eagles were shell shocked by a sharp Blues outfit in last weeks second semi-final but reap the rewards of the double chance this week when they get an opportunity to redeem themselves against Cougars.

They may have a couple of players able to come back from their A grade to boost an already strong side.

Haylock was quiet last week, so look for a strong response from him, Phillips was excellent through the midfield, and Pobke, Kidney, and Reynolds-Rowe are all quality players that will ensure their side is up and about.

Cougars finished the first semi-final against Ramblers full of running and will be keen to take that form into  this game.

Luke Letton was important with four goals and will be a dangerous player that the Eagles will need to limit. 

Whittaker and Puckridge give them some strength around the contests, while Bellenger and Paech will be called upon to play important roles against an experienced Yeelanna side.

The Eagles should be too strong. While Cougars will make them earn their stripes, Yeelanna to win after a tight first half by four to five goals.

A grade

Ramblers v Eyre United

In the main game of the day, it’s the Magpies and the Saints going toe to toe in what should be an outstanding game.

Ramblers succumbed to the well-oiled Yeelanna machine last week but their finals’ experience will hold them in good stead against the Saints in this one, but make no mistake, Eyre United will be up and about for the contest with the week off doing them no harm.

In the main game of the day, it’s the Magpies and the Saints going toe to toe.

They have some genuine match winners in their side with the mercurial talents of Malcolm Miller and Tim Milera up forward certain to give the Ramblers’ defence some headaches, while Stengle and Burgoyne are prolific ball winners in the midfield.

Their battle against George Pedler and Rob Shirley will be an important one and it will be interesting to see how Ramblers cope with and combat the Saints’ leg speed.

Murray, Amos, Davey and Taylor are all exciting players and back themselves to run and carry, and Jordan and Johnno Telfer have been resolute in defence for them.

Will Haarsma was good for his side last week and will play an important role through the middle of the ground, and the experience of Scotty Blacker, James Pedler and Wes Bilney will be called upon to limit the influence of the Saints’ runners.

Hall has the ability to give them the edge in the ruck and Kit Williams becomes super important in their ability to kick a winning score. He does not look to have a genuine match-up deep in the Saints defence and he is one player they simply cannot afford to have too much space in the Magpies’ forward 50.

This is as tough as they come to pick a winner. 

Eyre United have performed strongly against Ramblers this year and do have the ability to worry them with pace but Ramblers are the masters of being able to shut sides down when it matters. Going to tip them in a close one but if the Saints can get their hands on the ball and create some space they are a genuine chance to win this – should be a belter.