Port Lincoln football
A grade – Mallee Park v Wayback
TWO weeks ago Wayback handed Mallee Park its first loss of the year, the question now is can they do it again?
The Demons are well stacked across the field and a team effort will be needed to shut down the run and carry game of the Peckers.
In defence Ian Jericho and Seth Meyers will play a big role in shutting down the Pecker forwards while Toby Rawson should provide run and carry out of the flank.
In the midfield Matt Hayman and Taner Schlink are good ruck options and provide a target while the Maxfields, Shaun and Greg, will be instrumental in picking up possessions and moving the ball forward.
Hopefully coach Matt Goodwin will show leadership and be in amongst the packs again this weekend and Jonty Seal is capable of kicking another bag of four or more goals.
A team effort is needed and Mallee Park demonstrate it better than any other. Starting in defence Jerome Ah-Kit Burgoyne is one to watch at full back and Joe Burgoyne and Lindsay Benbolt should be there to run the ball out to the wing.
Otis Carter will be able to give teammates first option in ruck with the likes of Kingsley Bilney Jnr, Peter Lindsay and Ky Miller using their pace and skills to set up inside 50s. A good mark and kick at goal Barry Johncock Jnr will be a big target up forward, but goals can come from any Pecker player.
Wayback will need to apply attacking pressure and watch for loose players around the packs, but if Mallee Park are back at full strength they will be hard to beat. Tip: Mallee Park by 10-15 points.
B grade – Lincoln South v Marble Range
Lincoln South have been undefeated all season but Marble Range will pose a challenge. For Souths Greg Rowley should start on the ball in the middle and Adrian Campbell a key player at half back swapping into the middle.
Dylan Blewit should see plenty of the football in the midfield as Souths set up their forwards including leading target Kieran Vermuelen at centre half forward and league leading goal kicker Filipo Fiore.
For Marble Range captain Clint Beard should be a standout in ruck while forwards Damien Thomas and Michael Sargent should make an impact on the scoreboard. Rangers will look to its defenders including Levi Smith to prevent Souths from setting up scoring opportunities.
Last time they met Souths only won by two points and will need to shut down the Rangers onballers if they want to set up scoring shots inside the 50. Tip: Lincoln South by 15-20.
Under 17 – Tasman v Mallee Park
Tasman have been the benchmark all season and are undefeated with a star studded side, none more than captain Levi Brown who is the best intercepting mark in junior footy.
He has support in Sean Ambrose who continually racks up possessions and works well with the elusive James Ryan and ruckman Marcus Gobin to dominate the centre.
In the forward half Jacob Collins, Mitchell Jude and Jacob Blacker can all kick goals and have outside runners George Wilks and Kodee Spry to feed the ball forward. Coen George is the number one key defender in the grade and gets well supported by Cooper Tansell.
The Peckers are a dangerous side with players made for finals footy. In the middle Waylon Miller, Tyrone Miller-Warren and Jyzaiah Jones all play with flair and are great to watch. League leading goal kicker Leonard Wells Jnr is all class while Hippy Wanganeen Jnr are two quality targets.
The underrated pair of Bryce Sellen and Alex Richards hold the back half together which allows Cyril Duncan and Ronald Carbine Jnr to create play from half back. This has the makings of a great game and could be closer than a lot think. Tip: Tasman by 11-20.
Under 15 – Marble Range v Lincoln South
The Rangers have been dominant all year, undefeated and having been put under little pressure. Their leader Jett Boxer does it all and looks like a player with a future beyond this league.
Second year under 15 players Max Bartlett and Gil Casanova have been outstanding and in pacy Will Charlton, the creative Jesse Trevor, the quality of the Bradford twins and goal sneak Arley Byass the Rangers have the best group of first year players.
The Eagles also have stars across the field, starting with Jake Horton who could go head-to-head with Boxer in what could be the game deciding contest.
Tall targets Max Williams and Tex Holman, league leading goal kicker Kaydn Bryant and quality running types Camden Madden and Ned Linton are all ones to watch.
Centre half back Cameron Akehurst is coming off a great game in under 17s first semi final and Elijah Males will be key with his run and carry style. Hard to go past Rangers in this one. Tip: Marble Range by 21-30.
Under 13 – Wayback v Lincoln South
This has the makings of an entertaining clashas the undefeated Wayback take on the enthusiastic Lincoln South. Wayback ruckman Jak Kennedy plays a lot like his partner in the centre Beau Baldwin, a star of this grade and one to watch.
The Mullins brothers Jay and Kaid have great skills and do note wast possessions while leading forward Saxon Spencer can take a contested mark and Lochie Day is an opportunistic small forward. In the backline Calem Krolleg has controlled the defence with support from young Arjay Isle.
For the Eagles they have match winners in the silky skills of Dylan Evans and ball winning ability of Connor Madden. Bradley Dare will have a big task in the ruck while Chai Thompson and Connor Kennedy provide outside run.
Look for the versatile Jevan Horton who provides physical strength and recruit Seb Henderson who is smart and suited to finals. Tip: Wayback by 11-20.