Port Lincoln football preview
A grade – Mallee Park v Marble Range
TWO one-point results have created this match up in the preliminary final.
The Peckers will be determined to get the jump straight away. Peter and Justin Lindsay teamed up well to drive the Pecker attack against Wayback.
Ky Miller is a great mark and has speed to burn, Kingsley Bilney Jnr is quick and elusive when he has the ball and ruckman Otis Carter is fearless in the contests.
Expect the Pecker defence to shine, Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne is a good mark who feeds well to the quick John Miller and Lindsay Benbolt to take it down the wing.
For Marble Range they will need to look for pressure from players like Cody Pilgrim and Todd Owen to go after the contested football and prevent Peckers from setting up passages.
Kale Olds should give players plenty of first options in ruck while Tyron George and Lance Appleby should be key in moving the ball forward.
Tynan Keeley is a great mark and dangerous kick up forward and Zac Calderwood was great in defence against Souths so it would not be surprising for him to do the same here.
It would be hard to go past Mallee Park here who will utilise their attacking pressure to set up scoring opportunities. Tip: Mallee Park by 30-40 points.
B grade – Marble Range v Wayback
Due to some surprising circumstances Wayback find themselves back in contention but will face a highly skilled Marble Range team. Against Souths Liam Burwell displayed great speed and ball handling as he helped set up opportunities for the Ranger forwards.
Expect him to do the same as well as Chad Owen and Ethan Tiller to rack up possessions and be among the contests. Up forward Michael Sargent proved how dangerous he can be in front of goals while Tom Gent is also a reliable target up forward.
For Wayback Tim Wiseman can provide height and rebound in defence while Lachlan Bishop showed good form against Mallee Park. Connor Dowden and Simon Hunt should see plenty of the footy in midfield while John O’Donohoe and Sam Franklin could be key scoring targets.
Wayback will be challenging but Rangers should control play with their drive through midfield. Tip: Marble Range by 25-30.
Under 17 – Mallee Park v Lincoln South
This could be match of the day. The Peckers are led by the mercurial Waylon Miller and elusive Tyrone Miller-Warren who will be primed for a big match.
Leonard Wells Jnr is a jet of a player who can rotate between the middle and forward half and find the goals from anywhere. Jyzaih Jones is another talented Pecker who can turn a game when in best form.
Hippy Wanganeen Jnr is a goal kicking weapon who can take pack marks and clear the path for smaller forwards. Paul Hull can play the swingman role and is effective at either end of the field.
Ronald Carbine Jnr and Cyril Duncan can create off half back while Bryce Sellen will get the job on the Eagles’ key forwards.
In the Eagles camp they hold an ace in the gifted Patrick Newman, a midfielder of immense quality who in combination with Kane Hope can control the clearances. The ruck combination of Ben Shillabeer and Colby Syvertsen should give the Eagles first use.
Norwood listed forward Ben Jarvis will add potency to the Eagles’ attack while Cohen Dinnison can play the small forward role. The back half will be led by Jordan Tyrell, a no nonsense player who will have the task of standing Wanganeen.
Of interest will be where the Eagles use the multi-talented Brodie Drewitt as he can influence the result from anywhere on the field. Tip: Mallee Park by 1-10.
Under 15 – Lincoln South v Tasman
Another tight match is predicted with interest to be in how the Eagles bounce back mentally after being blown away in the first quarter of the second semi by Rangers.
Two players who held up well were star defender Cameron Akehurst and the impressive Jake Horton. Kobe Vlassco has a touch of class about his game while Cam Madden is a workhorse who loves a contest.
The Eagles will look for improved games from Tex Holman and Max Williams, who are capable of tearing a game apart while also trying to get the ball in the hands of goal kicker Kaydn Bryant.
For the Roosters Billy Haebich is a star of the competition and Cooper Perham is relentless in his attack. Recruit Ronan Lovegrove provides leg speed while ruckman Zachary Kroezen will play a big role.
In defence Max Coote and Scott Howard combine well while Jackson Smith and Jaiden Jude can score from limited opportunities. An upset may be on the cards. Tip: Tasman by 1-10.
Under 13 – Lincoln South v Marble Range
In what looms as an intriguing match the Eagles will look to bounce back after their second semi loss against, Rangers, who found a way to win against an undermanned Peckers.
For the Eagles the big challenge will be to find goal kickers with Jevan Horton an option as is young gun Seb Henderson. Their midfield is strong with running power from Connor Kennedy and Chai Thomson and contested ball skills from Dylan Evans and Connor Madden.
Brad Dare can be a key defender while Cody Duncan looks a player who enjoys finals footy. For Rangers their major weapon lies in league under 13 Rising Star Cooper Miller who thrives on the physical contest.
Captain Tom Morgan runs and carries and loves a goal, as does Eli Giddings who likes to control play off half back. The versatile Ethan Pinnington can play at either end while Archer Pertzel and Taj Freeman will put their heads over the ball and contest with high intensity.
The x-factor in this clash may be River Doudle, who can bust a game open with his no-nonsense style. If the Eagles contain him they can win. Tip: Lincoln South by 11-20.