Mate up against mate at Mortlock

Lincoln City v Lincoln Districts

Mortlock Shield, Saturday, 2.35pm

IF you love your footy don't miss this game.

While there will be no beg your pardons in this clash, both teams have the upmost respect for each other on and off the field.

When you look at the Port Lincoln team that played Great Flinders as a team of mates, it all turns around this Saturday and it's mate against mate as they play for Mortlock fame.

Supporters will see the likes of districts players Rohan Colman, Jason Burgoyne, Kenneth Davey, Kingsley Bilney Jnr, Steve Harrison, Wes Bilney, Quade Ware, Zac Calderwood, Chad Owen, Jaykob Gooder, Tom Neindorf and Wes Bilney take on city players.

City players from that game who could line up are Josh Seal, Boyd McCurry, Pat Brown, Dale Montgomery, Reece Francis, Andrew Frick, Bradyn Traeger, Toby Rawson and John Sinclair.

Two players to watch in this classic contest are Districts' Miracle man Malcolm Miller, who can turn a game around with his evasive running and miracle goals, and the elusive running and skilful Reece Francis, who is in top form and these two players alone are worth watching.

Coaches

Lincoln City: Murray Kelsh

This is Kelsh's first coaching assignment at this level and only idiots would say that is a handicap.

As a player he has always showed an astute football brain and has the know how to pass that knowledge on to a team or an individual player.

He is a premiership player and Mail Medallist, has tasted Mortlock success, played for the EP and knows what Mortlock is all about and how to go about winning.

Lincoln Districts: Glyn Owen

We all know Glyn as Zoomer and he could be rightly called Zoomer the Gladiator having coached Lincoln Districts before Port Lincoln to three successive Mortlock wins.

Glyn knows he has a tough job in getting a team up and running from the three clubs that sit third, fifth and sixth in the Port Lincoln League, but rest assured they will be competitive.

Lincoln City

For City, the expected return of four time Mail Medal winner Matthew Keatley, two-time Mail Medal winner Mathew Goodwin, who turned an ankle last Saturday and will be given as much time as required to play, and one time Mail Medal winner Paul White, plus SA country representative Reece Francis and Carl Semmler, will be like Robin Hood's bunch of merry men robbing the rich in the midfield to feed the hungry forwards.

Down the back the wall of Andrew Jericho won't come tumbling down, assisted by Dylan George in what should be a very strong back half.

The ruck will be led by John Sinclair but it looks like Jesse Kemp will be out.

Lincoln Districts

Besides Malcolm Miller, it will be of great interest where Mail Medallist Wes Bilney plays; if there's a wind advantage Wes may play at the same end for four quarters and his outside running game will cause problems.

The Rangers duo of Owen Rowsell and Jake Sampson will have important roles as will Harry Miller Jnr in the midfield and while it is important the midfielders take the game on, they will have to keep a close eye on City's quartet of midfield players.

The Rangers' Zac Calderwood and the Peckers' Rohan Colman down the back will need to back their judgement and create clearances, and rely on strong support from players willing to push back and work the ball forward.

The Tigers' Christian Dorward, who can play centre half back or in the ruck, is mobile with good strong hands, has a penetrating kick and if he gets on top his rebound game can create opportunities forward of the ball.

Tip: Lincoln City can cover every position but have to be honest with their work rate and can win by four to six goals with a complete team effort, anything less and Districts will be a big test. Lincoln City to win.