Great Flinders football preview
UNITED Yeelanna and Ramblers do battle in this week’s match of the round, Eyre United host Lock at Ungarra, and in a must win game for both clubs, Cougars take on Tumby Bay at Cummins.
The Saints sit neatly in second with a five-one record, and with Ramblers taking on the ladder leaders, this opens the door for the Saints to go three games and percentage clear.
They are coming off their best win of the year a fortnight ago, when Malcolm Miller and Anthony Stengle wreaked havoc, booting 14 goals between them.
They have teriffic leg speed through the middle with Murray, Burgoyne, Davey and Amos all in good touch, while Jordy and Nick Telfer have been solid contributors in their back half.
The Roos have been massive improvers this year and have been strongly competitive and right in the mix through all of their games.
Their experienced players Heath, Kelly, Northcott, Morton and Beard have all been in good form, giving their younger players plenty of confidence to attack the footy.
The Saints will be minus a few key players with injury but should have enough class and speed across the ground to overcome the home side, but rest assured, the Roos will go in with plenty of confidence and give this contest a real shake.
Cougars host Tumby at Cummins in what is surely a season defining game for them – a win keeps them in touch with the four but another loss from the home side will see them slip a couple of games behind the teams above them and make it difficult to peg back in the remainder of the year.
Consistency has been their biggest problem but a team boasting the likes of Paech, the Kenny boys, West, Montgomerie and Konitzka is always a dangerous one, and throwing caution to the wind may just be their go in the coming weeks as they search for some wins to enable them to play finals.
Like Cougars, Tumby Bay are coming off the back of a big loss and they will need to quickly regroup to get themselves up for this one.
Joe Walker and Stuart Richardson are leading an under pressure back half, while Mitch Lawrie and Jack Jacobs have battled manfully through the midfield.
Kelly, Rees, and young colt Murphy have had some positive moments up forward, and Brodie White is a quality player whose season is building but they require a lift across the whole ground from all 21 players to get back on the winners’ list.
There looks to be nothing in this game and the result may just depend on who’s in and out for each side – tough one to pick on form but will go for the Blues to win another tight one – just.
In this week’s match of the round, Ramblers travel to the Kooplex to take on the unbeaten Eagles who have been in impressive form to date in season 2017.
Yeelanna will be building toward their best 21 in the coming weeks with several key players expected to return to the fold.
Bryce Breed was outstanding a fortnight ago booting 10, Casey Carr hit some form, and the familiar names of Watson, Crettenden, Skinner and Dyer continue to find plenty of the footy.
Their defensive game has been impressive in their past two games especially with Ben Carr, Watson, Dyer, Crettenden and Lawrie all spending time in the back half, and a disciplined midfield group that works both ends of the ground. The Magpies’ form has been up and down but one senses their usual September build up will kick in post Mortlock.
James Pedler will be all the better for a couple of runs under his belt, the forgotten cult figure in Shawn ‘Bunga’ Fitzgerald has returned and was back to his best two weeks ago bagging six majors, while the form of Shirley, Williams, George Pedler, Dennis and Mickan has been impressive.
They are a dangerous side when in good form, and their experience will see them push hard toward yet another finals campaign.
This will be a big test though; an in form Eagles side on their home ground is as tough as it gets in Great Flinders at the minute. Yeelanna will remain unbeaten and win by three to four goals.