Great Flinders football preview: Eagles still untouched

Great Flinders football preview

YET another big week ahead for Great Flinders football and last week’s results threw up more questions than answers.

Cougars lit a fuse to keep things alive and Eyre United’s form slump continued when they lost their fifth game in a row against the Roos.

Ramblers look almost certain to retain the double chance, while the Eagles continued their strong form and sit untouched at the top of the table.

Tumby Bay v Lock

After a disappointing performance last week, Tumby Bay take on Lock in what may be the Blues’ most important game of the year.

Given the remaining games and draw for all clubs, a win would see them well placed to lock in a finals spot.

They will need to improve on last week’s showing and their task has been made more difficult with the season-ending injury to gun onballer Mitch Lawrie who is facing 12 months on the sidelines having done his ACL.

Jack Jacobs has been in good form and along with Jordan Hind will form an integral part of their onball brigade.

James, Walker, Cave and Kelly have been solid, while Calverley and youngster Murphy have been their most productive forwards.

Lock pulled off a great win against the Saints last week and will go in to this game full of confidence.

Siebert, Heath, Davies and the Dutschke boys were fantastic in that win and with Morton and Britza back in the side, they have a dangerous look about them and enough quality to push most sides in the competition.

It’s all on the line for the Blues this week, with a sniff of finals action ahead, they have plenty to play for.

Much will depend on their attitude and start to the contest. Their best has been very good this year but they have let themselves down with lapses in form and contest.

They certainly won’t get it all their own way in this one but they should have enough class across the ground and win by two to three goals.

Eyre United v Ramblers

Eyre United host Ramblers at Ungarra with the Saints desperate to regain some form and confidence after losing their way in the past six weeks.

Even though they were a little stiff to lose against the Roos, their form still was not great from all reports and they face another tough opponent in the Magpies who appear to be warming up just nicely as finals approach.

The inclusion of Luke Rowe is a handy one for their side and the form of George Pedler, Scotty Blacker, and Tyson Mickan has been outstanding.

The Darling boys were impressive last week, Dennis has been consistent and Hall is a hard working type who is often underestimated in his role.

The Saints need to turn their form around. The draw suggest they will still most likely play finals this year, (even without winning another game!), but they need to arrest their form slump to have any hope of making an impact come finals.

They have some genuine quality on ball in Burgoyne and Stengle, Simpson has come in to some form of late, and Jordy Telfer and Tim Milera give them good options in defence and up forward.

It looks all but impossible to pick them on their current form and they look certain to face further disappointment this week at the hands of an experienced and in-form Ramblers outfit keen to lock in the double chance – Magpies to win comfortably by four to five goals.

Cougars v United Yeelanna

After a strong win against the Blues, Cougars face another big test this week against ladder leaders United Yeelanna but it is one they will welcome with open arms as they come off back to back wins that has kept their season alive.

Levi Konitzka was outstanding in a best on ground performance last week, Lochie Paech is back to his best finding plenty of the pill through the midfield, Sam Ness, West and Flynn Paech have hit their straps, and Zeb Kenny was brilliant up forward against the Blues bagging a season high seven goals as a deep forward.

If they can somehow sneak in to the finals, they may still have an impact, particularly if they can continue to regain some key players.

They do however come up against the competition’s premier side in United Yeelanna who will be strengthened by the return of Xavier Watson from state duties.

The Eagles are in sublime touch at the minute (as they have been all year) and you can be guaranteed Scott Clarke will have them up and about and finely tuned as they approach yet another premiership defence.  

Dyer, Jolly and Skinner were all prominent with their no-nonsense approach last week, Ridgway has proven a valuable pick up, and up forward Breed, Carr, Crettenden and Dufek have been in great touch.

Cougars will enter this contest in their best form of the season but you just cannot go against the form and quality of the Eagles.

They will need to work hard but will run out comfortable winners by five goals plus.