Must-win for Cougars

Great Flinders football preview

IT is a massive round for Great Flinders footy again this week, with the double chance sitting there for one side to take and Cougars get a chance to stay in the hunt for a spot in the finals.

Eyre United locked in their finals campaign last week with a brilliant return to form, which has suddenly put plenty on this week’s clash between Ramblers and Tumby Bay.

Cougars v Lock

Cougars face a must win game against Lock on the Roo’s home deck to keep their chances of playing finals alive in 2017.

Lock came up against the “good” Tumby Bay last week, and suffered a sound defeat against a determined outfit on the rebound.

Cougars were right in the contest at three-quarter time last week against Yeelanna but like many sides before them this season, simply could not maintain enough pressure against the ladder leaders.

West, Konitzka, Zeb Kenny, Moroney and Ness are in great form and Lochie Paech is back to his best after stringing together some great games in the past month.

Lock will tackle this contest with nothing to lose and will be keen to give their die hard supporters some late season joy after a long season that has been dogged by injuries to key players.

Billy Brown was outstanding across half back last week, Kelly has been a rock for them all season, and Heath, Reynolds, Wright and Seibert have given their all.

This looks another tough one for the home side with Cougars having plenty to play for to keep their season alive and for that reason they will be too good and win by four to five goals after a tight first half.

United Yeelanna v Eyre United

Top of the table Eagles host Eyre United with the Saints turning their form around in emphatic fashion last week in a dominant display against Ramblers.

Their running game was back to its best with Burgoyne, Taylor, Davey, Liddell and Stengle all outstanding, while the ever reliable Jordan Telfer again stood up across half back.

Defensively they were excellent restricting Ramblers to just two shots on goal to half time and they completely dominated around the contests to give their forwards plenty of opportunity.

The Eagles were given a little jolt for three quarters last week but as good sides do, they found a way to win and ended up doing so by nearly seven goals on the back of a dominant final quarter.

Matt Dyer is in career best form across half back and on the ball, Matty Crettenden was back on the scoreboard with three goals, and the usual suspects of Watson, Jolly, Steve Crettenden and Norton were all prominent.

This game certainly has a lot more appeal to it now than what it would have a fortnight ago.

The Saints were well and truly back last week and it may be the catalyst to kick off a dangerous finals campaign.

There is no bigger test than United Yeelanna on their home deck but if the Saints are fair dinkum, it should be one they will welcome with open arms.

It should be a great game of fast, open football but it is still impossible to tip against the Eagles at the minute. They will be too strong over the journey and win by three to four goals.

Ramblers v Tumby Bay

In this week’s match of the round, (apologies to the Saints and Eagles!), old foes Ramblers and Tumby Bay do battle at Cummins in a game that could define their seasons pending other results.

They are coming off contrasting form last week in difficult conditions and given the fact that a win for either side will lock away their finals campaign and possibly keep their chance of second spot alive, this should be yet another enthralling battle.

Jordan Hind and Jack Jacobs were outstanding on ball last week, helped by an armchair ride from new player Tom Hyde in the ruck with his deft tap work that gave them first use.

Nigel James looked good across half forward and Bugeja, Rees, Murphy and Calverly give them a dangerous looking attack that have been combining well in recent weeks.

Walker and Richardson again held sway in defence with both players enjoying great seasons to date.

The Magpies will be keen to rebound strongly after a poor showing against the Saints and will need to be at their best given the fact that the Blues have had their measure to date in 2017.

Roderick and the experienced Fitzgerald were good last week, Bilney has been in good touch on ball, and the experienced trio in Pedler, Blacker and Shirley will always be prominent.

They will need a lift from their second tier players in this one and certainly need to find another avenue to goal outside of leading goal kicker Kit Williams 

This should be a tough hard contest with nothing left in the tank from either side given the importance of the outcome.

It is a difficult one to pick but going to go with the Blues to win by less than a kick and make it three in a row against the Magpies.