Port Lincoln football
A GRADE – Wayback v Marble Range
ONE of the most exciting finals series in years comes to a close this weekend as Wayback takes on Marble Range in the grand final.
It has been 10 years since Rangers last won the A grade premiership while the Demons have waited 9 years, so one team will realise long awaited premiership glory. Wayback was, until last week, the only team to defeat Mallee Park and did so with relentless attack on the football and with a well balanced team across the field.
In defence Ian Jericho continues to prove why he is one of the best backmen in the league with his intercepting marks while Rory Hunt and captain Toby Rawson go after the footy at any opportunity. Rising Star Dean Miller is hard to beat in a contest and Shaun Maxfield has been a star all year with his ball movement and drive to move play forward.
Seth Meyers is a standout in defence but has also proved he can contribute up forward while Jonty Seal is capable of kicking a bag with sure and safe hands. Matthew Goodwin captained Wayback’s last premiership in 2008 but will coach them in this one and also leads by example with his attack of the footy in the forward pocket.
Wayback will need to bring everything it has against a determined Marble Range who showed last week they will not stop until victory is theirs. Coach Reece Francis has tasted premiership glory with Tasman and will now coach Rangers, showing great leadership as an onballer. In defence Zac Calderwood and Glen Schreiber read the play well and can intercept and look for co-captains Cody Pilgrim and Todd Owen to attack the footy and create space in the midfield.
Rangers will need Kale Olds in ruck if he plays to create first options but Brock Laube has proved to be a good back up, both would be needed against the combination of Taner Schlink and Matt Hayman. Hopefully Wade Hansen will also feature as he displays great tagging and ball handling ability, while Tynan Keeley continues to be a great mark and sure kick, even playing further up the field.
Rangers should give it their all yet again but Waybacks should have enough to win it all. Tip: Wayback 5-10.
RESERVES – Lincoln South v Marble Range
Lincoln South are on the verge of a undefeated season and have one more obstacle in Marble Range.
Souths have shown why they are favoured here with a great line up starting with the run and carry of Damon Traeger through the midfield. Kyran Cocks shows leadership and is a reliable mark in the midfield, while league leading goal kicker and runner up best and fairest Filippo Fiore is dangerous in front of goal.
Rangers showed dominance in their 89-point demolition of Wayback in the preliminary. League best and fairest Steven Tokarski should be back and is a hard worker through the centre, Ethan Tiller has great run and carry while the forward combination of Tom Gent and Michael Sargent should be on point.
Young guns on both sides should also feature, with Souths looking to Keiran Vermuelen and Kaleb Hope to stand out, while Rangers have the drive of Liam Burwell and Jeb Casanova.
Souths should be too good again and finish undefeated. Tip: Lincoln South 24-30.