Port Lincoln football league preview: Round One

KEY: Expect Tasman's Jacob Collins to be around the football often for Tasman against Boston.

KEY: Expect Tasman's Jacob Collins to be around the football often for Tasman against Boston.

THE Port Lincoln Football League has returned for the 2018 season and teams are raring to start strongly straight away.

With Wayback and Marble Range getting the season started on Wednesday, here is a look at the remaining two games to be played this Saturday.

Lincoln South v Mallee Park, Centenary

First up Mallee Park will look to put 2017’s disappointing finish behind them as they travel to Centenary to face Lincoln South.

The Peckers are missing a lot of familiar names with the likes of Otis Carter, Dean Miller and last year’s Mail Medallist Peter Lindsay playing football elsewhere this season.

Despite this there should still be plenty of strength to be found in Graham Johncock’s team, starting with co-captains Kingsley Bilney Jnr and Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne.

Bilney is unmatched for his pace and ball handling ability, reading play well and running through the lines while Ah Kit-Burgoyne is sure to lead the Pecker defence in turning South’s momentum around.

For Souths they will be missing Ben Shillabeer and Ben Jacobs who are out of town this weekend.

The Eagles will have a few to look out for, including Coen Taylor in the midfield and Jack Waller to provide a good marking option at half forward.

Levi McDonald, who has good attack of the football, could be expected to play up forward as the Eagles try to stretch Mallee Park defensively.

Both teams will be looking to structure their teams for this year, Souths should provide a challenge as it works to put that defenisve pressure on the Peckers. 

However even with the radically changed line up Mallee Park should have the attacking power to claim this one, but it should be close.

Boston v Tasman, Poole Oval

The bottom two teams from last season clash in this match up as Boston host Tasman at Poole Oval.

The Tigers will be missing some names this weekend, Jack Jacobs and Thomas Reynolds-Rowe are out with injury while Sinisa Gregor and Jack Shanley are unavailable.

Boston do have some big returning names including a trio of onballers in Riley King, Brodie Falciani and Sam Beare coming back from their stints with Western Districts in Mid West.

Captain Sam Kolega and Willy Woldt should be attacking the football often and hitting targets while Sunny Singh will be a reliable target up forward with good hands and a reliable kick.

For Tasman, captain Jace Rodda is uncertain to play but the team will put their new faces to good use at Poole Oval.

Wade Mason will provide a good target at centre half forward and with the added height of teammate Rhys Kelsh the Boston defenders will have a challenging time stopping Tasman’s tall targets.

Rhys Beinke should provide good defensive pressure on the back flank while Nathan Frost should rack up possessions and Jacob Collins should provide run and carry to help get Tasman’s attack going.

This will be a good game for both teams to work out their lineups and see what works going forward.

The experience and run of the Tasman side might be too much in this opening game and they look likely to win here.