Cummins-Kapinnie v Eyre United
The Saints recorded their first victory for the year last week which has thrown them well and truly back into contention as a potential finals contender.
They take on Cougars this week at Cummins in what is looming as a bit of an early season defining game for Cougars.
Another loss will see them lose touch with the top four, and although it is only round one, it may prove difficult to claw back.
They went down in a close one to the Blues last week and come up against a confident Eyre United side.
Scott Young has booted 12 goals in the past fortnight showing great form, recruits Treager, Forrest, and Hall have been in solid form and veteran Jordan Telfer continues to rack up possessions across half back.
Joe Cragg-Sappford was excellent for Cougars last week, as was Levi Konitzka and Lochie Paech but they need to find more consistency from the likes of Moroney, Ness and Sellen.
Brad Hazelgrove is finding his way back in to his best form – maybe this is the week that he turns one on.
Cougars have been around the mark without scoring a win but I’m going to tip them to change that this week and score narrowly against an improving Eyre United.
Tumby Bay v United Yeelanna
Tumby Bay host the undefeated Eagles on the Blues home deck, with Yeelanna’s form giving them a short priced favourite tag in this clash.
Tumby’s form has been spasmodic but they are more than capable of matching it with the best.
Hind, James and Walker had excellent starts to the year, and Budgjea and Lebrun have been resolute in defence.
They have some upside in their forward line with Rees and youngster Murphy yet to hit their straps. They are quality players that cause defenders headaches with their pace and goal sense.
Tom Kelly provides strength and a big target up forward – he’s an underrated player that competes well and is rarely beaten in the air.
The Eagles have been outstanding with an even spread of class across the board. Martin bobbed up with a best on ground display last week booting seven goals, Dufek has been in great touch, Carr and Watson classy across the midfield, and the Crettenden boys and Norton have been excellent on ball and across half back.
Expect a spirited showing by Tumby but Eagles have too much class and will win by four or five goals after a tight first half.
Lock v Ramblers
In this weeks match of the round Lock host Ramblers with the Roos determined to get back on the winners list, while the Magpies will be looking to turn their form around and get an all important early season win.
Lock appeared to kick themselves out of the game last week with poor goalkicking but their form otherwise has been excellent this season.
Bury has been a sound addition to their midfield, Morton solid and the evergreen Andy Hetzel just keeps finding the footy.
The Heath boys are quality players and give the Roos hardness around the contests, and Siebert, Tiller and Wright provide plenty of run.
Ramblers have had multiple player turnovers in each of their games so much of their chances will be determined by who comes back in to the side.
James Pedler missed last week and should return but Tyson Mickan is expected to miss out with a hamstring injury.
They were totally outclassed by the Eagles last week but still had good performances with the experienced duo of Rob Shirley and George Pedler outstanding.
They will be called upon to play big roles again this week.
Youngster Darnell Richards impressed with four goals and will be a danger up forward for the Roos defenders, but the Magpies will need to create further avenues to goal against a disciplined Lock defence.
Yet another tough one to predict but Lock will have the home ground advantage to get up by less than a goal.