Port Lincoln football
The next round of Port Lincoln football kicks off Saturday as the competition looks pretty even at the moment.
Any of these matches could be match of the round so expect some good footy action across Port Lincoln on Saturday.
Wayback v Tasman, Centenary
Wayback fought off a determined Lincoln South last weekend but remain undefeated while Tasman suffered their first loss of the year in a close result against Marble Range.
For the Demons they are expecting Anthony Ianniello and Isaac Grima back while Tom Easson and Greg Maxfield are possible inclusions as well.
Wayback will look for more intensity from its players this weekend and consistency across all four quarters but will have the tools to make a quick turnaround.
Ian Jericho continues to shine in defence, Shaun Maxfield should play an integral part of Wayback’s drives into the 50 and Jonty Seal should be a target for scoring opportunities.
However despite the loss Tasman should still field a strong side this weekend that should display good attacking and defensive pressure.
The combination of Brent Harris and Johann Wagner has been deadly up forward and if they play this weekend should be a handful, even for Wayback’s defenders.
Tasman’s midfield has also been impressive and they should utilise their tall targets throughout the ground.
This could be a close one and although Tasman will prove a challenge, Wayback should hold on for a win at home.
Boston v Lincoln South, Poole Oval
One of these teams will earn their first win this weekend so expect two young and hungry teams on the field at Poole Oval on Saturday.
Souths will be determined for the win after coming close to knocking off top side Wayback, losing by nine points, while Boston gave a valiant effort against Mallee Park despite going down by 43 points.
Boston are expecting a number of young players to come back in the side including Mitch Wilbe, Isaac Betsias, Bailey North and Marko Visic, as well as Sinisa Gregor for an option up forward.
The Tigers showed improved passages of play in the midfield against the Peckers, it is now up to them to put it all together for four consistent quarters and removing disposal errors.
Souths will be expecting Kane Hope and Adrian Campbell back in the side while Patrick Newman and Colby Syvertsen are not expected to appear this weekend.
Souths had plenty of attacking drive against Wayback with Levi McDonald proving to be a stand out with three goals while Ben Shillabeer and Filipo Fiore were also good in front of goal.
If the Eagles can apply that same attacking pressure on Boston, while keeping loose numbers in check, they should earn their first win no problem.
Signs point to a Souths win here, but don’t be surprised if Boston can pick up their first victory since 2016.
Mallee Park v Marble Range, Mallee Park
The Peckers are at home for the first time this year and will face a tough Marble Range outfit.
Mallee Park picked up their second win of the season against Boston at Poole Oval while Rangers fought hard all day to earn a five point win against the then unbeaten Tasman.
Mallee Park may have controlled play in the final quarter against Boston but they earned their possessions through the midfield with some great passages, utilising loose numbers around the ball.
The combination of Casey Amos, Wes Bilney and Waylon Johncock drove the Pecker attack and should they play this weekend could do the same against Rangers.
Look for Quade Ware and Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne to stand up again in defence and Justin Lindsay to have a presence in attack.
Marble Range is expecting Todd Owen back in the side but will lose Jeb Casanova who is expected to play with Norwood.
Kory Beard has continued to shine up forward with seven goals against Tasman with Billy Byass and Blaze Kay also playing big roles in the Rangers’ attack.
Look for Marble Range to really get in the face of Mallee Park if they can get on top of them early they can dictate the match and set up well for the second half.
Mallee Park will bring good pressure and prove a challenge but Marble Range are looking like a strong team across the field and look likely to win here in what should be a good, competitive match.
Shanno’s Pizza Award
Wayback under 15 utility Ned West played a dominant role in his side’s big win over Lincoln South, showing express pace and skills on both sides of the body.
Ned has improved dramatically this season and is a leader of this talented side who have now strung together two large victories and are building well into the season.
Ned can pick up his voucher from Quinn Dutschke in the league office.