Rivalries running hot

Great Flinders football preview

It is the local rivalry round in Great Flinders football this week, with some cracking games on the card.

Cougars face arch rivals Ramblers in a must win game to keep them in touch with the four, Tumby Bay host the Saints, and in the match of the round United Yeelanna host Lock at the Kooplex.

Cougars v Ramblers

Cougars simply must win this week or risk slipping away from finals action for the second year running.

They face a tough ask against a Ramblers side that has proved to be somewhat their nemesis in recent years and will once again be hard to beat.

Cougars have been rocked yet again with injuries and player unavailability...

The Magpies finished strongly to run over Lock and will be boosted by the return of Wes Bilney who was in great touch against Eastern Eyre. James Pedler and Tysan Mickan are also possibilities to return.

Rob Shirley and George Pedler have been in excellent touch and Simpson and the Hall boys have been prominent in their early games.

Cougars have been rocked yet again with injuries and player unavailability and will again be without key player Brad Hazelgrove through injury but should regain Sam Ness and Levi Konitzka who both missed their last club game against the Saints.

They are a better side than their winless standing suggests but they have to find a way to win to keep themselves in the hunt for a spot in this year’s finals series.

One would expect they would be up and about for this one.

Lochie Paech will play a major role through their midfield and have a big job against an inform Rambler midfield.

Tough one to pick first up but going to go with the Magpies to win a tight one. Don’t be surprised by a spirited Cougars performance though.

Tumby Bay v Eyre United

In the second local derby, Tumby Bay host Eyre United in what should be a great game, with both sides form in recent weeks pretty solid.

The Saints have re-emerged as a genuine finals contender with two wins on the trot and will head in to this contest with plenty of confidence.

The form of Traeger, (who looks a good player), Hall, Young, Fitzgerald and the evergreen Jordan Telfer has been excellent, and youngster Mitch Anesbury is a player with a future.

The Blues will look to their big men to dominate this contest, with Nigel James in career best form, Jordan Hind is a quality player through the midfield, and their defence has been watertight all year with Walker, Richardson, Cave and Lebrun in great touch.

They will need to curb the influence of Scott Young who has made in an impressive start to the year and the pace of Hill and Liddell will cause them some issues.

If Tumby gain some ascendency through the middle of the ground, their forward line through Kelly, Murphy and Rees has the ability to kick goals and apply some defensive pressure, which will be important to limit the Saints’ run.

On paper this looks a really good contest with both sides desperate for a win that could see them jump in to second spot – going with the Blues to win on their home deck in another close one.

United Yeelanna v Lock

In this week’s match of the round, the Eagles host Lock at Karkoo with the Roos determined to respond strongly after consecutive losses.

They were unlucky to lose against Ramblers a fortnight ago, which may just have been a by-product of thinking they had the game in their keeping at three-quarter time but their coach Ty Habner will ensure they learn from that contest.

They have had some really good contributors to date with Bury, Morton, Siebert, and Zac Tiller all showing terrific form early in the year, while Kelly and Heath have been resolute in defence. 

They face their biggest challenge of the season so far against an undefeated Eagles side who appear to be just going through the motions in the early part of the year.

They are once again proving a difficult side to control offensively with multiple goal scorers bobbing up each week in Martin, Dufek, Breed, Michael Crettenden and Casey Carr all playing damaging roles on ball and up forward.

Their defence often goes without mention but the efforts of Ben Carr, Watson, Jolly and the underrated Lawrie have once again been outstanding.

Lock will be fired up for this contest to test themselves against the best in the competition but two things are working against them – the Eagles and the Kooplex. Can’t even remember the last time they lost at home.

Yeelanna to win by four to five goals after a tight first half.