Port Lincoln football preview
THE first rotation of matches will finish this weekend with a fairly even competition developing amongst the top four.
Mallee Park v Wayback, Mallee Park
Wayback are coming off their first loss of the season and will not have a simple task ahead of them as they travel to Mallee Park to take on the Peckers.
Wayback will be without Rory Hunt who is out with injury and Joe Waugh who is away, but should see Greg Maxfield and Tom Easson back in.
The Demons will need to apply the defensive pressure on Mallee Park early and play four consistent quarters as they would not want to give the Peckers any space to set up their running game.
Mallee Park may have lost last week against Marble Range at home but it was a competitive effort as it seems the Peckers are starting to become an effective unit.
Casey Amos and Justin Lindsay have been important parts of Mallee Park’s attack and if they play should be again against Wayback.
Look for the Peckers to attack the ball off half back and set up their run and carry game, which they especially do really well on their home turf.
Recent times have seen Wayback have the tools to shut down the Peckers’ game and should be able to do so again, but it should be a close game.
Lincoln South v Tasman, Centenary
Lincoln South would be bolstered by their first win of the season against Boston last weekend, but face an even tougher challenge against top of the table Tasman.
Souths played aggressive football against the Tigers, keeping loose players around the contests to set up great passages of play to their forwards while keeping the defensive pressure up to not give Boston any true targets to hit.
If selected look for the likes of Mitch Jolly, Jack Waller and Levi McDonald to set up passages of play in the midfield to hit targets up forward.
Tasman used their size and strength to their advantage around the contests against Wayback and although there were a few scoring opportunities that went begging, the Roosters have shown an attacking brand of football that will prove a handful for the Eagles’ defence.
Jacob Collins and Sean Ambrose were among those who drove the attack through the midfield and half forward while Boyd McCurry has shown great leadership as a player and a coach.
Souths will go into this game determined, but Tasman should pick up another win.
Marble Range v Boston, Wangary
After picking up the win at Mallee Park, Marble Range returns to Wangary to face Boston, still licking its wounds from the match against Lincoln South.
Rangers will be without Ryan Montgomerie who is out with a foot injury but should welcome back Lance Appleby, Ryan Gurtin, Nick Cooper and Lucas Shaw.
Marble Range should be able to set up their zones on the wide grounds of Wangary, setting up long kicks to the forward lines.
Kory Beard has kicked seven goals in each of Marble Range’s last three games and could be in line to kick even more unless Boston find a way to shut him out.
Boston paid a physical toll against Souths and will be without Mitchell Garrett (shoulder), Aaron Dunn (knee), Sinisa Gregov (hamstring) and Jake Nicholls (concussion/shoulder) while Marcus Ellis will be away.
However the Tigers have a few expected to be called in, such as Killian Mantle, Trent Polkinghorne, Callum Binder, Deven Canty, Aiden Enge and Conor Davidson with Tristan Binder and Mitch Wilbe also chances to play.
The team has improved since its first match but face an uphill battle at Wangary, they will need to play aggressive football, be wise with disposals and put in a consistent four quarter effort.
Boston will look to give it their all but an easy Marble Range win is likely.
Shanno’s Pizza Award
Lincoln South under 13 full forward Mitchell Paterson put on a goal scoring masterclass in the Eagles’ top of the table clash versus Boston Tigers at Poole Oval.
Mitchell’s leading, strong marking and accurate kicking were highlights and when the game was on the line in the last quarter Mitchell stood up and booted three majors to keep his team undefeated.