Great Flinders football preview
THE second round of Great Flinders football kicks off this week, with some interesting games that will further shape the season.
Lock v Cummins-Kapinnie
The ladder is book ended by the undefeated United Yeelanna and a winless Cummins-Kapinnie side who face a season-defining clash against Lock this week.
We said it last week, and we will say again – Cougars face a must-win contest against Lock on the Roo’s home deck this Saturday, it is a game they can simply not afford to lose.
Another loss will put them three wins and plenty of percentage outside of the four which becomes a difficult assignment to peg back.
Much will depend on the availability of some of their key players.
They may roll the dice on playing Hazelgrove and isolate him up forward to put the Lock defenders under pressure.
Konitzka and Paech will give them drive from the midfield but they will require big games from Wedd, Ness, Moroney and Cragg-Sapford to give themselves a winning chance against a determined Lock outfit.
The Roos have lost their last three after an impressive start to the year, and new coach Ty Habner will be well aware of the importance of this game to their chance of playing finals footy.
They were competitive but outclassed by an inaccurate Yeelanna last week, but they have some quality players in their mix with Bury, Wright, Morton and the Brown brothers all in sound form.
This should be a brutal contest with both sides having plenty to play for, but the home ground advantage may see further pain inflicted on Cougars – The Roos to win a tight one by less than two goals.
United Yeelanna v Eyre United
United Yeelanna host Eyre United at the Eagles home of pain, AKA the Kooplex, in what looms as a difficult assignment for the Saints.
Saints re-emerged as a finals contender in the past month but face an almost impossible task this week.
The Eagles have quietly gone about their business and have rarely been troubled by opposition sides over a full four quarters.
Bryce Breed is in career best form, Norton has been good in defence, Casey Carr solid through the midfield and young players Murnane and Martin have had excellent starts to the year.
The Saints led at three-quarter time last week but were overrun by the Blues in the final term going down by 52 points.
They have had good patches in recent weeks but need to find a way to sustain pressure over the full journey and find forwards that can kick a winning score.
Scott Young, Hall, Neale and Traeger have been valuable additions and their mainstays in Jordan Telfer, Scotty Fitzgerald, and Lachie Gale have shown great leadership to date, but their depth looks tested with more output required from their second tier players.
This one looks beyond them as it is all but impossible to tip against the Eagles at the moment, especially at home - Yeelanna to win comfortably by six goals plus.
Ramblers v Tumby Bay
In this week’s match of the round, Ramblers host Tumby Bay at Cummins with the winner to advance into second spot.
Both are coming off solid wins and look to have reasonably full lists which bills this game as a classic between two clubs that have produced memorable contests in recent times.
Tysan Mickan was outstanding last week, playing a cameo role up forward booting five, Sampson continued his impressive run of form, and the reliable Rob Shirley and George Pedler keep finding the footy.
They were able to find multiple avenues to goal last week but they will be tested against one of the best defences in the competition.
Tumby’s back half has been outstanding led by Joe Walker, the Cave boys, Lebrun and Edmonds.
James and Hind have been in outstanding form, Kelly is a good target up forward, and Rees and Calverley are dangerous options.
They will be boosted by the likely return of gun midfielder Mitch Lawrie, making his long awaited return from injury, which will give them further depth through the midfield.
This should be a highly entertaining contest with second spot up for grabs between two sides who are in pretty good form.
Tough one to pick, going with the home side to win, but don’t be surprised by a result either way – should be a belter.
Picture by Lisa Warner.