Double chance decider

The Blues were impressive after half time last week, with their midfield in particular in sparkling touch.

Great Flinders Football

The final round of Great Flinders football kicks off this weekend, with Cougars hosting Lock at Kapinnie, Yeelanna travel to Ungarra to take on the Saints, while in the final game, and this week’s match of the round, Tumby Bay host Ramblers in a game that may well decide who gets the double chance in this year’s finals.

Eyre United v United Yeelanna

Eyre United will be desperate to try and keep their season alive this week against ladder leaders United Yeelanna.

The Saints were blown out of the water by Tumby last week and will need to quickly turn their form around if they are any chance to make the four this year.

They have struggled to put four quarters together and will find it tough going against the Eagles who are coasting and in red hot form.

Xavier Watson was outstanding last week, Stephen Crettenden important up forward bagging four, and Bryce Breed continued his stellar season with another dominant display through the midfield and across half back.

Jack Crettenden was also impressive in their big win against Lock with his strong attack on the footy, and Dyer has made a seamless return with a string of solid performances.

The Saints simply need more from their bottom half players as too much has been left to the likes of Telfer, Traeger and Neale who have all been solid contributors.

Tom Forrest provides a solid target up forward, Young uses the ball well when he gets hold of it, and youngster Raheem Dorizzie has a touch of class and is a dangerous option in front of goals.

Looks a tough assignment for the Saints – the home ground will help them, but the Eagles will be too strong and win comfortably in the end.

Cummins-Kappinnie v Lock

Cougars host Lock at Kapinnine with the Roos, in all reality, facing their last chance to rekindle their finals chances.

A loss puts them too far behind with not many games remaining, while a Cougars victory will almost certainly stitch up a finals spot given the likely results of other games.

Lock were totally outclassed by the Eagles last week but will need to put that behind them quickly to rebound strongly and keep their finals chances alive.

They have been thereabouts all year but have struggled to win games after opening their season in impressive style.

They have good players in form with Morton having an excellent season through the midfield, Luke Northcott is back in reasonable touch, and Tiller, Wright and Slape were all important against the odds last week.

If they can get their full side on the park, they are a chance to push Cougars to the brink, but will need to be at their best with Cougars’ form on the rise.

Cougars battled hard last week, but could not get their noses in front; the Magpies’ hoodoo striking again.

They have struggled to get their best side on the park each week, so much of the result will depend on who is in and out.

Konitzka and Lochie Paech have led from the front all year, Pedler and Puckridge have battled hard, and Monfries, if he plays, will be a difficult match up, although Kelly has the size and strength to go with him.

Plenty on the line but going with Cougars to win by three or four goals, but do not be surprised by a bold showing from a determined Lock.

Tumby Bay v Ramblers

This week’s match of the round looms as an absolute belter between traditional rivals Tumby Bay and Ramblers on the Blues home deck.

With the double chance on the line, and a history of close battles in recent times, fans look certain to be treated to another classic with both sides coming off impressive wins.

Ramblers were strong against Cougars with Sampson dominant through the middle of the ground, Shirley was his usual uncompromising self, and Bilney and Dennis important across the ground.

Hall has been in good touch and will play an important role against an in form Nigel James, and the usual suspects of Mickan, Pedler and Pilgrim will all be prominent players to lead from the front.

The Blues were impressive after half time last week, with their midfield in particular in sparkling touch.

Franklin, Lawrie and Hind took complete control through the middle gaining plenty of it, and James and Kelly were strong targets up forward all day with Rees and Calvery proving to be dangerous around goals.

Tumby’s defence has been outstanding all year, led by Walker and the underrated Lebrun, and should be further strengthened by the return of Richardson for this contest.

There’s never much between these two sides and this weeks game looks no exception, but going to go with the Blues to get up on their home deck to win a close one by 15 points.