Mallee Park and Wayback headline round after break

Port Lincoln football

PORT Lincoln football is back after a two week break with six weeks of matches left until finals begin.

Wayback v Mallee Park, Centenary Oval

The match of the round this weekend will see second placed Wayback take on a red hot Mallee Park side.

The Peckers scored win number five on June 30 defeating top side Marble Range by four points while the Demons suffered their second loss of the year, to Tasman by 30 points.

Jerome Ah-Kit Burgoyne continues to show he is the best full back in the league and with Ky Miller Wayback forwards will have a tough defensive duo to contend with.

In the midfield Kingsley Bilney Jnr and Jayden Roderick have been constant ball winners driving the Pecker attack through the middle and look for coach Graham Johncock to again lend his expertise at either end of the field.

For Wayback Dene Rodd is a chance for his first A grade game of the year as is Riley Hatcher who is returning from injury.

The Demons usually like to get in the face of their opponents and will hopefully set up more opportunities for the likes of Jonty Seal, James Blewit and coach Matthew Goodwin up forward.

The Maxfields should be key in clearing the ball out the middle while Ian Jericho and Toby Rawson will cause their own headaches for Pecker forwards.

Also expect another great game from Thomas Easson and Joe Waugh in the middle.

This could go either way and although Wayback look likely to earn another win against the Peckers, Mallee Park could make it three in a row.

Tasman v Lincoln South, Ravendale

Tasman are nipping on the heels of the top two following the aforementioned win against Wayback and are in a good position for a win against fifth placed Lincoln South this weekend.

The Eagles earned their second win of the season on June 30 with a nail-biting two point win against Boston. 

Tasman look unchanged from the side that defeated Wayback which could pose trouble for Souths.

Spearhead Johann Wagner and Brent Harris kicked seven goals between them against the Demons and if they can get set up from their teammates could finish with a similar result.

Coach Boyd McCurry has been stellar in his leadership, attack of the football and use of disposals in the middle and hopefully for Tasman Brodie White can have another best-on-ground performance in the middle.

They will also be well served through the ruck work of Rhys Kelsh.

Souths have some big ins for this game with Anton Story, Luke Wilkins and Paul White expected to return while Max Bower, Aiden Martin and Adam Polden are expected exclusions.

Souths will look to its defence to limit the opportunities for the Rooster forwards but are in good hands through the leadership of White and expect Wilkins to be there to rebound the ball back into the midfield.

Ben Shillabeer has been in good form, playing across the field and using his height and speed to provide a good marking option and is a reliable kick.

Mitch Jolly should also have a big presence throughout the ground as well as Coen Taylor.

Souths would be buoyed by the win against Boston but it is hard to go past Tasman here, who should get an easy win at home.

Boston v Marble Range, Poole Oval

These two sides are coming off close losses and will look to remedy the previous round with a rebound performance.

Boston will be without Tristan Binder and possibly Riley King this weekend.

The Tigers will have a big task in trying to shut out the forward combination of Kory Beard and Tynan Keeley who are almost certainties to kick a goal if they get the leading mark.

In defence Sam Kolega has continued to lead by example by his attack of the footy and his run into the midfield while Thomas Reynolds-Rowe has also been a standout.

Using the smaller ground Boston will want to really man up and constrict the Rangers’ passages, get around the stoppages and be wise with disposals through the midfield.

Marble Range will be a tough task for the winless Tigers as they have players to watch across the ground.

The aforementioned Keeley and Beard did not have their best weekend against the Peckers and will be determined to make more of an impact at Poole Oval.

In defence Glen Schreiber was a standout causing turnovers and with Zac Calderwood could limit Boston’s inside 50s.

Look for Rangers’ strong midfield including Boyd West, Lance Appleby and Ty George among others to win the ball frequently and set up opportunities for scoring.

Marble Range are very likely to get a strong win here and reaffirm their place on top of the ladder.

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