Great Flinders football preview
The final four appears to have levelled itself out after last week, but mathematically Eyre United and Lock can still push for a finals spot but face must win games this week if they are to be any chance of finals action in 2018.
The Saints travel to Cummins to take on Ramblers and Lock host the Blues, while in the final game and match of the round, United Yeelanna host Cougars in what should be an interesting clash.
Eyre United v Ramblers
The Saints will find it tough going against an experienced Ramblers side, particularly one on the rebound after a narrow loss last week, but it is a game that they simply have to win if they are to keep their slim finals chances alive.
Traeger and Hall were excellent contributors against United Yeelanna last week, with both players enjoying strong seasons, and Telfer, Dunn, Kearlsey and Webb battled hard.
They will need big performances from these players again, coupled with a lift from the talented Scott Young and James Neale to push Ramblers over four quarters.
The Magpies will look forward to some key players returning with Pilgrim, Rowe and James Pedler likely to return in coming weeks to further boost their side.
Shirley and George Pedler have been in sound form and still find plenty of the ball, Sampson has been an excellent pick up and Hall is a real workhorse in the ruck.
They would still have their eyes on the double chance and have a shot at finishing second if results go their way, so one would expect they will be up and about for this clash, looking to fine tune their game heading in to yet another finals campaign.
The Saints’ leg speed has the potential to worry Ramblers, but overall the magpies look to have too much class and experience and will win comfortably by five goals plus.
Lock v Tumby Bay
Tumby Bay travel to Lock to take on a desperate Roos outfit that will need to win every remaining game to be any chance of playing in this year’s finals.
They have struggled to put four quarters together since opening the season in fine style, but have cruelly been hampered by injuries and player unavailability to key players throughout the season.
They beat the Blues in this corresponding game in round two, but they will come up against a very different Tumby Bay outfit that has progressed nicely through the season and is playing some good footy.
They will be without key midfielder Jordan Hind who will be on state country duties, however they have plenty of options with Lawrie, Franklin and James all in good form.
Their defence has been outstanding all season led by key defender Joe Walker, while Budgjea and LeBrun are dour defenders that give opposition players little room.
Much of Lock’s chances will depend on who is in and out of the side, but at full tilt they are a dangerous and competent unit.
Morton, Britza, and Hetzel give them some experience in the middle and Northcott and Siebert are dangerous up forward, while Kelly and Heath are more than capable defenders.
This will be an interesting clash, and one that Tumby Bay will be desperate to win to all but stitch up the double chance.
Not expecting there to be much between the two sides this week, but going with Tumby to win a close one by two to three goals.
United Yeelanna v Cummins-Kapinnie
In this weeks match of the round, top of the table United Yeelanna host an in-form Cougars at the Kooplex which has the potential to be closer than most pundits would think.
The Eagles will be without Watson and Crettenden who will be on state duties, while Cougars could welcome back some key personnel – most noticeably Austin Monfries – which will be a major boost to their forward stocks.
They were solid after half time against Lock last week, with Paech and Konitzka again in fine touch, and with Moroney back in the side and the solid contributions from Freeth, Tosold, Pedler and Corey Paech they have a chance to push the ladder leaders.
It will be a tough ask though, as the Eagles have plenty of depth and talent to burn across the board.
Michael Crettenden, Carr and Skinner if they play, and the in-form Bryce Breed will more than cover their midfield requirements, while Martin and Dyer are both excellent users of the ball and can run through the midfield as well.
Norton is enjoying a fantastic year across half back, and Glover will have a big role to play against one of the leagues best players in Levi Konitzka to nullify his influence around the ground.
It should be an entertaining contest – Cougars are no doubt on the improve, but it is difficult to tip against Yeelanna on their home deck and they will win by four to five goals after a tight first half.