Tasman and Mallee Park headline this weekend

WRAPPED: Lincoln South's Swayne Ackland put the tackle on Mallee Park's Troy Simpson during their match last weekend.

WRAPPED: Lincoln South's Swayne Ackland put the tackle on Mallee Park's Troy Simpson during their match last weekend.

Port Lincoln football

Four rounds to go and the top four looks set, the question is how it will look at the end of the two weeks.

Mallee Park v Tasman, Mallee Park

The match to watch this weekend will see fourth placed Mallee Park take on second placed Tasman.

The Roosters climbed into second spot following a good 83-point win against Boston while the Peckers scrapped by with a hard fought three-point win against Lincoln South.

It will be a close contest through the midfield with Mallee Park to use their great run and carry to get centre clearances and set up inside 50s.

Kingsley Bilney Jnr is still on top of his game, as is Jayden Roderick and if you throw in the efforts of Casey Amos and Waylon Johncock there will be several scoring opportunities set up.

It will also start with turnovers from the back half, if they play Quade Ware, Ky Miller and Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne will be fully capable of this and limit Tasman scoring opportunities.

Tasman are expecting Wade Mason, Cody Mason and Rhyce Beinke back in while Brent Gray is out and Chase Tucker and Jace Rodda are in doubt.

The Roosters can get the edge in the midfield if they can control the stoppages and set up space for passages of play like they did against Boston.

Johann Wagner was shut out last weekend but would still be dangerous, and there are plenty of scoring options in Ben Daniels, Brent Harris and even Rhys Kelsh.

Tasman will also come in with a strong defence, led by Nathan Frost and including the likes of Cooper Tansell and Craig Reinke to provide headaches for the Peckers.

With the way they are playing and their inclusions, Tasman look likely to win but it should be close.

Marble Range v Lincoln South, Wangary

Marble Range are now sitting one game clear on top and travel back to Wangary to take on an improving Lincoln South side.

The Rangers earned top spot with their 15-point win against Wayback in a low scoring affair.

Back at Wangary the Rangers will use the wide space to their advantage with effective disposals to move forward.

Jacob Watson and Todd Owen will be back in but Kory Beard and Reece Francis are out with injury and Nick Cooper will be away.

The Rangers will still have a strong midfield including Ty George, Lance Appleby and Boyd West that will control much of the play and despite missing Beard still have goal kicking options in Blaze Kay and Billy Byass.

For Lincoln South they will be missing Ben Shillabeer, Anton Story and Braydn Robinson but are expecting Kaleb Hope, Brodie Drewitt and Aden Martin back in.

While missing some young stars this weekend Souths will still be able to keep up with Rangers in the midfield.

Mitch Jolly and Luke Wilkins should rack up plenty of possessions for the Eagles and Swayne Ackland is coming off a five-goal effort against the Peckers, a repeat performance will be welcomed.

Souths are good at applying defensive pressure and will need to do so against Rangers, cutting off their zones and getting numbers around stoppages to stop them going wide down the wings.

Marble Range look very likely to win at home and reaffirm why they are on top of the ladder at the moment.

Wayback v Boston, Centenary

Coming off the loss to Marble Range Wayback will aim to bounce back in style at home against sixth placed Boston.

The Demons will look relatively unchanged this weekend, while Riley Hatcher and Dean Miller will both be pushing for A grade selection.

Shaun Maxfield and Thomas Easson continue to be standouts in the midfield with their attack of the football adding to that of Ben Sampson, who has shined at either end, and defenders Ian Jericho and Anthony Ianniello and the Demons continue to look like a strong outfit.

Expect Wayback to dictate the pace of the game from the opening bounce, get into contests and go for clearing kicks to set up their forwards.

Boston should see Trent Polkinghorne back into the A grade lineup but will be without Aaron Dunn, who is out with injury, while Killian Mantle is in doubt.

The winless Tigers had some sparks of brilliance against Tasman, control of stoppages in the third quarter saw them get the first five scoring shots and their defensive work was effective.

Sunny Singh has been a workhorse through the middle and puts his body into the contests, while Marcus Ellis and Willy Woldt continued to push the ball forward from the backlines at any opportunity.

Boston should never be underestimated but Wayback should score a big win.

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