Top four battle in Great Flinders

Great Flinders football preview

Fourth spot is on the line this week for Cougars and Eyre United when they do battle at Kapinnie Oval, with Cougars holding their destiny in their own hands.

Ramblers take on Lock on the Roos’ home deck, while Tumby Bay host United Yeelanna in a prelude to this year’s second semi final.

Cummins-Kapinnie v Eyre United

Cougars face a sudden season defining game this week – a win stitches up a finals berth, but a loss to the Saints puts them under enormous pressure to play finals with a tough game against Ramblers to come in the final round.

They were gallant in defeat against Tumby Bay last week, and should see the return of Joe Gragg-Sappford and Luke Moroney this week, although Monfries is likely to miss which leaves a big hole in their forward half.

Hazelgrove looms as a big danger to the Saints – he made a seamless return from injury last week booting five goals, and will need his influence curbed if they are to be any chance of getting up.

Lochie Paech is enjoying an outstanding year and just continues to rack up touches, Corey Paech is in great form and Konitzka will look to dominate the ruck contests and use his height and strength around the ground.

Eyre United gained good service from Scotty Young against Lock booting five goals in a great return to form, Sumner was prominent and Jordy Telfer dominated again across half back.

They will need to be at their absolute best to topple Cougars, but with some class runners in Traeger, Hall, Neale and Kearsley, then they have enough ability to cause an upset.

The outcome of this contest is huge – if the Saints get up they move a game clear in fourth spot and would go a long way to cementing a finals berth which looked unlikely three weeks ago, while a Cougars victory will ensure they play finals regardless of results next week –going to tip them at home, but don’t be surprised by a bold showing from the Saints with finals on the line.

Lock v Ramblers

Ramblers travel to Lock in some what of a dead rubber contest, with Lock’s chances of playing finals shot down by the Saints last week, while the Magpies fought out a tough loss to the Eagles, and will be keen to get through this contest unscathed while fine tuning their finals preparation.

They were solid but outclassed against Yeelanna and will expect some key players back in to their line up in coming weeks as they approach the major round.

George Pedler is in career best form at the minute, Shirley has had a solid season, and they are getting sound service out of the likes Mickan, Skinner, Rule and Liam Sampson who has been an excellent pick up for their side.

Lock have been crippled by injuries all season, and coach Ty Habner must be lamenting a missed opportunity after a promising start to the year.

They have struggled to get anywhere close to their best 21 on the field each week, but in the true Roos “shinboner” spirit have battled manfully against the odds and been more than competitive in their matches.

Levi Brown is fast establishing himself as one of the best young players in the league, and Siebert, Hetzel and the Heath boys have all had good moments throughout the year.

Kane Tiller and Pearson give them some strength at the contest which will be required against an experienced Magpie outfit, but this looks a tough contest again for them against the odds.

The Lock boys would love nothing better than to knock Ramblers off late in the year, but Ramblers look the goods in this one and will win by 4-5 goals.

Lock have been crippled by injuries all season, and coach Ty Habner must be lamenting a missed opportunity after a promising start to the year.

Tumby Bay v United Yeelanna

In the final game, ladder leaders United Yeelanna travel to Tumby Bay to take on the second placed Blues in what will almost certainly be a prelude to this year’s second semi final.

Both sides are coming off solid wins last week, and the Eagles look set to enter this contest close to full strength as they prime themselves for yet another premiership assault.

Havelberg has been an important late season inclusion booting nine in the past fortnight, and further boosting an already impressive and dangerous forward half.

Tumby’s defence has been excellent all season, but will be put to the sword this week without their premier defender Joe Walker who will miss with concussion and centre half back Alex Losic who is also likely to be out of the side for this contest.

The midfield duel looks a cracker with James, Lawrie, Franklin, Hind and Murphy giving the Blues plenty of options up against the talented Eagles midfield in Glover, Watson, the Crettendens and Casey Carr – some genuine class amongst both sides there, and will be an interesting contest to watch in itself.

Rees has hit a purple patch of form up forward for the Blues, with his pace and skill a real highlight, and his potential match up with Dyer will be an important one.

Not a lot to take out of this game for either side, the Blues look to be short of their best 21 for this one, and coupled with the fact that the Eagles are yet to be beaten, it looks a tough one for them.

Both sides will be looking to get through the contest with no injuries approaching finals, but at the same time, spectators can expect a tough contest between two good sides – the Eagles to continue on their way and win by five goals plus.