Marble Range, Tasman contest top spot

GOALS: With five goals last weekend, Jonty Seal should again be a big part of Wayback's attack.

GOALS: With five goals last weekend, Jonty Seal should again be a big part of Wayback's attack.

Three weeks of minor rounds to go before finals begin and all that is left to determine is the make up of the top four.

One match that will determine its shape come finals time headlines this weekend.

Tasman v Marble Range, Ravendale

Top team Marble Range will travel to Ravendale this weekend to take on second placed Tasman.

The Roosters are one win behind Rangers but on percentage are only 0.14 per cent behind, so a win would see them go to the top.

However they will be missing some big names with coach Boyd McCurry, Brent Harris, Rhyce Beinke and Wade Mason all expected out this weekend.

The team is expecting Brent Gray, Dylan Perry and Cade Wright back in.

Just as they did in their 21-point win against Mallee Park, Tasman will need to control stoppages, get into the contests and put on the pressure to force turnovers in the midfield.

Cody Mason is a hard worker across the field and defenders including Nathan Frost, Cooper Tansell and Craig Reincke continue to put pressure on attackers.

Harris may be out this weekend but the Roosters still have plenty of scoring opportunities through Johann Wagner and Ben Daniels, while Jacob Collins is one who can also factor on the scoreboard.

Marble Range will be without Kyle Castley who is out with a shoulder injury.

Rangers will need to hit their targets fast and hard against the pressure that Tasman will apply in the midfield but the Ranger midfield has shown recently it is up for any challenge.

Lance Appleby and Boyd West continue to shine with their use of the football and Wade Hansen is good at applying his own pressure on opponents.

The Ranger attack has shown to be more than just Kory Beard, Nick Franklin top scored with three goals against Lincoln South while Blaze Kay, Tynan Keeley and Billy Byass are also ones to watch.

Will be a close game but Marble Range may just have the edge to keep a hold of top spot.

Lincoln South v Wayback, Centenary

Fresh off a 94-point win against Boston Wayback will look to defeat Lincoln South in a milestone match for two of their players.

Wayback will be without Joe Waugh and Tristan Fennell for the match this weekend.

The match will see Greg Maxfield and Jason Perkins play their 100th league game for Wayback and with the form they have had in recent weeks are sure to stand out in their milestone game.

The Demons should look to get a quicker start to the match this weekend and control play from the opening bounce, set the pace early and use flowing play to set up inside 50s.

With nine goals between them last weekend, James Blewit and Jonty Seal should be amongst it again up forward while Ben Sampson and Thomas Easson continue to factor into the Demons’ best each week.

Souths will welcome Ben Shillabeer, Anton Story and Bradyn Robinson back in but will be without Jhye Teakle, Jake Horton and Aden Martin.

The Eagles will need to match Wayback around the stoppages and apply their defensive pressure to prevent those clearances and entries into the 50.

Luke Wilkins and Paul White will again be among those helping to turn away the Wayback attack while Mitch Jolly and Levi McDonald can be expected to be amongst most contests in the middle.

Souths will need to work hard to set up their own inside 50s, especially against a hardy Wayback defence.

Wayback should get the win here to possibly get back into the top two.

Boston v Mallee Park, Poole Oval

Boston plays at home for the last time this season as they host fourth placed, and finals bound, Mallee Park.

The Tigers will be happy to see Tristan Binder back in the side, Casey Arthur is also expected to play while Aaron Dunn and Ben Leahy are chances as well.

Boston’s defence has been a positive this season, Binder will be a welcome addition up back while Jack Shanley, Marcus Ellis and Mitchell Wilbe will also add to the defensive pressure.

Boston will need to prevent the Peckers’ run and carry, but will also need to work on getting numbers around the contests and using wise disposals through the middle.

Against the Peckers it will not be easy, the run into the 50 from the likes of Jayden Roderick and Casey Amos can see scoring shots instantly materialise while the defensive work of players including Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne, Quade Ware and Ky Miller prevents the same happening at the other end.

For the rest of the year it will be interesting to see what Mallee Park will show, they can certainly win the ball through the middle as good as any team, if they can convert these opportunities into goals they will be dangerous in the finals.

Mallee Park should win easily here.