Derby first semi warm up

Great Flinders football

This week is the final minor round game for 2018 in Great Flinders football and the season comes to a close for Eyre United and Lock who will miss this year’s finals.

The Saints take on Tumby on the Blues home deck, Lock take on the Eagles at home, and in the match of the round Ramblers host Cougars in a prelude to next week’s first semi final.

Tumby Bay v Eyre United

Tumby Bay get an opportunity to fine tune their finals campaign when they take on Eyre United at home, and will likely see the return of up to six key players from last weeks loss, with Walker, Losic and Rees all set to return in a boost for their side.

They were good for three quarters against the Eagles, but faded in the last quarter in a disappointing finish to the contest.

Murphy and Franklin were excellent for them in the midfield, James solid in the ruck and along with key players Lawrie and Hind they possess a quality midfield that will look to overrun the Saints onballers led by Traeger, Hall and Neale. Jordy Telfer has been in outstanding form.

It will be interesting to see if Tumby attempt to nullify his impact across half back with a defensive tag.

The key to the Saints pushing the Blues this week will be their ability to kick a winning score against a tight-knit defence, and will rely on Young and Sumner to be dangerous options in front of goal.

At the other end, Tom Kelly has been good since returning to the side, Rees is dangerous in front of goal, and their midfield rotations gives them options up forward when resting.

Make no mistake, the Saints would love nothing better to knock off their neighours to wind up their season, but a near full-tilt Tumby outfit look to have too much class and will win by four to five goals after a tight first half.

Lock v United Yeelanna

Lock are coming off their best win of the year after they dug deep and proved too good for Ramblers last week in a spirited showing that would have delighted the Roos’ faithfuls.

It was a fitting end to a frustrating season, and they will once again throw caution to the wind this week against the ladder leaders.

Levi Brown is in excellent form, Morton was strong at the contest as usual last week leading from the front, and with some quality youngsters in Wright, Siebert, and Glover, there is plenty of optimism.

...the local derby between Ramblers and Cougars will be an intriguing contest given the two sides will meet again in next week’s first semi final.

Yeelanna did what they do so often against Tumby last week – flexing their muscle when it mattered to kick seven final quarter goals and record a comfortable win in the end, with key onballers Watson and Carr finding plenty of it.

Havelberg looks to be getting better and better each week and is obviously a class player, and with the Crettenden brothers and Dufek up forward it looks difficult for the Roos’ defence to hold them all for four quarters.

Much of their chances will largely depend on just who is in and out of the side, but if they can regain Hetzel to their midfield mix, he will be an important cog to their on-ball brigade to assist in combating the league’s best midfield.

On paper this looks like a lop sided contest, but given the Roos’ boosting win last week they will enter this one with their confidence high and look to finish off the season on a major high by inflicting Yeelanna’s first loss.

No doubt they will battle hard, but the Eagles will simply be too classy and too good to win comfortably in the end.

Ramblers v Cummins-Kapinnie

In this week’s match of the round, the local derby between Ramblers and Cougars will be an intriguing contest given the two sides will meet again in next week’s first semi final.

It will certainly be interesting to see just who lines up for both of them, and how the two coaches play it out.

Ramblers have had the wood over Cougars in recent times, so no doubt coach Julian Doudle will be keen to have his charges up and about to test themselves for next weeks knock out final.

They were polished after half time against the Saints, the Green boys were outstanding and strong at the contest.

They also had the usual good service from Konitzka and Lochie Paech who will have big roles to play against an experienced Magpie midfield with George Pedler in excellent form and Shirley expected to return to the side.

Brad Hazelgrove has been in dangerous and ominous form, booting 10 goals in the last fortnight, and he looms as a potential match winner if he spends enough time up forward.

Tysan Mickan may get the gig of picking him up when he plays forward with Mickan himself running into some sound form in recent weeks.

Hall will have a big job in the ruck curtailing Konitzka, but he is a genuine competitor who is prepared to work hard all day and will take it up to the competition’s premier ruckman.

You can expect nothing less than a strongly contested game of footy in this one – Ramblers will look to assert their authority and recent dominance over Cougars.

However, with Monfries, Cragg-Sappford and Konitzka, Cougars look to have some size and strength about them that can certainly test the Magpies.

Tough one to pick, and regardless of the result, next week will be game on again for these two, but going with Ramblers to win this week by less than 10 points in a close one.