Tasman gear up for big day of finals

TRAPPED: Tasman's Jackson Smith tries to move the ball past Lincoln South defenders Jevan Horton and Darby Glass. These teams will clash again in the under 15 first semi final.
TRAPPED: Tasman's Jackson Smith tries to move the ball past Lincoln South defenders Jevan Horton and Darby Glass. These teams will clash again in the under 15 first semi final.

UNDER 17 – Tasman v Mallee Park

THE ROOSTERS will start their quest for a three-peat in what could be the game of the day. They have stars all over the park with the speedy running ability of Mitch Jude and the skillful George Wilks.

Lachlan Webb is playing with confidence while on-baller, small forward Billy Haebich has been the best player in the camp since Kinlough Cup. Tackling machine Cooper Perham will set the tone for his team thriving on contested ball.

In the forward 50, Jacob Blacker does not need a lot of it to cause damage on the scoreboard while Oscar White and Jesse Cornish can find the goals.

In defence Sam Casanova thrives on making it tough for the opposition while Howard can set play up from the half back line.

Peckers face their second game of finals-like atmosphere having won their last minor round clash to qualify for this game.

They are a led by the all day running of Waylon Miller and run and carry style of Daniel Kartinyeri and key position gun Paul Hall can play both ends.

Leonard Wells Junior is the most explosive forward in the competition, Raymond Betts has dominated recently and Ronald Carbine Junior is a high quality defender.

Jyzaih Jones, a player with talent and the ability to break the game open, could be the X-factor. Tip: Tasman to win 1-10 points.

UNDER 15 – Tasman v Lincoln South

The Roosters head into this clash full of confidence after a win over the same opposition in the last minor round.

Among their quality players is Jaiden Jude who has elite kicking skills and strong running power, he is supported in the midfield by the aggressive Toby Casanova with the ability to win contested ball and break tackles while Max Murray is an improved ruck who shows promise. Daniel Gobin and Jackson Smith are talented outside players who love to run and carry.

At half back, Max Coote is one of the best key defenders in the game and can push through the midfield or forward as an option while Henry Price can play either end. Toby Wright also looks set for a big finals series.

It has been a battle for Eagles to get their best side together but expect this to change. Leaders Barry Speed and Elijah Males will need to play big games through the middle while Tyson Pratt will be hoping to bring his under 17s form to the clash.

The return of Max Rogalski, Jamayah Craig, Dylan Evans and Jordan Wanganeen will boost the Eagles.

Defenders Zac Kenny and Darby Glass will need to control the back half while Jevan Horton will need to contest the ruck and push forward to find goals. Ethan Richards could also be dangerous. Tip: Tasman to win 31-40 points.

UNDER 13 – Marble Range v Wayback

Rangers go in as favourites after the return of Cooper Miller, a star who can play through the midfield or up forward.

Will Symonds is the in-form ruck and should give first use to Latrell Sumner and Archer Pertzel.

Kaleb Oestmann and hard running Campbell O’Brien lead the way in defence and Cooper Puckridge and Dylan Morgan can play any position.

In attack Thomas Davis and Asher Miller-Pickett can hit the scoreboard while hard-hitting in and under player River Doudle is capable of tearing the game apart.

The Demons have struggled at times but come into finals with nothing to lose.

The tall Jaxon Hart will be vital with his ability to take pack marks. Kade Mullins has silky skills and rarely wastes a possession while Bailey Fraiser leads from the front thriving on physical pressure.

For Wayback to compete they need big games from Archie Eldrifge, Arjay Isle and youngsters Archie Coote and Oscar Paull.

Tip: Rangers to win 21-30 points.

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