Lions go in as favourites in Port Lincoln table tennis finals

The final minor round matches have been completed with the finals series commencing this week.

The round kicked off with Dodgers and Croppos fighting it out, with the loser claiming the wooden spoon for the year.

As has been the case for most of the season, Croppos were undermanned and were never in the hunt, with Dodgers running away with the night 17 to 7.

The other two contests were previews of the first week of finals.

Lions took the psychological advantage over Tigers with a comfortable victory, while Gladiators and Panthers was a much closer affair with Gladiators doing just enough at the end to sneak over the line.

The first match of finals will be curious with Tigers taking on Lions.

Lions go into the contest after having the better of Tigers throughout the season and sit as premiership favourites at this point in the season.

Led by Jason Regan and strengths on every line including Jim Casanova and David Sherry.

The loss of Peter Southam to injury is unfortunate but it should not slow them down.

Tigers have a few weapons too, none better than the undefeated Joseph Harris.

Lions overall experience will see them through to the grand final.

In the elimination final Gladiators take on Panthers.

For much of the season it did not look like Panthers would be playing at this point of the season, but they appear to be peaking at the right time of the year.

Daniel Challinger and Nathan Fong have been consistent, but the keys to their fortunes will fall with Fred Ettridge and Jerome Ah-kit Burgoyne.

Along with the improving play of Jarrad Elson, Panthers have formed into a force to be reckoned with.

Gladiators have the reliable Shane Stockham and Joe Perone, but it will not be enough with Panthers to cause an upset and progress to next week.