Stage set for thriller final

Great Flinders football

All roads lead to Cummins oval this week for a great day of grand final action where four of the six clubs get an opportunity for premiership glory.

Ramblers will go in as warm favourites in the colts and United Yeelanna and Ramblers looks an absorbing contest in the reserves.

In the big one, United Yeelanna are chasing an undefeated premiership season against a talented Tumby Bay side who will be determined to defy the odds.

Strap yourselves in folks, it is grand final time.

COLTS 

Ramblers v Cougars (10.15am)

Ramblers will go in as warm favourites in this game after they totally outclassed Cougars in the second semi final.

James Richardson was outstanding in this game booting five goals in a best on ground performance, and the class and high work rate of Jeb Nettle, who is a genuine leader, will be important.

Throw in the likes of Langley, Forster, Parsons and Crettenden, and the Magpies have a high quality outfit with plenty of strength across all parts of the ground.

They will not get it all their way though, as Cougars will be determined to put in a bold showing after bouncing back last week.

Brodie Laube was back in great touch, booting seven, and will be a key component for his side; Jayden Gale finds plenty of the ball and uses it well; and Dobbins, Burns, Haeusler, and Connor are all quality players that will lead by example.

There’s plenty of class in both sides that will ensure a high standard game to start the day.

It is difficult to go against Ramblers’ performance a fortnight ago, and they look set to repeat that result and will record a well earned premiership – Ramblers by four to five goals.

RESERVES

Ramblers v United Yeelanna (12.15pm)

Ramblers earned a spot in the grand final with a hard fought win against Tumby last week, and will be sure to keep a well rested and fit Yeelanna on their toes.

The Eagles were impressive in the second semi where Haylock dominated up forward with four goals, and Aaron Lawrie was impassable across half back with his strong marking.

They have genuine leg speed and run in Reynolds-Rowe, Manners, Doolan and Cafuta, and experienced heads in Sam Hancock and Jamie Kidney will be prominent players at either end of the ground.

Ramblers will look to their experienced players in Scott Blacker and Shawn Fitzgerald who played massive roles in last weeks preliminary final.

Kit Williams was well held, but is a class act at this level and does not need many opportunities to hurt the opposition on the scoreboard.

Franklin, Povey and Richards will provide them with run, Secker is a reliable defender, and Charlton is a talented player at reserves level.

This will be a genuine hard slog between two sides that boast quality, experienced players, but the Eagles look to have a better mix and their leg speed is certain to test the Magpies who will be without key player Tom Nelligan.

Look for a tight first half, but Yeelanna look too well balanced across the ground and will win by two to three goals.

LEAGUE

Tumby Bay v United Yeelanna (2.30pm)

After pushing the Eagles in the second semi final, and then storming in to this week’s big one with a bold performance against Ramblers last week, there’s no doubt that Tumby Bay have breathed some life in to this grand final contest.

They were nothing short of impressive last week with their tackling and pressure a real highlight of a solid four-quarter performance.

United Yeelanna will be primed and ready for them after earning the week off, and should welcome back key players Aaron Watson and Matt Crettenden to the fold after long lay offs with injury.

The midfield dual is going to be absolutely critical for both sides.

It was clearly evident in the second semi final that midfield clearances were a key factor in both sides taking charge of that contest.

They both ooze talent in this department, the Eagles led by ball magnet Xavier Watson, Casey Carr, Michael Crettenden and Brayden Martin, while for the Blues Jordan Hind has elevated his game to another level during the finals, and Mitch Lawrie, Tyler Franklin and Jackson Murphy round off a quality on-ball brigade.

Nigel James is in career best form and looked dangerous when he went forward last week, with Bawden back home coach Michael Harris has some flexibility in the ruck at his disposal.

Glover is a true competitor in the ruck with his no-nonsense approach and he will make James accountable across the ground.

The Eagles look to have genuine fire power up forward with Havelberg in great form, Crettenden always prominent across half forward as a presenting target and Dufek and Breed always present a danger around goals.

Tumby’s defence was at its miserly best last week where Walker, Cave, Losic and Edmonds all performed admirably, and they will need to be at their best again against the competitions most attacking side.

The Eagles have a solid defensive unit as well with Norton, Carr, Dyer and Skinner a cohesive unit that will make their opposition work hard for opportunities.

Rees, Kelly, Bawden and Richardson have worked well together, and will cause some damage if given enough opportunities.

This will be an absorbing contest. The Eagles have been the bench mark all season, but one senses a full strength Tumby outfit have hit their straps at the right time of the year.

It is hard to tip against United Yeelanna and they deservedly go in as warm favourites which should see them win this year’s grand final, but do not be surprised by a bold showing from the Blues who look set to take it up to the Eagles.