Rivals go head to head in round two

ANZAC: Ramblers take on Cougars in the official Great Flinders Anzac match while Tumby Bay heads to Ungarra to play Eyre United. Pictured are Tumby's Joe Walker and Rambler's Tysan Mickan in their round one match.
ANZAC: Ramblers take on Cougars in the official Great Flinders Anzac match while Tumby Bay heads to Ungarra to play Eyre United. Pictured are Tumby's Joe Walker and Rambler's Tysan Mickan in their round one match.

Great Flinders football kicks back into action with the Anzac round which has local rivals pitted against each other.

Cougars host Ramblers in the official Anzac game at Cummins Oval, Lock host United Yeelanna, while in the local derby at Ungarra, the Saints take on Tumby Bay.

The Blues will be keen to bounce back quickly after going down to Ramblers in round one, and will welcome back Jordan Hind, along with Bawden who should play.

From all reports Lawrie, Walker, Murphy and Franklin were prominent a fortnight ago, but they will need big improvement from a number of players to overcome the Saints, and ensure a more even contribution.

Eyre United ran in to a rampaging Eagles outfit who kicked off their premiership defence in emphatic style, and the Saints will need to quickly regroup to get their season back on track.

Forrest was impressive in this loss, Telfer his usual self finding plenty of it, while Gale, Betts and Traeger all had good moments.

Their depth looks tested this year, but they do have quality players on their list that will make life difficult for opposition sides.

Expect an improved performance on their home deck, but a full strength Tumby Bay side should simply have too much class and will win comfortably.

Eagles travel to Lock, and with a week to freshen up, there are ominous signs for the Roos to open their account against an opponent hungry unit to defend their premiership title.

They were dominant against Eyre United with Havelberg on the receiving end of slick supply to bag 10 majors, Mitch Jolly made an excellent return, and Martin, Breed and Murnane found plenty of the ball.

The Roos battled hard against Cougars last week, Kelly, Slape, Heath and Hetzel were prominent, but need to find a way to kick more goals. Defensively they were good, but face a different opponent with the Eagles boasting the most potent forward line in the comp and a dominant midfield unit.

They are a class side and will be too good for a plucky Roos outfit that will battle hard, the Eagles to win running away after half time.

In the official Anzac game, Cougars take on Ramblers in what should be an absorbing contest.

Cougars have picked up several big name recruits. One of those, Duncan Cragg-Sapsford, was best on ground in round one. With solid contributions from Hazelgrove, Scott, Konitzka and C. Paech, they ensured their side got off to a winning start.

They lose Konitzka through suspension, but will likely get reigning mail medallist Lochie Paech back in to the side in a boost to their midfield stocks.

Ramblers did enough to get over Tumby, and appear to have injected leg speed through Treloar and Haarsma. With experienced players in the Pedler brothers, Shirley and Mickan they have a well balanced side that will challenge when it matters.

This should be a cracker of a contest and on paper is a tough one to predict. Going with Cougars to get early ascendancy and win by less than three goals.