Ramblers look to bounce back against Saints

United Yeelanna confirmed their outright premiership favouritism last week when they defeated Ramblers in emphatic fashion, which leaves them sitting comfortably at the top of the ladder.

Ramblers get an opportunity to jump back on the winners list against Eyre United this week, Tumby Bay host Lock and in the final game, United Yeelanna travel to Cummins to take on Cougars who were disappointing last week against Tumby Bay.


Lock will be keen to continue their winning form when they travel to Tumby Bay, against the Blues who produced their best performance of the year last week defeating Cougars comfortably.

They had excellent performances from Hind, Lawrie, Franklin and Murphy, while Steve Rees was back in some touch booting four goals and Murphy was also dangerous offensively kicking four from a midfield role.

The Roos will face another tough assignment against an opposition that has some genuine match winners.

Throw in the talent of EP reps Joe Walker and Nigel James, then Lock will need to be at their best to compete.

Northcott, Morton, Heath and Brown have been in excellent touch for their side and youngsters Crosby and Glover are genuine talents with big futures.

It was also great to see Justin Beard back playing football again last week in a spirited comeback for his side.

From all reports the Blues were good last week, at home they look a bit too polished for the Roos and will win by 4-5 goals.


Eyre United would have been disappointed with their effort last week after a promising finish to their contest against Cougars the week before.

To manage just one goal would be a real concern for their coach and he will need to find something this week against one of the competitions tightest defensive units.

Dunn has some ability to provide a target and Gale some strength, but they need to get more offensively out of the likes of Treager and Neale to help them kick a winning score.

Telfer continues to get plenty of it across half back although it is not hurting opposition sides and maybe it is worth moving him in to the midfield or a wing to give them some drive.

Ramblers will be smarting after copping an old fashioned touch up from the Eagles.

They may go in without a couple of key players in Skinner and George Pedler who both suffered injuries last week.

James Pedler is in great form, Jack Haarsma has been good and Hall is becoming a consistent player in the ruck.

Hard to see the Saints troubling a rebounding Magpies side.

Ramblers to win comfortably after half time.


In this week's match of the round Cougars will get an opportunity to regain some respect from the football community against the ladder leaders.

They were disappointing against Tumby, but have been hampered by some injuries and unavailability of players - at full strength they will be a dangerous side.

The challenge for coach Doudle will be getting them playing well together when it really matters.

With the likes of Konitzka, Craggs-Sappford, Paech, Hazelgrove and Monfries at his disposal, they have a good list that will trouble most sides.

The Eagles are virtually unstoppable at the minute, winning games comfortably with a number of key players still yet to hit top gear and in a scary thought, still not playing with their best 21.

Havelberg made his presence felt booting nine last week, Howie also hit the scoreboard with four and Mitch Jolly showed again what a valuable player he is with a typical tough game in a best on ground performance.

With the Crettenden boys, Carr and Watson roaming through the midfield, they have a quality mix that will be difficult to overcome.

Supporters should expect a bold response from Cougars, but it looks a tough ask against a very good opponent.

The Eagles to win comfortably by five goals plus.