Tight clash at Ravendale

MARK: Tasman's Nathan Frost secures the mark against Lincoln South last weekend.

MARK: Tasman's Nathan Frost secures the mark against Lincoln South last weekend.

Port Lincoln football

The fourth round of Port Lincoln football is upon us and this weekend will see one team try to knock off the top side, another try to tighten their grip on the top two and one still looking for its first win in nearly three years.

TASMAN V MALLEE PARK - Ravendale

Tasman have continued to show dominance on the field, coming off a 93-point win against Lincoln South last weekend.

They will go into this weekend without coach Boyd McCurry, who is out with a shoulder injury and Brodie White, who has a knee injury.

Potential inclusions are Matt James, Lachie Webb, Mitch Jude and Tex Sinclair.

They will go up against a determined Mallee Park, who have been boosted by a 58-point win against Boston last weekend.

The side will potentially be unchanged from the side that defeated the Tigers on Saturday.

To win the Peckers will need a strong defence to shut off tall targets like Ben Daniels and Brent Harris, who combined for nine goals on Saturday, and league leading goalkicker Johann Wagner is always a threat.

The Peckers have a lot of pace and the Roosters will need to cut off those avenues to the 50 and prevent them from dominating the centre clearances.

Ball winners like Kingsley Bilney Jnr, Derick Wanganeen and Casey Amos will be ones to watch for Mallee Park while Delehay Miller, Jace Rodda and Jacob Collins should win key possessions for Tasman.

Mallee Park will be a tough challenge but Tasman should be able to get a close one to two goal win to remain undefeated at home.

BOSTON V MARBLE RANGE - Poole Oval

These two teams are smarting from losses last weekend and will be hungry for the ball from the opening siren.

Boston suffered the aforementioned loss to Mallee Park while Marble Range lost at home to Wayback by 22 points.

The Tigers will be missing Rex Whitehair with injury and Ben Underdown is out too.

Brodie Falciani is expected in for his first game of the year with a number of players expected to be elevated from reserves including Aaron Little, Blake Staunton, Brad Green and Nick Jones.

Missing from Rangers will be Blaze Kay and Tom Gent, both with hamstring injuries while expected inclusions are Kory Beard, Jayden Sampson and Angus Martin.

Boston will need to win the contested football in the midfield, stay in the face of the Ranger opposition and not let them set up their space along the wings.

Sunny Singh will hope to get plenty more opportunities in front of goal, coming off a six goal haul against the Peckers.

The Rangers are good at picking their targets and setting up passages through the midfield, look to Lance Appleby and Joe Burgoyne to provide plenty of run while Tynan Keeley and Kory Beard will be good targets up forward.

Boston are constantly improving and building to their first win in nearly three years, but signs point to a Ranger win by at least five goals.

WAYBACK V LINCOLN SOUTH - Centenary

Wayback will look to keep a strong hold on its top two spot on the ladder when it goes up against Lincoln South at Centenary.

Isaac Grima is an expected exclusion for the Demons while Lloyd Carr should play his first A grade game for the club.

For Souths coach Paul Stelzer will be on the sidelines and Patrick Newman is an expected out, while Cohen Taylor and Matt Stelzer are expected to play this weekend.

Souths are good at applying defensive pressure and will need to showcase that against the Wayback attack.

Paul White and Anton Story should stand up for Souths once again, expect Aiden Baker and Levi McDonald to win contested possessions in the midfield while Ben Shillabeer and Brodie Drewitt continue to be effective in front of goal.

Wayback will drive its attack through winning the ball in the centre, Shaun Maxfield can drive the attack with his pursuit of the footy and Ben Sampson has proven to be effective at both ends of the field, coming off a four-goal performance against Rangers.

Wayback should be too good for the plucky Lincoln Souths side and should win by at least 10 goals.

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