AFTER a fortnight off with the Kinlough Cup and state championships, local footy is back in full swing this weekend with some big games on the cards.
A fresh United Yeelanna will go in as warm favourites against Eyre United, Lock travel to Kapinnie to take on Cougars, while in the match of the round Ramblers host Tumby Bay at Cummins in a massive game for both these clubs.
United Yeelanna v Eyre United, Karkoo
It is all but impossible to make a case for the Saints this week as they take on the biggest challenge in Great Flinders at the moment - an undefeated United Yeelanna side on their home dung hill at the Kooplex.
Eyre United have battled manfully at different times but the reality is they are behind the eight ball in most games with their depth simply not there.
Jordan Telfer continues to lead from the front and Fitzgerald, Gale, Forrest and Johno Telfer have all given their all week in week out.
United Yeelanna have been unstoppable to date and one senses that coach Corey Murnane will be looking for the next five weeks to pass quickly and injury free as they enter another finals series and their title defence.
They have class across all lines with Jaxen Norton leading a disciplined defence.
Watson, Carr and Martin head up a quality midfield, while in attack Havelberg, Crettenden and the underrated Howie have all been in damaging form in front of goals.
This has potential to be a big blow out - the Eagles will win by plenty at home and continue their undefeated run.
Cougars v Lock, Kapinnie
In the second game, Cougars host Lock at Kapinnie Oval with the Cougars boys keen to keep themselves well and truly in the hunt for the double chance.
Their form has been excellent in the last five to six weeks, and they certainly made Yeelanna work hard for the win a fortnight ago.
Brad Hazelgrove is in career best form, Lochie Paech has lost nothing since returning from injury and Konitzka, Scott, Watson and Green have been in fine touch.
Up forward the return of Dylan Wandner has given them a genuine target and youngster Brodie Laube has been in good form across half forward with his hands a feature.
The Roos will no doubt be keen to spoil the party but the big question will be have they got enough firepower to match it with an in-form Cougars side.
Levi and Billy Brown have both enjoyed excellent seasons, Glover uses the ball well, and the Heath boys and Morton give them some strength around the contests.
Cougars' defence has been hard to penetrate in recent weeks and they will limit Lock's ability to kick a winning score.
Cougars to win by five goals plus at home.
Ramblers v Tumby Bay, Cummins
In this week's match of the round, traditional rivals Ramblers and Tumby Bay go head to head in what is sure to be yet another classic between these two clubs.
They have produced some outstanding games in recent times and this one looks to be no exception with both sides going in fresh and with second spot on the line it is a massive contest for both sides.
The Blues have mixed their form a bit of late, with injuries preventing them from presenting a full side.
They have a quality midfield with Hind, Lawrie, Murphy and Franklin all in excellent form, Joe Walker and an in form Brayden Calderwood lead a disciplined defence, while up forward, Rees and new recruit Matty Hartwig have been dangerous options in front of goal.
Ramblers should go in to this contest nearing full strength with Shirley back in the side, and George Pedler fully recovered from injury alongside the Haarsma boys and Sampson they have plenty of options to roll through the middle of the ground.
Dennis and Mickan will be important cogs in their defence, while up forward James Pedler and youngster James Richardson will both need to be closely monitored by the Tumby defence.
Neither side looks capable of blowing this game apart as traditionally they produce tight, low-scoring contests and this one will be the same again.
This is a tough one as always to pick but the Blues should win by less than two goals.
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