Yeelanna too tough for Tumby to topple

Great Flinders football

SECOND semi-final action at Karkoo this weekend, with Tumby Bay and Yeelanna dominating the card.

A grade: United Yeelanna v Tumby Bay

The Eagles will enter this one as the warmest of favourites after dominating the minor round once again.

They are chock-full of talent across every line and will prove very difficult to topple.

Their midfield oozes class with Watson, Michael Crettenden, Carr and Martin outstanding users who hunt the footy, their back half is solid, led by Norton, Matt Crettenden and Jolly, while up forward they have multiple options through Havelberg, Howie, Breed and Ridley.

The Blues possess an outstanding midfield as well, with Hind, Lawrie and Franklin all dangerous players, but the loss of Murphy is a big blow, and rumour has it big man Nigel James will also be missing this week.

Their back half led by Walker, Lebrun and Edmonds will have a big job and up forward they will be looking from strong output from Rees, Hartwig and Bawden if he plays.

There is some genuine quality running around for both sides which should ensure a quality game, but it is all but impossible to tip against the Eagles. They will win by five goals plus.

Reserves: United Yeelanna v Tumby Bay

The last two times these sides met, Tumby Bay won by 20 points but you can expect two very different sides for this contest.

They both have a strong balance of youth and experience which will be interesting to see how they combat each other.

The Blues will look to Fleming, Franklin, Smith and Richardson, while the run of Newton and Hammond will be important, and up forward Prime and Pahl form a dangerous duo.

The Eagles have plenty of ability with McLachlan a class act, Coombs, Proctor and Pobke all enjoying solid seasons, and Harris and the experienced Haylock making their presence felt.

Tough to pick a winner here but will go with the Eagles at their home ground.

Colts: Ramblers v Tumby Bay

Ramblers finished the minor round on top and go in as favourites, well led by Harvey Pedler, Parsons and Langley, while Modra, Claughton and Treloar are in good form.

The Blues will be led by the talented Brodie Higgins. Richardson, Beinke and Pople all have ability, and Franks and Murphy are dangerous in front of goals.

This will be a tough assignment for the Blues but at their best they can challenge their more fancied opponents. Tipping the Magpies though.

Minis: Tumby Bay v Cougars

The Blues are undefeated and have a talented side that play a great brand of football.

Challinger, Jefferson, Burgoyne and Trezise have been excellent all year, and Carr and Prosser have also enjoyed excellent seasons.

Cougars have been rocked by injuries late in the season with their two best players Mickan and Ackland out, but will look to Blacker, Thomson, Hill and wild card Jimmy Doudle to fill the void.

The Blues will win by two to three goals.