Great Flinders football preview
ALL roads will lead to Tumby Bay this weekend as they host the cut throat preliminary final that looks to have a great day of footy action on the cards, culminating with the A grade clash between arch rivals Tumby Bay and Ramblers which should be a belter.
A grade: Tumby Bay v Ramblers
Strap yourself in for this one, with these two sides producing some memorable encounters in recent times.
The Blues have had the wood on their arch rival lately but in their 100th year the perennial finals specialists, Ramblers, will be up and about for this one.
They have an experienced line up and with George Pedler in outstanding form, Jack Haarsma, Blacker, Shirley and Dennis in the mix, coupled with talented youngsters Forster, Nettle and Richardson, they are well positioned to challenge for a grand final spot.
The Blues will need to put last week behind them quickly and to win this game they need big games from their key experienced players Lawrie, Franklin, Calderwood and a returning Nigel James, while Jordan Hind will prove a difficult match up for Ramblers wherever he lines up.
Hartwig has been an impressive addition to the Blues side late in the year and his potential match-up with either Dennis or Mickan will be one worth watching.
It is always a tipster's nightmare to pick a winner between these two.
On the home ground advantage only, Tumby to win by under a goal but do not be surprised by a result either way.
B grade: Tumby Bay v Ramblers
This should be a great prelude to the main game, with both sides boasting plenty of experience that will be required in what looks certain to be a closely fought encounter.
Tumby were soundly beaten last week and will need to turn their form around quickly but with Richardson, Cave, Smith, Brown and Fleming all in good form, they have the ability to win this game.
Ramblers came from behind late to win a fortnight ago and will head in to this clash fresh, with Darling, Kennedy, Quiqley and the talented Adam Haarsma all ready and rearing to go.
Neither side will give an inch in this contest with a grand final spot on the line but going with the home side to win a tight one by less than two goals.
Colts: Ramblers v Cougars
Ramblers will be keen to atone for last week's shock loss to Tumby Bay when they take on a Cougars side boosted by the inclusion of gun midfielder Jayden Gale.
Ramblers will need their big guns Pedler, Treloar and Langley up and about, while Parsons and Modra will play important roles up forward.
Wright, Hill and Laube were all important for Cougars in their comfortable semi-final win a fortnight ago, Shepperd is a good young player, and with Gale uninhibited with no senior role he will likely have a big impact on the game.
This should be a fantastic game to kick start the day, going with Ramblers to win but do not be surprised by a bold showing from Cougars.
Minis: Cougars v United Yeelanna
Cougars have been rocked by injuries heading in to finals but rightly earnt themselves the double chance.
Phelps, Hill and Wright battled hard last week, Blacker worked in to the game well and youngster Thomson was prominent in the midfield.
Yeelanna will be looking for big games from key players Doolan, Dingwall, Modra and Hancock who were all prominent in the first semi-final.
Cougars look to have enough quality in their line-up to get over the line in a close one and advance to the grand final.