Great Flinders football grand final preview
ALL roads lead to Cummins this weekend as the final game of the year decides who will take out this year's Great Flinders grand finals.
The action will kick off at 9.30am with the mini colts grand final followed by the senior colts and reserves, and then the big dance at 2.30pm when United Yeelanna will look to go through the season undefeated and take out back-to-back premierships against Ramblers.
A grade: United Yeelanna v Ramblers
United Yeelanna have once again dominated the competition in season 2019 and boast an imposing record of only losing one game in their past 50 matches, which ironically was against this week's opponent in the 2017 grand final.
Ramblers will be looking to repeat that premiership-winning performance but they are coming up against an outstanding side that is in red hot form.
The Eagles were a well-oiled unit in the second semi-final and looked unstoppable as they made light work of Tumby Bay.
Michael Crettenden was in outstanding form booting 10 goals and his possible match-up with Scotty Blacker will be a beauty.
Watson, Carr, Murnane and Martin will be prominent, and Norton, Mitch Jolly and Skinner will play big roles down back, while Havelberg (if fit), Hall and Ridley form a dangerous forward line.
Ramblers were impressive last week and there is no doubt they will look to bring their trademark pressure to this contest.
They will be well led by 2019 Mail Medallist Jack Haarsma through the middle, and George Pedler and Rob Shirley know what this time of year is all about as do the experienced trio of Blacker, Mickan and James Pedler.
Their younger brigade in Nettle, Forster and Will Haarsma have been in good form and they will look to Rowe and Richardson to give them some targets up forward.
Spectators can expect to see Ramblers try and bottle this game up but the big question will be whether or not they can do enough to stop the competition's most potent offensive side from kicking a winning score.
It should be a great game of footy but you simply cannot tip against the Eagles.
They will continue their dominance of the competition and win themselves another premiership in 2019.
Reserves: United Yeelanna v Tumby Bay
The Eagles will enter this one as red hot favourites after beating the Blues in emphatic fashion a fortnight ago in a dominant display.
Proctor was outstanding in this game, Dufek, Cafuta, Haylock and Howie are all dangerous up forward, while Mitchell and Coombs were dangerous around the ground.
The Blues appeared to sustain some injuries last week to key players Smith and Prime, but may get a handful of players back from their A grade side who bowed out in the preliminary final.
Fleming, Brown and Richardson have been in good touch and Jacob Cave gives them some strength around the contest, while the inclusion of Watson and Gardner will be important.
The Blues should present a stronger side for this one but it is difficult to go past the Eagles and they will win to secure the reserves premiership.
Colts: Ramblers v Tumby Bay
This contest has the potential to be the match of the day after their tight contest in the second semi-final where Tumby Bay came out on top by nine points.
Ramblers hit back strongly to win convincingly last week and with key players Pedler, Parsons, Treloar and Langley all in good touch, you can expect them to bounce back strongly for this one.
The Blues have enjoyed the week off and should go in at full strength for the final game of the year.
Higgins, Richardson and Pople have been outstanding all year, Beinke has plenty of ability and will play an important role, while the strength of Webb could be a valuable addition from the win a fortnight ago.
This should be a cracker of a contest between two evenly matched sides - going to stick with the Blues to win a close one by less than a goal.
Mini colts: Tumby Bay v Cougars
Tumby Bay have enjoyed an outstanding season to date and will enter this game as warm favourites as they look towards a well-deserved premiership.
They were too strong for Cougars in the second semi-final, when Challinger, Jefferson, Franks, Carr and the talented Burgoyne proved too much for their young opponents.
Cougars well and truly earnt the right for another crack this week's final with a spirited win against the Eagles last week.
Phelps, Blacker, Hill, Wright, Hazelgrove and youngster Thomson will be prominent for their side and will look to bring their younger teammates in to the game.
It is hard to go past the Blues though, they have plenty of depth and will go on to win the 2019 premiership and cap off a strong season.