Port Lincoln football preliminary finals preview
A GRADE: Mallee Park v Marble Range - 2.40pm
MALLEE Park have one more chance to make the grand final after being pipped at the post by Tasman.
The Peckers' defence shone against Tasman. Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne was on fire at full back with Kingsley Ware and Quade Ware getting several rebounds off the back half and Ron Carbine showed great attack of the footy. Derrick Wanganeen and Kingsley Bilney Jnr should create several centre clearances, Wes Bilney has proven key for inside 50s and Scott Young comes off a five-goal haul.
Rangers' midfield should not be discounted. Lance Appleby and Billy Byass provide good run though the middle and can infiltrate the 50. Boyd West and Cody Pilgrim can win the contested football. In defence Wade Hansen and Glen Schreiber attack the ball well and can turn it in Rangers' favour.
In attack Tynan Keeley will provide that leading mark and effective kick for goal while Kory Beard can take the mark from off half back or half forward. Against Wayback, Rangers kicked six goals, to have a chance against the fast finishing Peckers they will require more goals and effort. Tip: Mallee Park by 30-40 points
B GRADE: Mallee Park v Lincoln South - 12.45pm
Mallee Park will look to rebound from its narrow loss to Tasman in the second semi, but must improve their inside 50 efficiency if they want to truly rebound. Graham and Nathan Johncock each scored two of the Peckers' five goals and could score even more this weekend.
Ky Miller uses his height well in the ruck and to take the turnover marks off half back, Ronald Carbine can take on packs and can be hard to stop at full run and Cameron Carbine is an effective forward target who can get the scoreboard ticking.
Lincoln South have just one win against the Peckers in 2019 but have the tools to beat against the minor premiers. Tim Kidney and Kane Hope are ball winners who can make the most of their possessions while Adrian Campbell and Damon Traeger display their experience to win the footy.
Souths won in the first semi despite kicking four goals for the game. They will need their forwards like Ryan Syvertsen and Filippo Fiore to be truly firing if they want to be a real chance. Tip: Mallee Park by 12-15 points
UNDER 17: Wayback v Marble Range - 11am
Last week Wayback were very good for three quarters before being blown away in the fourth, so will go in with some confidence.
Beau Sampson should show a four quarter effort and his running ability and breaking will be vital. Ned Linton can start through the midfield or be used as a shut down player and Zac Mullins has extreme pace and great goal sense.
Ruck duo Calvin Hawke and Dakotah Craig will have a big role and look for the clearance work of Hamish Newman and the class of Wilson McShane. Up forward Dannen Blacker and leading goal kicker Samuel Clark can turn a game off their own boot.
For the Rangers they have a team full of big game experience. Joshua and Thomas Bradford have pace and skills to burn and given room will cut opponents to pieces and talls Price Marshall and Max Bartlett can take a lot of grabs and influence play.
Captain Gil Casanova was huge in his side's first semi win and saves his best for days like this while Arley Byass is dangerous from anywhere in the attacking half. Corey Hatzimanolis is a clearance specialist while game breaker Will Charlton can be used anywhere. Tip: Marble Range by 11-20 points
UNDER 15: Wayback v Marble Range - 9.40am
Wayback were stunned in the second half by Souths last week and coach Todd McShane will look for an immediate response. Midfield gun Beau Baldwin has power running and strong hands, Jay Mullins shows elite kicking and composure and Calem Krollig can be unstoppable.
Ruck duo Saxon Spencer and Keeley Pheeney can influence the game with their athleticism and physicality. Other players to watch include John Bascomb, Tyler Cameron and Brodey Waters and Jaxon Hart can kick team lifting goals.
Expect something different from Rangers coach Glyn Owen as his team will be confident after a hard fought first semi win. Captain Kyle Turner gives everything and is an inspirational leader and classy mover Tom Morgan can switch through half forward and the midfield.
Eli Giddings was best on ground last week and has added high marking to his game while Cooper Wilkins will be needed to continue his excellent season and hit the scoreboard. Defensively Taj Freeman gets the job done and Will Symonds has shined at full back. Cooper Miller is made for finals and will love the big occasion. Tip: Wayback by 21-30 points
UNDER 13: Mallee Park v Marble Range - 8.30am
The Peckers got their first taste of finals last week and while well beaten they showed some brilliance. League rising star Michael Burgoyne III has clean ball handling and can read the play and Barry Johncock III can play through the midfield or in ruck and will need to get first touch.
On the wing Seamus Clark gives everything to inspire his team while Tristan Edwards can run and carry and kick team-lifting goals.
In defence Levi Virt was outstanding last weekend with his ferocious attack of the ball while Daniel McNamara Jnr is a quality defender. Look for goals from Justin Miller, Tyreese Sumner and Zachariah Young.
The Rangers' strengths lie in their midfield guns, Cooper Puckridge is a ball magnet and Mitchell Pearce works hard defensively with elite tackling.
Fletch Beard and James Semmens are dangerous around the goals, Bodhi Brown is a rugged defender who can rebound off half back and Dylan Morgan could be key with his strong marking and ability to cover the ground. Tip: Marble Range by 1-10 points