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Great Flinders Football - Round 5 Preview

Before we get started, huge thanks must be given to all the coaches and teams for providing the information each week, this doesn’t work without coaches helping us out and providing the ins and outs.


Fingers crossed that big rain is right around the corner for all farmers!




Tumby Bay vs Elliston Districts


Tumby Bay Ins – Luke Roach, Latrelle Sumner Outs – Grant McLeod +1 more


Elliston Districts Ins – Rhys Kelsh, Harvey Fleming, Jaxon Tansell Outs – Tom Gibson, Jason Thompson, Rhett Schumann


Both sides are coming off competitive games last weekend. Ramblers really took it up to Tumby Bay last weekend and it took the Blues best in the last quarter to run over the top. Joe Walker continued on his excellent form this season and Matt Hartwig stood up in the last by kicking 3 final quarter goals.


The Roosters had a competitive hit-out against the Eagles in the Grand Final rematch with the scoreboard not reflecting the battle that the two sides had. Ross Bascomb and Charlie Gibson controlled the backline once again for the Roosters and were well supported by Tom Lee and Josh Horgan.


The inclusion of Rhys Kelsh for the Roosters will prove pivotal this weekend up against the height of the McDonald twins and Nigel James.


Joe Walker and Ross Bascomb have been at their intercepting best since the start of the season, with both players consistently named in the top 3 best players.


Tumby Bay’s younger brigade in Thomas Allen and Hudson Franks impressed last week against the reigning premiers and have provided plenty of run for the Blues so far this season.


According to Blues coach Craig Curtis, they’re still searching for a consistent 4 quarter effort whereas the Roosters have struggled to get a consistent side on the park with many ins/outs each week.


The Blues should prove hard to beat at home.


Congratulations to Rhett Schumann and Jason Thompson who made their A Grade debut for the Roosters last weekend.



Cummins Kapinnie vs Eyre United


Cummins Kapinnie Ins – Jake Mahoney, Ryan Hazelgrove, Leroy Brown-Baldock Outs – Dylan Wandner, Charlie Turnbull, Reuben Hill


Eyre United Ins – Vaughan Thomas, Kye Butler Outs – Nathan Peters, Richard Norris


Plenty on the line in this game for both sides with both teams looking for their first win. Eyre United competed well against the Lock side last week, with the third quarter being the main difference whereas Cougars will be coming into this game fresh off a bye.


Dylan Wandner will be a significant out for the Cougars side who will miss his experience and calm head across the half-back line.


Both sides have struggled to kick a large score this season and it might come down as to which big fella kicks the winning score in Max Baldissera for the Saints and Thomas Phelps for Cougars.


Kobe Vlassco has provided a handful for defenders this year with his pace and football smarts on full display against Lock last weekend, whereas Daniel Puckridge managed 3 goals for Cougars in their last outing against Ramblers.


Jay Green has been in excellent form in the midfield for Cougars throughout the year and will be up against young Will Turner from the Saints who has started the season well, fresh out of colts last year.


Both sides will be extremely keen for a win this weekend but it’s hard to go past the home side in Cougars to get their first win on the board for 2023.



Lock vs Ramblers


Lock

Ins – Luke Durdin, Blaze Kay, Ryan Durdin, Levi Brown Outs – Kory Beard, Ryan Siebert, Tait Hetzel, Tim Boehm


Ramblers Ins – Jimmy Richardson, Blair Buchanan, Darcy Claughton, Henry Treloar Outs – Tysan Mickan, Cody Modra, Joel Modra, Billy Pilgrim


The undermanned Roos side can’t take a trick at the moment, although managing a good win against Eyre United last weekend it came at a cost with Kory Beard not playing after quarter time due to injury and Ryan Siebert also going down at training with an ankle injury.


The Magpies were also undermanned against Tumby Bay last weekend, competing hard in typical Rambler fashion. The Magpies will welcome back several key players this weekend, as they look to give the Roos their first loss of the year.


Will Haarsma and Guy Morton have been some of the standout players in the competition so far this season and will likely line-up on each other at some point in the midfield.


Tom Crettenden will be looking to hit the scoreboard again this weekend in his 50th game for the Magpies, likely up against the go-go gadget arms of Gonzo Kelly for Lock.


With Lock missing both key forwards in Travis Beard and Ryan Siebert, Cain Reynolds will be looking to kick another big score for the home side this weekend up against a tough Magpies defence. Other than the Eagles game, the Magpies have only averaged 7 goals against.


The Roos have also been miserly in defence, averaging only 4 goals against per game – although coming against the bottom 3 sides.


With the Roos significant outs, this game is too tough to call in what is shaping up to be a low-scoring physical game.

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