Round three will no doubt hold more shocks in Great Southern football. It is rivalry round, culminating in the Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek clash on Anzac Day.
Yankalilla play Goolwa/Port Elliot and the Tigers are one of the true form teams in the competition. Their spread and power in the mid-field is the best in the league and to beat them you will first have to deprive their key play makers of the ball.
Whittlesea starts it all in the ruck and the run of Kane, Sidebottom, Kay, Mellow and Barras just tears teams apart. The Magpies are yet to win a game after experiencing a draw with the Hawks in round two and losing to Willunga in round one.
The defence of Goolwa/Port Elliot is holding the side together and it will need to be at its best to control Hinge, Fisher, Gillings, Wilson and James, especially if the supply is not under pressure. Rugolo, Berry and Nissen are playing well for the Magpies and young guns Fry and LeRay will get plenty of the ball too.
If the Magpies are to pull off an upset it will need to expose the Tiger defence and utilise stars Ebert, Staple, Frewen and Lees.
Kiss Of Death – Yankalilla by 21 points.
The other unbeaten team in the competition, Willunga host Myponga/Sellicks and the Mudlarks probably did not wish for the Easter break to come after knocking off perennial finalist Encounter Bay in round two. The Mudlarks have a lot of confidence and will need it to defeat a fast running Demon unit.
It is not just the pace of Willunga that will hurt Myponga/Sellicks, but the height advantage as well. Haskett, Standfield and Thomas will be hard to stop, but for the Mudlarks, Gum is in top form and he combines so well with Duldig. James Hutchinson and Mayes are two young stars for the Mudlarks.
Kiss Of Death – Willunga by 19 points.
Victor Harbor play Encounter Bay at Victor and the Roos will not want to start the game like they did against Yankalilla. A 10 goal start will cost you every game. There are doubts on the fitness of Alleway and Ross and without these two guns it will be hard for Victor to go with the Bays.
Allen, Davis-Neale, Hamish Tonkin and Kleinig are on fire for the Bays, while Vizzari, Sam Basham, Les Weetra, Oliver Dowling and Bartlett are having good seasons for the Roos. Victor’s record in the last two meetings with the Bays is not good and the proud club will be hoping to bounce back this week against its arch rival.
Kiss Of Death – Victor Harbor by 7 points.
Mount Compass have lost both games and will need a win against McLaren. Hill, Lemm and Daniel are good finds for the Dogs and Skuse and Scholz are fitting in well at McLaren. Mount Compass need to stay disciplined if they are to regain the form which won the 2016 premiership.
Kiss Of Death – Mount Compass by 12 points.
On Anzac Day Langhorne Creek and Strathalbyn play one of the blockbuster games of the season. Anyone can win this. The run and class of Lawson, Sam Elliott, Cousins and McDonald against Perrey, Lally, Matt Tonkin and Howell will give the crowd plenty to enjoy. The Roosters easily accounted for the Hawks in 2016, but this Langhorne Creek team is totally different.
Kiss Of Death – Strathalbyn by 2 points.