They have played in the last four grand finals winning two premierships and after most of the season languishing around the bottom of the ladder, Encounter Bay are now making their move. They are only half a game out of the five after a thrilling five point win on Saturday against Myponga Sellicks.
Willunga, who thumped McLaren by 119 points, Yankalilla who downed a courageous Victor Harbor by 30 points and Mount Compass who rolled a disappointing Strathalbyn by 62 points are certainties for finals and Goolwa/Port Elliot after their convincing win over Langhorne Creek look set to make a case for another finals appearance. This leaves one spot left and it will be a fight between the Bays, Langhorne Creek and Victor Harbor.
There are still seven rounds to go and with the season being unpredictable, anything can still and will happen.
Round 12 will have many spectators going to the Bay oval, as many answers to questions will be answered. The winner will lay the stake in the ground that they are ready to make a challenge for the five, while the loser will have a serious dent to any challenge.
It is not unusual the rise in the Bays form is through the brilliance of Davis-Neale. The Roos will have to stop him if they are to win this crucial game. Allen, Josh Marshall and Turner are defensive pillars for the Bays and the duel between Turner and Victor coach Alleway will be a ripper. Ross, Wade, Dowling, Brown and Bartlett will be keys for the Roos.
Kiss Of Death – Encounter Bay by 7 points.
Another derby is between Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek and the Hawks cannot let this danger game slip. The Roosters are struggling to play four quarters, but with Lawson, James, Tucker, George, Christie and Simounds they offer serious competition. For the Hawks Derham and Alex Cleggett cause the opposition headaches every week.
Kiss Of Death – Langhorne Creek by 22 points.
Goolwa/Port Elliot take on Yankalilla in the match of the round and the Magpies midfield will be tested. The Fry boys, Campbell and McKinlay will need to be at their creative and defensive best to get the upper hand over Kane, Sidebottom, Kay and Wilson. Both forward lines are potent and both defensive units work as one.
Kiss Of Death – Goolwa/Port Elliot by 4 points.
McLaren will be in for some more pain when they meet Mount Compass. The Dogs will miss captain Brokenshire, but McLaren will not be able to go with Daniel, the Corbett boys, Parsons and Green. Pinyon and Hill after quiet games on Saturday are sure to seek redemption on the hapless McLaren defence, which is ably led by Zohar.
Kiss Of Death – Mount Compass by 60 points.
Myponga/Sellicks host Willunga and although the Mudlarks are in reasonable touch they will not be able to go with the ladder leaders for the full four quarters. The height of Standfield, Luke Collier and Haskett will be too much for the brave James Hutchinson. Carroll, Ogilivie, Hassan and Gum will give the Demons headaches.
Kiss Of Death – Willunga by 14 points.