It would not be fun being a Goolwa/Port Elliot supporter at the moment after two successive losses of one point. To have the two results go in favour of the Magpies, they would be fighting for a double chance, but now with two losses by the closest of margins, they are fighting to stay in the five.
Nothing has gone right for Strathalbyn in 2017, but the one point win brings the club some joy.
Mount Compass had a fight to hold off Encounter Bay by 18 points, Willunga proved to Yankalilla who is the top team in the competition with a 74 point thumping, Langhorne Creek consolidated their spot in the five with a convincing win over McLaren and Victor Harbor defeated Myponga/Sellicks in sad circumstances with the match being abandoned due to injury.
With only five rounds to go, sides cannot afford to slip up and the Magpies have a big test at Myponga against the Mudlarks.
The Magpies need Daniel Fry back in its midfield to free up Rugolo to go back and marshall the defence with Slattery and Berry.
Haverty will be a great task for Reid and the continued hard work from Ogilivie and Clarke should never be under estimated. The Magpies have slipped to fifth and after looking a certainty for finals a fortnight ago, they now are in danger of dropping out of the five come Saturday night.
Kiss Of Death – Goolwa/Port Elliot by 1 point.
Yankalilla play Mount Compass in the match of the round. Second versus third and the Dogs are a little more consistent at the minute. The Tigers are missing Sidebottom and Fittock and will need a lift from its young brigade of Bartlett, Fitzgerald, Mellow and Brazier. Daniel is becoming a clear Mail Medal favourite with five games to go, so Kane will have to be at his best to stop him from dominating.
Kiss Of Death – Mount Compass by 15 points.
Encounter Bay host Langhorne Creek in a mini final. A win for the Bays will see them narrow the gap on the final five, a loss could end their season. The Bays must stop Kellock, Alex Cleggett and Tonkin if they are to win and rely on the power of Sharples, Miels and Horrocks to drive the side home. Mason, Kirk and the Marshall brothers have been real positives in 2017.
Kiss Of Death – Encounter Bay by 7 points.
McLaren have Victor Harbor come to town and the Roos, like the Bays, need the win to get back in the finals shuffle.
Mutton has been a great inclusion for McLaren and he will undoubtedly have Brown assigned to him for the day. There is always a lot of respect shown to Gill from McLaren and he will be a driving force in the middle.
Fairhurst, Osborne, Vizzari and Bartlett are honest contributors for the Roos and the Ross and Alleway combination will be a threat for McLaren.
Kiss Of Death – Victor Harbor by 22 points.
Willunga host the Roosters and the Demons are in striking form. Have they peaked too early? Only time will tell, but the talent of Luke Collier, Haskett, Burdett, Brown and Standfield is irresistible and it will be tough for Tucker, James, Marc Elliott, Wright, Lawson and Walcom to combat.
Kiss Of Death – Willunga by 9 points.