The Interchange Bench discusses the match ups in round three of the Great Southern Football League

A brilliant start to the season and we are already seeing the emergence of some new challengers to Mt Compass’ reign.

HIGH FLYERS: Yankalilla's Travis Bartlett and Goolwa-Port Elliot's James Fry go head-to-head during their A grade match at Goolwa Oval on Saturday.

HIGH FLYERS: Yankalilla's Travis Bartlett and Goolwa-Port Elliot's James Fry go head-to-head during their A grade match at Goolwa Oval on Saturday.

McLaren lived up to expectations on Saturday with a 20 point win over the reigning premiers and now have two on the board to equal the whole of last season.

Compass had a small hiccup but with another potential recruit coming and a list boasting genuine stars, they will be there at the end.

Bays are another that missed finals action but will be around the mark. The accounted for Strathalbyn whose seven goal last term gave some respect to the scoreboard.

The Bays aren’t a big side but are fit, athletic and extremely skilful. Last year’s grand finalists Willunga are without a win, they got rolled by the Creek who have had some losses but boast a star studded line up. With the Warren’s and McLeod back, Kellock, Derham, Perrey, Lally and of course Sellar, this side will take some beating.

Victor upset Myponga-Sellicks but I think the mudlarks will be right once the fresh imports and the solid local footballers gel.

It looks as though Yank and Goolwa/ Port Elliot may fill spots in the bottom half. Both clubs have gone for youth and are missing some stars. Yank were too good for the Pies on Saturday.

This week, Willunga take on Goolwa/ Port Elliot and will record their first win. Their side has changed but the inclusion of Bass is huge. Their seasoned veterans in Stanfield, Beath, Alexopolous and Burdett will be too much for the Magpies. With leader Daniel Fry out with a broken hand, the young pies need to lift. Willunga by 38 points.

Yank will be up and about but come up against an angry Mt Compass side. Sidebottom and Kay can match the Compass midfield but Hoban will dominate the ruck and Pinyon doesn’t look to have a match up that will worry him. You would think Compass will bounce back in emphatic style. Compass by 60 points.

Bays face Victor in one of the league’s biggest rivalries and this should be a beauty.

Bays have an amazing core group with Neale, Davis, Sharples, Horrocks and Barnes but they do lack some height so there is a chance that the likes of Alleway could get off the chain.

Ross needs to be at his best but I feel that the Bays may just have too much depth. Bays by 23 points.

McLaren are off and rolling and they take on Pongy who have to get it together quickly as a GSFL season can slip pretty quickly. Two quality coaches here in battle and two sides boasting stars and work horses. You would think that McLaren are a bit too advanced at this stage and after disposing of Compass you find it hard to tip the Mudlarks. McLaren by 30 points.