Great Southern football now heads to the finals series

DIGGING DEEP: Encounter Bay playing coach Jed Wilson leads by example as he tucks the ball under his arm to escape the clutches of Goolwa/Port Elliot youngster Ethan Cinc on Saturday. Wilson has guided the Bays into the 2018 finals series.
DIGGING DEEP: Encounter Bay playing coach Jed Wilson leads by example as he tucks the ball under his arm to escape the clutches of Goolwa/Port Elliot youngster Ethan Cinc on Saturday. Wilson has guided the Bays into the 2018 finals series.

Five clubs gone and five clubs remain to fight for the 2019 premiership. Round 18 had one upset and that was Myponga/Sellicks defeating Willunga convincingly. The Mudlarks with that type of form, would not like the season to end. The club has had a wretched run with injuries and can look forward to 2019 with optimism with the likes of the Merrett brothers and Hill. Other results saw Mount Compass stitch up the minor premiership defeating an injury riddled Victor Harbor.

The Roos were just too inconsistent this season and at times in games when it was needed to kick straight, they could not. Under Alleway, Victor Harbor will be another team that will have finals in their sights in 2019.

Langhorne Creek and McLaren played a match, which will be repeated this Saturday. The Hawks won, but this will count for nothing this week. Encounter Bay took three quarters to shrug off Goolwa/Port Elliot and the Magpies know they can push sides with a team which is young and inexperienced. Watch the Magpies boost their list in the off season and be more competitive in 2019.

The final game in round 18 was the most surprising, as with nothing but pride to play for, Strathalbyn and Yankalilla played the match of the season. There were 42 goals kicked in a very entertaining game and both teams know they are only one or two players away from pushing for a finals spot next season. 

It is finals week and all eyes will be at Myponga oval on Saturday and Willunga oval on Sunday. 

The qualifying final at Myponga is between Langhorne Creek and McLaren and the Hawks will seek to dominate from the outset with Sellar servicing Kellock, Perrey and Derham with his magnificent tap work.

Shane Rothe is a tireless worker for the Hawks and with Arbon they have a team which is very well balanced.

McLaren wish to continue their Cinderella season and there is no reason why they cannot. Under Petrucci, the McLaren boys have adapted to a game plan which has proven to be very successful and unbalances opposition teams. Zohar is a star in defence and the likes of Bollenhagen, Fenoughty, Gill, Smith and Jimmy Mathews are unstoppable in full flight. McLaren are sure to regain Lachie Mathews and Proctor this week for the big match.

Kiss Of Death – Langhorne Creek by 13 points.

The elimination final at Willunga will be a beauty and the Demons will need the home ground to tackle a resurgent Encounter Bay. The Demons are so hot and cold, but with players like Standfield, Haskett, Burdett, Beath, Bass, Cook, Alexopoulos, Altus and Boyd, it should be a side which can go all the way.

The Bays will have something to say about that and there is one player who has raised his game. It is playing coach Jed Wilson. The guy is a star and will be the player to watch. Throw in Barnes, the Tonkin boys, Will Hooper, Davis-Neale and Gould and there is an argument why the Bays cannot win four games in a row.

Kiss Of Death – Encounter Bay by 7 points. 

The Mini Colts carnival was held on Sunday and the winners who will play off are Strathalbyn, Willunga, McLaren and Langhorne Creek over the coming weeks.

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