The Great Southern Football League holds it Anzac round

BIG BOYS: Langhorne Creek key position player Darcy Clifford flies to take a mark against McLaren star Steve Kahl in the grand final replay in round two.

BIG BOYS: Langhorne Creek key position player Darcy Clifford flies to take a mark against McLaren star Steve Kahl in the grand final replay in round two.

It is on once again today (Anzac Day) for the 12th time. Langhorne Creek will play Strathalbyn in one of the great clashes in the league's history. These two neighbouring clubs have built a fantastic rivalry over the decades, but this Anzac Day clash has made its own mark in history and the way the rivalry has evolved.

Forget Showdowns, the Derby in the West or even the Collingwood/Essendon Anzac Day meet and greet, the clash between Langhorne Creek and Strathalbyn has it all and it is in the Great Southern Football League's own backyard.

The Hawks may be the reigning premiers, but the Roosters are coming and it never matters where the teams lie on the ladder, it is how both teams prepare and are willing to pay the sacrifices to win the hard ball.

Kellock will be tough to stop and the Roosters will need someone to watch him all night. He loves the big stage. Howell, Matt Dominish, Sellar, Perrey and the hard nosed James all know what this game is all about and it is not just the two points on the premiership ladder.

The Elliott boys from the Roosters and Simounds know it too well and with developing youngsters such as Slattery, Stirling, Mahains and Wright this game will go down to the last kick.

Kiss Of Death - Langhorne Creek by 2 points.

Another game to be played today (Anzac Day) is the match between Willunga and McLaren. Willunga have the upper hand of their southern vales neighbours, but McLaren are rebelling against the trend under coach Petrucci.

The Mathews boys, Marr and Vandeleur have pace to burn and Wakefield, Ellis and Gill just know how to win the ball. Willunga have great height with Standfield, Hunt, Bass and Haskett and with Beath in Mail Medal form, the Demons are challenging in 2019.

Kiss Of Death - Willunga by 7 points.

Onto Saturday's games and there are more great rivalries to epitomise the Anzac spirit.

None will be bigger than Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay. Bay coach, Wilson, has done a marvellous job moulding this group together after a mass exodus in the off season.

The Bays have Marshall and Karpany kicking goals and Bradford and Fyfe showing supporters what the next generation looks like. Hartshorne, Hewett, Fletcher and Bryan will not flinch for the Roos.

Kiss Of Death - Encounter Bay by 20 points.

Yankalilla take on Goolwa/Port Elliot and Gotch is a key play maker for the Tigers along with Fisher, Garner and Wilson. The Magpies rely on Marsh, Woods and Day.

Kiss Of Death - Yankalilla by 29 points.

Mount Compass should be too strong for the Mudlarks. Pinyon, Vitkunas and Hoban are too potent for Ogilvie, Andrewartha and Fitzpatrick.

Kiss Of Death - Mount Compass by 55 points.


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