Teams are starting to drop out of the Great Southern Football League finals race

COMMITMENT: It was a game for the brave on Saturday as Demon Tyson Hoffmann flies for a mark against the physical pressure of McLaren's James Grimley.

COMMITMENT: It was a game for the brave on Saturday as Demon Tyson Hoffmann flies for a mark against the physical pressure of McLaren's James Grimley.

Just when you thought Yankalilla were going to be the dark horse and make a huge run for a finals spot, they get beaten by seven points by Goolwa/Port Elliot. The Magpies had only won one game for the season and any team with aspirations of finals would have to count playing them as a win.

Maybe that was the problem for the Tigers. They rolled up expecting to win and were beaten. With the loss, it will be hard to make a case for the Tigers to play finals in 2019. It is Goolwa/Port Elliot's second win for the season and it is a great boost for the club.

With the games their young team are getting at the moment, the Magpies are set on a promising course. But it will be up to the administration to show support for the playing group and coach David Carnevale, by recruiting the right type of player in 2020. The Fry boys, Wiese, Godwin-Knott, Neville and Cinc provide a great nucleus for the future.

Yankalilla will be devastated by the loss, as momentum was with the club. Injuries to key players did not help on the day.

The match of the season was played at McLaren Vale, with Willunga winning by one point. What a cracker of a game. The talls stood even taller when it counted for the Demons, as Standfield, Haskett, Bass and Thomas proved too dominant. Thomas is having a re-birth in his A grade footy under coach Mitch Portlock.

McLaren should make the finals, but were expected to be in the top three at this stage of the season. Lawrie is a great local talent and takes on the biggest blokes in the GSFL and White, Wakefield, Marr, Jimmy Mathews and Gregory keep putting in.

Mount Compass served a warning to every team in the competition that they are an uncompromising football side. The win by 133 points against Myponga/Sellicks was a devastating performance, as was the 13 goals by Tom Pinyon and nine goals by Ziggy Vitkunas. The Mudlarks are destined for the wooden spoon, but Donohue, Dahlitz, Jake Spinks, James Hutchinson and Kennedy are playing like they are still in the hunt for a finals spot.

The Hawks proved once again they are not going to give up their throne easily by easily accounting for Strathalbyn. Expect the Creek to be the team to beat over the last six rounds.

Victor Harbor keep coming up with answers when challenged and kicking 19-2 helps. Encounter Bay for the second time this season could not go with the Roos. Sam Basham and Les Weetra are rock solid for Victor and the goal scoring potential of Davey and Alleway will be a problem for all sides. The Bays are blooding youth and will reap the benefits in the coming years. Costello, Bradford, Illingworth, Fyfe, Marshall, Sweetman, Davidson, Bonnes and Johnson are names to watch.

There is no GSFL footy this weekend with the zone championships being played at Port Pirie.


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