GSFL finals begin following a ladder shake up

Celebration: Mount Compass' Timothy Green celebrates a goal in his side's win against Yankalilla, which saw the Dogs confirm second spot and a double chance.
Celebration: Mount Compass' Timothy Green celebrates a goal in his side's win against Yankalilla, which saw the Dogs confirm second spot and a double chance.

The top five is confirmed and the stage is now set in what may prove to be one of the GSFL's most hotly contested finals series in years.

The big result out of last week was Langhorne Creek's six goal away win in Victor Harbor. The Hawk's performance stunned the Roos, and meant a shake up of the ladder. Last year's Premiers, Creek, jumped Victor and flew into third place and look to be in scarily good nick leading into finals.

Three weeks ago, Victor were top and looked set to secure a home final, but it was not to be. After three straight losses, the Roos now enter finals in fifth position, with their defeat at the hands of Langhorne Creek sending them beneath McLaren on percentage. McLaren themselves look to be a smokey after working their way into fourth through consistent, solid performances.

Willunga pulled off a scratchy win against Strathalbym to lock in top spot, but looked far from their best, while Compass maintained their spot in second with an emphatic 15 goal win over Yankalilla.

Qualifying Final - Mount Compass vs Langhorne Creek

This is shaping up to be a mammoth encounter. Langhorne Creek have arguably been the best team in the competition since their last loss in Round 10, and the Dogs have been a consistent, powerhouse side all year.

Tom Pinyon and Ziggy Vitkunas showed their class again last week, kicking 12 and eight goals apiece, in the Dog's demolition job over Yankalilla.

Cleggett, McGregor and Howell all starred for Creek in their gutsy win over Victor and will be looking to hit Compass hard, in similar fashion. Sellar was a big inclusion and is set for an intense battle with Hoban in ruck.

Battles between Pinyon and Derham and Z Vitkunas and Perry should be classics and may be the barometer for the match. Keeping Pinyon to four goals or under should get Creek over the line.

Kiss Of Death - Langhorne Creek by 10 points

Elimination Final - McLaren vs Victor Harbor

Coming off three straight losses, Victor Harbor will be desperate to ensure their first foray into finals for a number of years does not end in immediate banishment. The Roos will have pride on the line when they run out to face fourth placed McLaren on Sunday.

McLaren have looked solid in the back end of the season, and the Mathews brothers alongside Ellis looked like match winners in their victory over Encounter Bay. Controlling Ellis along the wing will be a must for Victor.

The Roos on-ballers will need to battle ferociously and work back hard in defence, with support from their smalls at both ends. Isolating Basham and Davey as the two targets up forward is a must, with playing coach Alleway likely to spend time behind the ball to sure up team defence.

Kiss Of Death - Victor by 7 points.