North v Central, Sunday, Bennett Oval
Round 4's Match of the Round comes from Bennett Oval on Sunday between North and Central. Both sides got the chocolates last weekend but were pushed all the way by Weeroona Bay and Roopena respectively.
The Magpies when at full strength are a formidable outfit James Gruitt, Josh Trezise, Wayne Dare, Dave Atkinson and Matt Quist are all seasoned campaigners but the emergence of Liam Vasey and Rian Smoker would have all Magpie fans smiling.
The Roosters are separated from the Pies by percentage and will be looking to turn the tables on the team that ended their 2016 finals campaign. Cameron Edey is back to kicking goals, Nick DeJonge is the best big man in the competition, throw in Marco Tansell, Daniel and Nick Sims, George Vlachoulis and the every reliable Aidy Huish and you have a very competitive outfit capable of going deep into September.
This game will be a cracker and could go either way but I'm leaning towards the Roosters in a thriller, Centrals by 9 points.
Weeroona Bay v West, Saturday, Bennett Oval
Saturday's Bennett Oval game is between the every improving Weeroona Bay and the number one team in the competition West. The Tigers have been ultra impressive in their three outings thus far, losing two games by under three goals, a vast improvement on last year’s poor season.
Owen Yendall has been in super form and is bound to get the job on either Dylan Everrett or Ben Butler, Shane Dunbar and the experienced Chris Mills have been in solid form in the back half as have Aaron Rogers and Kade Gale- Jones in the front half.
The Dragons won't be taking the Tigers lightly but possess enough talent to keep them at arms length, Dylan Everrett, Ben Butler, Damien Coyne, Samuel Clements and Matt Holmes enjoyed big games last weekend and will need to be kept to a minimal output if the Tigers are to cause a major upset.
The Dragons have a little too much talent and they should be able to get across the line but will be made to earn their win by the young emerging Tigers, West by 40 points.
Roopena v South Whyalla, Saturday, Memorial Oval
The winless Roos take on a struggling South Whyalla at Memorial Oval on Saturday. The Roos much like Weeroona Bay have taken giant steps thus far this season and were very unlucky not to open their account last week against Central.
Kane Grund has been the best defender in Whyalla for a number of season but his move up forward now has opposition defences under real pressure, Jordan Henderson- Ewings is becoming an exceptional player, Sean Seely is in career best form, Ryan Skinner keeps getting better each week and old timer Waylon Nielsen adds the experience too the young Roo outfit. The Demons have a had an indifferent start to the season and should receive a boost with the much needed return of several first choice players Dave Cleary, Mark Phillips, Joel Howard- Bristow, Darren Wilton, Daniel Kwaterski and possibly Wil Lynch should return and will add a much needed lift to a side that is a bit in no man’s land at the moment.
The Roos will fancy themselves this weekend and will be a tough opponent but with the Demons getting back some top end talent. I think the Dees will be victorious in a very interesting game of footy, South by 15 points.