Teams face crucial clashes in next round

CONTEST: Central Whyalla were too good for Roopena, but now face a big challenge against North Whyalla.

CONTEST: Central Whyalla were too good for Roopena, but now face a big challenge against North Whyalla.

North v Central

Saturday 

Bennett Oval

Whyalla football continues on Saturday afternoon with the match-of-the-round between second-placed North and third-placed Central.

The game earlier in the season was a one-sided affair with the Magpies easily accounting for the Roosters by 62 points.

The Pies defence has been superb this season, conceding more than 10 goals on only two occasions ( both to league leader West), Wayne Dare, David Atkinson, Matt Kirchner and Aaron Beatty- Verhaaf are a solid unit.

The Roosters have struggled to find any consistency and are yet to string two wins together, Jack Pickert, Sam Ellis, Daniel Marshall and the experienced Adrian Huish have been reliable performers all season.

The Magpies having been winning but will need to be at close to their best to win, especially if the Roosters can find the form that seen them push deep into the finals last year.

North by 8 points

West v Weeroona Bay

Saturday 

Memorial Oval

Last time West and Weeroona Bay met the Dragons tore the Tigers apart winning by a season high 126 points.

The Dragons remain undefeated but have shown over their recent clashes with Central and South that they can be vulnerable when put under consistent pressure.

The thing with the Dragons is when their gun players like the Everett Brothers, Ben Butler and Aaron Smith have quiet outings, they  have plenty of quality players stepping up to fill the void.

Samuel Clements, Blake Cleary and Damien Coyne are a just a few who have answered the call.

The Tigers were written off by the outside football community at the start of the season but they have taking some huge steps in becoming a consistent finals contender.

Rowan Mitchell, Aaron Rogers, Kade Gale- Jones, Bevan Doolan, Brad Yendall and Owen Yendall would play in any side in town and will be keen to test themselves against the best.

The Tigers have improved yes, but coming up against a Dragon outfit that have made winning a given is a whole different kettle of fish and they will find out just where they are at as a club come Saturday afternoon.

West by 54 points

Roopena v South

Sunday 

Bennett Oval

Sunday's clash between Roopena and South will be Season defining for both clubs, a loss and the task of playing finals seem miles away – but a win and your back in the ball park.

The Demons last fortnight of footy has been its best for the season, Freak Phillips, Dave Cleary, Joel Howard- Bristow and Geoff Appleton are clicking as a midfield instilling much needed confidence in the playing group.

The Roos wiped the floor with the Demons last time they met, inflicting the Demons’ worse defeat of the season.

The youth and pace of Jordan Henderson- Ewings, Daniel Adamson, Simon Tetlow, and Shannon Peel worried the Demons and the inclusions of Zak Thompson and Clay Crompton will only help their cause.

The Demons’ recent improvement in all aspect of the game will see them start favourites but won't want to take the Roos lightly as they have seen first hand what they are capable of.

South by 25 points

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