Roosters will be ready for battle

FINALS: North Whyalla will take on Central Whyalla in the WFL Prelliminary Final on the weekend.
FINALS: North Whyalla will take on Central Whyalla in the WFL Prelliminary Final on the weekend.

North v Central

Bennett Oval

Saturday's Whyalla football preliminary final sees North Whyalla take on Central Whyalla for a spot in the 2017 grand final against West.

The Magpies have had the upper hand over the Roosters in their three previous battles winning all three games by 61, 32 and 7 points.

Last week the Pies went down to the undefeated Dragons in the second semi final and will be keen for another crack at them next weekend.

James Gruitt and Josh Trezise both missed last week’s game and their return will bolster the Magpies midfield giving them some much needed grunt around the contest.

League leading goalkicker Anthony Malcolm was held goalless last weekend which is a rare event and he will definitely need to hit the scoreboard for the Magpies to win.

Marcel Greenwood, Liam Vasey, Wayne Dare, Jake Hickey and Matt Kirchner have all had great years and have been the main contributors throughout the 2017 season for the Magpies and their output in Saturday's blockbuster will have a big say in the final outcome.

The Roosters survived an extra time battle against Roopena in last weeks first semi final eventually winning by the barest of margins. 

The Red and White army were knocked out of the 2016 premiership race by the Magpies and will be hoping they can turn the tables on them this time round.

There is no bigger reward than a spot in the grand final and this is a very even contest, the Roosters' pace could be a big factor but they will need to quell the Magpie ball winners in close or their speed won't count for nothing.

Nick DeJonge, Cameron Edey, Nick Sims, Daniel Marshall, Marco Tansell, Sam Ellis, Adrian Huish and Jack Pickert are the Roosters playmakers and will need to be at their best if the Roosters are to go one step further in 2017.

There is no bigger reward than a spot in the grand final and this is a very even contest, the Roosters pace could be a big factor but they will need to quell the Magpie ball winners in close or their speed won't count for nothing.

The Magpies are finals harden and know how to win big finals and this could be the difference come 4.30 Saturday afternoon.

One thing’s for sure, the Roosters will be giving it their biggest shot and they won't die wondering and I am tipping them to upset the Magpies in a nail-biter.

Central by three points.