Footy’s back: Must-win games for clubs


North v South

Bennett Oval


After a weekend off, Whyalla football returns with a number of must-win games for several clubs.

Saturday's Bennett Oval clash between North and South is a game the Demons can not afford to lose, especially after dropping their last game against fourth spot rivals Roopena.

The Demons have been very disappointing this season with consistency being their biggest issue. 

Geoff Appleton, Dave Cleary and Joel Howard-Bristow have been consistent performers and will be hoping after a week of soul searching, team mates will be willing to jump aboard the finals train awaiting them.

The Magpies sit second on the table with only the two losses.

They've been good without being outstanding and look to have plenty of improvement in their game to come

Anthony Malcolm is starting to kick goals. Josh Trezise is the best hard ball get player in the comp and is enjoying a good season as is youngster Liam Vasey. The Demons let the game slip last time these two sides met and with their season on the line I'm expecting them to put it all on the line.

It will be another close game which either side can win but I'm going for an upset, Demons just.

South by eight points.

Weeroona Bay v Central

Memorial Oval


Saturday's Memorial Oval clash between Weeroona Bay and Centrals is another must win game, especially for Weeroona Bay.

Sitting fourth by just two points a win could set up a massive three weeks, especially with game against Roopena and South to follow. The Bays have been competitive in all games, except for their outings against the Dragons.

The youth, speed and enthusiasm of Aaron Rogers, Kade Gale-Jones, Tom Fischer and Patrick Holland has been great for the club and their combination with old heads Rowan Mitchell, Steve Hallam and Byron Ferguson has proven to be match winning at times.

A win to the Roosters will only widen the gap between them a fourth spot. They will be looking to find some consistency in their performance in the run home.

Sam Ellis, Adrian Huish, Hamish Quirk, Jack Pickert and Nick DeJonge have been instrumental for the Roosters this year and will be looking to up the ante for the remainder of the season.

It's a danger game for the Rooster with the Bays best being good enough to take the points, both sides like to run and carry the footy so I'm expecting it'll be an entertaining game of footy that I think the Rooster will come out on top.

Central by 22 points.

Roopena v West

Bennett Oval 


Sunday's clash sees last round winner Roopena take on the undefeated Dragons. Westies have now won 26 in a row and must be closing in on a club record.

Their best footy is 4-5 goals better than the competition at the moment. Brannen Everett, Shannon Winders, Aaron Smith, Dylan Everett and Ben Butler rarely play a bad game of footy and their hunger for success is huge and something you must admire.

The Roos need to be confident of giving the league leader a scare and go into the clash with belief and confidence or it will be another long day in the office.

Simon Tetlow, Clay Crompton, Jordan Henderson- Ewings, Kane Grund and Daniel Adamson have had fine years but will need to take their games to the next level up against the competitions elite. The Dragons are looking very hard to beat and when challenged, they seem to be able to step It up a gear, turning a game on its head in 15 minutes of footy. I'm finding it hard to see it not being win number 27. West by 49 points.