Roopena, Weeroona in must-win battle

Roopena v Weeroona Bay – Saturday – Bennett Oval

The clash at Bennett Oval between Roopena and Weeroona Bay is a must-win game for both sides. The Tigers currently sit inside the four just two points in front of the Roos. The Tigers have prevailed on the two previous encounters by 22 points in Round 1 and 8 points in Round 6 and will start slight favourites in this crucial battle. The Tigers have been in football wilderness in recent years but have a big chance of returning to finals action mainly due to the improvement of several youngsters, Aaron Rogers, Tom Fischer, Kade Gale-Jones have all taken the next step in becoming quality A grade players and along with Rowan Mitchell, David Dunbar and Bevan Dolan the Bays are a capable unit of playing a big part in this year’s finals. The Roos have had some mixed form of late and have been missing several usual players through injury but with the core group of Clay Crompton, Kane Grund, Sean Seely and Simon Tetlow in their line-up they are capable of upsetting the best of teams. The Tigers are on the verge of something big and I think that should be enough to get them across the line in a tight clash. W/Bay by 5 points.

South v Centrals – Saturday – Memorial Oval

The Memorial clash between South and Central is another big game especially for the last placed Demons, a loss could all but end their season especially if results in other games goes against them. The Demons’ inconsistency has been their biggest issue this season and have let themselves down on more occasions than not. Geoff Appleton and Dave Cleary have had super seasons and desperately need their teammates to jump aboard in this do or die clash or they can all but kiss season 2017 goodbye. The Roosters at this stage would have to fall over not to play finals football this season but will be hoping to find some of the form that saw them be a major threat in last year’s finals. The Roosters are two from two against the Demons but with their season on the line I'm tipping the Demons to keep their season alive in a close one. South by 12 points.

West v North – Sunday – Bennett Oval

Sunday's game sees first placed West take on second placed North. The Dragons have been pushed in both their encounters this year but have had all the answers when push has become shove. In what will be a preview of week one of the finals,the Magpies will be looking to turn the tables on the undefeated Dragons, Wayne Dare, Rain Smoker, Liam Vasey, Dave Atkinson and Anthony Malcolm are all in good touch and will need to be at their utmost best if they are to do what no one has done so far this year. The Dragons look to be getting stronger with every game, Brannen Everett, Ben Butler, Aaron Smith, Dylan Everett and Sam Clements are all in great form and if they play anywhere near close to their best the Dragons will continue on this unbeaten run. West are playing better football than the whole competition and  with the Magpies being a little up and down it's hard to see West dropping this game. West by 25 points.