North shaping up as flag favourite

FLAG FAVOURITE: After defeating West last weekend, North is shaping up as a flag favourite. Pictured trying to get control of the ball at the weekend is North's Anthony Malcolm.
FLAG FAVOURITE: After defeating West last weekend, North is shaping up as a flag favourite. Pictured trying to get control of the ball at the weekend is North's Anthony Malcolm.

North v Weeroona Bay – Bennett Oval

The last minor round gets underway on Saturday at Bennett Oval with North taking on Weeroona Bay.

With both sides assured of playing finals football the two points up for grabs is irrelevant with more of a focus on entering next week in the best shape possible.

The Magpies would now have to be premiership favourites after beating league leader West for the third time this season and they will be keen to keep the momentum going against a Tiger side that has caused them problems more times than not.

The Bays will play finals for the first time in a number of years and have a date with the boys from beach road in next week knock out final and what better way to prepare than face a finals harden North.

Both sides will be hoping to get through this week unscathed and may choose to freshen players with unwanted niggles.

The Magpies have been skeptical to dropping games against the likes of the Bays and Roopena and it wouldn’t at all surprise me if the Bays knocked them off this weekend.

North will have all eyes on West next weekend so I think a win will mean a lot more to the Bays and I’m going to tip them to have a finals boosting win by a couple of goals.

Weeroona Bay 13 points.

West v Roopena – Memorial Oval

Saturday’s second game at Memorial Oval sees West take on Roopena.

The season ends this weekend for the Roos and after a disappointing year they will be hoping to finish the year off on a good note.

Unluckily for the Roos they have had to face West after losing to North and have been belted into submission on every occasion and this looks all too familiar for my liking.

The Dragons have a week to find a way to beat North and may use this week’s game as dress rehearsal for next week’s semi final.

West are real good at monstering the lower sides and I’m expecting this week’s game to be no different with them winning with ease.

West by 70 points.

Central v South – Bennett Oval

The minor round concludes on Sunday afternoon with Central taking on finals-bound South.

The Roosters will collect the dreaded wooden spoon this year after playing off in last year’s grand final.

A bonus for them has been the game time they have been able to put into several youngsters and having beaten South last time they met they will be confident on finishing the year off on a good note.

The Demons first half last week against Roopena was up their with their best football which is a positive sign for them going into next week’s knockout final against the Bays.

The Demons have been slowly building and have shown glimpses of what they are capable of over the past fortnight.

Winning form is good form and I think South will get the win and enter next week’s finals confident of causing and upset or two.

South by 30 points.