WEST WHYALLA V WEEROONA BAY
After 20 weeks of football only two teams remain in the hunt to be crowned 2018 Whyalla Football League premiers.
Will West Whyalla make it three-in-a-row or will Weeroona Bay after being in the football wilderness win their first flag since 1996.
The two football clubs are miles apart in the football world, West are gunning for their 20th premiership and are the high rollers drinking Crownies and eating cheese platters where as the Bays are going for only their fifth flag and more suited to the red tins and meat pies.
All indicators on past results point to another green-and-gold premiership which will be their fifth in the past seven years and they will expect nothing less.
The two sides have met on three occasions so far this season with the Dragons winning all three by 52, 90 and 70 points which is a worrying stat for the Tigers but at the end of the day who cares who won in round five or 10, you don’t win premierships in July and the Tigers’ September form will give them belief that maybe they are good enough to end this very impressive West Whyalla dynasty.
Taking a look at the two sides starting with Brad Smith’s Dragons they ooze class all over the ground and it’s hard to find a chink in their armour.
Their versatility is the biggest strength allowing them to rotate their players making it hard for the oppositions match-ups.
Ben Butler, Shannon Winders, Damien Coyne, Blake Cleary and Angus Judd are their prime movers and on their day are unstoppable.
Their back six of David Fargher, Saul Tonkin, Kody Patterson, Aaron Smith, Ian Mills and Sam Connell provide them with stability and can be as dangerous on the counter attack and their forward line consisting of Nathan Grzona, Elliot McNamara, Jayden Croft and Nick Coulter kick goals for fun.
They are a recipe for premierships and I think they may already have one hand on the shield.
The Tigers aren’t blessed with the talent the Dragons have but what Craig Inglis and Jason Reese do have is a bunch of lads dedicated to the cause that have a belief that they can beat anyone.
Kade Gale-Jones and Steve Hallam are their two matches match winners, Gale- ones has the ability to turn nothing into something and on his day is unstoppable and Hallam has been the main reason the Bays are in a grand final with two outstanding finals game.
You can be guaranteed Rowan Mitchell will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in, Bluey Baker will offer a contest at centre half forward, Aaron Rogers will run himself into the ground and old timer Stuie Beaton will leave nothing in the tank but what has been impressive is the emergence of the lesser knowns, acting captain Dylan Harris, Stevie Jackson, Brad Yendall moving to defence, Shane Dunbar is no frills but effective and youngster Max Zbierski is in a similar mound to the talented Rogers.
The Bays have nothing to lose, no one except their loyal supporters think they can win. No one thought they would play in the grand final but here they are.
We all love an underdog and we all like to see someone different win but you’d be a brave man to tip against the Dragons.
The two football clubs are miles apart in the football world ...
They are a quality side that are well drilled and know how to win on the big stage and if they get a good start it may well be the blowout many are predicting, I think the Bays will be in it early with the Dragons getting on top in the second half with the floodgate opening late in the final quarter. West by 43 points.