Roopena v West Whyalla
The Reserves grand final sees minor premiers Roopena take on West, the two sides have met on four occasions so far this year with Roopena winning all four by 59, 25, seven and 42 points.
“Roopena will start the game as a red-hot favourites and rightly so having only lost two games for the whole season ...”
Roopena will start the game as a red-hot favourites and rightly so having only lost two games for the whole season, they have a wealth of experience not only in finals but at league level with Justin Grund, Jeff Ewings, Paul Zucker, Shannon Franklin and Michael Maher playing close to 1000 games between them.
Throw in 2018 Reserves medallist Cameron Edey, junior star in the making Clay Crompton, speedster Sam Sullivan, Sam Brereton and the old warhorse John Zbierski and it makes for a formidable outfit
The Dragons earned their spot in the grand final after a surprise victory over Central in last week’s preliminary final and will enter the game as the firm underdog.
Old heads Peter Usher, Scott Maitland and Callan Everett steer the ship out in the middle and get good support from Nick Tzantzoglou, Sean Butler, Mitchell Danzic, Anthony Cutts, Liam Croft and Brodie Smith most weeks.
There has been plenty of upsets on grand final day over the years as past results count for nothing and if West are to win this game they will need to play out of their skin.
It could happen but I think Roopena have enough class and experience to win even if they are not at their best.
Roopena by 36 points.