Top of the table clash

Meningie v Mannum

Big man: Jervois ruckman Tony Gibson in action for the Murray South East zone team at the State Country Championships on the weekend.

Big man: Jervois ruckman Tony Gibson in action for the Murray South East zone team at the State Country Championships on the weekend.

The top-two sides in Mannum and Meningie are set to clash in what will be the headline act of the River Murray Football League’s round 13 fixture.

Kick: Jervois' Dylan Barry gets a kick away during his State Country Championship match on Saturday.

Kick: Jervois' Dylan Barry gets a kick away during his State Country Championship match on Saturday.

Only 0.8 percent separates the two clubs on the premiership table, however Meningie have played and lost one more match then their Roo opponents, who are on a hot run.

Mannum have dropped just one game and that was in round one and their current nine-match winning streak sees the Roos sit on top of the table.

In action: Meningie's Brian Fenton in action during the State Country Championships as captain of the Murray South East team.

In action: Meningie's Brian Fenton in action during the State Country Championships as captain of the Murray South East team.

Bears stars Brian Fenton, Myles Warmington, Brodie Martin and Thomas Phelps head into the match hot of their success as part of the Murray South East State country championship-winning team.

Meanwhile, the Mannum stars were resting up with Jake Bowen, Gene Robinson, Michael O’Malley, Jai De Zylva, Matt Williams and Korey Loechel gearing up for this weekend’s big game.

A foot injury to Mannum star Levi Krause has been a big blow for the Roos but the likes of Ben Wiblin, Callum Cook and Zak Bullard give the Roos good depth through the middle of the ground. 

Meningie got touched up by Mypolonga in round 11 in a shock loss but responded well last start to take care of the Roosters to get back on the winner’s list.

While Mannum head into this match in better form, they had a scare of their own, beating Jervois by only six points with a kick after the siren in round 10.

Last time the sides met, the Roos handed the Bears their first loss as the home side took the honours by 26 points at Mannum.

On that day, Gene Robinson proved too much for the Meningie defence and kicked eight for the Roos and currently averages 6.7 goals a game.

He is the x-factor for Mannum and if he can kick a big bag down at Meninige on Saturday, the Roos are in with a shot.

It is a tough one to call, but Mannum have a star down and a trip to Meningie ahead of them so the Bears are slight favourites this week.

The Standard’s tip: Meningie at home, 1-10.

Mypolonga v Ramblers

Mypolonga hosts the Rambler Roosters for their round 13 clash and the Tigers head into the match on a roll.

Four games ago the Tigers got humiliated by Jervois and lost by 100 points but since then they have won their last three matches, taking the big scalp of top-placed Meningie in the process.

The Tigers now sit in third position, two games clear of Ramblers in fourth.

For Mypolonga, ruckman Nathan Wright has come into the side and made an immediate impact, Jack Kluske has now played four games for the Tigers and Seamus McDonnell is playing good footy.

They have combined well with solid performers Ben Gogel, Clint Diment, Lachlan Bulter and goal-kicker James Moss to lift the Tigers above the sides fighting for fifth spot.

Ramblers, at four wins and six losses, have had their moments.

They bounced back from a loss to bottom-placed Imperials with an 11-point win at Tailem Bend before falling to the Bears at LeMessurier last start.

Young Rooster star Alex Pfeiffer performed well at the State Country Championships as part of the Murray South East team last weekend and he’ll be hoping for a big game this week.

Roosters Patrick O’Neil, Jarrard Weyland, Matt Altmann and Brandon Theile have been consistent contributors while Aaron Pratt and Dean Callaghan have been solid.

Ramblers’ Clinton Walker, Matt Thompson and Luke Button are all capable of hitting the scoreboard and they will need to if they are to win this week.

Last time the sides met, Mypolonga won by nine points at LeMessurier Oval and the Tigers will go in as favourites to win at home this week.

The Standard’s tip: Mypolonga, 21-30.

Jervois v Tailem Bend

Cross-river rivals Jervois and Tailem Bend will clash at Jervois with plenty on the line for the Eagles and the Bluds.

Both sides have a season record of three wins and seven losses and the Bluds sit in fifth place over the Eagles in sixth, with their superior percentage.

Each side has under-performed at stages during the year but both clubs have shown promise and, at stages, look like they can match it with the top sides. However, after some promising signs, Tailem Bend are in a slump.

The Eagles have lost their past four matches and on two occasions when they were seemingly in winning positions. Tailem Bend’s best is good enough but they need to piece together a four quarter effort; anything short will see you get rolled in 2017.

On the other hand, Jervois have won two out of their past four and their other win came against Tailem Bend, by four goals in their first meeting at Tailem this year.

The Bluds seem to have more players in form the the Eagles.

Jervois’ Tony Gibson and Dylan Barry participated in the zone carnival on the weekend and have been in hot form for the Bluds while Justin Hardy has been a stand out and now averages 3.8 goals a game.

Owen Love came off injured last time the sides met but he has since returned, playing coach Ryan Willits has been a goal-kicker since coming into the side and Matt Kemp and Peter Zarantonello are solid performers.

For Tailem Bend, Harry Westhoff has been good in defence, Nick Westhoff is having a good season in the ruck and Scott Welsh is showing his class, kicking goals each week.

Midfielders Dylan Hogarth, Travis Burns and Steven Clay will need to give Welsh and fellow forwards Mackenzie Hansen and Michael Sumner plenty of opportunities to score if the Eagles are any chance. 

Both teams are capable of winning this clash but Jervois won their previous meeting and are in better form so they’ll start favourites at home on Saturday. 

The Standard’s tip: Jervois, 21-30.

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