Can Bluds boot Roos in straight sets?

Game on: Jervois' Tony Gibson and Mannum's Korey Loechel in action when the sides met earlier this year.

Game on: Jervois' Tony Gibson and Mannum's Korey Loechel in action when the sides met earlier this year.

MANNUM and Jervois meet at Meningie on Saturday to determine who keeps their premiership hopes alive as for the loser, it is lights out.

The sides have met three times in 2017 and Mannum have won on each occasion with an average winning under three goals, so while Mannum have held the wood over Jervois, the Bluds have not been far off the pace. 

Mannum comes into this match off back-to-back losses; a shock loss to Ramblers in round 19 and they went down in Saturday’s epic qualifying final to Mypolonga by seven points. Jervois, on the other hand, are on a two-win run.

After the losing Tailem Bend in round 18 they bounced with a big win over Imperials and entered the finals series knowing it was do-or-die and got over the line against Ramblers on the big Mannum deck on Sunday. Jervois coach Ryan Willits planned well for last week’s clash and his troops executed.

They didn’t give the Roosters any space and shut down their running capacity with pressure acts and winning the football first.

Owen Love played a superb game with his run and carry in the midfield while converting five goals while Ryan McKaye saved his best for when it mattered most and will be hoping to back up that performance this weekend.

Peter Zarantonello has been in hot form and Matt Kemp is an important player for the Bluds.

For Mannum, Gene Robinson sits on 107 goals from his 17 games played and is a clear match winner and could take it away from the Bluds.

Star Levi Krause was huge for his side last week and despite his injury concerns this season, he shoulders a huge load.

Mannum’s Jake Bowen and Korey Loechel are experienced stars, as are Ryan Willits and Justin Hardy for the Bluds. It is a match that could go either way, but baced on head-to-head form, Mannum start favourites. 

The Standard’s tip: Mannum, 11-20 points.