FOOTBALL: Mallee Football League round preview

Action: Ryan Morris, Peake, and Timmy O'Driscoll, Pinnaroo, compete for possession of the football in their A grade clash.

Action: Ryan Morris, Peake, and Timmy O'Driscoll, Pinnaroo, compete for possession of the football in their A grade clash.

LAMEROO will finish minor premiers unless there is a massive upset and Murrayville defeat them this week and Peake defeat Border Downs-Tintinara (BDT).

Peake have sewn up the double chance and will play in the second week of finals.

BDT will have to win three matches and come from third if they want to add another premiership.

Pinnaroo play Karoonda in an early elimination final with the winner to play in the 2015 finals.

Murrayville are decimated by injuries and will look forward to the end of their season this weekend.

Murrayville v Lameroo

Murrayville are missing key players like coach Rian Crane and key position player Clayton Sporn.

They are battling along but come up against a Lameroo side preparing for a shot at the 2015 premiership.

Kevin Wyatt has again had a strong season controlling the defence with Sam Magor a very good midfield recruit.

Chris Presser was holding down centre half forward but has had to move into ruck with a hamstring injury to Daniel Littlewood.

Ryan Lewis is a very promising junior player and Jake Venning was a focal point in attack until having to move upfield to cover for missing players.

Sam Mader has been used in defence and his run is valuable in creating attacks.

Lameroo welcomed Ben Grieger back last week and his strong marking will test any defence let alone an undermanned Murrayville side.

Matt Ridgway has found form at the right end of the season and Tom Maynard has been strong in his return to Lameroo.

Miles Sumner is likely to return this week and Vaughan Noonan has been cranking up for finals. Fraser Sampson, Shaun Walker and Hayden Thorpe are the core of a strong midfield and Andrew Hunt has been strong in ruck.

Lameroo will coast into finals with a win over Murrayville.

BDT v Peake

Neither side has much to gain in this match and may rest some key players.

Dustin Head has slotted back into the BDT side and fits in well with Patrick Barrett, Josh Richardson and Lachlan Richardson.

Josh Keller spends a lot of time in defence these days but still has an influence when pushed into the midfield.

Chris Gregory can be a dominant forward with Brett Todd and Mark Vandeleur capable small forwards near goal.

Chad Kennett has developed rapidly after missing almost two seasons and Tasman Hawthorne is not flashy but plays his role each week.

Patrick Gabb will control the ruck for Peake while the midfield battle will be a good one with Gabe Phillips, Darren Hare, Jarryd Hill and Michael Baker capable of winning clearances for Peake. Gareth Diprose and Rick Piggott are solid in defence while Sam Braidwood and Trevor Rigney are a potent combination in attack.

Sam Janetzki has become a very good "shut-down" player and it will be interesting to see who he plays on this week.

Peake are in good form and can win a close match at Tintinara.

Pinnaroo v Karoonda

Pinnaroo have not played finals for some time and will be keen to win this one and play in the Major Round.

Nick Hyde has been strong at half back while the young recruits have bolstered the midfield.

Micah Vanloon has been outstanding with Shannon Jenner, Tai Wheadon not far behind although Wheadon has been back at Port Magpies the last two weeks.

Alex Keough is a ball magnet while Clint Muster and Leith Dabinett continue to feature in the best players.

Wade Nickolls is a strong mark in the goal square and Cejay Dabinett continues to impress in the midfield.

Karoonda welcomed back Jarred Woodward, Clint Warhurst, Andrew Smithson, Luke Hocking and Rowan Zadow last week to add some much needed depth to their team.

Zakk Bullard has been in outstanding form while Ben Quinn continues to lead by example. Brendan Walsh is a developing ruck man while Nick Zander plays his role in attack and on ball.

Chris Rudiger and Eli Koch are in form defenders and Josh Rosenzweig is returning to his best form. Josh Smithson and Ben Perkins will return this week from college with the last match they played being the win over Pinnaroo in round two.

Karoonda have improved but always find Pinnaroo hard to beat at Pinnaroo so the home team will start as favourites.