Imperials, Meningie to do battle

ROUND six of River Murray football will see the league team up with the River Murray Netball Association and take the opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer in a joint designated Brest Cancer Awareness Round.

Imperials v Meningie

FOURTH-PLACED Imperials meets the fifth-placed Meningie as the Blues host the Bears in round six of of River Murray A grade football.

Imperials are coming off a massive 76-point loss to Ramblers while Meninige fell agonisingly short of Jervois, losing by just four points.

The sides head into this match with an identical two win, two loss record and each side will see this match as an opportunity to prove themselves as a top three team.

Meningie has real midfield depth and it is the strength of the Bears' side.

Alexander Moyle, Todd Mckay, William Paynter, Scott Biddle and Seb Paynter have all been in good touch through the middle of the ground; they are quick, fit and spread well.

Meningie coach Brodie Martin has kicked 15 goals in four matches while Seb Paynter and Timothy Hartman have also been hitting the scoreboard.

The Blues have been well-severed this season by veterans Jamie Honner, Matthew Williams and Luke Harrowfield, who are good every week.

Dylan Hollitt has been in solid form and James Clarke is good in the Blues' back half.

Imperials have big targets up forward that will need to fire this week.

Johnny Boras has kicked 11 majors and Darren Shillabeer has kicked seven while Russell Rigney is a livewire small forward who also can hit the scoreboard.

Meninige's Peter Reichelt has started the season well and could get a defensive job.

Both sides are well-drilled with playing coaches Martin and Imperials' Scott McMahon providing on-field leadership, with solid game plans to suit their lists.

Each team plays to their strengths and this match is set to be a beauty which could go either way.

The Standard's tip: Meningie, 1-10 points.

Tailem Bend v Mypolonga

Mypolonga will head to Tailem Bend hot favourites over the winless Eagles.

The Tigers had the bye last weekend but have been on a three game-winning streak while the Eagles dropped a golden opportunity to get a win on the board last start.

Tailem Bend lost to Mannum by one point in a low-scoring arm-wrestle and things look bleak for the Eagles as they host one of the form teams of the competition.

It's not all doom and gloom for the Eagles; they have been good in patches, shown real potential against some of the other top sides, but their failure on Saturday highlights their is still lots of work to be done at Tailem Bend.

The Tigers are rolling along nicely and new coach Ryan Lewis would be pleased with what Mypolonga has dished up so far this season.

His stars in Ben Gogel and Clint Diment have been playing well, Nathan Wright gives his all in the ruck and Cruise Pengilly has been solid in his return to the Tigers.

While the Eagles have been struggling to score, the Tigers have had no such problem.

Mypolonga's James Moss leads the league in goals kicked with 22 while former Sturt league footballer Rory Taggert in in the top five with 12 goals and Brad Martin and Lachlan Butler are both proven goal scorers.

The Eagles defence has been a strength of theirs with Nick Westhoff and Jake Pilgrim standing tall, but they have a mighty task ahead of them on Saturday.

Mypolonga will head to Tailem Bend confident of getting the job done and rightfully so.

However, Tailem Bend aren't to be taken lightly and if the Eagles can put four quarters together, things could start to click and they could be hard to beat.

The Standard's tip: Mypolonga, 31-40 points.

Mannum v Ramblers

MANNUM host the top-of-the-table Rambler side, fresh off the Roos' first win of the season.

Mannum's big name recruit Daniel Hargraves has left the club due to work commitments and after three losses things were looking bad for the Roos but a win against fellow struggling side Tailem Bend by one point was exactly what the doctor would have ordered to lift the spirits.

However, this week they are up against a much stronger and in-form opponent.

Ramblers smashed cross-town rivals Imperials last week and the Reds are living up to the preseason hype of being one of the premiership favourites.

Star Rambler recruit Matthew Rankine has been in Mail Medal-winning form, the returning Roosters Sam Pfeiffer and Bradley Hartman have been solid and Nick Pearce, after a two-week stint on the sidelines, is back to his best.

Ramblers are lively in the forward half with David Wilson, Matthew Altmann, Matthew Rankine and Ronald Rankine getting among the goals.

Mannum big man Blake Webster has been impressing the coach so far this season as has new player Adam Smyth.

Despite the Roos lack of top-end talent, Isaac Hampel, Mitchell Heward and Blake Tabe are youngsters who have been impressive so fair.

Mannum may have found a way to win last round but not many punters would be giving them much of a chance on Saturday.

The Roosters will be too slick, with too many ball winners and big name players and should win comfortably.

The Standard's tip: Ramblers, 31-40 points.

Boot to ball: Rambler Jarrad Weyland prepares to get a kick away ahead of Imperials' Matthew Williams during their league clash last weekend. Photo: William Bailey.

Boot to ball: Rambler Jarrad Weyland prepares to get a kick away ahead of Imperials' Matthew Williams during their league clash last weekend. Photo: William Bailey.

In action: Imperial Darren Shillabeer gets a kick forward during his side's loss to Ramblers.

In action: Imperial Darren Shillabeer gets a kick forward during his side's loss to Ramblers.

Hand pass: Archer Connolly, Mannum, ahead of Tailem Bend's Connor Smelt.

Hand pass: Archer Connolly, Mannum, ahead of Tailem Bend's Connor Smelt.