RMFL 2019 preliminary final preview: Do or die for Tigers, Blues

Photo: William Bailey.
Photo: William Bailey.

Only three sides remain in the hunt for the 2019 River Murray Football League A grade premiership after last weekend's semi final clashes.

Ramblers booked their spot in the grand final with a stirring come-from-behind win over Mypolonga on Saturday at Tailem Bend.

Imperials kicked Jervois out of the race with a big win over the Bluds at Mypolonga on Sunday.

So Mypolonga and Imperials will go head-to-head for a chance to play Ramblers in the 2019 River Murray A grade grand final.

Mypolonga finished minor premiers, on top of the table after 19 rounds while Imperials finished in fourth position, missing out on a double finals chance and having to take to long trek to the preliminary final.

The Tigers looked the good in the first half of their second semi final on Saturday.

By half-time, the Tigers were 4.6 to 1.4 up and when they kicked the first of the second half and the rain started to come down, it looked unlikely the Roosters could catch Mypolonga.

However, the Roosters stormed home both with and against the breeze in the last half to take the game away from the Tigers.

Imperials, on the other hand, were clinical in their win over Jervois at Mypolonga on Sunday.

The Blues were never really challenged and won by 11 goals.

Young gun Will Crane was sensational for the Blues while Sean Samblich was good all day, Nathan Daish played an exceptional role as a defensive midfielder and James Clarke was solid down back.

The Blues weren't short of good players as Johnny Boras kicked six, Darren Shillabeer booted three and Mr Reliable Luke Harrowfield chipped in with two.

Mypolonga will come out firing with the best midfield in the competition ready to roll - Mail Medal runner-up Rory Taggert, last year's Mail Medalist Clint Diment, Ben Gogel and Ben Davis are slick, strong and hard to stop when the get going.

Tiger captain James Moss is the man up forward; the centurion is a match-winner and if he gets on top of the Blues' defence, the Tigers win.

Last time the sides met it was the Blues' big men who dominated, as Boras (eight goals) and Shillabeer (six) combined for 14 majors as the Blues ran out comfortable 51-point winners.

Imperials are coming home strong and are absolutely a chance to make the grand final from fourth position.

However, Mypolonga have been the better team this season and will start slight favourites at Mannum on Saturday.

  • The Standard's tip: Mypolonga, 11-20 points.