Murray Bridge rivals to clash

Pressure: Jervois' Brayden Gommers takes possession while Ramblers' Aaron Pratt lays a tackle at Jervois on Saturday. Photos: William Bailey.
Pressure: Jervois' Brayden Gommers takes possession while Ramblers' Aaron Pratt lays a tackle at Jervois on Saturday. Photos: William Bailey.

RAMBLERS v IMPERIALS

The two Murray Bridge sides will go head-to-head in round three of River Murray football.

Both sides are coming off losses and both have a 1-1 win-loss ratio so, in this shortened 10-round season, a win here may prove very important when it comes to deciding the top four.

Ramblers were good in round one with a fairly convincing win over Tailem Bend.

However, Jervois really punished the Roosters last week as the Bluds' Josh Scott kicked 10 goals and Jervois walked away 60-point victors.

Imperials also suffered a round two loss as last year's wooden spooners stunned the Blues, who had performed well in round one.

The Blues lost by 19 points but a six goal to one first quarter by the Roos meant Imperials were chasing all day.

It was the familiar good players who stood up again for Imperials in the experienced leader Luke Harrowfield, Jame Clarke, Scott McMahon, Sam DeMichele and Dylan Hollitt.

And while the old firm have been in good form at Imperials, the Double Blues have another bonus with three-time Mail Medalist Tyson Waite set to line up this week and play his 100th game with the club.

For Ramblers, Patrick O'Neil was able to hit the scoreboard again in his new role up forward but limited opportunity saw the Roosters record a low total.

Rambler Aaron Pratt was able to come back from an injury scare in round one to play well, young gun Cameron Schubert was good, Jesse Paech impressed, and ruckman Matt Hartman - on loan from Meningie - was good again.

It will be an interesting match up but judging from the small sample size available, Imperials should go in favourites.

The Standard's tip: Imperials.

In action: Tailem Bend's Daniel Perks in action during his side's A grade match against Mypolonga on Saturday.

In action: Tailem Bend's Daniel Perks in action during his side's A grade match against Mypolonga on Saturday.

MANNUM v TAILEM BEND

Mannum were the surprise packet again last weekend with a stirring win over Imperials.

The Roos fell agonisingly short of upsetting the reigning premiers in round one. losing by just three points. They proved it was not a fluke, beating the highly-touted Imperial side in round two.

Jarrad Woodward, from Karoonda, suited up and kicked three majors while former Mannum coach and captain Michael O'Malley was cleared back to the Roos in the lead up to round two and had a best on ground performance.

The Roos jumped out of the blocks with a six-goal first term and while they only managed five more for the remaining three quarters, the damage was done and Mannum won by 19 points.

O'Malley was well supported by Isaac Hampel, Zakk Bullard, Jacob Cook and Daniel Laubsch and by all reports recruit Jake Keller is a polished performer.

Tailem Bend, on the other hand, have lost their first two matches.

After being in a winning position on both occasions, the Eagles have yet to string together a solid four-quarter performance.

They were overrun by Ramblers in round one, put in a solid effort against the strong Mypolonga side in round two but ultimately couldn't go the distance.

Again the duo from Keith in Seamus and Will McMurray played well, Dale Finnie showed his class, reigning best and fairest Daniel Perks was solid and Hamish Irwin did a good job defensively.

The Eagles will look to Sturt premiership player Ben Hansen to do the damage up forward while Darcy King - who joined the Eagles from Mundulla - has shown his potential as a forward weapon.

For Tailem Bend, it is about putting it all together to win a match.

The Eagles haven't achieved that yet while Mannum have and the Roos should have their tails up, ready for another win on Saturday.

The Standard's tip: Mannum.

All ears: Mypolonga coach Ryan Lewis addresses his players during a break in play during his side's win over Tailem Bend on Saturday.

All ears: Mypolonga coach Ryan Lewis addresses his players during a break in play during his side's win over Tailem Bend on Saturday.

MYPOLONGA v JERVOIS

The reigning premiers Mypolonga find themselves in a familiar spot on the top of the ladder and, after the opening two rounds, they are the only unbeaten side.

However, the Tigers come up against a Jervois outfit fresh off a convincing win over Ramblers.

Mypolonga have wins over Mannum by three points and Tailem Bend by 24 points but they will face their biggest test this weekend.

Jervois will be full of confidence after their big win and Josh Scott's 10-goal haul has been a talking point of the league.

Scott - a Glenelg premiership player - missed some opportunities in round one back capitalised on them last weekend and the Bluds looked very dangerous.

Peter Zarantonello kicked four goals while new recruit from the Hills in Michael Pope was good, reigning best and fairest Josh Woodall played another good game and the local lads in Tom Kluske and Zane Barry were strong.

Steven Braun was a big in for the Bluds as he returned from the Riverland to play with his home club and the Jervois side looked stronger than it did in round one.

Mypolonga, on the other hand, look to be building into the season.

The Tigers were good enough to shake off Tailem Bend after trailing at halftime and their star players rose to the top.

Mypolonga's Rory Taggert was outstanding in the midfield and he pushed forward to kick six goals while Ben Davis returned to the side and looked slick, Lachlan Butler was punishing and the Tigers did what they needed to do.

Mypolonga will be hopeful star Ben Gogel returns from a week on the side line.

It is a tough game to call; Jervois looks strong after last week's performance and they have quality all over the ground.

However, Mypolonga have developed a winning recipe and tend to get the job done when questions are asked.

The Standard's tip: Mypolonga.