Jervois, Tailem Bend to battle for Cup

Worth the wait: Three-time Mail Medalist Tyson Wait returned to Imperials on Saturday and played his 100th game. Photos: William Bailey.
Worth the wait: Three-time Mail Medalist Tyson Wait returned to Imperials on Saturday and played his 100th game. Photos: William Bailey.

JERVOIS v TAILEM BEND

TOP-PLACED Jervois take on bottom-placed Tailem Bend for Saturday's round four clash.

The sides will contest the Lokan Cup, an annual clash for silverware which recognises the contributions the Lokan family has had at both clubs.

Jervois have had the wood over Tailem Bend in recent years and they will start firm favourites on Saturday.

The Bluds are on top of the table but are one of four teams on two wins and one loss.

Tailem, on the other hand, have not recorded a win from their first three starts and while the Eagles have been close, it's a worrying trend in a 10 round season.

Wins are important and Tailem have struggled, even when they find themselves in the lead.

It will be a tough task for the Eagles to break the duck this weekend as Jervois are hot off a big win over reigning premier Mypolonga.

Jervois have a handy list of new and local players and Taite Silverlock's men look the real deal.

Last year's best and fairest Josh Woodall has been classy again, Michael Pope has fit right into the midfield and Tony Gibson is a class ruckman.

Forward Josh Scott already has a 10-goal haul to his name just three rounds in and the Glenelg premiership player is showing why he is highly rated.

Zane Barry is having a good season, Peter Zarantonello always plays well against Tailem and the Bluds have had a number of contributors.

Tailem's Will McMurray and Dale Finnie have been impressive in the midfield, Ben Franks does a good job defensively and Seamus McMurray and Daniel Perks are good in the back half.

The Eagles need to kick a winning score and will look to Darcy King and Ben Hansen to get the scoreboard ticking over.

A Lokan Cup clash often brings the best out of both sides - there have been blow outs over the years but also tight games, upsets and tough battles between the rival clubs.

However, Jervois looks too strong for Tailem Bend and will go in favourites.

The Standard's tip: Jervois

Deep in discussion: Mypolonga coach Ryan Lewis and Jervois coach Taite Silverlock chat with umpire boss Randal Cocks during the clash at Mypolonga on Saturday.

Deep in discussion: Mypolonga coach Ryan Lewis and Jervois coach Taite Silverlock chat with umpire boss Randal Cocks during the clash at Mypolonga on Saturday.

IMPERIAL v MYPOLONGA

Both Imperials and Mypolonga are coming off round three losses.

Mypo lost in a physical and fiery clash with Jervois as the Tigers dropped their first game for the season while Imperials lost to Ramblers in somewhat of a shock result. Both sides boast star power along with talented, young locals so it should be a good contest.

Mypolonga stalwart Corey Jones has been impressive in the back half for his side while the return of Scott Meneghetti from the Riverland has helped give the Tigers some grunt.

Liam Altschwager and Kobe Wilson battle hard in the ruck and you cannot keep stars like Rory Taggert, James Moss and Clint Diment down.

Likewise, Imperials' have Luke Harrowfield at his usual high standard, Tyson Wait adding more experience and blokes like Jamie Honner and James Clarke giving their all.

It's tough to pick a winner but Mypo have the better record and should bounce back from last weekend's defeat.

The Standard's tip: Mypolonga

RAMBLERS v MANNUM

RAMBLERS will host Mannum in the last round four clash. The Roos are flying with back-to-back wins, doubling last season's win total.

Mannum beat Tailem Bend fresh off knocking off Imperials while Ramblers head into this match having beaten Imperials but losing to Jervois. Mannum have some classy mids in Jake Keller, Liam Newton and Lachlan Smith and thier young brigade of local stars also stand up.

Likewise, Ramblers have solid local performers who give their all each week. Players like Clinton Walker, Aaron Pratt, Jack Woods and Patrick O'Neil are good each week while Sam Pfeiffer is a star in the back half.

It will be an interesting match up and a tough one to pick a winner, but Ramblers go in favourites on their home deck.

The Standard's tip: Ramblers