Bluds to bounce back against Reds

Under pressure: Lachlan Marsh, Imperials, takes down Harry Barnett, Jervois, during the River Murray football league second semi final on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey
Under pressure: Lachlan Marsh, Imperials, takes down Harry Barnett, Jervois, during the River Murray football league second semi final on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey

A SPOT in the River Murray Football League grand finals was on offer last Saturday while sides battled to avoid elimination on Sunday.

In A grade, Imperials had a big win over Jervois to go through to the grand final, the Bluds won in the reserves while Tailem Bend and Mannum got through in the under 17.5 and under 15 competitions respectively.

This week it is the preliminary final with winners progressing to the grand final.

LEAGUE

Jervois v Ramblers

Jervois will need to bounce back after they were taught a finals lesson on Saturday.

The Bluds - who finished as minor premiers - were no match for Imperials as they lost by a whopping 69 points.

It was a day to forget for Jervois and they have some injury concerns coming from the game to further compound problems.

The Roosters, on the other hand, had a much happier day.

Ramblers, after a stirring round 10 win to book a finals spot, upset Mannum to keep their premiership hopes alive.

Rooster Sam Pfeiffer, who has become a bit of a swing man, went forward and was sensational with four goals at important moments as the Roosters wrestled back momentum time and time again.

In front of a vocal Sunday finals crowd, the Roosters put on a show.

Clinton Walker was solid, Malcolm Aston had a great game and Jack Woods proved a solid contributor in a classy performance by the Reds.

Jervois will be hoping star players Josh Woodall, Taite Silverlock and Justin Hardy will get up and play this week as they look to rebound.

Blud Josh Scott has a brilliant season and fought hard on Saturday while Zane Barry has been a standout performer all season.

Patty Barrett played his best game for the club and if they can get an even contribution from their 21 players, they will be hard to beat.

It was a bad loss on Saturday but before that they won six in a row and have twice accounted for Ramblers.

The Roosters, however, are inspired.

They are playing brilliant team football and cannot be written off from booking a grand final spot.

This match could go either way, however, Jervois have not had two bad performances in a row in 2020 and they can be expected to bounce back.

The Standard's tip: Jervois

RESERVES

Imperial v Mypolonga

Minor premier Imperials were no match for Jervois on Saturday and missed out on the short path to the big stage.

They now come up against a solid Mypolonga side which won a classic reserves encounter over Mannum on Sunday.

The Tigers held their nerve in a spirited performance to win by two points.

Darcy Baulch and Hugh Mason starred all day while Brady Wrigley and Brady Morris were solid and some Mitchell Walton heroics late in the game put the Tigers in front.

Mypolonga are a talented side led by Luke Bassani and while they had a number of players out, they found a way to win.

However, the Tigers have struggled against Imperials this season.

In fact, over the two matches against the Blues the Tigers have only managed one goal.

Ash Temby, Grant Hansen and Campbell Ballard have had great seasons while Mitch Lienert has starred in his five games and is far too talented for reserves football.

The Blues are a talented side and go in favourites to have another crack at beating Jervois in the grand final.

The Standard's tip: Imperials.

UNDER 17.5

Mypolonga v Ramblers

Mypolonga head into this clash after a loss to Tailem Bend, ready to go head-to-head with the Ramblers which won comfortably on Sunday.

The Roosters were never challenged to win by 115 points while Mypolonga lost the battle between the top two sides by four goals.

Mypolonga have proved too strong for the Roosters on both occasions this season as they finished the minor round undefeated.

The Tigers are a talented side with Bodi Stewart, Dustin Hayden, Kyal McDonald and Nicholas Lewis starring this season.

Ramblers have stars of their own in Brayden McDonald, Ethan Paterson, Tomas Fensom with Lual Kelei kicking goals.

However, the Tigers have won comfortably both times the sides have met, including recently in round 10.

Mypolonga will be favourites to win and get the chance to have another crack at Tailem Bend.

The Standard's tip: Mypolonga.

UNDER 15

Jervois v Imperials

The under 15 preliminary final should be a cracking contest between two good sides.

The Bluds went down to Mannum in the battle between the top two teams while Imperials were too strong for Tailem Bend.

The sides shared the wins in their two meetings this season with the Blues winning a thriller in round six by three points and Jervois winning by three goals back in round one.

Jervois have had some strong performers this season, led by Bryan medalist Naite Chandler as well as Connor Wilson and Darcy Connor.

The Bluds' Jaden Ward has been a weapon in the forward line with 42 goals in 11 games.

Imperials, on the other hand, have stars of their own.

Lucas Young has had a fantastic season while Jaiden Mole has kicked 32 goals and performs well each week.

However, the Bluds only lost one game in the minor round and while that was to Imperials, they have been solid all season and will start slight favourites.

But expect this to be a ripper contest that could go either way.

The Standard's tip: Jervois.

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