Gawler Central v Barossa District
GAWLER Central slid to third on the Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Association A-grade ladder after a shock defeat to Freeling in round seven, and now faces the biggest test in the competition.
Charlie Molyneux is a player who is vitally important to the Tigers, underlined by his sheer dominance in a losing side, but he needs more support from his team-mates.
On the other hand, the Bulldogs have been going about their business and took an ‘ugly’ win against Nuriootpa.
Their offensive weapons, Darren Shillabeer, Jaydn Goodfellow and Alan Obst, have proved far too dangerous for opposing sides in recent weeks.
Central will be hungry for a result after going down to Freeling, but this Bulldogs’ side is a force to be reckoned with.
Prediction: Barossa District
Nuriootpa v Kapunda
The Bombers have burst onto the scene in recent weeks, winning their past four matches, underlined by their dismantling of a poor South Gawler outfit in round seven.
Remarkably, Kapunda kicked 20 goals for the afternoon without regular goal sneak Justin Zanandrea having a sniff, highlighting its forward capabilities.
On the other hand, Nuriootpa has been steady and showed it had the talent to play with the bigger sides when it thumped Freeling in round six.
Samuel Gordon is massively important to the side’s success, as are the Raikiwasa boys, who continue to frighten opponents.
Despite the firepower the Tigers possess, the Kapunda attack has been brutal in recent weeks, scoring in excess of 120 points three of four times since its bye.
South Gawler v Willaston
For South Gawler to be considered a genuine threat to the premiership, it needs to send Willaston a sharp message at the den.
Despite having up to eight players missing, it was outplayed by a fine-tuned Kapunda unit.
Jackson Press has continued to be impressive as one of the year’s top recruits, but the Lions need their depth players to stand up.
The Donnybrooks had a frustrating afternoon against Tanunda in round seven, and fell victim to the Josh Trembath show as the towering Magpie booted 10 goals.
Mal Greenwood’s men are gaining reinforcements each week, and with Stu Ferenci set to pull on the boots again the Donnybrooks could be dangerous as season draws closer to the business end.
This clash should be closer than expected.
Prediction: South Gawler
Tanunda v Angaston
The Magpies gave the Donnybrooks a belting in round seven, headlined by Trembath’s 10-goal bag.
Tanunda is a class unit and has been ravaged by injuries, and its 3-4 record only underlines that fact.
Similarly, Angaston has also had an unlucky run with injuries, and has played a few weeks with a makeshift ruckman.
The Panthers will have embraced the double bye to try and set their game plan straight, and if they can shut down the Magpies’ midfield then the result could be a real stunner.