Freeling brewing an upset against Barossa

BAROSSA District is a side in a world of trouble at the moment, having dropped its past two matches.

The Bulldogs will now take on Freeling, who they lost to in the final round of the season, and expect to regain playing-coach Todd Miles for the clash.

On the other side, the Redlegs are in sensational form, underlined by Joel Vaneveld’s seven-goal performance against South Gawler.

This clash will be a battle of two colossal midfields, with Adam Cockshell set to go head to head with the returning Miles.

If the Bulldogs’ poor form keeps up, Freeling may storm to a shock grand final berth against its fierce rival, Kapunda.

Prediction: Freeling

South Gawler v Tanunda
(B grade)

South Gawler is in average form, having lost four of its past seven matches.

Furthermore, the wins during that period came against sides that missed the finals.

The Lions have lost in games to Angaston, Barossa District and Gawler Central, and will need to recapture some form if they are to topple a rampant Tanunda side.

The Magpies have won their past four matches – two by more than 10 goals.

With a forward line comprising Trent Goers and Daniel Bergen, Tanunda could make its way into a shock grand final.

Prediction: Tanunda

Tanunda v Nuriootpa
(Under 17)

Traditional rivals Tanunda and Nuriootpa will do battle for a spot in the senior colts grand final.

The Magpies have had the Tigers’ number on two occasions this season, with the most recent result being an eight-point win.

Tanunda was in decent form before its second semi-final loss to Willaston, losing just one of its eight games prior.

Nuriootpa is also in a similar boat, playing some impressive football.

The Magpies will need to close down Mitch Norton, Dan Roennfeldt and Oscar Barnett to have a decent shot, while Nuri must limit Tom Falkenberg’s influence.

Prediction: Nuriootpa

Tanunda v Willaston
(Under 15)

Willaston has been a revelation this season, producing one of its best junior colts seasons in recent memory.

These sides have taken one game each in their two outings, with the Donnybrooks winning the most recent encounter by five points.

Willaston has class all over the oval, with Aidan Ponton, Max Fraser and Mitch Hill sure to cause problems for the Magpies.

However, Luca Whitelum and Jackson Docherty are stars for Tanunda, and will challenge the young Donnybrooks.

Prediction: Willaston

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.