CONTEST: Mallee Park’s John Miller and Tasman’s Matt James stretched out to try and take a mark during last year’s Anzac Day match.
FRIDAY evening will bethe start of the first round in the Port Lincoln Football League. It will be an action packed long weekend with three matches played acrossthree separate days.
Tasman vsWayback, Ravendale
The 2016 season will start with a twilight game on Friday at Ravendale between two traditional rivals, Tasman and Wayback.
Both clubs have a lot to prove and they have also lost a lot of big name players since last season.
Tasman have lost big names including Jace Rodda and Sam Clements but if some of their new recruits line up this weekend, they should have plenty of run behind them.
Meanwhile Wayback will be missing the Maxfields and the Montgomeries but likewise should have some new faces line up and if they can apply the ferocious offensive pressure displayed in its wins against Boston and Mallee Park last year it will be a long day out for the Roosters.
Both teams will be out to prove that the losses won’t affect them and the match may be too close to call.
With the home ground advantage and maybe some more run behind them, maybe look at a Tasman win first up.
Lincoln South vsMarble Range, Centenary Oval
The two bottom sides from last year have made some big changes to their sides and are pushing for a finals berth.
Marble Range has welcomed some big names in Tom Gent from Tumby Bay and Brock Laube from Spencer Gulf, if they front up they will be of great help tothe Rangers.
Meanwhile Lincoln South hasalso welcomed some major acquisitions including Swayne Ackland and Mitch Jolly, but it may be its younger brigade including Levi McDonald and Jamie Doudle who will lift them.
This is a good launching pad for the two clubs as we may see what we can expect from them for the remainder of the season.
It’s a tough call, but look for Lincoln South to score a narrow victory.
Mallee Park vsBoston, Centenary Oval (Anzac Day)
The must see match of the round will see an Anzac Day grand final rematch between reigning premiers Mallee Park and runners-up Boston.
With a midfield including Jayden Roderick and Mail Medallist Kingsley Bilney Jnr, Mallee Parkwill have plenty of pace behind them and also look out for the dangerous Johncock combination down in the forward line.Despite some big outs from the previous season, notably Harry Carslake and Malcolm Miller, Boston will have some handy inclusions on hand including Michael Tabe and Adam Hywood.Boston will need to stop Mallee Park in the midfield as once they get going they are difficult to stop.It will be a great match but unless Boston can get on top early, expect another Mallee Park win.
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