TANTANOOLA V KALANGADOO
There is little to suggest the losing run of Tantanoola will end at Tigerland on Saturday when Kalangadoo makes its annual visit.
The Tigers will appreciate having the home ground advantage again and the form of newcomers Chris Oliver and Adam Hunter has been good.
Returning player Jack Dawe is winning lots of possessions while the elevation of Brandon Pitts to the captaincy is a just reward for his 100pc commitment.
Putting it simply, the red-and-whites are a better team than their scoreboard tallies would suggest. On the other hand, Kalangadoo has shone in its wins over Port MacDonnell (away) and Mount Burr (home).
Neither the Demons nor the Mozzies played finals in 2019 but they are both tipped to feature in the 2021 major round. The Magpies have enough fire-power to kick a winning score.
HATHERLEIGH V KONGORONG
The battle of the birds between Hatherleigh and Kongorong will provide an insight into how these teams will fare in 2021.
The Eagles have had a bye, a demolition of Nangwarry and then a narrow loss to the ladder leaders Robe at the seaside. On the other hand, the Hawks had a heavy loss to Mount Burr and then achieved two comprehensive wins over lowly Tantanoola and Nangwarry.
They unearthed a star forward in Cam Sandercock against the Saints. His 10-goal haul rightly earned him best-on-ground honours and the prestigious John Rogers Memorial Medal in honour of the local fallen Vietnam War soldier.
Sandercock’s ability to make the perfect lead and wrong-foot the defenders as well as a deadly accurate kick are the hallmarks of a top full-forward. He had the ball delivered on a platter against Nangwarry and so Hatherleigh must apply pressure on the Kongorong’s ball carriers across every line.
The big Hatherleigh Oval will suit Sandercock and the Kongorong runners but Hatherleigh will mount stiff resistance.
MOUNT BURR V PORT MACDONNELL
It has been a liquorice allsorts start for new Port MacDonnell coach Simon Merrett on his return to the MSEFL.
So far his Demons have chalked up a win, a loss and a bye. Over at the Mount Burr camp, new coach Reece Duncan has experienced the thrill of two impressive wins over Kongorong and Glencoe as well as the bitterness of a heavy defeat at Kalangadoo.
The key to victory for the seasiders is they have two proven goalscorers. Kevin Thomson has taken his good WBFL form into the MSEFL while Dylan Bromley is back at the Bay after a successful stint at Millicent.
At the other end of the oval, Mont Burr skipper Jack Gregory is the prime target while injured recruit Hamish Smith has a lengthy spell on the sidelines. On paper, the visitors appear to have a slight edge.
NANGWARRY V GLENCOE
Glencoe will be well advised not to take its opponent lightly when heading to Nangwarry for round four.
For several seasons, clubs have been able to defeat the Saints despite resting star players, playing semi-fit players, promoting colts and experimenting with placings.
Those days are now well and truly over as the Saints have bolstered their playing stocks under the inspirational new playing coach Luke Thomson (pictured). His passion is infectious, his tactics are sound and he is a quality player.
Nangwarry has always been renowned as a hard tackling side but one that has turned the ball over too often and too easily.
That has been corrected this season with better disposal and they have fire-power in attack with Thomson and 250-gamer Ben Dinnison. The Murphies are the favourites but they must remain switched on for all four quarters to be guaranteed of success.