Premier League Round 6 Power Rankings and Preview
1. Norwood Flames (6-0)
1a. Forestville Eagles (5-0)
Like we have at the bottom of the ladder, we have two clubs so far ahead of the rest that I can't seperate them. Forestville have had the easier schedule so far this year of the two clubs but have been impressive in dismantling each team while Norwood have had a mixed bag of opponents and taken all before them. Both teams have an elite top 6 players and fall off badly after that, but it's working so far.
3. North Adelaide (3-2)
Normality restored after a couple of surprise losses, taking care of the hapless Panthers. Starling returning to beast mode with a huge game on the weekend is an ominous sign for the league.
4. Central District Lions (3-2)
Huge weekend for the Lions taking care of business at home against West and Eastern. Imports looking to find their feet and getting solid contributions across the board.
5. Southern Tigers (2-2)
Could leap frog Centrals with a win this week. Handled business against Woodville and look to maybe getting some chemistry together.
6. Mount Gambier Pioneers (2-2)
Not docking them too hard for their late game collapse as Norwood are a very experienced team who just happened to get the better of them. Thankfully have another bye this week with South coming to town.
7. Eastern Mavs (2-3)
Took a loss in a game they'd have been hopeful to snatch on Sunday but still performing above expectation so far. Brandon Morris looks the real deal.
8. West Adelaide (3-2)
Possibly harsh to be put down this far but a two game skid in a close competition will do that. Would have been expecting to find a win last week against Centrals but appears they were never in it.
11. Woodville (1-4)
11a. Sturt Sabres (0-6)
11b. South Adelaide (0-4)
The less said about these teams the better with their only hopes this year looking like beating each other. In fairness Sturt kept the score closer with Forestville than the predictions indicated. Am noticing players disappearing from Souths box scores - have they already pulled the pin on a season going no where?
North vs Eastern
A few weeks ago this would have been considered a walk over, but Mavs have shown some grit and fight recently Starling vs Morris alone is worth the price of admission but North should have too many complimentary pieces.
North by 13.
Mount Gambier vs South
Panthers seem no closer to their first win and Mount Gambier will be fired up after letting a winnable game slip away. South in desperate need of help for Allmon while the Pioneers have had someone different step up each game.
Pioneers by 24.
West vs Forestville
Two perennial contenders trending in different directions at the moment. West have struggled to put points on the board despite Kubanks return while Forestville have only been held under 100 once. I expect Forestville's starting 5 to be too strong here.
Eagles by 15.
Woodville vs Norwood
Can't see this being much of a contest. Saw Clippingers name not on the box score last week and wondered if perhaps he'd been given his marching orders but would be strange after 25 against South. Interesting to see if he suits up this week. It won't matter either way though.
Norwood by 19.
Centrals vs Southern
Played only a fortnight ago and Tigers took the W at home. Lions imports have had time to settle in some more since then and both had impressive outings on the weekend. Southern look to be settled again but will be well tested this weekend.
Southern by 4.