The KNTFL will resume after the long weekend with a great round of match-ups on Saturday.
Of the five round 10 games set for decision, only one of them would have a clear favourite, with league leader Kaniva/Leeor United playing bottom side Kingston.
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Border Districts v Naracoorte
A great match-up of traditional rivals. They are right next to each other on the ladder on three wins each and both have been much improved after a slow start to the year.
For Naracoorte it has been the players learning how to implement a new game plan from coach Chris Ladhams, while for Borders it has been about the Eagles’ many recruits starting to gel as a team.
This could go either way, with home ground advantage maybe tipping it in Borders’ favour.
Keith v Lucindale
What a match this one promises to be. These two sides were touted as possible grand finalists at the start of the year and while both have been a bit up and down, they are fourth and fifth on the ladder and looking to launch an assault on the top three.
Keith still probably haven’t hit 100 per cent yet but have only lost two games for the year and have a number of players ready to resume from injury. Lucindale has also had injury worries and dropped a couple of games last month but is still in great nick if a 29-goal effort in round 9 is any guide.
With Graetz and McInerney likely to come in to that side this week, Lucindale will travel well and might get the points.
Kybybolite v Padthaway
Finals are probably unlikely for both these sides but they can keep the flame of hope flickering with a win here. It will be a highly competitive game with Padthaway having the better form but Kyby having a home ground advantage.
Kyby has been unsettled by injuries and a constantly changing team, and Padthaway has done some impressive things including a win over the undefeated Penola in round 8, so the Lions should be favourites here.
Kingston v Kaniva/Leeor United
Kingston has been highly competitive at times this year and might benefit from the Kaniva/Leeor crew having to travel two hours to the seaside, but realistically this shoulbe a solid win for KLU.
The Cougars are on top of the ladder with only one loss, while Kingston is on the bottom with just one win, so those stats suggest a comfortable win to KLU.
Mundulla v Penola
Another great clash between two likely finalists. Penola was undefeated until two rounds ago but has now lost two on the trot and won’t want to make it three.
Mundulla has flown under the radar after making the grand final last year but is now 6-2 including a thumping win over major contender Lucindale in round 7, so they are on the improve.
These sides have had some great contests over the years and this could be another one, with Mundulla maybe coming out on top.
Bordertown has the bye this week.