The top teams are likely to pull further away from the rest of the pack in this weekend’s round 13 of KNTFL football.
Four of the top five teams are all heavily favoured to win, while fourth-placed Lucindale has the bye but is well entrenched in the five.
Most teams have made several changes after having a fortnight off due to the state country championships.
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KL United v Border Districts
United have been the top team for several weeks and have done nothing to suggest they won’t be there until the season’s end. They are playing consistent, confident football and kicking plenty of goals while using a strong defensive system to slow down their opponents.
Borders have been much improved over the past six weeks or so, and have had some excellent wins. They might consider themselves an outside chance to win this, but it would be a huge upset if eight beat first.
Mundulla v Kingston
Mundulla can virtually shut the gate to the finals for all the other sides outside the top five with a win here. Kingston have been competitive at times, and went close to Penola last start, but the Saints might struggle to handle Mundulla’s midfield might.
Naracoorte v Bordertown
These two teams have made 10 changes between them for this clash.
Naracoorte has been one of the most impressive sides in the bottom half of the ladder, and but for a last-kick loss to Kybybolite, they would be just one win out of the top five.
The Demons play an organised brand of footy on their home deck and with coach Chris Ladhams named to return from injury, they should score enough goals to hold off the capable but inconsistent Roosters.
Padthaway v Keith
Padthaway has made five changes for this game and Keith, three.
Padthaway has fallen off the pace a bit after a promising start, while Keith seems to be improving all the time. Keith has a tight defence, powerful midfield and a dangerous forward line led by full forward Ben Simounds, and the Crows should keep their top three plans intact with another win.
Penola v Kybybolite
Last time these two teams met it was a memorable clash where Penola came from 50 points down at three quarter time to win a thriller by five points. That character-building win set up their season, and they are now second on the ladder whereas Kyby is back in seventh.
Kyby would love to turn the tables, but the Tigers are missing some of their top players including major ball-winner David Warren, so Penola will be warm to hot favourites.
Lucindale has the bye.