KNTFL preview/team placings | ROUND 17

Penola and Lucindale are effectively fighting for a top three spot in this weekend’s KNTFL match of the round.

Penola is second on the ladder, but so close are the top five that if they lose this week, they could slip all the way back to fifth, behind Lucindale which is currently in that position.

Penola has been top two for much of the year but has an inferior percentage to the other top five sides and is now in real danger of missing the top three and the finals double chance. Lucindale came within a kick of beating top team KLU last week and will be confident against Penola despite missing a few key players including the injured Sam Graetz, while Scott Spriggs has also been named as an out this week.

Naracoorte sprung a real surprise back in round 6 when they became the first and only side to beat Kaniva/Leeor United his year, and it will be fascinating to see if they can reproduce the goods in a game which KLU is expected to win comfortably.

Mundulla will host arch-rival Bordertown and will be red hot favourites to thrash the Roosters and enhance their chances of sneaking in to a top three spot. Percentage will be important and they should get some.

Kingston will host Keith at the seaside and would have confidence after winning last week, but Keith needs to win its last two and win them well to claim top three and should do it.

Loose ball: Lucindale coach Ryan McInerney, pictured against K/L United last weekend, will again be providing midfield drive in this week's match of the round.

Loose ball: Lucindale coach Ryan McInerney, pictured against K/L United last weekend, will again be providing midfield drive in this week's match of the round.

Kybybolite will host Border Districts for the Tigers' annual cancer fundraising “Pink Day”, and their clash should be a beauty with both sides keen to move well away from the bottom tier of teams on the ladder.

Padthaway has the bye this week.

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