KNTFL semi-finals weekend | PREVIEW/TEAM SELECTIONS

The team selections are in for the KNTFL's semi-finals weekend.

The two most in-form sides in the A grade competition will do battle in Saturday’s second semi-final at Kingston.

Minor premiers K/L United will take on Keith, which pummelled Penola in last week’s qualifying final.

United has had a week’s rest and will have a full squad to choose from, with strength on every line starting with Tarquin Brown, Toby Stribling and Cam DeVisser in defence, ruckman Nathan Bowles feeding a quality midfield and coach Nick Murphy the forward line spearhead.

But Keith were ultra impressive last week and despite missing injured George Johnson, with the likes of ball-winners George Thring and Billy Laurie and dangerous goalkicker Ben Simounds, they would fancy their chances of winning straight through to the grand final.

The conditions are not expected to be great, so a shootout might not eventuate between the league's two leading goalkickers Simounds and Murphy, but their impact will be important all the same.

KLU has only lost one game for the year and has beaten every team in the competition, but Keith is in ripping form and is definitely a shot at winning.

The teams have played one another just once this season, way back in round 3 when United prevailed in a tight game 16.12 to 14.11.

In Sunday’s first semi-final, against Mundulla at Lucindale, Penola will need to bounce back from a pretty ordinary first week of finals.

They should get back playmaker Simon Berkefeld from concussion, but will be missing injured Jordan Galpin. Without injured forward Adam Merrett, they looked short on ideas up forward last week and coach Matt Tilby would have done plenty of thinking about a tricked up structure this week.

They’ll also need more from a midfield which, apart from Scott Merrett, struggled last week.

They will face a rampant Mundulla which looked fit and firing in winning last Sunday’s elimination final against a capable Lucindale side.

Mundulla had too much pace and skill for the Roos through the middle, they had winners down back in Schilling, Ballinger and Packer, and two dangerous forwards in Hinge and Nankivell. 

All of those things will be factors again and if Penola is not switched on and ready to attack this contest, Mundulla could quickly pile on the pain.

The only time these teams met this season in round 10, Penola got up by just two points on a day when Mundulla had 23 scoring shots to 15.

In the RESERVES, on Saturday it will be the top two teams from the season, Mundulla and Keith, playing off in the second semi-final.

Keith brushed aside a capable Naracoorte side last week and are playing confident footy, but Mundulla has led the comp all year and will be very keen to take the direct passage into another grand final. They won the flag last year and look just as strong this year.

In Sunday’s knockout final, Naracoorte will play Bordertown. Naracoorte was no match for Keith last week but their solid bodies might be better suited to the more heavy conditions this week.

Bordertown had a top win over Penola and if they can reproduce that same effort they can definitely knock off the Demons. Naracoorte should be favourites though.

RECOMMENDED: Photos from last weekend’s footy – qualifying finals here and elimination here

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