The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016
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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 SPORT 55 V2 - CAVE01Z01MA I think it will (be a factor); I think it does play in the back of their minds that were the only team to have beaten them this year, he said. Well take that into this match knowing that we can beat them; weve proven that. While Pioneer believe they may have a mental advantage over the reigning premiers, Federal coach Jackson Ankers said the intensity of last weeks game will hold his side in good stead for a tough finals series. Federal downed a West side desperate to keep their season alive in a hard-fought contest, a match Ankers believes will benefit his squad greatly this weekend. Last weekend was a good game for us; it definitely felt like a finals atmosphere with the pressure and intensity of the whole game, so we feel like it was a great start to the business end of the season for us, Ankers said. Its almost like weve already played a final with the way Westies attacked the game last week; their desperation was that of a final so it was nice for our boys to feel it out, and see what the pressure was like when it gets hot in the middle. Federal and Pioneer clash tomorrow evening at Traeger Park from 7pm, with the winner earning a place in the grand final. end in a final round draw with a 50m penalty given away by Federals David Delsar leading to West kicking a last point to even the scores. The competition heavyweights will match up again tomorrow afternoon at 5.30 with much more on the line, however, with the winner going straight through to the grand final. Hard running midfielder Jarrod Arnold played a key role for West in their match last week while prolific key forward Leigh Hislop could prove the difference for the Bloods if given the supply. For Federal, David Delsar will be looking to atone for his costly mistake in the dying minutes of last weeks match with a big game while Tim Chaz Penfold will again look to influence the contest. The loser of the clash will get a second chance in the finals series and will play the winner of the elimination final between Pioneer and Rovers. Pioneer and Rovers met last week in the final round of the competition with Pioneer get Full side lifts push for titles Anthony Geppa FOOTBALL Were pretty confident we can get up this week. E R I C C A M P B E L L Footy Finals Fever kicks off at tio traeger Park AFTER weeks of missing their best players, Pioneer captain Eric Campbell believes his team finally have a squad together that can challenge for the Central Australian Football League Premiership. Pioneer have played the bulk of their 2016 campaign without key personnel due to injury and work commitments, but Campbell believes the side should have a full squad to choose from ahead of the finals series. The Eagles take on the topof-the table Federal in the first qualifying final tomorrow night and Campbell believes his side is ready for the challenge. I think we are ready; our last couple of weeks have been pretty down with numbers at training but the last two weeks have picked up heaps, Campbell said. Were pretty confident we can get up this week; well pretty much have our full side back this weekend. Weve struggled during the year to field our best team due to injuries and work commitments, but were confident well have our best team available bar Dylan Alice. The last two games weve played Federal we havent had our full side and this week well be going in with our full team, so we should be able to get the job done. Pioneer are the only team to beat Federal in 2016, getting the better of the reigning premiers in round one, and Campbell believes that will be in the back of Demons players minds tomorrow night. ting the better of the Double Blues by 24 points. Matthew Mulladad was crucial to Pioneers win, kicking four goals in a best on ground performance for his side while Gaylen Mentha also hit the scoreboard. For Rovers to keep their hopes of progressing alive, they will need a big game from key midfielder Scott Westover who has regularly been among the best players for his team. Both sides will be desperate for a win when they meet at Traeger Park from 11.30am. Dangerous Pioneer forward Thomas Gorey slides in to take an impressive mark earlier this season. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON Wests can nab grand final spot against Federal WHILE their Premier League side may have missed out on finals altogether, West have the chance to book their spot in the TDC Reserves grand final when they take on competition frontrunners Federal. The 2015 Reserves premiers have again had a successful regular season, finishing in second spot to book their place in the finals series and now face Federal in a crucial match. The two sides competed against one another last week RESERVES ABE Ankers: One of the most dominant players in the competition, Ankers has had another stellar year for Federal. Regularly among his teams best players, Ankers composure with the ball in hand makes him deadly. He rarely makes a poor decision and if he gets enough of the ball, it could be a long day for Pioneer players. JAYDEN Prior: The club captain has played a key role in the Federal forward line in 2016 after playing most of last season as a defender. When injury struck spearhead Tom Maddocks, Prior was swung forward with great effect, regularly kicking bags of four or five goals. If his accuracy is on song, he could prove the match winner. NATHAN Mutch: Another Federal star moved into the forward line, the reigning Minahan Medallist is simply a star of the competition. Almost impossible to match up against one-on-one, Mutch has regularly broken games open for Federal in the past. He simply has to be contained if Pioneer hopes to record an upset. FEDERAL - KEY PLAYERS ERIC Campbell: The skip per of the side, Campbell leads with his actions on the field. Always strong in the contest, Campbell never takes a backward step and has the skill to match. Rarely beaten in a one-onone contest, Campbell makes teams pay with the ball in hand and will play a vital role f through the finals. WILLIE Foster: Mr Fix-It for the Eagles, the big bodied Foster can fill a role wherever hes required. Whether its playing as a key defender, forward or in the ruck, Foster is the player who always impacts the game for his side. He is mobile for a big man, which makes him a nightmare for opposition clubs. THOMAS Gorey: One of the more destructive half forwards plying his trade in the CAFL. Goreys goal sense makes him a difficult match up for any opponent. Hits the scoreboard regularly and will need to do so again tomorrow night for Pioneer to have a chance to overcome Federal PIONEER - KEY PLAYERS
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