Opinion: The season so far

Win-less: Gawler Central continue to get pushed over, but Full Back on the Fence sees improvement.
Win-less: Gawler Central continue to get pushed over, but Full Back on the Fence sees improvement.

With our first break of the BLGFA season, it gives me time to just see how the teams are travelling so far.

Tanunda are sitting on top of the table with seven wins from seven starts.

Tanunda have it all as a team, they are a well-balanced team, with hardworking forwards, midfielders who know how to attack but also when to run hard back into defence to assist the team mates, a defence that is disciplined and a big man in Sammy Dunn who is improving every week under the Tanunda coaching staff tuition.

Dean Terlich certainly leads from the front. When things get tough, Terlich always stands up to push his young team towards victory.

The Westhoff brothers, Luke Snowden, Aaron Fechner and Matty Prior would be a walk up start for the team of the year if it was picked now.

Without a dubious non-call on a holding the ball decision with one minute to go against Tanunda, Angaston could very easily be on top of the table.

Depending where you were on the ground or who you supported it was an obvious decision, play on or holding the ball.

Tanunda kicked the last goal of the match to snatch a hard earned one pt victory.

Angaston is a team of runners, backed up with some big frames who protect their players and allow them to run through teams' defences.

Steve Rusca ability to run hard from defence, through the centre, and into attacking positions is a major weapon for Angaston.

Try as teams do, Rusca cannot be shut down for the whole game and his ability to link up with teammates in a better position is amazing.

Craig Harvey, Marc Borholm and Ryder Eberhard are clever players around the ball. Jay Antonie leads the defence extremely well.

Nuriootpa and Freeling are next on my list. Both are very capable of finishing top this season but have spluttered a bit so far.

Nuri's team is full of exceptional players, but just maybe they are struggling to get over the dreaded Premiership hangover.

Lately they have been more consistent through Magic Raikiwsa, Henry Slattery and Wild Bill Nicholls and, if the cards fall their way, they may just do enough to challenge the top two teams.

Nuriootpa Rovers' talented team has been more consistent, allowing them to feel confident in the top four. Photo: Jess Supple

Nuriootpa Rovers' talented team has been more consistent, allowing them to feel confident in the top four. Photo: Jess Supple

Freeling I must admit have surprised me with their impressive effort so far this season. Actually, I thought that they struggle but have displayed a hard running game built on apply pressure to the ball carriers and hurting teams on the rebound. The couple of wet days saw them crash back to the field, so firm ground will suit them better.

Now for the coveted 5th spot, it's a bit of a raffle at the moment, Barossa, South Gawler, Kapunda and even Willaston all have chances of snaring the last finals spot but to be truthful they may only be making numbers compared to the teams above them.

At stages during games each team has played some great attacking football only to lapse badly during the game and end up getting beaten very easily.

South kicked 9 goals in one quarter but only managed to kick another 5 more for the remainder of the match.

Kapunda, Willaston and Barossa have done similar things, so the ability is there but at times the will to continue to compete does seem to wane a bit.

Poor old Gawler Central are rock bottom, but credit must be given to their Coaching staff in the manner they have been getting them up each week.

At present, Centrals do not have the cattle to compete but they are getting better, so watch out.