KNT ready for round 8

INTERLEAGUE is done and dusted and the KNTFL can now claim to be the best of the SE leagues - but it's back to reality this weekend for round eight.

The league's best players may have banded together for the Knights' win but now they are pitted against each other once again.

Match of the round has Bordertown hosting Penola.

Both sides are at the head of the table and in good form, as expected from the start of the season.

Before the interleague break Bordertown had a big win against Border Districts and showed excellent ball movement.

Their transition from attack to defence was exemplary and will be a weapon for them this weekend.

Penola had a bye before the interleague break but before that also had a comfortable win against Borders.

Adam Merrett has been in spectacular form this year with 43 goals and is looking very short odds to notch up his second consecutive 100-goal season.

His name will be on the top of the list of players Adrian Hayes will need to counter in order for the Roosters to be successful.

Padthaway host Kyby in what they'd expect would be a big percentage-boosting win.

Kyby have yet to win a game and their closest losing margin has been 54 points, while Padthaway have had a good start to the year on the back of some quality recruits mixing with good local talent.

Former coach Scott Carberry has been in form for the Tigers with two consecutive bags of seven goals but he needs more help.

Interleague representatives Ray Jaensch and Cam Sandercock will do their bit but need support from an under-performing midfield.

Padthaway will be hoping Scott Welsh makes a return to the line-up to further stretch Kyby's defence but if he doesn't get up there are plenty of options to cover him with Ben Gunning, Ian Perrie and Luke Harder all proven goalkickers.

Border Districts make the trip up to Keith looking to get back on track.

Two consecutive heavy losses have brought the young Eagles back to reality and it doesn't get any easier for them.

Keith are solidly entrenched in the finals race while Borders are in "the rest" category - with the Crows having an advantage on almost every line.

If star ruckman Hugo Drogemuller shakes the injury which ruled him out of interleague he would be too mobile for Borders counterpart James Sullivan, which would put Keith's already good midfield in even better stead.

Borders will be hoping Clint Barras returns to form after a couple of lean weeks up forward if they are to be any chance of causing a major upset.

Naracoorte have the unenviable trip to Kaniva to face the K/L United Cougars.

Similarly placed to Borders, Naracoorte have struggled to keep the pace as they refresh their list and are long odds to make the finals but will continue down the development path.

Kaniva/Leeor United on the other hand are fighting hard for a top three place and won't be taking the Demons lightly.

With six teams at the top half of the ladder having legitimate finals claims one good team won't be playing at the pointy end of the year so percentage does matter.

Dylan Williams has been in good form for the Cougars and is an early tip for the medal, hitting the scoreboard regularly as well as collecting plenty of leather around the ground.

Lucindale have the trip to the seaside to face their nearest neighbours.

Both Lucindale and Kingston have improved on last year, with the Roos at this stage improving more.

The two sides are competitive every week with Lucindale capable of being more so depending on who takes the field, so this could be a tight encounter.

Sam Mardling has been a welcome return to Lucindale and his goalscoring ability is well regarded while ruckman Paddy Baker was just named the KNTFL's best under 21 at the interleague carnival. These two players continuing their form would go a long way to a Lucindale win.

Mundulla have the bye.

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