KNTFL round 17 | Who's up to the task?

ALL good things come to an end.

That's the old saying and this week it's Padthaway hoping to make it true when they venture up to Mundulla to take on the in-form Moots.

Spike Milligan's men have won their past eight games to go from mid-table to potential top three, which was capped off with an upset win over Kaniva/Leeor United last weekend.

But Padthaway is an even bigger task.

Despite winning by 79 points against Kingston on the weekend, both the players and hierarchy at the Lions den were disappointed with how they played and will be out to put it behind them with a better showing on the road.

This will also be a chance for the current premiership favourites to get a run on the Mundulla oval, which will be the venue of this year's grand final.

Although Padthaway start healthy favourites, Mundulla are perennially underrated and are always a shot to knock off some more fancied teams which makes this clash an easy candidate for match of the round.

Adam Merrett (centre) is mobbed by teammates Matt Willson and Spencer Jackman after kicking his 100th goal for the season on the weekend against Naracoorte. The burly full forward went on the rampage, piling on a club record 20 goals himself as the southern Eagles put the competition on notice with a 202-point win.

Adam Merrett (centre) is mobbed by teammates Matt Willson and Spencer Jackman after kicking his 100th goal for the season on the weekend against Naracoorte. The burly full forward went on the rampage, piling on a club record 20 goals himself as the southern Eagles put the competition on notice with a 202-point win.

Naracoorte return to their home ground this weekend licking their wounds after a heavy 32 goal defeat at the hands of Penola.

Not much went right for the young Demons, who were at times like traffic cones against a very slick and hungry Penola out to prove it is still a real chance of going back-to-back.

A desperate Bordertown are their opponents this weekend.

Standing on the outside looking in, Bordertown need to win their last two games to jump Keith and make the final five.

Having a superior percentage to the Crows before this weekend, Bordertown will need to win well just to make sure as Keith's match against lowly Kyby is also a potential percentage-booster.

Keith has a bye in round 18 so the trip to Kyby is thei Crows' last game of the minor round.

Sitting four points ahead of Bordertown they will be keen to keep that buffer.

For their opponents it's a matter of avoiding the likely wooden spoon.

Despite having improved over the latter part of the year the Tigers are still on the bottom in a three-way tie with Kingston and Border Districts.

Keith this weekend is an unlikely win while Lucindale at home again in round 18 is a more likely, but still difficult, task.

Penola venture away from its nest to tackle one of the competition's least envied road trips this weekend - across the border to Goroke.

With a 202-point win against Naracoorte under their belt and the sideshow of coach Adam Merrett's ton behind them it's back to business for the southern Eagles.

They come up against their fellow Eagles, who are longingly looking at the finish line just hoping for their season of pain to end.

No matter their position on the ladder, the northern Eagles usually put on a good showing at their second home but even this should not be enough for Penola to be too worried.

Lucindale host Kaniva/Leeor United and will need to be on their game.

The Cougars will be looking to bounce back after their loss to Mundulla at home.

A top two spot is still well and truly within their grasp so Neil Reeve and his boys will just be out to get the four points before their final match of the minor round against Bordertown which could assure second spot.

Meanwhile Lucindale is too far back to impact the finals but a good finish could allow the Roos to leapfrog rivals Naracoorte, good for bragging rights over the off season.

Sam Mardling has been in good form for the Roos up forward with another four goals last weekend, capping off a very consistent season.

His returned presence, along with that of Ryan McInerney and the acquisition of coach Sam Logan, has helped the Roos improve greatly this season with positive signs for next year.

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