KNTFL football round 17 | PREVIEW

Three more massive games are set down for round 17 of KNTFL football this weekend.

With only one more round after this one, the race for finals spots is still wide open, but could become clearer by Saturday night. Top side Mundulla is the only team guaranteed of finals action. 

One big game this week is Lucindale (4th) v Padthaway (6th). Lucindale could stay in the hunt for a top three spot with a win, but could slip out of the top five if Padthaway wins. Padthaway is playing for survival, needing to win this week and probably next week to play finals.

Lucindale will have the services of midfield gun and reigning league medallist Ryan McInerney as well as the two Teakle brothers, and former elite junior Will Gould is also back for a guest game. The Roos have lost their best player from last week Brad McCarthy as well as the three Kelsh brothers.

Padthaway has been significantly weakened with the loss of forwards Lochie Eats and Jon Brice, midfielder Seb Townsend and full back Tom McNamara.

Kyby (5th) will host Keith (3rd), with again both sides able to make the top three, but also the loser of this game possibly not playing finals at all.

Kyby has lost midfielder Cam McPherson, while Keith has picked up three key ins with coach Gavin Hughes, tall Toby McAllister and defender Alex Bowley.

Much interest will centre on K/L United (7th) v Penola (2nd), with the other sides hoping KLU can pull off another upset like last week against Keith.

KLU has loaded up with the return of travelling guns Cam Hitchcock and Cam De Visser, but has lost full forward Daniel Hargraves, while Penola looks settled. KLU can’t make the finals but would call it a season highlight if they could knock off their fierce rivals from down south.

Bordertown (10th) will host Kingston (9th), with Bordertown regaining small forward Clint Barras after a long injury layoff and Kingston getting back key players Tyler Baker, Sam Robertson and Mark Harrison.

Naracoorte (8th) will host Mundulla (1st) with Naracoorte getting back key forward Sid Patterson and coach Brett Gould in for a rare A grade game.

Border Districts (11th) have the bye.