Round 9 of the Division 1 Adelaide Footy League presents 5 engrossing match ups and for each club it’s time to “put up or shut up!”

Inter- Collegian rivals and the last two premiers clash with top placed Rostrevor taking on a surprisingly low 8th placed PAOC. A loss to the 2016 Premiers will see them flirting with the relegation zone. Thomas Bartlett has been a loan hand in attack for the Reds with 24 majors but their once dominant midfield has had their influence curtailed.

Rostrevor will be devastated to have lost Superstar Craig Holm to a season ending knee injury in the State game but have the midfield depth to cover this loss. Heath Commane, Paul Fantasia and Michael Coad prove a dangerous triple threat up forward and will be too good for the Reds in this one.

Goodwood sit 4th and host 3rd placed Uni who will have appreciated the break after two recent losses. The fact that 3rd and 7th are separated by just one game highlights the evenness of the competition. The Saints defensive aspects have been key under new coach Adam Jeffries and I expect them to get the chocolates in a low scoring affair.

Henley host Port Districts in a battle of 7th v 6th. Both teams have spent time inside the top 5 in the first half of the year and both teams contain a host of stars. For Port you need look no further than State Captain Trent Heffernan. I think however with a week off and the home ground advantage the big-name recruits of the Sharks might just get them over the line.

In another even battle it’s the two cellar dwellers Athelstone in 9th hosting Modbury who are winless in 10th. The Hawks have had great service from Matthew Gibson with 20 goals and Timothy Davey and with a week off will be desperate to notch their first win. For the Raggies they have a window of opportunity to move level on wins with 8th placed PAOC and the likes of Christian Elliot with 23 goals for the year and star Justin Sheedy should get the win at home.

2nd placed TTG host 5th placed PNU. Injury has cruelled the Falcons season but the week off and return of some players will make this an even contest. Troy Menzel with 28 goals for the Gullies will be the man to stop for Payneham whilst elusive utility Cameron Tiggerman has been in career best form. TTG are very hard to stop at Perteringa and this game could go either way.

Editorial: Tommy Javor

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