It will be left to Port Pirie’s division one ladies to get the weekend’s proceedings underway when they take to the turf on Friday night.
Hopefully the weather will be kind and that chilly wind will stay away.
St Andrews will do battle with the strong Risdon combination in the earlier timeslot and will be hoping for a consistent all-round effort.
The Saints lack a finisher in their scoring circle but their work both in defence and midfield is consistent.
Perhaps a penalty corner conversion or two might be the answer.
However, if the Tigers have all the big guns in, then St Andrews will be in for a tough time.
Captain Kathryn Johnson, Kimberly Ramsay and Danica Manfield will need to work their legs off if the Saints are to penetrate the formidable Risdon defence.
The Panthers’ line-up has changed a bit over the last couple of weeks and if they’re not settled enough, Clare will make them pay.
Look for the names of Ramsay, Dunkley and Gale to feature for Panthers and those of Gardner, Pepe and Hinze for Clare.
The men from division one Panthers and Risdon will need their sunglasses as they play in the daylight in the middle of the afternoon, probably something they haven’t experienced too much this season.
One could expect Panthers to overrun the Tigers if they have a full squad although a draw resulted when they last met.
The division two ladies matches on the grass should see Panthers and Risdon run off as winners although the Tigers might be in for a tough match against St Andrews.
The men’s matches will produce a couple of winners and going on present form and if the full squads are available, Panthers should see off Risdon and St Andrews should have the Strykers boys covered.
If Belinda Abbott, Sasha Devries and goalie Sharyn Morrell are in hot form on Saturday, Wolves will find it hard to score a goal.
But if Jackie Bateson and Emma Scarman get going for the Howlers that task might just get a bit easier.
The other match in the division three women’s section should see St Andrews defeat Panthers as the Saints are travelling along nicely with Jo Ferme in great form.
The men’s games will see Risdon down the Panthers unit and St Andrews draw with Strykers.
Both Risdon and Panthers should have their ‘top up’ players available from the division three sides so their match could be a close and entertaining affair.
The blue and whites hold the edge at the moment after two draws and two narrow wins against Risdon.
If Wolves goalie Chris Bown is having a normal game, then St Andrews will be in with a chance in the other division four bout but if he turns back the clock to his glory days (whenever they were) when ‘blinders’ were the norm, Wolves will win.