When: Saturday, July 25th.
Times: Under 18’s Kick-off 11:00am, Reserves Kick-off 1pm, Seniors Kick-off 3:00pm
Where: Marden Sports Complex, 65 Lower Portrush Road, Marden
League leaders West Torrens Birkalla travel to Marden Sports Complex in Round 23 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia where they face Adelaide Blue Eagles in what is sure to be a season defining game for both sides.
Birkalla had a three point lead at the top of the table heading into Round 22, but a 2-1 loss to Campbelltown saw the teams below bridge the gap, with West Adelaide now sitting equal top.
The fourth placed Adelaide Blue Eagles are now hot on the heels of Birkalla, with a margin of just three points separating the sides.
Blue Eagles left it late to finish off Para Hills Knights in Round 22, which left marksman Kym Harris unhappy with the team’s performance, however Harris said it was a welcome three points despite the performance.
“It wasn’t going to be easy, Para Hills knocked off West Adelaide the week before so we knew it was going to be tough game, but we were just happy to get the win.”
As a result, Harris labelled this week as ‘massive’ for his side.
“Three points is obviously important every week, but we know a win on Saturday and we jump Birkalla and keep the pressure on the teams above us.
“With four games to go we’re just going to take it one game at a time and do as much as we can, hopefully we can push for that top two because we’re not that far behind.
“If we can win those last four games we can jump to the top two.”
It was likewise for Birkalla’s Scott Nagel, who said it was their ‘game of the season’.
“This week is probably the game of the season for us.
“If we win against Blue Eagles, we separate them from us and keep the pressure on West Adelaide, if we lose Blue Eagles end up on equal points and if West Adelaide win they go three points in front and they’ll be difficult to catch.
“A draw won’t do us any favours, so this is really a must win game and that’s how we should treat every game.”
Whatever position Birkalla finish in, Nagel labelled this season as a success given how low expectations were heading into Round 1.
“I still remember when the paper came out at the beginning of the year showing the predicted finishes and we were about ninth or tenth.
“So it’s been a great success, all the clubs are talking about us, they recognise the team we’ve got.
“However, it will be disappointing if we don’t take it out because we’ve had our chances to seal the league and we haven’t taken them.
“We haven’t made finals in a long time, so that in itself is a success.”