FORMER Howlong coach Beau Packer looks over Saturday's preliminary final between Osborne and Culcairn at Walbundrie with The Border Mail's BRETT KOHLHAGEN
BK: George Alexander missed for the Tigers last weekend. Can they overcome the Lions without their most dangerous tall marking target?
BP: Unlike the Lions who have a heavy reliance on Adam Prior up forward, Osborne has a number of forwards who on their day can kick a bag. Kodie O'Malley (38 goals) and Connor Galvin (51 goals) have had good seasons in front of the sticks and their midfield hits the scoreboard too.
BK: Veteran Hayden Gleeson played on Prior last time the two sides met. Can the Tigers afford that luxury on Saturday?
BP: With his size and experience he is probably the Tigers best choice to go head to head with Adam. A lot will depend on how the footy is coming into the forward 50.
BK: Adam Prior has a short fuse and can be undisciplined when provoked. Should the Tigers try and light the big forward's fuse?
BP: I think Adam uses a bit of yap and aggression to fire himself up anyway so regardless of what Osborne do he will play like that. He plays his best footy on the edge, for Culcairn's sake hopefully he can control himself.
BK: Izaac McDonnell has a reputation as a reliable tagger for the Tigers. Do you hand him one of the toughest jobs in the league and run with Lion trump card Jye Shields?
BP: McDonnell has picked up some big scalps this season so he's a logical choice to go with Shields. The only drama will be if Jye takes him forward. He's a strong one on one player with a great contested mark and could do some real damage.
BK: Who wins and why?
BP: Like all the games in the finals series this year, this one will go down to the wire. Osborne has a well-rounded team and when they are up and about they are hard to stop, in saying that Culcairn have been getting the job done all year and know how to scrap out a win so I will back them.