‘Dogs have too much bite

Saturday, 1st July, 2017

Eddie Morgan breaks away from the congestion last weekend. Morgan has had an impressive month of football after a slow start to the year by his standards. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Eddie Morgan breaks away from the congestion last weekend. Morgan has had an impressive month of football after a slow start to the year by his standards. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Tyler Hannigan

 North make their first trip to Memorial Oval in some time as Central look to get their season back on track against the reigning premiers.

 

Last time they met:

 

NORTH: 16.18- 114

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CENTRAL: 3.9- 27

 

In their round eight meeting at the Jubilee Oval Central were completely outclassed by the Bulldogs. 

Jayden Kelly was best on ground with a six-goal haul while Tyler McInnes, Eddie Morgan and Quinton Beavan were all among the best for North.

Central trailed all day, failing to kick a goal until the third term which was their best as they kicked all three of their goals in that quarter. 

 

Recent form: 

 

Central: WLLLL

The win against West in round six feels like a lifetime ago given recent results. Following that win has been big losses to South and North plus a crucial defeat at the hands of West that kept the battle for third spot alive and well.

The Magpies played a great second quarter last week to match with South but don’t have the fitness or composure to be able to do that for four quarters. 

 

North: WWWLW

Copped a tough loss to South in the ‘Kouta game’ in round nine but have been in great form otherwise. North had a big win over West last week by 74 points to bounce back and look in fine touch heading into today’s fixture.

 

Ins and Outs: 

 

Central

IN: B. Christie, M. Rantall, R. Curtis, L. Cox

OUT: L. McInnes, C. Evans, J. Crozier

Brent Christie has been named after being a late withdrawal last week and the Magpies will hope that isn’t repeated today. Hard nut Linden Cox returns from a shoulder injury while Rhian Curtis is back to sure up the defence and Marty Rantall comes in as well.

Out go youngsters Cassidy Evans and Lyndon McInnes while Jake Crozier also misses.

 

North

IN: C. Bates, K. Newman, J. Burcher

OUT: J. Larkins, B. Clare, K. Ellis

North welcome back Cohen Bates who has shown great form in the reserves, Jarrad Burcher adds run to their back half and Kevin Newman returns for just his second League game of the season.

Out go ruckman Blake Clare, consistent defender Keenan Ellis and young gun Jack Larkins.

 

Key players:

 

Linden Cox (Central)- A talented junior, Cox has been one of the Magpies’ most consistent and hard working players over the past six or seven years. Often plays with a disregard for his own wellbeing which has led to a number of injuries. While most of his career has been spent in the middle, his best football from here on out is likely to be played forward to make use of his great tackling and goal sense. 

Matt Garrick (North)- Garrick is a well-rounded footballer which gives him the ability to play pretty much anywhere on the field. However, he does play the loose role in defence better than most with it earning him a best on ground medal for the grand final last year. Garrick reads the play well, rarely misses a target and makes sound decisions that allow his side a quick transition from defence to attack.

 

What we can expect:

 

Central’s biggest issue against the top sides this season has been stringing a consistent, four-quarter effort together. When playing at their best they have shown they’re capable of matching it with those teams, as was the case in the second quarter last week against South, but are unable to sustain that effort. That must be the aim today; whatever the result, they must compete for four quarters.

Stepping away from their home ground might put North off slightly but their senior players are too experienced for that to become a factor. Jayden Kelly is in ripping form as are Quinton Beavan and Codie Howard while Eddie Morgan has lifted after a slightly quiet first third of the season. They’ll go in as heavy favourites today and should get the win.