Monday, 6th May, 2019
By Kelsie Mitchell
South made it a record-breaking 31 consecutive League wins with a 77-point victory over Central on Saturday at the Memorial Oval.
The first quarter opened with an impressive goal from Central’s Samuel Beven within the first minute. This was followed with a beautiful goal from Jordan Cox to add to Central’s tally as they enjoyed the run of play.
While South battled well in defence, they lacked direction when taking the ball to their end of the field and failed to make any real progress.
Central had first use of a stiff breeze and locked the ball in their attacking half which led to Jordan Cox booting another goal seventeen minutes in and the Magpies took a 12-point advantage into quarter-time.
The Roos came back fighting in the second term nailing a goal in the first two minutes by Drew Hardy. That set off a run of South dominance as the next three goals went their way leading to a nine-goal term.
Central had several touches of the ball but it was primarily in South’s control and the likes of Cody Schorn, Harrison Butcher and Marc Purcell were crucial to the Roos’ success in this quarter as they turned a 12-point deficit into a 44-point halftime lead.
After halftime, Central returned to the field with renewed effort to rise to their initial standard we saw in the first quarter. The third term involved a lot of back and forth play on both ends with neither side able to break away.
Youngster Harrison Butcher impressed when he kicked a goal for South within the first three minutes. Hamish McLean kicked Central’s only goal for the quarter but that was closely followed by another from South mid-way through the term.
The fourth quarter closely resembled the second quarter as South ran all over Central to land another four goals on the scoreboard.
South’s Mitchell Henderson was an asset to the team in and out of the ruck and capped off another great day by kicking a goal early in the last.
McLean regained some of his best form on Saturday and slotted his second goal in the last couple of minutes of the game.
Butcher put the icing on the cake with his second goal for the quarter, and third for the day, in the dying seconds, to give South a big win by 77 points.
While Central had moments of glory, South were undoubtedly the best side for most of the match. The first and third quarters worked well in Central’s favour but they failed to hold defensively against the wind during the second and fourth terms.
On the other hand, South had strong players across the whole field who were able to endure for each quarter including Purcell, Butcher, Gepp, Schorn, Washbrook and Henderson.
Central were well served by Jason Masclet and McLean, who were easily their standouts, but the Pies just did not have the even spread of contributors as South did.
The Roos will now take on an in-form and ever-improving West next Saturday at the Jubilee Oval. Both teams are undefeated and it’s sure to be an intense matchup.
Central will host North back at the Memorial Oval in round three as both sides look to open their account for the 2019 season.
SOUTH: 1.4 10.7 12.12 16.16 (112)
CENTRAL: 3.4 3.5 4.5 5.5 (35)
South - M. Reavill 4, H. Butcher 3, C. Schorn 2, M. O’Brien, M. Purcell, M. Henderson, O. Clothier, D. Hardy, L. Lines, W. Gepp
Central - J. Cox 2, H. McLean 2, S. Beven
South - M. Purcell, H. Butcher, W. Gepp, C. Schorn, C. Washbrook, M. Henderson
Central - H. McLean, J. Masclet, L. Neal, J, Cox, S. Beven, T. Harvey