Daunting task for North
Saturday, 18th May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
North will be hoping to do what no side has done in the last 32 rounds and defeat South when the sides meet today at the Jubilee Oval.
LAST TIME THEY MET:
South: 13.11 (89) def North: 10.11 (71)
Just 18 points separated these sides in round one and North had their chances but didn’t take them against a South team missing a host of big names.
Cody Schorn played a lot of the game in the middle but still managed four goals while junior Connor Washbrook booted three. Codie Howard was North’s best in his first outing as player-coach.
North - LLW
The Bulldogs opened their account with a thumping win over Central last weekend by 99 points to celebrate Howard’s 250th game in style. Shane Dalby was the star, clunking a number of strong marks and kicking six goals.
It was a much-needed performance by North who had looked ordinary in their loss to West the week before. While Dalby was the star up forward, experienced players such as Quinton Beavan and Eddie Morgan found some form and showed their class.
South - WWW
South faced a stern test from the Robins last Saturday and led by just three points at three-quarter time before their class and fitness showed in the final term as they ran out 29-point winners.
Backman Angus Collins and ruck star Mitch Henderson were the standouts while small forward Adam Slattery provided some real spark to the Roos’ forward line.
INS AND OUTS:
IN: J. Vella, M. Reberger, T. Ragenovich
OUT: N. Mitchell, T. Hack, D. Kennedy
Only a few changes for North today as they bring in utilities Jordan Vella and Tom Ragenovich, as well as inside midfielder Mitch Reberger. They lose defender Tobias Hack, Nash Mitchell and Dan Kennedy, who has been very impressive in his first two League appearances.
IN: D. Hardy, J. Holmes, S. O’Brien, M. Vlatko, N. Brown, H. Butcher, J. Rowlands, T. Wood
OUT: L. Lines, R. Schorn, M. O’Brien, W. Gepp, H. Cannard, O. Clothier, B, Heinjus, A. McInnes
South have made a raft of changes to the side that defeated West last week, welcoming back premiership stars Drew Hardy and Jordan Holmes, as well as juniors Jordan Rowlands (debut), Harry Butcher and Tarrant Wood.
Simon O’Brien, Nick Brown and Mick Vlatko have also been rewarded with selection after strong form in the reserves.
The Roos will be without the likes of Luke Lines, Marcus O’Brien, Wade Gepp, Riley Schorn and Harley Cannard, all of whom played their part in last weekend’s win. Recruits Oliver Clothier and Brendon Heinjus miss out, as does Adam McInnes.
North have close to their best side selected for today’s clash although the absence of defender Matt Dempster leaves them a little short in the backline, especially when dealing with Cody Schorn.
Trent Barraclough and Shane Dalby came back into some form last week for the Dogs and Barraclough’s matchup with Mitch Henderson in the ruck should be a cracker. Henderson’s first few weeks of 2019 have been outstanding and further solidifies him as the town’s best big man.
South captain Marc Purcell had a rare quiet outing last week as he was well tagged by West but Matt Reavill and Jordan Johns stood up in his absence, showing the incredible depth that South has in their ranks. I’d expect Reavill to again play more time in the centre today in the absence of Lines.
North were much better in attack last week, kicking 17 goals from 25 scoring shots, but it’ll be a lot tougher today against a well-drilled and talented South back six.
WHAT: North v South
WHEN: Today - Women 11:25am, Reserves 12:45pm, League 2:30pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval