West to strike back
Saturday, 18th May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
West head to the Memorial Oval for the first time in 2019 and will be eager to bounce back from a tough loss last week when they face the bottom-placed Magpies today.
LAST TIME THEY MET:
West: 21.21 (147) def Central: 3.2 (20)
It was a completely one-sided affair when these team met on Anzac Day and West should have won by more but their finishing let them down. Although, you could hardly be disappointed in a 20-plus goal win. Central’s tackling and pressure was good but their ball use was shocking.
Cohen Turner made a great start for his new club by kicking five goals while the West midfield ran rampant. Luke Neal and Josh Joliffe battled hard that day and kicked all of Central’s three goals between them.
Central - LLL
To say it has been a tough start to the season for Central would be a massive understatement. They’ve lost all three games by huge margins including a 99-point drubbing at the hands of North last weekend.
The Magpies have scored just 66 points across the first three rounds whilst conceding a whopping 369 points.
West - WWL
West succumbed to a 29-point defeat last round as South ran over the top of them in the final quarter but they pushed the defending premiers all the way, trailing by just three points at the final break.
Prior to that the Robins had been in super form, easily beating Central and North in their opening two games. Their disposal efficiency still needs to improve but defensively and structurally they are very sound having conceded just 109 points, the lowest of the four teams so far in the season.
INS AND OUTS:
IN: J. Gilby, J. Picton, J. Moran, J. Joliffe
OUT: T. Harvey, B. Mitchell, M. Muscat, L. Cox
Central have made four changes to their side from last weekend with Jordan Gilby, Jake Picton, James Moran and Josh Joliffe all returning while Ty Harvey, Bryant Mitchell, Matt Muscat and Linden Cox are out.
IN: J. Trengove
OUT: J. Cieslik, D. Milne
Both Josh Cieslik and Daniel Milne are out but only one inclusion has been named with Jake Trengove coming back into the side. The Robins have been working to get Cohen Turner’s younger brother Rourke to the club for some time and he could very well be the late addition today.
If the younger Turner does play, that will make a total of 11 new or returning players in today’s side that West have brought in for the 2019 season.
Central have found scoring very tough in 2019 with an average of only 22 points per game up to this point and given that West give nothing away defensively, it’s hard to see how Central can score enough to challenge the Robins in this one.
Josh Hanford has had a slow start to the season and could be well-served by spending most of his game time on a wing where he had success last season. Hanford has a great set of hands and leads up at the ball well making him a perfect link man for Central between defence and attack.
On the other side, West forward Cohen Turner should enjoy a better outing than last week. Not only will the weather be more suited to the big marking types but he also won’t have to deal with Angus Collins who was all over him last week. Turner kicked five goals against the Pies in round one and could go bigger today.
West are stacked in the midfield department with the likes of Jayden White, Thomas Rowe, Michael Westley, Liam King and Nathan Greenshields, as well as youngsters Jake Trengove and Jayden Sutton who will get their chance in there at some point today. Throw in Rourke Turner, if he does indeed play, and they’re close to unstoppable.
WHAT: Central v West
WHEN: Today - Women 11:25am, Reserves 12:45pm, League 2:30pm
WHERE: Memorial Oval