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Training run for South

Monday, 27th May, 2019

South’s Jordan Holmes and Central’s Sam Beven fly for a mark while others wait at ground level. PICTURE: Kelsie Mitchell South’s Jordan Holmes and Central’s Sam Beven fly for a mark while others wait at ground level. PICTURE: Kelsie Mitchell

By Kelsie Mitchell

South were completely untroubled as they dispatched Central by a whopping 176 points at the Alma Oval on Saturday. 

A stiff breeze blew towards the airport end of the ground throughout the day, casuing much of the scoring to be done at that end.

The game began with a goal from South spearhead Cody Schorn to send South on a five-goal-to-one first quarter. The Roos were a little sloppy early but they were quick to pick up their act and move more efficiently. 

Ruckman Mitchell Henderson’s goal at seven minutes was not only an indicator for how skilled South were, but also Central’s lack of defence. The Magpies did have some success, kicking their only goal for the entire match, which came from Sam Beven mid-way through the term. 

It was more of the same from South in the second term as they really laid on the punishment, kicking nine goals to increase their already substantial lead. The Roos swept aside Central to hold an 85-point lead at the main break. 

Tarrant Wood, Tyson Schorn and Wade Gepp were very impressive for South while for Central, the likes of Jason Masclet, Beven and Josh Hanford were carrying them as best they could. 

At the beginning of the third term, Henderson added another goal to the scoreboard and by this point South were just doing as they pleased. 

Henderson’s goal was the first of eight kicked by the Roos in the third term as they ran riot over a Central side that just had no answers. Riley Schorn joined his brothers Tyson and Cody on the goal-kicking list as the Schorn’s had a day out.

South led by 134 points going into the final term and they nailed another four goals into the breeze to end the game with 28 goals from 45 scoring shots. Central battled but they were completely outclassed and outplayed.

Cody Schorn was back to his absolute goal-kicking best, finishing with nine majors and setting up at least eight more. Gepp went forward to kick six goals for the day while Tyson Schorn enjoyed his best senior game so far with four. The Schorn’s kicked 15 of South’s 28 goals.

South’s other influential players included Henderson, Marc Purcell, Wood and Zach Doyle. Tyler McKenzie continued his strong season and Mick Vlatko chipped in with two goals before being shifted to half-back.

There weren’t a lot of highlights for Central but the likes of Masclet, Beven, Hanford and Zayden White did play well and battled hard defensively. 

Central now have a couple of weeks off, due to Miners Cup and Queen’s Birthday weekends, to lick their wounds before facing North in round six while South and West will do battle in a top of the table.

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