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Classy contest awaits Jubilee

Saturday, 15th June, 2019

Liam King, shown in action earlier this year, could see an increased workload in the midfield following an injury to Jayden White. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Liam King, shown in action earlier this year, could see an increased workload in the midfield following an injury to Jayden White. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

After a two-week break, local footy returns today with a blockbuster top-of-the-table clash between West and South at the Jubilee Oval.

 

LAST TIME THEY MET:

South: 10.10 (70) def West: 6.5 (41)

It was a cracking contest between these two sides in round three. Both came in undefeated and played some terrific, hard-hitting football with only three points in it at the final change.

South showed their class, however, and were able to pull away in the last quarter with five goals to one to win by 29 points. Jake Crozier and Heath Harris were fantastic that day for West while the experienced Jordan Johns and Matt Reavill lifted for the Roos in the second half and got them home.

 

RECENT FORM:

West - WWLWW

Following that loss to South, West bounced back with wins over Central and North before the break and did so with relative ease. They thumped the Magpies by 87 points and then made an in-form look second-rate with a 44-point win.

West’s strength this season so far has been their ability to field a consistent team from week to week. They’ve used just 26 players in their League side in 2019 as opposed to South’s 36, North’s 35 and Central’s 41.

South - WWWLW

The Roos fell to North in round four, their first loss in more than two years, but they hit straight back with a 176-point belting of Central prior to the break. 

Cody Schorn booted nine goals in a best on ground performance while his brothers Tyson and Riley combined for six. Wade Gepp also found form with six goals of his own.

 

INS AND OUTS:

West

IN:R. Turner, S. Hocking, B. Harvey, 

E. Grose

OUT:J. White, D. Milne, J. Cieslik, 

H. Harris

Daniel Milne and Josh Cieslik, both of whom played great games for Broken Hill two weeks ago, and defender Heath Harris are all missing but the big one is Jayden White who looks to be done for the season due to a knee injury.

The Robins do, however, regain Rourke Turner, and Sage Hocking returns from injury. Bobby Harvey and Eathan Grose come in for their first League games of 2019. 

South

IN:S. O’Brien, B. Elliott, J. Smith, 

M. O’Brien, D. Hardy, A. Slattery, 

N. Brown, M. Squire

OUT:T. McKenzie, M. Vlatko, B. Heinjus, 

Z. Doyle, T. Tompkins, T. Schorn, 

A. Collins, D. Langdon

More changes for South as Simon O’Brien, Marcus O’Brien, Drew Hardy, Adam Slattery, Nick Brown and Mason Squire all return to the lineup as well as Brock Elliott and Jye Smith.

Elliott plays his first game for South since switching from North and Smith makes his first appearance in 2019 having been suspended for five matches due to an incident in the Lightning Cup final. 

The outs include Tyler McKenzie, Zach Doyle, Brendon Heinjus and Angus Collins while Mick Vlatko, Deklin Langdon, Tyler Tompkins and Tyson Schorn have been shifted back to the reserves. 

There’s still no sign of Arlen Bird, who’s yet to play in 2019, while Nick Agius, who looked set to make a return from and ACL injury in the coming weeks, is reported to have reinjured the knee at training.

 

TYLER’S SAY:  

South will enjoy having the likes of experienced players Drew Hardy and Marcus O’Brien back in the team. They both have the ability to find space and use the ball well whilst providing run from the midfield and backlines respectively.

Even with Collins, McKenzie and Madden Paull out, South still have a very strong backline. 

Jordan Holmes and Dylan Browne lock down the tall positions, Simon O’Brien comes in as the small defender with Marcus O’Brien and Riley Schorn providing run off halfback. Throw in the leadership and experience of Casey Paull and it is a very good back six.

They’ll need to be on their game though with West’s forward-line containing Cohen and Rourke Turner as well as the lively Robert Bates and Brock Ellis. 

White’s injury is a huge blow for West with his classy ball use very important to the team’s game plan. However, they don’t lack midfield depth and should be able to cover White’s absence with Liam King spending more time in the middle.

King is a ball magnet and showed that in the combined game. He’s been pushed out to a wing early this season and has been below his usual best but will benefit from more time in the centre.

South skipper Marc Purcell starred for Broken Hill needs to be watched very closely by West if they’re to win today. Michael Westley and Milne did a fine job of shutting down the Roos star in round three but with Milne out today someone else will need to step up.

While a win or loss won’t affect either team too much, a win by West, as well as being their first over South in almost a decade, would show they are genuine premiership contenders in 2019.

 

WHAT: West v South

WHEN: Today - Women 11:25am, Reserves 12:45pm, League 2:30pm

WHERE: Jubilee Oval

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