South cook the Pies
Monday, 1st July, 2019
By Kelsie Mitchell
On a very windy Saturday at the Alma Oval, South beat a tired Central by 142-points in a brutal display of football.
As well as the the chilly gusts of up to 50 kilometre/hour winds blowing towards the airport end of the ground, due to Friday night’s downpour, there was a lot of slippage on the field which led to a lot of stoppages.
South wasted little time in asserting their dominance on the contest and managed five goals in a mere ten minutes of the first term.
The likes of Harley Cannard, Arlen Bird, Matthew Reavill and Drew Hardy for South were fundamental to their success. These players played the game skilfully and helped to keep the ball at South’s end of the field.
A smart goal from junior Adam Slattery, following on after his excellent game last week, stood out amongst the lot. The Roos closed the quarter with a ninth goal from 13 scoring shots to have them leading by a whopping 58 points at quarter-time.
South could have taken to the field blindfolded in the second term but Central still wouldn’t have been able to match up, such was the control South had.
Central now had the use of the breeze and did their best to keep the ball on their half of the field but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard, adding only a single point to their score.
South star Jordan Johns’ marking was topclass during this quarter and South continued to perform well across the whole field and covered all positions. At twelve minutes in, Bird found himself in the right place at the right time as he flawlessly marked the ball directly in front of the posts and duly converted for another goal in his return to the side.
South, leading by 76, picked up where they left off to start the third quarter. They kicked another six goals to add to their impressive tally.
Young Roo Jye Smith was impressive this term, his kicks slicing through the Central defensive structure.
The Magpies did lift their workrate in this term, namely the likes of Josh Hanford, Matt Sullivan and Luke Neal who were all displaying strong tackles and long kicks. Youngster Will Campbell gave his all and played quite well considering the circumstances.
South began the fourth term already leading by 114-points and opened with a goal from Adam McInnes within the first few minutes. The game steadily progressed in this fashion as they placed another five goals on the scoreboard. Mason Squire, Drew Hardy, Clancy Payne and Jordan Holmes all added their names to the goals list for South.
Meanwhile for Central, Jason Masclet and Linden Cox battled hard in their usual fashion and stood out amongst the lot. The Pies were finally able to score their first goal with less than five minutes remaining as Josh Joliffe slotted one straight through the middle.
The game was clearly in South’s favour for the entire duration. Their excellent teamwork and strength helped them dominate across the field and take home this huge win. Johns, Purcell and Jordan Holmes, who rucked in the absence of Mitch Henderson, were fantastic for the Roos.
South had plenty of forward options with Slattery and Reavill both booting five goals while Bird enjoyed a successful return from injury with three goals.
Central saw some spouts of success but couldn’t sustain it. Ruckman James Moran competed well as he always does while Masclet, Hanford and Neal all had a crack.
South will take on West next Saturday at the Alma Oval, which promises to be an absolute blockbuster, for top spot on the ladder while North and Central will face off at the Jubilee Oval.
SOUTH: 9.4 12.5 18.9 23.14 (152) def
CENTRAL: 0.0 0.1 0.3 1.4 (10)
Goals: South - A. Slattery 5, M. Reavill 5, A. McInnes 3, A. Bird 3, S. Edgecumbe, J. Holmes, M. O’Brien, M. Purcell, D. Hardy, C. Payne, M. Squire. Central - J. Jolliffe
Best: South - J. Johns, M. Purcell, J. Holmes, A. Slattery, M. Reavill, A. Johnston. Central - J. Moran, J. Masclet, J. Hanford, L. Neal, L. Cox, B. Quinn