Training run for Kangaroos
Monday, 12th August, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
A young and inexperienced Bulldogs team was no match for the defending premiers on Saturday as South ran away with a 75-point win in cold and windy conditions at the Jubilee Oval.
With so many senior players missing the game through work and personal commitments, North were forced to play a host of juniors and reserves players against a pretty strong South outfit and the Roos got on top early.
A strong breeze was favouring the scoreboard end of the ground and South made it count with five first-quarter goals including three to their star forward Cody Schorn. Adam Slattery and Jordan Holmes also chipped in with a goal each as the Roos led by 32 points at the first break.
North had to make use of the breeze in the second term but couldn’t create enough chances as South continued to dominate the stoppages.
Harley Cannard and Drew Hardy added their names to the scoresheet while a brilliant individual effort from Marc Purcell set up a fourth goal for Schorn.
Purcell was controlling the midfield once again for the Roos while Arlen Bird, playing as a lead-up half-forward, was South’s best player in the first half as they went into the rooms ahead by 43 points.
North finally managed their first major of the game after the halftime siren with Tyler McInnes slotting a set shot. McInnes, along with playing coach Codie Howard, were easily North’s better players in a tough first half.
It was more of the same in the third term as South continued to do as they pleased. They were assisted by some ill-discipline from North and some soft free-kicks, one of which resulted in a goal to Marcus O’Brien.
Matt Reavill, Dylan Browne and Cody Schorn also added goals as the Roos extended their lead to 69 points at the final change.
Browne capped off a fantastic game with two goals to start the final term including one from beyond fifty at the city end that started well outside the right-hand point post before curling around on the wind beautifully and going straight through the middle.
The Bulldogs grabbed a couple of late consolation goals through Quinton Beavan and Keenan Ellis but South had the final say as Hardy kicked his second to finish off the easy win.
Browne was a force throughout the day at centre-half forward which allowed Cody Schorn to play deep and finish with yet another five-goal haul, giving him a total of 45 for 2019.
Purcell dominated the midfield once again and has to be odds-on to win his second Lionel Johnston Medal in a few weeks. He was well supported by Hardy who looked very good in just his fifth game of the season.
Holmes relished being the number one ruckman in Mitch Henderson’s absence and found plenty of the ball as well as giving his onballers first use time after time.
Howard and McInnes were North’s best while Jedd Watson tried to create whenever he got the opportunity. Tobias Hack worked hard and used the ball pretty well while Beavan and Mitch Reberger came into the game after halftime.
Neither side will take too much out of Saturday’s game with the players that North had missing. South will know that if they meet the Bulldogs in the finals then it will be a vastly different side and the North know that their best side, playing their best football, is capable of beating the Roos.
Mathematically, South could still miss out on top spot but considering that would take Central causing the biggest upset in recent history next weekend, they can start preparing for an 11th consecutive grand final September 7.
Despite only being eliminated from the minor premiership race on Saturday, North have no doubt been getting themselves ready for a preliminary final which looks very likely to be against West. That match should be an absolute cracker and we get a sneak preview next week when the two sides meet at the Jubilee Oval.
SOUTH: 5.3 8.4 12.6 15.8 (98) def NORTH: 0.1 1.3 1.3 3.5 (23)
South: C. Schorn 5, D. Browne 3, D. Hardy 2, H. Cannard, M. Reavill, M. O’Brien, J. Holmes, A. Slattery
North: T. McInnes, Q. Beavan, K. Ellis
South: D. Browne, M. Purcell, J. Holmes, C. Schorn, A. Bird, D. Hardy
North: C. Howard, T. McInnes, J. Watson, T. Hack, Q. Beavan, M. Reberger