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Hottest football tonight

Wednesday, 6th April, 2011

By The Scribe

The weather is starting to cool down and daylight saving is over so that can only mean one thing - footy's back.

The hottest football in town begins tonight under lights at the Jubilee Oval with the U/18 competition.

Game one starts at 6pm with Central taking on last year's runners-up, West, in what should be a skilful and exciting game.

West look to have a well-balanced and strong side with last season's competition best and fairest Nick Agius plus key-position players Cynan Smith, Nathan

Kickett and Heath Teelow. Throw in up and coming stars Heath Harris, Liam King and Cohen Pettit and the Robins' nest looks healthy.

West coaches Mark Kickett and Jebb Grose will be looking to go one better this year and look to have the cattle to do it.

Central have a new coach, Ben Camilleri, and he will have a strong knowledge of his players having looked after U/16 last year and having also played with a lot of current players.

The Magpies will also have a very skilful side with exciting prospects Jake Gepp, Sean Power, Lachlan Jenkin, Kyle Farcich and the long-kicking Curtis Jelbert all expecting big years.

Game one is always a tipster's nightmare but I think the Robins will get their season off to the perfect start with a narrow win.

GAME TWO will see reigning premiers South take on North. The Kangaroos have a strong and proud record at this level and seem to unearth new stars in the making every year, so expect South to be right in the mix come season's end.

Any side that can boast the likes of Heath Caldwell, Marc Purcell, Cody Schorn and Aiden Pettit will not only be competitive but will win more games than they lose.

The Southerners play for their club and mates every week and seem to be close-knit group.

By all the reports coming out of the Bulldogs' camp, numbers at training have been low. Let's hope North players at this level come out and get behind their team because with the likes of Dylan Stuart, Zac Wauchope, Ryan Lehman and Jordan Vella there is enough talent to build a strong side.

It's hard to tip against last year's number one side. South should run out comfortable winners.

This competition has proven to be exciting and close over the last few seasons and I expect much the same this year.

The football is fast and furious with this being a great platform for players to launch their senior careers and possible higher honours.

It wasn't that long ago that the likes of Taylor Walker, Jordan Johns, Lachlan McGregor and Mitchel Clisby were running around at this level and they have all gone on to play AFL or SANFL.

So if you want to see the next croup of stars, head to the Jubilee Oval tonight at 6pm.

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