South to stay on top
Saturday, 30th April, 2011
A double-header at league headquarters today kicks off with North up against South, while in the late game Central will take on West in round three of local football.
League leaders South will be trying to consolidate their position on top of the ladder after an impressive start to the season while North will be out to judge just where they stand - as either a pretender or contender.
It should be a great contest with these arch rivals going head to head. Across the two opening rounds the Roos have been very impressive. They have a key forward in Cody Schorn who has started the season with two five-goal bags and you can not under estimate his value to this South side.
The Roos also have Ty Corey who can play down back or up forward if the situation warrants, while support usually comes from Stephens or the O’Brien boys, with the crumbing work left to Burns and Purcell.
In the middle South has some pretty handy types with none better than Billy Dolan. His influence and experience at the stoppages goes a long way in setting up his side for a victory and now they have another hard nut in John Dunne - whose straight approach at the ball usually sees him win many of the hard contests and continue to drive his side forward - the Roos seem to have plenty of match winners up the field.
They also have a solid back half lead by Arlen Bird who is rarely beaten week in week out, while Corey, Staker, Vlatko and Davis are thrown in for good support which makes the Red and Whites one formidable outfit.
The Roos have also unearthed a couple of handy big boys in Johnny Holmes and Aiden Pettitt who are more than capable of supporting Jayson Higgins in the ruck.
Just where do the Bulldogs stand in the big picture of the 2011 season?
Well today we just might find out. Word on the street is that Anthony Henderson has again walked away from the Robins and is heading back to the kennel were he could spend some time in the dog house ... but he will again be an important player for North.
Speaking of important players, Ashley Bates is going to be crucial to North as he can fill in the gaps in defence and can also go forward and become a goalkicker.
North will this week welcome back Nat Rayner and he will be great support for Jeb Watson either up forward or in the ruck.
The heart and soul of the Bulldogs comes from the midfield with Johnson, Kelly and Howard. If these three players can get enough of the footy then they will be in with a real chance.
Down back Dempster, Oldsen and Hack are all solid but they will need support from there team-mates. The real concern though is North’s forward half. While Billings, Mason and McConnell look capable there is a height concern.
This should be a great game, but South’s form is pretty good and they should claim the premiership points today.
I’m tipping the Roos to get home by 15 points.