The Roos pluck some feathers
Monday, 9th May, 2011
In an ominous sign to the competition, South clinically dispatched Central to the bottom of the ladder with a comprehensive 53 point defeat at Alma Oval on Saturday.
In a game they never looked like losing, South were ultra impressive.
The difference between the two teams was their ability to hit targets either by hand or foot and fitness.
Both sides had their fair share of the ball but Central wasted many opportunities with poor disposal, with a number of players returning from injury or through not being available the Magpies are nowhere near the fitness levels of 2010.
The match started in ideal conditions. South kicked to the airport end and had to replace Dolan who dropped out of the side suffering from general soreness; he was replaced by Wes Judd. The Magpies were unchanged.
There was a few interesting pre-game moves from both clubs. South had Dustin Stephens on a half back flank and Aiden Pettitt in a forward pocket.
The Magpies opted to play the returning Ben Camilleri at full forward, McInnes was at centre half forward and Zanette was at centre half back on Corey.
In a free flowing first quarter of football the Roos showed they had come to play. They booted five goals and should have had more but for a few easy misses, they were getting plenty of drive from their half back line and across the centre.
At centre half forward Corey, in his 100th appearance for the red and whites, was on fire. He booted a goal himself and set up Simon O'Brien with a good pass and a lighting handball to Dunn with seven seconds left on the clock resulted in another major for the Roos.
Quarter time: South 5-4 ( 34 ) Central 1-1 ( 7 )
After a robust address from their coach at the first break Central breathed some life into the game. With a noticeable lift in intensity they goaled first after Curtis Jelbert marked just outside the 50 metre arc and sealed the deal with a thumping kick.
Just as the Magpies were rallying a lapse in discipline cost them a goal.
With Heath Caldwell getting on top, the Central bench moved Matt Goodlet onto him, with play 30 metres away Goodlet made high contact with Caldwell it was spotted by the umpire and a free kick awarded.
The Central player objected to the free and the umpire sent him for a rest, courtesy of a yellow card. As Goodlet headed for the pine Caldwell slotted a major to further extend the lead.
With the game slipping way McInnes was moved into the ruck and Camilleri into the middle. It helped as Cox goaled but two late ones to Schorn pushed South out to a 34 point lead at the long break.
Half Time: South 8-7 (55) Central 3-3 ( 21 )
With their ears no doubt bleeding Central emerged from the rooms with a re-shaped line up. Zanette was at full forward, Mannion alongside him in the pocket, Quinn was at centre half back and Files at full back.
It was, however, business as usual as South banged on five goals to two. Dunn was inspirational in this term, Simon O'Brien was playing his best game for the year, Caldwell was all class and Mackiewicz was working hard.
A late goal to Wes Judd courtesy of a brilliant snap gave the Roos a 50 point buffer at the last change.
Three Quarter Time: South 13-8 (86) Central 5-6 (36)
The last 30 minutes produced possibly the most entertaining quarter for the year.
With 11 goals kicked spectators were treated to some wonderful free flowing football from both teams.
After driving a nail into the Magpies with the first two goals, South momentarily relaxed and allowed Central to kick the next four in a row to restore some pride.
The drive came from McInnes, Camilleri and Zanette, who had been moved into the middle.
With the wakeup call the Roos returned fire and booted another four for the quarter, two of those to tireless ruckman Jayson Higgins, who had been moved forward.
Both sides goaled before the final siren to end an exciting final quarter.
For the winners John Dunn was sensational either in the middle or across half forward, you can add Caldwell, Stephens, the O'Brien boys, Corey, Mackiewicz, Bird and Dylan Bow to the list.
I could mention others as it was a great team effort including Schorn with four goals.
For the Magpies none were better than McInnes; he is so important to this team, Camilleri had a good first up game, Christie, Garnaut and McClure worked hard, Heath tried but appears to be carrying an injury.
Final Score: South 19-8 (122) defeated Central 10-9 (69)
Best Players: (S) John Dunn (BOG), Heath Caldwell, Simon O'Brien, Dustin Stephens, Marcus O'Brien, Ty Corey, Dylan Bow, Allan Mackiewicz, Cody Schorn, Arlen Bird.
(C) Jackson McInnes, Ben Camilleri, Paul Christie, Trampus Garnaut, James McClure, Justin Heath.
Goalkickers: (S) Cody Schorn 4, Ty Corey 3, Heath Caldwell 2, Marcus O'Brien 2, Jayson Higgins 2, Wes Judd 2, John Dunn 1, Simon O'Brien 1, Matt Mackney 1, Jordan Staker 1.
(C) Jackson McInnes 2, Ben Camilleri 2, Lindon Cox 2, Brad Mannion 1, Digby Schnickel 1, Kyle Farcich 1, Curtis Jelbert 1.