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Robins, Roos to rule roost

Wednesday, 15th June, 2011

By Scribe

Round nine of the Under 18 football competition will be played tonight under the bright lights of the Jubilee Oval.

Game one will see last start winners South and Central go into battle in what has all the makings of a good game. Central returned to the winners list last week in fine style with a big win over North. The return of Lachlan Jenkin from injury has been a blessing for the Magpies as he provides another avenue to goal and his work with the other forwards particularly Jake Gepp is first class.

Ethan Williams showed what he is capable of last start and will now need to build on that performance especially against South's two-pronged ruck combination of Jordan Holmes and Ayden Pettit. Kyle Farcich and Curtis Jelbert are having solid seasons and Jack Roberts has taken his game to a new level. 

The up and coming Magpies led by Kane Reed, Roderick Jones, Riley Pearce, Zayden White and Kyle Dwyer have all at various times shown what they are capable of and now need to play at a more consistent level each week.

South have been the benchmark for a couple of seasons now and this year is no different. They are a well drilled side who play for their mates and club every week. The obvious standouts are Marc Purcell and Cody Schorn but it's been the likes of Jared Burcher, Carson Banning, Luke Lines, Justin Spratt and livewire forward Riley Schorn who have impressed this season. And the two talls in Holmes and Pettit will need to be shut down if Central, or for that matter any team, harbour hopes any of upsetting the Kangaroos.

West have proven that South are beatable but Central will need a four quarter effort or something brilliant to upset the raging hot flag favourites.

Central have a chance tonight and will take a lot of confidence into the encounter but South just look to strong on every line and should run out comfortable winners.

GAME TWO will pit West against North. The Robins will be disappointed with their performance last week and will be determined to return to the winners list. When you scan your eyes over the West line up you can see why many are tipping big things not only at this level but higher for the Robins.

Heath Harris, Cohen Pettit, Mason Hunt, Hagen Grose, Rylie McInnes and Liam King all have big futures. Throw in the established stars like Cynan Smith, Heath Teelow, Bryant Mitchell, Luke O'Donnell and Nathan Kickett and the future looks rosie.

The return tonight or in the near future of Nick Agius from injury can't come quick enough as he supplies the pure class and run the midfield needs to go to another level.

North have shown they are able to mix it with the best at this level they just need to do it for four quarters not one, but that will come with experience in this grade. The Bulldogs only need to look within their own team to see how it's done with Ben Schorn and Zac Wauchope showing each week they play how to give 100 per cent for a full game.

Josh Sheargold, Cameron Mackay, Lachlan Hobba and Matthew Grey all show promising signs and Jordan Vella along with Ryan Lehman continue in their developments to becoming solid contributors. 

It's hard to go past West in this game as they look to have too much depth.

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