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Feathers will fly

Saturday, 18th June, 2011

CALL TO ARMS: West’s Nick Agius shows off one of the yellow armbands that will be worn by all players today for the Call to Arms initiative, which aims to raise funds for the fight against cancer in men. CALL TO ARMS: West’s Nick Agius shows off one of the yellow armbands that will be worn by all players today for the Call to Arms initiative, which aims to raise funds for the fight against cancer in men.

Having the week off, players and coaches will be freshened up for the long haul towards September - and now the serious stuff starts.

After the opening seven weeks the teams are still working on consolidating their place on the ladder or, in some quarters, still trying to improve their standing.

This weekend’s round of action will help us understand a little more about the four sides, and down at League Headquarters today it is the Magpies up against the Robins.

The last time these two sides meet it was a one point thriller with the Magpies getting the points, and on form this again should be a close game.

While the Robins have been competitive in recent weeks they need to win this one.

After winning two of their first three they have lost the last four, and the Magpies are breathing down their necks at the turn. Should the Robins suffer another loss they will find themselves at the tail of the field. 

West’s season won’t get any easier with Rueben Hayden on extended leave from the club, however his absence will give another player or players the opportunity to stand up and become an A-Grader.

The form of Rose, Nelson and Raven has been pretty good and the back half has been held together by John Blore and Darren Zanette.

The Robins need consistency from Naden, Dalby, Teelow and Milne, and if these players can deliver then creditable losses will be a thing of the past.

While the Magpies are in a similar position they seem to be heading upwards with Brenton Zanette back from injury.

In his last start looked he looked very good, but again a cloud looms on his availability this week.

The Magpies core is very good with Heath, McInnes, Mannion and Camilleri, it is the rest who need to follow suit with Quinn, McClure, Jelbert, Garnaut and Bray all capable players on their day.

If the Magpies can win then the finals are within reach. A loss and they are a game and a half behind third place - that’s when it gets tough. 

It promises to be a great game and I think the Magpies can get over the line.

Last Start:

Central 14.10 (94) West 13.15 (93)

Head to Head:

Central 1, West 1

Jubilee Oval 2.15pm

 

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