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Central’s destiny in their own hands

Saturday, 13th August, 2011

FIRST FOR THE YEAR: Luke Turner helps fit the safety guards to the goal posts in preparation for the first game to be held at the Memorial Oval this season. FIRST FOR THE YEAR: Luke Turner helps fit the safety guards to the goal posts in preparation for the first game to be held at the Memorial Oval this season.

With the finals just around the corner, today’s round of matches looms as an important one for all four teams.

The scenarios are these: if North and South register victories today the make-up of the finals will be known.

If the Robins win and Central lose the make up will also be known.

But if the Magpies win and the Robins lose we will have to wait another week, or maybe two, before we know who will play in the finals.

The only change that is possible involves Central and West - basically it is up to the Magpies, destiny is in their own hands. 

For the first time in 2011 a game will be played at the Memorial Oval between Central and South.

The Roos were impressive last week and they are approaching full strength with the finals in sight.

South’s forward half is as impressive as any in town with Schorn, who leads the goalkicking, and Corey, who can also be just as damaging down back as the two prime targets when South go forward.

Throw into the mix Marcus O’Brien and Weller as marking targets and, if things get a little tough, Pettitt and Stephens, who can go forward and make life hard for any defensive unit.

The Magpies have to curb the influence of the key forwards and a lot will depend on Schnickel, Zanette and McClure, while Beven and Camilleri will also be called upon to play a defensive role.

With so many injuries the Magpies find themselves down on man power in the middle. While Heath still gets plenty of the footy and Camilleri at times goes into the middle, it is the quality of support that hurt the Magpies.

They will be hoping that Mannion and Wilmore are available this week.

The Magpies will be up against a very strong midfield unit in Dolan, Dunn and Caldwell, and that’s only for starters. At times Mackiewicz, Stephens and Purcell can all rotate through the middle.

Again injuries have robbed the Magpies of a lot scoring power; McInnes is the key forward but it is options that the Magpies need. Rhodes, Jelbert and Collins must stand up for the Magpies to win.

The Roos have the luxury of having a settled back half with Bird, O’Brien and Westley and the attacking flair of Vlatko and Staker. Unfortunately the Roos look a better side on paper and even though this game is important to Central I think the Roos will win this game.

South by 25 points

 

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