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South’s triple treat

Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

FINALS FEVER: South captain Marc Purcell (left) and Central skipper Curtis Jelbert with the Shinglebacks’ Peter Nash and the Shinglebacks Cup which will be presented to the winning team. FINALS FEVER: South captain Marc Purcell (left) and Central skipper Curtis Jelbert with the Shinglebacks’ Peter Nash and the Shinglebacks Cup which will be presented to the winning team.

 By Scribe

After 15 rounds and one preliminary final it all comes down to tonight when raging hot favourites South take on Central in the Under 18 grand final.

Central caused a major upset last week in the preliminary final against West and will need to play out of their skins to do the same against a powerful South line up.

The Magpies tackled and harassed their way to this encounter and will need to do exactly the same tonight.

The return of Sean Power, Jake Gepp and Lachlan Jenkin is a blessing for Magpie fans and the big question will be how they pull up after missing lots of football this season. 

Curtis Jelbert led from the front last start and he will need to be watched closely by the Kangaroos.

Jack Roberts and Cohen Turner have had great years and when the game needed to be won against West they stood up.

Riley Pearce, Adam Armstrong and Kyle Dwyer showed they are not overawed by the big stage along with Luke Clancy and Chad Nunn who both offer something to the forward line.

Probably the most important player for Central will be Ethan Williams as he will take on Jordan Holmes and Ayden Pettitt in the ruck. If Williams can stop the supply to the South on-ballers and give the Magpies first use of the footy they are a chance of causing the one of the biggest upset in the history of under 18 football.

The South line up is all class and that’s shown in the Under 18 team of the year with the Kangaroos having 10 players selected: Cody Schorn, Marc Purcell, Heath Caldwell, Riley Schorn, Jordan Holmes, Ayden Pettitt, Luke Lines, Carson Banning, Jared Burcher and Justin Spratt. They will all have a big say in tonight’s outcome.

The Kangaroos’ mid-field is so strong with Holmes, C. Schorn, Caldwell and Purcell more than likely starting the game with Pettitt, Spratt, Banning and Lines rotating throughout the contest through the middle.

South be will looking to start strong and put space between themselves and Central, and the key to a Magpie upset will be the first term - if they can stay with South for as long as possible you just never know what may happen.

History beckons for the South Football Club as they are trying to match West’s feat of winning three consecutive Under 18 Premierships which will be an amazing achievement at any level let alone aged based football.

One of South’s favourite sons, Marc Purcell, will become the first player in the history of under 18 football to play 60 games at this level, an amazing feat by Purcell and, win or lose, he will go into the record books.

It’s hard to go past South and they should take out the 2011 premiership, but as all football followers know strange things happen in this great game and Central will have the nothing to lose mentality and give it all they have got. 

The game gets underway at 7pm and I encourage the football public to come along and see the cream of Under 18 footballers on display.

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