Colts ready to fire
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012
Under 18 football fires up again tonight with the Magpies looking to build with a win over North, and South and West both searching for their first victory.
In the first game the young Magpies will start favourites against North based on their convincing win over West in the opening round.
For the Magpies, Ethan Williams provides first hands on the footy whilst midfielders Jack Roberts and Sean Power are great distributors of the ball.
Jesse Dwyer has been in outstanding form in B-Grade and must be pushing for a League debut.
Central will be concerned with the workload of their League players Jake Gepp, Zayden White, Riley Pearce and James Bressanelli. With the exception of White, they struggled to back up last Saturday.
For North they will be keen to see how they measure up after a good win against South.
Bottom age players Lachlan Tiziani (three goals) and Sam Simmons (two goals) played well last week for the Bulldogs and both will relish the wide open spaces of the Jubilee Oval.
North will look to Josh Sheargold to win the hard inside ball, while Ethan Thomas and Jayden Lee have started 2012 in fine form.
The surprise packet for North has been Zac Borlace’s form in the League team, and providing he can back up North have some ammunition to throw at the Magpies.
First round losers SOUTH and WEST clash in the late game and both teams will be keen to get in the winners circle.
South improved in the second half last week and have a sprinkling of match winners, none more so the GWS Giants Academy player Mitchell Henderson.
It will be interesting to see what changes Henderson has made to his game as he has good agility for a tall player but needs to get himself into more dangerous positions to impact on the scoreboard.
Luke Lines was best last week for South while Jarrad Burcher has genuine leg speed to break the game open.
Riley Schorn will be dangerous given he is adapting well to the tempo of League football, whilst Dylan Hickey was a star in the 16s division in 2010 and has the size and strength to build a forward line around.
West would have been confident last week against Central and the reality check will see them fired up for a big win this week.
West ooze skill with Cohen Pettitt a pleasure to watch, and Liam King can win the game off his own boot but also needs to make good team decisions rather than take on too many opponents.
Meanwhile, Rylie McInnes has all the dash and evasive tricks but needs to improve his disposal to hurt the opposition on the scoreboard.
The big plus for West will be the availability of Heath Harris as he has the potential to be the most dominant players in this competition.
West Under 15s player Jayden White was best for West last week which highlights his talent and fantastic running ethic.
Gates open around 5pm, admission is a flat rate of $4 and the canteen will be open.