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Players snub Cup side

Wednesday, 30th May, 2012

By Ben Sheffield

The team that will tackle the Far North Football League in this weekend’s Miner’s Cup match at AAMI Stadium has been announced.

The match, which puts Broken Hill up against players from Woomera and Roxby Downs, starts at 4:05pm on Saturday as the curtain raiser to the Port Adelaide vs Carlton game.

Broken Hill will be looking to continue its good form in the annual fixture, having won in the past two years, after the Far North claimed victory in the first two.

A number of first choice inclusions were unavailable through injury and work commitments, including Brenton Zanette, Bill Dolan, Simon O’Brien and Marcus O’Brien.

The North Football Club is the best represented, with 10 players, while West also had a sizeable contingent of seven in the side. 

Somewhat surprisingly, second placed South had just three players selected while Central had two.

Broken Hill coach, David Ruddock, was forthright in sharing his feelings about the number of first choice players who won’t be making the journey.

“There are a lot of guys who pulled out and made themselves unavailable. That’s really disappointing and disheartening,” he said. 

“By name, it’s probably a weaker side than we’ve put up in the last couple of years.”

Despite that, Ruddock believes the players who are going to Adelaide are up to the task.

“The 23 guys who are going are totally committed. 

“We’ve got a good overall balance of players and they’ve got plenty of speed and pace. 

“There are eight or nine midfielders who will rotate through and we’ve got McInnes and Billings up forward.”

Jarrod Ruddock, Matthew Nelson and Codie Howard are all under an injury cloud and will be striving to prove their fitness before the last training session tomorrow.

David Ruddock said it was too early to speculate about the players likely to make the trip.

“We’ll no more once they’ve trained tonight. We’ve got three guys in doubt and another three who are ready to come in as required,” he said. 

Ruddock says he was “very confident” about the team’s chances of bringing the silverware back to the Silver City.

“They’re a good bunch of lads - they’re fast and hard at the ball and the big oval will suit that speed.”. 

The team, listed in possible positions, is:
FB Matt Garrick, Digby Schinckel, Jake Napier
HB Brent Rose, Dylan Browne, Matt Dempster
W Jono Naden, Jayden Kelly, Daniel Milne
HF Jarrod Ruddock, Jackson McInnes, Codie Howard
FF Tom Billings, Nathan Kickett, Anthony Henderson
1st: Matt Nelson, Justin Heath, Marc Purcell
Int: Michael Westley, Chris Billings, Nick Aguis, 
       Cynan Smith
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