Behind enemy lines
Thursday, 31st May, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
The Roxby Downs Wedge Tailed Eagles football team are making their final preparations before taking on Broken Hill in the annual Miner’s Cup match at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.
Roxby Downs Football Club president, Barry Mitchell, says Roxby’s players are thrilled to be taking part in the fixture.
“It’s a huge occasion for them to represent the league and have the opportunity to play on AAMI Stadium.
“This is something not many people get the opportunity to do,” he said.
Mr Mitchell said he expected the game to be keenly contested and for many friends, family and supporters to make the trip to Adelaide from both towns.
“The event is more special this year as the Roxby Downs Auskick is playing at half time of the main game and the under 16’s are playing a side from Broken Hill on Saturday morning at Woodville West Torrens Ground,” he said.
Mitchell seemed extremely confident about the chances of Roxby Downs securing a win.
“When we win the trophy, we win the bragging rights, which mean far more than anything else.”
Roxby have selected twenty three players to make the trip and an additional junior player will travel down to Adelaide for the Miner’s Cup match.
Mr Mitchell said a junior player will accompany the team to expose them to the game and to put them on if someone gets injured.
Roxby have a number of key players, who Broken Hill will have to successfully shut down, if they are to win.
The two leading goal kickers in the Far North league, Joel Harman and Dale Summerton, will both be making the trip and could prove damaging if Broken Hill’s defenders can’t keep them in check.
Harman has kicked 16 goals from 4 games, while Summerton has scored 15.
Cody Kenny is a versatile player won last season’s Roxby Districts Best and Fairest award and could have a big impact on the contest.
Roxby captain, Ben Casey and his teammate Justin Watson, are both ball magnets who will line up in the centre and are expected to do well.
Brad Cooper should be another player to watch, with his hardness at the ball reportedly worth the admission fee in itself.
Barry Mitchell believes the Wedge Tailed Eagles, made up from the Far North Football League’s five teams, will play well together.
“Every league does it. One week they beat each other up and the next week they play together,” he said.
The game starts at 4:05pm on Saturday and will be broadcast live on 2BH from 4pm.