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Robins on a roll

Wednesday, 15th May, 2013

By Smashy Nashy

West tackle Central in the early game tonight at 5.45 at the Memorial Oval, keen to continue their undefeated start to the season.

The Under 18 games are being held at the Memorial owing to problems with the watering system at the Jubilee Oval that has made the ground unsafe for play, although that should be rectified in a couple of days, according to BH AFL.

In round one, West had a solid 31-point win over Central and have since proceeded to defeat South by 142 and North by 98.

Depth is the dominating factor at West with the coaches having over 30 players to choose from each week. Every week new players are stepping up and last week Callum Rosewarn bagged four goals while Luke Jones and Cowen Smith grabbed three each.

The pending return of Heath Harris and Cohen Pettitt will further strengthen the team that is being well led by Liam King and Rylie McInnes.

Central, in scoring a 125-point win over an improving South, will have given themselves a big confidence injection. Kayne Read scored five goals and Connor Martin kicked four in another impressive performance. Stand-out player of the night was Jason Masclet while Mason Hunt moved well in attack and scored two excellent running goals.

Central will keep West very honest with senior core players like Jesse Dwyer and James Bressanelli quality footballers, but by the final siren the evenness and depth of talent out West way will see them home by 30-plus points.

In the late game at 7.30, NORTH and SOUTH will do battle.

Round one was a forfeit when South could only muster nine players but in just two weeks the club has swelled the ranks to 22. This is fantastic for football and while the margins have been big, South will improve as they gain fitness and touch.

Mitchell Henderson has been enormous in the two games so far and the workload will definitely improve his football for A grade.

Kurt Rolton was a star last year at CHB and needs to take on that responsibility again as right now his talent is wasted deep in attack. He needs to be where the ball is and at CHB he can give his coaches someone to build a defence around.

In 2012 players like Seth Banning, Jack Bird and Bailey Treloar were all very good contributors so there is a talent base there to see South improve quickly.

For the Bulldogs, they were smashed last week by West and their coaches will be scratching their heads with that performance.

Yes, they had the stars missing but they had enough class players on the park to be far more competitive than they were. Captain Zac Borlace thrives on a hard work ethic and several of his teammates need look no further than him for how to play this game.

Malcolm Buckland continues to improve and Cohen Bates and Cooper Murray have been very good, but I am sure the coaches will be looking for stronger performances from their top age players.

North will win this encounter by plenty but both clubs will have different agendas. North will be looking to have more players working harder and running to spaces to create some free flowing footy while for South it is just about continuing to take small steps each week and keep reducing the losing margins. 

It promises to be two great games of footy and the snags will be on again tonight to tempt the taste buds.

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