Roos eye top spot
Saturday, 20th July, 2013
By By The Torpedo
The match between North and South at the Alma Oval could determine the minor premiers for the 2013 football season.
The top two sides will be going head-to-head once again today.
Last time the two faced each other, it was a nail-biter with South winning by two points.
This time, it could be anyone’s game; South have proved they are the stronger team with four wins over the last four games.
But North have shown their determination with a 52-point win over Central last week.
South A grade coach Peter Johns said today’s game was vital.
“If we want to finish as minor premiers, we will need to win today’s game,” he said.
“Otherwise we will drop two games behind. It is a very important game.”
Johns said the team has some important players coming back in.
“We regain Arlen Bird and Ryan Davis but we still have some players that are unavailable or injured.”
Michael Westley, Billy Dolan, Mitchell Henderson and Luke Jones will all miss out on the game.
“I think we have still come up with a pretty good team - we are capable of winning,” Johns said.
“I will be looking for consistency from the boys, we need a full four-quarter effort.
“If not, North will take advantage of that - they are a good team.”
Johns believes South’s midfield will stand up as well as their forwards.
“Having Cody Schorn at full-forward and Dylan Brown at centre-half forward will be key for us,” he said.
“Jordan Johns, Marc Purcell and Todd Davies are also in good form.
“We will just have to see how it goes. It should be a good game.”
North’s coach Mark Pitt said this game will affect where the team is on the ladder.
“Every game is important, but this one is very important - it will be good to get a win on the board,” Pitt said.
“South have some good form, but who comes to play on the day will win.”
Pitt said North have six players out and six in.
“Jayden Kelly, Ashley Richards and our two big ruckman Brent Oldsen and Simon Brown are back in,” he said.
The side are still missing Matt Dempster and Ben Perkins due to work commitments.
“Matt Raynor is also a big out,” Pitt said.
He said North would be working on keeping possession of the ball and having their percentage rate up.
“We want to minimise the turnovers and keep up the intensive pressure,” Pitt said.
It will be a close game with some surprises, but South should come out on top.
Predication: South by 15 points.
Head to head - North 3, South 1
Last start - South 13.6 (84) - North 13.4 (82)
Form guide - North WLWW, South WWWW