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North look too good for struggling Roos

Saturday, 30th November, 2013

North are expected to rely heavily on Tobias Hack when they meet South at 12.30pm today.PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt North are expected to rely heavily on Tobias Hack when they meet South at 12.30pm today.PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By By Square Leg

A struggling South side has lost six of its regular A Grade players for its 45 over contest against North at the Alma Oval today.

The Roos have battled to get enough runs on the scoreboard this season to apply scoreboard pressure to the other sides and, while they regained some respectability with the bat against West last weekend, they again failed to reach triple figures.

The loss of six players today will test their mental resolve but, at the same time, give new players the opportunity to press for a permanent senior position in the side going forward.

North has fared only marginally better than South this season.

Their only wins of the season have been at the expense of the Roos and on both those occasions South had opportunities to win the game but failed to capitalise due to sloppy catching in the outfield.

The only times that North has compiled a score over 100 this season has been when Tobias Hack and Codie Howard have both been in the side.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, both players take their place in the side today and at least one of them is expected to compile a reasonable score with the bat.

A score of anything over 100 will apply the blow torch to the South batsmen, despite the placid nature of the Alma Oval wicket.

For South to have any hope in this contest they must dismiss both Hack and Howard very cheaply and keep the rest of the North bats in check.

The Roos will approach this contest with great spirit, as usual, but whether they have the talent and resolve on the paddock to cause a major upset remains to be seen.

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