South will roll West
Wednesday, 19th May, 2010
Game one tonight will see West take on the all-conquering South.
It is hard to make a case for the Robins who have unfortunately not followed up their promising efforts from the first two rounds.
The West runners have been in good form with Nick Agius leading the way.
Agius is a quality player with a big future and is someone many West teams to come can be built around.
Cynan Smith, Brett Martin, Jono Naden and Nathan Kickett show promising signs but need to find consistency.
Josh Barrett or Heath Teelow will need to stand up and hold
down a key forward position as the Robins have struggled around goals this season.
Teelow looks the most obvious choice as he can take a mark and is good at ground level.
The South line up is brimming with confidence and seems to have no weak links with all players playing for their club and mates.
Aiden Pettit, Dunstal Hibberd, Bryce Theohardis and Jared Burcher are all in good form and complement the stars in Heath Caldwell, Cody Schorn, Marc Purcell, Tyson Boland, Riley Elliott,
Todd Davidson and Tom Derham.
South will start as short priced favourites and should win comfortably.
GAME TWO has turned into a vital game for North and Central.
North needs to win to stay in touch with Central and surprisingly the Magpies can get a two game break if
Given that Central have struggled at times to fill a side this season it will be a great result for them to get a break
The injection of Under 16 players last week was a welcome sight for Central fans and the likes of Jake Gepp and Zaden White provide goal scoring power and Ethan Williams in the ruck frees up Jake McInnes to play as a attacking running player from anywhere on the field.
The move of Curtis Jelbert to the forward lines was a masterstroke last week as he booted eight goals.
While he can play back or midfield as well, expect him up front to try and stretch North’s defence.
Bryce Bessel, Jesse Coombe and Jack Roberts are finding the consistency needed at this level and Alec Bray has become more versatile by playing in a number of positions this season.
North have only won the one game this year but they give their all every week.
Tobias Hack is an inspirational leader, Zac Wauchope loves nothing better than shutting down the opposition, Davin
Bates never loses his feet and is almost impossible to tackle, and Dylan Stuart along with Jordan Tonkin provide the run and class.
If North are to get up tonight and even challenge for the flag later in the year they need Kale Grundy to start finding the goals.
Grundy is an outstanding prospect and gets plenty of the ball. He just now needs to add scoreboard pressure to his game.
This game will be a beauty with plenty up for grabs and the result will depend on who takes the field for each side.
I’m leaning towards North in a close contest.