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South dominate preseason stoush

Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

South’s Clinton Keenan gets a kick away in the Roos’ 78-point win over the visiting Gol Gol Hawks. South’s Clinton Keenan gets a kick away in the Roos’ 78-point win over the visiting Gol Gol Hawks.

By Ethan James

Despite a bad case of sunburn, South coach Craig Thomas couldn’t have been happier following his team’s first hit out of the year. 

South played Gol Gol on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Oval in the heat of the midday sun.  

“It was hot, I can tell you that much ... a lot of us got pretty sunburnt and there were no dug outs on the sidelines which didn’t help much either,” he said. 

The Kangaroos got up on the scoreboard 18.9 (117) to the Hawks 6.3 (39).

“The score didn’t matter in the slightest and the most pleasing aspect was our fitness levels,” Thomas said.

“We controlled the football, our kicking was accurate and our running spread with the ball was also impressive.”

The coach shuffled his line-up regularly and ran plenty of fresh legs in the midfield, something he plans to do regularly in 2014.

“We’re going to rotate the midfield more than anything else this year,” Thomas said.  

“It was all really positive in regards to our work rate and endurance.

“Jordan Johns, Tyson Boland and Staker were some of our best.”

Johns and Sam Lines were the leading goal scorers with three-a-piece. 

South will continue to train three times a week in the lead up to the Lightning Cup at the end of the month.

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