Vital match for Central, West
Wednesday, 2nd June, 2010
Game one tonight will see West take on Central in a vital match for both clubs.
Let's hope the Magpies can field a side because if they can get over West tonight it will give them a two-game buffer against the Robins on the ladder.
The whole Central Football Club needs to get behind the Under 18 team as their season could unravel if they start forfeiting on a regular basis.
They must get some of the Under 16 players into the squad. The likes of Jake Gepp, Zayden White, Sean Power, Lachlan Jenkin and Ethan Williams, to name a few, have proved they can match it at this level.
The regular Under 18 Magpies have all played well this season with Curtis Jelbert, Jack McInness, Alec Bray, Bryce Bessel, Jesse Coombe, Jack Roberts and Chevez Hocking all in good form. But they need support.
This game could be season-defining for West. Lose this and it will be difficult make the top three and play finals as they will be two games behind.
Scoring goals has been a major concern for West all season and they will need to find someone to stand up and kick some. They have plenty of play in the midfield but just can't convert chances.
Jono Naden, Nathan Kickett, Nick Agius, Brett Martin, Danny Gray and Heath Teelow are all capable of troubling the scorers and will need to get at least 10 to 12 goals between them to keep West's season alive.
With everything on the line and an unpredictable Central line-up I'm tipping West to get the points.
GAME TWO is shaping up as match of the year to date.
North have been in tremendous form in the last month and will take a lot of confidence into this game.
Jordan Tonkin, Dylan Stuart, Justin Spratt, Tobias Hack, Zac Wauchope, Davin Bates and Kale Grundy form the basis of a very good side.
It's no surprise that the Bulldog's resurgence has come from a complete team effort with the likes of Jackson Pryor, Ryan Lehman, Lachlan Hobba and Kyle Schipanski all finding form in the last month.
If the Bulldogs are to cause an upset they will need to shut down South's dominance in the mid-field.
Cody Schorn, Todd Davidson, Marc Purcell and Tom Derham are all stars of this grade. Throw in the ruck work of Aiden Pettit, the brilliance of Heath Caldwell and Riley Elliott plus the versatile Tyson Boland and it's no wonder they are undefeated.
It's hard to find a weakness in the South camp. Maybe the fact that they haven't really been tested might be the key.
If North can somehow manage to be level-pegging come the last term you just never know what might happen. The problem is getting to that stage.
This should be an amazing contest with South hard to tip against.
I encourage the public to head the Jubilee Oval tonight to see the cream of teenage football on display in a game that could be a dress rehearsal for bigger honours later in the season.