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Far North flog local side

Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

Broken Hill players Matt Dempster and Todd Shapter in a contest with Far North during the Miners Cup. Broken Hill players Matt Dempster and Todd Shapter in a contest with Far North during the Miners Cup.

By Ethan James

Broken Hill failed to handle a fit and firing Far North side, going down by 69 points in the annual Miners Cup at Adelaide Oval.

The Silver City boys had their chances but couldn’t make them count on the scoreboard in the 22.8 (140) to 10.11 (71) loss on Saturday. 

Coach David Ruddock described it as a “pretty rough day at the office”.

“They were very well-drilled,” he said after the match. 

“They spread hard, protected the corridor, opened up the spaces in the forward and had some great targets up forward.”

Far North seemed to constantly have players in space, while Broken Hill was forced to scrap in every contest. 

“They made a lot less mistakes under pressure, while we always seemed to be under pressure right through the first half,” Ruddock said. 

“It seemed as though everything they did came easy and we had to fight for every possession.” 

While the match was supposed to follow the script of Broken Hill’s little men wreaking havoc, it was evident early that it would be Far North’s day. 

They came out of the blocks with pace and accuracy, kicking six first quarter goals. 

The star for Far North was former Adelaide Crows forward Chris Ladhams.

The 33-year-old, who played 54 games for the Crows between 2001 and ‘04, booted ten goals. 

“He obviously helped them, you’re no mug if you make it to the AFL,” Ruddock said. 

Broken Hill’s cause wasn’t helped by an early leg injury to defender Digby Schinckel. 

“He was playing well early and we had to do a bit of shuffling around because he was one of our taller players and we were lacking some talls,” Ruddock said. 

They were also forced to shuffle ruckman, with a heavy workload placed on the shoulders of West’s Matt Nelson.

“We wore him (Nelson) into the ground and Mitch (Henderson) had some hits but was probably a bit too light framed, so we had to move Dylan Browne from halfback and pinch hit.”

Far North opened up a 49-point lead at halftime but Broken Hill rallied after the main break. 

With Marc Purcell and Quinton Beavan getting their hands on the footy, ‘the Hill’ mounted a surge and kicked 5.3 to 3.0 in the third.

The margin was 39-points heading into the final term and when Todd Blacksell and Cody Shorn kicked straight early, there was a slight sniff of an upset.

However, Far North quickly put that thought to bed, steadying before finishing strongly.

While happy with his squad’s second half, Ruddock was left lamenting a poor opening. 

“We had four or five shots early that were either just points or went out of bounds on the full.”

“That was the story of the day for us.”

The overall Miners Cup ledger now stands at 4-3 in favour of Far North. 

Far North 6.1 (37) 12.3 (75) 16.3 (99) 22.8 (140) 

Broken Hill 1.5 (11) 3.8 (26) 8.10 (58) 10.11 (71)

Broken Hill Goalkickers

Todd Blacksell 2, Cody Shorn 2, Jordan Johns, Brett Martin, Tyson Boland, Marc Purcell, Cohen Pettitt, Lyndon Cox

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