Roos win rough
Monday, 30th June, 2014
By Ethan James
In scenes reminiscent of round one, Central almost pulled off what would have been a memorable upset against South in slippery conditions at Memorial Oval on Saturday.
The season opener at Jubilee Oval saw the Magpies stun the ‘Roos with a narrow victory.
The Magpies again found their gritty footy against the competition leaders and with the score locked at 21-all at halftime, a similar result was on the cards.
However, South adapted and kicked away in the final quarter to win by 24 points.
“The conditions made it pretty scrappy and our first half, work rate-wise, was fairly ordinary,” South coach Craig Thomas said after the game.
“Sometimes we throw it around too much and in wet weather footy it doesn’t work all the time.
“We had a lot of the ball though, but just turned over a lot of the ball as well.”
The Magpies once again found a way to strangle their more fancied rivals.
While the conditions meant the ball spent a lot of the time on the ground, Central fought hard at the contests and deprived South of their usual amount of clean footy.
Mick Anderson and Justin Heath were the notable spoilers for the Magpies.
South had 24 scoring shots to Central’s 10, with inaccuracy costing them a bigger margin.
But Central coach Brett Morris believed it was his side’s defensive pressure that forced the opposition into error.
“The ball was always coming in to their forward 50 high which is a credit to the way we defended,” he said.
“I think there were a lot of positives.
“We stressed during the week that it was important to keep our intensity up and I think we did that.
“I’m happy that we kept our focus and attention to the play but I thought we turned the ball over at a few crucial times.”
“Justin Morrison came back after getting some fitness in B Grade and added something.”
For South, Marc Purcell and Jake Gepp were again strong, while Jordan Johns again proved that can deliver in rain, hail or shine.
Thomas was also impressed by Brock Chapman, who made his top grade debut.
“We had him up forward and then in the ruck in the last quarter, we just gave him a taste of A Grade and he’s going to definitely be a big part of our future,” Thomas said.
Central midfielder Linden Cox left the field in the final quarter with a shoulder problem but Morris said the injury was “nothing serious”.
South 1.2 (8) 2.9 (21) 4.13 (37) 7.17 (59)
Central 3.2 (20) 3.3 (21) 4.5 (29) 5.5 (35)
South: T. Blacksell 3, C. Schorn 2, R. Schorn , M. Westley
Central: K. Balchin , L. Cox , A. Mitchell , C. Turner , J. Masclet
South: J. Johns, R. Schorn, M. Purcell, M. O’Brien, C. Paull, J. Gepp
Central: P. Christie, J. Heath, M. Anderson, J. Bressanelli, J. McClure, A. Bates
South: 18.20 (128)
Central: 2.2 (14)
Central: 3.6 (24)
South: 2.1 (13)