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Harsh start beckons for Robins

Saturday, 11th April, 2015

North’s Codie Howard will lead by example this afternoon as his side’s season kicks off against West at The Jube. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel North’s Codie Howard will lead by example this afternoon as his side’s season kicks off against West at The Jube. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Patrick Reincke

Today’s second match of the A-grade double-header will see West take on North.

The Bulldogs may enter the game as the likely favourites but need to be aware of the ‘the unexpected’ that round ones are famous for.

Last season Central stunned future premiers South with a five-point victory ... so anything can happen.

Last year in round one, North started their season strongly with a 53-point win over an inaccurate West and many are tipping a similar result this afternoon.

North’s target man in attack, Shane Dalby, will be the one to look out for with West needing a potent defence to counteract his offensive force.

Coach Ben Perkins and co-captain Tom Kickett could be likely matchups down back for West with Heath Harris and Greg Conway another two who could face the North target man.

The battle between the sides’ midfield contingents will be the focal point of the game’s story.

West sports an impressive on-ball brigade with North recruit Josh Sheargold, Rylie Mcinnes, Daniel Milne and other co-captain Brett Martin some of the stand outs.

North will look to counteract the Robins’ midfield in style, with the Bulldogs having an exceptional list to choose from.

Co-captain Codie Howard, Eddie Morgan, Ashley Richards, Ben Thompson and young Josh Jones round out North’s roving regiment and look set to cause trouble around the ground.

West stalwart Nathan Kickett will look to do just as his last name says and score a bag of goals throughout the afternoon. 

Leighton Raven, Ricky Howe and Tye Andrews could be a trifecta to keep an eye on and North will certainly have to run a tight ship defensively.

Matt Dempster, Matt Garrick, Keenan Ellis, Matt Fenton and Tobias Hack will all be up for the challenge in their defensive 50.

West’s Matthew Nelson and North’s Nathan Rayner will do battle in the ruck with both tall-timbers possessing great skill when the ball’s in the air.

North should win today’s clash and get their 2015 season off to a good start.

North by 61.

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