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Pies, Roos to kick off 2015 season

Saturday, 11th April, 2015

Marc Purcell could cause plenty of headaches for Central today if he is not contained. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Marc Purcell could cause plenty of headaches for Central today if he is not contained. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Balldock

South and Central will kick off the 2015 season today at League Headquarters in a round one double header.

This game which is down to start at 1pm has last year’s premiers up against last year’s wooden spoon winners.

On paper, the Roos look pretty strong and while the Magpies have some new faces in their squad, they have put together a pretty good side.

The Magpies will have to restrict the Roos goal scoring ability today if they are to cause an upset.

Sullivan will get first crack at Schorn which is probably the hardest job in league football at the moment. Throw in Westley, Shapter and the returning Mackiewicz and the Roos have plenty of scoring options when going into attack.

The Magpies will need to cut the supply from downfield. If Johns, Purcell and Lines find space and time, then the South forwards will see plenty of the footy.

A lot will depend on the effectiveness of Heath, Hodkins and Christie in the middle, while Paull, McClure and Cox will also have to be solid in the back half.

The Magpies on the other hand will look to Schinkel and Zanette in the key forward posts.

They must get their hands on the footy regularly and make the most of the chances inside forward 50.

If the Roos’ back half is anything like last year they will be hard and tight, prepared to give nothing away with players like O’Brien, Peters and Schorn starting many of South’s forward movements from their back half.

It will come down to ball movement and disposal from both sides and the effectiveness of the ball movement.

The Magpies showed in the Lightning Cup that they will be competitive but five goals in six halves of footy is a real concern for me at this stage of the year, and especially against the Roos.

South will go into this round-one clash full of confidence after the Lightning Cup and on the back off last year.

They were very good against all comers a fortnight ago, averaging just over nine goals a game for their three hit outs, so you get the feeling there is no premiership hangover from the boys in red and white.

Beven and Henderson will do battle in the middle and around the ground which should be intriguing, and Power will add a little bite to the midfield.

There are some interesting matchups around the ground which should provide patrons with some exciting clashes to open the 2015 season.

But by the time the final sirens sounds, the Roos should be in front and they will claim the premiership points on offer today.

I would like to think it will be close but I feel the experience of the Roos will be a telling factor in this game; the Magpies will try hard but they will be behind at the end of the day.

South by 28 points.

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