South tough to beat
Saturday, 9th May, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
The last time South and West met, the game was one-sided.
The Roos knocked West off the sports page and into the obituaries with a staggering 128 point win.
I fear there may be a similar story today at the Alma despite a few outs for South.
The Roos will be without Cody Schorn, Mitchell Henderson and Todd Blacksell which could see the reigning premiers ever-so-slightly weaker.
However, West are sporting six changes to their side with some solid players all missing from the squad.
Among the outs are Clint Pearce, Simon Matten, Heath Harris and Ben McInerney while among the ins are Michael Shorrock, Cassidy Evans, Tom Davey and Jordan Meehan.
The Robins haven’t been able to jag their first win this season and it’s not likely it will happen today.
The reigning premiers boast a quality side all over the park and nothing is better than their on-fire midfield.
Marc Purcell, Jordan Johns, Michael Westley and Todd Shapter are four players who are in exceptional form and will take some stopping by West.
Up forward, Phil Neal and Arlen Bird will be two major targets for the Roos and West will look upon Coach Ben Perkins and Greg Conway to keep the forwards suppressed.
Brett Martin will be the focal point of West’s attack with South having the likes of Riley Schorn, Bailey Treloar and Jordan Holmes to quell the Robins’ forwards.
With the absence of Schorn and Henderson in forward fifty, the Roos have lost two high-marking targets.
Bird and perhaps Dylan Browne will be two power forwards who will have to step up to fill the void.
One hopes West will find the scoreboard more often than not and put some pressure on the favourited South side.
However, with four straight wins, 461 points scored and only 74 conceded so far this season, the Roos should have no trouble in recording their fifth win in a row.
South by plenty.
INS - J. Bird, J. Virgo, S. O’Brien, C. Caldwell
OUTS - C. Schorn, M. Henderson, T. Blacksell, J. Peters
INS - M. Shorrock, J. Meehan, C. Evans, T. Davey, H. Teelow, D. Hocking
OUTS - C. Pearce, R. Howell, H. Harris, L. Raven, B. McInerney, S. Matten
Head to Head in 2015: South 1 - West 0
Last start: South 20.16 (136) def West 1.2 (8)