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South to get up for Neal

Saturday, 30th May, 2015

Phil Neal will line up in his 400th game in the red and white this weekend. He is the second player in Broken Hill to achieve the milestone. Phil Neal will line up in his 400th game in the red and white this weekend. He is the second player in Broken Hill to achieve the milestone.

By Patrick Reincke

Today’s game at the Alma will be, without doubt, a special one.

Phil Neal will play his 400th A-grade game for the Roos in what will be a milestone game for the big man.

South will enter the game as favourites but need to be wary of the alluring Central.

Before the Miner’s Cup weekend, Central trounced West by a whole heap and gained a lot of momentum heading into this game.

The Roos though will likely not falter on their biggest game of the season so far and should get over the line comfortably.

Rain this morning could give the Alma deck a bit of dew and make the game a bit slippery.

This may give Central an opening.

However, South are sporting a top rate side for this game and it starts with a very vigorous attacking line up.

Alan Mackiewicz, Arlen Bird and Todd Shapter make up a potent half forward line while Mitch Henderson, Cody Schorn and milestone man Neal have things covered in front of goal.

South is putting their best foot forward for this game and Central’s defense is going to need a grandstand effort to stop them.

Jay Bressanelli, Mathew Sullivan and Jarred Paul have been some quality defenders for the Magpies and will need to be at their best in today’s game.

Digby Schinckel, Patrick Nash and Jason Masclet are three offensive targets for Central and they should have a tough battle with the Roos’ robust defense.

Riley Schorn, Todd Blacksell and Casey Paull are just three of the impressive six that will block Central’s road to goal and kick start some of South’s damaging coast to coast plays.

With Michael Westley still out of the side, Jordan Johns, Marc Purcell and Todd Davidson will be the major ball-movers for the afternoon for South.

They will be contested by Central’s Justin Heath, Jake Hodgins and Rourke Barker in a midfield battle that will be great to watch.

Ultimately though, expect South to keep the good times rolling and Phil Neal to have a milestone game, he will never forget.

South by 83.

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