Central kept scoreless
Monday, 20th July, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
South returned to ripping form with an immaculate performance against combatant Central at Alma Oval on Saturday.
Add a few more degrees to the temperature and it would have been the perfect day for football as the Roos hit their targets in the dry conditions.
The Magpies were left stagnant as time after time, South’s midfield roared out of the centre and delivered to their forwards.
One of those forwards was Cody Schorn who recorded a 2015 personal best.
Schorn slotted nine majors for the game and was one of nine goal scorers which also included the likes of Arlen Bird, Adam Philp and Todd Davidson.
Marc Purcell and Jordan Johns saw plenty of the ball with Purcell even managing to snag two goals himself.
The umpiring officials should look back on the game tape and go over the fourth quarter Matt Muscat “mark” that was, confusingly, not paid.
The game didn’t really fall out of Central’s reach until the second quarter.
By the end of the first, Central although scoreless, were only trailing the reigning premiers by 27.
Jon Carratt was busy early on and he was arguably Central’s best on ground ahead on Brett Hannon and Justin Heath.
Carratt had a challenging day against rival South tall streak Dylan Browne in a ruck battle that was great to watch.
When the second quarter commenced, the Roos, kicking toward the change room end, were firing on all kinds of cylinders.
From defence to offense, South transitioned the ball with precision and proceeded to hit Central hard on the scoreboard.
Philp kicked three while Schorn also dialled in from long range.
Nick Agius joined the goal scorers but it was Purcell who was on the money.
From the boundary, Purcell slotted an off-balance, next to impossible shot to be Saturday’s Play of the Day.
When the siren signalled the end of a South-controlled quarter and the half time break, the game was all over red rover with the deficit at 84.
The third got underway and to Central’s credit, they held South to just the five for the term.
Bird and Davidson got majors in the penultimate quarter while Central’s Muscat started to find the ball a bit more.
The lofty Magpie defender, along with teammate Jason Masclet, were two quality performers amidst a day to be forgotten for the black and white.
Louis Hann also swayed in and out of the play and provided tireless run off the half back line.
But for the Roos, the whole side was up and about and had no intention of cooling the jets as the final quarter kicked off.
Another six goals were added to the red and white tally while Central tried desperately to make the scoreboard tick over.
Back in the third, Alex Page’s shot on goal veered to the right and looked to be heading for a point.
However, a South defender refused to give Central any slack as he marked the Sherrin only centimetres from the line.
It just wasn’t a day for the Magpies.
Schorn added to his increasing tally a few times in the last as the Roos ran the game out to win by an awe-inspiring 162 points.
The afternoon ended with 150 gamer Marcus O’Brien being carried off after quite a successful milestone game.
Two goals and a solid performance from the back flanker saw him continue on his recent good form.
Tyson Boland will await x-rays after being sidelined with a knock to the ribs but hopefully will be back soon.
For the Roos, their new found form will see them play West at Jubilee Oval.
For the Magpies, they will look to find some form when they host an on-fire North at Memorial.
SOUTH - C. Schorn, J. Johns, M. Purcell, T. Shapter, D. Browne, T. Davidson
CENTRAL - J. Heath, B. Hannon, J. Carrett, L. Hann, M. Muscat, J. Masclet
SOUTH - C. Schorn 9, A. Philp 3, A. Bird 2, M. Purcell 2, M. O’Brien 2, T. Davidson 2, N. Agius 2, D. Browne, T. Shapter
CENTRAL - N/A