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Dogs to fire at Memorial

Saturday, 25th July, 2015

Brett Johnson and his midfield cohorts should prove too strong for the Magpies. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Brett Johnson and his midfield cohorts should prove too strong for the Magpies. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Patrick Reincke

Last week Central had a pretty rough day. South ran riot on their home turf booting 162 points while holding the Magpies to a nasty looking zero.

Central hadn’t had a scoreless game since May 2, 1942 and it was truly a game to forget.

For today’s match at Memorial Oval, Central will have to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get ready to take on a firing North.

The Bulldogs are fresh off a strong win last week against West.

They will be carrying a lot of form into today’s game and it might get ugly if they get off to a good start.

North had 12 individual goalscorers in their romp over West and Central may have a hard time trying to cut off those avenues. 

Jordan Gilby, Matt Sullivan, Jarred Paull and Paul Gauci will certainly have their work cut out for them and will certainly have to stop Anthony Henderson from kicking another bag.

Luke Reynolds and Christopher Billings remain two other strong avenues to goals and it will be a big challenge for the Central defence.

Codie Howard starred in his 200th last week and was best on ground after a ripping performance in the centre.

He along with Eddie Morgan and Brett Johnson will be a strong trio to handle.

Justin Heath, Brett Hannon, Darren Zanette and Lyndon Cox could all play a part in the Magpies’ roving pattern.

Jason Masclet, Digby Schinckel and James Bressanelli will have to be on target in the forward lines if Central want to have any chance of staying close.

Central tall Jon Carratt played a quality game last week and he’ll look to continue that form against North’s Ayden Pettitt.

If the Magpies can find some structure and cleanness around the stoppages, they may be able to venture forward more often than not.

The Magpies should be able to get on the board today with a handful of goals but North will have got depth in their side to knock over the Magpies and will likely win by a large margin.

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