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Rusty Roos gain some touch

Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

South’s Jordan Holmes takes a shot on goal during his side’s trial game against Morphettville Park on Saturday. South’s Jordan Holmes takes a shot on goal during his side’s trial game against Morphettville Park on Saturday.

By Patrick Reincke

With the Lightning Cup drawing near, footy fans were given a fix of the sport on Saturday with South playing a trial game.

Taking on the visiting Morphettville Park Roos at Picton Oval, both sides played out a tough mid-morning game in the exceptionally warm and humid conditions.

The teams exchanged blows and didn’t seem to be taking it easy on each other as bragging rights were up for grabs.

However, when full time was called, the visitors sat out in front by 29 points (13:6 to 8:7). 

Former Southies Mitch Pace, Marty Biggins and Dylan Johns (brother of current Roo, Jordan) wasted no time in prodding their former teammates at the game’s conclusion.

Roos head coach Billy Dolan was absent for the day’s play which saw Drew Mashford take the reins.

He said he was pleased with how the game was played from both sides.

“I think the main thing we got out of the game was it was played in the right spirit,” he said.

“In the end, the boys have had ten weeks of solid pre-season now so we’re just looking to blow a few cob webs out.

“A few senior boys are missing, but a few young lads stood up and had a chance and that makes the South Football Club better going forward.”

One of the younger South players to play on Saturday was Under 18 Angus Collins who got his first taste of A-Grade footy.

Despite taking a knock early on, to the young gun’s credit, he got back up and played a top game.

Among the players to line up for South were 2015 Lionel Johnston Medallist Marc Purcell, last season’s Leading Goal Kicker Cody Schorn, Jake Gepp, Dylan Browne, Jordan Holmes and many others as the side gears up for three premierships in a row in 2016.

Mr Mashford said it was good to play against the visiting Roos and to catch up with some former South players.

“The Morphettville Park boys have done well considering I think they had their last beer at midnight the night before!” 

“We’re going to try and make it an annual event, we’ll travel down their next year.”

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