Central, West keen to make a good start
Saturday, 9th April, 2016
By Patrick Reincke
Central and West will open the A-Grade season today at the Jubilee Oval.
Both teams will want to get their seasons off to a flying start and will slug it out for supremacy at 1.00pm.
The game sees the debut of two new coaches Ben Camilleri (Central) and Peter Larkins (West).
Both will want a win first up and have put together their sides to achieve just that.
Central’s defensive line looks very solid, which will likely see the Robins work hard to get their goals.
Matt Sullivan, Matt Muscat, Zayden White and new recruit Heath Harris are a strong repelling four and should strain West’s attack.
The Robins will be looking to handy players like Jordan Tonkin, Ben McInerney, Daniel Milne and Josh Cieslik to kick true and get some majors, with Greg Conway a big target also.
The Magpies have many avenues to goal as well including the likes of Sam Beven, Linden Cox, Keta Balchin, Connor Martin and Jay Carapellotti.
A shoot out is looking likely in today’s clash.
Supply to the forwards is key and that is achieved through the centre.
Central’s ruckman Jon Carratt will battle Matt Nelson in a bid to win the ball for his rovers James Bressanelli, Jarred Paull and Camilleri.
West will want Bates, Mackiewicz and Sheargold along with Brent King and Liam King to gain the ascendancy and get it forward.
The battle of the wingers between West’s Tonkin and McInerney and Central’s Tom Johnson and Luke Neal will be an exciting one to watch.
The Magpies might get off to a slow start after the A-graders missed last weekend’s Lightning Cup, and if West can pounce on that and get some goals, they Robins will be in the driver’s seat.
Match fitness may also be a factor in the outcome.
It’s hard to pick a winner for early round games; there are a lot of variables to consider.
Although Central haven’t had a good hit out before today, their side looks very strong and once the cobwebs are off, should fire up fast.
West looked like they have had a cracking pre-season last Saturday and will be accustomed to match play that little bit more.
It could go either way.
Central by 27 points.