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Rivals face off

Saturday, 30th April, 2016

South’s Marc Purcell tackles Quinton Beavan in Round 1, the two teams will meet again today. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke South’s Marc Purcell tackles Quinton Beavan in Round 1, the two teams will meet again today. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Traditional rivals North and South will square off again today at Alma Oval.

The lads from North will make the journey over the hill for their first game at the Alma this season. The Bulldogs will start as underdogs for this clash with the hosts looking very solid.

An 11 goal second half saw the Roos storm home the first time these two teams met but the red and white look likely to start strong this time around.

South are coming off the back of a cracking 88 point win over Central with Cody Schorn’s haul of seven seeing him come into the game in good form.

North’s Jake Borlace will likely get the job of manning the dominant forward.

Young Tom Ragenovich and Trent Barraclough will stand as two key defenders who will have to lift this afternoon if their side wants to have any chance of shutting down the South juggernaut.

Still without Codie Howard, North will look upon Eddie Morgan, Harry Cudmore and Anthony Henderson to gain the ascendancy in the midfield.

That’ll be a challenging task though, considering South’s midfield contingent in Purcell, Johns, O’Brien, Gepp and Nick Agius are all in damaging shape.

Josh Jones and Ethan Slater are proving to be handy goal scorers for the Dogs and if they can fire and McConnell, Tidball and some of the on-ballers can get on the board as well, this game could get close real fast.

Defensively, Riley Schorn was tip top for the Roos last week with Casey Paull also repelling Central’s advances.

The Roos will have the upper hand around the stoppages with Browne and Holmes devastating as a ruck combo.

South’s on-ball brigade remains as its catalyst on game days and will definitely take some beating.

Expect South to go forward often and control the play.

If North can get South on the back foot by stopping their run and slowing the game’s flow, they may have a chance, but they need an inspired four quarter effort. 

South by 48.

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