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Our boys can do it

Saturday, 7th May, 2016

The experience of players like Marcus O’Brien in Broken Hill’s backline will be crucial to the outcome of the ninth Miners Cup at Adelaide Oval tomorrow. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke The experience of players like Marcus O’Brien in Broken Hill’s backline will be crucial to the outcome of the ninth Miners Cup at Adelaide Oval tomorrow. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Balldock

The Broken Hill combined team will travel to Adelaide today for the ninth instalment of the Miners Cup, and with the series tied at four-all the game could well be classed as the decider as it is becoming increasingly difficult for this rivalry to continue at the Home of South Australian football.

The locals have managed to square the series at different stages without ever leading in the battle. Twice we have been beaten by Far North when they have recruited former AFL players, and apart from that, we have more than held our own at this level against this opposition.

With the opportunity of playing a game at this famous ground the local selectors have had a nightmare of a time with a number of key players making themselves unavailable for the contest.

From the outside this is disappointing for our chances, but what it does do is give an opportunity to a handful of young players to experience football at this level.

The side the selectors have chosen should be very competitive, knowing that they have the opportunity to impress on the big stage.

If last year is anything to go by, the locals will have to be a little more deadly in front of goals - 18 scoring shots for a reward of only four majors - that cannot happen again.

With Cody Schorn, Mitch Henderson and Arlen Bird patrolling the forward half, I would expect the goalkicking potential to increase dramatically, and you can throw in Justin Heath, Eddie Morgan and Quinton Beavan to give their all and capitalise on any loose balls inside forward 50.

Across the middle, the Broken Hill will look for plenty of run and carry from Nick Agius, Anthony Henderson and the new recruit to the side, Jayden Kelly.

Their pace, run and execution with the footy is going to be vital to Broken Hill’s chances.

Along with the centre line players, we should also look to the two Roos in the middle, Marc Purcell and Jordan Johns. If these two can find plenty of early footy with their disposal, the forwards will see plenty of the ball which will only help the cause.

And I do expect the midfield to be dominant on the day. Jordan Holmes will carry the burden of Broken Hill’s first ruckman and it will be a huge task and I think it could really make the young man. It should be a opportunity he should relish and thrive upon.

For Broken Hill to win, we must restrict Far North going forward. They have been able to kick 10 or more goals on five occasions, and out of that five they have won on four occasions.

The back half is going to be put to the test throughout the game and I would expect the experienced players such as Marcus O’Brien, Riley Schorn and Jake Gepp to lead from the front.

All three love to rebound from the back half and with the wide expanses of Adelaide Oval, we should see some fast attacking football from the defenders.

The three experienced players will only lift the likes of Ty Andrews, Tom Ragenovich and Trent Barraclough ... all are promising players with plenty of flair, use that flair and run with it and it will again help the locals as they push for victory.

Broken Hill will also start with some quality players on the bench with Liam King, Jake Peters and Harry Cudmore all itching to get a crack at rep football.

Once again it is impossible to foresee the future without knowing the opponents and likely match ups. But again it is all cloak and dagger stuff from up North.

Can this team with a good mix of youth and experience rise to the level that is needed and bring home the Miners Cup to perhaps its final resting place?

We certainly have the talent and the will, so have a good afternoon, boys, and do the city proud again.

Broken Hill by 19 pts.

Head to Head - Broken Hill 4 - Far North 4

Last Start - Broken Hill 4.14 (38) defeated Far North 5.5 (35)

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