Roxby take Miners Cup in a slog
Monday, 9th May, 2016
By Peter Argent
In tough and unrelenting conditions Broken Hill was beaten by arch rivals Roxby Downs in a low-scoring and physical ninth edition of the Miners Cup yesterday.
The final score on the famous Adelaide Oval scoreboard yesterday read the Far North 6.9 (45) to Broken Hill 4.7 (31).
Broken Hill conceded the opening two goals of the match, but a goal by small forward Justin Heath, started the scoreboard ticking.
A left foot snap by Eddie Morgan gave the boys a slender two-point lead just before the first interval, which they carried into the first break.
In deteriorating conditions in the second term, the Far North side kicked the only goal of the quarter and took the advantage by a single straight kick at the long interval.
With the weather not improving in the third, Cody Schorn kicked an opportunistic soccer-style goal on the end of good work further up the ground.
Attacking for the majority of the final term, Schorn kicked his second goal from a mark. This kept Broken Hill in striking distance, just seven points behind for a large portion of the quarter.
The Far North Football League now leads these head-to-head contests five wins to four.
This was the third contest at Adelaide Oval, after the first six clashes were played at Football Park (AAMI Stadium).
“I was really happy with the commitment of the group; to get 23 players to come down was great,” Broken Hill coach for the past seven encounters, David Ruddock said.
“I reckon we got too cute and tried to play dry weather footy in the wet.
“We stopped protecting to corridor in the last term because we wanted to attack. We had 80 per cent of the play in this term, but just couldnít convert.
“They dropped players behind the ball, but we got sucked in to following them and crowding it too much.
“We selected a very young and fast combination expecting the weather to be dry, and that backfired.
“It the end it proved to be very frustrating.”
Jayden Kelly produced a typically skilful and hardworking game in the midfield, rewarded as the best player form the Broken Hill side.
Jordan Holmes, from the South Roos, was athletic and competitive in ruck.
For a 16-year-old Tylor McGuinniss was strong and composed across half back.
A second under 18-level player Tom Ragenovich from North Bulldogs was also in the group, but injured a hamstring at the start of the third term.
Marc “Nugget” Purcell in the middle, Anthony Henderson up and forward Eddie Morgan all displayed good skills and endeavour in tough conditions.
“We come from remote parts of SA and New South Wales and work in adverse conditions working underground most of the time,” said Mark Dalgleish, first year coach of the Far North and the 2010 premiership coach the Roxby Miners.
“For us to experience AFL football on Adelaide Oval is quite unique and amazing particularly in the rain.
“Jayden (Kelly) was everywhere, and we noted his class as a footballer.”
Best on ground was Far North’s key defender, Haris Vbrovac, followed by Jordy Mandemaker and industrious small man Tyron Cribb.