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Solid South set to score

Saturday, 21st May, 2016

South’s Wade Gepp gets a handball away against the Robins last week. PICTURE: Michael Murphy South’s Wade Gepp gets a handball away against the Robins last week. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Tyler Hannigan

The all conquering South side host Central in what could be a tough day for the Magpies.

South haven’t just been winning games this year, they have been dominating, clearing 100 points in all five games this season, giving them a whopping percentage of 249.56.

Central’s results have been varied at best this year and were belted by South in their last meeting by 88 points.

Two solid wins (against North and West) have been mixed with big losses against all teams.

As it is for most sides, Central’s biggest issue is getting their best players on the park consistently and that seems to be the case again this week with a number of their best 22 missing, including Jackson McInnes and Heath Harris. 

They’ll be relying on the players called up, such as Alex Page (against his former club) and Louis Gilby, to halve as many contests as possible and give the top-tier Magpie players a chance of impacting the game.

Central’s best players will need to play out of their skin if they are to have any chance against this rampant South outfit.

The experience of Justin Heath, Jarred Paull and Matt Sullivan will be crucial in this young and relatively inexperienced Magpie side.

Cody ‘Cat’ Schorn was simply brilliant last week bagging nine goals, pushing further ahead of fellow Roo Mitch Henderson on the leading goal kicker tally.

In what will be one of his last games for South before moving to Adelaide, Schorn will be keen continue his exceptional form that has seen him kick 27 goals this year in just five games.

Central hard nut Linden Cox has been named at full-back on Schorn and while Cox will give away some height to the in-form Roo, you can bank on him to make Schorn work hard if he’s to continue this rich vein of form.

With Lachy Jenkin and Connor Martin on either flank and U/18 Jake Benton lining up in a forward pocket, Central has a youthful but exciting forward line.

While Jenkin is a regular in A-Grade, Martin and Benton will be eager to cement a spot for the rest of the season and multiple goals from the pair will make it very hard for either to be left out. 

South’s half-backs of Casey Paull, Marcus O’Brien and the ever improving Riley Schorn are amongst the best in the competition, not only shutting down the opposition attack but rebounding and setting up their own side’s forays forward. 

While Central has some big outs, none bigger than Ben Camilleri, South have four big names returning.

Ruckman Dylan Browne and rover Drew Hardy (returning to Broken Hill football after a number of years away) come into the middle while Jacob Peters and Angus Collins, who was a late withdrawal last week, step into the back pockets. Peters comes in for just his second game of the year.*

Central are a proud club that are sure to fight until the very end, especially after a few weeks in the spotlight, but South are playing some of the best footy in recent memory and their team is just littered with stars who should comfortably notch up a 6th straight victory this Saturday. 

South by 60 points.

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