Roos school Magpies
Monday, 7th August, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
Thoughts of Central’s resounding win last weekend were quickly forgotten as South gave them a footballing lesson at the Alma Oval on Saturday to the tune of 119 points.
The Magpies went into the game without a number of first choice players, namely Jaylon Wingfield and Brent Christie, while South made a late change with Angus Collins and Lachy Gepp dropping out and Wes Burns coming in for another game.
Word is that Burns was unhappy with his return to senior football last week against North and pleaded for another chance on old timer’s weekend to play in front of his old teammates on the Alma hill.
South had first use of a two-to-three goal breeze towards the airport end and made full use of it in the first quarter. The Roos booted eight goals from 11 scoring shots- six goals coming in the first 12 minutes- and limited Central to just a couple of inside fifty entries to lead by 51 points at the first change.
A tighter second term followed with Central able to get off the mark thanks to a soccer goal by Linden Cox. Cox’s time with the West Panthers soccer club is clearly paying off.
Despite the slight lift by Central, South remained well on top and kicked two goals into the wind. They were cleaner with the ball in hand while pressuring well at every opportunity to lead by 57 at halftime.
The domination continued after halftime with the Roos adding another four goals, including Cody Schorn’s third and fourth, in the third quarter.
Dylan Browne- in his 100th game- got in on the action in the final term with three goals as the Magpies were held scoreless for the third quarter of the game and fell to a 119-point thrashing.
South had contributors all across the field and Saturday’s game was arguably their most even performance this year which is saying something considering they’ve won 15 out of 16 games in 2017.
Their best though was Mitch Henderson who dominated the ruck, as he’s done all season, giving his midfielders the ball on a silver platter. What was more impressive about Henderson’s game was his work around the ground. He showed more effort and intensity and held important marks on a day that didn’t suit the big men.
Arlen Bird too held some terrific contested marks as he continues to play well on a consistent basis. Michael Westley enjoyed a great return from injury, providing great rebound of halfback. Cody Schorn booted four goals and had a hand in many more while Jordan Johns played well in a different role down forward and across halfback.
Marc Purcell again produced his typical contested ball-winning game to great effect; Marcus O’Brien was impressive, as were Jake Gepp, Nick Agius and Riley Schorn. Truth be told, it would be easier to pick out South’s quieter players on the day such was their dominance.
Picking Central’s best is a little easier with Justin Heath and Jason Masclet the standouts. Matt Sullivan started the game tagging Jordan Johns with little effect but had an impact later on when he was moved onto the ball. Dylan Stuart worked hard to find space and used the ball well while Zayden White battled hard in defence.
Dareyan Solomon, playing just his fifth League game, also showed good signs as he provided a solid effort throughout the day.
The Magpies now need to regroup for next week as they return to the Memorial Oval for their past player’s weekend where they’ll take on North. Last time they played the Bulldogs there they pushed them all the way, eventually going down by just nine points.
South moves on to West next Saturday. The Roos have thrashed the Robins by over 150 points in their last two meetings and they’ll be aiming to do that again at the Jube next round.
SOUTH: 8.3 10.5 14.8 19.13 - 127
CENTRAL: 0.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 - 8