Roos run over Dogs
Monday, 30th April, 2018
By By Tyler Hannigan
A tight first quarter gave way to a proper belting as South opened their 2018 season with a huge 92-point win over North on Saturday at the Jubilee Oval.
Jason Harwood led the North team out in his 500th game for the club. Harwood, 47, made his debut in 1989 and on Saturday played alongside Logan Berryman who was making his debut. Berryman was born 13 years after Harwood first played senior football.
Both sides looked up for the fight with a hotly contested first quarter that included a few spotfires. North’s new recruit Zach Doyle wasted little time in making an impression as he was sent from the field late in the term.
The difference between the two sides is that while both looked threatening when going forward, South made the most of their chances while North were wasteful with 3.5 to South’s 5.1.
Hopes were high of a close game but they were dashed in the second term as the Roos goaled through champ Jordan Johns after a hot opening to the term. Cody Schorn and the returning Casey Paull added goals as South destroyed the Dogs on the counterattack.
South were completely dominant in the quarter with six goals to none. North were being killed on turnovers and South made them pay at every opportunity.
From an eight-point deficit at quarter-time, the Bulldogs now trailed by 47 at the start of the second half and that extended to 53 with a quick goal to South before North were able to get a run on and peg it back halfway through the third with three goals.
But yet again the Roos were able to pull away with three of their own and went into the final change with a match-winning 49-point lead.
When Mitch Henderson and Paull goaled early into the final term it was now on North to keep the margin respectable but even that was a bridge too far as the goals kept coming like the stories at an old timers reunion.
The Roos kicked seven goals in the last to just three behinds for North to run out winners by 92 points.
Cody Schorn finished with six goals, Todd Davidson and Paull with three each. Luke Jones was North’s only multiple goal scorer with two.
Even more impressive for South was that while Marc Purcell, Johns and Schorn were good, their best players were the unheralded Nick Agius, Davidson and Luke Lines who had one of his best games at this level.
In the ruck Mitch Henderson was dominant even with North trying Ayden Pettitt, Tom Ragenovich and Jedd Watson against him. Henderson was also great around the ground, taking plenty of marks and kicking two goals.
For North, Luke Jones played well throughout the game while Quinton Beavan solid. Beavan was on the receiving end of plenty of attention from South but handled it well. Matt Dempster, Josh Jones, Watson and Reggie Betts also tried hard for the Dogs.
Jayden Kelly was very quiet in the first half and although he improved after halftime, it was still a poor outing by his very high standards. That was the case for many of North’s stars including Codie Howard and Ethan Slater.
While the result was disappointing, North supporters should take heart in the fact that the team that played Saturday has had very little football together with a number of players that haven’t been on the park for a long period of time.
Getting games into Jackson Ruddock, Pettitt, Doyle, Betts and Ben Clements will be the key to their improvement this season. Getting Eddie Morgan back will help while Anthony Henderson and Luke Larkins performed well in the Reserves.
For South, they really picked up where they left off in 2017. Their pressure and skills were fantastic and their finishing in front of goal was miles better than North which really was the difference in the first half.
They’ll travel to the Memorial Oval next week to take on Central while North stay home against West.
NORTH: 220.127.116.11.14 (50)
South: C. Schorn 6, T. Davidson 3, C. Paull 3, M. Henderson 2, R. Schorn 2, L. Lines 2, J. Peters, M. Purcell, J. Johns, D. Hardy
North: L. Jones 2, Q. Beavan, J. Vella, J. Jones, J. Kelly
South: L. Lines, N. Agius, M. Purcell, T. Davidson, C. Schorn, J. Johns
North: L. Jones, Q. Beavan, M. Dempster, J. Jones, J. Watson, R. Betts