Robins brace for Roos
Saturday, 12th May, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Both West and South celebrate milestones today as Riley Schorn and Liam King play their 100th games as they do battle at the Jubilee Oval.
Last time they met:
SOUTH: 30.20 (200) def
WEST: 5.2 (32)
In round 17 last season South handed West their biggest loss of the year with a 168-point drubbing at the Jubilee Oval. Connor Washbrook booted seven goals while Matt Reavill and Marcus O’Brien kicked three each as the Roos brought up the double century. Riley Schorn and Liam King, who both play their 100th games today, were their respective side’s best players on the day.
The Robins went down by 54 points on ANZAC Day and 82 points last weekend against North. Jake Trengove has enjoyed a good start to the year, as has new recruit Nathan Greenshields but overall it’s been more of the same from West who haven’t tasted victory since round nine last year.
While the Robins haven’t won since round nine 2017, South hasn’t lost since round six of that year and show no signs of dropping a game any time soon. A huge 92-point win over North in round one was followed by an 82-point win against Central last week and it’s easier to pick out the players that aren’t going well compared to the many that are already in great form.
Ins and Outs:
IN: B. Martin, C. Rosewarn, D. McLachlan-Menz, B. Ellis, M. Attard, J. Cieslik
OUT: B. McInerney, B. Beattie, J. Harvey, J. Sutton, B. King, T. Nicholson
Former captain Brett Martin returns for his first game since suffering a season-ending injury early in 2017. Callum Rosewarn, Mackenzie Attard, and Josh Cieslik as well as youngsters Danyon McLachlan-Menz and Brock Ellis also come into West’s side.
Senior players Ben McInerney, Bobby Harvey, Brent King and Tim Nicholson are out from last week’s team, as are juniors Bailey Beattie and Jayden Sutton.
IN: J. Holmes, J. Peters, N. Brown, T. Fleming, T. Tompkins, D. Browne, A. Ferguson
OUT: J. Johns, A. Johnston, A. Collins, C. Paull, T. Trengove, T. McKenzie, M. Paul
Jordan Holmes, Jake Peters and Nick Brown all return after missing last weekend. Dylan Browne plays his first League game of 2018 while Thomson Fleming and Tyler Tompkins make their senior debuts and Austin Ferguson makes his League debut for South.
Jordan Johns is the big out for the Roos while he’s joined by young defenders Alex Johnston and Angus Collins as well as juniors Tyson Trengove and Tyler McKenzie. Senior players Casey Paull and Madden Paul are also out.
Jake Trengove - West
Despite still being a junior, Trengove has been a constant in this West side for the past number of seasons and continues to improve each year.
He has been one of West’s best players in their poor start to 2018, playing mostly off half-back as the Robins have used his pace to rebound out of defence and into attack. Trengove can still sometimes be inconsistent by foot but that is understandable given his age and the pressure that West are usually under.
Matt Reavill - South
With Johns out, expect Reavill to spend more time in the middle today using his size and height to good effect at the stoppages.
Reavill joined the Roos last season and quickly became an integral part of their side through the middle and up forward with good skills and great decision making. He booted 24 goals from 13 appearances in 2017 while his work in the midfield allowed Johns and Marc Purcell to spend more time on the outside and up forward.
West will be keen to lift for their captain’s 100th game but this one could get ugly if their effort and skill doesn’t improve dramatically from the first two rounds.
I expect West to come out hot in the first term and be competitive but it’s from then on, and especially in the second half, when South could pile on the punishment.
A West win is unrealistic although if they can get within the 82 points that South defeated Central by last week then they’ll count that as a minor victory. Ultimately though it’s about effort and if the Robins can maintain that through the whole game then it’s a step in the right direction.
Word is that Cody Schorn was disappointed in his performance last weekend and is keen to make amends. That spells danger for the West defenders as Schorn kicked bags of nine, eight, four, ten and eight goals from his five games against them in 2017.