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North needs lift

Saturday, 19th May, 2018

Matt Dempster returns to North’s team today to take on South. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Matt Dempster returns to North’s team today to take on South. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

North were embarrassed by South in round one by almost 100 points and will be keen to respond when they host the Roos today at the Jubilee Oval.


Last time they met:

SOUTH: 22.10 (142) def 

NORTH: 6.14 (50)

Round one’s clash saw a brilliant first quarter of football where the difference was each side’s finishing in front of goal with South kicking 5.1 to North’s 3.5 but from then on it was one-way traffic as South booted 17 goals to North’s three over the next three quarters to win by 92 points.

Cody Schorn starred with six goals while Casey Paull and Todd Davidson kicked three apiece. Luke Jones’ performance was one of the few bright spots for North.


Recent form:

North: WLLWW

The Bulldogs recovered from a third-quarter fade out to eventually overrun Central by 21 points last week. Anthony Henderson returned to form with three goals while Quinton Beavan and Jedd Watson were very impressive.

South: WWWWW

It was a slow start by South last week and they actually trailed West at quarter-time before they clicked into gear to pile on 12 goals to none and win by 57 points. Cody Schorn kicked seven goals while his brother Riley enjoyed a great game in his 100th League appearance.


Ins and Outs:


IN: Z. Doyle, B. Clements, M. Dempster, T. Ragenovich, K. Moore, L. Larkins, N. Mitchell

OUT: L. Berryman, E. Morgan, J. Watson, C. Bates, B. Perkins, K. Ellis, E. Slater

North’s new recruits Zach Doyle, Ben Clements and Kirwin Moore come back into their side after missing last week. Veteran defender Matt Dempster, plus utilities Luke Larkins and Tom Ragenovich as well as forward Nash Mitchell also come into the side.

Eddie Morgan and Jedd Watson are the big outs while junior Logan Berryman is on representative duty. Cohen Bates and Ben Perkins have been dropped back to the reserves while Keenan Ellis and Ethan Slater are also out.


IN: J. Johns, A. Collins, A. Johnston, C. Paull, J. Dunn, T. Trengove

OUT: M. Henderson, D. Hardy, C. Washbrook, D. Browne, J. Peters, T. Tompkins  

Jordan Johns is joined by young defenders Angus Collins and Alex Johnston as the inclusions as well as Casey Paull and Tyson Trengove. John Dunn comes in for his first League game of 2018.

Mitch Henderson and Drew Hardy headline the outs with junior Connor Washbrook and the experienced Dylan Browne and Jake Peters also missing. Tyler Tompkins has dropped back to the reserves.

Player spotlight:

Jackson Ruddock - North

After a horror run with injury, Ruddock has finally started to string games together and after a quiet start up forward he’s found some form whilst playing in defence over the past couple of weeks. 

Ruddock has height and while his knee issues have reduced his speed, can still get around the ground quite well. His flexibility will be useful for the Dogs, especially as his fitness improves as the season goes on.

Angus Collins - South

Collins is one of the best defenders in town with his height, long reach and exceptional speed meaning he is able to play on both tall and small forwards.

As he grows in confidence, expect Collins to back himself to mark more and spoil less but where he needs to improve is his kicking. At best it’s unpredictable but at worst it can hurt his team with turnovers although Collins is aware of his limitations and doesn’t try to do too much by foot.


Tyler’s say: 

With Morgan and Watson out, as well as Jayden Kelly missing his second consecutive game due to him playing in the NEAFL, North will be up against it to overcome the reigning premiers.

North still have quality on the field and Mitch Henderson’s absence definitely helps reduce South’s advantage in the middle although Jordan Holmes is definitely no slouch in the ruck. 

Where it gets tough for North is those second-tier players who will need to lift if they are to match the likes of Todd Davidson, Nick Agius and Riley Schorn who have been in great form this season as well as the always consistent Marc Purcell, Jordan Johns, Cody Schorn and Matt Reavill.

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