Expect Doggies to bite
Saturday, 26th May, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
West broke through for a great win last round against Central to keep their season well and truly alive while North will be keen to win consecutive games for the first time since 2016.
Last time they met:
NORTH: 15.16 (106) def
WEST: 3.6 (24)
Jayden Kelly kicked five goals and was best on ground for North in their 82-point win over the Robins in round two. Jake Trengove was great for West but it was one-way traffic all day as North scored their first win for the season in emphatic fashion.
The Robins ended a 14-game losing streak with a tough eight-point win last weekend over Central. Young gun Brock Ellis kicked three goals while new recruit Nathan Greenshields continues to impress and was best on ground.
It was another heavy defeat at the hands of South last round for North as they were belted by 83 points. Codie Howard battled hard, as did Ben Clements in the backline, but the Bulldogs were outplayed virtually all over the ground.
Ins and Outs:
IN: B. Beattie, T. Kickett, C. Rosewarn, J. Cieslik, E. Grose
OUT: J. Turner, H. Grose, T. Andrews, B. Harvey
Exciting young forward Bailey Beattie is back into West’s side tonight as is Tom Kickett. Eathan Grose is set to play his first League game of the season while Callum Rosewarn and Josh Cieslik have been named as part of a five-man bench.
New recruit Jerome Turner is out after debuting in last week’s win as are experienced trio Hagen Grose, Ty Andrews and Bobby Harvey.
IN: E. Morgan, J. Watson, A. Hamilton, L. Berryman, K. Ellis, C. Leiper
OUT: B. Elliott, N. Mitchell, R. Betts, T. Ragenovich, L. Larkins, Z. Doyle
The Bulldogs welcome back Eddie Morgan, Logan Berryman and Jedd Watson as well as Keenan Ellis to bolster their defence. Aaron Hamilton and Calvin Leiper make their League debuts.
Brock Elliott, who’s been solid so far this season, Tom Ragenovich and Luke Larkins, as well as Reggie Betts and Zach Doyle, are out for today’s clash.
Nathan Greenshields - West
Greenshields has been a great addition to West’s team in 2018 and has taken no time in settling into the competition. He’s been amongst West’s best players in every game and already been named their best in two of those.
A big-bodied midfielder from South Australia, Greenshields gives players like Liam King some much needed support and is a vital part of West’s line-up just four games in.
Keenan Ellis - North
Ellis is a player who quietly goes about his business as part of North’s backline and is rarely beaten by his opponent.
He may not possess the silky skills like some of his teammates but he has a good football brain enabling to read the play well and make smart decisions. Ellis is also able to play on both tall and small forwards giving North’s defence more flexibility.
North’s coaching staff would have been furious after their performance last weekend against South and their players are sure to have been disappointed. That will only make them hungrier today as they look to redeem themselves.
Once again the Bulldogs will be without their champion Jayden Kelly who has spent the last two weekends playing for GWS’ reserves and misses today through work commitments but Morgan and Watson’s returns are important.
West will have renewed confidence after their win and should be fired up for Matt Nelson’s 200th game. Nelson has been a terrific stalwart for the Robins for the last decade and there’d be no better way to honour him than with a win today.
That said, it’s hard to see North losing two in a row and they should bounce back with a win today.