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Pies face tough test

Saturday, 26th May, 2018

Zayden White returns to Central’s team today to take on South at the Alma Oval. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Zayden White returns to Central’s team today to take on South at the Alma Oval. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Football finally returns to the Alma Oval this weekend as South hosts Central in round five of the AFL Broken Hill season.

 

Last time they met:

SOUTH: 15.20 (110) def 

CENTRAL: 4.4 (28)

These sides’ round two clash was a big 82-point win to the Roos at the Memorial Oval. South were a little wasteful but they were never challenged throughout the afternoon. South’s Todd Davidson starred with five goals while Jason Masclet was one of Central’s best.

 

Recent form:

South- WWWWW

The Roos produced a fantastic performance last week to thump North by 83 points and continue their dominance over the competition. Cody Schorn kicked a bag of 10 goals while Jordan Johns was best on ground.

Central- LWLLL

Central went down to West last week by eight points in a disappointing effort. They had a win in round one but their best result since that was a 21-point loss to North in round three.

 

Ins and Outs:

South

IN: D. Browne, T. Tompkins, T. McKenzie, M. Paul

OUT: C. Schorn, T. Fleming, J. Dunn, A. Collins

Dylan Browne returns to South’s side today, as does defender Madden Paul. Young gun Tyler McKenzie is a welcome inclusion after being on representative duty last weekend while Tyler Tompkins’ strong effort in the reserves has earned him a recall.

Cody Schorn is a huge out for the Roos while Tom Fleming misses through injury. John Dunn drops back to the reserves while young backman Angus Collins also misses today’s game.

Central

IN: H. Campbell, Z. White, J. Roberts, B. Quinn, J. Cox 

OUT: S. Dalby, J. Wingfield, S. Beven, M. Sullivan, D. Mannion

Central have been hit with some massive outs today including skipper Jaylon Wingfield who hurt his hamstring last round. Utility Shane Dalby, ruckman Sam Beven and midfielder Matt Sullivan, as well as Darcy Mannion, are also missing.

Harry Campbell returns to the line-up after a game with the GWS Under 17’s last weekend. Zayden White and Bayden Quinn also come in while young players Jack Roberts and Jordan Cox get another chance today.

Player spotlight:

Alex Johnston - South

Johnston is your quintessential half-back flanker. Quick, skillful and long locks that need a headband to keep them in check. He offers terrific rebound run from defence but can also lock down on the opposition’s dangerous small forwards. 

Having made his debut in 2016, Johnston has been a regular member of South’s League side for the past two seasons and played every game in their 2017 premiership season. 

Jarred Paull - Central

A 200-plus game player for the Magpies, Paull took the 2017 season off but has returned to the field in 2018 and looks fitter than ever. 

Paull brings experience and leadership to the Central backline as well as plenty of skill. He’s played three of the four games this season, only missing out against North due to a busted finger. 

Paull is likely to spend time on his brother Casey who plays for South and should spend time forward in Schorn’s absence. Casey took 2017 off as well and has shown great form in his return.

 

Tyler’s say:

Central will count themselves fortunate that they catch South while they’re without Cody Schorn but without the likes of Wingfield, Dalby, Sullivan, and in the continued absence of Brent Christie and Brad Mannion, they look too thin to really challenge the Roos. 

Without Schorn, other players will get the chance to step up in the South forward line. Todd Davidson has already shown that he can hit the scoreboard with 11 goals this season while Matt Reavill and Arlen Bird could be set for a bag.

South will be excited to play at home and this could be yet another large margin in favour of the boys over the hill.

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