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Matt claims ANZAC medal
Thursday, 29th May, 2014
By Ethan James
What do the three AFL ANZAC Day medallists have in common?
It’s a question that may stump even the most ardent Broken Hill trivia buffs.
Monday, 13th May, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
Broken Hill has stunned Far North and reclaimed the Miners Cup with a commanding 39 point win at AAMI Stadium.
Coach David Ruddock’s plan to outrun his opposition paid dividends as the match wore on, with Broken Hill extending its lead at each break.
The Broken Hill team got away to a shaky start in the first quarter, squandering several chances in front of goal before Nathan Kickett took a strong contested mark and kicked truly to get the team’s first major score on the board.
Far North were playing undisciplined football and often hugged the boundary, while Broken Hill surged through the middle of the ground at every opportunity to take a three-point lead into quarter time.
Codie Howard opened the second quarter in sensational style, spinning through tackles and fending off to inspire his teammates with a great goal.
Ben Perkins and Justin Heath then got involved in the scoring, slotting majors after marking inside the 50 metre arc.
Midway through the second term Far North finally found their rhythm, and kicked three of the next four goals with sharp, direct football through the corridor.
A goal to co-captain Jayden Kelly before half time maintained some breathing space, and allowed Broken Hill to take an 18-point buffer into the long break.
Kelly and Ruddock were both vocal during half time, and implored their charges to exploit the opposition’s lack of fitness.
The players responded with a workmanlike third quarter that resulted in two goals to Perkins and a trademark running goal to Anthony Henderson.
Broken Hill’s dominance led to a boilover of frustration for Far North, with one of their players punching youngster Cohen Pettitt behind play and sparking a heated response from Broken Hill.
Pettitt and his teammates would have the last laugh however, with Henderson kicking the opening goal of the last quarter before Pettitt launched a 50m bomb to secure a 39-point lead and effectively end the contest.
Far North managed two more goals in the final quarter, but never looked truly threatening as Broken Hill answered with goals to Heath and Jelbert.
Broken Hill’s best player was Centre Half Back Brenton Zanette, who shut down his opponent and controlled the backline with strong marking and spoiling.
He was well supported in defence by Jake Napier, Brent Rose and Matt Dempster who all provided significant drive out of the back half.
Jayden Kelly and Jordan Johns vindicated their selections as co-captains with outstanding performances, with Johns’ final quarter particularly impressive.
Heath Caldwell, Justin Heath, Cohen Pettitt, Codie Howard and Ben Perkins were also solid contributors throughout the match.
After the match Ruddock lauded the effort of his backline, and said all players had done their city proud.
“It was very, very good, they came out as expected and hit us hard early, but we knew we had the overall run and onball rotation to get us through,” he said.
“The backline was great, but all the players played to instruction.
“We had no passengers today, and when you take 23 players away and they all perform, you’re always going to come away pretty happy as a coach.”
The players’ efforts were appreciated by team sponsor CFMEU, who allowed the players to keep their blue and gold guernseys.
“It’s just reward for their efforts,” said BIC President, Danny O’Connor.
“We’re very proud of how the boys represented Broken Hill today, the way all players have done so over the years.
“They’ve come out and stood up for Broken Hill, and it’s just a small token of our appreciation.”
Broken Hill: 13.16 (94) def Far North: 8.7 (55)
Goalkickers: Perkins 3, Heath, Kickett, Henderson 2, Howard, Kelly, Pettitt, Jelbert
Bulldogs back our boys
Saturday, 11th May, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
The Broken Hill combined team has turned to SANFL giant Central Districts in its quest to bring home the Miners Cup.
Coach David Ruddock handed his players over to Bulldogs officials yesterday for a final training session at Playford Alive Oval in Elizabeth ahead of today’s clash with Far North at AAMI Stadium.
The players were put through their paces by Jeff Brown, who coaches the Bulldogs reserves and also handles some of the country’s elite young talent as head coach of the SA Under 20 team.
Ruddock said Central Districts’ offer to train the players and allow them to use their facilities had furthered the club’s relationship with Broken Hill.
“They’ve been very good to Broken Hill football, especially with our younger kids and providing equipment, and we’re very appreciative,” he said.
The players did some light running before setting up for some skills work and drills focusing on quick ball movement.
“The training was good. We’ve been training very, very well for the past few weeks actually,” said Ruddock.
“The bus ride was OK, but this was a good chance to get out and stretch our legs and get out any travel soreness.
“The players looked sharp, and it was great to have Jeff take them. He’s really lifted the team and I’m sure they’ll take a lot of it.”
Brown offered some local knowledge on how to approach the game, and implored the players to keep AAMI’s Stadium’s wide spaces in mind.
He stressed the importance of blocking the opponent’s run, and even being willing to be caught holding the ball if it results in a stoppage and prevents the opposition from running away with the ball.
“To play on Footy Park is a big event, and footy will be finishing up there soon so they will be one of the last teams to play there,” he said
“But there’s a lot of space at the ground which the players have to consider. It’s also good to use the corridor rather than going around the boundary.”
Brown wished the players well in their match, and said he had enjoyed the opportunity to work with them.
“It’s been great, they’re all keen as mustard. I think you know exactly what you’re going to get from them.
“It’s going to be a very quick game and I really hope the players do well and represent their city well.”
The only hurdle to returning home victorious will be the Far North squad, and Ruddock said he expects a physical contest early.
“It’s the same as usual. We’ve got a smaller side and they will come out with a big side and try and hit us hard early,” he said.
“We’ve just got to stay with them in the first quarter then maybe run away with it as the game goes on - we have a side capable of doing that.”
There could also be more than just Miners Cup glory on the line for the team’s younger players, with Central Districts Development Manager, Scott Stephens, suggesting players could further their careers with a good showing.
“A lot of players don’t get the opportunity to play on Football Park - even at SANFL level you only get a run out there in the finals,” said Stephens
“A few of the young blokes could even get an opportunity with league clubs. There’ll be clubs here having a look so you never know what could happen.”
The game will begin at 10.05am today and will be played as a curtain raiser to the AFL clash between Richmond and Port Adelaide.
Arch rivals turn it on
Monday, 6th May, 2013
North has claimed top spot on the ladder with a hard-fought 12-point win over the Roos on Saturday.
The contest was virtually a game of two halves and missed opportunities.
The Roos won the toss and ran to the Essential Energy end in the opening term but it was the Bulldogs who started the better with the now fab four doing most of the damage.
Young talent rises
Friday, 22nd March, 2013
By Peter Argent
Both South Broken Hill Roos exports Tom Derham and Marc "Nugget" Purcell have been selected in the South Australian Country side to take on their city counterparts in the seventh annual City verses Country match.
The pair won selection after being picked in the SA "team of the carnival" at the statewide country championships in Berri in late June and early July last year.
This game is a curtain raiser to the season opening Adelaide Crows - Essendon encounter tonight.