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Teams: Central, North, South and West

GRAND FINAL - Saturday September 9, 2006

Central  1.1 4.4 5.10 13.11 (89)
South    3.4 3.4 5.5   5.10  (40)
Best on Ground: Anthony Berg (Central)

Best: Central – A Berg, P Christie, B Zanetti, D Zanetti, T Garnaut, L McGregor.
South – A Murgatroyd, M Vlatko, D Stephens, T Aleen, D Bow, B Degumois.

Goals - Central: L McGregor 5, B Rilen, C Sullcich 3. J Berg 2. South: A Wall 2. S Mueret, M Vlalko, P Neal 1

Saturday September 2, 2006 - Preliminary Final.
Central 18.18 (126)
d West 6.6 (42).
Best - Central: A Berg, B Rilen, L McGregor, P Christie, J Heath, T Garnaut. West: T Ferguson, D Parker, C Ryan, A Bates,
M Lance,
C Hall. Goals - Central: L McGregor 10, J Heath, B Mannion 2, C Sulicich, J Berg, A Berg, B Rilen. West: A Bates,
T Ferguson 2, P Kickett,
C Jones.

Round 18 - Saturday August 26, 2006

Centrals 12.12 (84) d South 8.4 (52).
Best­ -- Central: J Heath, P Christie, B Cullen, J Carapellotti, T Garnaut, B Rilen. South: A Mackiewicz, S Mueret, P Higgins, C McKenzie, M Vlatko,
B Pressler. Goals
--Central: J Berg 4, B Cullen 3, M Collins 2, L Tester, J Heath, S Stenhouse. South: C McKenzie 4, A Mackiewicz, A Wall 2.

North 15.12 (102) d West 10.5 (65).

Best - North: B Price, C Howard, J Savage, J McConnell, B Kelly, J Harris. West: M Clisby, D Parker, P Attard, C Hall, S Arnold, N Castes.
Goals
- North: B Kelly, L Reynolds 3, J McConnell 2, J Harris, J Summers, C Howard, J Harwood, W WiIliams, M Dempster, J Kelly.
West P Kickett 3, S
Anthony 2, P Attard, M Clisby. S Arnold, B Mclnerney, S Matten

Round 17 - Saturday August 19, 2006

South 18.13 (121) d North 11.7 (73).
Best -- South - P Neal, T Corey, W Burns, V Vlatko, A Mackiewicz, S Meuret. North: B Kelly, M Dempster, T Hunter, N Rayner, B Price, B Clare.
Goals --- South: P Neal, A Mackiewicz 4, A Wall 3, S Groves, W Burns, A Murgatroyd 2, K Borlace. North: B Kelly 3, J Harwood, J Paddock 2,
J Savage, L Reynolds, H Williams, P White .

Central 14.16 (100) d West 9.8 (62).
Best - Centrals: B Cullen, L Tester, P Christie, J Paull, D Zanetti, B Rilen. West M Nelson, N Christos, C Ryan, D Parker, A Bates, B Malthouse.
Goals - Central: B Cullen, L Tester 5, S Coombe, B Mannion, J Berg, B Rilen. West T Ferguson, P Kickett 2, S Anthony, S Arnold, M Clisby, B Malthouse,
B Mclnerney.

Round 16 - Saturday August 12, 2006

Central 12.10 (82) d North 9.8 (62)
Goals - Central: L McGregor 5; B Mannion 3; J Berg 2; B Callan, B Rilen. North: 8 Kelly 3: S Lihou 2; J Kelly, J Savage, B Clare, M Dempstyer
Best- Central: P Christie, D Zanetti, A Berg. North: J Savage, B Clare, J Kelly.

South 27.17 (179) d West 4.6 (30)
Goals - South: S Mueret 8; P Neal 3; A Philp, K Borlace, A Mackiewicz, M O'Brien 2; P Higgins, C Caldwell, A Murgatroyd, W Burns, B Pressler,
B Pettit, T
Corey, C McKenzie. West: D Parker 2; B McInerney, C Ferguson. Best - South: P Neal, D Stephens, S Mueret. West: S Arnold, D Parker, M Nelson

Round 15 - Saturday August 5, 2006

Central 16.11 (107) d South 8.6 (54).
Best-Central: J Berg, L Tester, B Cullen, J Bessell, J Carapellotti, B Morris. South: T Allen, A Murgatroyd, 7 Corey, P Neal, D Stephens.
Goals
- Central: J Berg 7, C Sulicich, B Mannion, P Christie 2, L McGregor, B Rilen, S Stenhouse. South: A Philp, T Allen 2, D Stephens,
K Borlace, C Trengrove, M
Barrie.

North 13.7 (85) d West 11.17 (83)
Best - North: B Kelly, J Ruddock, J Harris, B Clare, N Rayner, K Summers. West: C Pearce, M Clisby, S Arnold, A Bates, C Jones, D Parker,
Goals
- North: B Kelly, B Price, J Harris, K Summers 2, J Ruddock, J Savage, C Howard, B Clare, T Hunter. West: J Ball, S Arnold, A Bates 3, C Jones, T Ferguson.

Round 14 - Saturday July 29,  2006

South 19.11 (125) d North 7.6 (48).
Best - South: T Allen, D Stephens, A Mackiewicz, W Burns, P Neal, A Murgatroyd. North: J Ruddick, P White, C Howard,
M Dempster. Goals
- South: A Wall, A Philp, A Mackiewicz 3, S Meuret 2, A Murgatroyd, W Burns, B Degoumois, D Stephens,
T Allen, S Groves,
P Neil, M Taylor-Barrie. North: S Lihou, J Ruddick, J Savage, B Kelly, K Berryman, C Billings, A Henderson.

West 13.10 (88) d Centrals 12.11 (83)
Best -- West C Jones, S Anthony, A Jones, Masotti, N Slater, M Nelson. Centrals: J Berg, M Zanette, J Heath, J Bessell,
J Carapelliti. Goals
- West: C Jones 3, P Kickett, C Pearce 2, A Bates, N Christos, M Clisby, S Arnold, C Ryan, T Furguson.
Centrals: M Zanette 3, J Berg, J Heath 2, J Bessell,
S Coombe, S Morris, C Sulicich, C Day.

Round 13 - Saturday July 22, 2006

West 16.8 (104) d South 10.13 (73)
Best- West, A Bates, C Pearce, M Nelson, P Kickett, D Parker, S Arnold. South: M Vlatko, P Neal, A Mwgetroyd, A Mackiewicz,
C Keenan, P Barrie. Goals West: P Kickett 8, B Malthouse, A Bates 2, S Arnold, C Jones, D Parker, S Anthony. South:  M Barrie ,
M V
latko, A Murgatroyd, B Degumois, D Stephens, C Caldwell, C Keenan, A Mackiewicz, A Philp 1.

Central 18.10 (118) def North 3.7 (25)
Best: Central – J Heath, T Garnaut, J Bessell, P Christie, J Berg, C Sulicich. North: B Kelly, J Harris, J Ruddock, S Kemp. Goals--Central: J Berg 7,
S Stenhouse, M Zanetti
2 A Berg, P Christie, J Paull, J Heath, B Mannion, T Garnaut, C Sulicich. North: J McConnell, J Savage, K Berryman

Round 12 - Saturday July 15, 2006

South 9.9 (63) d Central 9.8 (62).
Best - South: T Allen, M Vlatko, J Higgins, B Degumois, A Mackiewicz, J Johnston. Central: J Heath, B Mannion, B Adams,
L McGregor, M Anderson, P Christie. Goals - South: T Allen 4, C Keenan 2; S Mueret, B Degumois, P Neal. Central: L McGregor 5,
D Sulicich 2, B Rilen, S Stenhouse.

West 13.8 (86) d North 4.7 (31).
Best- West: A Collins, C Pearce, M Clisby, A Bates, T Ferguson, A Jones. North: J Savage, C Howard, J McConnell, J Odgers,
B Price, B Clare. Goals - West: A Collins, T Ferguson, S Anthony, A Bates 2, M Clisby, N Christos, S Arnold, B Malthouse,
M Lance. North: B Price, C Billings, J Odgers, A Henderson.

Round 11 - Saturday July 8, 2006

Central 14.9 (93) d West 5.12 (42).
Best - Central: B Rilen, J Heath, J Williams, C Sulicich, B Mannion, M Anderson. West: D Parker, M Nelson, C Hall, C Jones, M Lance,
A Bates. Goals - Central: B Rilen 5, B Mannion, C Sulicich, M Collins, A Berg 2, C Day. West: B Mclnerney 2, A Bates, A Collins, M Nelson;

South 26.12 (168) d North 9.11 (65).
Best - South: P Neal, A Wall, A Murgatroyd, T Allen, C Keenan, J Higgins. North: B Clare, B Kelly, J Harwood, B Price. Goals - South:
A Wall 8, M Barrie 5, T Allen 3, T Corey, D Stephens, P Neal, M Stuart 2, C Keenan, A Murgatroyd. North: B Price 3, S Kemp, B Kelly 2,
J Harris, J Odgers.

Round Ten - Saturday July 1, 2006

South 21.14 (140) d West 6.5 (41).
Best - South: W Burns, P Higgins, A Murgatroyd,  P Neal, T Corey, D Stephens. West: A Jones, C Pearce, M Nelson, M Lance,
C Hall, S Arnold. Goals - South: A Murgatroyd 4, P Higgins, T Core 3, A Mackiewicz, M Stuart 2, C Keenan, M Vlatko, W Burns,
A Wall, B Degumois, K Borlace, P Neal. West: S Anthony, S Arnold, C Pearce, M Lance, I Reardon, B McInerney.

Centrals 11.12 def (78) d North 9.8 (62).
Best - Central: J Heath, R Mannion, A Berg, M Zanetti, P Adams, S Crowhurst. North: J Savage, C Howard, J McConnell, B Clare,
J Harwood, B Johnson. Goals - Central: J Heath 3, B Mannion, S Stenhouse 2, A Berg, C Day, C Sulicich, M Collins. North: K Berryman,
J McConnell 2, B Johnson, B Clare, A Williams, J Odgers, J Kelly.

Round Nine - Saturday June 24, 2006
North 19.19 1133) d West 14.8 (92).

Best- North: J Ruddock, B Kelly, J Savage, B Price, J McConnell, P White. West: T Ferguson, C Jones, A Collins B Malthouse,
S Anthony, M Nelson. Goals - North: J McConnell 4, K Berryman,
S Lihou. B Kelly 3, J Ruddock 2. J Harris, A Williams, S Kemp,
J Kelly. West - T
Ferguson, S Anthony 3, B Malthouse, A Bates, A Collins 2, P Attard, C Jones.
South 13.9 (87) def Central 10.7 (67)
Best: South – A Murgatroyd, T Allen, P Neal. Central – P Christie, J Heath, B Morris. Goals: South – A Wall 4, A Philp, T Allen 2,
C Keenan, A Murgatroyd, B Degumios, D Stephens, K Borlase 1. Central – J Burg 5, D Zanetti, L McGregor 2, B Rilen 1.

Round Eight - Saturday June 17, 2006

Central 15.12 (102) d West 10.7 (67).
Best - Central: L McGregor, J Heath, P Christie, M Zanetti, M Manion. M Anderson. West: D Parker, C Hall, M Nelson, C Pearce,
C Jones, A Jones. Goals Central: M Collins 4, B Cullen, B Rilen, L McGregor 2, B Zanetti, M Zanetti, J Hall, B Manion, J Berg.
West: P Kickett 3, A Bates. C Jones 2, C Pearce. A Collins, M Marsden.

North 13.9 (87) d South 9.12 (66).

Best - North: C Howard, J Ruddock, B Price, S Kemp, J Savage, M Dempster. South: P Neal, B Roberts, P Higgins, B Degumois,
A Mackiewicz, A Philp. Goals-North: K Berryman 3, S Kemp, J Savage 2, J McConnell, B Kelly, B Clare, J Harris, T Hunter, J Roddock.
South: P Corey, A Philp 2, M Stuart. P Neal. A Mackiewicz, M O’Brien, T Allen

Round Seven - Saturday June  10, 2006

South 12.6 (78) d West 2.3 (15)
Best - South: T Corey, P Higgins, P Neal, C Keenan, B Degumois, M O'Brien. West: C Pearce, T Ferguson, C Hall, C Ryan, M Nelson,
C Jones. Goals - South: P Higgins, M Stuart, A Philp, A Wall 2, P Neal, B Degumois, C Keenan, W Burns. West: C Jones, T
Ferguson.

North 5.7 (37) d Central 1.8 (14)
Best - North: J Savage, K Berryman, C Howard, J Kelly, T Stevens, J Harris. Cen­trals: J Berg, P Christie, J Heath, P Adams, D Brown,
B Rilen. Goals - North: K Berryman 5. Central: B Rilen 1.

BROKEN HILL INTER LEAGUE – Saturday June 3, 2006

Broken Hill 14.13 (97) def  Millewa 13.9 (87)

Best: Broken Hill - S Anthony, D Parker, M Vlatko, B Price, J Higgins, P Neal. Millewa – S Ruyg, M Duscher, L Brown, L Hubble,
N Yates, J Watt. Goals - Broken Hill: S Anthony 6, J Heath 2, B Kelly, J Harwood, P Christie, J Savage, J Stephens, D Parker.
Millewa: M Duscher 4,
S Ruyg 3, C Sharman, C Fowler 2, S Brown, L Hubble.

ROUND SIX - Saturday May 27, 2006

Central 15.12 (102) d South 9.17 (77).
Best-Cen­tral: L McGregor. J Heath, P Christie, A Berg, S Crowns B Morris. South: T Allen, P Higgins, C Keenan. W Burns. P Neal,
A Murgatroyd. Goals - Central: L McGregor 6. A Berg, M Collins, J Heath 2, P Christie, J Berg, C Day. South: A Philp, P Neal, C McKenzie 2,
S Mueret,  A Mackiewicz, S Grove.

West 10.10 (70) d North 7.10 (62).
Best - West: J Shorrock, C Ryan, S Arnold, A Jones, C Jones, K Stewart. North: B Price, J Savage, B Cleare, J Harwood, C Howard, J Kelly.  
Goals: West – K Stewart, P Cickett 3, T
Ferguson 2, S Arnold, C Jones 1. North - S Kemp, B Kelly 2, J Savage, C Billings, A Henderson.

BROKEN HILL ROUND FIVE REPORTS - Saturday May 20, 2006

Roos storm home
For the first time in 2006 South were tested by a gallant young North team but managed to re group before running out winners by 50 points at Alma Oval. At 1/4 time North led by 38 points and looked a million dollars, young players such as Ruddock in the centre, Kelly at CHF and 15yr old Blake Clare playing across half forward were on fire and before South had settled the Bulldogs had 7 goals on the board.
As most good teams do the Roos focused and by 3/4 time had gained the lead albeit by a solitary point, it was the final 30 minutes that things got ugly for North, the League Leaders South kicked the after burners into gear and booted 9 goals for the term to record a comfortable victory. For the winners South Playing Coach Anthony Murgatroyd was superb, Wes Burns on a wing showed his class, Allen and Neal dug deep on the ball and the classy Roos forwards starting kicking goals.
A few positive signs emerged for North but they do lack some true class and it would appear their fitness base is well below that of the other 3 clubs.
 

West overpower Magpies
In a see sawing affair at Jubilee Oval the Robins kicked in the second half to over run Central by 26 points in an entertaining game of football.
At 1/2 time the Magpies led by 21 points and looked the better side however West aided by a 3 goal breeze to the Creek End fired up in the 3rd quarter to kick 7 unanswered goals to register their third win of the season.
The star for West was centreman Ashley Bates who had an intriguing duel with Justin Heath, both played wide of each and both were their clubs respective best players, it was Bates who in 15 minutes of brilliant football won the ball out of the centre and delivered it into the West forward lines where Aboriginal stars Craig Jones and Phil Kickett finished off the good work, both Jones and Kickett kicking 3 goals apiece.
After the game Central Coach Visko Sulicich was furious with his players lack of endeavour in the second half, in the West Camp it was smiles all round as they celebrated another win.

West 13.14 (92) d Central 9.13 (67)
Best - West: A Bates, C Ryan, C Jones, A Collins, D Bearman, S Anthony. Central: J Heath, T Comer, P Christie, J Bessell, B Zanetti, L McGregor. Goals - West: P Kickett, C Jones 3, J Ball, A Bates, M Clisby 2, D Parker. Central: J Heath, L McGregor 3 S, Stenhouse, B Zenetti, M Zenetti.

 South 18.10 (118) d North 10.8 (68)
Best - South: A Murgatroyd, W Burns, T Allen, P Neal, P Higgins, K Borlace. North: J Savage, W Williams, P White, B Kelly, J Ruddock, J Harris. Goals - South: A Mackiewicz, K Borlace, A Philp 3, A Wall, T Allen, S Groves 2, W Burns, C McKenzie, S Hannigan 1. North – B Kelly 4, B Price 2, A Henderson, C Howard, J Ruddock, J Savage 1.

BROKEN HILL ROUND FOUR REPORTS - Saturday May 13, 2006 (courtesy www.abc.net.au/brokenhill)

Central win first game -Centrals 17.16 (118) d North 12.12 (84).
Best - Centrals: J Heath, P Christie, J Basset, S Crowhurst, A Berg , M Anderson. North: J Savage, J Harris, B Price, J Harwood, J Ruddock.
Goals - Centrals L McGregor 5, J Heath 4, A Berg 3, M Zanetti 2, K Ouin, P Christie, B Zanetti. North: J Harris, L Reynolds, K Howard,
J Savage 2, J Ruddock, J Harwood,
S Kemp, B Clare.

After losing their first 3 games of the season Central have notched up their maiden win with a comfortable 34 point win over North at Jubilee Oval.
It was the Magpie young guns aided by "veteran" Justin Heath who guided them home, the efforts of Crowhurst at CHB,
Bessell in the ruck and McGregor in the forward lines help lay the platform for success while Heath returned to his brilliant
best with over 35 touches and 4 valuable goals.
It now looks as though North could be set for their worst year since 1989 when they finished last, poor attitude from several
senior players towards either playing or training and the need to blood juniors could see the Bulldogs sitting on the bottom
of the competition ladder with the only bonus being the possibility of 2 priority picks if they fail to win 4 matches for the season.
From a game point of view only a few North players could raise a yelp and it was mainly the same names, Savage, Price, Harwood and Ruddock
with Jordan Harris playing his best game for the year.

Roos stamp authority - South 13.16 (94) d West 7.12 (54).
Best-South: A Murgatroyd, P Neal, D Stephens, P Higgins, T Allen, M Vlatko. West: C Ryan, S Arnold, A Jones, C Jones, S Matten, C Pearce.
Goals-South: A Murgatroyd 3, C Caldwell, A Wall2, C Keenan, W Burns, D Stephens, T Allen, A Mackiewicz, C McKenzie.
West :
S Arnold, M Kilsby, C Pearce, C Jones, A Collins, P Kickett, D Parker
After being touted as the Match of the Year South have sent a clear message to one and all that they are the best team in the completion
with a convincing 40 point win over West at Alma Oval. In the lead up to the game much was said and written but when the time came to
produce the goods it was the reigning Premier who delivered the knockout blow, lead superbly by Playing/Coach Anthony Murgatroyd
the Roos had all the answers to whatever questions West posed. As has been the case for some 5 years it was the brilliant mid field of
South that set the scene, Murgatroyd, Neal, Stephens, and Allen the engine room fed by the Leagues best ruckman in Patty Higgins.
To the credit of West they never conceded but just did not have the manpower to trouble the South machine.


BROKEN HILL ROUND THREE REPORTS - Saturday May 6, 2006

WEST BANDWAGON ROLLS ON

The West Football Club took another step out of a 15 year hole to thrash North by 89 points at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.The West Club has not won a flag since 1990 and in the ensuring period have been on the end of some huge hidings, a new coach and several news faces in the team has turned this around.On the other hand North who have been a dominant Club for the past 25 years are on the slide, big time.By 3/4 time of this game North had only managed the solitary goal while West had piled on 16 of their own, North were being blitzed all over the ground with the attitude and desire of West causing several North Players to hesitate in their approach to the ball.For West better players were easy to find, Chris Hall and Shannon Anthony led the way with their ferocious attack on the ball and the opposition, Mal Marsden in the forward lines was damaging all day and finished with 4 goals, Matt Nelson controlled the rucks and in the last quarter Ashley bates set the game alight.On the other hand it was only the determination and pride of some North veterans in Harwood, Savage and Price that stood between a thrashing and a complete humiliation.

Final Scores: West 16.15 (111) defeated North 3.4 (22)
Best Players: W: C Hall, S Anthony, M Nelson, M Marsden, M Clisby, C Ryan, S Arnold. N: J Harwood, J Savage, B Price . Goalkickers: W: M Marsden 4, M Clisby 4, C Jones 2, A Collins 2, T Ferguson 1, S Anthony 1, B Malthouse 1, A Bates 1. N: K Summers 1, J Savage 1, J Ruddock 1


SOUTH ON TOP
In an entertaining game at Memorial Oval South consolidated top spot on the ladder with a 30 point win over an undermanned but determined Central team. With the Magpies missing so many players it was thought pre-match that South would win by over a 100 points but the young Central side dug deep and fought it out however in the end could not match the class of their more experienced opponents. As is usually the case South got on top in the misfield with Patty Higgins winning the ruck, Murgatroyd, Allen and Neal cleared the ball with precision, Vlatko in his 100th match for South ran off the 1/2 back line at will, Stephens and Meuret and McKenzie created havoc up forward while Wes Burns started to recapture some fitness and form on the wing. In the Central camp Anthony berg fought the odds, newcomer Paul Christie playing on the ball was all class in the first half but ran out of puff in the second, Justin Heath showed glimpses of his undoubted class, Crowhurst at CHB had the better of his opponent and Jarrod Paull was tough in the backlines. The much anticipated clash this weekend will be South and West at Alma Oval, a game sure to attract a big crowd.

Final Scores: South 13.13 (91) defeated Central 9.7 (61)

Best Players: S: A Murgatroyd, T Allen, P Higgins, M Vlatko, P Neal, W Burns. C: A Berg, P Christie, M Crowhurst, J Heath, J Paull, B Zanette.
Goalkickers: S: C McKenzie 3, S Meuret 2, D Stephens 2, W Burns 1, A Philp 1, T Allen 1, P Neal 1, D Hunter 1, A Mackiewicz 1. C: B Zanette 2, J Heath 2, D Zanette 2, A Berg 1, M Zanette 1, B Mannion 1


BROKEN HILL Round Two - Saturday April 29, 2006

West 13.13 (91) d Central 9.13 (67).

Best -West: A Bates, D Parker, A Jones, T Ferguson, S Anthon C Hall. Central: J Heath, A Berg, S Crowhurst, Morris, S Stenhouse, M Collins, Goals - West: A Bates 7, S Arnold, M Clisby 2, S Anthony, C Hall. Central: S Stenhouse, J Heath 3, M Collins 2, J Carapellotti.

West wins its first game of the Season

The West Football Club has fulfilled their preseason promise of a better year by beating Central by 24 points at Memorial Oval.

In a match of a changing score line it was the polish and skill of Ashley Bates that got the Robins across the line, the gun recruit alternated on the ball with Shannon Anthony, while playing up forward Bates finished with 7 goals.

The Robins were well served by Parker on a wing, Ashley Jones at CHB, Anthony and Tim Ferguson on the ball, this side is now brimming with confidence and is full of run.

The year has not started well for Central, they lost Rilen during the game with a broken finger and Joel Sulicich with a leg injury, the Magpies only had a 4 day break after playing on ANZAC day and some of their senior players started to feel the strain in the final quarter when the game was there to be won.

South 25.13 (163) d North 7.4 (46).

Best - South: A Wall, P Neal, M Vlatko, A Murgatroyd, P Higgins, J Higgins. North: J Kelly, J Ruddock, B Price, K Savage, B Kelly. Goals - South: A Wall 8, K Borlace, A Mackiewicz 3, A Philp, C MacKenzie 2, S Mueret, M Stuart, C Keenan, T Allen, P Neal, D Stephens, W Burns. North: B Price 3, J McConnell, A Henderson, C Billings, J Kelly.

Bulldogs Blitzed in Record Fashion.

North have suffered their heaviest defeat in 23 years following a 117 point thrashing at the hands of South at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

The loss was the heaviest inflicted on North since the 7th May 1983 when West belted the Bulldogs by 144 points, North finished that year in last position with only 5 wins.

The Roos dominated from the opening bounce and trounced their insipid opponents all over the ground, North had played on ANZAC Day and had just 4 days to prepare this may account for some lethargy but not for the soft approach adopted by many players wearing Blue & White.

It all started in the centre square where the Higgins Boys dominated the ruck, Murgatroyd, Neal and Allen had an armchair ride and Andrew Wall at Full Forward finished with 8 goals.

If I was to list the best players I would name 10 South Players before finding a North player who could hold his head high, North Coach David Ruddock was shattered by his sides "soft" attack on the ball.

BROKEN HILL Round One - Tuesday April 25, 2006

North 0.3 5.4 9.6 12.10 (82) defeated Central 3.3 4.4 9.9 10.10 (70)

Best Players: N: B Price, J McConnell, C Howard, J Kelly, A Williams, J Savage, M Garrick, S Lihou. C: L McGregor, A Berg, J Heath, B Rilen, M Zanette, S Morris, J Paull, B Zanette
Goalkickers: N: J McConnell 4, J Kelly 2, S Lihou 2, B Price 1, G Aitchison 1, K Berryman 1, K Summers 1. C: L McGregor 5, A Berg 2, J Heath 1, B Mannion 1, S Stenhouse 1

Bulldogs win battle of attrition

In what proved to be a game of attrition and desperation North fought back in the last quarter to beat Central by 12 points in their ANZAC day clash at Jubilee Oval.

Entering the final quarter North trailed by 3 points, a margin that should have been greater had Central not squandered some golden opportunities in the 3rd quarter.

The match started under a cloudy sky, North were unchanged while Woodman dropped out of the Magpies 22 man squad, Berryman for North was playing his first game since the 2004 season and lined up at Full Forward his opponent Central veteran Brett Morris, the Magpies kicked to the creek end aided by a 2-3 goal breeze.

Central quickly got on top in the midfield and with first use of the breeze dominated the opening stanza, Anthony Berg was picking up touches at will, Rilen across half forward was on top of his opponent in Billings, McGregor looked dangerous in the forward 50 and the Central back line kept North to 3 points for the quarter.

The Bulldogs did manage to enter their 50-metre arc on several occasions but with the exception of Brendan Price failed to put enough pressure on Central

¼ Time: Central 3.3 (21) North 0.3 (3)

An angry North Coach was quick to hammer home a few points to his players at the break, what David Ruddock said produced the desired effect, a complete transformation came over the match in the second quarter, North ruckman Aaron Williams started winning the centre taps, on baller Codie Howard was providing plenty of drive for the Bulldogs, Jayden Kelly on the wing was electrifying and the senior Forward Line players in Berryman, Price and McConnell started kicking goals.

With the Bulldogs dominating, the Central coaching staff moved McGregor onto the ball at the 10-minute mark of the quarter.

The only respite for Central in the second quarter was a smart goal to Anthony Berg.

½ Time: North 5.4 (34) Central 4.4 (28)

The second half started with Berryman on the bench, the burly veteran experiencing some tightness in the hamstring, his absence forcing the North forward line to be re structured, Bryce Kelly moved from CHB to CHF, Heath Williams from a back flank to CHB.

This quarter was played in 2 halves, North the dominant side for the first 15 minutes, with Williams winning the ruck and Jayden Kelly on the wing creating headaches for the Central bench, the Bulldogs kicked the first 2 goals to be 18 points in front.

At this point North rested Williams and Central introduced Bessell into the ruck, the young bloke accepted the challenge and started putting the ball to the Magpies advantage, the result was the start of the Locchy McGregor Show, the 16yr old dynamo banged through 4 goals before you could blink and in the process pulled down a screamer of a mark in the forward pocket.

He was ably assisted by the 2 Matt’s in Collins and Zanette who were thrashing their opponents across half forward, Justin Heath bobbed up to kick a trademark 55 metre goal and with the Central back line on top it looked how far Central.

The Bulldogs steadied with 2 late goals to the elusive Jamie McConnell who was playing his best game for a few years then Central spoilt their copy book with 2 easy misses from set shots, senior players in Rilen and Stenhouse the culprits.


¾ Quarter Time: Central 9.9 (63) North 9.6 (60)

With the game on the line both sides loaded up their centre squares, Central moving Locchy McGregor into the pivot while North started with last years Lionel Johnston Medallist Brendan Price in the centre for the first time in the match.

Within minutes of the opening Mannion snapped a true rovers goal to have the Magpies in front by 9 points, North replied with a great goal from Jayden Kelly who had run himself to a standstill, Central by 3 points.

The 2 big ruckman in Sam Morris for Central and Aaron Williams for North were giving all for their respective sides while the experience of Price was a telling factor, he picked up a number of possessions and was becoming a worry for the Magpies.

At the 10 minute mark Central Full Back Brett Morris kicked out on the full, the ball landing about 50 metres from the goal square, it appeared that Morris and Umpire Frank Nutt had some words which led to a 50 metre penalty against Morris, the result Summers goals, the Bulldogs hit the front and an angry Central Coach drags Morris to the bench.

At this stage with the clock winding down both teams were giving their all, players were dropping with cramp but neither side was willing to throw the towel in, it was great footy to watch, North had a number of chances to seal the game but several misses on goal kept Central supporters hopes alive.

With only minutes left it had become a game of attrition, Berryman came back on for North and somehow managed to hit the ball into the path of Lihou who goaled and sealed the match for North.

For the victors I gave the nod to veteran Brendan Price as their best player, he had a terrific duel with Central youngster Brendan Zanette but when the game had to be won Price stood up, Jamie McConnell played his best game in years and finished with 4 goals, Codie Howard is now a top notch mid fielder, Jayden Kelly is in the North Team to stay, Aaron Williams rucked well, Matt Garrick is an exciting talent and the cunning, elusive Josh Savage was dangerous in the forward lines in the first half and was there across ½ back when Central were surging late in the game.

Although defeated Central can take a number of positives from this first round encounter, Locchy McGregor with 5 goals and quality touches is a player who will win games for Central this year and drag people through the gate to watch him do it, Anthony Berg ran all day, Sam Morris rucked well and took several marks around the ground, Justin Heath while not in vintage touch is not far away, Brent Rilen showed he is still a champion and Brendan Zanette across ½ back rebounded as did Paull.

Saturday April 22

South 11.7 (73) d West 9.8 (62)

Best - South: A Murgatroyd, P Neal, B Pettit. West: S Anthony, A Bates, M Nelson.

Goals - South: D Stephens, S Mueret 3; T Corey 2; A Murgatroyd, A Wall, P Neal. West: S Anthony 3; A Bates 2; C Pearce, A Collins, B Malthouse, D Parker.

South roll West in season opener

Last years premiers South defeated West by 11 points before a Finals type crowd in a tough and entertaining opening round clash at Jubilee oval on Saturday.

All the hype over the summer had been about the re birth of West as a Football Club, the arrival of coaches Randy Stenhouse and Nathan Hocking together with the signing of a host of new players had breathed a breath of fresh air into a club more use to the pungent odour of defeat.

If Saturdays game is a guide of substance then West have turned the corner, at the 27 minute mark of the final quarter they trailed by only 4 points and had numerous chances to close the game out however South through the class of players such as Playing Coach Anthony Murgatroyd, on baller Phil Neal and Ruckman Patty Higgins managed to settle and walk away with a well deserved win.

The real battle was fought in the mid field, an area South have dominated in recent years, the Roos had Higgins, Murgatroyd, Neal and newcomer Tim Allen up against West Captain Shannon Anthony, Matt Nelson in the ruck, veteran rover Craig Jones and Ashley Bates, the later a player from Albury of high quality.

Both backlines played superb games attacking at every opportunity, South Full Back Brad Pettitt marshalled the Roos while Ashley Jones at CHB for West was as equally as reliable.

It was obvious that West had an edge in fitness while several South players seemed to be still carrying some Christmas Pud and on a whole seemed somewhat underdone, a fact South Coach Anthony Murgatroyd conceded after the match.