By Stuart Kavanagh
THE Broken Hill AFL home and away season reaches its pinnacle this weekend. Old Timers season has been and gone, and all that’s left for this season is to see who will lift the 2022 AFL Broken Hill Premiership.
South Broken Hill Football Club, also known as the Roos, have been dominant this year.
South has managed to stay undefeated since round two and are red hot favourites for this year’s flag.
In their last three fixtures they have beaten both sides who will be challenging them in the finals series this year by over 100 points.
One of the major reasons South have been so dominant is the form of full forward Cody Schorn.
The goal machine is averaging an incredible six goals per game this season, and that’s after a relatively slow start to the season.
He kicked 49 goals in his last six matches, at an even more impressive averaging of more than eight goals per game.
If Cody can take that form into the finals, South will likely win the flag.
South coach Darren Smith had nothing but praise for his side when he spoke to us ahead of today’s match.
“I’m really proud of the playing group this season. We need to stay focused and stick together, it’s all about preparation for the Grand Final now,” Smith said.
This weekend South BH will make the short trip to Memorial Oval to tackle Central BH.
The Magpies had an unbelievable Old Timers weekend last round in the Seniors, defeating Northies by 74 points.
That victory ensured something of a grandstand finish to the regular season with North and Central both tied on the same number of points (24) and separated by less than 1.5%.
Central are certainly up against it this weekend.
Their last two matches against the current league leaders have resulted in triple figure defeats.
But after last weekend’s performance you certainly can’t rule them out in front of their home fans.
Elsewhere the Mighty Robins of West Broken Hill will bring the curtain down on their season, along with the career of retiring coach David Ruddock.
“It’s starting to feel real [that this will be his last game involved with football],” David told the Barrier Truth.
“I watched the U-18s Wednesday night, we had our last training Thursday night. I am excited for what the future will bring, but I am sure I will miss it too.”
It has been a tough season for West, managing only three victories across the season. It should be noted that one of those victories is the solitary defeat runaway league leaders South suffered this year.
It does suggest West’s best footy is good enough to take care of any opposition.
The issue is getting that type of performance out of them consistently.
Their opposition – North Broken Hill – have been difficult to read at times this year.
That doesn’t extend to their form against West, however.
Northies have been dominant in fixtures against West this season, winning all four of their previous games against the Mighty Robins by an aggregate total of 158 points. Another comfortable victory against West will secure second place for the Bulldogs.
Catch the seniors today from 2:30pm at both Jubilee Oval (North vs West) and memorial Oval (Central vs South).
PICTURE: (insert) Cody Schorn with daughters.