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Slow start will hurt us, warns North Ballarat veteran

From The Herald-Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell

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NORTH Ballarat stalwart Marc Greig has warned his teammates they will pay the price for a tardy start in tomorrow's second qualifying final against Williamstown.

The 28-year-old, 179cm defender, who will play his 150th club game, said the Roosters had lost form in the past month, despite finishing second and securing the double chance and a home final.

Williamstown and North Ballarat have split their games this season, but the Roosters won their most recent clash - a 47-point thrashing at Ballarat in Round 12.

The Roosters led by 32 points at quarter-time and 53 at halftime , but Greig said the result could easily be reversed with a slow start tomorrow.

"We know if we play our best footy we can beat anyone. We've just got to make sure we don't wait until halftime to get going, otherwise we could be nine goals down ourselves," Greig said.

Roosters forward line at full strength

From the Ballarat Courier
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PLAYMAKER:   Tom Roach should stamp his authority on today's clash with Tasmania in Hobart.

NORTH BALLARAT takes a wealth of attacking power into battle with Tasmania in the Victorian Football League in Hobart today.

The return of North Melbourne-listed Josh Smith gives the Selkirk Roosters potentially five big key forwards.

Smith lines up alongside Paul McMahon, and North Melbourne team-mates Michael Wundke, Aaron Edwards and Robbie Tarrant.

The combination of McMahon, Smith and Wundke has worked extremely well and been instrumental in developing North Ballarat into a premiership contender.

McHugh earns recall for Cats encounter

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Nick Wade

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ROHAN McHUGH has earned a recall for North Ballarat's encounter with Geelong in the Victorian Football League in Geelong tomorrow.

McHugh has not played since North Ballarat's heavy loss to the Northern Bullants on May 18.

Having made his senior debut in the opening round, he played the opening seven matches before being dropped in the fall-out from the Bullants calamity.

McHugh is one of three compulsory changes for the Selkirk Roosters, which meet the Cats in the curtain-raiser AFL match of the day between Geelong and Western Bulldogs.

Jesse Smith returns for North Ballarat Roosters

From the Ballarat Courier
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DEFENDER Jesse Smith returns from the football wilderness for North Ballarat against Sandringham in the VFL in Ballarat on Sunday.

The highly talented North Melbourne-listed youngster has not played since tearing a hamstring against Tasmania on May 10.

He has missed five VFL matches and also the opportunity to return to the Kangaroos, where Smith is so well regarded that when fit is an automatic selection.

North Ballarat had planned to ease Smith back through the reserves a few weeks ago, but twice he has had to withdraw.

Selkirk Roosters football manager Marg Richards said an extra couple of weeks on the training track meant Smith was able to go straight back in the seniors.

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Michael Sharkie

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NORTH Ballarat celebrated coach Gerard Fitzgerald's 200th game in the best possible style yesterday, beating top side Williamstown by 48 points to remain unbeaten at home this season.

The Roosters jumped the league leader early, kicking 5.4 to just two behinds in the first quarter. North Ballarat continued to control the game barring a 15-minute lapse in the third quarter when it was outscored by the top side, who looked briefly as though it may pull off the most unlikely of comebacks.

However, the Roosters' stranglehold would prove too much for the Seagulls with prime movers Brett Johnson and Ben Jolley given little peace by Myles Sewell and Ed Lower. Dean Chester, Blake Grima and Stephen Clifton were consistent for the home side with the Roosters finding numbers in attack for the second week running with 10 different goal kickers.

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