North Ballarat news

Greig makes his Marc on VFL

From the Ballarat Courier
Full article Click here

MARC Greig could hardly have picked a better stage on which to bring up his 150th appearance for North Ballarat in the Victorian Football League.

Greig becomes only the second Rooster to achieve the feat in North Ballarat's first home final in eight years - a qualifying final against Williamstown at AUSTAR Arena in Ballarat tomorrow.Only reigning captain and Greig's

fellow defender Shaune Moloney has played more senior and reserves matches for North Ballarat since it entered the VFL in 1996.

While the milestone is satisfying, Greig has his sights set on bigger things.

Slow start will hurt us, warns North Ballarat veteran

From The Herald-Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell

Full article Click here

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
Full article Click here
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

Full article Click here

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
Full article Click here

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.