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Round 6 - Kangaroos vs. Sydney

AFL Premiership Players Club's match of the round: Kangaroos v Sydney @ Telstra Dome this Saturday night.

Uncomprimising full-back Mick Martyn's splendid career with North Melbourne was highlighted by his important roles in the 1996 and '99 premierships under the coaching of Denis Pagan. Mick enjoyed great success against someof the ames greatest forwards including Tony Lockett. Mick was proud of his star-studded junior career with Newport and his famous family had a lot to do with the success of the club located on the wrong side of the tracks in the western suburbs.

"It's tremendous to see the Kangaroos showing so much spirit and never-say-die determination after a rough start to the season.

"The players have certainly bounced back after copping some much criticism along with coach Dean Laidley after losing the first three games.

"Shock wins over Brisbane at Carrara and Geelong at Skilled Stadium have been extremely courageous.

"With a bit of luck the Kangas could've won four of their five games instead of two.

"The return of heart and soul Glenn Archer has certainly strengthened the back-line which is playing really tightly thanks to the good form of Michael Firrito as well. Young Josh Gibson is also improving.

"Emerging ruckman Hamish McIntosh is enjoying a tremendous season and is voting well in most media awards. He has been combining well with midfielders Adam Simpson, Brent Harvey and Daniel Harris.

"What a remarkable effort by Adam Simpson in collecting 41 possessions in the winning effort over the Cats last Sunday!

"'Boomer' Harvey continues to impress ad his uncanny goalsense is so important to the Kangaroos.

"I love watching speedy midfielder Daniel Wells strut his stuff. He has so much talent and is a player the Kangas can build a great team around.

"Drew Petrie is doing well as a back-up to McIntosh in the ruck and drifting across half-back to grab important marks

"Aaron Edwards has slotted in nicely as a replacement for injured forward Nathan Thompson. He put his name up in lights after kicking 100 goals for Frankston in the VFL last year after being de-listed by West Coast. He won the Liston Medal and the Frosty Miller Medal with the Dolphins.

"Jess Sinclair is working hard across half-back and through the midfield as usual.

"Andrew Swallow is a promising player.

"Shannon Grant needs to lift and if he can kick a bag of goals, I'm confident the Kangaroos can cause another boilover and beat Sydney at Telstra Dome this Saturday night.

"The Kangaroos have the talent to seriously challenge for a finals berth. Players like Daniel Pratt, Leigh Brown and Brady Rawlings might not have high profiles, but they're among the most determined players in the AFL.

"Mobile big man David Hale and goalsneak Corey Jones will be hoping to prove their fitness in the build up to what promses to be ahard-fought game against the Swans.

"I hope everyone with a passion for the Kangaroos goes along to cheer on the boys."

South Melbourne legend Fred Goldsmith is one of the true gentleman of the football. A brilliant full-back, 'Goldy' won the 1955 Brownlow Medal with 21 votes by one vote from Essendon champion Bill Hutchison. He also kicked a big bag of goals for Victoria against Western Australia in an interstate game to highlight his tremendous versatility. Fred is a great buddy of AFL Premiership Players Club president Jack Collins.

"This is a danger game for the Swans.

"The Kangaroos are pumped up after win over the Lions and Cats and will be confident of their chances of upsetting Sydney.

"The Swans will need to be at their best to win, particularly with dashing half-back Tadgh Kennelly out injured.

"The Swans received a big slice of luck at the tribunal with two-time Brownlow Medal winner Adam Goodes cleared to play after being reported against Melbourne.

"But there's still a bit of doubt about Adam's fitness as he's suffering from a slight shoulder problem.

"Ruckman Darren Jolly is playing his best footy since joining the Swans, but he needs more support from Peter 'Spida' Everitt.

"Barry Hall is playing well at centre half-forward and will be hoping to kick a big bag of goals.

"It was great to see mercurial forward Michael O'Loughlin bring up his 250th game a few weeks ago. He's a star.

"Midfielders Brett Kirk and Jude Bolton are playing well along with Adam Schneider who has been pushing into the midfield from the half-forward line.

"Ryan O'Keefe and Amon Buchanan will be hoping to returnto top form after quiet games in the win over the injury-plagued Demons.

"O'Keefe is one of the best marks for his size in the game.

"Star full-back Leo Barry has got to be a little bit more direct in his play when trying to clear the footy out of the danger zone. He runs around in circles at times.

"This is very much a danger game for the Swans who won't be a full strength. But I think they'll be too good or the Kangas, especally if Hall, O'Loughlin and O'Keefe get on top in front f the big sticks.

"Coach Paul Roos will have is players fired up from the first bounce."

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