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Kick start to footy season

Saturday, 2nd April, 2011

With the football season due to start in a week, the four local clubs will gather at the Jubilee Oval today for the Broken Hill Credit Union Visa Debit Lightning Cup.

The round robin competition will be played over the day with the first set to start at 11am.

Each side will play three games consisting of 2x20 minute halves.

While the winner will receive a nice little kick start to their bank balance, the four local clubs will no doubt use the day to have a final look at their juniors in match conditions before the season proper.

The Magpies will open their title defence in game one against the Robins. While the Magpies have lost some key personnel in the off season, the return of Ben Files and Paul Christie will help offset those losses, and don’t write off the return of another little maestro in the weeks ahead.

The Magpies will also look towards their second year players to again take another step in their development. Write off the Magpies at your own peril.

Their opponents, the Robins, will be out to be competitive in 2011, something that has been non-existent in resent years.

The Robins have gained the services of Marcus Kickett and Reuben Hayden and it looks like Anthony Henderson has caught his third taxi in the off season and returned to the Robins’ nest.

The Robins will again look towards Matt Nelson and Brett Martin to carry a heavy work load, while they should also see some improvement in their second year players.

In game two today South will be up against North. Last year’s beaten grand finalist has a pretty good core of senior players which will again hold the Roos in good stead. With a bunch of talented juniors they seem destined to be again around the mark.

The return of Ty Corey is a huge boost and the signing of John Dunn has everyone excited over the hill. Look for the Roos to be fit and mean from the opening bounce.

The Bulldogs have had a lean off season with no new signings to bolster their ranks. The return of Nat Rayner is a huge plus and a lot of pressure will be put on him.

Coach David Ruddock will be demanding a lot from his second and third year players. The Bulldogs do have a crack midfield, but they must all play well to prevent a slide in 2011.


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