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Roos get jump

Monday, 2nd April, 2012

HARDBALL: South and North finished one and two in the Lightning Cup pre-season competition. HARDBALL: South and North finished one and two in the Lightning Cup pre-season competition.

South claim Cup for second year

By Balldock

South have commenced their 2012 campaign in impressive fashion, claiming the Broken Hill Community Credit Union Home Loan Lightning cup for the second straight year.

The Roos went into the round-robin tournament with a squad of 25, which made the win even more meritorious considering the very warm conditions which in the end took its toll on every player throughout the afternoon.

In the end it was South’s superior percentage that saw them claim victory ahead of North, as both sides finished with two wins apiece.

The competition started with the Roos up against the Robins. With both clubs unveiling their new recruits, South coach Robert Hickey would have liked what he saw from Brent Tennessy, who kicked three on debut for the Roos while West coach Dale Tonkin would have been impressed with Jarrah Maksymon around the ground.

In the end it was South’s dominate forward half that got them over the line by 20 points, with Cody Schorn kicking two. Overall an entertaining game in quite warm conditions.

Better players for South were: B. Tennessy, D. Brown, C. Schorn and T. Davidson. While the Robins were well served by J. Naden, C. Smith, R. Naudi and H. Teelow.

South 7.9 (51) West 5.1 (31)

The second game saw the Magpies up against North and it was the Magpies who took control early and never let the Bulldogs into the game. The return of Jarred Paull and Paul Christie for 2012 is a blessing for the Magpies as the pair collected plenty of possessions around the ground and it was the Central juniors that also stood up and played important roles for their coach Justin Heath.

While Wes Burton was North’s best, his teammates were always outnumbered and beaten to the ball and the Magpies ran out easy winners by 42 points. For the Magpies Paull and Christie stood out while Z. White and L. Erskine also played well. For North, Burton stood alone with C. Billings, J. Napier and veteran J.Harwood playing well.

Central 8.6 (54) North 2.0 (12)

Game three saw North up against West. This game opened with both sides going in hard for the footy but breaking down badly up forward which limited their scoring chances. Burton was again in the thick of the action for the Bulldogs, while Maksymon was again showing his class to the patrons. Riley McGuiness playing up forward for the Robins made Ralph Sewer look flat footed as he showed plenty of zip and zap. North newcomer Johnny Bugeja showed he also has a bag of tricks with the oval ball.

In a low scoring affair North managed to hang on and score a 13 point win. Better players for the Bulldogs were Wes Burton, N. Rayner, C. Howard and J. Bugeja while for the Robins Maksymon was again good along with C. Ryan, B. Rose and R. McGuiness.

North 4.10 (34) West 3.3 (21)

The fourth game for the day was played between Central and South and for the most part the Magpies were right in this game. Youngster Riley Pearce was impressive on debut across half forward for the Magpies while Casey Paul looked in good touch for the Roos up forward. The Magpies had plenty of ball inside the forward 50 but they just could not capitalize often enough. 

Two goals to Pearce and goals to Roberts and Gepp had the Magpies in front until Cody Schorn bobbed up finishing with three telling goals to give his side a comfortable 19 point win. South were well led by Purcell, Davidson, Schorn and Paul, while Central were well served by Paull, Anderson, Gilby and Pearce.

South 6.8 (48) Central 4.1 (25)

After a much needed break it was the Magpies up against the Robins and it was the Robins’ big guns who stepped up for this one with Milne and Dalby leading from the front. Jarred Paull was again in the action for the Magpies even though he spent some time on the bench, and Lawrence was also playing well for the Magpies. But it was the Robins who used the ball better going forward and they reaped the rewards with six goal scorers, and they raced to a comfortable 34 point victory.

Milne and Dalby proved invaluable up forward with two goals each while Rose, Maksymon and McGuiness also played well. The Magpies were well served by Lawrence, Paull, White and Zanker.

West 8.6 (54) Central 3.2 (20)

The final game for the day saw South doing battle with North and the Cup result was riding on this outcome. If South win they claim back to back Lightning Cup victories but for North to claim the title they had to win and win big. While the game was entertaining both sides could only manage one goal apiece at the half time break with North up by two points. But with the heat now taking its toll on all the margin was never going to blow out to much and in the end it was the Bulldogs who would claim the win by 10 points, but it was the Roos who claimed the Lightning Cup. Better players for North were B. Johnson, J. Kelly, A.Henderson and T. Hack and for the Roos Jordan Staker was very good along with T. Davidson, A. Philp and C. Schorn.

North 3.7 (25) South 2.3 (15)

The day was a great chance for supporters of all clubs to have a look at their sides with the season proper only a fortnight away and I think all clubs would be very happy with what was witnessed on Saturday. Congratulations to the Roos on winning the 2012 Lightning Cup.

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