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Clubs do battle for Lightning Cup cash

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2013

You can almost relive last year’s Grand Final on Saturday when South and North play the last match in the Lightning Cup. You can almost relive last year’s Grand Final on Saturday when South and North play the last match in the Lightning Cup.

AFL Broken Hill has increased the prize money for this year's Broken Hill Community Credit Union Lightning Cup being played at the Jubilee Oval this Saturday.

The Credit Union has increased its sponsorship to $1,000 for the winning club and AFL BH have matched it so that all clubs will take home a cheque.

The runner up will receive $500, third place $300 and fourth $200.

A full day of local footy starts at 10am with six men's games and two women's games.

"The final game of the day will be a replay of last year's Grand Final between North and South, albeit both clubs have new coaches," said AFL BH president Peter Nash said.

North have turned to a former champion in Mark Pitt to lead them while over the hill South's favourite son, Peter Johns, is out of retirement and will be shuffling the magnetic board.

"Both sides also have made changes to their playing lists with North hopeful of securing Brad Mannion from Central and Ben Perkins, formerly of Central, but who was recently playing in Country Victoria," Mr Nash said.

"For South, the loss of Marc Purcell and Ty Corey is compensated by the return home of Heath Caldwell and Jordan Johns.

"These two lads have had the opportunity to train and play at a higher level and both will bring more back to the Alma than just their playing ability."

Mr Nash said Central have had their pre-season interrupted by the repair work at the Memorial Oval and have had to train at the Zinc Oval.

"Last week's trial game saw many positives, none more so than Kyle Dwyer who looks a polished forward, and the form of Bayden Quinn, after missing much of 2012, will be a bonus," he said.

"West has flown under the radar in the pre-season but from all accounts their effort in a recent trial game at the Picton Oval was very pleasing.

"Many of their younger players have had big off seasons in the gym with Cynan Smith leading the pack.

The development of the young Robins has shades of the Central Football Club's golden run of the early 80s, but keeping the group together in these tough economic times is the biggest issue for the Robins."

Work rosters will also hurt all clubs but Mr Nash said this only added to the interest in local footy, with most clubs needing to make five or six changes each week.

This weekend's Lightning Cup promises to be a huge day on Saturday with two women's games thrown in for good measure.

"The new format means no club has to back up for consecutive games, making for a fairer draw and with the extra spoils on offer local footy should be in for a bumper day," Mr Nash said.

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