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Triple treat for Roos

Monday, 8th April, 2013

South’s Heath Caldwell gets his kick away just in time in the match against West. South’s Heath Caldwell gets his kick away just in time in the match against West.

By Balldock

The Roos began their 2013 campaign in excellent fashion by claiming the Broken Hill Community Credit Union Lightning Cup, and in the process making it a hat-trick in the round robin tournament.

South also won the pre-season competition in 2012 and 2011. After watching the events of the day unfold you can be sure that the Roos are again going to be around the mark this season and by the standard shown by all sides on the day, this year's competition is going to be the most even and interesting for some time.

South's Jordan Johns has shown in one day that he will be a huge asset. He was judged the player of the round robin series by the umpires, while Jono Naden, Mick Anderson and Jayden Kelly will enter the season in pretty good touch also.

The tournament kicked off with the Roos up against the Robins. After a first half where possession was evenly shared (both sides managed two goals apiece) the second half was again a tight struggle with the Roos making better use of their chances.

Both sides kicked just one goal each but the standard was very high with the Roos getting home by three points.

Michael Vlatko capped off a successful game with the opening goal while Browne and Paull kicked majors and McInnes, Tonkin and Rose kicked goals for the Robins.

Game two saw North up against Central. They traded blows in the opening half on the scoreboard in a tight affair with little separating them at the break.

In the second half it became a free-flowing game with North kicking five goals while the Magpies managed three. North got home by 13 points.

Codie Howard showed some good early form with two goals while Kyle Farcich showed some promising signs.

It was the ladies' turn to open their pre-season with the reigning premier Central up against the Robins, and it didn't take long for the Pies to again stamp their authority on the competition.

A number of stars were absent but they showed their depth is excellent with Paige McInnes and Casey Fraser being the standouts for the Magpies.

At the final siren it was the Magpies by 80 points as they confirmed their favoritism for the 2013 premiership.

Game three of the Lightning Cup was between South and Central and again both sides played a high standard of football with the Roos again capitalizing on their chances.

They had three first half goals before the Magpies got a late one from Sowden.

Matt Sowden gave the Pies a great start to the second half with two more goals to level the scores, but the Roos were able to steady with late goals to win by 17 points to gain maximum points from their two games. Johns and Heath Caldwell were amongst the goals for South while Sowden bagged
three for the Magpies.

West and North were now up for game four. The first half was played at a lively pace with the sides moving the ball from end to end. As the half got longer the Robins got better with swift ball movement into their forward half and Zanette and Kickett proved a handful.

The Robins kicked six goals to three in the second half to run out impressive 35 point winners. Kickett kicked four and Zanette three for the Robins while Clare bagged a couple for North.

Game two for the ladies had North up against South. The Bulldogs had the majority of the play in their forward half without reward for effort. They did lose Kelby Kelly with what looked like a serious leg injury.

North led by 10 point at the break before increasing the margin to 30 points at the final siren. North's Jo Lenton showed that age shall not weary them with a great display.

The red hot Robins now had to face the Magpies in game six. The first half was again a tight, hard affair with Zanette again the standout, bagging the Robins' only two goals for the half. It was enough to give them a seven-point lead at the break.

The Robins' ball use and movement improved in the second half but their accuracy left them in front of goal. They managed two more majors in the second half while Erskine kicked the Magpies' only goal to give him one in each half.

At the final siren the Robins had a 19- point advantage which would give them two wins for the day, level with South, but the Roos had one more game to play.

The last game of the day had its own little scenario. If the Roos win they claim the Credit Union Cup. If North win then we would have three teams with two wins apiece and it would come down to percentage.

But the signs early from the Roos put the second scenario to rest.

They ran the Bulldogs off their legs with six opening half goals while restricting the Bulldogs to just two. With new recruits Vlatko and Stephens having huge impacts, South added four more majors in the second half while North could only manage two late goals.

The Roos won the 2013 Broken Hill Lightning Cup by a convincing 47 points. Stephens with three goals was a great focal point up forward, while Howard and Beavan ran hard for North.

Three Cups on the trot for the Roos and they now head into the season proper against North next week full of confidence.

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