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LIGHTNING CUP

Monday, 12th April, 2010

* Central's Wade Gepp made a big impression in the Lightning Cup competition at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday. * Central's Wade Gepp made a big impression in the Lightning Cup competition at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

BY BALLDOCK

The Magpies have started their 2010 campaign in excellent fashion by winning the Broken Hill Community Credit Union Lightning Cup, played under a round - robin format where each side plays three games the Magpies went throw undefeated to claim the title.

While centrals Brad Mannion was judged the player of the Lightning Cup, in a great display in his return to local football. With the Jubilee Oval looking in sensational condition it was the Magpies and the Bulldogs who took to the field first, both sides played a good brand of football with the contest pretty even with ten minutes to go and it was the Magpies who grabbed control in the late in the contest with four unanswered goals to win by 22 points.

Next up was the Roos up against the Robins, the Robins got off to a great start only to see the Roos peg them back over the course of the second half, to give patrons a great finish and in the end it was the southerners who prevailed by a single point. In game three the Robins had to tackle the Magpies, it was a game where the Robins showed plenty of fight but the experience of Wilmore, Mannion and Perkins gave the Magpies a 26 point win.

Game four of the afternoon saw south up against North, the Bulldogs jumped away to a handy lead in the opening half, only to see the Roos come storming home in the second half, but it was the Bulldogs who were able to hang on for a 2 point win. Game five was the moment of truth for the Magpies, it was pretty simple win and they take home the Lightning Cup, after a pretty good start by both sides, it was Perkins who stood up for the Magpies and in the end they cruised to a 38 point victory and claim the 2010 Credit Union Lightning Cup.

The last game for the afternoon saw West up against North, both sides gave everything in a fast flow on game, with the lead changing hands on a couple of occasions in the second half it was a race against the clock and at the end it was the Robins who held a 1 point lead at the final siren. All up it was a great day played in fantastic conditions, and a day were all clubs played a host of juniors and new players, well done to the Magpies, they will now go into the season proper with a great deal confidence and high expectations.

Game 1 Central 8 . 2 = 50 d North 4 . 4 =28 Game 2 South 7 . 4 = 46 d West 7 . 3 = 45 Game 3 Central 7 . 6 =48 d West 3 . 4 = 22 Game 4 North 5 . 2 = 32 d South 4 . 6 =30 Game 5 Central 9 . 2 =56 d South 3 . 0 =18 Game 6 West 6 . 4 =40 d North 6 . 3 = 39

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