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Monday, 31st March, 2014

South co-captains Jordan Johns and Michael Westley with the 2014 Lightning Cup at the Jubilee Oval. South co-captains Jordan Johns and Michael Westley with the 2014 Lightning Cup at the Jubilee Oval.

By Ethan James

A fit and firing South have surged to win their fourth straight Lightning Cup.

Under new coach Craig Thomas, the Kangaroos went through the round robin football tournament undefeated, posting some lopsided scores in the process. 

Jordan Johns was a standout in the midfield, while Tyson Boland finished strongly with three goals in South’s final match against North.

On Friday night, the Kangaroos toppled West by 50 points before backing it up with two strong showings on Saturday.

Under sunshine and in muggy conditions, South ran through an under strength Magpies outfit.

They booted thirteen goals and remarkably kept their opposition scoreless. 

Heading into the final match of the day, South essentially had both hands on the trophy but didn’t let up, with an 8.4 (52) to 2.5 (17) win over the Bulldogs. 

However, as is the case with any pre-season, it is often hard to read into results with sides fielding a spread of seniors and juniors and running with varying squads. 

In the Friday night action between South and West, Jono Nadan looked sharp across half back for the Robins while Kangaroos’ co-captain Michael Westley was instrumental in many attacks in the first half with his dash off half back. 

In the last game of the evening, Central and North battled out an intriguing game.  

The defending premiers took on the 2013 wooden spooners but it was the Magpies who finished on top. 

Under new coach Brett Morris they looked hot and hungry in a 57-10 win. 

Bayden Quinn dominated centre half forward and Alec Bray slotted four goals. He looks to have all the skills and may be the ‘missing link’ in a forward line that misfired in 2013. 

On Saturday, West registered their sole win with a narrow 6.1 (37) to 5.3 (33) result over North. 

Nippy midfielder Rylie McInnes looks one to keep an eye on in 2014, with his fleet footwork and stepping evidence of a rugby league bloodline. 

The Bulldogs failed to win a game but had a number of big guns on the sidelines including Codie Howard, Brett Johnson and Quentin Beavan.

Jayden Kelly looked sharp and the usual suspects in Matt Garrick and Ashley Richards looked in good nick, but they could be in for a tough year without the likes of Ruddock, Henderson, Caldwell, Tiziani, Napier and Oldsen who departed in the off season. 

The four clubs have one more week of training before round one kicks off this Friday.

South meet Central in B grade (6.15pm) and A grade (8pm),

North and West then play on Saturday in both grades at 12.45pm and 2.30pm.

All matches are at the Jubilee Oval.

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