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Cup kicks off season

Saturday, 2nd April, 2016

The 2016 Lightning Cup kicks off this morning at 9.00am at The Jube. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke The 2016 Lightning Cup kicks off this morning at 9.00am at The Jube. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

Today the AFL Broken Hill season starts when the Lightning Cup fires up at Jubilee Oval. 

Despite an anxious few days, AFL Broken Hill said it was relieved to say that the Central Football Club will field a team in the Men’s competition.

The Lightning Cup has always been an opportunity for all Clubs to trial juniors, reward training attendance and for coaches to work on their game plans.

Players who miss the season-starting Cup may be in for a rude shock when round one arrives, and they are behind in match fitness and struggling to keep up with the match tempo.

With perfect weather predicted today and 12 mini games of football on offer from 9.00am, a footy-starved public should be out in force to see all the new players and coaches in action.

It’s been seven months since the Grand Final and all clubs have recruited new players along with three new coaches Billy Dolan (South), Peter Larkins (West) and Ben Camilleri (Central Co-coach).

They will take on David Ruddock who continues his tenure at North.

Although many are excited to see what the newly-signed players will bring to their clubs, there is also a lot of excitement for the juniors who have left the Under 18s and have stepped up to the senior footy.

The umpires are also looking forward to the Lightning Cup with three new field umps to debut.

Former Roo Michael Vlatko will umpire Men’s Seniors and Ben Finch and Ben Kelly are both keen and learning fast the finer points of running a game.

Michael Spencer also returns after a few years of officiating League.

But the umpires still desperately need boundary umpires so if there are any keen runners in Broken Hill, male or female, feel free to pop down and ask for Shane Chapman.

AFL Broken Hill sad it wanted to thank Peter Johnston for this tireless work around the Jubilee Oval almost every day since September.

“Peter has overcome just about every challenge possible,” AFL BH Chairman Peter Nash said.

“From cockies creating havoc, to weeds, clover, marshmallow, holes from straying golfers, to repairing and servicing nine sprinklers - he’s done it all.

“Thanks also to our Jubilee Oval volunteers who help with painting, weeding and pruning along Silver Street, plus the work sorting out the shipping container, bar and Ground Manager’s office.”

The Lightning Cup is held in the honour of the League’s major sponsors, the Broken Hill Community Credit Union, and AFL BH contributes prize money to both the Women’s and Men’s Competitions. 

Full canteen facilities will be available all day, a Budget has been produced and the Bar opens at 12 noon. 

Any spectators wanting team lists can obtain some just before the start of each game from the Ground Manager’s office.

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