Cow­boys too good for Mer­ri­jig, and Lob City win

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - ON THE BOARDS By MARK BUSCOMBE

It was an an­tic­i­pated show­down be­tween the reign­ing pre­miers, Mer­ri­jig and the me­dia favoured Cow­boys in game one at the Mans­field sta­dium.

Mark Evans found his feet in the Cow­boy line up this week and played like a man in­tent on cementing his po­si­tion in boots and spurs.

He was dy­namic, tear­ing down re­bounds against one of the strong­est re­bound­ing teams in the comp and driv­ing hard into of­fence.

Cam Hot­ton ‘Heavy’ was again in­spi­ra­tional to watch, cre­at­ing play like an artist cre­ates a masterpiec­e.

For Mer­ri­jig it was all about big man Ben Vo­gelzang back on board, di­rect­ing play and feed­ing Jay­den Howes shot op­por- tu­ni­ties like a mother bird feeds its chicks re­gur­gi­tated worms.

Howsey kept pop­ping them in and top scored for the mighty Jig.

Two of the game’s big­gest and fiercest men clashed in the sec­ond half, one spit­ting blood and the other wip­ing it off the badge pinned to his chest.

Josh Sparks found his rhythm for the first time this sea­son and played re­ally well like that guy who plays NBA in Amer­ica, you know the guy, the one who gets some goals and steals?

Well he looked like him out there just smash­ing it.

Daz Loughridge played well and scored well but it wasn’t enough as the Cow­boys rode away with it into the sun­set 26 to 20.

Game 2 saw Lob City 2.0 take on the Jun­gle Cats with new re­cruit Mark “Funky” Jones def­i­nitely mak­ing an early im­pact.

He is huge, sur­pris­ingly ag­ile and fit for such a mas­sive unit.

Lo­cal sports­writer Mark Buscombe said it was al­ways go­ing to be an un­der­dog fight for the Jun­gle Cats and was proved to be cor­rect when the silky skilled Len Ed­wards came out and nailed the first two.

In­ter­viewed on the bench dur­ing the game he said “it’s not all about Nick Will­cox, he didn’t score the first two”, maybe the first two is what wins the game, huh?

Jack Kir­ley who had promised to play for the Cow­boys in a pre-sea­son deal, played a blinder for Lob, with cre­ative play and the abil­ity to back up some big moves against some big men, what a plea­sure to watch.

The Pi­cone boys for Jun­gle Cats were good, yeah they make a nice cup of cof­fee but you should see them play ball.

This team will only get bet­ter the more they get used to each oth­ers’ plays and move­ments then they will be a force to be reck­oned with.

Un­til t hen, how­ever, we could still see score lines like this one: 55 to 18.

Lob City 2.0 with the win.

Local bull rider Will Pur­cell has re­cently re­turned from Canada af­ter tak­ing out the Bull Rid­ing Canada fi­nals. Will is the first Aus­tralian to win the Canadian National Cham­pi­onship. He is pic­tured here at the De­niliquin Ute Muster bull rid­ing re­cently.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

OOPS: Ja­cob Howes (50) is in line for a fal­con as Josh Sparks throws the ball back.

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