Cowboys too good for Merrijig, and Lob City win
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.
OOPS: Jacob Howes (50) is in line for a falcon as Josh Sparks throws the ball back.