Wilks Cup goes to Lucindale

LUCINDALE won the Wilks Cup with a fourth quarter burst of goals to open up an otherwise close game between the two rival clubs.

Kingston was still looking for their first win of the season and they got off to a great start when Sam Braidwood marked and goaled to give the Saints the first goal.

Lucindale coach Sam Logan was playing just his second game for the season and he was able to get a reply after both teams missed easy shots on goal.

Mark Snowball and Matt Williams were having a great duel in the ruck and both were going to be pivotal to their teams’ chances of winning.

Aaron Smart and Logan kicked goals for the Roos as they opened up a 13-point lead by quarter time.

Tyler Baker and Jamie Austin were on fire early for the Saints, while the Roos had Logan, Sam Mardling and Travis Ware in good form.

Braidwood started the second quarter as he did in the first with the first goal but Lucindale took hold of the next 10 minutes of play and kicked three goals in a row to grab a 24-point jump on the Saints.

Snowball, Josh Teakle and Smart were looking very dangerous around the ground and things were opening up for the Roos. Kingston needed a lift and their midfield responded beautifully with Williams, Austin and Ben Warner getting clearances and providing some much needed run as it allowed the Saints to peg the Roos back with goals from Jake Hyland, Warner and Ashley Stenner who kicked two goals of his own as the Saints were only a point behind.

Lucindale were able to run the length of the field after the Saints missed a shot on goal and Logan got a goal just before the half time siren.

Mardling was having a big influence for the Roos, he always looked damaging when he had the ball.

The battle between Williams and Snowball was great to watch, both dominant for their respective sides.

Lucindale this time got the good start as Logan continued to cause Kingston trouble with his leading and goal kicking.

Braidwood responded for the Saints as he was having a good game and taking plenty of marks.

Lucindale seemed in control throughout the game and always had an answer to any Kingston challenge so far.

Smart was damaging around the ground and he kicked a goal after coach Logan kicked one as the Roos were threatening to pull away with the game.

Stenner who has played mostly in attack this season was able to kick two goals in a row for the Saints as they brought the margin back to seven points.

Williams, Austin, Warner and Baker were doing great work for the Saints around the packs, trying to push the ball forward at all costs.

Patrick Baker is a young Roos player who is very impressive to watch and is a big boy for his age, he is hard to stop from the getting the ball at times and he used his smarts to get the ball and kick a late goal to put the Roos up by 13 points at the final change.

In the Wilks cup it was fitting that Ryan Wilks was playing a good game for the visiting Roos as he was working the ball towards the forward line whenever he could. Snowball and Teakle were also playing well for the Roos.

Lucindale got the all important first goal in the fourth quarter as Mardling delivered the crucial goal.

Baker who was having a great game was able to kick two goals in a row for the Saints as they brought the margin back to just six points eight minutes in to the fourth quarter.

Austin was working hard driving the ball forward and Williams was breaking even with Snowball as it was a great ruck contest.

Ware was prominent for the Roos as well.

Lucindale were feeling the urgency as the game was getting tight and the Saints were pressing hard.

The Roos pushed forward and Teakle goaled and then coach Logan got away again to goal as the Roos were fired up and pulling away from Kingston.

The Saints just couldn’t get any good passages of play going around the ground as the Roos were putting them under pressure everywhere. Smart was getting heaps of the ball and the Roos were putting the results on the scoreboard.

Mardling kicked the sealing goals as he put two more through and the Roos ran away to win by 35 points in the end to claim the Wilks Cup.

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