Wickers farewell Lubeek with a victory over Skipton

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Creswick paid tribute to one of its greats with a big victory over Skipton at the weekend.

The Wickers landed a 44-point success on a day that was all about remembering the late Darren Lubeek, who died suddenly late last month.

Lubeek was a senior premiership player at Creswick and full forward of its best team between 1950 to 2000.

The Wickers proved too good for the battling Emus, with Lubeek’s son Zack kicking four goals in the 13.12 (90) to 7.4 (46) success.

Creswick senior coach Ryan Knowles said the club had named one of the pockets at Doug Lindsay Reserve after Lubeek, who was affectionately known as “Boo”. “Damian Lubeek (former coach and nephew) and his daughter Stacey said a few words (after the game) and all the supporters went up there and had a beer.”

DETERMINED: Creswick's David Wrightlooks to pass the ball during the second quarter of the round 16 match against Skipton. Picture: Dylan Burns

DETERMINED: Creswick's David Wrightlooks to pass the ball during the second quarter of the round 16 match against Skipton. Picture: Dylan Burns

There was a minute silence before Saturday’s senior game, with Creswick players wearing black arm bands in memory of Lubeek.

And the home team started strongly, kicking away to a 35-point lead at the first change. From there, the Wickers had control of the game and cruised to victory.

Knowles said onballers Aaron Hepworth and Jack Marshman, defender Ryan Pompe and Mitchell Arnold, who did well across half back and on the wing, were among the standouts for his side.