THE new breed of Wildcats starred in Woodside’s round one North Gippsland football win over Boisdale-Briagolong, handing new coach Chris Pettitt the ideal start to the season.
The two sides fought out a tight contest in the first half, with the visiting Wildcats leading by under two goals at half-time.
The visitors, through Justin Staley, caused havoc with a barrage of goals after the long break, piling on nine majors to cruise home 35 point victors, 15.16 (106) to 9.17 (71).
Rob Michaelides and Staley provided headaches for the Bombers’ defence, kicking 10 majors between them, while Adrian Fazoli and Hank Norman were solid contributors.
Watching from the sidelines last year through injury, Bomber Adam Helmke stood-out, with recruits Justin Shears and Josh Kennedy making impacts.
CHURCHILL laid the foundation for its 19.10 (124) to 11.18 (84) home win over Cowwarr with a six-goal to two second quarter.
After leading by nine points at the first break, the home side’s solid second quarter put it 34 points ahead at half-time. The Cougars’ momentum wasn’t halted by the long change, adding a further nine goals in a stellar second half.
Cougar powerhouse forward Brendan Holt was the main figure in front of goal, kicking eight majors.
Travis Brighton was a valuable contributor for the home side, captain Chris Williams and ball magnet Brandon Mahoney worked tirelessly around the ground, while the presence of tall Chris Burke also benefited Churchill.
Boasting 12 scoring shots to four in the third term, the Saints’ key forwards squandered opportunities in front of goal with their wayward kicking keeping the visitors out of the contest. Jordon Sandy was the Saints’ best.
TRAILING for the majority of the contest, a new look Sale City rallied in a final quarter to defeat Glengarry.
Leading at every change, the Magpies looked poised to begin the season on the winning note before a five-goal to two final quarter saw the Bulldogs hunt down the home side with a late goal sealing the victory, 11.12 (78) to 10.12 (72).
The Magpies early charge was led by Josh King and Aaron Winkler, who booted three goals each, while Dean Brooks and Chris Panayiotou dominated the contests against their lesser experienced opponents.
But it was the young pups who clicked into top gear in the dying stages of the contest, with captain Matt Lutze and experienced campaigners Brad McKay and Jesse Broadbent standing tall to provide new coach Joel Brayshaw with the ideal start to his coaching tenure.
GORMANDALE copped the full brunt of Traralgon-Tyers United at its awesome best ,with the Bombers unleashing their new recruits.
The Bombers dominated play around the ground during a blistering first term, with Michael Hall and Rhys Martin leading the charge as the visitors burst out to a 28-point lead at the first change.
The Tigers clawed their way back to trail by three goals at the main break as veteran Wayne Henry imposed himself in front of goal.
The Tigers, through best-on-ground Daniel Domaille, worked hard to remain in the contest but could do little to eat into the Bombers’ three-quarter-time buffer as the visitors won 20.10 (130) to 14.10 (94).