Sale got its 2016 season back on track with an impressive 69 point win at Morwell on Saturday, knocking over the Tigers 16.14 (110) to 5.11 (41).
After an even first quarter the Magpies piled on 11 goals to the Tigers’ two.
This gave Sale’s Shane Fyfe his first win as coach in his 200th game.
Having lost a number of quality players from last season, both clubs fielded teams of unknown quality.
Sale’s list proved to be the better, with its taller players being outstanding.
Sale has found wins at Morwell difficult to come by in recent years, however this comprehensive win turned their fortunes around.
The young Magpies looked a much improved and fitter side than the one that disappointed their supporters in round one.
This time, Sale produced a solid four quarter effort of determined football.
Apart from a string of wasted scoring opportunities in the third quarter, when they kicked two goals and six behinds, the Magpies’ skill level was much superior to that of the Tigers.
The inside 50 count was a big contributing factor to the result, with Sale having 37 to Morwell’s 15, and the centre bounce clearances went easily Sale’s way, 15 to 2.
Led by the experienced Fyfe, Kane Martin, Chris Laverty and Jack Lipman, who scored two goals, and Andrew Quirk, who took home six goals, the younger brigade came to play.
None were more impressive than recruit Lachlan Heywood who gave a fine four quarter performance of high marking and ruck work to go with his two goals.
Ben Jones, Ben Dessent, Lochie Ronchie, Michael Todd and John McIntyre, with his two goals, all gave solid contributions.
Key forward John Gooch who was unusually off target with only two goals from eight scoring shots was still a good target up forward with his high marking.
Morwell’s better players were mostly defenders, with Tim Ryan, Daniel Hutchison, and Michael Duncan weathering the storm.
James Jacobsen and Tayler Weatherill also battled hard for the Tigers but being short of quality tall players, Morwell appears to be facing a tough season.
The question for the Magpies is now that they have a substantial win on the board, can the young Magpies continue to gel together and maintain the momentum?
The test will come next week in the home game against Wonthaggi.