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BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG got its East Gippsland football season off to a promising start with a big win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
The visiting Bombers secured victory to the tune of 64 points, 18.15 (123) to 9.5 (59).
After an even opening term, the Blues let themselves down in a disappointing second quarter, which saw Boisdale-Briagolong kick five goals to one. It was a similar story after the main break, with the Bombers putting the foot down to stretch their lead out further.
Best players for the winners were Nic Campbell in the number 99 guernsey, Tom Lee, Shaun Bates, Nick Marshall, Ethan Kincaid-Shingles and Jordan Stubbe who finished with four majors.
Danny Pratt also kicked four goals for the Bombers.
Some former Gippsland League players highlighted the Blues’ better performers: Bobby Marshall, Hamish Nettleton (four goals), Michael Heyne, Jack Bills, Curtley Farley and Braeden Ross.
INACCURATE kicking in front of goal cost Lucknow dearly against Wy Yung, which won by nine points.
With the match in the balance at half-time, Lucknow kept the Tigers to a single goal in the third quarter, but kicked nine behinds itself to trail at the final change by three points.
Lucknow’s woes in front of the sticks came back to haunt it in the final term, as Wy Yung kicked three to do enough to claim a first round victory, 11.5 (71) to 8.12 (60).
Norm Betts, Mitchell Toms, David Waddell, Daniel Perrin, Mitchell Dewar and Josh Broome performed well for the Tigers, while Joel McNamara, Nick Sinclair, Tim Keyte, Ryan Ladson, James Sanford and Daniel Jones were Lucknow’s best players.
AN even first quarter in the match between Lindenow and Paynesville eventually broke as the match progressed for the Cats, who won by 40 points thanks to a final quarter display where they controlled possession and had 12 scoring shots to three.
Still in the hunt and only trailing by 21 points at the final change, the Gulls’ defence couldn’t repel as the ball was continually peppered at the Lindenow goal.
The Cats won 12.17 (89) to 7.7 (49).
Luke Dyer kicked three goals for the victors in a best-on-ground display, and received good support from Kane Ashwood, Jeremy Woodward, Will Buckley, Justin Gould and Jay Robbie.
For Paynesville, Ash Pescod, Nathan Wilson, Ethan Hall, Jesse Pescod, Aaron Cameron and Alex McLaren rounded out the best players.