Cobram and Barooga both posted emphatic wins on Saturday to kick off their Murray Football League 2017 home and away season campaign in style.
Taking on Mulwala at home, the Hawks never gave the Lions a chance to properly get into the game.
Barooga led by four goals at the first break, extending the margin by another four goals, to lead 10.9 (69) to 2.3 (15) at the main break.
The Hawks kept Mulwala to just one goal in the third quarter while posting three of their own.
A strong push by the Lions saw them take four goals in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to put a leash on the Hawks’ upwards flight to the final siren.
Dominant performances from co-coach Tyrone Downie, Lucas Olson, Shaun Robbins, Callum Leighton-Daly, Brodie A’Vard and new recruit Thomas Wilkinson ensured the Hawks never needed to look behind.
Matt Demaio kicked off his 2017 season in stellar form, booting five majors, with Spiro Vourgaslis, Downie and Will Gorman contributing three each.
Cobram travelled to Congupna to take on last year’s wooden spooners, taking hold of the match by the reins to run out victors 19.24 (138) to 7.6 (48).
There was just one point in the game at quarter-time, before a solid second quarter saw Cobram edge in front with six goals to The Road’s three.
The Tigers ran away with the ball in the third term, booting another seven while restricting Congupna to just the one.
The fourth quarter sealed the match, with Cobram taking another six, despite some inaccuracy in front of the goals in the final quarter, scoring 17 behinds for a 90-point margin at the siren.
Cobram had plenty contributing to its scoreline, including Tyron Baden and newcomer Tom Kelly with three, Dan Fitzpatrick, Sam Gemmill and Darcy McComack with two each.
Strong efforts from Scott Spencer, Mitch Richmann, Gemmill, Ben Ryan, Baden and co-coach Tim Garlick saw them named as best on the field.
This week, Cobram and Barooga will meet at Scott Oval for the annual Easter weekend clash.
Picola north west
In the Picola league’s north west division, Strathmerton has registered its first win of the season, defeating Tocumwal in the clash of round one.
The Bulldogs remarkably came back at home from 23 points down at three-quarter-time to kick five goals straight and defeat Tocumwal by just five points.
The visitors were wasteful in the final term, failing to put the game to bed after kicking five straight behinds.
Initially Tocumwal started better, jumping out to a four-goal lead at quarter-time, but unfortunately for Sean Logie’s men it was not enough as Strathmerton clawed its way back into the contest.
Daniel Ellis found plenty of it and was instrumental for the Bulldogs in the midfield, while Adrian Crestani and Lewis O’Sullivan also chipped in with two goals.
Meanwhile, Dylan Flanagan began the season much like he finished last year, booting five goals as the Bloods’ main threat going forward.
Picola south east
In the south east division, Katamatite found the going much more difficult, taking a 41-point loss to Waaia, who recorded another strong performance after defeating Katunga in the season opener the previous weekend.
The score was just two points difference in the first quarter, but in the third Waaia continued to pull away in the lead, extending the margin by six goals at the final siren
Strong performances from Jedd Wright, booting four goals, and Brodie McDonald, also scoring two, Matt Dwyer, Tory Morris, Patrick Riordan and Christopher Morris weren’t enough to stop the Waaia charge.
This week, Yarroweyah will kick off its season against Deniliquin, while Katamatite will travel to Katandra.