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TARWIN experienced defeat at the hands of Toora in its first game of the season on Saturday.

Nevertheless, the side was not disconcerted with Seniors captain Nick McCrae saying there were positives to be gained from the loss. Tarwin was quick off the mark in the first quarter but essentially was inaccurate in its play.

The lack of chances taken resulted in the side falling five behind as Toora quickly dominated.

The second quarter showed huge improvement on the scoreboard with Tarwin making up its loss and overtaking its opposition with 50 points to Toora’s 40. The team lapsed a little again coming into the thirds as it started to come second at the ball.

Despite Tarwin falling behind again, competition remained strong throughout the quarter.

Eventually fitness started to slow players down a little bit. Heading into the final quarter of the game, Tarwin backed off a little too much and didn’t utilise the ball as much as it did in the second and start of the third quarter, allowing Toora to get on top. Finals scores were Tarwin 75 and Toora 100.

Tarwin captain, Nick McCrae, said five Senior players were out for their first game of the season, but would be back for their next game this weekend. “Hopefully that will bring a little more into the game,” he said. “We can take a lot of positives out the game – there were more positive than negatives. We are a very young side, so it’s all about getting experience.”

Matt Williams from Tarwin was great all day, contesting the play.

Lachlan Howes, Benjamin Ellen, Paul Hinkley, Dylan Garnham and Joel Norton comprised the younger ones in the side, bringing speed and agility into the game and all moving the ball really well throughout the day.

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STONY Creek travelled across to Fish Creek on Saturday to take on the reigning premiers at Terrill Park.

The ground was in good condition after some great work in the off season.

Stony welcomed some new faces into the side for the season while Fishy welcomed Mick Danckert back, as well as introducing some promising juniors into the Senior side. Both sides entered the ground and gathered immediately for the unfurling of the 2018 premiership flag and to honor the late Jack Charlton, who was a legend of both clubs. After a minute’s silence to honor Jack, Stony won the toss and the game got underway with the Lions kicking with the aid of a strong breeze.

Stony got off to the best possible start with goal kicking machine Kael Bergles kicking the opening goal in the opening minute. Stony continued to attack through the early part of the match and at the eight minute mark had three goals on the board to nil.

The Lions were using the wind well and after three practice matches in as many weeks leading into round one, it was obvious that they were keen to open the season proper very strongly. Another goal at the 13 minute mark to Justin Marriott and things were looking ominous for the reigning premiers.

The Kangaroos, however, started to settle and some better movement of the ball saw them back in the game and pushing into the forward 50 more often.

Jacob Byrnes added another goal late in the quarter to push the margin out beyond 30 points but Fishy answered immediately when John Danckert outpointed his opponent beautifully to mark and get the Kangas’ first major just prior to the siren. With the margin 25 points in the Lions favour, the Kangaroos’ three time premiership/ three time Coach of the Year Greg Hoskin went to work in the huddle and with positive encouragement he had his charges up and about ands ready for their turn as using the wind in the second quarter.

Use it they did very well, straight into attack and controlling the majority of the second quarter.

Through all their attacking, however they could only manage behinds early along with an out on the full before they could get a major at the 11 minute mark to Jordan Shaw. Further goals to Jai Stefani, Sam McGannon and Brent Cooper had the Kangaroos in front for the first time of the match late in the half.

The Fishy youngsters proved to be very effective with Liam Howard, McGannon, Stefani and Kairon Dorling all getting their hands on the ball and using it well. For the Lions, Tait Sabec, Darcy Atkins, Cameron McKenzie and Hayden Egerton were all very busy while youngster Lachlan Thomas was also going well.

After the long break, the Lions with the breeze again started the better of the two sides. They attacked early with the Fishy defense working hard to repel the attacks. Egerton goaled for the Lions at the seven minute mark and this was followed very quickly by two more to Marriott and Bergles and the margin was 19 in favor of the Lions. The Kangaroos had to lift and they did, they attacked again and a goal to Harfield Park had the Kangas on the board and with their tails up they continued to attack with no success on the scoreboard. Late into the quarter, the Lions managed a goal via a dubious free kick which had Byrnes with his second for the day and the Lions at three quarter time holding a 17 point lead. The final quarter was set for a great finish with Fishy kicking with the aid of the breeze and the large crowd vocal. The Lions had other ideas however and attacked early. A beautiful snap by Sabec had the margin out to four goals early in the last. Fishy wasn’t going to give up and rallied again.

When Fish Creek’s Jarrod Walker was aided by a 50m penalty, his shot for goal from just inside 50 sailed through the big sticks to give the Kangas a sniff again. Neither side could get on top through the middle part of the quarter and when the Lions finally broke through for another goal to Marriott 18 minutes in the game seemed done. Fishy replied when Shaw answered only a minute later but it was too late and the Lions run out winners by 18 points. The players all remained on the ground for the Charlton family to present the Jack Charlton Memorial Trophy to a pleased Stony Creek president Mark LePage after the Lions had got over the line in all three football matches for the day.

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AFTER going down last year in the grand final, Foster have come out strong to give MDU a firm touch up for round one in the Alberton League.

With an even first half of the quarter, it wasn’t long until the Foster Tigers stuck in their claws and made it show on the scoreboard. Coming off a comfortable win last week in their practice match, Foster carried their form and were able to play the game on their terms. Captain Brad Rooney was impressed by the team work and group’s ability to maintain possession whilst pushing forward. “The playing group has held together well over the last couple of years, there’s some re ally exciting young talent coming through, ” say captain Rooney.

“Jake Thornell was an asset pushing forward, Cameron Pace and David Cook were some of the best this week. “The recently turned 16-year-old, Lachie Rathjen was playing a Gippsland tournament this week but I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

Thomas McGowan was unstoppable in the forward line as he made his way to seven goals. Meeniyan’s Wayne Stewart was impressive with the ball, displaying fitness built in the preseason, he finished with one goal on the board.

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