LANCASTER, Merrigum and Tallygaroopna continued their winning starts to the Kyabram District League season with round four victories on Saturday.
And Girgarre and Stanhope again showed they are in the thick of the finals mix, even this far out from September, with significant wins.
Coming off a convincing win the previous week over last season’s grand finalist Violet Town, Shannon Tucker’s Girgarre added another of last season’s finalists, Avenel, to its expanding scalp belt on Saturday.
The Roos, with Ash Kirchhoffer, Nic Mellington, and Tony Barca showing the way, did it to the tune of 10 goals — and on Avenel’s home dunghill to make things sweeter.
Stanhope continued reigning premier Nagambie’s horror start to the season, dishing out a 43-point defeat to the visitors at Stanhope.
Co-coach Rob Montgomery led from the front again for the Lions and got a lot of support from Jack Young, James Fraser and Stuart Trevena in executing the impressive win.
Dan Fitzpatrick and the Haysom boys Dan and Anthony battled hard for the losers but the Lakers lacked targets in attack.
Nagambie should make it back to the winners’ list this Saturday when it takes on bottom side Ardmona, while Girgarre should continue on its winning way when it makes the trip to Longwood.
Merrigum, proving a surprise packet early in the season, gradually wore down new side Dookie United at Merrigum to remain undefeated.
There was only a kick or two in it for the four quarters in a grim struggle but the Bulldogs hung on to continue their dream start to the season.
Big man recruit Sean Reidy was dominant for the Bulldogs along with Jake Parkinson and Jacob Chessells but it was another solid team effort which got the desired result.
Merrigum gets the chance to make it five from five when it hosts Murchison-Toolamba this Saturday.
Lancaster, as expected, was too slick for a willing but undermanned Longwood.
Classy players in Michael Hill, with four goals, Logan Demasi and Tannar Cerrone were prominent in the win along with Jack Donnell, who kicked five goals.
Lancaster should keep top spot on the ladder this Saturday when it travels to the Iron Bark stadium to meet the battling Rushworth, still chasing its first win for the season.
The Tigers were no match for Murchison-Toolamba on Saturday, with Luke Armstrong, Tom Kerrins and Ashton Cashion strong again and coach James Milne slotting six goals for the winners.
Tallygaroopna again showed it’s the early season measuring stick with a crushing win over Violet Town.
Regular playmakers in Tyson Sidebottom, Tim Belford, Kane Handley and Tim Karolidis inspired an emphatic 93-point win in another clear message to all finals aspirants.
Tally should add to Avenel’s early season woes when it travels to Avenel this Saturday.