UNDERA coach Justin Torney tipped early last week his team was ready to deliver an upset win and he was true to his word in Saturday’s fifth round of Kyabram District Football League matches.
Undera made the trip to Violet Town where it added to the early season woes of last year’s grand finalists with a convincing win.
With some key players returning to the Undera side for the clash, Torney was quietly confident it would catch the host by surprise.
‘‘We had Brenton Campbell, Daniel Dryden and Shannon Hockey come back into the team, which was a big plus,’’ he said. ‘‘They (Towners) came at us in the third term when Horsburgh and Poole got them going but we saw that challenge off.’’
Violet Town soon found out the reason for Torney’s confidence when Undera skipped out to a four-goal lead in the first term. By half-time it had built its advantage to 48 points, which it held and slightly built on for the remainder of the game.
Kaine Herbert, Jake Cormick, Shannon Hockey, Chris Gledhill and Tanner Hunter — with five goals — led the Undera charge to show last season’s battlers could be a sneaky chance for the finals or a snag for sides with finals ambitions.
■ Girgarre, as expected, made it four wins on the trot with a commanding win over the battling Longwood at Longwood.
The Girgarre defence didn’t concede a goal until the last quarter in an 89-point win, with star recruit Rowan Priest, Corey Wheeler and coach Shannon Tucker and his brother Jayden showing the way.
■ Lancaster maintained its unbeaten start to the season, proving too slick for Rushworth in what was another ‘away’ victory in the round.
The Wombats hit the ground running and set the mood early with a seven-goals-to-one opening term, which set up a whopping 119-point winning margin in which the Wombats had a remarkable 13 goalkickers.
The Cerrone brothers, Tannar and Zac, were in everything for the Wombats along with ruck Andrew Douglas and star recruits Nathan Torney and Drew Barrett.
Mick Telford was best for the Tigers and got support from Jordan Hageman, Lochie Firmer and Harry Barlow but a lot of Tigers struggled to get into the game against the slick-moving Wombats.
■ Apart from Lancaster, Merrigum and Tallygaroopna remain the only other unbeaten sides after five rounds.
Merrigum was never in danger of defeat but had to work hard against Murchison-Toolamba to win by 31 points.
Zak Parkinson, David Mathews and Rohan Hearn were standouts for the winners.
Luke Armstrong continued his good form for Murchison-Toolamba and other reliables in Tom Kerrins and Jacob Ewart battled hard for the Grasshoppers.
■ Tallygaroopna confirmed its status as early season flag favourites by trouncing Avenel.
Again it was the visiting team that held all the aces, breaking clear after half-time to post a 63-point win.
■ Stanhope is also ticking along nicely and was another side to win on the road, winning the closest game of the round against Dookie United at Dookie by 18 points.
Recruit ruckman Daniel Flynn was a force for the Lions again and Stuart Trevena and Tom Hepburn put in top games to help get Stanhope over the line.
■ Defending premier Nagambie enjoyed a confidence booster against Ardmona, slotting 49 goals while keeping the Cats scoreless. Pat Rattray helped himself to 10 majors, Nathan Fothergill jagged eight and Dan Fitzpatrick seven.
■ This Saturday’s round will be highlighted by the clash of unbeaten neighbours Lancaster and Merrigum at Lancaster.
Undera will be out to make another statement when it hosts the faltering Avenel; Girgarre, Stanhope and Tally should go on their winning ways against Rushworth, Ardmona and Longwood respectively; and Dookie United will be keen to post a win when it tackles Murchison-Toolamba.
■ See the KDFNL wrap-up on page 16