KDFL | Lakers finally on winners’ list with dominant win over Rushworth
After a tough first month, Nagambie has finally opened its Kyabram District League account, dismantling Rushworth 14.16 (100) to 7.7 (49) at Rushworth Recreation Reserve.
The Lakers dominated from start to finish, getting back to the style of football that has seen them dominate the KDL for the best part of a decade.
Suffering a tough initiation to his senior coaching career, Tyrone Muir said it was a major relief to finally have a win on the board.
“We are very happy (to be back on the winners’ list) and it is a major relief to have finally got there,” Muir said.
“After a tough start to the year with player availability and coming up against some tough opposition, it is just great to get that winning feeling back around the club.”
He said the effort around the contest and a change in mindset was pivotal in bringing about the improved result, with the focus during the week simply being getting back to basics.
“Our work-rate was a lot higher for a longer period of time, which was very pleasing,” he said.
“That enabled us to get a lot more scoring opportunities compared to the last few weeks, and our pressure was very high which forced them into mistakes.”
In terms of standouts, it was the Lakers’ young brigade that took charge, showing that the future is still bright at Nagambie Recreation Reserve.
“Young Will Dalton was fantastic coming up from the under-17s and just continued what has been a great start to the year for him,” Muir said.
“I thought our two assistant coaches in Mark Wilson and Nathan Fothergill also stood up, showing that we have a nice mix of youth and experience in our side.”
Avenel continued its undefeated start to the season, easily accounting for Girgarre 14.16 (100) to 2.5 (17) away from home.
Mitch Tobin, Braydon Avola and Chayse Thomson were the standouts for the Swans.
Violet Town pulled off one of the wins of the Kyabram District League season on Saturday when it toppled previously undefeated Murchison-Toolamba.
The Towners, led by star forwards Josh Mellington (10 goals) and Jack Excell (six), delivered Murchison-Toolamba a 19.10 (124) to 12.14 (86) defeat at Violet Town.
Onballers Ollie Ford and Fintan Brazil starred for the host side with their superb work in and around the contests.
Lancaster suffered its first loss since 2019 in the top-of-the-table clash against Shepparton East.
The Eagles rocketed to first on the ladder thanks to the 10.7 (67) to 3.9 (27) triumph.
Big man Tom McCluskey shone for East, along with onballer Adem Barolli and defender Dwain Vidler.
Merrigum returned to the winners’ list with a 50-point victory over Undera.
Jacob Martin led the way for the Bulldogs, with Rohan Hearn (four goals) and Harley Constable chipping in with support.
Tallygaroopna secured back-to-back wins with a 115-point triumph over Longwood.
Kian Wise was best on for Tally, while Adam Brophy was on fire with five majors.
Stanhope delivered a shock Sunday afternoon upset, triumphing over Dookie United 11.7 (73) to 7.7 (49).