AFL season off to a flying start

Holbrook defender Stewart Williams spoils his Lockhart opponent. A dominating performance from all four Bradshaw’s boys, highlighted a convincing win by Howlong over defending premiers Jindera in round one of Hume FL on Good Friday at Howlong.
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With the three brothers starring up forward kicking seventeen goals between them – Darren (9), Daniel (6) and Matt (2) set up a 72 point victory over a gallant Bulldogs.

In front of a bumper Good Friday crowd of more than 3000 people, the Spiders confirmed they are the team to beat this year, with the strength and power of Daren and Daniel very ominous.

Jindera who only had nine players playing from last years premiership side, gave a good account of themselves with Howlong kicking away late to inflate the margin considerably.

The Bulldogs themselves had some goal kicking dominance with new recruit Ash Murray kicking eight goals in an electrifying performance.

Murray was a late signing after training with Culcairn.

It was Daniel Bradshaw’s first game of football since he played with Sydney Swans in the 2010 finals loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Bradshaw played in two premierships with Brisbane Lions.

Lockhart showed they are going to be a serious finals contender this season with a well deserved win over a depleted and inexperienced Holbrook side at Lockhart.

The Demons despite missing quiet a few stars as well including Brad Pearse and Jake Wooden made the perfect start to win a tight encounter at home by ten points.

Inaccuracy in front of goal kept the Brookers in the match, who lost star midfielder and 2011 Azzi medallist Mikal Bloom with an injury early in the second half.

Holbrook badly missed the presence of Zac Fulford, Brendan Hankel, Brent Hibberson and Jimmy Grills.

Its young side was just off the pace in a hard and tough encounter.

Culcairn were pushed right to the end of the match against Billabong Crows at Oaklands, before winning by eight goals in new coach Chris Willis debut.

Willis celebrated the occasion with a three goal performance, matched by new recruit Kyle Lieschke.

It was a five goal performance from Trent Logue that earned him best on field for the Lions.

Leigh Baker and Ben Schulz dominated the midfield with both players racking up over seventy possessions between them.

Billabong Cows gun -forward Josh Evans continued on from his 2011 season, by kicking seven goals in a standout performance.

Cameron Bakes was their next best player in a brave effort.

RW Tigers had no trouble in taking the struggling Murray magpies apart in a one sided contest at the Lavington Panthers Oval, winning by 133 points.

It was one way traffic as the Tigers forwards feasted out on the undermanned defence with Jessie Corrigan-Dale and Josh Warren-Marmo both kicking five goals.

Cameron McNeil and Mark Wilde both kicked four goals, while Lachlan Baxter turned in a blinding performance to be best on ground.

Patrick Robinson was best for the Magpies, who are still reeling from the stepping down as coach of Benny Nicholson.

Ian Rommeril has resumed the reins as coach.

Osborne has shown a strong indication they will return to finals action this season by belting Walla at Walla with a fine all round team performance.

The visitors on the back of a dominant forward set up led by Coach Daniel McAlister (4) and Trent Perczyk (4) bolted away after a even and fiery first quarter.

Thirty-eight scoring shots to Walla eight showed their dominance with Rory Muggavin and Steve Crowhurst starring, along with Marty Bahr and Nick O’Connell.

Walla had made some late signings and recruits including former Richmond player Troy Taylor from the Northern territory, but they failed to make an impact on the scoreboard.

CDHBU recorded one of its finest wins since joining the Hume league, when they overcame a twenty two point half time deficit to storm home and win by 37 points at Coreen.

New coach Brad Talbot led the side in fine fashion with great support from forwards Joel Rippingale and Phil Dudley who both kicked four goals.

The Saints started well and looked the goods despite the absence of star ruckman Trent Storey.

Chris Boulton and Dean Murphy were best for the visitors.

Henty had the bye.

NEXT WEEK ROUND TWO

Holbrook v Howlong

Jindera v Henty

Culcairn v Lockhart

Osborne v CDHBU

RW Tigers v Walla

BB Saints v Billabong Crows

Murray Magpies bye

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