KDL | Swans enjoy bountiful trip to Violet Town

Standing tall: Tim Brook was the star for Avenel up forward, kicking five goals. Photo by Aydin Payne

Avenel continued its undefeated start to the Kyabram District League football season, besting Violet Town 15.10 (100) to 11.4 (70) away from home.

The Swans led proceedings from start to finish in what was a professional performance by the competition’s premiership favourite.

Keeping Violet Town goal-kicking ace Josh Mellington to just three goals served as the catalyst for the victory, as Dean Giles led a dominant display by the back six.

Avenel coach Kasey Duncan said he was proud of how his side went about it.

“We started pretty well and were able to get the game on our terms straight away,” Duncan said.

“We moved the ball well and managed to get the ball inside 50 the way we wanted to and it created good opportunities for our forwards.

“To Violet Town’s credit, they stuck around in the contest and put up a good fight.

“It is always tough heading out to the smaller ground out there, so we are just rapt to have come away with the win.”

The Swans had a number of winners on the day, with Duncan highlighting the work of four players in particular.

“Tom Tobin was really good in the ruck for us and backed up a good performance from last week to be best-on-ground,” he said.

“His brother Mitch was also very good through the midfield, showing his class and determination around the contest.

“Tim Brook kicked five up forward and was a real focal point for us inside 50, while Dean Giles was just excellent on Mellington, keeping him to three goals and absolutely blanketing him to the point that he moved himself into the midfield in the second half.”

Sitting in fourth spot after the first three rounds, confidence is high among the group as it looks to continue to improve.

“The confidence is there because we are winning and we know that we haven’t hit anywhere near our best yet,” Duncan said.

“We know that once that clicks and we play four quarters of our footy, we will look pretty dangerous. We are just still tinkering with a few things, but there are some promising signs there.”

Nagambie remains winless after the first three rounds of KDL action, falling to Murchison-Toolamba 17.9 (111) to 5.6 (36) at Nagambie Recreation Reserve.

Coughing up five goals to nil in the second and fourth quarters, the Lakers just couldn’t stop the Hoppers’ surge, with the visitors coasting to a crucial victory away from home.

While it was a disappointing day for Nagambie, William Dalton, Trent Laverie and Mitchell Lusted all battled hard.

Elsewhere, Dookie United sent out a warning to the rest of its Kyabram District League opponents at the weekend.

The Thunder secured its opening win of the season with a resounding 116-point thrashing of Merrigum.

The Bulldogs, who had notched up emphatic wins over Stanhope and Nagambie, were outmatched by United in the round three contest.

Onballer Josh Kezerle stood out, while defender Andrew O’Connor and forward Pat McMullan (five goals) recorded strong outings.

Girgarre playing coach Damian Cupido enjoyed a day out in his side’s mammoth win over Longwood.

The former AFL star feasted on 16 goals in a performance that wound back the clock to his playing days at the Brisbane Lions and Essendon.

Cupido’s exploits in front of goal helped the Roos run away to a 26.14 (170) to 2.3 (15) triumph.

Ash Hughes and Rex Taylor chipped in with handy efforts in the win.

Stanhope was able to get its first win of the 2022 campaign with a 58-point win over Rushworth.

The Lions’ Josh Harris and Ryan Semmel both led from the front in the 18.7 (115) to 8.9 (57) victory.

Tom McKay, Jack Baker and Brett Anderson flew the flag for Rushworth.

Meanwhile, Lancaster remains in top spot following a comfortable 94-point win over Tallygaroopna.

Tim Strapp booted five and Jack Donnell was judged best-on for the Wombats.

Shepparton East closed out the round three action with a dominant 31.26 (212) to 1.2 (8) win over Undera.

Robert Osborne was the star for the Eagles, booting six majors, while Adam Fichera, Thomas McCluskey and Zac Groombridge were prominent throughout the day.