KDL | Undefeated Swans maul Tallygaroopna
Avenel continued its undefeated start to season 2022, dominating a struggling Tallygaroopna from start to finish to come away with a 24.9 (153) to 7.3 (45) victory away from home.
Led by a dominant performance by Kyle Maynard through the midfield and six goals to coach Kasey Duncan up forward, the Swans mirrored a well-oiled machine as they continued to lock away their spot in the top two.
Avenel sported an incredible 13 different goal-kickers and Duncan said it was incredibly pleasing to have such an even spread of contributors.
“The challenge was put to the boys to just play our brand of footy for as long as possible and I thought we did that really well,” Duncan said.
“Tally definitely put up a good fight and we certainly didn’t have the game completely on our terms, but the boys really stood up to the challenge with a number of different guys impressing across the ground.
“It is nice to have so many guys contributing. In the end we had 13 different goal-kickers, so it shows the club is in a good place and we have plenty of depth.”
Duncan praised the work of Maynard through the middle as he continues to take his game to new heights.
“Kyle was awesome from the first bounce. He led the way through the midfield all day, as he does every week. I would love to see what his possession count was but it would have definitely been over 50,” Duncan said.
“Tim Karolidis played at centre-half forward for us and was awesome across there with his hands and footy smarts and was a constant option for us all day.
“I was able to get on the end of a couple as well, which was nice. Six goals straight, you are always happy with that as I try to find my feet after missing so many games early.”
His squad is widely seen as the benchmark of the competition along with Shepparton East and Duncan said it was building nicely ahead of a number of critical games.
“The confidence is there, every bloke is really enjoying coming to training and playing with each other on game day,” he said.
“In saying that, though, we know we need to get better every week. There is always room for improvement and we have a clear mindset in what we want to achieve this year.”
Around the grounds, Nagambie took it right up to Violet Town in a high-scoring affair away from home, falling 17.8 (110) to 13.11 (89).
Falling victim to an 11-goal onslaught by Towners spearhead Josh Mellington, the Lakers battled hard to stay in the contest in what was a gripping battle at Violet Town Recreation Reserve.
David Comi, Jonathan Moore and Matthew Martin were the standouts for Nagambie, as it continues to turn its season around after a slow opening month.
Lancaster is back on the winners’ list following an emphatic 69-point victory over traditional rival Merrigum on Saturday.
Staring at a potential three-game losing streak, the Wombats were rock solid in defence and ruthless with ball in hand as they chalked up win number five of the Kyabram District League season.
Stanhope spoiled the premiership reunion celebrations at Undera.
Stanhope, led superbly by a six-goal performance from Ryan Semmel, was too strong for Undera and triumphed 15.12 (102) to 7.8 (50).
Joining Semmel in the list of better players was Nathan O’Reilly, Matt Gill and Tom Rennie (five goals).
Undera hard-nosed onballer Rhys McKenzie battled hard, while Jack Hajro and Dylan Moncur helped fly the flag.
Not even the appearance of premiership player Sam LaPorta was enough to get the Lions over the line.
LaPorta, who has reached 100 goals in a season three times for Undera, hit the scoreboard with three majors.
Meanwhile, Murchison-Toolamba survived a scare from Girgarre to run out a 20-point victor.
The Grasshoppers trailed by as much as 19 points at half-time, however a stunning Andrew Lloyd masterclass got them across the line.
Lloyd booted seven majors for the game as the Grasshoppers piled on seven goals to one in the second half.
Stephen Burns and defender Adam Macgibbon were both standouts, while Girgarre duo Jarrod Kellock and Rex Taylor starred.
Shepparton East duo Ryan Pfeiffer and Hysen Ismet each slotted 11 goals as the Eagles dismantled Longwood by 249 points.
Lastly, Dookie United was on the road to Rushworth in the sole Sunday fixture.