A BRILLIANT first quarter was a key factor in Leitchville Gunbower’s win against Mount Pleasant in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League’s senior footy match on Saturday.
It was a vastly different Leitchville Gunbower line-up to the one which won last year’s grand final.
The Bombers blitzed in the first term as they scored 6.1 to 1.3 at Degroot Roof Painting Leitchville Reserve.
By half-time Mount Pleasant was within eight points.
The Bombers increased their lead by a goal in the vital third term and the margin stayed at 14 points in the final term as Leitchville Gunbower won 13.8 (86) to 10.12 (72).
Tyler Jones kicked a match-high four goals and Bombers’ team-mate Jake Vandongen added three.
For Mount Pleasant it was Ben Weightman who again led the attack on three goals as Cody Green and Luke Marchesi chipped in with two.
Best for the Bombers were Logan Prout, Vandongen, Daniel Coates and Tom Brereton.
The Blues’ best were Joseph Whiting, Jesse Tuohey, Zebb Murrell and Bryce Hinneberg.
Colbinabbin kicked away in the second half at Elmore.
The Grasshoppers led the Bloods, 67-52, at the long break and by 20 points at a quarter to go.
Led by the play of Ben Southam, Damien Carmody, Xavier Walsh and Ryan Hon, it was the Colbo Grasshoppers who scored 6.4 to 2.1 in the last to seal an 18.19 (127) to 12.8 (80) victory.
A highlight for the Bloods was the superb feat by Romain Grenville to boot eight goals as coach Danny Brewster added three.
Elmore’s best were Grenville, Zac Laffy, Ian Fuller and Rhys Healey, who marked his debut for the club on his 29th birthday.
A 12-goal haul by Brady Herdman in his comeback to the game was the highlight of North Bendigo’s huge win against Huntly.
The Bulldogs unbeaten run at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street was never threatened.
An attack led by Herdman, Ben Knight, five goals; and Storm Giri, four goals; was in hot form as the Bulldogs won 31.11 (197) to 9.7 (61) and retained the Golden City Cup.
Herdman earned the Keith Robertson Medal as best afield, as Jake Hyland, Knight and Giri also starred.
For Huntly, Phil Ryan made the most of limited chances to kick five goals as Alex Daniels added two.
Best for the Hawks were Ryan, Daniels, Matt Jeffries and Stacy Fiske.
Lockington Bamawm United again showed plenty of scoring power in a 136-point win against Heathcote at Nichol Trading Oval in Lockington.
Patrick Gardiner and Stanley Brentnall booted eight and seven goals respectively as the Cats won 26.12 (168) to 4.8 (32).
The only multiple goalkicker for Heathcote was Dylan Robinson, two.
The Gardiners, Patrick and Jacob were best for LBU, as Rhys Woodland and Nathan Bacon racked up many possessions.
Best for Heathcote were gun recruit Codie Price, Robinson, Luke Bell and Jack Paisley.
Heathcote District FNL action on Good Friday is at Colbinabbin and White Hills.
Colbinabbbin will aim to break Lockington Bamawm United’s winning streak when the Grasshoppers and Cats clash from 2.15pm at M.J. Morgan Reserve.
Smarting from a big defeat in the stand-alone match to kick off the season, White Hills is again under the Tint-A-Car Oval lights in Scott Street when it hosts Mount Pleasant.
The Demons and Blues senior match begins at 6.15pm.
A highlight of Easter Saturday will be the rematch of last season’s grand finalists, Leitchville Gunbower and North Bendigo at Degroof Roof Painting Leitchville Reserve.
Huntly tackles Elmore at Specialist Breeders Australia Oval at Strauch Reserve in Huntly.
The senior footy on Easter Saturday starts at 2.15pm.
Heathcote has the bye.