HAULS of six and four goals by Jed Lamb and “comeback kid” Matt Sawyer were among the many highs for White Hills in the Good Friday start to the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League’s senior footy season.
The Demons and Bloods met in a stand-alone match, brought forward from round 16, under lights at Tint-A-Car Oval in Scott Street, White Hills.
A White Hills line-up that included playing coach Sam Kerridge and former Carlton team-mate Jed Lamb, the returning Matt Saywer, and several highly-regarded recruits proved too strong for the Bloods.
White Hills scored the first 11 goals of the match as a powerful attack seized on the dominance of the Demons’ on-ballers and midfield.
In his comeback to the game, Sawyer’s height and strength in the forward 50m arc proved too great for the Elmore defence.
Sawyer kicked four goals in the second term as the Demons led 82-15 by half-time.
The pressure did not let up as White Hills charged to a 21.15 (141) to 4.5 (29) victory.
Lamb and Sawyer were key targets in attack as Marc Millard and Mitch Dole added two each.
Goalkickers for the Bloods were Mitchell Cricelli, Phil Hubbard, James Harney and Zach Oaff.
Best for White Hills were Patrick Eefting, Tate Mifka, Zeke Lamb, Hayden Wright, Gavin Bowles and Matt Sawyer.
Zack Holmberg, Bailey Boyack, Matt Nettlefold, Lachlan McKenzie, Joseph Harney and Ian Fuller worked hard for Elmore.
Sidelined by an ankle injury for game one, Elmore coach Dylan Friedberger will be aiming to play this Saturday when the Bloods are at home to Colbinabbin.
White Hills is at home to Leitchville-Gunbower at Tint-A-Car Oval in Scott Street as the Demons take on the Bombers.
North Bendigo will unfurl the 2019 premiership flag before it tackles Huntly at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.
Heathcote plays Lockington Bamawm United at Pigeon Park in Barrack Reserve.
Mount Pleasant has the bye.