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Goal rush stamps United as serious contenders

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April 20, 2018

NEW SIDE Dookie United made a significant statement in its Kyabram District Football League debut on Saturday with a merciless flogging of Rushworth.

NEW SIDE Dookie United made a significant statement in its Kyabram District Football League debut on Saturday with a merciless flogging of Rushworth.

The win by the former Picola League club has set up a blockbuster clash with Tallygaroopna at Dookie this Saturday.

Given the wintry conditions United’s effort to kick 16 goals and restrict Rushworth to 10 points was a significant statement even though the Tigers have not performed anything like a finals prospect in the opening two rounds of the season.

United’s defence looked water-tight restricting Rushworth to just one goal for the game in which the winners had key players in Luke Jackson, Brad Ridings, Brodie Gook and Andrew O’Connor.

Dylan Closter, Adam Bennett and Jordan Hageman could hold their heads high for the Tigers but they must get more support if Rushworth is to worry any of the better sides this season.

Tallygaroopna again demonstrated its convincing opening round win over reigning premier Nagambie was a clear warning to all sides in the competition with a follow-up victory over Stanhope on Saturday.

The Lions were thereabouts for the first half but Tally upped the ante and drew away in the second half to win by 46 points — and without the Sidebottoms having any telling influence on the result.

One bonus for Stanhope was that recruit ruckman Daniel Flynn again showed he has been a massive pick-up for the Lions with a dominant display.

Lancaster, with Kyabram recruit Drew Barrett, Zac Cerrone and Logan Demasi showing the way, upset last year’s grand finalist Violet Town in a solid effort in the trying conditions with a dominant last quarter.

Nagambie recovered from its hefty opening round loss to Tally by getting over Undera but it was far from convincing again.

Undera, under new coach Justin Torney, had more scoring shots in its 23-point loss to suggest it could be in for an improved season.

Kaine Herbett, Mitch Kyle and Jake Cormick led a brave Undera fight while Martin Shadbolt, Tony Hayson and Tom Madden were standouts for the Lakers.

Girgarre, as expected, took the rebuilding Ardmona to the cleaners after half-time.

Liam Van Roy, with six goals, and Jake Hyland, Antonio Barca and star recruit Rowan Priest, each with five majors, ran amok as the Roos thumped the Cats by 224 points.

After its surprise loss to Merrigum the previous week, Avenel rebounded to dish out a 10-goal defeat to Murchison-Toolamba while Merrigum made it two from two with a solid win over an improved Longwood.

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