Dookie United hosted Stanhope in yet another contest between potential heavyweights of the competition.
With the early part of the Kyabram District Football League having dominant sides go head-to-head, the Lions took the spoils by three goals in a low-scoring affair.
The 53-35 scoreline had Rohan Baldock kick two goals in his first appearance since round one as Alex Young, Cobey Aynsley, Ryan Emmett, James Fraser and Daniel Flynn rounded out the Lions’ scorers.
Interleague representative Stuart Trevena was Stanhope’s best in a contest where the Lions were never able to take the game away from United’s grasp.
United’s Andrew O’Connor is Mr Consistent this season and again battled hard, joined by Brad Ridings, Ben Kelly and Kyle Tapscott as their side’s best players.
●Merrigum remains undefeated after overcoming Murchison-Toolamba by 31 points.
Tristan Fitzsimmons and Daniel Clarke have all been solid contributors to the scoreboard and again found their way to multiple goals.
The Bulldogs benefited from an abundance of entry, kicking five straight in the first quarter and building a 30-point buffer at half-time with David Matthews prominent.
The Grasshoppers evened up the game in the second half, but the damage was already done.
Coach James Milne kicked four goals, while Luke Armstrong, Tom Kerrins and Jacob Ewart were superb.
●Patrick Rattray snagged 10 goals, Nathan Fothergill put through eight and Dan Fitzpatrick chimed in with seven in Nagambie’s mauling of Ardmona.
The reigning premier kept a Cats’ side without Brent Ralph scoreless in a 318-point win.
Fitzpatrick was superb as was Brayden Biggs who was rewarded with five goals for his efforts.
●An undermanned Avenel put in a respectable showing against Tallygaroopna, still going down 68-131.
Mick Morgan and Michael Tinkler again led the charge for the Swans with Nick Goodwin and Cael McCarthy in solid form around goals.
But the Redlegs burst open the match in the third quarter, kicking 7.3 to Avenel’s lone goal.
Heath Barton hauled home six goals, while Sam Muggleton, Tim Karolidis and Tyson Sidebottom were sensational in Tallygaroopna’s perfect start to the season.
● Lancaster is also 5-0 to start the season with a dominant win away to Rushworth.
Tannar Cerrone could not be stopped in the 119-point win, while Chris Eddy brought his yearly tally to 18 goals after scoring four on Saturday.
Michael Telford was the Tigers’ best with Jayden Smith and Lachlan Armstrong each scoring two goals.
●Braydon Kearns was Longwood’s sole goalkicker in an 89-point loss at the hands of Girgarre.
Despite Jack Myers’ and Josh Brown’s influence, the class of the Kangaroos shone through via Corey Wheeler and Rowan Priest.
Priest was the leading goalkicker for the day with four, while Jake Hyland and Antonio Barca each snared two.