Harrow-Balmoral 158 d Rupanyup 31
HARROW-BALMORAL’S season got off to a dream start on Saturday, with the Roos demolishing Rupanyup at Harrow.
The home side effectively put the results beyond doubt at the first change with a 7.2 to 0.2 opening term.
From there, the Roos kicked at least five goals in each of the remaining three quarters to run out with a 23.20 (158) to 4.7 (31) win.
Drew Tyler, Dennis Finnigan and David Lang were among the best performers for the Panthers, and assistant coach James Delahunty worked his way into the match after a quiet start.
Will Staude was named Harrow-Balmoral’s best performer for his work in the middle of the ground.
One of the highlights of the match for Harrow-Balmoral was the team’s even spread of goal-kickers.
Callum Hobbs booted four in his first match back at the club after a stint in Geelong, and Brent Penny also finished with four.
The pair were two of six multiple goal-kickers for the Roos, and 10 overall goal-kickers.
Coach Brent Forsyth said it was good to start the season with such a strong win, and good to see his team sharing the ball around.
“Any win is a good one first-up,” he said.
“Round one, you don’t know what you’re going to get, but we’re really happy with the way we presented ourselves.
“We’ve set up our forward line structure a little differently this year, so when you can get something like that happening you’ve got to be happy with it and we’ve got a lot of avenues to goal now.”
Rupanyup coach Mick Finnigan said there was plenty to work on, but he was satisfied with the efforts of his young team.
“We went in there with a fairly young team and fairly undermanned,” he said.
“Harrow-Balmoral are a slick unit and they’ve recruited well and they played some good football.
“After half-time we were certainly competitive and the longer the game went, the better some of our kids got.”