Clinton Midgely leads Minyip-Murtoa to triumph over Stawell

NINE goals from Minyip-Murtoa forward Clinton Midgley has helped the Burras to a 93-point round one win over Stawell at Minyip Recreation Reserve.

The Burras increased their lead over the Warriors at every change, with eight multiple goal-kickers contributing to the thumping win.

Burras coach Scott Arnold said Midgley's starring performance was even more impressive after having a limited pre-season due to cricket commitments.

"It was a really strong effort," he said.

"He's only had match practice at training, so to start the season like that was a great effort."

Arnold said senior debutants Jack Boschen and Corban Gascoyne were impressive, while recruit Blake Grant slotted three goals.

He said his team's ball movement in the middle was a positive but he said the Burras still had room to improve.

"I thought we had an even team performance, which was pleasing," he said.

"We've still got plenty to work to do. Obviously we were happy to win, but we can still improve our game."

Warriors coach Brad Cassidy said despite the final margin, there were some positives for his side to take out of the game.

"It's the first game of the year there's obviously some things we need to work on, " he said.

"Our first quarter and last quarter were our better quarters in regard to effort and things working for us.

"Having eight new players join the side, realistically it's going to take a little bit of time to gel."

Warriors recruits Todd Cleary and Aidan Potter were named among the best, while Chris Ford and Todd Matthews both kicked two goals.

Cassidy said he was confident his players would continue to improve after facing very good opposition on Saturday.

"It's a work in progress with us at the moment," he said.

"I have no doubt we'll improve as the year goes on but we obviously want to win every game we go out and compete in.

"I'm not worried about the result I know we've got a group of players here who can improve."

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