Players struggle in wet weather

Tatyoon has held on to win a low-scoring battle against the Ararat Eagles at Alexandra Oval on Saturday.

Tough conditions made it hard for both teams to score with the Hawks ahead at the final siren by 10 points.

Inaccuracy cost the Eagles with the home team having more scoring shots than their opponents but four goals from 16 scoring shots made it tough against an experienced Hawks team.

The home team got off to the best possible start, holding Tatyoon goalless in the first quarter while piling on two majors of its own to lead by 12 points at the first break.

The Eagles benefited from the Wimmera Football League fixture with three Stawell Warriors players returning to their junior team to play under permit during a five-week break between games.

Tatyoon finished the second quarter with a 10-point advantage after a five-goal term got them ahead at the long break.

The second half started in much the same with the Eagles struggling to match their first quarter efficiency.

The visitors added two goals to their tally in the third term while the Eagles could manage just two behind to trail by 21 points at the final break.

The Eagles kicked 1.6 in the final term, costing them the win as Tatyoon held on to get the points in the round one match 7.4.46 to 4.12.36.

Brohdie Smyth led the scoring for the home team, finishing with two majors while Jackson Taurau was best on ground.

Great Western got an early season boost with a win against Caramut in round one.

The Lions booted 12 third quarter goals to record a 19.17.131 to 9.8.62 victory.

2017 best and fairest winner Sam Cocks led the way for Great Western, booting nine goals.

Lions coach Will Bell said the win was “momentous” for the club

“To get a win is exactly what we went down there for,” he said.

“It was great to have our boys walk off the field with their heads held high and to reward the supporters with four points.”

The Lions struggled to break clear in the first half, with the wet conditions playing havoc.  

Bell said he was pleased to see his team slog it out for the whole match.

“The game was the first real time we have played together as a group,” he said.

“Our new recruits drove our structures really hard and led from the front but we could not have gotten the result without a whole team effort.”