Reigning premiers Harrow-Balmoral enjoyed a decisive victory in the opening round of the 2021 Horsham and District Football Netball League season.
Harrow-Balmoral showed the type of form that saw them go unbeaten in 2019, as they romped to a 167-24 victory over Pimpinio.
Harrow Balmoral senior coach Nick Pekin said he was delighted with how the team played.
"All of us from the coaching department, we're very pleased with the four-quarter performance we delivered today," he said.
"Our rucks were influential, as were our midfielders. Our ability to hit our forward targets was spot on today, so I'm really pleased."
Pekin said the game was played at a high tempo, despite it being both teams' first competitive match in more than 18 months.
"Full credit to Pimpinio, they came out guns blazing and they'll certainly win more than they'll lose. They were very competitive and the scoreboard didn't reflect the style of game that was played," he said.
"You could tell at the end of it there were a lot of people cramping up. But I didn't expect the game to be as good as how it played out, so I think that's a credit to both sides."
Pekin was unable to take to the field himself due to a partial tear in his Achilles tendon.
He said he was unlikely to play until, "after the bye" between round four and five.
Elsewhere newcomers Kaniva-Leeor United began with a loss to Kalkee.
At three-quarter-time Kaniva-Leeor were still in the contest, as they were only trailing by three points. But Kalkee had a remarkable final quarter, kicking seven goals to win 115-65.
Rupanyup was in superb form against Natimuk United, winning 145-36.
Rupanyup only led by four points after the first quarter. However, in the second they scored a further 43 points, while Natimuk did not score any.
Jack Musgrove was particularly lethal, scoring seven of Rupanyup's 22 goals.
2019 grand finalists Noradjuha-Quantong began their season with a 77-30 victory over Swifts.
Edenhope-Apsley gave a similarly dominant performance against Laharum to win 88-45.
Jeparit Rainbow also defeated Taylors Lake 74-45.
Jeparit Rainbow had led 74-3 at three-quarter time, only for Taylors Lake to kick six goals without reply in the final quarter.
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