Giants savour winning feeling
KORUMBURRA-Bena won its first game for the season and only its second game in its West Gippsland league history yesterday.
The Giants registered just one victory in the league’s inaugural season last year, off the back of a winless season in the Alberton league in 2016.
Their 63-point thrashing of Dalyston, 17.11 (113) to 7.8 (50), was their first win at home since July 2015 in the Alberton.
Korumburra-Bena coach Ben McGee is a former Korumburra player and a dual Noble Park premiership player and coach at Clayton.
He said the Giants had been getting closer, losing to reigning premier Inverloch-Kongwak by eight points two weeks ago and to Koo Wee Rup by 15 points last week.
“Even though we hadn’t won a game, we had a little bit of confidence that we were doing the right things,” he said.
“The main thing for us was building a psychology for winning and we used that as a theme.
“It was so important for us to take this scalp because it gives us now the opportunity to springboard our season.”
McGee said centre halfforward Jake McMillan could “take this competition by storm” after grabbing 11 contested marks and three goals.
And he was confident there was more improvement to come, with former junior Aaron Hillberg — a premiership player with Leongatha in the Gippsland League — still to debut due to stress fractures in his foot.
In other results across the state, Boisdale Briagolong defeated Lindenow for just the second time joining the East Gippsland league in 2015.
Dylan Bolton booted six goals as the Bombers won 14.13 (97) to 14.8 (92).
Nathan Gordon kicked four goals in a best-on-ground display for Birchip-Watchem in the North Central league.
The Bulls are the only undefeated team left after five rounds after ending reigning premier Wycheproof-Narraport’s own unbeaten run by 38 points, 12.12 (84) to 7.4 (46).
In the Hampden league Koroit, Port Fairy and Camperdown are all undefeated after five games, but the latter only just held off South Warrnambool, 10.9 (69) to 9.9 (63).
Port Fairy beat Hamilton Kangaroos by 13 points, leaving the Kangaroos, Warrnambool and North Warrnambool still looking for their first wins.
The Ovens and Murray local derby between Lavington and North Albury was abandoned after Panthers champion Matt Pendergast suffered a broken leg late in the first term.