Saints sink Hawks
FIVE goals to returning forward Lachie Dale has helped lift Myrtleford to its first win of the season in what was the first ever game played under lights in the Ovens Valley.
A solid crowd turned out to see the Saints take on Wangaratta Rovers in just the third Ovens and Murray night fixture for premiership points.
And home fans didn’t leave disappointed with the Saints securing a 15.11 (101) to 10.10 (70) win over the Hawks.
The Saints jumped out of the blocks with Dale, back after serving a week suspension for rough conduct against Corowa Rutherglen, booting two goals in as many minutes to break open a 10-point quarter time lead.
The home side was challenged early in the second term and Rovers could have hit the front if not for some poor goal kicking and forward-half skill errors before Myrtleford co-coach Tim Looby took control of the game.
Looby had 21 disposals and kicked four goals in what was arguably his best performance for the Saints since crossing from Goulburn Valley league outfit Shepparton United.
The bullocking left footer has played everywhere this season including large midfield minutes against Lavington last week but looked at home up forward with his strong lead-up presence and deep forward entries a highlight.
The Saints’ best two players across the first month of footy, Matt Dussin and Darcy Chellew were again named the team’s strongest performers.
Dussin had a team-high 24 disposals, 25 hit-outs and kicked a goal in an imposing performance while 17-year-old Chellew picked up 21 classy disposals on the wing.
Nathan Laracy was also superb in his Myrtleford debut picking up 20 touches across half back in a workmanlike display.
The Werribee-listed Laracy got through the match unscathed in his return from a long-term knee injury and could remain with the Saints until selected by the Tigers.
Brothers Will and Luke Quirk were also good for the Saints with Will playing a blanketing role on the midfield dynamo and Rovers cocoach Sam Carpenter.
The Saints will take confidence into this weekend’s general bye, ahead of the daunting task of facing a rejuvenated Albury when Ovens and Murray action returns the following Saturday.
HUGE: Myrtleford captain Matt Dussin was superb for the Saints, again stamping his authority as one of the best talls in the competition.