CAUGHT BEHIND: East Devonport’s Bradley French tackles Latrobe’s Aaron Bissett in yesterday’s opening round clash in the NWFL. Picture: Jason Hollister.
LATROBE started the new NWFL season in grand style with an 80-point win over nearby neighbour East Devonport, 18.19 (127) to 6.11 (47).
The Demons kicked the first four goals before the Swans found the big opening.
Kurt Byard, returning to Latrobe, nailed the first, bringing the supporters to their feet, as Latrobe held a 41-point advantage at quarter-time.
East seemed to settle better in the second stanza, but inaccurate kicking for goal was a problem.
The Swans won the term, but it could have been better on the scoreboard.
At half-time, Latrobe led by 39 points, with lots of mistakes from both sides.
The third quarter was all Latrobe – the Demons kicked 4.6, with Corey Bissett kicking two to take his tally to four.
Cameron McCauliffe chimed in with his third to give the Demons a 68-point lead at the last break.
The final stanza saw Latrobe kick four goals to two, but the young Swans never gave in.
Their backline was under plenty of pressure, but Nathan Applebee, Chris Poole, Stewart Carter, along with Cody Walker and Aiden Hewitt all had their moments.
For the winners, Michael Flint, Rodney Coghlan and Sam Maney looked good, while up forward Bissett, McCauliffe and Adam Jeffrey showed plenty.
The loss in the last half of Gavin Woodcock (hamstring), who was one of the best until injured, put a dampener on things.
Latrobe coach Wade Anthony was happy with the win first up as the Demons trek west next week to take on Smithton.
East’s master tactician, Dale Perry, knew he had a battle on his hands against his old side, but it gets no easier next week as they face the reigning premier and early flag favourite Wynyard.
In other NWFL matches yesterday, Devonport flogged fellow newcomersBurnie by 96 points and reigning premierWynyard continued where they left off last season, handing Ulverstone a 94-point shellacking.
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