New coach gets winning start

DELORAINE provided coach Rory Mansell with a winning start to the NTFA division 1 season and his coaching career with a 74-point victory over George Town in their clash at Blue Gum Park.

The Roos were champing at the bit to get their season under way after a round 1 bye and jumped out of the blocks with a seven-goal first quarter.

They banged on another nine in the second quarter to build a 68-point lead at half-time and put the result beyond doubt.

To their credit, the Saints fought tooth and nail in the second half and matched the Roos on the scoreboard, but the damage had been done with Deloraine running out comfortable winners 25.8 (158) to 12.12 (84).

Tom Larby booted five goals to be the best forward on the ground with Jimmy Arganos and Luke Bloomfield kicking four each for the Roos.

Arganos was named best on the ground in his first game for the club, with Dylan Riley another standout all over the ground and Larby and Bloomfield also in the best players.

``In general it was a really good performance by the boys,'' Mansell said.

``We achieved some things we wanted to do throughout the game, but to George Town's credit they really dug their heels in during the second half and made it difficult for us.

``It was a pretty good effort by two young sides.''

Mansell said the Roos moved the ball well and pressured the opposition the way he wanted in the first half and last quarter after a lapse in the third when they went away from their game plan.

``But overall I'm really happy and all the boys are gelling together. It's just great to get a win early for a few of the guys who haven't had a lot of success over the last couple of years and get that winning feeling around the club that we can build on and add a few more throughout the year.''

Mansell praised the work on Arganos in the ruck, Larby as a target up forward, with Bloomfield good in his first game back at the club in the ruck and forward and Riley as an ``everywhere man''.

Daniel Burr kicked four goals for the Saints and Adam Zanevra three, with Ben Tuthill given the nod as the Saints best for his efforts in the ruck and around the ground.

DELORAINE 25.8 (158)

GEORGE TOWN 12.12 (84)

Hillwood's Luke Polanowski survives a tackle in yesterday's NTFA match against Longford. fupic Picture: MARK JESSER

Hillwood's Luke Polanowski survives a tackle in yesterday's NTFA match against Longford. fupic Picture: MARK JESSER


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