Mooroopna export Clayton Oliver is fast cementing himself as a Melbourne match-winner after yet another best on field performance on Sunday.
Finishing with 35 disposals (16 contested) at 80 per cent efficiency with five clearances and nine tackles was an outstanding game for anyone, but for a 19-year-old still finding his feet at the highest level it was even more impressive.
The Demons are now unbeaten after two games for the first time since 2005, with Oliver playing the lead role in both victories, meaning we could be witnessing the birth of a future superstar.
Benalla talent Caleb Marchbank tried hard down back all game for the Blues, with eight contested possessions in his disposal tally of 16 to go with six marks and four tackles.
Oliver was not the only local export to tear a match apart, with Echuca star Ollie Wines dominating in Port Adelaide’s match against the Dockers.
Wines led the Power with disposals (31) and contested possessions (19), while also collecting six clearances and four tackles in an outstanding display.
His two goals were icing on the cake and reaffirmed Wines’ standing as one of the most dangerous players in the competition.
Shepparton local Jarman Impey took to the field for the first time this season, joining in the fun in the 89-point drubbing with 19 disposals, three tackles and a major.
Defender Tom Clurey (Katamatite) would have struggled to stay warm down back, but made the most of any chance which came his way by using the football with 90.9 per cent efficiency in his 11 disposals, while Seymour export David Mundy laid nine tackles on a dark day for Fremantle.
Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin would have been much more elated in the changerooms than his North Melbourne teammates after their one-point loss to Geelong, with the youngster snapping his first career goal late in the third term.
Rochester’s Shaun Atley also performed well with 20 disposals and three tackles, while Tom Hawkins (Finley) starred for the Cats with four goals in the tight win.
Benalla’s Tom Rockliff (28 disposals and eleven tackles), Tallygaroopna’s Steele Sidebottom (21 disposals) and Shepparton United export Michael Barlow (20 disposals and five tackles) all performed admirably in losses for their respective clubs.