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June 19, 2017

Matt Rendina kicks one of his five goals for Shepparton East as he slips past Mitch Collins Bye

There was no Craig Ednie or Chase Strawhorn, but it was no problem for Rennie as it comfortably dispatched of Waaia on Saturday.

The Bombers were stunned when the Grasshoppers jumped out of the blocks to lead by almost four goals at quarter-time, before running away to win 17.21 (123) to 6.10 (46).

Without Strawhorn up forward, the Grasshoppers had to change their approach, and they did, with Ednie delighted with his side’s impact on the scoreboard.

‘‘We obviously had to find another avenue to goal with Chase being out,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘The boys were sensational, they shared the ball around really well and, if it wasn’t for Waaia pushing us wide we could have won by even more.’’

Cameron Sudholz (four goals), Gareth Oughton (three), Jack Welsh, Ed Bayles and Jarryd Fountain (two each) finished with multiple goals, but the margin could have been a lot bigger had Ednie’s side kicked straight.

The Grasshoppers kicked six behinds in the first term and seven in the third to eventually finish with 21 behinds.

‘‘Waaia forced us wide a little more than we would have liked, but I think it is just great to see we are creating enough opportunities to score,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘It gives some of the younger guys a world of confidence that they can match it with a few experienced players.’’

Waaia spearhead Charlie Burrows continued his recent run of form, booting three goals to take his season tally to 31.

‘‘They are a good side, I think we just caught them off guard,’’ Ednie said.

With a young side at his disposal, Ednie believed a victory like Saturday’s boded well for the club’s future.

‘‘We have struggled in recent years here, so it is good to see the young guys out there playing well, representing the club and building a good atmosphere,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘I am here to help Rennie build a good foundation for future success.’’

One player who Ednie tipped for success was Mitch Collins Bye.

Collins Bye last year captained Yarrawonga’s under-18 side in the Oven and Murray league, and the budding star has been super impressive this season.

‘‘He is tough competitor, he has been outstanding for us and on Saturday he was in the best again,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘We brought him over from Yarrawonga, although I would not be surprised to see him head back there in the years to come.’’

Ednie’s troops sit in third place, while the result dropped Waaia from fourth to fifth.

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