While Tallygaroopna was starting its season in style, so was Stanhope in its 129-34 flattening of Girgarre.
The Lions will be dominant come the end of the regular season and stifled the Kangaroos’ scoring after half-time.
After Girgarre’s Shaun Ross kicked two goals, his side trailed by just 15 points at the main break.
But from the four goals on the board at half-time, the Kangaroos could manage just five points for the remainder of the match.
Daniel Flynn was sensational for the Lions through the ruck, allowing his side to take advantage of his services with four goals coming from Cobey Aynsley in his debut for Stanhope.
Jye Patten chimed in with three majors as Thomas Hepburn, Rohan Baldock, Jack Young and Jorge Maxwell each snared a couple.
Alex O’Reilly and Stuart Trevena also performed for Stanhope and the Lions slammed home six goals in the final term to take a near three-figure win.
●Longwood saluted in the first game of the season despite conceding the opening three goals against Rushworth.
The Tigers were an unknown heading into this season under new coach Dave Reardon and the Redlegs capitalised on their opposition being unfamiliar with each other.
Longwood’s Nathan Watson soon shut down Reardon in a fantastic performance that epitomised the attitude coach Nick Brown was looking for.
Turning a three-point deficit at quarter-time into a lead at the main break Ben Tautola received best-on-ground honours for his three goals stemming from contested marks.
For the Tigers Reid Staples, Tualau Vave and Adam Bennett did their best in the 26-point loss.
●Merrigum snatched a victory from Avenel’s grasp, despite trailing by nine points at three-quarter time.
Having scored only three goals up until that point, the Bulldogs rallied to kick 5.4 in the last term and enjoy the four points against a talented Swans outfit.
Merrigum’s Joshua Smith was the game’s top scorer with two goals, while Sean Reidy kicked a goal on debut for the club.
While Avenel produced a consistent performance with Mathew Hurley and Paul Arandt strong, a goalless third term made all the difference in the end result.
Winning the game by a kick, Geoff Connally, Jake Parkinson and Dylan Fitzgerald were the Bulldogs’ best.
●Violet Town ran out a 30-point victor against Murchison-Toolamba as league best-and-fairest Sam Poole picked up where he left off.
Tearing the game apart he was assisted by John Woodcock in the ruck, while premiership players Tim Ross, Sean Horsburgh and brother Pat were hard to stop.
The Grasshoppers were well served around goals by Alex Wells and Jack Sanderson, but the Towners came home with a wet sail by dominating the final term.
●Ardmona put a side on the park for its return to the seniors, but was overcome by Lancaster, 259-14.
Andrew and Brent Ralph were sensational as always, while playing coach Luke Trevena also stood tall for the Cats.
But Lancaster had no trouble scoring and 16 players each notched at least one goal, with Chris Eddy adding nine majors and Michael Hill slotting through five.
Matthew Price and Drew Barrett were among those that dominated the match as Ardmona looks to next week against Girgarre.