Last year’s premiership cup sat on the sidelines at Kyabram Recreation Reserve as Euroa produced a consistent showing to defeat the reigning premier 46-34.
The Magpies were rusty against Shepparton United in the opening round, but found their groove to produce a well-assembled performance.
Playing coach Laura Emanuelli was sensational in goals with impressive feeding coming from Kali Frost, while veteran Kelly Hill was as solid as ever.
While spectators were feeling the cold, Kyabram playing coaches Shani Clark and Holly Butler were oblivious to the chill as they maintained their run all match.
But still the Magpies built the margin at every quarter, although an improved Kyabram performance had Euroa only win the second half by two goals.
‘‘We had a bit of a shock last week playing United, they already had a game under their belt and they came out firing, so we felt a bit flat last week, so it was good to keep up the intensity this week,’’ Emanuelli said.
‘‘Our attack end struggled a bit last week, so it was good to start putting things together.’’
●Echuca tried to steal yet another famous comeback, but Seymour halted its charge to enjoy a two-goal win at Kings Park.
The Lions were four goals ahead at half-time before a huge 9-1 third term put the Murray Bombers back in the game.
But Meg Grbac continued her fine form in the defensive circle, joining Sarah Szczykulski to shut down Echuca in the last.
●Mooroopna brought up win number two with a narrow defeat of Rochester in horrendous weather.
In a defensive battle, Maddie Wong was again fantastic for the Cats while Linda Rasmussen tried to get her side moving from the Tigers’ back end.
But with Mia Fallon’s run through the middle and Jenni McCluskey shooting, Mooroopna took the victory 28-22.
●Shepparton United trounced Benalla 50-22 with the Demons’ experience on full display in the 50-22 win.
Kirsty Hommes was picking off plenty of ball across the defensive half of the court and teammate Jessie Barnes-Hill ensured once it crossed into the attacking third, the result would be a goal.
Rising star Olivia Kirby also impressed coach Di Hanslow as the Saints struggled to build a winning score.
●Mansfield captain Jess Walker again gave her all, but the Eagles were no match for Shepparton.
A 12-2 opening term had the Bears on their way, counteracting the low scoring final term as players were put through testing conditions.
●Shepparton Swans and Tatura put on an entertaining show, but Jana Bruinier’s side took control of the match in the second term with a 36-26 win worth more in the wet.
Sophie Atkinson, Sarah Downs and Julie Telford were sensational for the Swans, while Bulldogs co-coaches Emma Ryan and Molly Boyle produced classy games yet again.