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Tigers squash Grasshoppers

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April 16, 2018

Taken: Strathy player Tyron Hill is being tackled Damien Hope.

Katamatite handed out a 101-point thrashing in Saturday’s Picola league footy action, completely dominating a hapless Yarroweyah.

It was a perfect symbol for how vastly the Tigers’ fortunes had changed in a week, winning by the same triple-figure margin Waaia beat them by in round one.

The Grasshoppers, buoyed by an impressive round one showing against Jerilderie, came to play early and were only four goals down at the half, but that was where their fun ended.

Katamatite piled on 24 scoring shots to three in the second half, dominating every area of the game on its way to a strong win.

Luke Riordan was strong up forward for the Tigers with four goals, with Matt Hodge and Mark Mills helping themselves to three apiece.

Mills was also named his side’s best player with Tom Pendlebury and Brad Robinson among the other stars.

‘‘It’s always good to get that first win of the season,’’ Tigers coach Jedd Wright said.

‘‘I’m hoping we can take a bit of confidence from it and move forward. In round one we probably had seven or eight guys out, so it’s just good to get some of them back and continue to build.

‘‘We understand after bringing guys in it is going to take a few weeks.”

Wright added an edge on the inside was what guided his side to the comfortable win.

‘‘We were a bit stronger over the football, we’ve got three or four really good contested ball winners,’’ he said.

‘‘That was probably the difference in the end.

‘‘It’s a long year and it will take a few weeks, and we understand its a long way back from where we were last year.

‘‘We’re just hoping to scrape enough wins together to make finals.’’

●Strathmerton consigned Mathoura to another dark week, hammering the Timbercutters by 78 points at home.

For a second week running, Mathoura would manage only one goal, meaning six of its eight quarters this year have not netted a major.

For the Bulldogs it was a comfortable result to open their account for the season after last week’s narrow loss to the Deniliquin Rovers.

Big Tom Campbell continued an impressive start to the year with four goals, with three from Zach Wagner another important contribution.

Tyron Hill and Matt O’Kane were among the Bulldogs best, while Tyler Beasy kicked the Cutters’ only goal.

●Rennie’s premiership defence started with a hefty defeat at the hands of an increasingly formidable Waaia unit.

The almost unrecognisable Hoppers were seen off with ease against the Bombers in an eight-goal first quarter blitz.

Rennie would only manage one major for the day via Tom Ryan, with Waaia cruising to a 90-point win.

Greg Meyland had a day out with five goals, with Ash Thompson, Shayne Lynch and Matt Smyth some of the Bomber stars.

Waaia has the bye next weekend, with its first test of any substance to come in round five when it travels to Katunga.

●Katunga locked down defensively to record its first win, only allowing one goal in a 52-point win against Jerilderie.

The Demons entered the clash full of confidence after a round one win, but that was dashed in the early stages as the Swans slotted five goals in the opening stanza to build a comfortable margin.

A scrappy 7.18 in front of goal cost the Swans a bigger win, with Callum Wilson the game’s only multiple goalkicker with two.

It squares the ledger for Katunga at 1-1 two games in, making up for a disappointing first-up loss to Blighty.

●Tocumwal slipped to 0-2 in a low-scoring affair against Blighty.

Fresh from an impressive round one win, the Redeyes embraced the grind in an arm-wrestle with the Bloods, winning 5.12 (42) to 2.5 (17).

Lachie MacDonald put on a dazzling display for Blighty with three goals.

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