Scores stayed low on Goulburn Valley League under-18 scoreboards as teams contended with a downpour heavier than anything seen on a Saturday last season.
But one team the weather did not seem to impact was Shepparton, which romped to an 86-point victory at Mansfield.
Andrew Pellegrino, Oliver Widdicombe and James Butts were sensational in the win, with Zak Wikman benefiting from pristine delivery to snare four goals.
Pellegrino kicked three and Ethan Batey, Harry Brodie and Butts all put through multiple goals.
While the Eagles struggled in the wet, Will Christopher did what he could and Nick Scales kicked his side’s only two majors.
Rochester was able to manage a reasonable total, kicking nine goals on its way to defeating Mooroopna by 13 points.
James Shaw, Dylan Oaff and Broden Evans combined for six goals for the Tigers, with Oaff his side’s best-on-field.
The Cats pushed hard for most of the match, with Lachlan Sykes bagging four goals while Lochlan O’Brien and Broady Blackley Down were solid.
Mooroopna will continue to search for its first win of the season against Euroa next round, while Rochester aims to continue its unbeaten run.
Shepparton United could not gather a win in the main game of the day against Benalla, but its under-18s talents made an impact early against the Saints.
The Demons led from the outset and finished 44 points up, with Fraser Hicks, Adam Pummeroy and Mitch Roche tearing up the park.
Adam Walsh, Thomas Moloney, Corry Westbury and James Davies were Benalla’s best.
Shepparton Swans also achieved a victory against Tatura, with James Clee and Nathan Rachele dominating the forward line with three goals apiece.
The Swans kept the Bulldogs goalless after the main break, with Lachlan McMahon, Zach Wild and Jed Woodman taking responsibility for keeping Tatura at bay.
Kyabram had no difficulties overcoming Euroa, with a blistering first half helping the Bombers build an unassailable lead.
Daniel Lawson, Jarvis Waasdorp and Sam Barbagallo led the charge, while Ethan Palma-Ludeman and Ben Turpin put on half the side’s goals between them.
Tom Panuccio was brilliant for the Magpies with three goals, while Andrew Crosbie and Brandon Ebert did their best.
It was a tough day at Kings Park for both sides, but Echuca dealt with the conditions best in a 3.7 (25) to 0.7 (7) win against Seymour.
The Lions failed to kick a goal, while Kortez Hawea-King, Jackson Stewart and Riley Clarke were the Murray Bombers’ goal-kickers.