MYRTLEFORD highlighted its potential to be the Ovens and Murray’s biggest improver with a comfortable practice match win over Wangaratta Rovers on Saturday.
The Saints ran out six-goal winners against the Hawks.
Recruit Jarrod Hayse booted five goals in the win and looks set to give the Saints significant firepower in attack this year.
“He certainly looks like he’ll give us a bit,” Myrtleford co-coach Leigh Corcoran said.
“He leads up well and has a good game sense, he positions himself well.”
Christian Burgess and Mitch Dalbosco also impressed.
Although rapt to account for an Ovens and Murray rival in the lead up to round 1, Corcoran wasn’t getting too carried away.
“Both teams had players missing,” he said.
“We’re not reading too much into it.
“We don’t play Rovers until round 8, so both teams will be drastically different by then.
“We were just happy with the effort and intensity after last week’s game against Grovedale.”
In other matches in the league, Luke Gestier kicked six goals in his first game for Corowa-Rutherglen as the Roos ran over the top of Euroa by a couple of goals on Saturday.
Chris Marshall, Al Austin and Jamie Seymour also impressed.