CHILTERN consolidated its strong start to the season with a hard-fought 57-point win against traditional rivals Beechworth at Chiltern on Saturday.
After a tight first half, the Swans blew the match open with 14 goals to eight to ensure the club stayed on track after its impressive last-round win against Thurgoona.
“It wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreboard showed,” Chiltern coach Kirk Wilson said.
“We needed to consolidate with a win and the boys did well.
“Beechworth has improved a lot and will knock some sides off this season so it was a real danger game for us.
“I thought we finished the game really well.”
Young half-forward Jayden Vandermeer was impressive for Chiltern with three goals with Mark Doolan damaging on the ball and up forward and Tim Scheuermann winning the hit-outs.
Scheuermann looks back on track after struggling with injuries for the past two seasons.
“We had some good contributors, but our even spread was the most pleasing thing,” Wilson said.
Beechworth ran out of rotations in the second half after suffering several injuries and the workload took its toll on Dylan Pritchard and Joel Whitehead.
Dederang-Mount Beauty finished strongly to overpower Tallangatta by 54 points.
With only one point separating the teams at half-time, the Bombers stormed home with Matt Lee leading the way with a best on ground performance.
Elliott Powell and Steve Bradshaw also played key roles in the club winning its second match of the season.
Tallangatta coach Zac Fulford worked hard to rally his troops but the Hoppers were unable to sustain the effort.
Wahgunyah defeated Wodonga Saints by 66 points.
Heath Northey was outstanding with four goals while the Saints had triers in Craig Jarvis and Thomas Haley.