YARRAWONGA co-coach Chris Kennedy has put the rest of the Ovens and Murray on notice.
Kennedy says the Pigeons are nowhere near their best despite thrashing Corowa-Rutherglen by 96 points yesterday.
The reigning premier put the resurgent Roos to the sword with a football clinic at Corowa.
But with the likes of Marcus McMillan, Richard Handreck and Steve McKee still to return to the side, Kennedy said his troops were still in second gear.
“I think over the past few years we’ve always worked ourselves into the season and I don’t think this year will be any different,” Kennedy said.
“We don’t expect to be anywhere near our best until the middle part of the year, which is exciting.
“I think we’re in front of where we were at the same point 12 months ago.
“The boys have played the same way for three or four years now.”
Brendan Fevola booted 10 goals in a sensational display for the Pigeons.
Kayne Pettifer (six) and Brad O’Connor (three) were also imposing up forward.
Tyler Bonat, Xavier Leslie and Craig Ednie had the ball on a string.
Corowa-Rutherglen coach Bryce Campbell said the Roos were taught a lesson by their river rival.
“They’re obviously a quality side with a lot of quality players and it showed,” he said.
“When you’ve got a good side and are winning, you take a lot more risks.
“You can run forward with confidence when your team wins the footy and they obviously do that.
“They’re well-drilled and know each other and how they play and take a lot more risks than a club like ours does.
“I’m confident our group will respond but we were taught a lesson today.”
Things don’t get any easier for the Roos, with Campbell’s side tackling the Albury Tigers this weekend.
Yarrawonga hosts winless Myrtleford at J.C. Lowe Oval.