A FIRST-quarter blitz from the Calder Cannons was the difference as they sunk the Murray Bushrangers by 50 points at Craigieburn on Saturday.
Calder kept Murray goalless in the opening term to shoot out to a healthy 32-point lead at the first change.
The Bushrangers were competitive for the remainder of the contest but coach Darren Ogier admitted the opening gave his team next to no chance of winning.
“They started really well,” he said.
“We were able to work our way back into the game but at the end of the day, they were much cleaner and efficient with the footy.
“They scored a lot easier than what we did.”
Although they were competitive in the final three quarters, Ogier said the Bushrangers didn’t do anywhere near enough to deserve the four points.
“You’re not going to win if you kick four goals for the game,” he said.
“We’ll keep working on our scoring rate.
“They had a very strong midfield group and some effective key forwards.”
Ogier said while the 50-point defeat hurt, the Bushrangers’ still took plenty out of the contest.
Nathan Drummond and Nicholas Mellington were influential in the midfield, while Isaac Muller again impressed in the ruck.
“There’s definitely a bit of belief there,” Ogier said.
“If we get 23 blokes on the same page, we’re going to be competitive.
“But if that doesn’t happen, it’s not good.
“We certainly showed we could match it with them in patches.”
The Bushrangers meet the NSW-ACT Rams at Lavington this Saturday.