HENTY has lived up to the hype of being a genuine premiership threat after claiming the prized scalp of defending premier Brock-Burrum at Henty on Saturday.
The Swampies have stormed into top spot on the ladder, and flag favouritism, after their confidence building 9.8 (62) to 6.12 (48) victory over the Saints.
Despite having less scoring shots than the Saints, Henty made the most of its opportunities in the final three quarters after kicking 2.5 in the first quarter.
The Saints went into the match without primemovers Luke Schilg and Luke Brauer while livewire forward Ryan Hon (unavailable) missed for the home side.
Co-coach Jamarl O’Sullivan said the Swampies had once again laid the foundations for a prized top-two finish after finishing second on the ladder for the past two seasons.
“We are not getting too carried away but it is a promising start to the season,” O’Sullivan said.
“The endeavour from the boys on Saturday was fantastic.
“We had a fair bit of the play in the first quarter but probably butchered a few opportunities to kick goals and apply a bit of scoreboard pressure.
“But they missed a few easy goals late in the match when they had all the momentum.
“We are also mindful they had two ball winners out in Schilg and Brauer.”
Speedster Sam Murray was the Swampies’ best while Heath Ohlin bobbed up with three crucial goals when the match was up for grabs.
Youngster Harrison Macreadie enhanced his growing reputation after being switched onto Saints dangerman Kylin Morey after he kicked three early goals.