DEDERANG-Mount Beauty bounced back from last weekend’s mauling with a 70-point win over Wodonga Saints at Dederang on Saturday.
The injury-hit Bombers stamped their authority early and refused to look back with Dale Lappin and Damien Jones racking up possessions at will for the victors.
Spearhead Darren Bradshaw booted eight goals.
While the win elevated Dederang-Mount Beauty back into the top-five, coach Marc Almond said there was still plenty of work to do.
“We had a lapse in the third quarter but otherwise I thought we had pretty much dominated the game,” Almond said.
“We are a bit still off though and we need to get a few players back like Andrew Hill, Daniel Bradshaw and Troy Price.”
Former AFL star Daniel Bradshaw is sidelined with an Achilles problem, but looks set to return in coming weeks.
The Bombers’ injury woes took another hit yesterday when Guy Booker tweaked his hamstring.
Wodonga Saints played well during the third quarter when Ryan Jenkins was given opportunities to exert his influence, while Patrick Vallance and Craig Lieschke were also solid contributors.
Barnawartha thumped Yackandandah by 101 points at Barnawartha.
The Roos were competitive early through the workrate of Jake Fisher-Curnow and Sam Rogers before Tiger aces Mitch Exton, Paul Harrington, Cameron McNeill and Jordan Palmer took control and picked up some handy percentage.
Rutherglen proved too strong for Tallangatta, winning by 36 points at Rutherglen.
Cat Dylan Oats emerged as the difference between the teams with six goals while Sam Bowers and Martin Brennan also turn- ed in strong performances.
Tallangatta’s Brad Fyffe played well in his first senior appearance for the season.