FORMER North Albury forward Kane Godde made a surprise debut for Thurgoona in its 72-point win over Beechworth at Thurgoona on Saturday.
Godde recently returned from a eight-week swing working in the mines at Karratha in Western Australia and was rushed into the line-up after training twice at Thurgoona last week.
He will play out the rest of the season.
Bulldog forwards Sam Cross and Matt Fowler kicked six goals each in Thurgoona’s win, with Dylan Weeding, John Willis and Lucas Mellier making sure they had plenty of scoring opportunities.
Beechworth fought the game out well with Brayden Carey and Brenton Surrey the main contributors.
Mitta United overcame the loss of star utility Danny Stewart to defeat Tallangatta by 69 points at Eskdale.
Stewart broke his leg in last weekend’s win over Chiltern, with coach Clinton Gilson unsure if he will return in time for the Tallangatta and District league finals.
His injury comes on top of Alex Beggs breaking his ankle earlier in the season and a hefty suspension to forward James Gray.
Mitta United took a half to shake off the persistent visitors, with Rhett Thomson, Jacob Wood and Kyle Lieschke keeping the Hoppers in the match with some desperate play.
But Blues’ forward David Paton sparked a big second half with nine goals, capitalising on the non-stop supply coming from Jarrod and Tyson Gorupic and Jye Hodgkin.
Kiewa-Sandy Creek finished strongly to defeat Wahgunyah by 31 points at Tangambalanga.
After leading by eight points at the last change, the Hawks slipped into overdrive with Jason Bartel, Ryan Wallace, Callum and Trent Turner and Jye Shields taking control.
Wahgunyah coach Nic O’Bryan led his team superbly, with Thomas Woods and Harry Crawford also stepping up.