JUSTIN Koschitzke staked his claim as the form player of the competition with a season-best bag of eight goals against Wodonga on Saturday.
The former St Kilda star was on fire on Lavington’s 82-point win at John Flower Oval.
Koschitzke, who made a disappointing debut against the Bulldogs in round 1, bounced back with a vengeance with a blistering start.
Jack Russell, who had the better of Koschitzke that night, lasted just 15 minutes on Saturday as the power forward toyed with Wodonga’s defence.
Lavington coach James Saker said Koschitzke’s influence early was crucial.
“He started really, really, well,” Saker said. “It was probably as clean as he has been with his marking.
“As a team, we started the game really well, that was the most pleasing aspect.
“There were ebbs and flows throughout, but our start was great.
“It can be a tough battle against the Dogs if they get on a roll early, so it was pleasing.”
Koschitzke’s hot form forced Wodonga to use extra numbers to try and curb his influence, allowing Adam Flagg to run riot across half forward in the second half.
Flagg finished with four goals.
Kade Stevens was also a standout, while Will Lenehan, Lachie Boyd, Tom and Sam Hargreave also impressed.
The Panthers host in-form Myrtleford next week, while Wodonga will be desperate to break through for its first win of the season against North Albury at Bunton Park.