Schoolboys outclass Ballarat in carnival opener

THE Ovens and Murray Schoolboys made a strong start to their AFL Victoria Country V/Line Cup campaign by cruising to victory over Ballarat at Bulleen Park yesterday.

The league had few difficulties returning to Division 1 and will look to upset Geelong today for a berth in tomorrow’s grand final.

The Scots School’s Charlie Spargo was a prolific ball winner in the midfield, Walla giant Alex Paech dominated in the ruck and up forward, Kane Mills provided plenty of rebound from defence and Jack Schilg’s strength was a constant concern for Ballarat.

Team manager Jeff Chandler said it was a solid first-up performance.

“The boys got off to a good start and kept the pressure on fairly well,” he said.

“I thought we played two or three good quarters of football.

“It’s a good start, but Geelong will be tough tomorrow as they have also had a good win over Ballarat.”

The O and M plays Geelong at Victoria Park at 2.20pm.