A JARED Brennan masterclass helped Henty to a thrilling 15-point victory over Holbrook in the opening round at Holbrook on Saturday.
The former AFL player was in everything for the Swampies as they fought back from an eight-point deficit at the 10-minute mark of the final quarter.
Workhorse Harry Nunn, first-gamer Kim Kantilla and youngster Taylor Clark also played key roles in the victory.
Coach Joel Price was relieved to come away with the points.
"We were pretty scratchy to be honest and lucky to get away with it," Price said.
"Full credit to Holbrook as they really impressed us.
"Their midfield worked for each other and I think they are going to give a lot of sides a run for their money this season."
In the end it was Henty's big names who stood up.
Brennan thrived in the midfield when the pressure was applied and Damian Cupido kicked two of his three goals late after being held early by Aaron Baker.
"I thought Jared Brennan was unbelievable," Price said.
"He was best on ground by a mile.
"Some of the things he did were phenomenal.
"Matt Sharp played a great game for Holbrook, but I thought Brennan was fantastic."
Henty loaded up its attack early with Cupido, Dan Leslie and Chris Willis inside 50 metres but the Swampies were forced to make changes with Sharp, Baker, Andrew Dess, Isaac Lampe and Andrew Taylor playing well.
Osborne coach Matt Rava credited his side's accuracy for edging out Culcairn by 23 points at Osborne.
The Tigers kicked 13.4 (82) to 8.11 (59) with recruit Brad Boots, Connor Galvin, Bill Alexander and Michael Driscoll playing well.
George Alexander contributed two goals playing across half-forward in his comeback match from a serious leg injury.
Veteran Hayden Gleeson was given the task of playing on Culcairn star Adam Prior with the Lion spearhead kicking four goals.
"Both teams were a bit on and off but we probably managed to capitalise a little better when we had the momentum," Rava said.
"They got some momentum but let us off the hook."
Culcairn were best served by Ben Gould, youngster Riley Knobel and Jye Shields.
Brock-Burrum defeated a gallant Jindera by 15 points.
While the Saints always held control, Andrew Wilson's side showed character with Austin Speed and Nathan Chamings playing well.
Star recruit Bronson Schofield dominated in Billabong Crows' win over CDHBU and Lockhart trounced Murray Magpies.