Lavington's transformation from a defensive-oriented style two years ago to an attacking force took another step in Friday night's 10-goal win over Wodonga Raiders.
The Panthers' superb foot skills produced some razzle dazzle in the 19.14 (128) to 9.14 (68) Good Friday clash at the Lavington Sportsground.
"We're just trying to provide a pattern of play in how we have our offence, but it also comes down to the boys making right decisions at the right time, which I think we're getting better at," second-year coach Simon Curtis said.
It also comes down to the boys making right decisions at the right time, which I think we're getting better at.Simon Curtis
"The quality of our side has improved, in terms of our skill, and our forward line is working really hard, we've got a nicer mix this year than we had and the pressure has also stepped up, which is becoming a little bit of a signature of Lavington, which it has been in the past."
The Panthers inflicted Albury's biggest loss in a decade last weekend and while it wasn't quite the frenetic intensity, it was an impressive and entertaining display.
The Panthers' forward line is more mobile with Aidan Johnson bagging another five goals, while former Canberra player Grange McMahon and veteran John Hunt kicked three apiece.
Lavington picked up a number of district players over summer, including Johnson, and it's landed another beauty in Brad Carman.
The defender had 34 touches, setting up a number of goals, and he also chipped in with five tackles.
Tom Hargreave pipped him with 35 disposals, while Curtis (29) and Shaun Mannagh (26) also impressed.
Mannagh kicked the best goal when he drilled a late shot from 45m in front of the grandstand.
Raiders fought back to win the final term by two points.
"I'm disappointed in the second quarter (six goals to two), but to respond like we did in that last quarter and not not get blown away like we did against Wangaratta was pleasing, I'm not overly disappointed," coach Jarrod Hodgkin said.
Will Donaghey (two goals) and Lachie Flagg tried hard.
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