Opening day in Division 3 had at least five clubs smiling and whilst Aquinas were forced into an extra week’s wait (due to the departure of St Francis Xavier), five other clubs got their season’s off to the best possible start.
Last year’s cellar dwellers, Eley Park and La Trobe met in a round 1 with the Sharks again getting the better of the Uni boys, finishing in front by seven points at the final siren.
Eight goals from Harding and twenty-three in total for Emmaus St Leos had the Animals cruise to a 105 point win over Albert Park. All in all, eleven Animals players were on the scoresheet as they ran rings around the Falcons.
Swinburne Uni proved 19 points too strong for Glen Eira in Hawthorn. The Razorbacks led at every change with Bunge booting four goals in the win whilst Entwistle also kicked four in a losing side.
UHS-VU made light work of the visiting Power House at Brens Oval, as the Vultures cruised to a 70 point win, Dickson booting four goals for the home side.
The Division 4 Grand Final rematch was billed as one of the games of the round and whilst the Hawks sought redemption against West Brunswick, it was the Magpies who again showed that last year’s premiership was no fluke, defeating Hawthorn by 44 points.