By David Nagel
The Shaun Burgoyne Show rolled in and out of town on Saturday with the AFL premiership star helping Dalyston to a convincing 11.9.75 to 3.10.28 victory over Garfield.
Not surprisingly Burgoyne started in the midfield, sharing duties with Matt Howell who got the first possession of the game.
Garfield threatened to ruin the party early, with Jono Sauze slotting the first of the match at the seven-minute mark of the contest.
Burgoyne then put his own stamp on proceedings.
The former Port Adelaide and Hawthorn champ intercepted a ball from Matt Jones, marking the ball in his left hand – like catching a bullet – before swinging on to his left foot and launching long to the goal-square.
Jack Paravicini took the resultant mark and the Magpies were on their way.
Blake Carew then kicked the first of his four goals to give the Magpies a six-point lead at the first change.
The Magpies then steadily forged ahead, building to 23 points at half time before extending to 29 points at the final break.
In the wet and treacherous conditions…it was a match-winning lead.
Carew with four, and Burgoyne and Paravicini with two each were the main contributors for the Maggies, while Mick Marotta, Curtis Murfett and Howell joined Burgoyne on a very unique looking best players’ list.
Garfield should have got closer, but inaccurate kicking at goal cost the Stars any hope of causing an upset.
Zac Soutar was once again important for the Stars who host Kilcunda-Bass this Saturday.
The Magpies – minus Burgoyne – head to Bunyip.
Inverloch-Kongwak has tuned up nicely for this week’s crunch clash against Nar Nar Goon with a professional 8.12.60 to 5.6.36 victory over Warragul Industrials.
The Inverloch Rec Reserve was a cold place to be and the Sea Eagles made sure the Dusties had no chance of getting warm.
While not overly-innovative themselves, the Sea Eagles restricted the Dusties to just one goal in the first three quarters of play.
An imbalance of 17 scoring shots to three told the story of the match at three-quarter time before the Dusties finally delivered something in the final term.
But a 4.4 to 3.0 final quarter failed to camouflage some early deficiencies.
Tristan van Driel booted three for the winners, while Ethan Park and Oscar Toussaint continued their fine form through the midfield.
Todd Beck contributed a goal and was best on ground for the Dusties, who head to Cora Lynn this week for a battle between five versus six on the ladder.
In other games this week, Kilcunda-Bass 11.16.82 won the coveted Gus James Shield with an 18-point victory over Korumburra-Bena 9.10.64, while Phillip Island bounced back to the winners list with an 11.12.72 to 1.12.18 win over Bunyip.
Kilcunda-Bass was well served by full-forward Marcus Baxter and key-ally Taylor Gibson – who kicked six and three goals respectively, while Dale Gawley was once brilliant in the ruck.
Paul Fermanis and Matt Lello kicked two each for the Giants.
And Orland Kane-Gillard booted three for Phillip Island, who had skipper Jaymie Youle in rare form through the midfield.
Jeb McLeod, Matt O’Halloran and Aaron Paxton kept their heads held high for Bunyip.