Around the grounds: Cervantes already look set for another flag as Three Springs stun Carnamah
As the GNFL began over the weekend so did the North Midlands league as Three Springs sprung a major upset over last year’s grand finalists Carnamah Perenjori.
After winning just one game last season and suffering several blowout losses they came in as underdogs against a Roos side that made it through to a drought-breaking grand final last year.
However, they were blown off the park by the second quarter as Gus Herbele kicked five goals with Michael Roberts supporting with four to be up by 44 points at half-time.
Carnamah was held goalless through the second and third quarters and fell to a heavy 14.12 (96) to 5.6 (36) loss.
Last year’s premiers wasted no time in getting back to business as Coorow Latham smashed Dongara 15.13 (103) to 5.6 (36).
Matthew Burley who was last season’s leading goal kicker with 57 opened his account with five goals as the Magpies exploded with an eight-goal third quarter to kill the match.
Outside of that quarter, Dongara was only outscored 50-35 but it was a brutal quarter of football that shows the Magpies will be tough to beat once again.
Last year’s minor premiers the Mingenew Bulldogs fell short of a final quarter combat as they went down to Morawa 8.12 (60) to 8.3 (51).
The Bulldogs trailing by 14 points at three-quarter-time got to within a goal but four goals to Tiger Bad Porter was too much for them to overcome to fall to a nine-point loss.
In the Central Midlands Coastal League, now in round two, Cervantes already looks set for another flag with a 93-point win in their grand final rematch with the Moora Mavericks.
Isaac Devitt-Boyd kicked six goals as the Tiger Sharks passed the 100-point mark in the third quarter in a dominant display.
In the other game of the round Jurien Bay launched a last-quarter turnaround to stun Lancelin 8.16 (64) to 8.6 (54).
Jurien trailed by 16 points at three-quarter-time but they did not let the Pirates score in the last kicking an inaccurate 3.8 in the last quarter to overrun them.
Lewis Henry was the star with five goals.
In the Gascoyne Chase Faxon and Bailey Fisher both kicked nine in the Exmouth Eagles 168 point demolition of the Warriors, the Eagles finishing 31.16 (202) to 5.4 (34).
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