Yarrawonga has celebrated coach Bridget Cassar’s 250th club game with a thumping 67-20 win over Myrtleford.
“I didn’t know anything about it until I was told on Thursday night,” Cassar said.
“None of us knew anything about it.”
The premiership coach was presented with a token of the club’s appreciation for her years of service.
“It definitely played a role in the lead-up to the game and we were happy to play well for ‘Bridg’,” captain Annalise Grinter said.
Cassar will play her 200th A grade game later this year.
In a battle of last year’s top and bottom outfits, the Pigeons had the match wrapped up at quarter-time, bolting to a 12-goal lead.
Cassar was outstanding, posting 36 goals, almost doubling the Saints’ output.
Abbey Jones chipped in with 16, while former Goulburn Valley star Gemma O’Sullivan impressed with 15 goals.
Jayanna Sharp was one of three debutants for the Pigeons.
Elsewhere, Albury started its campaign to return to finals with a 17-goal win over Wodonga Raiders.
The Tigers built on their lead in each quarter, racking up a 49-32 win.
Claire Wilson posted 29 goals and Jess Fisher-Curnow 20.
Wilson was terrific for the home team, while Brigetta Hart also played well.
Courtney Hiller and Georgette Meunier were the visitors’ best.
Albury finished second-last in 2016, while Raiders were seventh.
North Albury has toppled Corowa-Rutherglen by 10 goals, 56-46.
Last year’s Rising Star nominee Grace Senior equalled Cassar’s output, grabbing the highest individual score of round one with 36 goals.
Hoppers’ star recruit, and indeed one of the best signings of the summer, Emily Browne was the best player on the court, while Kirby Hilton played a strong supporting role.
Wangaratta Rovers has toppled Wodonga by 13 goals.
Wodonga has undergone a transformation in recent years, losing star players Rebecca Cameron and Liona Edwards.
The club finished sixth last year and Rovers fifth after the home and away season.
And Lavington has started in style with an eight-goal win over Wangaratta.
The Panthers racked up a 43-35 victory.
Alison Meani top-scored with 17, while former Toni Wilson medallist Sarah Senini (14) and Skye Hiller (12) also made double figures.
Amanda Umanski equalled Meani’s effort of 17.
Wangaratta will now meet Wangaratta Rovers.
The Pies finished third after the regular season, working their way into a league force after years of trying.
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