The Samaria Suns took on traditional rivals the Murray Crays in Wodonga on Sunday.
The Suns were keen to get back on the winner’s board and take away bragging rights. The game started with plenty of intensity, and the Suns took advantage of a strong breeze.
The Crays scored the first major, but the Suns responded off the boot of coach Richard Bull, who went on to kick his second goal shortly after.
Big man Shannon Willett kicked well, booting the Suns’ third major for the term, and at the break Bull congratulated his side on its start.
He reminded his charges they would be working against the breeze and to keep to their game plan, not allowing the Crays back into the game.
Despite kicking with the breeze the Crays were unable to take advantage, with the Suns’ back line once again working hard and providing opportunities. The Suns stretched their lead thanks to two majors from Willett.
The Suns again capitalised on the breeze in the third quarter, booting five majors and conceding one point.
The final quarter saw the Crays have more scoring opportunities than the Suns, but again the hard work and pressure from the back line saw the Crays only able to kick one major and three behinds.
Bull was delighted with his team’s efforts and play after the match.
‘‘It was great to see the boys stick to our systems and work the ball,’’ he said.
The Samaria Suns travel to Sunshine in a fortnight to take on Sunshine Heights, before playing Bendigo at home in the White Ribbon round on August 27.