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Beaufort coach Rohan Brown has described Newlyn as the "complete package" after the Cats' convincing 31-point win over the reigning premiers on Saturday.
Brown's men were never really in the hunt against the home side, which broke clear with a powerful second term and fended off a brief Crows fightback in the third en route to a well deserved victory.
Marcus Darmody was almost unstoppable in attack and got the better of defenders Brendan Howard and Lee Marshall to kick a bag of seven goals.
The likes of Steve Clifton and Myles Sewell were everywhere, while the backline was led by Chris Edwards, who ended up spending the night in hospital with a kidney injury.
Brown said the Cats were "super impressive".
"I thought we played good footy for three quarters. We had our chances, (but) when the midfield dominates like they did and Darmody is kicking them from everywhere it makes it pretty hard," Brown said.
Gun onballer Nick Sullivan was one of the Crows' better performers on Saturday, but he had to leave the ground in the last quarter with a dislocated shoulder.
Marshall was named Beaufort's best, while defender Mitchell Jenkins and midfielder Michael Foster were among the other better performers. Rupert Sangster wasn't given a lot of space due to the Cats' pressure, but he tried hard and produced some good passages of play.
Newlyn coach Dan Wehrung said it was a good start to a tough opening to the year for his team.
"They're a good side and obviously we put the emphasis on the first six games, playing all finalists from last year," he said.
Wehrung said Edwards injured his kidney in the first quarter but played through the match. He then went to hospital and was required to spend the night there because of a cut to his kidney.
Darmody's influence for Newlyn since crossing from North Ballarat City during the off-season has been huge.
He showed his class on Saturday with goals from marks and also as a result of good work at ground level.
The Cats have lacked a key target in attack in recent years, but Darmody has quickly become one of the most feared forwards in the competition. He has played only four games in 2019, but sits second on the league goal-kicking chart with 26 majors.
Newlyn is third on the Central Highlands Football League ladder, while the injury-plagued Beaufort has slipped to fourth on the back of their second defeat.
The CHFL now breaks for next weekend's AFL Victoria Community Championships.
NEWLYN v. BEAUFORT
Newlyn 2.0, 6.1, 8.1, 10.3 (63)
Beaufort 1.3, 1.5, 4.6, 4.8 (32)
GOALS, Newlyn: Marcus Darmody 7, Tristan May 1, Luke Bull 1, Declan Lourey 1
Beaufort: Jayden Orr 2, Levi Cox 2
BEST, Newlyn: Marcus Darmody, Chris Edwards, Boe Bish, Joel Willmott, Adam Sewell, Myles Sewell
Beaufort: Lee Marshall, Mitchell Jenkins, Michael Foster, Jarrod Trigg, Jayden Orr, Dean Kelly
Anthony Zelencich booted seven goals to guide Learmonth to victory over Daylesford.
He was a clear standout for the Lakies, which also had Brenton Powell, James Pratt, Jason Rae, Kyle Mackay and Oliver Ross play well.
Learmonth is now fifth on the ladder heading into the interleague break.
For Daylesford, Cameron Ralph, Thomas Conroy and Thomas Hunt were among the standouts.
DAYLESFORD v. LEARMONTH
Learmonth 3.2, 6.5, 7.9, 11.12 (78)
Daylesford 2.4, 4.7, 7.8, 7.10 (52)
GOALS, Learmonth: Anthony Zelencich 7, Kyle Mackay 1, Jack Treweek 1, Trent Baird 1, James Pratt 1
Daylesford: Thomas Hunt 1, Robert Rodgers 1, Zac Tisdale 1, Joel Cummings 1, Sam Winnard 1, Mitchell Steen 1, Cameron Ralph 1
BEST, Learmonth: Anthony Zelencich, Brenton Powell, James Pratt, Jason Rae, Kyle Mackay, Oliver Ross
Daylesford: Cameron Ralph, Thomas Conroy, Thomas Hunt, Eli Kinnell, Sam Winnard
Buninyong forged clear of Dunnstown after half time to record a 38-point victory on home soil.
The Bombers were led by Alex Bomitali, who played a great game in the midfield, as well as the likes of Ned Gilbert and Derick Micallef, who kicked four goals.
Bombers coach Shaun O'Loughlin said there was glimpses of quality football from his side, which booted six goals to two after half time.
"We're a long way off our best yet, but are certainly working in the right direction," he said.
Lachlan Baker left the field late in the match with some soreness.
For Dunnstown, Jack Leonard, Hamish Hallahan and Jack Sutherland were named best.
Towners coach Justin Abrams said his team was "really competitive" but "outclassed" by more experienced players.
BUNINYONG v. DUNNSTOWN
Buninyong 3.5, 5.5, 9.8, 11.10 (76)
Dunnstown 1.2, 3.7, 5.7, 5.8 (38)
GOALS, Buninyong: Derick Micallef 4, Alex Bomitali 2, Jarrod Rodgers 2, Jake Dunne 2, Luke Van Rooy 1
Dunnstown: Hamish Hallahan 2, Harry McKimmie 1, Joshua Mann 1, Matthew Bulluss 1
BEST, Buninyong: Alex Bomitali, Lachlan Baker, Fraser Hunt, Derick Micallef, Luke Van Rooy, Ned Gilbert
Dunnstown: Jack Leonard, Hamish Hallahan, Jack Sutherland, Riley Adams, Timothy Collins, Daniel Harbour
Sam Dunstan kicked nine goals to guide Hepburn to a hard-fought win over Springbank.
Dunstan is top of the league goal-kicking table with 32 majors.
"When he got on a roll he was hard to stop," Burras coach Clive Raak said.
The Tigers led the contest at the final change, but couldn't hold on as the Burras booted seven goals to four in the last term to win by 13 points.
Springbank coach Joe Otto said his team led the inside 50m count, but wasted chances going forward.
"For the whole day our inside 50s were probably up by 10 or so, but it just goes to show we are relying on some smalls and making it pretty hard for ourselves with our forward line entry," he said.
Joel Maher was great through the middle for the Tigers, while Dan O'Halloran and Ken Cummings also had good days for the victors.
SPRINGBANK v. HEPBURN
Hepburn 0.2, 3.4, 5.8, 12.11 (83)
Springbank 1.1, 4.2, 7.3, 11.4 (70)
GOALS, Hepburn: Samuel Dunstan 9, Ken Cummings 2, Bryce Coffey 1
Springbank: Brett Maher 2, William Driscoll 2, Johnathan O'Brien 2, Mitchell Keighrey 2, Matthew Lakey 1, Joel Maher 1,
James Thompson 1
BEST, Hepburn: Samuel Dunstan, Daniel O'Halloran, Ken Cummings, Finn Anscombe, Bradley McKay, Segifili Asa Leausa
Springbank: Joel Maher, Todd Finco, Kieran Maher, Mitchell Keighrey, Brett Maher, Nathan Strugnell
Bungaree squared the win-loss ledger with an important success against Rokewood-Corindhap.
The Demons were led by skipper Jackson Murphy, who kicked four goals, Andrew Milroy and Jack Oostendorp.
Saturday's 18-point win leaves Bungaree 11th on the ladder, while the Grasshoppers' third-straight loss has them seventh.
Rokewood-Corindhap coach Damon Delaney said his team should have been able to win the match.
"Obviously disappointed with the result as all our stats suggested we should've won, but the main stat (scoreboard) told a different story," he said.
"We didn't capitalise enough on our forward entries, which we had a lot of. It was a good contest, but I'm still not satisfied with the result so we will hit the reset button over the weekend and tackle the next block with a fresh approach."
BUNGAREE v. ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP
Bungaree 2.5, 5.6, 9.8, 10.9 (69)
Rokewood-Corindhap 2.3, 3.3, 5.4, 7.9 (51)
GOALS, Bungaree: Jackson Murphy 4, Andrew Milroy 2, Steven Ryan 1, Shaun Finlayson 1, Lachlan Chivers 1, Dalton Murphy 1
Rokewood-Corindhap: Samuel Chapman 2, Mitchell McLaughlin 1, Ben Harris 1, Jake Carr 1, Douglas Arthur 1, Jake Dowell 1
BEST, Bungaree: Jackson Murphy, Andrew Milroy, Jack Oostendorp, Matthew Geary, Shaun Finlayson, Steven Butler
Rokewood-Corindhap: Luke Philp, Jake Dowell, Ben Harris, Jackson O'Neil, Douglas Arthur, Damon Delaney
Skipton landed another important success in its quest for a breakthrough finals appearance on Saturday.
The Emus beat Creswick by 48 points to move to eighth spot on the table.
Curtis Townrow booted six goals for the winners, Lachie Johns was good off half back and through the centre, Jack Peeters played well at half forward and Ben Krol was strong in defence.
Emus coach Greg Middleton said ruckman Josh Peeters (ankle) and midfielder Mark Hoare (knee) were the main injury concerns.
Creswick's defeat leaves it 10th on the table.
SKIPTON v. CRESWICK
Skipton 6.2, 9.4, 11.6, 16.9 (105)
Creswick 2.3, 4.3, 7.3, 9.3 (57)
GOALS, Skipton: Curtis Townrow 6, Mitchell Bruns 3, Jack Peeters 2, Kal Dubbeldam 2, Stephen Boswell 1, James Cusack 1,
Joshua Peters 1
Creswick: Kaylab Eggers 3, Liam Blake 2, Ryan Knowles 1, Mitchell Arnold 1, Joshua Mitchell 1, Rhys Antonio 1
BEST, Skipton: Lachie Johns, Jack Peeters, Ben Krol, Curtis Townrow, Mitchell Bruns, Joshua Draffin
Creswick: Joel Antonio, Jayke Arnold, Ben Moran, Liam Blake, Matthew Antonio, Tom Walmsley
Waubra showed no mercy on Ballan, delivering a 113-point thrashing to the Blues on Saturday.
It has been a perfect start to the year for the Roos, which were led by James Lukich (five goals), half back Alexander McPherson and onballer Thomas Nash.
Ballan was missing a host of key players for this fixture and gave Jeda Stone, Jaye Johnstone and Derek Steedman senior debuts.
WAUBRA v. BALLAN
Waubra 4.4, 8.7, 13.12, 20.13 (133)
Ballan 0.0, 1.2, 2.2, 3.2 (20)
GOALS, Waubra: James Lukich 5, Ben Wilson 3, Dean Robertson 3, Andrew Wettenhall 2, Austin Murphy 2, Dylan Payne 1,
John Coleman 1, Darcy Jenkins 1, Paul Dodds 1, William Corbett 1
Ballan: Jack Gibbs 2, Mason Currie 1
BEST, Waubra: Alexander McPherson, Thomas Nash, William Corbett, Darcy Jenkins, James Lukich, Jesse Sardo
Ballan: Michael Snaith, Ryan Bongart, Bradie Thomas, Dylan Trickey, Ashley Mullane, Trent Laurie
Clunes was celebrating on Saturday after landing their first win of the 2019 season.
The Magpies got the better of Carngham-Linton after quarter time and went on to prevail by 13 points.
"It was great to see supporters with big smiles on their faces," Clunes coach Johno Leoncini said.
Leoncini said he gave his charges a rev-up at quarter time and was pleased with the response that saw the side turn a 20-point deficit into a half time lead.
Josh Thompson played well off half back for the winners, while onballer Brody Lawford and tall Jack Fenner also stood out.
Dean O'Brien was the Saints' best ahead of Lachlan Isbister and Jayson Gilbert.
CARNGHAM-LINTON v. CLUNES
Clunes 1.1, 7.6, 8.7, 9.13 (67)
Carngham-Linton 4.3, 6.6, 7.12, 7.12 (54)
GOALS, Clunes: Brad Dolan 3, Nic Clarke 2, Jason Yole 1, Ryan Thompson 1, Jasper Chatham 1, Jack Fenner 1
Carngham-Linton: Dean O'Brien 3, Justin O'Brien 2, Jayson Gilbert 1, Bradley Dunbar 1
BEST, Clunes: Jack Fenner, Brody Lawford, Jordan Thomas, Josh Thompson , Nic Clarke, Conor Hatfield
Carngham-Linton: Dean O'Brien, Lachlan Isbister, Jayson Gilbert, Jacob Dawson, Jake Tanner, Damian Tabakovic