Navarre Grasshoppers winning streak has advanced another week with a strong win over Avoca in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.
Navarre had an excellent opening quarter, but the week off certainly had an impact on the game according to coach Daniel Parkin.
"You could tell we had had a week off," Parkin said.
"It wasn't as if it was scrappy, we just looked a little flat."
As the match progressed the game lifted, but during the second and third quarters it was played in a style that was more suited to Avoca.
Navarre kicked just four goals in the second and third quarters and had Avoca possessed a bit more skill and aggression, the scores could have been different.
"In those middle quarters we just looked really lethargic," Parkin said.
"It was disappointing to fall away in the middle, but we finished well and were always in control."
Navarre kicked eight goals to Avoca's one in the final quarter to pull away and win by a comfortable 99 points.
"It wasn't pretty, but a win's a win," Parkin said.
Louis Hannett played a different role for the team to what he normally would, being sent down back.
"We just thought we would try something different with Louis and he played really well," Parkin said.
The fact that the injury prone Hannett got through the game with no damage to his hamstring was also a pleasing factor.
Brent Flood wasn't as lucky going down with a dislocated elbow and is suspected to miss the next couple of weeks.
"He keeps telling me it's not too bad, but we will just wait and see," Parkin said.
Bill Parry will also join Flood on the sidelines for 6-8 weeks with a fracture to his wrist.
Both Flood and Parry are quality senior players for the Grasshoppers, but Parkin is confident they will be able to continue winning despite their absence.
Young defender Jayden Fowkes is in good touch after playing interleague last week and earning himself best on ground honours against Avoca, and will have a big role to play in the coming weeks.
The final score was Navarre 19.14.128 defeating Avoca 4.5.29.