Early burst set up Navarre statement

A SECOND quarter onslaught ensured Campbells Creek were no match for Navarre in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League on Saturday.

After a strong six to one goal opening term the Grasshoppers were already in the box seat and after one half the four points had been decided.

In the second quarter Navarre piled on a massive 11 unanswered goals to lead 17.5.107 to Campbells Creek's 1.2.8.

"It was an impressive win for us," coach Daniel Parkin said.

"We set it up well in the first quarter and then played our best football in the second."

Navarre went into the game with a real statement that they wanted to get across.

"It was just about the way we went about our football," Parkin said.

"We were all about going backwards to move forwards. So getting a handball out the back and pushing forward."

Navarre did this well and reaped the rewards, but the third quarter was a different story.

With Navarre leading comfortably they were able to get some rotations up and trial players in other positions.

Unfortunately that didn't work and Navarre lost the quarter two goals to one.

It was assistant coach Brent Flood who took control of the three quarter time huddle asking the players to stand up after what he described as a terrible quarter.

The players took charge and responded to their coaches to kick eight goals in the last quarter and win 27.17.173 to Campbells Creek 4.4.28.

Better players on the day were Matt Newton for his run off the half back line and Rhett Murphy for his efforts in the ruck.

Murphy did the bulk of the work at each contest and then used his agility around the ground.

Parkin led from the front in his return from injury, spending time both in the middle and up forward where he managed four goals.

Ben Scott and Cody Driscoll kicked five and six goals respectively, earning themselves best on ground honours.

"There were no real bad players on the ground. Everyone contributed if you forget the third quarter," Parkin said.

Navarre have been winning convincingly each week so their standards and expectations are high despite what the scoreboard says each week.

"It doesn't really matter what the scoreboard says," Parkin said.

"We just need to be playing our best football. Do that and the scoreboard takes care of itself. "

Another positive for the Grasshoppers was that they got through without adding to their injury list.

Navarre have one more week to get through before the bye, but will be back to full strength going into finals.

An early burst set Navarre up for a solid win on Saturday.

An early burst set Navarre up for a solid win on Saturday.

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