Injuries could not stop Navarre

Navarre Grasshoppers went into their Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League match against Dunolly, suffering the effects of a brutal training session last Thursday night.

Navarre coach Daniel Parkin was pleased with his team's win.

Navarre coach Daniel Parkin was pleased with his team's win.

Despite this Navarre did manage to chalk up a big 150 points win, although they were missing key players Luke Hendy and Louis Hannett after they both suffered injuries at training.

Hannett was the more serious of the two, suffering a fractured jaw when he collided with teammate Sam Kaye.

With injuries to senior players and others carrying tired legs, Navarre started the game slowly against Dunolly, before blowing the margin out to three figures.

"We went into the game with heavy legs. We did some solid running last Thursday night," coach Daniel Parkin said.

It took some time, but by midway through the second term Navarre had their game plan in check and were on a roll.

Navarre had 18 scoring opportunities to Dunolly's three in the second term and Navarre's victory looked secured from there on in as the goals continued to flow.

"Having around 50 shots on goal was a credit to the playing group for not crowding the forward line," Parkin said.

"By moving the ball quickly to our forwards it prevented them (Dunolly) flooding our forward 50."

Nic Murphy played himself back into form gathering plenty of the football after hard running all day.

He provided a target going forward and had a number of shots at goal.

Other players to impress in the big win included Sam Kaye, Jayden Fowkes, Lachie Slorach and on his debut Luke Wilkinson.

Although not in the best six Parkin praised the efforts of Wilkinson in his first game.

"He played his part and he played it well," Parkin said.

"You can't ask for much more than that."

Ash Driscoll was the star up forward kicking eight goals for the game.

The team standards of tackling and shepherding were again met which will mean no penalties this week at training.

Expecting it to be a scrappy game, the free flowing football came as a pleasant surprise to Parkin as Navarre won out 28.22.190 to Dunolly 6.4.40.


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