COLBINABBIN could not have started the season any better.
The Grasshoppers opened their Heathcote and District Football Netball League account for 2018 with a 97-point victory over Elmore on Saturday night.
Elliot Bowen was the hero for the Hoppers, booting seven goals.
Ryan Hon and Chris Horsley kicked four each.
Coach Mick Knight said the victory was a great start to his sides season.
‘‘We were really happy with how it all went,’’ Knight said.
‘‘We admittedly were pretty scratchy in the early stages of the game, we have had a limited pre-season and haven’t been able to play as much football as we otherwise might. It meant that we had some issues just getting back into the swing of it.
‘‘Once we were able to get on top of those early issues we were very good with our movement and it showed on the scoreboard.’’
Knight said the addition of quality players in the forward line was going to make a big difference to his side throughout the season.
‘‘We’ve added a fair bit of firepower in the forward line. It’s something we really needed and will hopefully mean we will be getting more shots on goal as the season goes on.’’
Knight said having a player like Bowen in the forward line makes a big difference for his side’s confidence.
‘‘When you know that you have a guy like Elliot deep in the forward line makes you feel a lot better moving forward,’’ Knight said.
‘‘What we like about him is that he’s not just a goal kicker, he does a lot of pressure stuff for us around the ground which is what you need from your forwards if you’re going to get those opportunities.’’
The club now turns it’s attention to Heathcote in round two.
‘‘We’re very happy with our own start to the season,’’ Knight said.
‘‘But we are always very aware of a side like Heathcote. They’ve recruited really well over the off-season and are a good side. They’re also really hard to beat at home, so we have to work hard to beat them.’’