NEW Geelong Falcon Darcy Lang is among a host of first-year players that coach Andrew Allthorpe hopes will lead the team to success.
The Colac Tiger was one of 11 new faces in the Falcons’ team which outclassed Bendigo Pioneers 14.7 (91) to 5.3 (33) to kick off its TAC Cup season.
Coach Andrew Allthorpe said Lang fitted into the side well up forward before racking up 10 fourth-quarter possessions down back, earning a spot in the best players.
Allthorpe also praised fellow Tiger Brody Mahoney for his four-goal haul, after a knee injury restricted his pre-season.
“Brody was really good playing deep in the forward line, he presented well and worked back to crumb,” Allthorpe said.
“He’d had a challenging pre-season but he had done everything the physio asked,” he said.
“Darcy was really good on the half forward, he got really involved and played his role well.”
Allthorpe said South Colac defender Dylan McCarthy and Cobden’s Daniel Watson played their roles in the 58-point win at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium.
He said he was happy the way his team came together to start the season, preparing it for this weekend’s big clash against North Ballarat Rebels at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval.
“We rewarded the guys who had good pre-season with round one games, and we were happy with what they did,” he said.
“They played the way we wanted to play, took the game on even under pressure and worked hard.
“This weekend is the big challenge now after North Ballarat gave us a bit of a touch-up in a practice match.”
The Rebels defeated the Murray Bushrangers by 59 points in their season opener.