Champion Apollo Bay footballer Tyson Holt played his first senior game in two years to help the Hawks defeat Colac Imperials.
Holt was among a host of inclusions for the injury-plagued Bay, along with senior debutant Billey Bernet and recruit Aaron Guilmartin.
Bay co-coach Craig Rippon said Holt, a former coach, brought a wealth of on-field leadership to the team.
The champion midfielder has battled knee injuries in recent years, but appears to have put them in the past after earning the Colac District Cricket Association’s best-and-fairest award over summer.
“Tyson Holt played on Saturday, his experience and leadership is great while Marty White is still out injured,” Rippon said.
“He’s been training for about a month and he says his knee is feeling fantastic, he got through the cricket season,” he said.
“He’s there if we need him and he’s still a very dangerous player, he can play anywhere.”
The Hawks got off to a red-hot start in their clash with Colac Imperials, booting five goals to none in the opening term.
Young gun Bailey Scott and Steven Cass helped get the Imps back into the contest in the second term, but the Bay was able to steady and kick away in the second half.
Brandon Backwell led the charge with four goals in the absence of full forward Casey McDonald, who missed the clash with sore ribs.
Rippon also praised Guilmartin and Bernet for their first games in the side.
“Aaron got his clearance during the week and played full forward, he played a lot of footy down back at South Barwon and Geelong Amateur,” he said.
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