HAMILTON started its 2012 Western Border Football League campaign with a grinding victory over Casterton by 18 points at Melville Oval on Saturday.
In perfect conditions, a good crowd, filtered with Hamilton Imperials players and supporters keen to get a glimpse of the two sides in action, assembled for the highly anticipated season opener.
It was a new look Hamilton and Casterton, with both teams featuring a lot of youth at the back of some key departures in the off-season.
Thomas was the best player on the ground to go along with his three goals. Others to play well were Brown, Beavis, Robertson, Hawkins, Weston and Peter Downs.
Casterton’s best player was Ryan. He’s trimmed down and will be one of the premier players in the competition. Cowland gave plenty all around the ground, while Schill, Thurkel and Killey played well also.
Murrie’s four goals for Hamilton see him at the top of the WBFL tally and his game will have Rebels selectors thinking. Thomas and Andrivon kicked three apiece, while for Casterton, Killey scored three goals, all in the first term.
From here Hamilton has the bye, and Casterton plays Millicent at home.
See today’s Spectator for the full report.