COLERAINE has begun its premiership defence in fine style, kicking away from Tyrendarra in the final quarter to win by 48 points at Silvester Oval, while its flag waved serenely after its hoisting before the game began.
There was much to like about both teams’ first outing for 2014, with some lightning fast transitions of play from one end of the ground to the other, but the big highlight was the dual between young forwards Darcy Russell (Coleraine) and Jock Grimshaw (Tyrendarra), who for much of the game took it turn to wow the crowd with some tremendous marking.
Russell kicked four goals and Grimshaw three in the 14.18 (102) to 8.6 (54) contest, and if first impressions mean anything, both will have a major say in the fortunes of their respective clubs in 2014.
A quick burst of goals in the first half of the third quarter almost brought the Darras onto level terms, however, the Maroons kicked seven of the last eight goals of the match to surge away, including kicking 5.10 to 0.1 in the final quarter.
As can only be expected between two rivals with a long history, the early going was hard and tough with both teams forming attacks from their respective half back lines with neither establishing any dominance in the middle.
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