South Burnie’s Scott Denby hits the ball out of the backline past City’s Matthew Cameron.THE men’s league started with matches in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston.
City Marians were easy winners over South Burnie at McKenna Park.
The first half was even, with the Bloods posting just two goals before the break.
City Marians had winners all over the ground in the second half, giving the depleted South Burnie side little chance.
Dave Townsend and Clinton Upchurch posted four goals between them to give their side the top of the ladder on percentage.
Queechy Penguins had the better of Devonport in their clash at Meercroft Park.
The Qs had the Subbies on the back foot and in their own half for 20 minutes of the first half before Khan Riley opened the Qs’ account.
The Subbies almost evened the score with breakaways, but were denied and watched as Queechy slotted another before the break.
The Subbies came out hard in the second half, and with the change of tempo the ball control changed but the scoreboard changes were all for the Qs.
Pat Haas and Matt Franklin assisted with some fine final touches adding to the scoreline.
South Launceston coach Craig Williams should be happy with a first-up win for the club over Smithton.
Nick Williams opened the scoring for the Blues, with additional goals to Gene Purcell and Tim Reese to go to the break with a three-goal lead.
Smithton’s never-say-die attitude saw it score a consolation goal in an even second half through Joel Blomhoff.
Launceston City and Tamar Churinga played the local derby with City grabbing the win in the dying stages.
City’s Jason Scott kept the Tamar attack at bay and then converted a short corner to give his side the lead.
Michael Jones converted next for City, then Tamar stepped up the pace and found a chink in the City defence to level the scores.
City put the game beyond reach with a field goal in the dying stages to win.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.