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BALL SKILLS: Devils’ James Wells attempts to manoeuvre the ball around Rovers’ Coen Hennessy. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

COMPETITIVE spirits were running high at WJ Findlay Oval on Friday night.

The Wangaratta Rovers hosted the Wangaratta City Red Devils in a fast-paced International Rules match, with the Rovers taking the bragging rights over the reigning Albury Wodonga Football Association premiers.

The high intensity of the hybrid game, which includes rules from a variety of football codes, was on display, with both teams scoring goals over (worth three points) and under (worth six points) the bar between the middle goal posts.

The Rovers got their hands on the ball first and got away to a handy lead to end the first quarter.

But the Devils came roaring back in the second term with some quick ground ball movement to erase the Rovers’ lead and take a six-point advantage into halftime.

The third quarter was again all the Rovers’ way, with the Ovens and Murray side scoring a lot of overs to put the Devils away.

An even fourth term allowed both teams to continue the highlights and enjoy the match.

In the spirit of the friendly match, the two teams lost track of the score in the third quarter but Rovers were declared winners based on the volume of goals they scored.

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