AN eight-goal to two opening term set the foundation for Wangaratta Magpies to push their case against North Albury on Saturday in a big 112-point win.
Lining up without Michael Newton, Matt Kelly, Brad Melville and Nick Richards the lack of serious star talent couldn’t stop the Magpies from stamping their authority on the match early.
It was a scrappy affair with the ground loose under foot, but the Magpies were able to hold the Hoppers at bay conceding just 5.6 for the game.
Ben Speight got the ball in dangerous spots forward of centre adding five goals to his name in a best on ground showing, with defender Ben Douthie, winger James McClounan and full forward Darcy Laffy all booting three goals.
Daniel Boyle rampaged his way through the midfield, while Tom Whittlesea has found a groove of form recently and provided a strong option around the ground for Wangaratta.
With a 40-point lead at quarter time, the home side missed seven shots on goal in the second term as they wasted the opportunity to put the game well and truly to bed in the first half heading into the change rooms with a 55-point lead.