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The Lions were too good for the Saints to the tune of 26 points.

Footy’s back as Lions silence Saints

By Brian Pallister

FOOTBALL is finally back, and in the first round of Hills Football Association action for the season, Mt Helena Lions had a win over a determined Bullsbrook Saints side, 11.11 (77) to 7.9 (51).

The Saints were decked out in a completely new jumper design having moved away from the traditional red, white and black vertical stripes.

The new Saints design didn’t have any effect on the Lions determination to be first to the ball quickly, taking control of the game.

James Thompson was competitive in the ruck although Lions’ Nicholas Gillies slightly won the points for the first quarter.

Dean James and Sam Fowler drove the ball forward where Simon Bergin was having the better of his opponent, with the Lions opening up a 25-point lead by the first break.

The Saints started to become more competitive, winning plenty of the ball,  but unfortunately inaccuracy proved costly with Bullsbrook managing one goal from six attempts.

Jorden Healy and Jordan Pickles were picking up possessions around the ground while Alan Barry held firm in defense.

Mitchell Maturo worked himself into the game for the Lions while Blake Hagboom was also taking some strong marks.

The Saints had only reduced their deficit to 21 points at the long break.

The Saints coach has tried just about everything to keep his charges focused during the break.

The Saints kept pressing but the Lions seemed to find another way to score.

Mathew Ellwood moved up onto a wing and started to have an impact picking up several possessions.

Blake Cocking played a pivotal role in the Saints back line in his first game for the club.

In the end it was the Lions by 26 points – pretty much the lead they built in the first quarter.

Mt Helena’s best were Sam Fowler, Mitchell Maturo, Blake Hagboom, Nicholas Gillies, Simon Bergin and James Dead, while for Bullsbrook, Jorden Healy, Jameth Thompson, Blake Cocking, Alan Barry and Declan Vince were the best.

In the other games, Chidlow managed to get past Mundaring, 11.8 (74) to 9.6 (60), while Gidgegannup started with a bang, blowing away Swan View 16.6 (102) to 6.5 (41)

This weekend, Mt Helena will take on Swan View at Elsie Austin Oval, Gidgegannup will face Mundaring at Percy Cullen Oval and Chidlow will battle Pickering Brook at Chidlow Oval.

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