Maryborough fell in its first game of the season at the weekend, going down by 32 points at the hands of South Bendigo.
The Bloods took control early on Saturday afternoon, dominating the first half with ease.
The first term saw Maryborough put just one minor score up against Bendigo’s score of 23.
The second quarter saw a slight improvement, with the Pies scoring their first goal of the season, but a measly halftime total of 1.2 (8) paled in comparison to Bendigo’s 7.12 (54).
Despite a 46-point deficit facing them, the Pies pepped up in the third, railing through five goals while keeping the Bloods to just one major.
This narrowed what was a comfortable lead to a very reachable 16 points heading into the final term.
Maryborough’s fight back put the wind in Bendigo’s sails, with the Bloods stacking six goals onto the board early in the final term.
Borough managed three goals in reply, but Bendigo had again gotten too far in front, sealing the result.
First round jitters plagued both sides in front of goals, with a final score of 14.13 (97) to 9.11 (65).
In the best for the Pies were young Aidan Hare, reigning club best and fairest Luke Bucknall, Lachy Crameri, Jake Postle, Jayden Templeton and Matt Bilton in his return to the Bendigo league.
For more on this story see Page 24 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, April 16