TALBOT gave a strong indication that it will be a big improver in the Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League this year with a 128-point belting of Maldon in the season-opener on Saturday.
Not only did the 31.18 (204) to 11.10 (76) victory at home show Talbot - which kicked its highest score since 2008 - is a side on the up, but signalled the start of what shapes as a challenging season for Maldon.
Joshua Parsons was a force up forward for the Hawks with a bag of eight goals, while Trent Barras booted five, with both among Talbot's best players in the one-sided clash
Matthew Smith, Luke Kemp and new coach Rick Andrews were other standouts for the Hawks.
The returning Joel Cross kicked four of Maldon's 11 goals.
Kyle Winstanley, Hayden Kelly and recruit Ben Doyle battled hard for the Bombers.
Round one continues next weekend with the remaining six games:
Campbells Creek v Harcourt
Dunolly v Trentham
Navarre v Lexton
Carisbrook v Newstead (N)
Avoca v Natte Bealiba
Rovers v Royal Park