WATCHED by many premiership-winning stars of yesteryear, South Bendigo's latest batch of young guns played starring roles in Saturday's win against Kyneton at the QEO.
The Bloods had achieved just one victory going into the 13th round of the Bendigo Football League season.
In this match it was a mix of the old, led by Aaron Connaughton and Daniel Frew, and new, in the form of Matt Chisari and Jayke Barrack who all played crucial roles in a 31-point victory.
It was goal-for-goal throughout the first half, although South's inaccuracy kept the Tigers in striking distance.
Highs in the first half included a great running goal by Chisari from the swimming pool pocket.
The 17-year-old from Mildura, a first-year player at South Bendigo and with the Bendigo Pioneers under-18 team, booted the last two goals of the first half to give his team an 11-point lead.
Kyneton's Kane Ransted and Ben Weightman kicked two goals apiece in the first half.
South kicked away to a three-goal lead going into the final term.
Bloods' full-forward Josh Whelan goaled early in the last quarter, but the classy Weightman was on target again.
The Mark Adamson-coached Kyneton lifted its intensity, but the Bloods had the answers with goals by Frew, Chsiari, Tonkin (2) and Chisari again.
Co-coaches at South Bendigo, Neale Torpey and Peter Tyack said persistence and risk-taking played a big part in the 103-72 victory.
"Our ability to win a lot of contests and poise under pressure is getting better each game we play," Torpey said.
"There are still five games to go and a lot to play for.
"We don't just want to be going through the motions."
Torpey said team leaders such as Connaughton and Frew inspired team-mates with their attack at every contest.
"They always show the way."
Torpey said there was a lot of work to be done, but Saturday's win was a huge lift for confidence within the team and club morale.
"As a team it's all about developing and improving each quarter and each game.
"We have a lot of talented young players. They are the future of the club."
Unlike Saturdays earlier in the season, the future is looking brighter for the Bloods.