Former Bendigo Pioneers duo Fergus Greene and Lachlan Tardrew made strong starts to the VFL season.
Greene, who was selected by the Western Bulldogs in last year’s AFL National draft, kicked three goals on debut with the Dogs’ VFL side Footscray against Box Hills Hawks.
The Dogs lost by two points, but Greene’s three goals earned him a place in the club’s best players.
Greene lined up in the forward line alongside former Maryborough and Bendigo Bombers forward Stewart Crameri, who kicked one goal.
Lachlan Tardrew was one of Collingwood’s best players in the Magpies two-point win over Coburg in the VFL’s opening round.
The Sandhurst premiership player was rock solid in defence as the Pies withstood a strong comeback from Coburg.
Former Bendigo Pioneers forward Kayke Kirby played for Collingwood, but was scoreless.
Strathfieldsaye premiership player Matt Smith didn’t play for the Pies in the round one game.
Meanwhile, Kyneton midfielder Max O’Sullivan made his VFL debut for Richmond in round one.
O’Sullivan kicked one goal in the Tigers’ thumping 33.21 (219) to 4.7 (31) win over North Ballarat. O’Sullivan is coming off an impressive 2016 with the Tigers where he won the BFNL Rising Star award.