After starting poorly over the past two seasons Angaston began its campaign with a strong 65 point win over Gawler Central.
In the third year under Paul Sherwood, the Panthers were 16 points up at half-time and set up the victory with four goals to two in the third term and charged away with six more goals in the final stanza.
“We controlled the contest early, but probably butchered the ball a bit in the second quarter,” Sherwood said.
“We dominated inside 50 and in the third quarter this helped us score into the breeze kicking towards the clubrooms end.
“During the preseason we did a lot of work on our fitness and I think that helped us run over the top of them in the conditions.
“It is good to get one in the bank to start the season.”
The Panthers received plenty of drive from Tommy Ryan and Jack Miles across half back while around the ball Tyler Saunders and Craig Harvey were productive all game.
Andrew Pech in his return match kicked four goals, while Jake Hood was another strong performer.
Young talent Ryder Eberhard, Ross Kuhn and Harvey each kicked two.
In what looks like it will be a long season for the Tigers, Andrew Wright led the way with three of their six goals while Casey Thomas was stoic in defence all day.
Nick Hooker and Jamie Wagner had their moments, while Alex Robertson also deserves a mention.
The Panthers have a 10 day break before their annual Anzac Day clash with Nuriootpa.
Kapunda under the stewardship of David Leslie have made it two straight wins after they defeated South Gawler by 37 points at Eldred Riggs Reserve.
Kapunda booted eight in the third quarter to ensure a strong victory at a venue they have traditionally struggled at.
The final score was Kapunda 14.11 (95) defeating South Gawler 9.14 (68).
“There were certainly two contrasting weeks when you consider the conditions we played in,” Leslie said.
“It was not wet but it was extremely windy, swirling towards the town end of the ground.”
Brad Williams was named the Bombers best, only slightly ahead of ruckman Adam Turrell and versatile forward/ midfielder Adam Jolly.
Joseph Brown, although tagged by Bailey Zobel, still had a telling impact on the game as did captain Cameron Matters and defender Kallum Brown.
Along with Jolly and Brown, Wes Farley also was among the trio of triple goal kickers.
South Gawler named Bailey Zobel as their best, followed by Chad Connelly and Alex Hansen.
Young forward David Aldred kicked three goals while Connolly slotted through a pair.
Kapunda have a rest this weekend before taking on Freeling in the annual Mickan-Shanahan Cup game while South have an important clash against Willaston.
In the round two game at Nuriootpa Recreation park the Donnybrooks set up their win with a brilliant opening term.
In tough conditions where only 14 goals were kicked across the course of the day, Williston ran away 19 point winners 8.15 (65) to 6.8 (44).
“This game was played in high, gusty swirling winds,” Willaston coach Malcolm Greenwood explained.
“We received a couple of exceptional individual performances from veteran Shaun Baker including an impressive and inspirational 30 metre chase down and tackle.
“Michael Clinch was important as our attacking spare cross half back and fit Scott White was competitive option at centre half forward, Alex Barclay shut (Shane) Gordon out of the game at centre half-forward while Stu Ferenci dominated the ruck.
“Young Brayden Rendell was impressive on his wing and one of the strength of our side this year is the depth in the group.”
Baker was best on ground followed by fellow Willaston midfielders Tyson Irlam and Clinton Voigt.
Lachlan Dowling kicked two goals for the Donnybrooks as did Scott White as a key forward.
For the Nuriootpa Rovers both Tim Dimasi or Aseri “Magic” Raikawasa vied for their best player honours.
Veteran Craig Gogoll, the returning Brad Hoepner, recruit Scott Bentley and young Beau Schinnick all had their moments.
Dimasi kicked three goals while Gogoll finished with a pair.
Dean Terlich’s Magpies machine continued on its merry way in round two defeating the Redlegs by a mammoth 102-point margin.
Tanunda had 42 scoring shots to 15 and won 20.22 142 to 5.10 (40).
“In the first 15 to 20 minutes Freeling really had a crack it was pretty hot especially around the contested ball,” Dean Terlich confirmed.
“It was a strong team effort in conditions which were windy and not all that conducive to top flight football.
“Our forwards did a lot of defensive work and that might explain why the midfield dominated the goal scoring avenues.”
Between the Magpies midfield contingent of Leigh Westhoff (four), Riley McPharlane (four), Nathan Petersen-Grey (two), Tommy Schiller (one) and Terlich himself (one) there were 12 goals kicked by the Tanunda midfielders alone.
Key forward Josh Trembath chimed in with three and now is equal leading goal kicker in the competition, while returning premiership player, small forward Aron Fechner helped himself to a couple.
As expected Westhoff and McPharlane were the Magpies best followed by Matthew Prior at the key defensive post.
Terlich and developing young wingman Joel Griffiths had strong performances, while Aron Fechner in his second game back was noteworthy.
The Redlegs Joshua Hand was their best, while new recruit from Central Districts Josh Habel also had a big impact.
Adrian Wilson, Lachlan Heinrich, Jacob Wright and big man Adam Cockshell were also was strong contributors.
Travis Muster played his 150th A grade game for Freeling.