By LIAM TWOMEY
ST ALBANS showed a liking for the big stage last week, taking out the Western Region Football League’s Good Friday blockbuster.
The Saints smashed Hoppers Crossing to the tune of 83 points at Hogans Road Oval.
After suffering a shock loss the week prior against Albion, St Albans were switched on from the get-go and were quick to make it count on the scoreboard.
The Saints rushed to a 17-point lead at the opening break as the Warriors found it tough going in front of goal.
It was more of the same in the second quarter. Only inaccurate kicking kept Hoppers Crossing in the game.
Despite earning eight more scoring shots for the quarter, St Albans were only able to increase their lead by 13 points.
However, Hoppers Crossing were unable to make the most of the missed opportunities in the second half and the margin continued to balloon.
A nine-goal to one final term was the icing on the cake for St Albans, with the Saints able to celebrate their first win of the division one season.
It was also the club’s first win under new coach Marcus Barclay.
The 20.11 (131) to 7.6 (48) loss is Hoppers Crossing’s second of the year.
Joel West and Lachlan Baddeley were outstanding around the ground for St Albans while up forward Matt Quigley, Tim Jenkins and Dion Lawson kicked three goals each.
On a tough day for the Warriors, Jordan Mead continued to work hard and was among the best for his team.
The result sees St Albans move into sixth spot on the division one ladder, while Hoppers Crossing drops to eighth.
When round three begins this week, St Albans will take on the undefeated Spotswood while Hoppers Crossing will travel to Port Melbourne.
Because of the Easter long weekend, there was no other WRFL football played on the weekend.