Camperdown’s Leigh van den Berghe flies high for the mark in front of Panmure’s Brandon Cole in Saturday’s HFNL pre-season competition. Winning South Warrnambool coach Matthew Peake with the pre-season competition trophy.
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Panmure’s Shamus O’Beirne tackles Camperdown’s Hayden Mitchell.

SOUTH Warrnambool may have won its second consecutive Hampden league football pre-season competition last Saturday but rivals expect a tight season.

Warrnambool coach Scott Carter said he left Saturday’s lightning premiership of matches at Port Fairy’s Gardens Oval with one key point.

“A very even competition,” he said.

“At this early stage it is a very even competition and it will probably come down to who brings their A-grade game on the day and who has a bit of luck with injuries.” He said the Blues had emerged without injuries from their two matches and he was pleased with the form of West Gambier recruit Kayne O’Brien in defence and Sale midfielder Harry Cross.

Koroit coach Chris McLaren said his Saints had turned in pleasing performances in winning both preliminary games.

He was a little disappointed they had missed qualifying for the final.

“It would have been nice to play in it but may be not after such a big break,” he said.

Camperdown coach Bernard Moloney, who had warmed up his team for the final only to miss out after South Colac kicked a goal in the last 60 seconds of the final game, said he was thrilled with the Magpies’ undefeated showing.

“I was happy with how we went and our intensity was really good,” he said.

“You always want to play in a final and it would have been good to test ourselves against South Warrnambool. South are reinventing themselves with a new list and it would have been good to get a good look at them.”

Moloney said the Magpies had taken a lot of positives out of their two matches and expected a tight race for the top five this season.

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