McLaren Vale top the Great Southern Football League ladder after beating Myponga-Sellicks

After taking home the wooden spoon last season, McLaren have done a complete turn around to sit at the top of the ladder after round three.

FORWARD: McLaren Vale's James Matthews charges away from the Myponga-Sellicks defence during their A grade clash. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

FORWARD: McLaren Vale's James Matthews charges away from the Myponga-Sellicks defence during their A grade clash. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Just three games into the season, McLaren have now won more games than they won for the entire last season, proving the side is one to watch this year.

The Eagles are now 3-0 after knocking off Myponga-Sellicks on Saturday by 44 points at home.

With no Miller in the Ruck, Matthew Merrett, with help from Hutchinson and Hill, were up against the inform Watchman, backed up by Proctor.

Myponga worked harder in the first quarter, with lots of numbers around the footy that seemed to worry McLaren.

The Merrett brothers combined well and spot up Flintham who kicked their first for the match. Myponga’s pressure continued and a great tackle to Hill claimed a free, who kicked Myponga’s second.

McLaren were then able to repel with some nice movement for a forward entry for a goal to Mutton, McLaren’s first at the 21 minute mark. Myponga had a 4.5 to 1.0 lead at quarter time.

On Ballers Vandeleur, Ellis, Marr and Mathew brothers lifted the home side in the second, this time matching Myponga’s pressure.

Ellis took the first goal before Mutton got the second for McLaren in 11 minutes. Bartetzko and Carroll played well at half back while Zohar Smith and Goodieson got creative down back for McLaren.

Lachie Mathews got onto a loose ball to Ellis then Fenoughty on the outside for a nice goal on the run.

Myponga lifted the troops for the next 10 minutes but McLaren’s defence stayed on top and a scored on the run late in the quarter to Dowling and McLaren took a three goal lead at half time.

Carroll moved into the middle to start the third and got the ball to Ty Allen at half forward who found Hill on the lead who goaled.

Myponga pushed forward to find Haverty out wide who kicked Myponga’s third for the quarter before Mutton got his fourth.

McLarens had a four goal break at three quarter time.

Both teams scored early in the fourth, before McLaren extended their lead to five. Myponga slotted another before Mutton slotted his eighth goal for McLaren.

McLaren coach Petrucci was happy with what ended up a convincing win after a dominant Myponga in the first quarter.