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Watsonia start with a win against a gallant Knox

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

WATSONIA got their 2016 season off to a good start on Saturday when they defeated last year’s bottom placed side Knox 4-0 at Loyola Reserve in Bundoora.

Federal MP for Jagajaga Jenny Macklin threw the first pitch to the get the game underway.

Watsonia coach Adam Burton said it was good to be on home soil to start the season in which they hope to build on last year’s fourth placing.

“Everyone got hits today, everyone contributed,” Burton said.

“It wasn’t an overly dominant display but a good effort for round one.

“We were knocked out of the finals early last year but we are looking a little stronger this year,” he said.

Burton said the Formisano brothers, starting with Michael then switching to Gareth, did an impressive job with pitching duties. He said Riley Hill, who came up from the seconds, then closed out the game well from the mound.

He said Lewis Weldon also hit an impressive home run.

“We hope to have a few of our players who we lost last season hanging around for the whole season this year,” Burton said.

Knox coach Ashley Winton said despite the loss, it was good to see where his team was at after a disappointing 2015 and only narrowly avoiding relegation this season.

He said while the club would mostly be working with the same playing group as last year, they hoped to have better luck with the close games, many of which they went down in last year.

He praised the efforts of pitcher Jayden Wearne who played a strong first game in the firsts after coming up several grades.

“He really stepped up. They are decent hitting side and he really held his own,” Winton said.