Magpies surpass success of 2016

Clunes has eclipsed its mark of two wins from 2016 with a 10-point triumph over Ballan on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies prevailed in the opening two rounds of the 2017 Central Highlands Football League season, but had to wait until the weekend for their next success.

Coach Nemani Valucava and his boys led the Blues at half time and at the final change before clinching the 11.7 (73) to 9.9 (63) triumph on home soil.

It was Northern Territory recruit Jordan Cullen that proved a match-winner for the Magpies, with the forward booting five goals to be named Clunes' best.

Cullen, who is one of a string of NT-based pick-ups for the Magpies this season, kicked four goals in his debut for the club on June 3.

Ryan Thompson was named second best for the winners after kicking three majors, while Ash Mullane and Darren Tanti featured prominently for the Blues.

Ballan coach Jason McNamara said the Clunes outfit out-muscled his side and was damaging with its outside run and also took advantage of the Blues’ lack of forward pressure.

The Magpies have climbed one spot to 13th on the ladder following the win, and despite losing its first game since round seven, Ballan remains in 10th position.