NORTH Warrnambool Eagles gave new coach Bernard Moloney a dream start with a win over his former side Camperdown in Saturday's round one match.
The Eagles kicked the last five goals of the game to claim a 23-point win against Camperdown at Bushfield Recreation Reserve, 17.11 (113) to 13.12 (90).
Portland gave its new coach Jake Myles a few nervous moments as it claimed a three-point victory against Terang Mortlake, 13.20 (98) to 14.11 (95).
Stand-in skipper Paul Hinkley and Sam Harkin each kicked five goals to help Cobden start the Hampden football league season with a strong win against Hamilton Kangaroos, 18.9 (117) to 8.15 (63).
In the other game, Koroit burst Port Fairy's pre-season bubble with a 12-goal win, 17.12 (114) to 6.6 (42).
In Hampden league netball, defending premier North Warrnambool Eagles opened in ominous fashion as they scored a 15-goal win over last season's top-three side Camperdown.
Hamilton Kangaroos scored their first win in the competition at their 19th attempt with a 28-goal triumph over Cobden while last season's runner-up Koroit overpowered Port Fairy by 28 goals.
Portland prevailed in the closest game of the round with a seven-goal victory against Terang Mortlake.