Magpies crush Seagulls, shake the monkey

Camperdown coach Dan Casey is hoping his side's first win of the season will pave the way for more.

Camperdown coach Dan Casey is hoping his side's first win of the season will pave the way for more.

CAMPERDOWN coach Dan Casey is hoping his side's first win of the season will pave the way for more.

The Magpies ended their five-game losing streak to start to the season with an emphatic 59-point win over Port Fairy at Leura Oval on Saturday.

"Relief," Casey said after the 17.10 (112) to 7.11 (53) result gave him his first win as coach.

"I've never been in this position before (0-5) and neither have many of the players. It's just the monkey off the back," he said.

"It's been a tough five weeks, the pressure has been on.

"We've worked really hard since October, we've played the top sides straight up and it was just a reward for the young kids to see the responses of the supporters who came into the rooms after the game."

Casey said the Magpies, after a different week on the track when assistant coaches took training and he became just another player, had taken a simple approach into the contest.

"We just wanted to win each quarter, whether it was by a point or 10 goals," he said.

"Our back six were fantastic. Our midfield was a bit slow to start. We moved the ball probably the best we have. We found space and it was just a really good reward."

He said the Magpies' 4.0 to 0.4 first quarter was the first opening term they had won this season.

Casey kicked seven goals despite a tight hamstring and said first-gamers Matt Pemberton and Jeremy Lucas impressed.

A foot injury to Port Fairy coach Sam Rudolph in the fourth term compounded the Seagulls' woes.

Rudolph said he would attend Hampden interleague training tonight and have the injury inspected.

"I crushed my foot in a marking contest," he said.

"I took a mark at half-forward and an opponent landed on my foot. It is bruised and swollen today."

Rudolph said Port Fairy would address its inconsistency over the break.

He praised Sam McCartney for his efforts in the heavy loss.

"He was pretty much our only target all day forward," Rudolph said.

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