AN experienced midfielder and debutant shone for TAC Cup side North Ballarat Rebels on Sunday.
South Warrnambool jet Hugh McCluggage worked through a tag to kick three goals and collect 27 touches in the Rebels’ 13.14 (92) to 8.9 (57) win over Calder Cannons at Eureka Stadium.
Cobden utility Trent Reed finished with 14 disposals in his first game. Rebels coach Gerard FitzGerald said both Hampden league talents played their roles.
“Hugh had close attention he had to work through and he has to learn to deal with that,” he said.
“In a way, it’s respectful of what he’s done.”
FitzGerald said Reed slotted in seamlessly.
“His first game was quite impressive – it showed he’s played senior football and been nurtured at a good football club,” he said.
South Warrnambool forward Shannon Beks also earned praise for his efforts pinch-hitting in the ruck, while his Roosters teammate Charlie Lee returned to form at half-back.