A STANDOUT performance from Camperdown’s Toby Mahony in his debut for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels was not enough to secure the four points in the opening round of the TAC Cup.
The Magpie, who debuted alongside fellow Hampden league players Harris Jennings (Portland), Jed Henderson and Ben Annett (South Warrnambool), scored a third-quarter goal and finished as one of the Rebels’ best players in the tight one-point loss to Bendigo Pioneers at Mars Stadium on Saturday.
The Rebels held a 19-point lead at three-quarter time, before the Pioneers kicked four goals to one in the final term to steal victory.
Second-year player and Warrnambool export Matt Schnerring was also named as one of the Rebels’ best, while Hamilton’s Lochie Dawson kicked a second-quarter goal.
The Rebels now sit fifth after the first round, with a game against Geelong Falcons, which were defeated by the Dandenong Stingrays on Sunday.