WARRNAMBOOL footballer Jordy Foott says the Blues' emphatic round one win spoke volumes of the group's character.
The third-year Blue, who played in the 134-point victory over Cobden, said memories of their slow start to last season would spur them on in 2019.
"It was really good from a team aspect (to win first up). We were 0-6 last year so it was pretty hard for us to get started," he said.
Foott, 25, said the Blues carried momentum from a productive pre-season into their Hampden league campaign.
"From day dot it felt like there was a good vibe around the club during pre-season," he said.
"Bringing in 'Boof' (Darren Ewing), Trav Graham, having 'Damo' (Damien) McCorkell back, all that experience has really helped steady us up this year."
Teammate Jackson Bell believes Warrnambool's game style will benefit from a venue switch on Saturday.
The Blues will travel to face Terang Mortlake at D.C Farran Oval - a large venue similar to Reid Oval.
"I reckon the big grounds seem to suit us," he said.
"It showed in round one on the big ground 'Boofa' (Ewing) had plenty of space and even 'Moo' (Sam Cowling) got involved."
Foott and Bell will play wing and half-forward roles for coach Matt O'Brien this season.
Bell, 24, will also rotate through the midfield.
Recruits Alex Shipard and Sam Wilson have slotted into defence, allowing Foott to step into a new role.
"I am roaming around wing and half-forward now. We have backmen galore this year," he said.
"It's been really good. I suppose just being able to play a variety of different positions (helps you).
"You're always going to get injuries throughout the year (as a team), so being able to go through the midfield and even forward if they need me to is good.
"I am hoping to hit the scoreboard every now and then but I am not really known for it.
"I will leave it up to 'Boof' and 'Moo' to do most of that."
Bell said the Blues, who made the elimination final last season, were happy with their depth.
He said emerging players were starting to become top-line senior footballers.
"In the first game Austy Steere stepped up a little bit with his run and carry. He's a pretty quick player," he said.
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