MILDURA is on the board after somewhat of an upset win against South Mildura in SFNL round 1 on Saturday.
The Demons, written off for much of the pre-season due to a large player exodus, showed class in at times deplorable conditions to run out 8.3 (51) to 3.15 (33) winners and start Heath Caldwell's coaching career off on a winning note.
"I'm over the moon, the boys were just terrific," an elated Caldwell said.
"We followed a gameplan specifically to suit the conditions and I was just super pleased with the boys and how we got the win."
Particularly in the first half dust, wind and rain played havoc -- but Caldwell credited an unlikely source for the gameplan that better nullified the condition.
"For myself it was a bit of an education from last year, last season we had an absolute hail of a game against Wentworth and they just used the conditions really well, they just played really smart," he said.
"We made a note of that and we really made it stick, a couple of times in the first quarter going against the breeze we made a few silly decisions but we were lucky to get away with it -- (South) kicked 1.6 so it gave us a chance.
"In the second half we executed to perfection."
Elsewhere Robinvale-Euston held Wentworth to a single goal from their only scoring shot, winning 12.14 (86) to 1.0 (6) while Ouyen United defeated Merbein, 15.12 (102) to 1.6 (12).
Red Cliffs was hosting Irymple under lights, with the scores live on the Sunraysia Daily website.
On the netball court Merbein won a tight A Grade contest with Ouyen United 32-31, Wentworth defeated Robinvale-Euston 45-23 and South Mildura won 41-33 over Mildura.
Irymple was leading Red Cliffs 41-32 with that match still underway and live scored on the Sunraysia Daily website.