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Bose happy with start

EAST Geelong has consolidated its spot inside the GDFL top five ahead of a challenging run with a comfortable 90-point win over North Geelong.

The Eagles kept the Magpies scoreless in the opening term at Richmond Crescent before running away with a 17.14 (116) to 4.2 (26).

Coach Ben Boseley is pleased with how East is sitting approaching the end of April, with three wins to start a season, the club’s best return since 2011, when it went 17-1 in the home-and-away season.

“As a team, we’re starting to get some continuity with our performance,” he said. “Whenever you start a season 3-0, you take it.

“We’ve had some really good patches; we’ve also had some patches that we want to clean up and improve upon.

“But, all in all, we’ve been pretty satisfied with it.”

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East Geelong had to contend with North Geelong putting extra numbers in defence, and Boseley was happy with how his charges could still find avenues to goal.

“The way we were able to work through some defensive elements North Geelong brought against with a few players behind the ball was pleasing,” he said.

“The way we were able methodically to work through that and still get looks inside 50.

“And bringing some continuity with some of those new players, and bringing that real cohesion to our group, which is nice.”

With teenager Hugh Menzies sidelined through illness, East Geelong’s forward line had a slightly different look against the Magpies.

Boseley is confident the Eagles’ are more dynamic in their front half than in 2021, especially with the arrival of Zac Smith from St Albans.

He kicked four goals against North Geelong to give him 12 for the season.

“I think we were quite one-dimensional last year,” he said. “We had, at times, four talls and two smalls.

“On the weekend, we played with one tall and those five medium-sized players, which is good.

“And Zac brings another dimension  – he can play tall and small.

“His looks inside 50 are very much dependent on the other movement of other players inside 50.”

The Eagles will now prepare for a trip to Myers Reserve and a meeting with Bell Post Hill in Round 6.

It starts a challenging three weeks for East, with arch-rivals Thomson and premiership favourite Inverleigh to follow.

“We know there’ll be challenge after challenge, but I think the group’s ready for it,” Boseley said.

“We’ve been building, and we’ve been working hard to get to this position.

“But, you can’t look past Bell Post Hill.”

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