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Falcons stay unbeaten

GEELONG Falcons have conquered both the Northern Territory and the warm Darwin conditions to remain unbeaten after the opening month of the NAB League Boys season.

Travelling to the NT for the first time in the club’s 30-year history, the Falcons claimed a 31-point win at TIO Stadium, 13.11 (89) to 8.10 (58).

The successful trip north has the Falcons sitting third on the ladder with three wins and a draw.

“As a coaching trip, we don’t think we’ve been prouder of the group, in the way they handled the conditions and the performance they put in,” stand-in coach Michael Bright said.

“It was quite incredible the effort they put in for four quarters against a pretty good side.”

A fast start proved crucial for the Falcons, who kicked six goals to the Territorians’ four in the opening quarter to open up a 14-point lead.

It was as close as the home team would get.

“We’ve been working hard on getting it in nice and deep to a few targets,” Bright said.

“Tadhg Evans and Ollie Northam, when he rests forward, and once we get in deep to them, we have really fast forwards like Euriah Hollard, Will Baker and Tom Burke, who ended up with three goals.”

Northam, Hollard, Burke, Charlie Vallelonga, Jet Kneebone, Hamish Pierson, Oscar Murdoch and Cooper Hayes all impressed Bright.

The Falcons will travel to Bendigo next Sunday for a meeting with the Dandenong Stingrays.

Captain Jhye Clark will return after serving a two-week suspension.

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