Altona has gone down 4-3 to Essendon in a thrilling Hockey Victoria men’s premier league season opener at Grant Reserve on Saturday.

Matthew Barnett, Matthew Huf and Andrew Scanlon all got on the scoresheet for the Seagulls, but it was not enough as Essendon out-gunned them on the day.

The A’s will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to Waverley on Saturday.

It was a much better result for Footscray in its first game of the season.

The Bulldogs are barking after a 5-1 mauling of Toorak East Malvern at the Footscray Hockey Centre on Saturday.

Sam McIntosh was the star of the show offensively for the Bulldogs with a hat trick.

Oscar Allan and Zachary Ashton also scored to complete the rout.

Footscray will be on the road for the first time on Saturday when they face Melbourne University.

In the women’s premier league, Altona is licking its wounds after a 4-1 defeat at the sticks of Essendon at Grant Reserve.

Phoebe Rothfield was the lone goalscorer for the A’s in a disappointing season opener.

The A’s will be looking to bounce back against Waverley, also a first-up loser.

Footscray’s women’s team made it a double delight for the club on the day.

The Bulldogs crushed Toorak East Malvern 5-2 with Monica Singh leading the way with three goals.

Sarah Breen and Ellen Druce also made it on to the scoresheet for the Bulldogs.

Footscray will be warm favourites when they travel to Melbourne University on Saturday.