Yarraville Seddon has announced it is back in the Western Region Football League division 2 premiership hunt.
The Eagles, who had the rare tag of underdogs going into the game, produced some of their finest football of the season in a 59-point drubbing of ladder leader Wyndhamvale at Yarraville Oval on Saturday.
Eagles coach Vinnie Turcinovich believes something has clicked for his side in recent weeks.
“There’s a feeling around the club now that I didn’t sense last year,” he said.
“When I was with Port Melbourne [in the VFL] with Gary Ayres a couple of years ago, that side had the same mentality and the will to want to play with each other and have fun that we have now.”
Yarraville Seddon was slow out of the blocks in an offensive sense and trailed by nine points at quarter-time.
The Eagles certainly came to life in a barnstorming second quarter, in which they kicked 5.8 to 0.3 and then kicked nine goals to four in a second half blitz.
“We didn’t play the way we wanted in that first quarter, but we addressed it after that,” Turcinovich said.
Jesse Varsamakis was the cornerstone to Yarraville Seddon’s big win.
Varsamakis is not only superior with his work in the ruck, but is also a dominant force when moved forward.
“He [Varsamakis] is the best ruckman in the competition, but once he gets his head around playing centre half-forward, he could easily be the best centre half-forward,” Turcinovich said.
Yarraville Seddon suffered a blow with Harris Lanyon breaking his arm.
The Eagles at least had a ready-made replacement with Brandon Lester.
“He’s more than capable playing in the middle, so he’s a good replacement,” Turcinovich said.
Blake Green, Karan Bharathi and Andrejs Everitt booted two goals each for Yarraville Seddon.
Jordan Robinson and Daniel Bolkas had strong outings in the defence.
Yarraville Seddon will face a stern test against newly promoted Point Cook Centrals, who have been a surprise packet this season, at Featherbrook Reserve on Saturday.