Geelong District FNLK Rock | In a season where numerous local football droughts have been broken across the region, another small one went by the wayside at Shell Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

For the first time since 2009, Corio claimed the four points against Bell Post Hill, with the Devils beating the Panthers by 42 points, 16.4 (100) to 8.10 (58), to open their 2024 account.

To put into context the length of the gap between Corio’s wins over their northern neighbours, Bell Post Hill was still a year away from winning the first of their seven premierships in eight seasons.

Devils co-coach Darren Bennett said he started to feel the drought would be broken early in the third quarter when the scoreboard began to reflect their dominance.

“I thought we were really good early; we just didn’t put a big enough gap in the game,” he said.

“I was pretty confident about ten minutes into the third quarter.

“I think yesterday was a really even contribution. Everyone got involved, and the boys knew they hadn’t taken opportunities early.

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