THE first night of the 2017 Night Series was a raging success with a large crowd in attendance to watch four local football clashes.
The spectators were treated to a night of exciting goals and fast paced action with some unexpected finishes.
In the first match of the evening, the Woorinen Tigers bested Swan Hill with a 6.6.43 to 6.3.40 victory.
The tight clash saw the ball continuously moved up toward the Tiger forwards but the defensive line of the Swans were able to hold their own.
They in turn were able to use their speedy run and carry to bag a string of goals.
At times, defensive lapses let both sides down but it was the Tigers who got the rub of the green.
In the second clash, the Nyah Nyah West United Demons showed their intentions for 2017 with a 6.6.42 to 2.6.18 victory over Lake Boga.
The Demons and Magpies went toe to toe for the first five minutes but the ball movement from the middle from Nyah Nyah West United was enough to put the Magpies under pressure.
In the end, the grand finalists were able to get forward 12 times, taking advantage for six goals.
The Magpies will be hoping to fine tune their game before running into the Tyntynder this week.
The Mallee Eagles overcame a slow start to put the Tyntynder Bulldogs away 8.7.55 to 1.7.13.
Lalbert were good through the hands but struggled on occasion to make an impact with their kicks early on.
The Bulldogs swarmed the ball and put immense pressure on the Eagles who used their exit options to move forward.
Tyntynder were able to hang in for most of the first half, testing out the Eagles.
The second half saw the flood gates open up as Tyntynder couldn't stop the run and carry of Lalbert who used the wing to their advantage.
And in the final match up, the Bulldogs got their win, beating Ultima 7.3.45 to 6.4.40.
The home side were able to use the same tactics against Lalbert, but this time to the desired affect.
The first match served to warm the Bulldogs up and they started with enthusiasm against Ultima.
The Roos tried their best but eventually narrowly went down after missed opportunities.