Beaumaris remains undefeated following a comprehensive 41-point win over Old Haileybury at a rain-soaked Princes Park.
The Sharks led at every break against last year’s C-grade premiers and broke the game open in the second half, thanks largely to a dogged midfield helmed by ruckman Anthony Carroll and goal-scoring ball-winners Will Edmonds and Rob Cathcart.
Edmonds relished the muddy centre and was the key extractor at stoppages.
But his day almost appeared over in the second quarter when he suffered a serious head injury from a wild sling tackle.
A groggy Edmonds was assisted from the field where it was feared he wouldn’t take any further part in the match.
But desperate to continue is strong early season form, Edmonds returned and immediately kicked a goal – his second of three majors.
“I was definitely feeling a bit dizzy (after the tackle),” Edmonds said.
“But I collected myself and was able to get back on and fortunately hit the scoreboard. I suppose someone’s got to do Milney’s (Stephen Milne) job for him.
“The boys have done what we needed to do so far to get the wins, but there’s certainly room for improvement to be able to lift the cup at the end of the season.”
Forward Luke Edmondson (three goals) excelled playing in the high half forward role, providing a vital link up the ground with the team’s stay-at-home talls.
The win was dampened by injuries to key position duo Jack Gabron-Uhe (broken thumb) and James Davidson (ankle).
Gabron-Uhe underwent surgery on the weekend and is expected to miss up to six weeks.
Meanwhile, the reserves had another convincing victory, toppling Old Haileybury 2.1 (13) to 17.23 (125) in sodden conditions.
It was a masterful performance by AJ (Alexander Johnston), who booted seven goals, while Matt Lovejoy and Matt Williams excelled in the wet.
The victory is twos’ consecutive emphatic win, following last week’s 171-point decimation of Parkdale.
The reserves sit on top of the ladder with a mind-boggling 1386 per cent.
The Sharks will play Mazenod at Central Reserve, Glen Waverley on Saturday.