CASEY Fields is renowned for being a windy place, but that went to another level during Melbourne’s Round 1 clash with the Kangaroos.
All six of Saturday’s goals came at the scoring end of the ground, with the Demons hitting the front at the right time to walk away two-point winners.
While the breeze had a massive effect on the game, Kate Hore said her side was more than prepared for the challenge.
“It was very gusty out there, but that’s what you expect when you come down to Casey Fields,” she told Melbourne Media.
“We train in it, so we were definitely ready for it.”
The Dees conceded two goals in the opening term without troubling the scorers, but Hore’s efforts in the second quarter helped shift the momentum of the game.
“It was all off the backs’ hard work, but it’s always good to get on the end of a couple,” she said.
After giving up a lead early in the contest, the Dees played the conditions well after half-time to get the game back on their terms.
“We really locked down in that third quarter, only conceded one goal, so we were pretty confident going into the last,” Hore said.
The 24-year-old was pivotal in the Demons’ win with 13 disposals and two majors, thriving in what was a heated encounter.
“It was really physical, especially in that first quarter,” Hore said.
“It’s always going to be tough in the first game of the season and always going to be a battle against the Kangas.
“We did a really good job to just do the basics well and grind it out.”
And the emotions poured out after the final siren, as Melbourne banked a crucial victory in the context of its eight-game season.
“It’s awesome, it’s such a good feeling after a win,” she said.
“There’s nothing like it.”