Bendigo Football League
KANGAROO Flat flipped a narrow 15-point advantage five minutes into the third term into a convincing 48-point win over Maryborough at Beck Legal Oval on Saturday night.
Judging by their opening round performance the Roos seem likely to hand the Bendigo Football League wooden spoon, garnered last season, to another club.
After the Magpies’ Joe Collinson had soccered the opening goal of the second half the Roos went on a third term rampage.
With Brayden Knox (seven goals for the evening) and Cam Rinaldi (four) on fire in the front half the Flat slammed home eight, straight majors before the final change.
Maryborough had battled hard in the first half. But the constant ball supply from Roo midfielders Simon Davies, Nick Lang, co-captain Luke Lougoon and Ross Turner handed Knox and Rinaldi countless goalkicking opportunities. The two key forwards marked just about everything which came their way.
Although the match was all over as a contest by three-quarter time the first half was fairly even. Between them Knox and Rinaldi contributed all five of Flat’s first term goals.
Down by 22 points at quarter time Maryborough kept pace with Kangaroo Flat in the second term.
Both sides added 3.3. Skipper Luke Bucknall and co-midfielders Michael Noonan and Jayden Hooper got the Magpies going.
Then two 50m penalties against Maryborough in the third quarter kick-started the Roos. Matt Tregenza and Simon Davies slotted goals as a direct result of those infringements as Knox (3), Rinaldi, Davies again with an around-the-body snap and James Saville launched the Roos to an unassailable 57-point buffer.
Kangaroo Flat did not score another major until the 18-minute mark of the final term when Lougoon burst through an open half-forward line to shoot home a fine goal.
Maryborough managed to land three majors with Billy Mahoney on target for his second of the night as the match petered out.
Roo coach Jason Stevens was pleased with his side’s third quarter performance but not with the last term effort. “We were really good in the third quarter but then, unfortunately, the last quarter didn’t hold up to the third.
“Still, any win for us is a good win considering we’ve come from last on the ladder (in 2013). So it’s fantastic for us to get the four points.”
Kangaroo Flat 5.5 8.6 16.8 18.11 (119)
Maryborough 2.1 5.4 7.5 10.11 (71)
Goals – Kangaroo Flat: Brayden Knox 7, Cameron Rinaldi 4, Simon Davies 3, James Saville, Tom Dargaville, Matt Tregenza, Luke Lougoon. Maryborough: Matthew Bond 2, Luke Bucknall 2, Billy Mahoney 2, Shaun Bond 2, Daniel Vadala, Joe Collinson.
Best – Kangaroo Flat: Luke Lougoon, Brayden Knox, Nick Lang, Cameron Rinaldi, Ross Turner, Tim Brooks, Simon Davies. Maryborough: Luke Bucknall, Michael Noonan, Jackson Clark, Shaun Bond, Jayden Hooper, Billy Mahoney.
Played under lights, Beck Legal Oval, Kangaroo Flat.