Bendigo Football League round five
KYNETON scored one of the most astonishing victories of the 2014 Bendigo league season to date, holding on to beat Golden Square by seven points in Saturday’s MyJet Oval match.
The Tigers held the Bulldogs to a trifling 2.11 by three-quarter time while posting 7.8 with one term to play.
Even though Square booted five goals with the breeze in a pulsating final quarter, Kyneton managed two majors in reply to hold on for their second win of the year: 9.8 (62) to 7.13 (55).
Joel Stevenson, the dominant big man afield, landed two Tiger goals with his reliable left foot in the opening term.
With only Comanche Walls and Dale Lowry able to split the sticks for the Square for the entire first half, the Tigers held a slender four-point lead at the main break.
Dale Ciunik blanketed Square’s inaccurate boom recruit Corey Jones – the former North Melbourne half-forward – Josh Houlden and Kane Ransted constantly held Square out in the Tiger back half while Ryan Carafa was outstanding through the midfield.
With four goals to zero in the third term, the Tigers raced out to the biggest lead of the match.
Carafa kicked the goal of the day. Breaking the normally unbreakable tackle of Square premier defender Clayton Anderson Carafa burst through centrefield, took one bounce and nailed his left-footer at the Wade Street end.
When Ben Weightman (2) and Hayden Wright added more Tiger goals, the Square was staring at a 27-point last change deficit.
Then suddenly the Dogs got off the leash. Comanche Walls unloaded two long bombs, Jack Daley and Sam Harper were on target from the goal square and Lowry steered home his second.
Corey Jones’ best effort of the day came from a booming barrel from the centre square which landed 15 metres out from the Wade Street goals – and resulted in a Square major.
The Tigers had replied twice through Harrison Huntley who outbodied his opponent in marking contests and slammed the second shot over the backyards of Maple Street and onto the road.
Had Lachlan Woodward been able to land a major from centre half-forward at the 25-minute mark the margin would have been less then one, straight kick.
But he missed and the Square’s chances had flown.
Kyneton coach Mark Adamson, who led the Dogs to the first of their five consecutive grand final wins in 2009, said Golden Square was always hard to beat.
“I thought the key was our third quarter (when 4.1 was kicked) in which we did quite well. And I was really pleased with our side at the end because we were down to no bench.
“Golden Square is an outstanding club on and off the field. You have to play four, committed quarters against them no matter what names are out there and how their performances have been leading into a game.
“We were fortunate enough in the end to have had a big enough lead to get us over the line,” Adamson said.
Kyneton 3.6 3.7 7.8 9.8 (62)
Golden Square 1.2 2.9 2.11 7.13 (55)
Goals – Kyneton: Ben Weightman 3, Joel Stevenson 2, Harrison Huntley 2, Hayden Wright, Ryan Carafa. Golden Square: Comanche Walls 3, Dale Lowry 2, Sam Harper, Jack Daley.
Best – Kyneton: Joel Stevenson (best on ground), Joshua Houlden, Ryan Carafa, Jordan Collins, Kane Ransted, Ben Knight, Dale Ciunik. Golden Square: Comanche Walls, Dale Lowry, Jonathan Coe, Nathan Coyle, Matthew Compston, Phil Ryan.
IN OTHER round 5 BFL news top team Sandhurst belted up-and-coming Kangaroo Flat by 107 points at the Queen Elizabeth Oval, Gisborne trounced winless South Bendigo by 67 points at the Gardiner Reserve ‘graveyard’ and Eaglehawk leapt up to fourth spot with a 110-point annihilation of struggling Castlemaine.
The Hawks restricted the Magpies to just three goals for the day at Canterbury Park.
Meanwhile Maine coach Shane Robertson, a Carlton premiership player, is irate that not a single player from his club has been invited to train with the Bendigo inter-league training squad.
Robertson said to send out e-mails to clubs asking them to nominate players was “pretty average to start with.”
“If I was involved in inter-league I would be picking the blokes I wanted, regardless. And then I would make them make their decisions.
“Inter-league is inter-league and you pick your best side. I can’t believe how this has got out of whack because the league is blaming our club – and our club is not unprofessional.”
A mis-communication within the Magpie club resulted in no player names being put forward by deadline time. Castlemaine is the only one of the 10 BFNL clubs with no representation in the squad.
Robertson added he’d heard the BFNL selectors had added “another 15 or 20 players of their own” and queried why they hadn’t pursued “at least a couple from Castlemaine” to add into a large squad of 73.
AFL central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams said the BFNL had “included all of our clubs in the process for the initial training squad of 73 players.”
The Blue and Golds play old rivals Gippsland at the QEO on 24 May 24. Hawthorn premiership player and 2013 Golden Square flag-winning coach Rick Ladson is in charge of Bendigo’s fortunes this year.