Bendigo Football League…
Former North Melbourne star Corey Jones led the Bulldog blitz with four goals as the Square used the breeze favouring the Wade Street end to devastating effect.
Jones should really have taken his personal tally to seven by the first change, but three set shots in the time-on period faded right and he went to the huddle with 4.3 to his name.
The Dogs added 8.15 in the concluding three quarters while the Magpies booted 3.5 as Square coasted home: 16.21 (117) to 3.7 (25).
Golden Square held control of the midfield battle with acting captain Jack Geary, Che Walls, Jack Daley (three goals), and Ben Connelly in great touch.
Geary, in particular, was outstanding. His passing by foot and hand was exemplary, he set up countless forward moves and he booted a sizzling long bomb major in the third term.
The Magpies looked a lot better in the second term, almost keeping up with the Square on the scoreboard.
Key forward Nick Oliver landed Castlemaine’s first goal at the 10-minute mark while Tom Godsell screwed home their second with 23 minutes gone.
In between the Pies’ majors Daley, James Molinaro and Shane Harris had booted Square goals to hand the home side a 58-point half-time lead.
The last half was a formality. The Bulldogs added 4.7 in the third term yet managed just a single major in the last — to defender Jon Coe, a goal which evoked great celebrations from his teammates.
Castlemaine’s players led by Zach Hansford and David Stephens kept running hard as they attempted to create chances. Simple handling errors and turnovers were costly although their marking, particularly in defence, was solid.
Golden Square coach Nick Carter was pleased that the 92-point win would boost the club’s percentage, but added there were parts of the game where his players hadn’t controlled the game as much as he would have liked.
“Still, we started well with the intensity we wanted.
“And Ben Connelly playing probably his first senior game had 29 touches which was impressive. Overall the guys took another step forward, which is important going into the game against Strath Storm next week,” Carter said.
GOLDEN SQUARE 8.6 11.9 15.16 16.21 (117)
CASTLEMAINE 0.2 2.5 2.6 3.7 (25)
Goals – Golden Square: Corey Jones 5, Jack Daley 3, Shane Harris 2, Harry Donegan, Jack Geary, Tom Anderson, Jon Coe, Dale Lowry, James Molinaro. Castlemaine: Nicholas Oliver, John Watson, Tom Godsell.
BEST – Golden Square: Jack Geary (best on ground), Corey Jones, Che Walls, Jon Coe, Jack Daley, Ben Connelly, Shane Harris. Castlemaine: David Stephens, Zach Hansford, Jarryd Graham, Jackson Hood, Tom Godsell.
Votes – 5: Jack Geary. 4: Corey Jones. 3: Che Walls. 2: Jonathan Coe. 1: Jack Daley (all GS).