Bendigo Football League
KYNETON charged into the Bendigo Football League’s top five following an entertaining 39-goal shoot-out at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve on Saturday.
On a perfect late autumn day the Tigers were incredibly accurate early, booting 11 straight goals until landing their first behind 17 minutes into the second quarter.
The Magpies were in the contest all the way. They forged to the lead early in the third quarter then closed to within eight points with three minutes left to play in the final term.
It fell to Ben Weightman and Mitchell Scholard to ice the victory for Kyneton with pressure majors in the dying moments as the Tigers won a classic encounter by 22 points: 21.13 (139) to 18.19 (117).
The first half was exciting, end-to-end football. Klai Jermyn nailed three of his six goals for the Pies in the opening term with marvellous shots at goal.
Kyneton landed eight straight majors in the first tem as spearhead Mitchell Scholard (3) and elusive forwards Ben Weightman and Alik Magin nailed two apiece at the pavilion end.
The Maine surged to the lead eight minutes into the second term. Although Kyneton’s Joel Stevenson was on top in the centre square battles and boundary throw-ins, James O’Brien and Kalan Huntly both goaled for Castlemaine.
And when Justin Dorward broke the Thomas Bourke tag and nursed home a Castlemaine major from a 50m penalty, the home side was 10 points up.
But as they were able to do all match, the Tigers bounced back. Acting skipper Jake Hyland nailed the second of his afternoon’s four goals before Alik Magin drilled two more before the long break.
The second half wasn’t quite as breathtaking as the first, but the individual battles were just as fiercely contested.
Kyneton landed four goals to three in the third term as Stevenson continued to mark strongly around the ground.
His tapouts regularly landed in the hands of runners Rhys and Alik Magin and Andrew Aiello.
An excellent running goal to Castlemaine’s pacy John Watson – his second for the quarter – reduced the margin to five points before Kyneton responded.
A floater from Alik Magin and an online shot by Hyland after he’d bullocked his way through a pack handed Kyneton a 17-point lead at the final change.
Once again Castlemaine challenged. Jermyn nailed his fifth major from a set shot early in the last before two unsung Tigers steadied Kyneton.
Under-18 player Alan Miles and Richard Boyer both snapped accurately with Boyer’s shot not fading even though he was slung in a tackle as he got boot to ball.
The Magpies came again. Mark Ramsey steered home a set shot and playmaker Jarryd Graham rammed home the Maine’s 17th goal after marking at centre half-forward.
When Dorward drove long into the goal square and Jermyn toe-poked through his sixth major the deficit was eight points. Just three-and-a-half minutes were left on the clock.
It came down to Weightman and Scholard to boot Kyneton’s sealers and hand the visitors a great victory.
Kyneton coach Mark Adamson said his players knew Castlemaine would have been “really hungry” to win at home.
“But as a team going into Round 7 we’re starting to learn to grind parts of a game out and we’re also learning to play real tempo footy.
“We still made some bad skill errors which hurt us a little bit, but overall our execution was much, much better,” he said.
Kyneton 8.0 13.4 17,7 21.13 (139)
Castlemaine 7.2 11.6 14.8 18.19 (117)
Goals – Kyneton: Alik Magin 6, Mitchell Scholard 5, Jake Hyland 4, Ben Weightman 3, Jacob Plowman, Richard Boyer, Alan Miles. Castlemaine: Klai Jermyn 6, John Watson 2, Mark Ramsey 2, Tom Horne, Kalan Huntly, Jarryd Graham, Adam Robinson, James O’Brien, Zach Hansford, Justin Dorward, Chris McKnight.
Best – Kyneton: Joel Stevenson (best on ground), Rhys Magin, Alik Magin, Jake Hyland, Thomas Bourke, Mitchell Scholard, Ben Weightman. Castlemaine: James O’Brien, Justin Dorward, Tom Godsell, Klai Jermyn, Rhys Jenkins and David Stephens.
AROUND the grounds and the Strathfieldsaye Storm retained their unbeaten record with a hard-fought 23-point win against Kangaroo Flat on the Roos’ home deck.
Golden Square put paid to Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park hoodoo with a stirring 15-point victory which lifted the Bulldogs up to third spot on the table.
Just three goals apiece was the half-time scenario. On a sunny autumn afternoon low scoring wasn’t to be expected.
Then Square broke the shackles with a five-goal third quarter – from 18 inside 50s – with Travis Baird nailing two of those five majors after he’d been moved into attack from centre half-back.
The win lifted Golden Square to third spot on the BFL table as Eaglehawk tumbled one spot to fourth.
Steven Oliver’s South Bendigo recorded their biggest win for many seasons with a 132-point thrashing of cellar dweller Maryborough.
Eleven majors in the final term sealed the Bloods’ biggest win in their past 55 BFL fixtures.
And Sandhurst held the deplorable Gisborne to just a single goal for an entire match as they cruised home by 117 points.
Tbere will be some real soul-searching behind closed doors – and maybe wide-open doors – at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve this week.
The former BFL powerhouse Dogs have won only one game from seven outings and are second last on the ladder with a percentage of just 69.41.
There was some discussion at the Castlemaine after-match function on Saturday night as to whether Gisborne coach Rod Sharp, a four-time premiership player with the Graveyard Dogs, would hold onto his job.
Final scores: South Bendigo 25.18 (168) def. Maryborough 5.6 (36); Strathfieldsaye 13.11 (89) def. Kang. Flat 9.12 (66); Sandhurst 17.25 (127) def. Gisborne 1.4 (10) and Golden Square 10.14 (74) def. Eaglehawk 8.11 (59).