Bendigo Football League…
KANGAROO Flat left their season’s second quarter goalkicking yips behind as they shrugged off every Kyneton challenge to down the Tigers by 28 points in a vital Bendigo Football League match on Saturday. On the Tigers’ home turf at the Kyneton Showgrounds the Roos led at each change although scores were all tied up three times during the second term.
The Roos should really have left the Tigers floundering by the first change but landed just four goals from 12 scoring shots. That allowed Kyneton to draw level at the 22-minute mark and again in time-on during the second stanza before Kangaroo Flat threaded eight second half goals to five on their way to a 18.20 (128) to 14.16 (100) victory.
Cameron Rinaldi booted the first of his five goals 60 seconds into the opening term. But then the Roos’ inaccuracy kicked in. Nick Lang and Braydan Knox both marked kick-ins after points had been scored but both missed golden opportunities to extend the Roos’ lead. Ben Weightman and Darcy Kelly kept the Tigers in touch with majors at the scoreboard end.
Weightman did finish the match with three goals but he was kept fairly quiet in the second half by hard-working Ryley Barrack. George Preston and Isaac Douthie were also prominent in the Flat defence, starting a number of moves along the outer side when they spotted free teammates. The Tigers had their most productive spell in the second quarter, adding 7.5 to 6.2 with Rhys Magin consistently sending the ball into attack.
Kangaroo Flat’s 2015 second quarter nightmares appeared to have descended yet again when Kyneton booted the first six goals of the term – two each from the boots of Mitchell Scholard and Weightman – before Rinaldi, Ross Turner, Jayke Barrack and co-captain Corey Greer all landed majors to hand the Roos a 10-point half-time lead. Alik Magin kept Kyneton’s score moving along when he speared home two early third quarter majors to reduce the leeway to seven points: 11.6 to 11.13.
The Roos responded to the challenge as first Ryan McNish landed a 50m set shot at the town end and then Rinaldi marked an Ash Benbow pass, played on and tapped through his fourth goal from point-blank range. The Roos’ 20-point last change lead looked even more solid when Rinaldi and McNish both speared home majors early in the final term. But as he’s done so frequently this season Alik Magin inspired the Tigers with the goal-of-the-day. From just a metre or two inside the boundary line on the grandstand side he roved a boundary throw-in and threaded a miraculous major.
The Tigers were still more than four goals down, though, and the important win – lifting the Roos to fifth spot on the BFNL ladder – was made even more emphatic when Flat’s Sam Kennedy speared home his third major with a set shot after the final siren. Flat coach Jason Stevens said the win, achieved without co-captain Corey Greer who suffered a jaw-cheekbone injury early in the third term, was pleasing because his players had seen off all Kyneton challenges. “At the half-way mark of last season we were in the Five and then let it slip. This year we’re building towards the end of the season and hopefully we can finish it off,” he said.
Kyneton coach Mark Adamson said the Flat had started really well and “had us off the bit’” early. “Letting them get away to a three or four-goal lead was the most disappointing thing from our point of view,” Adamsopn said. “And then our first six or seven minutes in the last term weren’t great. Suddenly for some reason our players kicked into gear again and I thought we had a really strong 15 or 20 minutes,” he said. The loss sent Kyneton tumbling down from fifth spot to seventh, overtaken not just by the Flat but also by Castlemaine which squeaked home by two points over South Bendigo in a QEO thriller.
Kangaroo Flat 4.8 10.10 14.16 18.20 (128)
Kyneton 2.1 9.6 12.8 14.16 (100)
Goals – Kangaroo Flat: Cameron Rinaldi 5, Jayke Barrack 3, Ryan McNish 3, Sam Kennedy 3, Ross Turner 2, Corey Greer, Tim Brooks. Kyneton: Alik Magin 4, Ben Weightman 3, Mitchell Scholard 3, Jake Hyland 2, Darcy Kelly, Rhys Magin.
Best – Kangaroo Flat: Ryley Barrack (best on ground), Jayke Barrack, Isaac Douthie, George Preston, Andrew Cussen, Cameron Rinaldi, Ross Turner. Kyneton: Rhys Magin, Jake Hyland, Ben Weightman, Joel Stevenson, Tom Bourke, Mitchell Scholard, Alik Magin.
Golden Square won the battle of two top three clubs with a five-point win over old rivals Sandhurst at MyJet Oval. The Bulldogs took a match-high 25-point lead 10 minutes into the third quarter on the back of five consecutive goals. But the Dragons got back with three in a row. And then in the final stanza the Hurst fought back to a three-point deficit with goals to Stagg and Joel Wharton. Eventually Square star Corey Jones, who got through his first game of 2015 injury-free, stemmed the tide with a 50 metre set shot from the flank to see the Dogs home. At the QEO two late goals from dynamic on-baller Justin Dorward saw the Maine home over a gallant South Bendigo. It was Castlemaine legend Steven Oliver’s first-time coaching job for South against his old club but the Bloods just couldn’t hang on. Final scores around the grounds: Castlemaine 11.7 (73) def. South Bendigo 10.11 (71); Eaglehawk 17.11 (113) def. Maryborough 3.11 (29); Golden Square 12.8 (80) def. Sandhurst 11.9 (75) and Strathfieldsaye 17.17 (119) def. Gisborne 8.7 (55).