Bendigo FL Round 6 wrap….
STRATHFIELDSAYE bolstered an already impressive percentage by 32.4% after thumping an enthusiastic but poorly skilled Castlemaine by 149 points on Saturday.
After an even first term the Storm added 28 majors to four in the concluding three quarters with 16 individual players ending up on the goalkicking list.
Lachlan Sharp headed the Strathfieldsaye goal tally with seven although he’d managed just a pair in the opening half.
Then the floodgates burst open after the long break. The visitors slammed home 20 goals to the Maine’s three on the way to a 30.11 (191) to 6.6 (42) victory and top spot on the ladder.
The Magpies had only one reliable goalkicker. Simon Seddon nailed four of Castlemaine’s six goals despite receiving treatment early on from his trainers for a back strain.
The Maine’s best players were in the back half where the football spent long periods.
Adam Robinson and Rhys Jenkins were the pick of the bunch.
Storm coach Darryl Wilson used dynamic ‘tall’ Harry Conway as an on-baller and Conway relished his switch with two goals and a swag of possessions.
He was alongside centreman Trent Donnan and back-half sweeper Jamieson Sheahan as the Storm just kept pumping the ball goalwards.
Returning Strath player Matt Smith tore through centrefield unopposed to land a second stanza major and not long afterwards speedy Josh Formosa chased down a rolling ball flipped out from the middle of the Camp Reserve to nail another.
Fergus Payne had a picnic as he nailed three goals in the second term, his third 49 seconds from siren time as he strolled into the goal square with not an opponent in sight.
And although kicking against the breeze to the pavilion end in the third quarter Strathfieldsaye added 11.5.
Playing his first game in the hoops Brad Rohde laid the tackle of the day and speared home his second of three goals from the resultant free kick.
Brad Stringer bent back a spectacular shot from deep in the functions room pocket while Sharp landed a banana kick from the wrong side for a left-footer.
Seddon was the only forward who could score for the Magpies as he drilled the home side’s only two final quarter goals.
Meanwhile the Storm added another nine majors with Rohde taking his goal tally to three from a set shot while Sharp took his personal total to seven as everyone waited for the final siren to sound.
Wilson said it was a bonus to have Rohde playing in the side and it was also pleasing to have Formosa and Harvey back while Matt Smith had been really good.
“We ran the game out pretty well after a bit of a scratchy start in the first quarter. We didn’t follow some basic instructions and let Castlemaine get a couple of early goals which opened the game up.
“But we did run the game out well as we’d done last week (against Maryborough).
“Our pressure around the stoppages and our pressure when Castlemaine had the ball enabled us to get some loose turnovers,” Wilson said.
Strathfieldsaye 2.2 10.6 21.11 30.11 (191)
Castlemaine 2.4 3.5 4.6 6.6 (42)
Goals – Storm: L. Sharp 7, B. Rohde 3, F. Payne 3, J. Formosa 2, M. Smith 2, H. Conway 2, S. Geary 2, A. Powell, S. Johns, K. Geary, J. Hall, J. Heavyside, T. Donnan, H. Crone, B. Stringer, L. Bonney. Castlemaine: S. Seddon 4, J. Smith, R. Jenkins.
Best – Storm: T. Donnan (best afield), J. Sheahan, H. Conway, J. Formosa, S. Johns, M. Smith, L. Sharp. Castlemaine: A. Robinson, R. Jenkins, K. Huntly, J. Hood.
SOUTH Bendigo regained the Graeme Wright Memorial Cup for the first time since 2013 with a 30-point win over arch-rivals Sandhurst.
In front of a large contingent of former players and officials watching on the Bloods halted a run of seven losses against the Dragons.
Playing coach Brady Childs booted five goals – three by the two-minute mark of the second term – as the Bloods did well against the breeze at the Barnard Street end of the QEO.
By three-quarter time South led by 18 points.
They managed a wasteful 2.8 to the Hurst’s 1.2 in the final term with ruckman Kieran Strachan again outstanding, but it was good enough to secure a comfortable victory.
Midfielders Liam Bartels and workhorse captain Aaron Connaughton — in his 150th match — were in South’s best.
Defenders Liam Ireland and Josh Hann were named as Sandhurst’s leading players with defending premiers the Dragons now perched outside the Top Five in sixth position.
GOLDEN Square, as expected, demolished Maryborough at the Magpies’ Princes Park although the home side was more competitive than a week earlier on the Storm’s massive home ground.
Like Strathfieldsaye Square lifted their percentage with their big win. In the Dogs’ case it was a 27% boost and took them to fourth on the ladder.
In his first game back from an injury layoff Travis Baird booted five goals in a best afield effort.
Maryborough showed encouraging signs. Trailing by 104 points at the last change the Pies could have gone down by anything up to 140 points.
But they restricted the Bulldogs to just 2.5 in the last stanza to stop the final margin ballooning out.
Tom Toma (3 goals) and defender Michael Dalrymple were in Square’s best with midfielder Coby Perry the pick of the Magpies.
KYNETON consolidated their top five berth with a comfortable 70-point home win over Kangaroo Flat.
After two wins on the trot the Roos came back to the field at the Showgrounds as the Tigers led all day.
The Tigers booted 10 goals to one when they had their turn with the wind in the second quarter after restricting the Flat to two majors in the opening term.
Ben Weightman and Daniel Davie slotted four goals each for the Tigers with ruckman Jordan Mangan in the best six along with ball magnets Josh Govan, Rhys Magin and Max O’Sullivan.
Ross Turner and Jonathan Lanyon were the pick of the Roos.
ON Sunday Eaglehawk accounted for Gisborne by 39 points in a game which never reached great heights.
The Hawks restricted the Canterbury Park visitors to just two first half goals and a mere six for the day.
Former Hawthorn premiership player Clinton Young made his return for Gisborne but managed just one goal. Andre Headberry with two majors was the only Gisborne multiple goalkicker.
Mercurial midfielder Ben McPhee was best afield with his four Eaglehawk majors the match-high figure. Cody Green drove through three majors for the Hawks while big spearhead Matt Gretgrix managed just a couple.
Final scores: South Bendigo 13.18 (96) d Sandhurst 9.12 (66); Golden Square 21.17 (143) d Maryborough 5.7 (37); Kyneton 22.17 (149) d Kang. Flat 12.7 (79) and Eaglehawk 12.7 (79) d Gisborne 6.4 (40).
Top five: Strathfieldsaye 5-1, 214.7%; South Bendigo 5-1, 177%; Kyneton 4-1-1, 164%; Golden Square 4-2, 146.7%; Eaglehawk 4-2, 103.4%.
Sixth: Sandhurst 3-1-2, 149%.
Round 7 (all Saturday): Golden Square v South Bendigo, Eaglehawk v Kyneton, Gisborne v Castlemaine, Strathfieldsaye v Kangaroo Flat and Sandhurst v Maryborough.