Bendigo FL round 7 action…
GOLDEN Square rocketed up to third spot on the BFNL ladder after scoring a nine-point win over fellow finals aspirant South Bendigo at Wade Street.
And importantly without inspirational co-captain and leading midfielder Jack Geary the Bulldogs have now racked up three wins on the trot.
Square’s defensive pressure was the key to the win.
Even though South’s 11.10 (76) equalled the highest score the Bulldogs’ backline has let through this season the final tally flattered South.
Three of the Bloods’ 11 goals came in junk time – the concluding five minutes of the match – after Square had built up a five-goal buffer.
Square’s Jake Thrum is relishing playing forward of the centre. Normally a small defender Thrum has been used by coach Bernie Haberman across the midfield and as a high half-forward.
Jon Coe has inked his name into the list of the BFNL’s premier backmen and he was again excellent against South. Travis Baird booted three goals while ruckman Matt Compston and midfielder Tom Toma were also good for the Dogs.
South’s tough defender Brad Wright held Ron Best medallist Dylan Johnstone to just two goals with his co-backman Zac Hare and mid Isaiah Miller also prominent.
Play was held up for 10 minutes while South midfielder Joel Swatton was attended to on-field for a broken fibula before being stretchered off. Swatton could miss the rest of the 2017 season.
GISBORNE registered one of its biggest wins of the past few seasons with a 75-point spanking of Castlemaine.
In front of the Gardiner Reserve faithful the Bulldogs booted 20 goals but should have had more from 45 scoring shots.
The Magpies were competitive early but the home Dogs peppered the goals for the entire second half although managing just a wasteful 8.16 to the Maine’s 3.1.
It was just the second time in five-and-a-half years that Gisborne has registered 45 scoring shots in a BFNL match.
Jake Conolan booted five goals for the Bulldogs and was in the best along with teammates Daniel Weaver, Jack Scanlon and Eamon McKenna were all major contributors.
The Maine’s regular contributors in Joel Smith, Kal Huntly, Rhys Jenkins and Jarryd Graham stood out once again.
WEARING their distinctive dark blue and gold hooped Give Me 5 For Kids guernseys Strathfieldsaye belted Kangaroo Flat and moved one game clear on top of the table.
It was the Storm’s 29th victory in a row at their big Tannery Lane ground.
The Roos “did a Hawthorn” following on from the Thursday night AFL match, scoring just three behinds in the first half of footy: identical to the Hawks’ paltry long break total against Port Power.
They did improve after half-time, but it was really just a case of how far the Storm. Jamieson Sheahan was again a major contributor for the Storm with his polished ball use while Tom Dowd and Kellan Smith were also fine linkmen.
Brad Rohde booted four goals for the Storm in just his second senior game.
The Flat’s best were Ross Turner who had a shutdown role on Storm’s key mid Trent Donnan while Mitch Collins held leading BFNL goalkicker Lachie Sharp to just two majors: his lowest tally this season.
SANDHURST copped more injuries – this time against Maryborough – and now have 10 regular senior premiership players sidelined.
Ruckman and dual Michelsen Medallist Tim Martin (adductor), midfielders Adam Parry (bicep) and Joel Wharton (ankle) and backman Angus McKinley (head knock) all suffered injuries.
Martin and Parry face a number of weeks on the sidelines although Wharton and McKinley will face fitness tests before Saturday’s match against Kangaroo Flat.
Maryborough produced one of their best first halves for 2017 booting four goals and holding the Hurst to eight.
Andrew Collins was the Dragons’ star with four goals while rookie Isaac Ruff was great across half-back while Coby Perry and Ash Noonan were fine midfielders for the Magpies.
MATT Gretgrix returned to form for Eaglehawk as the Two Blues downed fellow finals hopefuls Kyneton by seven points.
The G-Train booted nine goals in an outstanding effort with three snag rolls landed by the 17-minute mark of the opening quarter.
Down the other end of Canterbury Park Ben Weightman hammered home seven majors for the Tigers in a match which turned into a real shootout.
Kyneton actually got away to a 17-point lead in the second quarter although the Hawks were more composed in the final term to preserve their winning Canterbury Park streak over the Tigers – a streak which stretches back to 2003.
The Hawks sneaked out to a game-high 24 point lead in the final term when Cameron McGlashan drilled his second goal before the Tigers landed the last three goals with two long range ‘bombs’ from Patrick McCarthy.
Final scores: Golden Square 12.13 (85) d South Bendigo 11.10 (76), Strathfieldsaye 16.6 (102) d Kangaroo Flat 5.5 (35), Sandhurst 18.16 (124) d Maryborough 8.3 (51), Gisborne 20.25 (145) d Castlemaine 11.4 (70) and Eaglehawk 18.11 (119) d Kyneton 17.10 (112).
Top Five: Strathfieldsaye 6-1, 221.6%; South Bendigo 5-2, 161.3%; Golden Square 5-2, 140.6%; Eaglehawk 5-2, 104.1%; Sandhurst 4-1-2, 159.2%.
Sixth: Kyneton: 4-1-2, 150.2%.
Round 8 (all Saturday): Castlemaine vs. Eaglehawk, Maryborough vs. Gisborne, Kang. Flat vs. Sandhurst, Kyneton vs. G. Square and South Bendigo vs. Strathfieldsaye.