Sharp reaches ton as Storm flattens Roos by Richard Jones

BFL round 16 wrap

StrathstormSTRATHFIELDSAYE’S gun small forward Lachlan Sharp booted his fourth goal of the day and his 100th for 2017 at the 18-minute mark of Saturday’s second term.

There was nothing Kangaroo Flat defenders could do to stop him as Sharp went on to nail another four for a Round 16 tally of eight.

Just as importantly the Storm slaughtered the hapless Roos by 143 points with 11 individual goalkickers as they restricted the home side to just four goals on their Bendigo Mazda Oval home deck.

The visitors have unearthed a sparkling new talent in teenager Bailey Henderson who contributed two majors in Strathfieldsaye’s 25.18 (168) to 4.1 (25) romp.

Sharp nailed his first goal for the match just two minutes into the first term when he marked a Jake Hall pass.

Seven minutes later he had another when he reeled in a full-length diving mark and banged home goal number 98.

Strathfieldsaye was in attack constantly. Gun midfield duo Kallen and Shannon Geary kept driving the Storm forward and by the first break they led by 27 points.

Only big ruckman Nick Lang and Kyle Hudson were able to post any replies for the Roos.

The Storm went further ahead the longer the match went. Five goals in the second term were topped by nine in the third — 9.9 to be precise — as they bombarded the Station Street end sticks.

Sharp notched the two majors he needed to reach the magic 100-goal figure with 18:20 on the clock in the second term.

After a lone figure had dashed onto the field when he took a Ben Lester hand-off and booted his third four minutes into the second term (the supporter clearly couldn’t count) a huge swarm dashed on after he’d claimed a tumbling mark and nailed his fourth. That was Sharp’s 100th major for 2017.

Meanwhile Hall, Wade Donnan and Henderson had all drilled majors as Storm took the lead out to 54 points by half-time.

The third quarter almost resembled a training drill for the Storm. They held the Roos scoreless, bombarded the Station Street end goalmouth and provided new players Henderson and Wade Donnan with a heap of possessions.

Co-captain Jayden Donaldson got into the goal-scoring spree with the first two goals of the final term while Shannon Geary took his personal tally to three after marking a few metres out from the goal-line.

Liam Ly finally snapped the Flat’s fourth goal of the day — the first since Jack Bower’s after-the-siren shot at half-time — as everyone waited for the final siren to sound.

Storm coach Darryl Wilson said applying scoreboard pressure had been essential.

“Kallen Geary’s first quarter really set us up so with Sharpey reaching his 100 goals it was overall a great day for the club.

“Plus we actually won all three footy games with the Twos and under-18s all scoring good wins, as well,” Wilson said.

Strathfieldsaye 6.3  11.6  20.15 25.18 (168) 

Kangaroo Flat   2.0    3.0    3.0     4.1   (25)

Goals – Storm: L. Sharp 8, S. Geary 3, T. Donnan 2, J. Donaldson 2, B. Henderson 2, J. Martyn 2, K. Smith 2, K. Geary, J. Hall, J. Formosa, W. Donnan. Kang. Flat: N. Lang, L. Ly, K. Hudson, J. Bower.

Best – Storm: K. Geary (best afield), S. Geary, B. Henderson, W. Donnan, J. Formosa, T. Donnan, L. Sharp. Kang. Flat: J. Lanyon, S. Maddern, L. Collins, T. Holman.

eaglehawkeEAGLEHAWK laid to rest Kyneton’s dominance on its home deck at the Kyneton Showgrounds with a 67-point belting of the Tigers.

And the top team Hawks held the normally free-scoring Tigers to just eight goals for an afternoon’s work.

Kyneton faces two more tough assignments to round out the 2017 season with Golden Square (third) and Strathfieldsaye (second) to come.

At least the Round 18 game against the Storm will be played at the Showgrounds. The Tigers might have regained some of their mojo by then.

Kyneton looked good at half-time against the Two Blues leading by 17 points.

Then Eaglehawk unleashed a 10-goal third quarter to virtually seal the four premiership points.

In the second half Eaglehawk’s dominance was so marked they added 14.10 to Kyneton’s paltry 1.3.

Their defence held the usually free-scoring Tigers to their lowest score of 2017. Full-forward Mitch Scholard was held goalless while at the other end of the Showgrounds Ben McPhee and Sean Williams landed four goals each while prolific scorer Riley Saunders added three for the Hawks.

Ben Weightman was the pick of the Tiger attack as he booted three of his side’s eight majors. He has 85 for the season.

Eaglehawk is now virtually assured of the minor premiership and the week off during the first round of the finals. They play the bottom two sides Castlemaine and Maryborough -– both matches set for Canterbury Park — in the run home.

goldenGOLDEN SQUARE dumped South Bendigo out of the Top Five with a comfortable 38-point victory at the QEO.

After a massive home club luncheon featuring the Western Bulldogs’ Jake Stringer and stars of yesteryear in ‘Fabulous’ Phil Carman and Terry ‘Plough’ Wallace the Bloods’ couldn’t transfer any of the pre-match goodwill out onto the turf and generate any on-field spark.

True, the Square Bulldogs have been one of the BFL’s yardsticks for a decade or more.

But the young, re-building Bloods fell back into their mid-season style of barely kicking enough goals to mount a challenge.

Indeed, by the final change South had posted a meagre three majors with the Square 63 points in front -– the game-high margin.

Last season’s Ron Best medallist Dylan Johnstone (GS) landed three majors within the first 12 minutes of play in the opening term. Eventually he was matched up by his younger brother, Daniel, with the Square ahead 6.5 to 2.3 by the first break.

Match-long South’s delivery into attack was poor. This enabled Square defenders Jon Coe, 200-gamer Clayton ‘Simpson’ Anderson, Will Lee and co-captain Brayden Dorrington to mop up with ease.

There was a scare for Square mid-second term. Playmaker and goalkicker Adam ‘Skinny’ Baird limped off after injuring a knee when he landed awkwardly after taking a mark.

Fortunately Baird was back on again before half-time following some frantic sidelines work by the Square trainers.

The Bloods did add a touch of respectability to their final scoreline with five last term majors.

South’s pinch-hitter Brad Wright had again been moved from the full-back line into attack and he finished with a match-high four goals, including two great set shots from deep in a city end pocket.

GisborneGISBORNE won Round 16’s closest game by downing home side Castlemaine by 11 points.

In a Camp Reserve shootout the Graveyard Dogs needed five goals in the last quarter to hold off the Magpies with the home team nine points up at three-quarter time.

Gisborne piled on 5.5 in the final stanza to the Maine’s 2.3 to seal their narrow win.

Under coach Brad Spear the Bulldogs notched their fifth win of the season and will finish seventh – two places higher than they did in 2016.

Key forward and skipper Jarrad Lynch was excellent for Gisborne along with teammates Trent Crosbie and Daniel Weaver.

Castlemaine midfielders Kalan Huntly, Zac Hansford and Simon Seddon won plenty of the ball for the Maine but it wasn’t enough for the Pies to snatch victory.

SandhurstDragonsAT Maryborough’s Princes Park Sandhurst predictably massacred the Magpies with 11 individual goalkickers appearing on the Dragons’ list.

The Hurst defence held Maryborough goalless in the first half and then their forwards added 13 majors after the long break.

Heading the visitors’ goalkicking table were Andrew Collins and Lachlan Ross with four each while Zac East added three.

Best in the Dragons’ 128-point cakewalk were on-ballers Joel Wharton and skipper Blair Holmes with Ross and East not far behind.

Samuel McDowell was named best for Maryborough.

Final scores: Eaglehawk 18.15 (123) d Kyneton 8.8 (56), Sandhurst 23.14 (152) d Maryborough 3.6 (24), Golden Square 14.11 (95) d South Bendigo 8.9 (57) and Gisborne 17.13 (115) d Castlemaine 15.14 (104).

Ladder: Eaglehawk 14 wins, 2 losses, 56 prem. points, 161.6%; Strathfieldsaye 13-3, 52, 207.9%; G. Square 13-3, 52, 167.8%; Kyneton 10-1 draw-5, 42 points, 145.3%; Sandhurst 9-1 draw-5, 38, 146.7%. Sixth: South Bendigo 9-7, 36, 129.1%.

Goalkickers: Lachlan Sharp (Storm) 8, 104; Ben Weightman (Kyneton) 3, 85; Matt Gretgrix (E’hawk) 0, 65.

Round 17, all Saturday: Strathfieldsaye v South Bendigo, Sandhurst v Kang. Flat, Golden Square v Kyneton, Eaglehawk v Castlemaine, Gisborne v Maryborough.



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