Flat ends 2017 season on high note by Richard Jones

Bendigo FL wrap

kangarooflatKANGAROO Flat finished the 2017 season on a high note holding on to defeat South Bendigo by 10 points at Harry Trott Oval on Saturday.

The Roos at one stage had surged away to a five-goal second term advantage before the Bloods came charging back.

But the Flat hung on extending a slender two-point lead early in the final quarter before Dylan Klemm nailed his fifth goal of the day after the final siren.

There were amazing scenes of celebration in the Flat rooms as co-coaches Corey Greer and Shawn Filo addressed players and supporters after the 15.13 (103) to 13.15 (93) win.

The signs were there early for the Roos. They booted 4.8 using the wind favouring the cricket nets end while restricting the Bloods to 3.3.

And then with Klemm, Daniel Dempster and Liam Collins pounding the ball towards the scoreboard end goals the Roos added seven goals to four in a spirited second quarter.

The Bloods went into the game without an ill Brad Wright up forward. The goalkicking duties fell to midfielders Alex Hywood and Liam Bartels (three goals apiece on the day) and small forward Brock Harvey, who also drilled three.

Klemm drove through three of his five goals in the second stanza hauling in some outstanding marks as ruckman Nick Lang and Liam Collins found him in the clear.

The Roos actually had nine majors on the board before Adrian Coad brought some stability back to South, nailing their fifth goal.

But it was still the Roos by 28 points at the long break before quick third term South goals to Bartels, Hywood and Leroy Miller slashed the margin to nine points.

Daniel Dempster eased home his third major at the 25-minute mark to give the Roos a 15-point three-quarter time buffer.

South played a plus one in defence in the final quarter relying on midfielder Blair Whelan, Harvey and Bartels to spearhead their challenge.

They reduced the margin to two points – 12.11 to 12.13 – before Dempster snapped a ripper shot followed by Liam Ly’s set shot major for the Flat at the 18-minute mark.

The Roos deserved just their fourth win of the season playing with more sustained intensity than South.

Co-coach Filo said the Flat defenders had been excellent all day. “And when they played a loose man back that allowed Trent McInnes to play as our loose man in defence and as that last quarter went on we managed to play another one back there too,” he said.

Greer praised Klemm’s intensity and his marking ability. “He definitely came to play today and his clunk, that pack mark right at the end, was absolutely unreal coupled with his straight kicking all day.”

Kangaroo Flat      4.8      11.10      12.12       15.13 (103)

South Bendigo     3.3       7.6         10.9         13.15 (93)

Goals – Kang. Flat: D. Klemm 5, D. Dempster 4, L. Collins 2, M. Collins, K. Hudson, L. Ly, C. Williams. South Bendigo: A. Hywood 3, L. Bartels 3, B. Harvey 3, L. Miller, A. Connaughton, A. Coad, J. Smythe.

Best – Kang. Flat: N. Lang, J. Lanyon, D. Klemm, L. Collins, R. Turner, M. Collins. South Bendigo: B. Whelan, J.  Sheean, Z. Hare, L. Bartels, A. Coad, B. Harvey.

THE other four games all ended up as blowouts.

SandhurstDragonsClosest game of that quartet was Sandhurst’s 10-goal win over Gisborne at BFL headquarters: the QEO.

Ahead of Sunday’s knockout elimination final the Dragons’ re-constructed forward line of six mobile players got the job done.

Andrew Collins and Kristan Height bagged nine goals between them.

The Gardiner Reserve Dogs finished off the year with a 6-12 record -– three more wins than in 2016 — with Jarrad Lynch and Trent Crosbie again in their best.

goldenWITH Jake Thrum racking up 40 possessions Golden Square handed Castlemaine a 138-point hiding, top team Eaglehawk dished out a 161-point thumping to cellar dweller Maryborough while Strathfieldsaye obliterated fifth-placed Kyneton by 109 points.

For Eaglehawk pole position means the Two Blues have secured their first top-of-the-ladder finish since their last premiership year of 2008.

And with the G-Train Matt Gretgrix back at full-forward Eaglehawk completed an undefeated streak at Canterbury Park.

The Hawks finished the Round 18 game off with an incredible burst of 13.4 in the last quarter.

Sean Williams ended up with six goals.

StrathstormIN what was billed as the match-of-the-round Strathfieldsaye (2nd) belted Kyneton (5th) by a huge 100-point plus margin.

The Storm’s quarter-time score of 8.7 was already higher than the four-quarter total the Tigers would eventually struggle towards.

Once again Strathfieldsaye’s star forward Lachlan Sharp was on target. He booted 11 goals to end the 2017 home and away season on 124, country Victoria’s regular rounds leading goalkicker.

Sharp has bagged hauls of 8, 12, 12, 8, 9 and 11 in his past six games.

GOLDEN Square’s midfielders ran riot at the Camp Reserve with Thrum, co-captain Jack Geary and Tom Toma picking up possessions at will.

The Square’s final total was their highest of the season and they finished with a year-high 14 individual goalkickers.

Leading into the finals series key forward Dylan Johnstone bagged five goals – an important confidence booster leading into Saturday night’s qualifying final.

Castlemaine’s defeat was their ninth in 18 games where they’ve lost by a triple figure margin.

Final scores: G. Square 26.17 (173) d Castlemaine 5.5 (35), S’saye 23.20 (158) d Kyneton 8.1 (49), S’hurst 18.17 (125) d Gisborne 10.5 (65) and Eaglehawk 31.21 (207) d Maryborough 7.4 (46).

Final Five after 18 completed rounds: Eaglehawk 16-2, S’saye 15-3, G. Square 14-1-3, Sandhurst 11-1-6, Kyneton 10-2-6.

Goalkicking: Lachlan Sharp (S’saye) 124, Ben Weightman (Kyneton) 90, Matt Gretgrix (E’hawk) 68, Mitch Scholard (Kyneton) 51.

This week, at the QEO – Saturday 6pm, qualifying final: Strathfieldsaye v Golden Square.

Sunday 2.20 pm, elimination final: Sandhurst v Kyneton.

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