Bendigo footy league, round five…
KANGAROO Flat snatched its second win of the 2018 season accounting for Castlemaine by 39 points at the Camp Reserve. In wet and wintry conditions the Roos shook off the Magpies after an even first term where the two clubs notched four goals apiece. Cameron Rinaldi, the Flat spearhead, was on fire early. Although it wasn’t favoured by the strong breeze he’d booted three of his four goals for the day at the scoreboard end by the first break. Gradually the Roos got on top fired by big man and best afield, Nick Lang, who fed his running players Corey Greer, Jono Lanyon and Liam Collins match-long. It looked ‘how far the Flat’ as the last term opened. But the wasteful Roos booted an astonishing 1.12 with last use of the breeze as co-coach Shawn Filo lamented his team’s failure to land 19 or 20 majors by the final siren. Apart from Rinaldi, Dylan Klemm nailed three Flat goals while star recruit Fabian Brancatisano snared three for the Magpies.
Sandhurst nailed the last eight goals of the day to down Gisborne at the QEO. In a game pattern reminiscent of their round two win over South Bendigo, the Dragons were down to 16 players for a large part of the third quarter. Pascale Craig and ex-Richmond AFL player Daniel Connors were both yellow carded and sent off the field for 15 minutes. Gisborne led at half-time by a point – 4.6 to 4.5– but just as had happened the previous week against Kyneton the Dogs were blown away in the concluding two quarters. They did manage to land the opening two goals of the third term to Ross Celano and Jack Scanlon before the Dragons blitzed the Dogs with an unanswered 8.4. Back on the park Connors booted three of those majors to give him four for the game while the Wharton brothers, Alex and Joel, and coach Andrew Collins joined in the goal-scoring spree.
Without injured skipper Jack Geary – a late withdrawal on match day – Golden Square’s defensive smarts stifled South Bendigo. Plus wily coach Bernie Haberman used key defender Jon Coe as the centreman. And with Travis Baird also sidelined Jayden Burke stepped up in the front half snaring three goals while 16-year-old first gamer Alex Jenkyn kicked 3.1 on debut. The Bloods kept on chipping away as Kaiden Antonowicz contributed four majors. Midway through the last term South was within striking distance but just couldn’t get any closer. The loss of towering ruckman Kieran Strachan to VFL side Essendon didn’t help South and in the end they fell short by 16 points. Bloods’ coach Brady Childs kept his players out on the Wade Street oval for 15 minutes after the final siren emphasising to them how they’d let a winnable game slip away.
KYNETON scored the upset of round fiee accounting for top-of-the-table and previously unbeaten Eaglehawk at the Showgrounds. The Hawks led at every quarter break except the very last one at final siren time– the one which counts – as Kyneton added 4.7 to 1.3 in the final stanza. The Hawks had led 9.10 to 9.7 at lemon time. Coach Luke Beattie and his Tiger match committee regard the win as one of the club’s best in recent seasons. “We didn’t do much differently in the final quarter. It was just that for the first time this year we played out the full, four quarters,” he said. The Tigers’ best two were contested ball winners Billy Mahony and Josh Govan (co-midfielder Max O’Sullivan was called up by Richmond’s VFL side) while young ruckman Darcy Harris continued his great start to 2018. Jake Ward snagged four goals and Ethan Foreman three. For the Hawks Sean Williams landed three first-half goals with Brodie Collins named as the best for the Two Blues.
AGILE spearhead Lachlan Sharp bagged 11 goals at Maryborough’s Princes Park as the Storm belted the Magpies by 109 points. Ron Best medallist Sharp’s haul of 11 was the sixth time since the start of the 2017 season he’d landed a double-figure total. Just as they’d done against South Bendigo in round 3 the Pies ran hard and did manage to boot three second term goals. But Storm’s 15 goals to five after half-time extended their lead as the match wore on. Lachlan Gill (4 goals), Fergus Payne (4) and Shaun Dwyer (2) were all solid contributors for Strath while young key forward Jayden Templeton bagged three of Maryborough’s eight majors.
Final scores: Kangaroo Flat 14.18 (102) def. Castlemaine 8.15 (63), Strathfieldsaye 24.18 (162) def. Maryborough 8.5 (53), Golden Square 13.14 (92) def. South Bendigo 11.10 (76), Kyneton 13.14 (92) def. E’hawk 10.13 (73) and Sandhurst 12.9 (81) def. Gisborne 6.11 (47).
Top Five: Golden Square 4 wins, 1 loss, 212.35%, 16 points; Eaglehawk 4-1, 200.35%, 16; Strathfieldsaye 4-1, 151.98%, 16; Kyneton 4-1-1, 14; Sandhurst 3-2, 12.
Next Saturday, AFL Victoria community championships: Hampden (9th) v Bendigo (10th) at Warrnambool.
Only Bendigo game: Golden Rivers (31) v Loddon Valley (32) at the QEO.