Tigers, Dogs and Storm win big clashes by Richard Jones

Bendigo footy, wrap of Round 10

BFNLLogo1Strathfieldsaye, Kyneton and Golden Square won the three big matches in Bendigo football’s tenth round. The Storm won the top-of-the-table clash against second-placed Eaglehawk by 34 points on their Tannery Lane home deck. Kyneton won just their second match in the past 14 outings at the QEO with a comfortable 58-point belting of South Bendigo, virtually ending the Bloods’ quest for a finals berth – and it’s still June. And Golden Square held Sandhurst to just one goal after half-time – the second time in as many weeks the Dogs have stifled a Top Five opponent in the closing half – as they cleaned up the Dragons by 29 points. The other major news from the 23 June round was Maryborough’s drought-breaking win over Castlemaine at the Camp Reserve. In the battle of the BFNL’s Magpies Maryborough recorded their first win away from home since round 16, 2014 while Castlemaine suffered their ninth straight loss for 2018. It was Maryborough’s only win so far this season but hauled them out of the cellar and tossed the one-win Maine into the dim, dark depths. In a low scoring affair Gisborne climbed into the top five by downing Kangaroo Flat by four goals at Dower Park. The Gardiner Reserve Dogs replaced Sandhurst in the league’s leading bracket of teams and could prove extremely difficult to dislodge as winter rolls on. Continue reading

Bulldogs back and Demons make it interesting

WAFL round 11


Haiden Schloithe marks close to the boundary at Fremantle Oval opposed to Mitch Crowden who missed the spoil by… that much. All photos by Les Everett.

The Sharks are the only team out of contention after 11 rounds of the WAFL season (and even they are a mathematical chance of making the finals if they cheat in the exam). Wins to South Fremantle and West Perth  consolidated their positions, the newly exciting Perth had another victory and Subiaco were challenged by East Perth. Continue reading

Gisborne causes first big upset of 2018 season by Richard Jones

BFNLLogo1A look at Bendigo footy, round eight

GISBORNE landed the first big upset of the BFL season downing fourth-placed Golden Square and jumping up to sixth spot on the ladder. The Gardiner Reserve Bulldogs barely missed a shot on goal all afternoon and by the last change had scored a super accurate 14.2. On their home deck Gisborne outpaced and out-tackled the Wade Street Dogs and held them to just nine goals for the afternoon. In other matches top club Strathfieldsaye downed hopeful finalists South Bendigo following a six-goal to none burst in the opening 20 minutes while Sandhurst ended up 107-point winners over Maryborough at the QEO. The win catapulted the Dragons back into the Top Five. Kyneton also scored a massive victory by thrashing Castlemaine by 128 points at the Kyneton Showgrounds. And on the back of returning spearhead Matt Gretgrix’s seven majors Eaglehawk belted Kangaroo Flat by an even bigger margin: 167 points. Continue reading