Top four teams all post convincing victories by Richard Jones

A look at Bendigo footy, round 5

BFNLLogo1Strathfieldsaye’s Lachlan Sharp on Saturday displayed the sort of form which won him 2017’s best player Michelsen and Ron Best goalkicking medals. He booted 12 majors in the Storm’s 134-point demolition of Kyneton yet according to his coach, Troy Coates, he could have posted a bit more than a dozen. “Sharpy finished with 12.7 so he should have kicked a few more,” said the coach. And the spearhead wasn’t the only Storm player celebrating hard on Saturday night. Shannon Geary played his 150th match and apart from providing great drive from his half-back flank went forward in the final term and hammered home two goals.

Just as Storm did the other top-of-the-list clubs also celebrated big wins. Eaglehawk overcame a three-goal half-time deficit against Sandhurst to eventually win by 20 points while Gisborne went on a scoring spree at Harry Trott Oval to dispose of South Bendigo by a massive 97 points. It was the Bulldogs biggest win over the Bloods in five seasons. Golden Square jumped from fifth to third with its ninth straight 100-point plus win over Maryborough at Wade Street. Jayden Burke (7 goals) and Alex Marklew (6) pulverised the Magpie defence match-long.

And Kangaroo Flat posted its first win of the 2019 season by accounting for Castlemaine by 50 points at Dower Park.

However the margin could have been bigger had ex-Subiaco recruit Matt Boland kicked straighter – he finished with 1.7.

Without big spearhead Nathan Thompson Kyneton was never in the hunt at Storm’s Tannery Lane oval. They trailed by 37 points at the first change and didn’t kick a goal until the second stanza.

Meanwhile Sharp, Joshua Martyn (4 goals) and Kellan Smith (2) blazed away all match. The lead blew out to a tad more than 17 goals by the last change with mids Sam Heavyside, Caleb Sheahan and Lachlan Gill having a field day. The Tigers were best served by Patrick McCarthy and Josh Govan. Golden Square landed 16 goals in the first half to Maryborough’s six with the Bulldog defenders tightening up in the second half as they restricted the Magpies to just two more majors. Square had 21 scoring shots in each half: 16.5 in the opening two terms and then 9.12 in the second half.

Ruckman Matt Compston was on top in then big man duels as he fed Ryan Hartley, Adam Baird and Liam Barrett.

Reigning premier Eaglehawk produced its best half of football for 2019 to overrun Sandhurst at Canterbury Park. The Hawks looked down and out when the Dragons led by 32 points five minutes into the third term. The home side’s slick ball movement suddenly kicked in as they put the tiring Dragons away in the run home.

The Hawks slammed home six of the next seven goals in the third term to snatch a one-point lead by the final change: 10.9 to 10.8.

The home side maintained their momentum in the final term adding 4.4 to 1.3 to run out winners as midfielder Dillon Williams was voted best afield for the second consecutive week.

Amazingly, Williams had been left out the Eaglehawk side for round one. Cameron McGlashan, moved into the ruck for the second half, was pivotal to the Hawks’ comeback with Sam Thompson and Brodie Collins solid through the midfield.

Sandhurst’s list of injured players swelled again by Saturday night. Forwards Will Holt (dislocated shoulder) and Andrew Collins (calf) were additions to the list. For the Hurst Nick Stagg was important through the midfield with Jake McLean and Martin Leyden also prominent.

Subiaco recruit Matt Boland was uncharacteristically off-target in Kangaroo Flat’s win over Castlemaine but teammates Dylan Klemm (three goals) and Lloyd Needs (2) stepped up. Amazingly the Roos led by just one goal at the long break but stretched that out to 18 points by three-quarter time. The Magpies couldn’t go on with it with star recruit Angus Monfries nailing two of the visitors’ miserable three majors. Nick Lang dominated in the ruck for the Flat as he fed runners Jono Lanyon and Corey Greer. Defender Matt Despott held Monfries pretty well all afternoon. At the other end of Dower Park Maine defender Damian Atkins was in his side’s best with the Roos able to muster just 10 goals.

And Gisborne posted its biggest win over South Bendigo in five years setting up the win with a six-goal opening term, led by midfielder Matt Goodyear. The Bulldogs forwards caused South heaps of worries. Jake Conolan (6), Jack Scanlon (5) and Pat McKenna (3) notched 14 goals between them. The Bloods’ cause wasn’t helped when 2018 Ron Best medallist Kaiden Antonowicz (three goals) suffered a head injury which caused him to spit out blood,while backmen Joal Swatton (hammie) and co-captain Zac Hare (leg) also spent time on the bench with Kaiden.

Big tap ruckman Callum Crisp was best for South.

Final scores: G. Square 25.17 (167) def. M’borough 8.6 (54), Eaglehawk 14.13 (97) def. Sandhurst 11.11 (77), Strathfieldsaye 23.24 (162) def. Kyneton 4.4 (28), Gisborne 25.18 (168) def. Sth. Bendigo 11.5 (71) and Kang. Flat 10.15 (75) def. Castlemaine 3.7 (25).

Top Five: Strathfieldsaye Storm 5 wins, 0 losses, 20 prem. points; Gisborne 4-1, 217.6%, 16; G. Square 4-1, 162,6%, 16; Eaglehawk 4-1, 155.06%, 16 and Sandhurst 3-2, 12 premiership points.

Leading goalkickers: Lachlan Sharp (Storm) 12, 33; Patrick McKenna (Gisborne) 3, 20; Sean Williams (E’hawk) 2, 18; Jack Scanlon (Gis) 5, 17; Kaiden Antonowicz (Sth. Bgo) 3, 14.

Saturday’s central Victoria draw (interleague weekend): Bendigo vs. Outer East (QEO), Heathcote District vs. Sunraysia (in Mildura), Loddon Valley vs. Horsham District (in Horsham), North Central vs. Central Highlands (at CHFL venue) and Maryborough Castlemaine DFL vs. Colac District (at Princes Park, Maryborough).

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