Sheeds’ most outstanding Bendigo district team by Richard Jones

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• John Nicholls: the captain.

To say that legendary AFL coach Kevin Sheedy had multiple player selection worries during his coaching stints with Essendon and the GWS Giants would be putting it mildly.

Over the past few weeks he has released – line by line – his best 24 footballers to have hailed from the Bendigo district and in particular from the Bendigo Football League post-World War 2. He was to have named the complete team at a special function at the end-of-March’s Bendigo Jockey Club’s $1 million Golden Mile raceday, but with the coronavirus restrictions in place spectators, punters and BJC committee guests were banned from turning up to the track. Continue reading

Can inter-league footy be revived? by Richard Jones

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Inter-league football has hit a number of speed humps in the past few weeks with AFL Victoria virtually closing the entire road system off. Will the famous Bendigo Blue and Golds still be able to organise a match, say against old rivals Goulburn Valley or Ballarat? At the time of writing it’s still to be figured out although at least the ‘Don’t Enter’ signs haven’t been finally erected just yet. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Storm erases grand final sorrow with round one win by Richard Jones

A look at the Bendigo footy league, opening round…

StrathstormStrathfieldsaye Storm erased a tiny bit of last September’s grand final sadness by downing great rivals and reigning champions Eaglehawk on Saturday. In front of a huge crowd at their home ground in Tannery Lane the Storm displayed precise ball movement, had multiple options up forward while their half-back line was dominant. Continue reading