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

Coaches’ pay has caused controversy from the earliest times by Richard Jones


RIGHT from the very get-go the money paid to coaches of Aussie Rules clubs has caused controversy and comment right across the footy community.

Perhaps the biggest kerfuffle in my region centred around St Kilda’s 1925 Brownlow medallist Colin Watson when he was appointed Maryborough coach for the 1927 season at £10 a week. Continue reading