Maddern outscored by Condos but Flat wins
By Richard Jones
Kangaroo Flat star Justin Maddern booted 11 goals and although he was outscored by Kyneton counterpart Jimmy Condos the Roos had the last laugh in an entertaining BFNL clash nine years ago.
It was Round 3 back in 2010 and despite Condos’ superb 12-goal haul the Tigers were overrun by the Flat in a high-scoring last quarter.
Leading by 19 points at the final change Kyneton gave up 11 majors while scoring just two of their own as the Roos hopped past them to land a 41-point victory.
Best for the Roos along with Harry Maddern was current day Strathfieldsaye running half-back Shannon Geary.
In other round 3 matches that weekend Golden Square swamped Castlemaine in the second half after an even opening two terms, Maryborough held onto its undefeated record with a 53-point win over Strathfieldsaye while South Bendigo swamped Gisborne by 117 points at the QEO.
Eaglehawk kept its unbeaten start to the season intact with a 33-point win over Sandhurst at Canterbury Park.
That left Square, the Hawks and the Princes Park Pies all unbeaten at the top of the BFNL table with three wins.
Down towards the cellar Castlemaine, the Storm and Gisborne were all on 0-3 records with top five finishes fast disappearing over the horizon.
Nevertheless, it was only mid-April so there were still 15 rounds left to play.
Kangaroo Flat looked in real strife at three-quarter time with the Tigers ahead by 19 points.
But for the second time in a fortnight Kyneton conceded 11 last quarter goals.
Their cause wasn’t helped by the sending-off of Michael Nicolaci in the early minutes of the all-important last term for allegedly striking Flat’s Tyson Mihocek.
The final stanza turned into the “Harry” Maddern show. The big spearhead nailed six majors in the final term while Condos could add just a single from one, solitary kick as the match fizzled out.
Maddern finished with 11.6 for the day as he hauled in 11 marks. Condos’ solitary last quarter goal came from a clever boundary line snap with the outside of his right boot.
Kyneton coach Paul Houston said he’d been “pretty comfortable” with the Tigers’ position at the final change.
“I don’t believe fitness is our problem because in round one it was us who piled on the goals after half-time.
“The real problem is the minute things start to go wrong for a club such as Kyneton, which has been in a low position for such a long time, the heads start to drop.”
In contrast Flat coach Murray Collins said Kyneton had “some really good midfielders.”
“Kyneton is going to have some good victories down there. Condos is a very good forward,” Collins said.
“But we knew our fitness was good and that we’d run the game right out but we weren’t sure about the Tigers – they’ve got a lot more bigger bodies than us.”
The Flat mentor praised his spearhead. “If Harry has a good day, we have a good day.
“He’s a pretty handy footballer to have sitting up there at full-forward,” he said.
I WAS out at Wade Street where Castlemaine looked promising for the first half against the Square.
Admittedly the Dogs led by four goals at the long break although Daniel Christmas (4 goals) and Jeff McMurtrie (2) were handy in the Magpie attack.
Then the Square got going. They added 17 majors to five in the concluding two quarters as Grant Weeks hammered home eight goals with Josh Baird, best afield Adrian McErvale and Danny Bateman all contributing three apiece.
Nathan Dole reported on South’s shellacking of a disappointing and lacklustre Gisborne by 119 points at the QEO.
The Bloods spearhead Dayne Frew had drilled three of his eight goals by quarter time with South ahead by 35 points.
Playing in the ruck or at centre half-forward Leigh Davies drove home four majors with on-baller Steve “Stroobie” Stroobants adding four, also.
The South defence held the Bulldogs scoreless in the third quarter with the Gisborne backline, led by Josh Bain and Michael Thornton, constantly under pressure from South’s attacks.
Maryborough wore down hard-battling Strathfieldsaye in the Saturday night fixture with a six-goal-to-two final quarter sealing victory.
Midfielder Chris Thomson continued his great start to the 2010 season with three goals while full-forward Matt Brown bagged four.
The Magpies ended with 12 individual goal kickers while the Storm had nine. Big man Kris Lea and small forward Craig Nicholls bagged three goals each for the Storm.
And at Canterbury Park Eaglehawk kicked away from Sandhurst to win by 33 points.
In a continuation of the Round 3 trend the Hawks booted 5.3 to 0.1 in the first 13 minutes of the final term with current day coach Josh Bowe (2 goals), key position player Kain Robins (4) and midfielder Damien Lock in their best.
Lee Coghlan and Matt Stagg nailed three goals each for the Hurst while ruckman James Cozens was the Dragons’ standout on the day.
In the AFL winless Richmond was in the cellar after four rounds but recently retired Hurst playing coach Andrew Collins was named in the Tigers best in their 55-point loss to the Demons.
Unbeaten St. Kilda and Brisbane headed the table with Sydney, Geelong, Freo, Collingwood, Carlton and the Western Bulldogs rounding out the Top Eight.
The Lions’ Jonathan Brown led the goal-kicking chart on 19 majors, one ahead of Fremantle’s Matthew Pavlich (18).
Pav was four in front of the Dogs’ Big Bad Bustling Barry Hall who’d nailed 14.
BFNL final scores: South Bendigo 24.19 (163) def. Gisborne 7.4 (46), Golden Square 26.18 (174) def. Castlemaine 10.9 (69), Kang. Flat 23.18 (156) def. Kyneton 17.13 (115), Eaglehawk 16.14 (110) def. S’hurst 11.11 (77) and Maryborough 23.15 (153) def. Strathfieldsaye 15.10 (100).
Top Five: G. Square 3 wins, 0 losses, 255%, 12 prem. points; Eaglehawk 3-0, 186%, 12; Maryborough 3-0, 151%, 12; South Bendigo 2-1, 132%, 8 and Kang. Flat 2-1, 104%, 8 premiership points.
Senior goal kicking table: James Condon (Kyneton) 25; Justin Maddern (K Flat) 24; Grant Weeks (G Square) 22; Matt Gretgrix (E’hawk) and Dayne Frew (S Bendigo) both on 13.
Sandhurst’s Alex Collins led the Reserves goal kicking tally with 13 with Square’s James Ludeman on 14 goals the leader in the under-18s.
A grade netball: Sandhurst 39 def. Eaglehawk 34, Gisborne 56 def. S. Bendigo 33, G. Square 82 def. C’maine 22, and Strathfieldsaye 41 def. M’borough 37.
Top Five: G. Square 3-0, 245%, 12; Sandhurst 3-0, 163%, 12; Eaglehawk 2-1, 127%, 8; Gisborne 2-1, 122%, 8 and Maryborough 1-2, 103%, 4.
Eaglehawk pair Josh Bowe and Kain Robins led the Advertiser Player of the Year award on 12 points each with Justin Maddern (KF) next with 10.
They were followed by Josh Baird (GS) on 9 with his Square teammate Nathan Bell in fifth spot with 8.
Lauren Ryan of Eaglehawk led the A grade netball Player of the Year award on 11 votes, one ahead of Hurst’s Meaghan Atkins (10).
In third spot was Gisborne’s Melissa Harris with eight votes.
Round 4, April 24th: Castlemaine v Strathfieldsaye, Gisborne v Kyneton, Maryborough v Eaglehawk, Sandhurst v G. Square and Anzac Day, Sunday April 25th: Kangaroo Flat v Sth. Bendigo.
Around the traps and unbeaten Newbridge, Bridgewater and Mitiamo headed the Loddon Valley table with Marong, Inglewood and Bears Lagoon-Serpentine still to register a victory after two completed rounds.
With Ryan Haythorpe nailing eight goals and Alex Chapman adding a neat half-dozen the Superoos belted Inglewood by 111 points.
Newbridge shut the Bears in the cellar with a 22.15 to 5.7 win as Paul Scullie nailed seven majors. Skipper Sam Mildren was quiet and held to just two.
Brad Rohde landed seven majors for Bridgewater as the Mean Machine accounted for Marong by 59 points while Pyramid Hill downed YCW by 43: 17.13 to 10.12.
Elmore had two wins and a four-point bye alongside its name in the Heathcote District F.L. to head the table along with undefeated Heathcote.
Huntly had ended a 23-game losing streak with a six-goal victory over Mt. Pleasant. The Hawks kicked nine goals to two after the long break with Daniel Sladden roosting five goals on the day and playing coach Daniel Geary adding three, all in the final quarter.
Newstead and Campbell’s Creek were unbeaten in the MCDFL after two rounds but there were no fewer than six clubs without a single, premiership point.
These were, in order on the table: Trentham, Harcourt, Maldon, Maryborough Rovers, Royal Park and Talbot.