Round 5 Football - Eaglehawk’s fightback stuns spirited Sandhurst
by Nathan Dole
A DRAMATIC second-half fightback by Eaglehawk stung Sandhurst in Saturday’s fifth round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior footy action.
Sandhurst charged to a 32-point lead in the third quarter as it threatened to end the Hawks remarkable winning streak on home turf at Canterbury Park.
The Hawks seized control in the crucial third term and led 69-68 at a quarter to go.
The Hawks intensity and run did not wane in the last as they scored 4.4 to 1.3 to complete a 14.13 (97) to 11.11 (77) victory.
Sandhurst’s work at centre clearances and in and around the packs set up plenty of scoring chances for the Dragons in the opening hour of the clash.
The superb form of Nick Stagg, Jake McLean and ruckman Chris Down played a big part in Sandhurst charging to a five-goal lead in the third term.
Eaglehawk’s response was just as dramatic as Dillon Williams, Cam McGlashan, Joel Mullen and Sam Thompson won plenty of contests.
The Hawks again showed they do not rely on two or three players in attack as eight figured on the goalkicking list.
Ryan Gillingham and Riley McIvor kicked three apiece as Richard Tibbett and Sean Williams added two in a memorable win.
Leading goalkickers for the Dragons were McLean, Jake Condon and Will Holt on two each.
Kangaroo Flat’s winless run was broken in a 50-point triumph at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
The Roos led 29-22 at half-time, but worked extremely hard in the second half to score 6.10 and limit the Magpies to just three points.
Led by the play of ruckman Nick Lang, on-ballers Jonathan Lanyon and Corey Greer, and Matt Despott, Kangaroo Flat charged clear to win 10.15 (75) to 3.7 (25).
Dylan Klemm led Flat’s attack on three goals as Lloyd Needs added two.
Castlemaine’s Angus Monfries booted two goals in a match where John Watson, Matt Filo, Dylan Atkins and Jake O’Brien were best.
Key forwards Jayden Burke and Alex Marklew were in hot form as Golden Square thrashed Maryborough on the Bulldogs’ turf at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
As the stars from the club’s senior grand final victory of 1989 watched on, Golden Square passed the 100-point mark in the first half on the way to a 25.17 (167) to 8.6 (54) victory.
Burke’s marking skills and athleticism were among the many highs in a match-high seven goals as Marklew added six.
Matt Bilton and Damon Lewis booted two goals each for Maryborough.
Best afield honours went to Ryan Hartley as Burke, Marklew, ruckman Matt Compston and Adam Baird also starred for Square.
Maryborough’s best were Lachlan Butler, Bilton, Daniel Vadala and Liam Latch.
Football marked a return to Harry Trott Oval in Kennington as South Bendigo took on Gisborne.
The Bloods battled to halt the supply to and the impact of Gisborne’s powerful attack.
Jake Conolan kicked a match-high six goals as Jack Scanlon, five; Bradley Bernacki, three; and Pat McKenna, two, were on target in a 25.18 (168) to 11.5 (71) win for Gisborne.
South Bendigo’s attack was led by Kaiden Antonowicz and Brock Harvey on three each.
Gun on-baller Matt Goodyear was best on ground as Conolan, Scanlon, Bernacki and Nic Doolan also starred.
Best for the Bloods were ruckman Callum Crisp, former coach Brady Childs, Brody Haddow and Jesse Sheahan.
A 12-goal return by Strathfieldsaye Storm full-forward Lachlan Sharp capped a dominant display by him and his team-mates against Kyneton at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
Inaccuracy was perhaps the only downside to Storm’s play as it scored 23.24 (162) to 4.4 (28).
Sharp’s brilliance inside the forward 50m arc was outstanding as he capitalised on the many chances set up by the likes of Josh Formosa, Kallen Geary, Sam Heavyside, Caleb Sheahan and many more.
Shannon Geary marked his 150th match for Storm by kicking two goals and being among the best.
Storm also had Josh Martyn kick four goals.
There were limited opportunities for Kyneton which had no multiple goalkicker.
Best for the Tigers were Patrick McCarthy, Josh Govan, Rhys Magin and Taylor Kelly.
AFL Victoria Worksafe Community Championships action is on May 18.
Bendigo is at home against AFL Outer East at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The day’s footy kicks off at noon when the under-18s clash.
The senior match starts at 2.15pm.
Round six in the Bendigo FNL is on May 25.
Golden Square tackles Eaglehawk at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street; Kangaroo Flat faces Strathfieldsaye at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Castlemaine takes on Sandhurst at Camp Reserve; and Gisborne plays Maryborough at Gardiner Reserve.
On the rebound from big defeats, Kyneton and South Bendigo clash at Tigerland in Kyneton Showgrounds.
Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:
Strathfieldsaye 207 per cent, 20 points; Gisborne 217, 16; Golden Square 162, 16; Eaglehawk 155, 16; Sandhurst 120, 12; Kyneton 66, 8; Maryborough 65, 4; South Bendigo 60, 4; Kangaroo Flat 54, 4; Castlemaine 37, 0.