Golden Square wins hard-fought clash with Eaglehawk
by Nathan Dole
GOLDEN Square overcame an inaccurate first half to score a crucial 10-point victory against Eaglehawk in Saturday’s sixth round in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior footy action.
The Bulldogs and Hawks had identical win-loss records of 4-1 going into the match at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street, Golden Square.
Eaglehawk’s accuracy gave it a two-point buffer at quarter-time after Square had score 1.8.
By half-time the home team led 4.12 (36) to 4.8 (32).
The play of Golden Square’s midfield and on-ballers was rewarded in the third term as the blue and gold added 4.3 to 3.0.
Eaglehawk won the last quarter, 21-18, but it was the Bulldogs who celebrated an 11.15 (81) to 10.11 (71) victory just hours before the club announced its inaugural Hall of Fame inductees.
Jayden Burke led the Bulldogs’ attack on three goals as Adam Baird and Alex Marklew chipped in with two apiece.
All three played key roles in Bendigo FNL’s win in the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships clash with AFL Outer East the previous Saturday.
Leading goalkickers for Eaglehawk were Sam Harper, Shaun Knott and Cam McGlashan on two apiece.
The in-form Liam Barrett racked up plenty of possessions and was best afield as Adam Baird, and defenders Jon Coe and Will Lee starred for Golden Square.
Best for Eaglehawk were Jesse Collins, Dillon Williams, Brenton Conforti and Gedd Hommelhoff.
A snapshot by Matt Comben clinched a five-point victory for Kyneton against South Bendigo in Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Kyneton held a three-goal lead going into the last, but the Bloods had the breeze at their backs.
South Bendigo hit the front late in the contest, but Comben’s major sealed a 14.13 (97) to 13.14 (92) win for the yellow and black.
In the sixth game of his comeback, Kyneton coach Luke Beattie kicked a match-high six goals as Patrick McCarthy added three.
The Bloods’ attack was led by Dylan McCutcheon, three; Brock Harvey and Tom Brereton, two.
Tigers’ on-ballers Rhys Magin and Hamish Govan were in superb form, along with Beattie, Darcy Harris, and key defender Harrison Huntley who kept the dangerous Kaiden Antonowicz to a goal.
Best for South Bendigo were teenager Kade Blow in just his 11th senior game, as well as Brody Haddow, Cody Stewart and Brock Harvey.
Stung by Maryborough’s flying start to the contest, Gisborne struck back to dominate the last three quarters on the Bulldogs’ turf at Gardiner Reserve.
Maryborough led 3.2 (20) to 1.1 (7) at quarter-time.
From then on it was Gisborne’s dominance around the packs and strong-marking forwards who seized control to score a 24.16 (160) to 7.6 (48) victory.
Patrick McKenna kicked six goals for the Bulldogs as Jake Conolan, Jaidyn Owen and Jack Scanlon added three each.
Maryborough’s only multiple goalkicker was Jayden Hooper, two, who was named best along with Matt Bilton, Daniel Vadala and Ashley Humphrey.
Strong defence played a big part in Strathfieldsaye Storm building an 82-point lead by three quarter-time of its clash on Kangaroo Flat’s turf at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Storm had kept the Roos to just two goals in three quarters, but Flat lifted to win the final term, 39 to 33.
Brilliant full-forward Lachlan Sharp marked another five-goal haul and Bailey Henderson added three major in a 20.15 (135) to 8.11 (59) victory for Storm.
Kangaroo Flat’s attack was led by Corey Greer and Dylan Klemm on three apiece.
Henderson earned best afield honours as Caleb Sheahan, Hugh Robertson and Harry Crone starred for Strathfieldsaye.
Best for Kangaroo Flat were Greer, Brodie Fry, Kobe Brown and Dylan Klemm.
Sandhurst clicked up a few gears in the second half of the clash with Castlemaine at Camp Reserve.
The Dragons led 8.7 (55) to 4.8 (32) at half-time.
In the final hour, Sandhurst scored 14.6 to 1.2 to complete a 22.13 (145) to 5.10 (40) victory.
Young gun Jed Zimmer and key forward Matt Thornton kicked five goals as the in-form Jake McLean booted four.
Castlemaine’s attack was led by Bendigo FNL representative Jake O’Brien and former Essendon and Port Adelaide forward-midfielder Angus Monfries on two goals apiece.
Thornton’s strong marking or ability to tap the ball to running team-mates were highlights in a best-on-ground performance.
Jake Pallpratt, Zimmer and McLean were also in great form for the Dragons.
The Magpies’ best were O’Brien, Monfries, Matt Filo and Anthony Robins.
Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:
Strathfieldsaye 211 per cent, 24 points; Gisborne 233, 20; Golden Square 154, 20; Sandhurst 146, 16; Eaglehawk 142, 16; Kyneton 71, 12; South Bendigo 65, 4; Maryborough 57, 4; Kangaroo Flat 51, 4; Castlemaine 35, 0.
Leading goalkickers, Ron Best Medal:
38 Lachlan Sharp, S’saye; 26 Pat McKenna, Gis.; 20 Jack Scanlon, Gis.; 19 Sean Williams, Eh; 16 Jayden Burke, GS; 15 Kaiden Antonowicz, SB; 14 Alex Marklew, GS; 14 Matt Thornton, Sh; 13 Angus Monfries, Cm; 13 Jake McLean, Sh; 13 Jarryd Pertzel, Eh.
Two of the league’s greatest rivals, Sandhurst and Golden Square clash in next Saturday’s seventh round at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Another big match will be at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park where the Borough tackles Gisborne.
Strathfieldsaye takes on Castlemaine at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane; and Maryborough plays Kyneton at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.
The round will be completed on Sunday when South Bendigo faces Kangaroo Flat at Queen Elizabeth Oval.