Eaglehawk weathers Storm onslaught at Canterbury Park
by Nathan Dole
EAGLEHAWK broke Strathfieldsaye Storm’s winning streak in Saturday’s match of the day in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League senior footy action.
The Hawks’ renowned fighting spirit was to the fore in the round 10 clash, especially after Storm surged to a 28-point lead in the second quarter of the contest at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.
In this match, challenge and momentum were two of the buzzwords.
The Hawks took on the challenge of upsetting the unbeaten ladder leaders, and were able to respond several times when Strathfieldsaye kicked clear.
At half-time, Storm led 45-39 and it was 72-71 in favour of the visitors at a quarter to go.
Spurred on by a parochial home crowd, Eaglehawk dominated most of the last quarter.
The Two Blues slammed on 4.3 to 1.2 to complete a 14.14 (98) to 11.14 (80) victory.
A list of eight goalkickers for Eaglehawk was led by Ged Hommelhoff and Sean Williams, three, as Ben McPhee and Riley Saunders added two each.
Lachlan Gill was Storm’s leading goalkicker on three as Hugh Robertson and Lachlan Sharp added two.
In a match where many players stood up for the Travis Matheson-coached Eaglehawk, it was young guns such as Hommelhoff and key defender Oscar Madden who were outstanding.
Hommelhoff’s dash and skill through midfield and his courage, especially to take marks running with the flight of the ball were inspirational.
Madden was handed the daunting task of stopping Storm’s gun full forward Lachlan Sharp.
In his 47th senior match, Madden played brilliant defence to restrict Sharp, average of more than eight goals per game, to just two.
Sharp’s brilliance was on show with two incredible goals on the run from acute angles near the boundary line – one in the Hawks’ social rooms pocket, the other in the park pocket at the town end.
The ability of Sam Harper to link with team-mates from defence, through midfield or in attack was a key factor in the Hawks victory, as Clayton Holmes, in defence or the ruck, Tim Hill and Brodie Collins all played significant roles.
Storm’s Bryce Curnow continued an outstanding season at centre half-back or full back, while Gill, Jack Neylon, Sam Heavyside, Ben Lester and Kellan Smith worked hard all match.
Maryborough marked its fourth win of the season as it won a spirited contest with South Bendigo by 14 points at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
The Bloods made a flying start and led 34-18 at quarter-time, but the Magpies fought back to lead 55-53 at half-time.
In a low-scoring third quarter, Maryborough added 4.4 as South Bendigo rued poor kicking, 2.6.
As Matt Bilton went on to kick a team-high five goals, Maryborough won 15.11 (101) to 12.15 (87).
Bilton, Lachlan Butler, three, and Jake Postle, two, led the Magpies’ attack.
South Bendigo’s leading goalkicker was Brad Wright on five as Kaiden Antonowicz added four.
Best for Maryborough were Coby Perry, Lachlan Crameri, Bilton, Jayden Hooper and Aidan Hare.
Another great sign for the Ben Lavars-coached Magpies was achieving a win without former Essendon, Western Bulldogs and Geelong forward Stewart Crameri.
Best for South Bendigo were Brody Haddow, ruckman Callum Crisp, Cameron Taggert, Wright and Antonowicz.
Golden Square dominated after quarter-time of its clash with Kyneton on the Bulldogs’ turf at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
The Bulldogs led 30-12 at the end of an eventful first quarter in which Kyneton key forward Nathan Thompson, not named in the selected team, was reported.
Square upped the pressure and run in the second as it slammed on 6.2 to 1.1 for a 49-point lead by the long break.
A tally of 34 scoring shots to seven was indicative of the Bulldogs’ dominance as the Tigers added 1.2 in the second half.
A brilliant midfielder or onballer for most of his career, Adam Baird was superb in the forward 50m arc as he went on to score a match-high six goals in the 19.15 (129) to 4.3 (27) victory.
Mitchell Treacy was outstanding across half-forward and kicking five goals as Alex Marklew, four, and Jordan Rosengren, three, were also on target.
There was no multiple goalkicker for Kyneton.
Best afield in defence the previous week, Liam Barrett went back to an onball role and led the Bulldogs charge once again.
Adam Baird, defender Jon Coe, Marklew, Hamish Morcom and Mitch Treacy also starred for the blue and gold.
Kyneton key defender Harrison Huntley again showed why he represented Bendigo in the AFL Victoria Country Championships clash by playing another great game.
Ben Xiriha, Rhys Magin, Shaun Huy and Darcy Harris worked hard for the Tigers.
Gisborne held Castlemaine to a point in a 194-1 victory on the Bulldogs’ turf at Gardiner Reserve.
The Bulldogs were snarling after a four-goal performance at Golden Square the previous round and were ruthless from the first minute until the last.
The classy Pat McKenna kicked a match-high 11 goals as Jarryd Vernon added six.
There were 10 goalkickers for the Clinton Young-coached Gisborne.
Ethan Minns racked up possessions at will to be Gisborne’s best as Tim Walsh, McKenna, Vernon, Matt Goodyear and Ryan Baker also starred.
For the Castlemaine line-up it was a difficult afternoon.
Matt Filo again won his fair share of contests as Dylan Atkins, Jayden Shea, Mitchell Dance, Riley Pedretti and Jesse Johnson did all they could to stop the Gisborne onslaught.
A score of 0.1 was the Pies lowest of the season, but the greatest losing margin was 222 at Strathfieldsaye in round seven.
Sandhurst showed it’s a team to be reckoned with in a 124-point win against Kangaroo Flat at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Dragons led 67-20 at half-time and then went on a goalscoring blitz in the third quarter.
Sandhurst added 8.6 to a goal in the third quarter.
By the final siren the maroon and blue led 23.18 (156) to 5.2 (32).
Key forward Matt Thornton and former Carlton and Richmond player Andy Collins led Sandhurst’s attack on four goals as Jake McLean added three.
The Kangaroos’ attack was led by Andrew Cussen on three.
Classy onballer Lachlan Tardrew, who is on Collingwood’s list in the VFL, was best afield as Jake McLean, Isaac Ruff, Nick Stagg, Jake and Zac Pallpratt featured in the Dragons best.
Jono Lanyon’s consistency and never-give-up approach are two of the major strengths of the Kangaroos’ onballer’s game.
Lanyon was the Roos best again as Liam Collins, Matt Clifford, Dylan Klemm, Corey Greer and Cussen also played well against a strong opponent.
Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:
Strathfieldsaye 266 per cent, 36 points; Gisborne 216, 32; Golden Square 178, 32; Eaglehawk 154, 28; Sandhurst 146, 28; Maryborough 67, 16; Kyneton 56, 12; South Bendigo 72, 8; Kangaroo Flat 52, 8; Castlemaine 24, 0.
In the battle for the Ron Best Medal for leading goalkicker, Strathfieldsaye’s Lachlan Sharp is well clear of the pack on 78.
Next best is Gisborne’s Pat McKenna, 53, ahead of South Bendigo’s Kaiden Antonowicz, 36, and Eaglehawk’s Sean Williams, 29.
Sandhurst’s Matt Thornton, 29, and Golden Square’s Alex Marklew, 23, are their clubs leading goalkickers.
A highlights of next Saturday’s round 11 action will be Strathfieldsaye Storm against Sandhurst at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane.
It’s the battle of the Magpies as Castlemaine faces Maryborough at Camp Reserve.
Kangaroo Flat is back at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park to take on Golden Square.
Kyneton tackles Gisborne in Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds.
South Bendigo and Eaglehawk clash at Queen Elizabeth Oval.