Charity is off-field only as Storm faces Sandhurst on Give Me 5 For Kids day

By Nathan Dole

STRATHFIELDSAYE Storm Football Netball Club kicks and chips in again to support Give Me 5 For Kids in this Saturday’s 11th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.

There will be plenty of charity off-field at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye, but expect none on it as Storm aims to rebound from its first defeat of the season.

A huge plus for Strathfieldsaye is the return of Vin Flood to a wing.

Flood has fought back from two knee reconstructions and will play his first senior game for the club since the 2014 BFNL grand final.

Playing coach Troy Coates is among three outs from the team beaten at Eaglehawk last round.

Although on home turf, Storm will be wary of a Sandhurst line-up that has Matt Thornton and Will Holt as key targets in attack, Blair Holmes, Adam Parry, Lachlan Tardrew and  ZacPalpratt to capitalise on the ruckwork of Chris Down.

A key to Sandhurst’s chances will be its defensive structure where Wilkinson, Ross and Jake Palpratt are opposed to Storm’s gun forwards Lachlan Sharp, Bailey Henderson and Lachlan Gill.

The in-form Bryce Curnow did Michelsen Medal chances no harm by being Storm’s best from centre half-back at Eaglehawk.

The run of the Geary brothers, Kallen and Shannon from the half-back line is a key to Storm’s play.

Kangaroo Flat faces long-time nemesis, Golden Square on the Roos’ ground at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

Square will be gunning for a 38th consecutive victory against Flat.

It’s a huge challenge for a Roos’ line-up which may lack the goalkicking power to trouble the Bulldogs.

Kangaroo Flat’s best in most matches have been Jono Lanyon, Liam Collins, Dylan Klemm and Corey Greer.

Matt Clifford’s marking power is a huge plus for the Roos at centre half-forward or in defence.

The skilful Ryley Barrack was best afield in Flat’s recent win against South Bendigo and makes a welcome return.

Golden Square’s marking power in attack and strong defence will be tough for Kangaroo Flat to match across four quarters.

A gun onballer for many seasons, Adam Baird has starred in Golden Square’s attack in recent weeks.

Jayden Burke and Jordan Rosengen are strong marking targets, and Mitch Treacy starred in the latest win against Kyneton.

South Bendigo faces the in-form Eaglehawk at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

A big afternoon for the Bloods will be honouring the many premiership stars.

Among the many highs in South Bendigo’s history was the 1969 seniors grand final win against Eaglehawk.

The Bloods will work hard, but again look to lack height in defence.

Kaiden Antonowicz and Brad Wright kicked four and five goals respectively in last week’s clash at Maryborough.

The play of Callum Crisp in the ruck, coach Nathan Horburyin the centre, onballers Brody Haddow and Tom Brereton, and Mitch Hocking and Kade Blow on the wings will be important to South’s chances.

A highlight of this contest is the likely match-up between Hawks’ in-form defender Oscar Madden against Antonowicz.

Madden played brilliantly to keep Lachlan Sharp to just two goals last round.

A talented Two Blues line-up includes Sean Williams, Shaun Knott and Ged Hommelhoff in attack; Tim Hill, Clayton Holmes and Sam Thompson in defence; Cam McGlashan in the ruck; and onballers Dillon Williams, Jesse Collins and Sam Harper.

It’s the battle of the Magpies as Castlemaine hosts Maryborough at Camp Reserve.

The Ben Lavars-coached Maryborough withstood a spirited challenge from South Bendigo to win last week’s game by 14 points.

A star in an onball role or attack, Matt Bilton led the Borough attack on five goals as Coby Perry, Lachlan Crameri and Jayden Hooper won many contests.

The Borough may also be bolstered by the return of Stewart Crameri to the attack.

Players to watch in the Maryborough team include Lachlan Butler, Jayden Templeton, Luke Bucknall and Daniel Vadala.

The play of the Derrick Filo-coached Castlemaine to be within 15 points of Maryborough at the final siren on Good Friday was clearly the team’s best performance of the season.

Castlemaine will be desperate to capitalise its work by kicking a few goals this round.

In a tough season for the club, Matt Filo, Angus Monfries, Braidon Blake and Mitchell Dance have regularly featured in the best.

Gisborne heads up the Calder to play Kyneton in Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds.

A Gisborne attack led by Pat McKenna, 11 goals against Castlemaine last round, plus Jarryd Vernon, Jake Conolan and Sebastien Bell-Bartels should be too strong.

Key players for the Bulldogs include ruck-rover Matt Goodyear, rover Ethan Minns, key defender Tim Walsh, plus Scott Walsh and Casey Summerfield.

A possible match-up between Tigers’ gun defender Harrison Huntley against McKenna will be well worth watching.

The Tigers have the onball strength of Josh and Hamish Govan, and Rhys Magin to trouble Gisborne.

Biggest issue for the team in yellow and black is scoring enough goals to put the heat on the Bulldogs.

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