Storm surges to hard-fought win against Sandhurst
by Nathan Dole
A SCORE of 43 was enough for Strathfieldsaye Storm to take the premiership points against Sandhurst in Saturday’s 11th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
On a day where Vin Flood made a long-awaited return to Storm’s senior team the clash became a torrid battle in high winds and heavy rain at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane.
The home team led 16-8 at quarter-time, but the Dragons were within five points at the long break after they scored a goal and kept Storm to just three points in the second term.
Both teams added a goal in the third quarter.
Led by the play of Josh Formosa, Hugh Robertson, Kallen Geary and ruckman Harry Crone, Storm surged clear in the final term as it added 2.4 and kept the Dragons scoreless to complete a 5.13 (43) to 3.3 (21) victory.
Formosa’s two goals capped a best afield performance as gun full-forward Lachlan Sharp added two goals and Sam Heavyside the other.
Goalkickers for the Dragons were Blair Holmes, Oscar Perez and Vincent Rodi.
Rapt to be back on field, Flood featured in Storm’s best players along with Caleb Sheahan.
Best for Sandhurst were Jake Pallpratt in defence, onballer Blair Holmes, Lachlan Ross and Josh Hann in defence, Chris Down in the ruck, and centreman Adam Parry.
Kangaroo Flat made a flying start to its clash with Golden Square at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Desperate to end an 18-year hoodoo, Kangaroo Flat scored the only three goals of the opening quarter.
From there it was the Bulldogs who seized control through the play of Matt Compston in the ruck, the experienced Brad Eaton, Hamish Morcom in attack, non-stop run of Jake Thrum and Jack Geary, and toughness of Dale Lowry in the clinches.
Golden Square scored 4.7 to nil in the second quarter.
After such a promising start, the Roos added just four points in the last three terms as the blue and gold scored 10.16 on its way to a 10.19 (79) to 3.8 (26) victory.
Morcom led Golden Square’s attack on three goals, as Matt Clifford, Andrew Cussen and Damian Wust were on target for Flat.
Best for Kangaroo Flat were Clifford, Nathan McHugh, Tom Verbeek, Jade Mayes, Hayden Pyke and Kyle Symons.
Maryborough marked its fifth win of the season in an 81-24 result on Castlemaine’s turf at Camp Reserve.
It was the second time this season that Maryborough had achieved consecutive victories.
After scoring just a point at Gisborne the previous round, Castlemaine worked hard to score 3.6 (24) in the all-Magpies showdown.
Maryborough led 25-7 at half-time and had built a 34-point lead at a quarter to go.
The final term was to be the best by the Ben Lavars-coached Maryborough as it scored 4.2 to 0.3.
Stewart Crameri kicked three goals and Jayden Hooper added two in the 11.15 (81) to 3.6 (24) win.
Goalkickers for Castlemaine were Jesse Johnson, Angus Monfries and Anthony Robins.
Best for Maryborough were Lachy Butler, Hooper, Jake Postle, Coby Perry, Jacob Long and Chris Freeman.
Riley Pedretti, Monfries, Dylan Atkins, Sam Simpson and John Watson played well for Castlemaine.
For the second week running, Gisborne kept an opponent goalless.
This time it was Kyneton which battled to break through the Bulldogs defence.
Although Kyneton had home ground advantage, Gisborne dominated.
The Bulldogs led 2.7 to 0.1 at quarter-time and then went on to score 7.8 to nil in a 9.15 (69) to 0.1 (1) result.
The in-form Patrick McKenna kicked five goals as four team-mates added a goal.
Brad Bernacki starred in the conditions as Tim Walsh, McKenna, Ethan Minns, James Ferry and Scott Walsh also played well for the red, white and blue.
The Tigers’ best were Jayden Tatti, Tim Kirk, Max O’Sullivan, Darcy Harris, Shaun Huy and Pat McCarthy.
Eaglehawk’s goalscoring power was on show against South Bendigo at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Hawks had 10 players feature on a goalkicking list led by Brenton Conforti, Gedd Hommelhoff, Cam McGlashan, Ben McPhee and Shaun Williams on two each.
A six-goal blitz in the second quarter put the result beyond doubt as Eaglehawk led 8.7 (55) to 1.2 (8) at half-time.
As many of South Bendigo’s premiership stars from yesteryear looked on, the Bloods lifted in the third term and matched the Borough’s tally of 3.3.
With McGlashan, Riley Saunders, Sam Harper, Ben McPhee, Jesse Collins and Clayton Holmes winning plenty of contests, Eaglehawk kicked away to win 15.15 (105) to 6.5 (41).
Kaiden Antonowicz kicked a match-high three goals for the Bloods as Brock Harvey added two.
Coach Nathan Horbury was South Bendigo’s best as Brody Haddow, Braydan Torpey, Sam Maher, Callum Crisp and Antonowicz worked hard for the red and white.
Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:
Strathfieldsaye 263 per cent, 40 points; Gisborne 228, 36; Golden Square 183, 36; Eaglehawk 160, 32; Sandhurst 140, 28; Maryborough 73, 20; Kyneton 53, 12; South Bendigo 69, 8; Castlemaine 24, 0.
The league has a general bye next week.
A highlight in round 12 on July 13 will be the showdown between Golden Square and Strathfieldsaye at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
Eaglehawk takes on Maryborough at Canterbury Park.
Gisborne and Kangaroo Flat clash on the Bulldogs’ turf at Gardiner Reserve.
Kyneton and Castlemaine do battle at Kyneton Showgrounds.
It’s the battle of the Queen Elizabeth Oval co-tenants when Sandhurst and South Bendigo fight for premiership points.