Storm’s run at Strathfieldsaye rolls on

by Nathan Dole

STRATHFIELDSAYE is on track to mark an unbeaten season on home turf after a 28-point victory against Gisborne in the 13th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior footy action on Saturday.

On a day and night in which it marked its 10-year anniversary, Storm was too strong for the Bulldogs at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.

Strathfieldsaye wore specially-made guernseys that had the name of every player that had represented the club in its first 10 seasons.

Since a 79-point loss to Sandhurst at home in round three of the 2014 season, Storm’s been defeated just one more time at Triple M Park.

In round 11 of the 2017 season, Golden Square scored a 99-53 victory at Strathfieldsaye.

On Saturday, the Clinton Young-coached Gisborne raced to an 18-nil lead in the first term, but Storm fought back.

By the first break, the Bulldogs led 18-13 against a Storm line-up led by playing coach Troy Coates.

A high-quality second quarter between the league’s top two teams ended in Storm in front, 44-40 at half-time.

Strathfieldsaye’s tight-knit defence dominated the final hour as the formidable Gisborne attack was held to 2.5 as Storm scored 6.5 to complete a 13.7 (85) to 8.9 (57) victory.

A four-goal haul by gun forward Lachlan Sharp put his season tally on 89 at five rounds to go in the home and away series.

Josh Formosa capped another brilliant game for Storm by kicking four goals.

Gisborne’s only multiple goalkicker was Pat McKenna, who played for Victoria Country the previous Saturday against the Victorian Amateurs, on three.

McKenna is second in the race for the Ron Best Medal for leading BFNL goalkicker on 61.

Storm’s key defender Bryce Curnow was best afield as Jake Moorhead, Jack Shannahan, Jack Neylon, Sam Heavyside and Formosa were among the best.

Jaidyn Owen, Ethan Minns, James Ferry, Casey Summerfield, Scott Walsh and McKenna worked hard for a Gisborne line-up that was outplayed by Storm for the second time this season.

Kangaroo Flat won a dramatic contest with Kyneton on the Roos’ ground at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

The lead changed many times throughout, but it was the Roos who led 10.6 (66) to 9.9 (63) when the final siren sounded.

Key forward Matt Boland played a superb game to kick a match-high five goals for the Roos as Matt Clifford added two.

The Tigers’ attack was led by Max O’Sullivan on four as coach Luke Beattie and Hamish Govan chipped in with two apiece.

Dylan Klemm was best afield in Kangaroo Flat’s third win of the season as Nathan McHugh, Liam Collins, Jono Lanyon, Clifford and Boland all played well.

Best for Kyneton were Hamish Govan, O’Sullivan, Mitchell Comben, Shaun Huy, Josh Govan and Rhys Smith.

Greater accuracy was a factor in Sandhurst’s hard-fought win on Maryborough’s turf at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.

The Dragons had 24 scoring shots and the Magpies were on 23.

At the final siren, Sandhurst led 13.11 (89) to 9.14 (68).

Maryborough made a superb start and led 24-10 at quarter-time, but the Dragons fired up to lead 39-32 by the long break.

Led by the play of ruckman Chris Down, Jake Wilkinson and Jake Pallpratt in defence, a game-high four goals by Will Holt, Lachlan Ross and Zac Pallpratt, Sandhurst kicked away in the second half.

Maryborough’s attack was led by Liam Latch on three goals, as Jayden Hooper, Luke Bucknall, Aidan Hare, Latch, Brock Gray and Daniel Vadala starred for the Magpies.

There were 11 goalkickers for Eaglehawk in its away win at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve.

Sam Harper and Riley Saunders were top of the list on three apiece in the 20.20 (140) to 2.3 (15) victory.

Castlemaine worked extremely hard to limit the Hawks to just six goals in the first half, but the reigning premiers slammed on 14.7 to 1.1 after the main break.

Goalkickers for the Magpies were Matt Filo and Finley Palmer-Jennings.

The busy Ben McPhee was best afield for the Borough as Cam McGlashan, Ged Hommelhoff, Saunders, Jack Fallon and Ryan Gillingham won many contests.

Best for the Magpies were Jake O’Brien, Matt Filo, Angus Monfries, Riley Pedretti, Daniel Easson and Sam Nettleton.

It took a final quarter blitz for Golden Square to mark an eight-goal victory against South Bendigo at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

The Bulldogs were put under plenty of pressure from the Bloods in the opening three quarters.

South Bendigo scored the first two goals of the contest, but Square fought back to lead 30-26 at quarter-time.

Both teams added two goals apiece in the second quarter.

South Bendigo had plenty of the footy in the crucial third term, but battled to take marks or keep the ball inside the forward 50m arc at the city end.

The Bulldogs led 52-40 at a quarter to go and then slammed on seven consecutive goals on the way to a 14.13 (97) to 7.7 (49) victory.

The Baird brothers, Adam and Travis kicked two goals, which was a feat matched by Ryan Hartley.

South Bendigo’s leading goalkicker was again Kaiden Antonowicz, three, but he played a lot of the game through midfield and across half-back at times.

A week after he captained Victoria Country to a win against the Victorian Amateurs, Adam Baird was best afield for Square as Harley, Jack Geary, Callum Draper, Liam Barrett and Matt Compston also played well.

South Bendigo coach Nathan Horbury followed up his great game for Victoria Country by being the Bloods’ best.

Antonowicz, Brody Haddow, Andrew Vanheumen, Tom Brereton and Joel Swatton worked hard for the Bloods all match.

Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:

Strathfieldsaye 238 per cent, 48 points; Gisborne 215, 40; Eaglehawk 185, 40; Golden Square 171, 40; Sandhurst 145, 36; Maryborough 68, 20; Kyneton 62, 16; Kangaroo Flat 51, 12; South Bendigo 65, 8; Castlemaine 23, 0.

Highlight of next Saturday’s round 14 action will be Sandhurst against Eaglehawk at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Castlemaine faces Kangaroo Flat at Camp Reserve.

Gisborne and South Bendigo do battle on the Bulldogs’ turf at Gardiner Reserve.

Maryborough and Golden Square clash at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.

Kyneton and Strathfieldsaye do battle in Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds.

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