Eaglehawk marks final quarter blitz against Sandhurst
by Nathan Dole
EAGLEHAWK unleashed a final quarter blitz to mark a 73-point victory against Sandhurst in Saturday’s round 14 clash in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior footy action.
After three hard-fought quarters, Eaglehawk led 64-52 at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The final term was all the Hawks as they slammed on 9.8 to a point to complete an 18.18 (126) to 7.11 (53) victory.
Eaglehawk’s goalkicking prowess was again on show as 10 players figured on the goals list.
Riley Saunders led the way on four goals as Riley McIvor kicked three, and Shaun Knott, Joel Mullen and Sean Williams chipped in with two each.
Sandhurst’s only multiple goalkicker was Jake McLean on two.
Trent Bacon was best afield for the Two Blues as Clayton Holmes, Brodie Filo in his 100th senior game for the Hawks, Joel Mullen, Dillon Williams and Saunders starred.
The Dragons played well for three quarters, but could not halt the onslaught.
Ruckman Chris Down, Jake Wilkinson, Nick Stagg, Jake Pallpratt, Jed Zimmer and Callum Prest were Sandhurst’s best.
Kangaroo Flat marked back-to-back wins, but was made to work hard on Castlemaine’s turf at Camp Reserve.
The Roos led 32-14 at half-time, but the Magpies were within two goals at a quarter to go.
Led by Matt Clifford, Matt Despott, Jono Lanyon, Brodie Fry, Liam Collins and Jade Mayes, Kangaroo Flat scored 4.4 to 2.7 in the final term to complete a 10.18 (78) to 7.15 (57) victory.
Matt Boland and Darcy Poulter kicked two goals for the Roos as Angus Monfries and Jake O’Brien achieved the same feat for Castlemaine.
Best for the Magpies were Riley Pedretti, Monfries, Matt Filo, Jesse Johnson, Mitch Dance and Will Moran.
Golden Square was too strong for Maryborough at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.
The Bulldogs again showed they do not rely on two or three players to kick the goals in a 16.16 (112) to 8.9 (57) victory.
Gun onballers Jack Geary and Adam Baird won plenty of the footy and Travis Baird marked the second match of his comeback to the seniors from injury by figuring highly on the list of best players.
The Bulldogs led 49-23 at half-time, but the Magpies struck back to win the third term, 26-24.
Just as it did a week earlier, Golden Square finished the match with plenty of run as it scored 6.3 to 1.2 in the last quarter.
Adam Baird led the Bulldogs’ attack on four goals as Jayden Burke kicked three and Jordan Rosengren, Jake Thrum and Mitch Treacy added two apiece.
Maryborough’s leading goalkickers were Jayden Templeton, three, and Brock Gray.
Best for the Bulldogs were Geary, Adam and Travis Baird, Jon Coe, Liam Barrett and Matt Compston.
Aidan Hare, Lachlan Butler, Coby Perry, Gray, Templeton and Kya Lanfranchi played well for Maryborough.
Six goals by Pat McKenna were a highlight of Gisborne’s win against South Bendigo on the Bulldogs’ turf at Gardiner Reserve.
The Bulldogs led 35-9 at quarter-time.
Gisborne added 4.5 in the second, but the Bloods lifted to score 4.1.
It was a closely-fought contest in the third term as Gisborne scored 5.2 and South Bendigo added 5.3.
The final term was dominated by the Bulldogs as they scored 6.2 to just two points to complete a 20.14 (134) to 9.9 (63) victory.
McKenna has now kicked 67 goals in his return to Gisborne.
Thomas Wood, four; Seb Bell-Bartels and Brad Bernacki, two goals, led Gisborne’s attack against South Bendigo.
Kaiden Antonowicz and Brody Haddow kicked three goals apiece for the Bloods.
The Ron Best medallist as leading goalkicker last season, Antonowicz is on 46.
Gisborne’s best were Ethan Minns, Tim Walsh, Pat McKenna, Thomas Wood, Anthony Belcher and coach Clinton Young.
Haddow, Joel Swatton, Brady Childs, Andrew Vanheumen, Tyler McLeod and Connor Robertson played well for South Bendigo.
Although several stars were on the sidelines, Strathfieldsaye Storm blitzed at Kyneton.
Storm won 29.18 (192) to 3.3 (21) as Bryce Curnow kicked six goals and Lachlan Wallace, four; Josh Formosa and Hunter Lawrence, three, capitalised on Storm’s dominance in the centre and around the packs.
Strathfieldsaye went into the clash without Lachlan Sharp, 89 goals this season, Kallen Geary and Vin Flood, but the ladder leaders showed just how powerful a team they are at Tigerland.
A highlight was Josh and Jordan Formosa, two goals, as team-mates in senior footy for the first time.
Storm’s best were Jake Moorhead, Wallace, Curnow, Harry Conway in his first senior game since May 11, as well as Josh Formosa and Jack Shannahan.
On another tough afternoon for Kyneton, Rhys Magin, Max O’Sullivan, Josh Govan, Hamish Govan, Harrison Huntley and Leyton Chisholm were best for the yellow and black.
Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:
Strathfieldsaye 258 per cent, 52 points; Gisborne 215, 44; Eaglehawk 188, 44; Golden Square 172, 44; Sandhurst 131, 36; Maryborough 67, 20; Kyneton 55, 16; Kangaroo Flat 54, 16; South Bendigo 64, 8; Castlemaine 26, 0.
Highlight of next Saturday’s round 15 action will be Eaglehawk against Golden Square at Canterbury Park.
Maryborough takes on Gisborne at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.
South Bendigo and Kyneton clash at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Strathfieldsaye plays Kangaroo Flat at Triple M Park in Storm’s territory on Tannery Lane.
The round will be completed on Sunday when Sandhurst and Castlemaine do battle on the QEO turf.