Sandhurst’s hot start sets up great win on Square’s turf

by Nathan Dole

A HOT start by Sandhurst played a big part in beating Golden Square in Saturday’s 17th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior footy action.

The Dragons’ slick disposal and pressure was to the fore as they raced to a 23-point lead by quarter-time on the Bulldogs’ turf at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.

Sandhurst scored five goals in a brilliant opening to the contest as fifth took on fourth.

The Bulldogs fought back to score 2.3 to 0.4 in the second term as the Dragons led 36-24 at half-time.

Sandhurst dominated the third term as it added 3.3 to just two points.

At the final siren it was the Dragons in front, 9.11 (65) to 6.9 (45).

The strong marking of key forward Matt Thornton, who also kicked two goals, was a highlight for the Dragons.

Jed Zimmer also added two goals, while the Bulldogs had six goalkickers.

Sandhurst’s best were Lachlan Ross and Jake Pallpratt in defence, onballers Blair Holmes and Nick Stagg, Lachlan Zimmer and Matt Thornton.

Best for Square were Jayden Burke, Jack Geary, Ryan Hartley, Jake Thrum and Matt Compston.

Eaglehawk dominated the second half of the clash on Gisborne’s turf at Gardiner Reserve.

The Hawks led 38-24 at half-time as they aimed to inflict Gisborne’s second defeat at home this season.

In the final hour the Two Blues slammed on 7.5 to 2.8.

Eaglehawk’s goalscoring spread was to the fore as Sean Williams, three goals; Cam McGlashan, Jarryd Pertzel and Riley Saunders added two apiece in the 13.7 (85) to 5.14 (44) victory.

Leading goalkicker for the Bulldogs was Pat McKenna on three.

One of the recruits of the year, Clayton Holmes was best on ground for the Hawks as Tim Hill, Brodie Collins, Ben McPhee, Jesse Collins and Jack Thompson also starred.

Best for Gisborne were Tim Walsh, Josh Grabham, Liam Rodgers, James Ferry, Scott Walsh and Jack Baker.

South Bendigo marked consecutive victories for the first time this season as it thrashed Kangaroo Flat by 10 goals on the Roos’ ground at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

The Bloods blitzed in the second term as they scored seven unanswered goals to a point.

Young gun Mitch Goodwin was outstanding across half-forward in the second quarter and he had plenty of mates as the red and white charged to an 8.4 (52) to 1.5 (11) lead by the long break.

Kangaroo Flat’s intensity lifted in the third term and was rewarded with two goals, but wayward kicking also prove costly.

The Bloods still won the term, 19-17.

Led by the play of Tom Brereton off half-back or through midfield, Goodwin, ruck-rover Brody Haddow and Brady Childs in the centre, McCutcheon and Brock Harvey, South Bendigo scored an emphatic 15.8 (98) to 4.14 (38) victory.

Goodwin and McCutcheon led South’s attack on four and three goals respectively as Haddow added two.

A great sign for the Bloods was it did not rely on Kaiden Antonowicz to dominate in the forward 50.

Antonowicz kicked a goal, as did five other team-mates.

The Bloods also leapt above the Roos on the ladder.

Unlike the previous round, Kyneton blitzed in the last quarter of Saturday’s match against Maryborough at Tigerland in Kyneton Showgrounds.

The Tigers led 45-33 at half-time, but the Magies were in front, 60-59 at a quarter to go.

Stung by being overrun by South Bendigo in the final term at the QEO the previous Saturday, Kyneton fired up in the last 30 minutes this time.

The Tigers scored 5.2 to just three points to complete a 13.13 (91) to 9.9 (63) victory.

Classy midfielder Rhys Magin kicked three goals as coach Luke Beattie, Leyton Chisholm, Hamish Govan and Shaun Huy added two each.

Maryborough’s attack was led by Matt Bilton, three, and Jayden Templeton, two.

Best for the Tigers were Max O’Sullivan, Magin, Chisholm, key defender Harrison Huntley, Huy and Rhys Smith.

Bilton, Jordan Fraser, Jake Postle, Chris Freeman, Liam Latch and Kya Lanfranchi worked hard for Maryborough.

An 11-goal haul by full-forward Lachlan Sharp and nine by versatile big man Bryce Curnow were highs in Strathfieldsaye’s big win at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve.

As they have done all season, Storm’s players were ruthless against an inexperienced opponent.

Strathfieldsaye’s scoring consistency was superb as eight goals in the first quarter was followed by tallies of 12, eight and nine.

By the final siren, Storm led 37.23 (245) to 4.4 (28).

Storm skipper Kallen Geary has played a lot of his career at half-back, but again showed his skill near goal by kicking five.

The Magpies’ attack was led by Jake O’Brien on two as Will Moran and Angus Monfries added a goal each.

Best for Storm were Jake Moorhead, Sharp, Curnow, Caleb Sheahan, Harry Conway and Kallen Geary.

O’Brien, Matt Filo, Monfries, Jack Williams, Jesse Johnson and Moran worked hard for Castlemaine.

Bendigo FNL senior footy ladder:

Strathfieldsaye 304 per cent, 60 points; Eaglehawk 186, 52; Gisborne 205, 48; Golden Square 159, 44; Sandhurst 137, 44; Maryborough 64, 20; Kyneton 60, 20; South Bendigo 70, 16; Kangaroo Flat 48, 16; Castlemaine 25, 0.

Match of the day in next Saturday’s 17th round will be Sandhurst against Gisborne at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

South Bendigo takes on Strathfieldsaye at Harry Trott Oval in Neale Street, Kennington.

Maryborough meets Kangaroo Flat at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.

Eaglehawk and Kyneton clash on the Borough’s turf at Canterbury Park.

Stung by consecutive defeats, Golden Square is at home again at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street to play Castlemaine.

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