Sharp boots 17 in Storm whitewash
By Richard Jones
STRATHFIELDSAYE key forward Lachlan Sharp snagged an incredible 17 goals in the Storm’s massive 158-point belting of Castlemaine two seasons back.
Sharp actually finished the Rd. 6 match in 2018 at Storm’s Tannery Lane home ground with 17.11.
Sharp posted the highest total since Grant Weeks’ 21 for Golden Square against Kyneton in 2012.
“It’s a nice feeling to kick 17, but all the credit has to go to the players up the field,” Sharp told reporters on Saturday night.
It didn’t look like Sharp and the Storm were going anywhere much in the opening quarter. It took Strathfieldsaye 16 minutes to land their first goal, but then the floodgates opened as the Maine Magpies were swept away.
Sharp did miss a handful of shots he’d normally bag but the 17 he finished with was three better than his previous best: 14 against Maryborough in 2017.
The Michelsen and Ron Best medallist was fed match-long by Shannon and Kallen Geary from the half-back line, along with Trent Formosa and Trent Donnan at ground level while recruit Bryce Carroll showed his class across half-forward.
Castlemaine was out-bodied and outrun by the Storm although midfielder Jake O’Brien and big men Braidon Blake and Dylan Atkins tried hard.
Although Sharp’s feat was sensational it was still seven goals short of the BFL record, held jointly by Bendigo City’s Dave Mahoney and Eaglehawk’s Harry Morgan.
They each booted 24 majors: Mahoney in a September, 1913 final against California Gully and Morgan in the concluding 1953 home-and-away match against Rochester.
In other games Eaglehawk rebounded from a rare defeat down at Kyneton in Round 5 with a 46-point belting of South Bendigo at Canterbury Park while Kyneton held onto fourth spot by beating Sandhurst by 31 points.
Some of Kangaroo Flat’s younger players weren’t born the last time the Roos beat Golden Square.
That was back in round 8 in 2001 so 17 desolate years had passed for the hapless Roos.
In the Sunday AFL Victoria WorkSafe Game of the Month Square belted the Roos by 74 points as the Dogs’ Jack Geary and Hamish Morcom booted nine goals between them.
Playing coach Josh Bowe praised the evenness of his Eaglehawk players’ work rate stating that they “hardly had a poor player (against South) as the club prides itself on every player contributing.”
Gisborne playing coach Clinton Young stepped onto Gardiner Reserve with the Graveyard Dogs for his first game in charge against Maryborough.
The former Hawthorn premiership player booted two goals while younger teammates in second-gamer Sam Ramsey (4) and Ryan Baker (3) were also prominent.
Gisborne recorded 37 scoring shots to the Magpies 12 in a game which went to script right from the opening bounce.
The Bulldogs, although inaccurate with 4.8 on the board, led by 20 points at the first change and then by 53 points at the main break.
Maryborough did bounce back as they added 4.3 in the final term with experienced duo Luke Bucknall and coach Ben Lavars prominent.
Kyneton downed Sandhurst at the Showgrounds for the third season in a row with the defence holding the Dragons to a meagre eight goals.
Key defender Harrison Huntley was again among the Tigers’ best with inside midfielder Josh Govan continuing his great form.
Jake Ward kicked four goals against his former Hurst teammates with ruckman Darcy Harris continuing his solid 2018 form.
Despite their long list of injured players --– a list which included playing coach Andrew Collins, ex-AFL player Daniel Connors and Michelsen Medallist Lee Coghlan --- the Dragons were within a point at half-time.
Then the Tigers added nine goals to four in the final half to leave Sandhurst 0-3 against fellow top five teams this season.
Final scores: Strathfieldsaye 27.25 (187) def. Castlemaine 4.5 (29), Eaglehawk 17.13 (115) def. South Bendigo 10.9 (69), Kyneton 14.9 (93) def. Sandhurst 8.14 (62), Gisborne 18.19 (127) def. Maryborough 6.6 (42) and Golden Square 19.14 (128) def. Kang. Flat 8.6 (54).
Top Five: Golden Square 5-1, 218%, 20 premiership points; Eaglehawk 5-1, 193.7%, 20; Strathfieldsaye 5-1, 191.9%, 20; Kyneton 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss, 18; Sandhurst 3-3, 12.