Last seconds banana major hands Roos narrow victory
By Richard Jones
A brilliant last-minute banana goal from midfielder Simon Davies handed Kangaroo Flat a five-point win over Castlemaine back in 2011.
The Camp Reserve Pies had led for the majority of the game before the epic Davies’ major saved the day for the Roos.
It was late June in 2011 and the Flat kept its slight finals hopes alive with the 13.16 (94) to 13.11 (89) win.
But before the last seconds Kangaroo Flat revival the Magpies looked the likely winner.
Not long before Davies’ stunner Ken Cummings had put the home side in a winning situation.
Castlemaine’s ace small forward landed seven goals in the first half and added another to his tally late in the game to cap off a best-on-ground effort.
Although coach Murray “Muzza” Collins didn’t mention it in his post-match interview, the Roos had 18 players across seniors and Reserves sides unavailable through injury.
Added to that young senior player Josh McKee suffered a broken jawbone during the match.
But as Collins said, the Roos got jumped again with Castlemaine having four goals on the board before his side had even scored.
“But we kept at it straight after that which was pleasing and it turned out to be one of those games where we were the lucky side on the day.
“By that I mean we were the side that was in front when the final siren sounded,” he said.
Collins also mentioned that the lead changed hands “at least four times in that last quarter” but fortunately Davies had roved a pack and nailed a freakish banana shot.
In the other split round matches Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan played premier defender Tim Hill in the ruck against Maryborough as the Two Blues scooted home to a 40-point win while top team Golden Square put second-placed South Bendigo to the sword at the QEO, winning by a huge 117 points.
Ace spearhead Grant Weeks booted nine goals while big ruckman-forward James Bristow bobbed up with three.
It didn’t look like it was going to be a blowout early in the third term.
South nailed the first goal and reduced the half-time deficit of 26 points to a manageable 20.
But as South coach Rick Coburn said to allow the Bulldogs to kick the next 10 goals of the match “just wasn’t acceptable.”
“You can point out that we’re a young side and that inconsistency is going to come with a young side, but that’s just an excuse and something we’re not buying into.
“Golden Square was far too good. Still, we’ve got ourselves to blame for a lot of what happened.
“We just turned the ball over far, far too often,” Coburn added.
Square had too many marking options up forward for the South defence. Along with his three goals Bristow hauled in seven marks, Weeks claimed nine while Matt ‘Tooley’ O’Toole (one goal, 12 marks) was also busy.
Present day Square coach Christian Carter (one goal) was also lively as a Dogs’ small forward.
Down the other end South’s only forward with any presence was Michael Leech (2 goals). He had to take over after Rory Alexander went off just five minutes into the big game with a broken collarbone.
Weeks finished with 9.6 plus a shot which cannoned into the man-on-the-mark, yet the result, came after Square’s best performance for the 2011 season according to coach Nick Carter.
“That was our best for the year --- no doubt about it,” he said.
“It goes to show that when we’re on, we’re a hard side to beat. We switched the ball really well, we hit up targets almost perfectly while up forward Bristow, Weeks and Matty O’Toole were able to do the job.”
One interesting sidelight from the QEO clash. A makeshift manually operated scoreboard had to be set up on the outer fence after the new electronic scoreboard malfunctioned early in the day.
It happened during the under-18 match so the entire Reserves game was played without scores being shown anywhere.
The electronic board came back-on-line midway through the third quarter of the seniors match.
In BFNL netball Kangaroo Flat def. Castlemaine 61-23, Eaglehawk downed Maryborough 46-43 while Golden Square was too good for South: 51-34.
Eaglehawk’s victory cemented its spot in the top three with its 2011 record standing at 6-2.
The Hawks had to come from behind in the third quarter having trailed by two goals at the main break.
They took control of the big game in the third term with a 15-4 burst, setting them up for the final victory.
Maryborough dropped to a 3-5 record with the loss leaving the Magpies a game, plus percentage, outside the top five.
Fifth-placed Kangaroo Flat handed the Maine a 38-goal Camp Reserve flogging and squared their ledger at 4-4.
They were in complete charge in the final quarter outscoring the Maine 19-3.
Golden Square improved its record to 7-1 to sit atop the A grade ladder, breaking away to a 17-8 quarter-time lead over South and continuing on building their lead at each quarter break.
Around the traps a decade ago and there were two massive footy wins in the Loddon Valley league.
Bridgewater mauled Bears Lagoon-Serpentine 22.17 (149) to 3.5 (23) while Pyramid Hills scored an even bigger win: in this instance by 144 points.
Final scores: Pyramid Hill 26.16 (172) def. Marong 4.4 (28).
Newbridge’s win over Inglewood was close to the ‘ton’ – 96 points, in fact.
Newbridge 25.19 (169) downed the Blues 10.13 (73) while YCW (before the Maiden Gully merger) accounted for Mitiamo: 15.16 (196) to the Superoos 10.8 (68).
In the Heathcote league Elmore beat Leithchville-Gunbower by 38 points, White Hills belted Elmore by 90 points, and Lockington-Bamawm United annihilated Colbinabbin by 18 goals.
An inaccurate Heathcote got home by four goals over North Bendigo: 14.24 (108) to the Bulldogs’ 13.6 (84).
Winners in the 14-club strong MCDFL were Avoca, Maldon, Navarre, Carisbrook, Dunolly, Maryborough Rovers and Lexton.
Top side Lexton’s score of 25.14 (164) was the highest in the league and handed the Tigers a 129-point flogging of the Talbot Hawks who managed just 5.5 (35).
The top clubs included Lexton, Maldon, Carisbrook, Navarre, Maryborough Rovers, Dunolly and Natte Bealiba.