GOLDEN Square fought back from a 23-point deficit at the start of the final quarter to draw the Bendigo Junior Football League’s under-16 seniors clash with Strathfieldsaye on Sunday.
It was a dramatic end to the Storm and Bulldogs showdown at Triple M Park, Tannery Lane as the IGA and Cavalier Homes-backed BJFL marked its 15th round.
Defeated just once this season, Strathfieldsaye led 10-2 at quarter-time and 16-7 at half-time as the Bulldogs were let down by wayward kicking at goal.
Storm surged to a 23-point lead by the last change as it scored 3.2 to a goal in the third quarter.
Golden Square did not give up and added 4.1 to just two points in the last term.
Scores were locked on 5.8 (38) when the final siren sounded.
Goalkickers for Storm were Jai Featherby and Ryley Taylor, two, and Rowan Fox.
The Golden Square attack was led by Jack Stewart, two, as Lewis Fitzpatrick, Hugh Freckleton and Harry Law were also on target.
Best for Storm were Todd Moule, Ryley Taylor, Darcy Strawbridge, Jake Gamble, Jackson Eadon and Jai Featherby.
Lewis Fitzpatrick, Harry Law, Lewis Fisher, Liam Thomas, Macey Eaton and Bailey Morton played well for the blue and gold.
Kyneton scored a 44-point win in Saturday’s clash with Kangaroo Flat at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Four goals to nil in the second term put the Tigers up, 37-4 at half-time.
The team in yellow and black kicked on to win 9.10 (64) to 2.8 (20).
Leading goalkickers for the Tigers were Michael Rutledge, three, and Zac Girvan, two.
Kyneton’s best were Brody Brown, Patrick Nyberg, Michael Rutledge, Zac Girvan, Zach Ryan and Ben Cameron.
Brodie Newman, Beer Beer, Toby Roberts, Seb Collins, Campbell Smith and Patrick Murphy played well for the Kangaroos.
A win assured Kyneton would finish the regular season in fourth place a finals berth.
Sandhurst had the bye.
In next Sunday’s final round of the home and away series, Kangaroo Flat faces Strathfieldsaye at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park at 12.05pm, and Sandhurst plays Kyneton from 3.05pm at Ewing Park.
Golden Square has the bye.
There were some closely-fought under-18 girls matches on Sunday.
Despite some inaccuracy, Eaglehawk won a top contest with Sandhurst, 4.11 (35) to 3.0 (18) at California Gully.
Goalkickers for the Hawks were Holly Congues, Kimberley Godfrey, Drew Ryan and Tegan Williams.
Eliza Bell kicked two goals for Sandhurst as Lily McMahon added the other.
Best for the Hawks were Drew Ryan, Priya Swain, Tegan Williams, Kimberley Godfrey, Alyssa Bury and Kayla Cox.
Ella Cochrane, Abby Thompson, Emily Collins, Hollie Maher, Lily McMahon and Hayley Singleton-Synnott played well for Sandhurst.
Just three points separated Golden Square and Kangaroo Flat at the start of the last quarter at Fur Life Vet Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street.
The home team scored 3.2 to nil in the last term to complete a 5.6 (36) to 2.1 (13) victory.
Molly Pianta booted two goals for Golden Square as Emma Gilligan, Elizabeth Snell and Dakota Villiva were also on target.
Jemma Finning and Natalia Short goaled for the Kangaroos.
Best for Golden Square were Bree Heiden, Brooke Hards, Annabel Strahan, Gracie Sladden, Leteisha Bourke and Amelia Martin.
Eloise Gretgrix, Jemma Finning, Isabella Pitto, Sonia Teeklu, Taylah Petrusma and Abbey Barber worked hard for Kangaroo Flat.
Woorinen forfeited its match at Strathfieldsaye.
A highlight of next Sunday’s play will be Kangaroo Flat, third, against Strathfieldsaye, first, at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park from 1.50pm.
Sandhurst plays Woorinen at Ewing Park from 12.05pm.
The Golden Square and Eaglehawk clash starts at 1.30pm at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
White Hills fought from a 15-point deficit at half-time to win the under-15 girls match against Eaglehawk by three points.
The Hawks led 22-7 at half-time of the contest on White Hills’ turf at Tint-A-Car Oval in Scott Street.
A great effort to add two goals and keep the Hawks scoreless meant it was 22-19 in favour of Eaglehawk at the start of the final term.
The Demons added 1.1 to a point to clinch a 4.2 (26) to 3.5 (23).
Casey Zass kicked two goals as Audrey Gargiulo and Aleirah Thomas added the others for White Hills.
Eaglehawk’s attack was led by Keely Fullterton, two, and Lexie Moss.
Best for White Hills were Kaitlyn Wild, Keira Long, Hannah Ripper, Acacia Edwards, Casey Zass and Audrey Gargiulo.
Lilliana Middleton, Keely Fullerton, Leah Pollard, Lexie Moss, Lilly Stevenson and Jayda Matthews-Shanley played well for the Hawks.
In other matches, Storm beat Thunder, 38-1 in the all-Strathfieldsaye clash; South Bendigo scored an 85-4 win against Kangaroo Flat; and Sandhurst defeated Golden Square by 86 points.