AN EIGHT-GOAL performance by Pat McKenna highlighted Gisborne’s big win against Kyneton in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior footy clash played on Good Friday.
In his comeback to Gardiner Reserve after stints at GWS Giants and Melbourne, McKenna blitzed the Tigers defence as Gisborne won 21.20 (146) to 7.9 (51).
The Clinton Young-coached Bulldogs slammed on 8.5 to 0.3 in the opening term.
An attack boasting the quality of McKenna, eight goals; Jack Scanlon and Jaidyn Owen, three goals apiece; capitalised on Gisborne’s dominance off half-back and through midfield.
Ruckman Josh Grabham instigated many of Gisborne’s attacking moves and was best afield as Scanlon, McKenna and Trent Crosbie also starred.
Kyneton’s best were on-baller Rhys Magin, Taylor Kelly, Rhys Smith and Josh Govan.
At Barkers Oval in Maryborough it was the home team which took the points against Castlemaine.
The battle of the league’s Magpies was hard-fought.
Maryborough led 45-34 at half-time, but Castlemaine worked hard to be within seven points at a quarter to play.
Led by Jayden Templeton, Jayden Hooper, Luke Bucknall and Connor O’Shea, Maryborough went on to win 12.7 (79) to 9.10 (64).
Castlemaine’s gun recruit, Angus Monfries kicked a match-high three goals as Braidon Blake and Michael Wenn added two each.
Best for Castlemaine were the classy Matt Filo, Monfries, Blake and Wenn.
A six-goal haul by Lachlan Sharp was a highlight in Strathfieldsaye’s win against Sandhurst at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Strathfieldsaye line-up led 54-17 at half-time, but Sandhurst worked hard to be within five goals at the last change.
Ben Lester, Lachlan Wallace, Sharp and Fergus Payne, who kicked three goals in the contest, played key roles as Storm surged to a 12.17 (89) to 6.7 (43) victory.
Stung by a first-round defeat, Eaglehawk struck back to beat South Bendigo by 77 points in the Hawks’ nest at Canterbury Park.
Plenty of Borough fans were there to watch the unfurling of the 2018 senior premiership flag and then the team romp to an 18.17 (125) to 7.6 (48) victory.
The Bloods’ pressure was rewarded by being within five points at quarter-time.
From there it was Eaglehawk which took over as Sean Williams went on to kick a match-high six goals and Sam Harper, Jarryd Pertzel and Ben Thompson added two each.
The only multiple goalkicker for the Bloods was Brady Childs on two.
Richard Tibbett was best afield as Brodie Collins, Ben McPhee and Oscar Madden won plenty of the ball.
South Bendigo’s best were Will Tobin, coach Nathan Horbury, Regan Harvey and Nathan Newlan.
A remarkable winning run by Golden Square against Kangaroo Flat continued in the Easter Saturday clash played on the Bulldogs turf at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
The Dogs led 19-9 at quarter-time, but then capitalised on its midfield and on-ball dominance to gain a 37-point lead by the main break.
Goals were at a premium for the Roos as it scored just one per quarter in a 14.23 (107) to 4.11 (35) defeat.
Golden Square again had 11 goals as Sam Brinsmead, Jayden Burke and Jake Thrum led the way on two each.
Dylan Klemm booted three majors for the Roos.
Best for the Bulldogs were Jon Coe, Thrum, Jack Geary and Brinsmead.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were Hayden Pyke, Kyle Symons, Jonathan Lanyon and Lachlan Tranter.
Match of the day in Saturday’s third round will be at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane, Strathfieldsaye where Storm takes on Golden Square.
South Bendigo clashes with QEO co-tenant Sandhurst.
Castlemaine and Kyneton do battle at Camp Reserve.
Kangaroo Flat takes on a red-hot Gisborne at Bendigo Mazda Oval, Dower Park.
Maryborough aims for two in a row when it faces Eaglehawk in the Magpies’ nest at Barkers Oval, Princes Park.
Senior ladder after two rounds:
Gisborne 335 per cent, 8 points, Golden Square 206, 8; Strathfieldsaye 181, 8; Eaglehawk 126, 4; Sandhurst 122, 4; Maryborough 89, 4; South Bendigo 76, 4; Kyneton 47, 0; Castlemaine 46, 0; Kangaroo Flat 30, 0.