Kyneton faces huge test at Strathfieldsaye
KYNETON faces the daunting task of trying to end Strathfieldsaye’s unbeaten run on home in this Saturday’s 12th round in the Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The clash between the third-placed Tigers and ladder-leading Storm carries huge importance both clubs in the run to the finals.
When they last met it was Storm which powered away in the final quarter to score a 17-point win at Tigerland.
Before last weekend’s bye, Storm achieved a 75-point win at Gisborne, and Kyneton marked its latest home clash with a 121-point victory against Kangaroo Flat.
Play at stoppages will be a key to Kyneton’s chances of beating Storm.
Strathfieldsaye has the great ability to dominate many clearances and quickly move the ball to attack.
Although Storm is without gun full-forward Lachlan Sharp because of a hamstring injury it has plenty of goalkicking options.
Bryce Curnow has kicked 17 goals in five matches and looms as a major threat to the Tigers defence.
At the other end of the ground, Ethan Foreman and Rhys Magin lead Kyneton’s attack on 33 goals and 29 goals.
Their quick leads and skill at ground level will test Storm.
Another big match will be at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve where the Bulldogs take on Eaglehawk.
Sixth on the ladder after its loss to Storm, Gisborne needs a win to keep the heat on the fifth-placed Sandhurst.
In round three, Gisborne played a brilliant first half at Eaglehawk, but the Borough dominated after the break to score a 47-point win.
Although the Hawks go in without full-forward Matt Gretgrix, they still have plenty of goalkicking power through the likes of Sean Williams and Ged Hommelhoff.
Hit by injuries to key players, Kangaroo Flat’s task has become so much harder against Sandhurst.
The Roos scored just one goal when these clubs met in round three on the QEO.
Kangaroo Flat’s defence is likely to be in for a busy afternoon as a Dragons midfield led by the likes of coach and Victoria Country representative Andy Collins, Blair Holmes, and ruckman Tim Martin sets up plenty of attacks.
The Golden Square forwards will aim to capitalise on the midfield dominance in their clash with Castlemaine.
The Bulldogs have Victoria Country representatives Adam Baird and Jack Geary in hot form.
South Bendigo returns to Harry Trott Oval in Kennington to take on Maryborough.
The Bloods will start favourite, but cannot afford to take the Magpies lightly.
Kaiden Antonowicz has kicked 42 goals for the Bloods, but needs more team-mates to chip in.
Bendigo FNL senior ladder:
Strathfieldsaye 40 points, 209 per cent; Eaglehawk 36, 208; Kyneton 34, 162; Golden Square 32, 162; Sandhurst 24, 157; Gisborne 24, 118; South Bendigo 14, 81; Kangaroo Flat 8, 44; Maryborough 4, 46; Castlemaine 4, 28.
Sharp 54, Kaiden Antonowicz 42, Andrew Collins 30, Jake Ward 29, Rhys Magin 29, Sean Williams 28, Matt Gretgrix 26, Jayden Burke 25, Dylan Johnstone 19, Taylor Strachan 19, Gedd Hommelhoff 18, Jake Conolan (Gis) 18, Max O’Sullivan 18, Bryce Curnow 17 in 5.