Castlemaine soars to victory on Golden Square’s ground

CASTLEMAINE’S brilliant debut in the Champions IGA-backed CVFL senior women’s football competition rolled on in Friday night’s dramatic win under lights in the Indigenous Round match at Golden Square.

The Magpies soared to a 32-29 victory in the seventh round and ended Golden Square’s unbeaten run which had included being premiers in 2019 and in the shortened ’21 season.

In Friday night’s match at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street it was the Magpies who led 7-6 at quarter-time and then scored two goals to a point in the second term.

The Bulldogs fought back to win the third term, 19-12.

Strong defence was the key in the final quarter.

Although the Magpies added just one point they worked extremely hard to limit Square to just three points to claim a memorable 32-29 victory for the Tiana Cochrane-coached team.

Goalkickers for the Magpies were Ella Cochrane, Meg Ginnivan, Lily McMahon and Katie Petrusma.

Mia Ward booted two goals for the blue and gold as Charlotte Beavan and Keely Hare were also on target.

Castlemaine’s best were Jemma Finning, Tia Davidge, Michelle Barkla, Lily McNair, Ella Cochrane and Victoria Christie.

Andrea Wilson, Charlotte Beavan, Liz Watkins, Arkie Donnelly, Bree Heiden and Carly Geary played well for the Todd Deary-coached Golden Square.


On Saturday night, Eaglehawk played Kyneton in another high-standard and closely-fought match at Canterbury Park.

The Tigers led 14-7 at quarter-time and 21-16 by half-time.

Kyneton’s lead was up to 10 points going into the final term, but the Geoff West-coached Eaglehawk never gave up.

The Borough added 2.4, but Kyneton’s score of 2.1 was enough to clinch a 42-35 result.

Goalkickers for the Tigers were not listed.

Eaglehawk’s attack was led by Charlotte Edlin and Hannah Kenny on two each.

Best for the Phil Hawkes-coached Tigers were Teagan Ainslie, Terri Overstead, Rachael Williams, Marnie Love and Ursula van Dyk.

Kayla Cox, Molly Metcalf, Kelly Mensforth, Hannah Kenny, Freyja Pearce and Alex Summerfield were Eaglehawk’s best.


On Sunday, Strathfieldsaye marked a 64-1 win on North Bendigo’s turf at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.

Storm led 18-0 at quarter-time and 32-1 by the main break.

Molly Pianta and Chelsea Reeves led Strathfieldsaye’s attack on three and two goals respectively.

Best for the Jake Donegan-coached Storm were Lila Keck, Amy Cameron, Chelsea Reeves and Regeena Torney.

Quetta Holloway-Jinks, Maddie Jelbart, Kacey Davis, Cassandra Coughlan, Eliza McKinstry and Leonie Schulz played well for the Ricky Crotty-coached North Bendigo.

Bendigo Thunder and Kerang had the bye.


Champions IGA CVFL senior women’s footy ladder:

Castlemaine 1109 per cent, 20 points; Bendigo Thunder 1008, 16; Golden Square 480, 16; Kyneton 179, 16; Eaglehawk 232, 8; Strathfieldsaye 30, 8; Kerang 8, 4; North Bendigo 1, 0.


Round eight kicks off next Saturday when matches are played under lights at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve and at Kyneton Showgrounds from 5.15pm.

Castlemaine plays Eaglehawk, and Kyneton meets Bendigo Thunder at Tigerland.

On Sunday, Kerang and Golden Square clash from 2.30pm at Kerang’s Riverside Park.

North Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye have the bye.


In the practice match schedule, Mount Alexander Falcons played Kerang last Sunday at Harcourt, with the final results still pending on Play HQ.


This Sunday, Strathfieldsaye Storm meets Mount Alexander Falcons in a pratice match from 2.30pm on Storm’s ground at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.


Written by Nathan Dole.