South Bendigo out of the top-five, Gisborne in the finals - that's the washup from today's one-sided round 18 of the Bendigo Football League.
Eaglehawk 22.17 (149) d South Bendigo 7.4 (46). The Hawks ended a three-game losing streak and booked a qualifying final berth against Golden Square with a 103-point flogging of South Bendigo at Canterbury Park. The loss cost the lacklustre Bloods their position in the top five as they tumbled to sixth and will miss the finals for the first time since 2004. South Bendigo missing the finals comes after the Bloods had sat on top of the ladder at the halfway mark of the season. The loss signals the end of Rick Coburn's seven-year tenure as South Bendigo coach. Kain Robins and Luke Milroy kicked five goals each for Eaglehawk, while Matt Gretgrix added four. Justin Maddern kicked four of South Bendigo's seven goals, and wins the Ron Best Medal with 67 for the season.
Gisborne 26.18 (174) d Castlemaine 13.8 (86). The Bulldogs took South Bendigo's position in the top five with an 88-point hiding of Castlemaine at Camp Reserve. The Bulldogs were never challenged by the Magpies and by half-time were already 86 points up. Castlemaine kicked eight of its 13 goals in the last quarter. Patrick McKenna (six) and Tom May (five) combined for 11 goals for Gisborne. Rhys Ford kicked three for Castlemaine.
Sandhurst 23.13 (151) d Maryborough 8.5 (53). A 98-point win to the Dragons at the QEO to sew up their finals berth. The Dragons led by 41 points at half-time, before adding 13 goals to four after the main break. Ricky Symes bagged six goals for Sandhurst.
Strathfieldsaye 24.7 (151) d Kangaroo Flat 9.9 (63). In what was a clash of the minor premiers vs the wooden spooners, the Storm prevailed by 88 points at Flight Centre Park. The Storm got away to a strong strong start to lead by 28 points at quarter-time, and by half-time had blown the margin out to 71 points. Lachlan Sharp starred for the Storm, booting 12 goals - the most by a player in the BFL this season.
Next week's finals:
Qualifying final - Golden Square v Eaglehawk.
Elimination final - Sandhurst v Gisborne.
Qualifying final:Huntly 17.10 (112) d North Bendigo 8.12 (60). Hawks set up a second semi-final with LBU after beating the Bulldogs by 52 points. The Hawks got away in the second term when they kicked five goals to one. Coach Stacy Fiske kicked five goals for the Hawks, whose best was Josh Harris. Josh Gitsham was the best for North Bendigo, which has now lost six in a row.
Second semi-final: Bridgewater 16.14 (110) d BL-Serpentine 16.13 (109). Mean Machine into their fourth grand final in a row with a one-point win over the Bears. The Mean Machine came from 35 points down at three quarter-time in a remarkable last term comeback. Alexander Collins kicked six goals for Bridgewater to bring up his ton for the season. Marc Lindsay was the best for the Mean Machine. Adrian Alford was the standout for the Bears, who had Rohan Nolan kick six goals.
Wycheproof-Narraport 19.8 (122) d Boort 6.12 (48). Corey Jones booted eight goals for the Demons.
Wedderburn 29.11 (185) d Birchip-Watchem 6.5 (41). Sam Barnes had a massive day up forward for the Redbacks, bagging 15 goals.
St Arnaud 25.22 (172) d Donald 6.8 (44). Saints hold onto second position and the double chance with their 128-point win.
Navarre 12.11 (83) d Avoca 7.3 (45). Grasshoppers held the Bulldogs to one goal in first half on the way to a 38-point win.
Maldon 20.9 (129) d Campbells Creek 10.13 (73). Bombers climb back into the eight and will play finals with the 56-point win
Carisbrook 35.22 (232) d Dunolly 4.6 (30). Redbacks cap an undefeated home and away season with a 202-point win. Nathan Wright kicked 12 goals for the winners.
Harcourt 14.11 (95) d Talbot 4.5 (29). Hawks surrender their position in the top eight with the 66-point defeat.
Royal Park 17.11 (113) d Rovers 14.4 (88). Bushy wins the Maryborough derby to end season with four wins.
Newstead 11.8 (74) d Natte Bealiba 9.14 (68). Steaders came from 11 points down at three quarter-time to prevail and end the Swans' five-game winning streak.
Lexton 25.15 (165) d Trentham 5.2 (32). Matthew Brown kicked 10 goals for the Tigers in their 133-point victory.
Gippsland Power 11.19 (85) d Bendigo Pioneers 8.6 (54). The Pioneers had been within nine points at half-time, but the Power kicked away in the third term when they added 4.8 to 1.1. Sam Heavywide was the best for the Pioneers. Bendigo ends the season 11th with three wins.