Star recruit Jones injured in Dogs' win

STAR recruit Corey Jones may face a delayed start to the Bendigo Football League season after suffering a cheekbone fracture on Saturday.

After dominating early with three goals against Shepparton United at MyJet Oval, Jones' game ended when he suffered the fracture in a head clash and was taken to hospital.

Golden Square won by the game against the Demons by about 10 goals, which followed last week's victory over another Goulburn Valley Football League side, Mooroopna.

"We played really well today. The boys hit the targets we wanted to hit in terms of tackle pressure, inside-50s and clearances, and we got a look at a number of young guys," Golden Square coach Nick Carter said.

"We brought three up from the under-18s - Lachie Humphrey, Ben Connelly and Liam Jacques - to test them at senior footy and they all handled themselves really well, which was pleasing."

Recruit Sam Frawley kicked five goals for Golden Square, while another new player in Lachlan Woodward played well across half-back.

• Kyneton went down to Heathcote District Football League side Mount Pleasant after the Tigers surrendered a three quarter-time lead.

The Blues - tipped to be one of this year's big HDFL improvers - won by about three goals at Kyneton.

"For three quarters we were very good and did a lot of the basics well," Kyneton coach Mark Adamson said.

"We moved the ball well and had enough scoring opportunities, but didn't put the game away.

"We then dropped the bundle for 18 minutes in the last quarter and Mount Pleasant absolutely cashed in and capitalised.

"Offensively, we're going well, but defensively, we've still got a long way to go."

Star Mount Pleasant recruits Matt Gretgrix and Kain Robins led the Blues' dominant final term.

Gretgrix bagged five goals in the last quarter.

"For the first three quarters we weathered a storm and the backline held up well under a fair bit of pressure," Mount Pleasant coach Derrick Filo said.

"We could have been six or seven goals down at three quarter-time and then the game is done and dusted.

"But the backline kept us in it for three quarters, and then in the last quarter Robins and Gretgrix showed their class and at the end of the day, they were the difference."

• Strathfieldsaye lost by 19 points to Rochester, with the Tigers prevailing 14.6 (90) to 9.17 (71) .

The chief culprits for the Storm's inaccuracy were Stephen Milne (1.7) and Tom Bartholomew (2.5).

"It was a really good physical game of footy, but unfortunately, our kicking at goal was way off today," Storm coach Darryl Wilson said.

• A new-look Eaglehawk side went down to South Croydon by about four goals at Raywood, but there were plenty of positives for Hawks' coach Luke Monaghan.

"It was a good standard of game and they were very impressive," Monaghan said.

"I was happy with how we went against a side that had a lot of quality and played a good brand of footy.

"We saw a lot of improvement on last week with our energy around the contest and structurally, we were more switched on, so it was a good step in the right direction.

"We're still a long way off how we want to play, but that's what pre-season games are for.

"We had nine blokes in the senior side who are new to the club and 21 in total across the two teams, so it's going to take a bit of time to gel."

• Gisborne was beaten by Doutta Stars by one goal in Melbourne.

"I thought we played a good brand of footy on what was a big ground," Gisborne coach Rod Sharp said.

"I'm really happy with how we're placed going into round one. We've got no injuries and have unearthed a couple of kids, so we're excited for the season starting in a couple of weeks."

• Kangaroo Flat made it consecutive practice match wins with a comfortable 81-point victory over Nathalia,18.15 (123) to 6.6 (42).

"With where we're coming from, any win is a good win at the moment and to get a result like that was a good turnaround on last week's low-scoring game against St Albans," Kangaroo Flat coach Jason Stevens said.

"We had an even spread of goals, which was pleasing.

"Offensively, our structure worked a lot better this week and our tackling pressure was also improved."

• Maryborough was beaten by about six goals by Sunbury, which has played in the past three Ballarat Football League grand finals.

"Sunbury is a well-drilled side, so it was a good hit-out for our boys," Maryborough co-coach Jamie Bond said.

"We had a lot of young players and I thought we linked up well and were hard at the ball."

• South Bendigo lost by four goals to Geelong Football League side Bell Park.

The Bloods' side included seven players who also doubled up in the reserves.

"I thought it was an excellent performance by our boys," Bloods' coach Jeff Brennan said.

"We kicked into the breeze in the first and third quarters, but ran out of a bit of steam in the last."

Bloods' recruit Ash Morris was the standout player on the ground, while Rory Alexander injured a hamstring.

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