Sandhurst regains Graeme Wright Memorial Cup from South Bendigo

Sandhurst has regained the Graeme Wright Memorial Cup after a 51-point victory against South Bendigo in Saturday's first-round clash of the Bendigo Football League season at the QEO

The Dragons won 13.14 (92) to 5.11 (41) in a contest where Ryan Haythorpe and Mitch Dole kicked four goals apiece.

South Bendigo's only multiple goalkicker was Ash Morris on two goals.

A red-hot Sandhurst built on a three-goal lead at half-time by scoring 5.4 to just three points in the third term.

Ryan Haythorpe kicked three goals and Nick Stagg and Lachlan Ross added one each.

Sandhurst leads 11.10 (76)  to 3.9 (27) at three quarter-time.

Haythorpe and Mitch Dole have kicked four goals each for Sandhurst.

Update - Dragons. midfielder Nick Stagg on end of handpass and goals from tight angle in 24th minute. Sandhurst leads 91-41.

South Bendigo's Jayke Barrack goals on run. Sandhurst leads 85-41.

South Bendigo's goalscoring drought is over after Josh Whelan's major in the 19th minute.

Will South Bendigo break its goalscoring drought. It's the 11th minute of the last and Bloods have not goaled since 22nd minute in second term when Ash Morris was on target.

Dragons lead 83-28.

Sandhurst's Harry O'Meara goals on run. Dragons lead 83-27 at four-minute mark in last quarter. The Hurst has scored six unanswered goals.

Sandhurst's Lachlan Ross marks a Ryan Maldenis snapshot in square and goals. Dragons lead 76-26 in 24th minute of third term.

Ryan Haythorpe kicks fourth goal as Dragons lead 70-26.

Dragons midfiield winning or halving many contests and No.1 ruckman Tim Martin has made a superb start to 2014 season,

Ryan Haythorpe kicks second of third quarter and third of match. Sandhurst leads 60-24 in ninth minute.

Nick Stagg intercepts defensive kick-in and goals on run. Sandhurst leads 54-24 in third minute of third quarter.

Ryan Hayhorpe has goaled a minute into third term. Sandhurst leads 48-24.

The Dragons kicked away to a 24-point lead in the second term before South Bendigo's gun recruit Ash Morris kicked his second and the team's third to cut the margin in the 22nd minte.

Sandhurst leads 6.6 (42) to 3.6 (24) in a contest where Mitch Dole kicked all three of the Dragons goals in the opening term and has a game-high tally of four.

South Mildura's Matthew Chisari, who is on the Bendigo Pioneers list, has goaled in his first senior game with the Bloods.

Sandhurst dominated through midfield and across half-back for a lot of the second quarter.

Defence for South Bendigo Bloods under enormous pressure.

Sandhurst leads 41-18 approaching 15-minute mark of second term in BFL clash with South Bendigo at QEO.

The Dragons have done most of the attacking in the warm conditions.

A goal  by Mitch Dole just seconds before the quarter-time siren has put Sandhurst up by four points at quarter-time in the season.s opening round.

Dole kicked all three of Sandhurst's goals as the Dragons led 3.2 (20) to 2.4 (16) at the first break.

South's goalkickers are Ash Morris and Matthew Chisari in their first senior games for the club.

The Dragons lead 32-16 at the four-minute mark in the second quarterr after goals by Ryan Haythorpe and Ryan Maldenis.

A third unanswered goal makes it 40-16 the Dragons way 

There's more than four premiership points at stake as South Bendigo fights to retain the Graeme Wright Memorial Cup against its QEO co-tenant and fierce rival.

Both clubs have new senior coaches this season.

Jeff Brennan marks another stint at coaching South Bendigo. A successful coach in the BFL's inter-league campaign, Brennan was coach at Maryborough last season.

Brett Fitzpatrick is Sandhurst's new senior coach after being in charge at Castlemaine in 2013. 

Both clubs will unveil several recruits in this clash.

New players at South Bendigo include Ashley Morris, Luke Sweeney and Charles Trotman.

Sandhurst welcomes back Michelsen medallist Lee Coghlan and Jarrod Bateson, while Harry O'Meara adds plenty of dash to the midfield.

Dragons' fans will be keen to see how onballer Ryan Maldenis performs in his BFL debut. 

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