Kyneton's wait for victory is over

KYNETON'S wait for victory in the Bendigo Football League's seniors competition is over.

Inspired by an eight-goal haul by the aptly-named Ben Weightman, Kyneton scored a 112-104 win against South Bendigo on Saturday.

It was the Tigers' first victory in the BFL seniors since the 84-46 result against Maryborough on July 14, 2012 at Kyneton Showgrounds.

After just two wins in 2012, the Tigers seniors went into recess.

Saturday's victory capped many months of hard work on and off the field at Tigerland.

Senior coach Mark Adamson, a premiership-winning coach at Golden Square, rated his first victory at Kyneton "right up there"in his playing/coaching career.

"Today is just the start," Adamson declared shortly after a rousing rendition of the club song, which had been sung after the reserves victory.

Adamson said "honesty with each other" and faith in the game plan played a big part in the fightback and then answering South's challenge in the final quarter.

The Tigers' coach said Weightman's match was one of the best individual performances he had seen.

Recruited from Lilydale, Weightman showed why he was selected in the Eastern Football League's Team of the Year in 2013.

A packed Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds watched the yellow and black fight back from a 20-point deficit at half-time.

Weightman kicked four goals in the first half, but it was the Bloods and first-gamer Liam McGlashan, five goals, who led 64-44 at break.

Kyneton's pressure in and around the packs lifted markedly in the third term and it was rewarded with a succession of goals.

A highlight was Ben Knight's shot from near the boundary line in the grandstand pocket at the town end of the ground.

The Bloods steadied with goals by Daniel Frew and two by captain Aaron Connaughton.

Weightman and Hayden Wright were on target as the Tigers cut the deficit to just two points at a quarter to go.

A Michael Clancy torpedo from near the centre circle floated over the pack and bounced through a vacant goalsquare to make it 91-all.

The classy Ryan Carafa goaled on the run from the social rooms flank before consecutive goals by Luke Crawford put South back in front.

Kyneton's desperation and willingness to keep running paid off.

Weightman took a diving mark at half-forward and goaled from near the 50m arc.

A few minutes later and the margin was eight Kyneton's way after Weightman roved a contest and snapped what would be his eighth goal.

Adamson said "22 stories" could be written about Kyneton's win.

"Every player contributed. The big focus was on consistent effort in every quarter and we had that,"Adamson said.

Some of the lines on the whiteboard - give everything, consistent effort, desperation - summed up Kyneton's play.

Best for the Tigers were Weightman, Knight, Wright, Dale Cuinik, Luke Edmondson and ruckman Joel Stevenson.

South Bendigo full-back Jarrod Postle played brilliantly to keep Nathan Thompson goalless.

Adrian Crawford, Liam McGlashan, Connaughton, Blake O'Halloran and Jake Smythe were best for the Bloods.

Kyneton heads to Golden Square in round five as the winless Bloods take on the unbeaten Gisborne on the Dogs' turf at Gardiner Reserve.

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