Baker, Milne star in Storm victory over Magpies

HIGH-profile recruits Steven Baker and Stephen Milne played starring roles in Strathfieldsaye's 78-point Bendigo Football League win over Maryborough on Sunday.

The Storm prevailed 20.15 (135) to 8.9 (57) at Princes Park as they improved their record to 4-1, while the Magpies remain stuck on the bottom of the ladder without a victory after five rounds.

Baker was the Storm's best player as he again set the tone with his defensive pressure and hardness at the contest.

Livewire Milne led the Storm attack with seven goals from 12 shots and has now moved to the top of the BFL goalkicking with 22.

Midfielder Matt Smith and defender Ash Trollop were others to have big impacts for the Storm, while in his first game against his former club, onballer Matt Johnston kicked two goals and was named in the best for Strathfieldsaye.

Similar to last week's game against Sandhurst, the Magpies had a red-hot crack against their more fancied opponents.

Versatile big man Tyson MacIlwain's consistent start to the season continued as he was named Maryborough's best player.

The Magpies were also pleased with the efforts of teenager Coby Perry in the big job on Milne. Reece Bond and Matthew Bond (three goals) were others in the best.

Strathfieldsaye won all four quarters  - leading by nine points at quarter-time, 35 at half-time and 38 at three quarter-time, before booting seven goals to one in the final term to push the final margin out to 88 points.

Sunday's Princes Park result capped a one-sided round, with four of the five BFL games decided by at least 10 goals.

Steven Baker on the track during pre-season

Steven Baker on the track during pre-season

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