Storm destroy Tigers in 100th milestone match

Strathfieldsaye's Jake Hall.

Strathfieldsaye's Jake Hall.

STRATHFIELDSAYE Storm celebrated its 100th match in the Bendigo Football League in style on Saturday, belting Kyneton by 125 points at Flight Centre Park.

The Tigers entered the game on the back of two wins in a row, but the Storm quickly shut the door on Kyneton achieving a hat-trick of victories for the first time since 2005 with a devastating opening quarter. 

The well-drilled Storm were already 52 points up at quarter-time on the way to a 24.18 (162) to 5.7 (37) victory.

Cashing in on the midfield work of VFL inclusion Sam Heavyside and Matt Smith, the Storm piled on 10 goals in a first-quarter blitz.

Stephen Milne - opposed by Josh Houlden - was at his electrifying best in the first term with six shots on goal for a return of 3.2 and one that didn't make the distance.

Jake Hall kicked two of the Storm's first-term goals, both long-range set-shots.

Leading 10.5 to 2.1 at quarter-time, such was the Storm's forward line efficiency, when they kicked the first two goals of the second term through Smith and Nathan Moffat, they had scored 17 times from just 19 inside 50s against a Kyneton defence under siege.

Controlling possession and using the ball well, the Storm were constantly able to find space in their forward line, with the ease at which they were able to chip to free players inside 50 resembling a training drill at times during the second term.

In what was a scoreline reminiscent of the dark years of the past for Kyneton, the Tigers were 83 points down at half-time as the Storm led 15.9 to 2.4.

The Tigers enjoyed their most productive period of the game late in the third quarter when - after kicking just two goals for the first 86 minutes of the match - Kyneton kicked three in four minutes and more than doubled its score from 2.4 to 5.4 through Joel Stevenson, Ben Weightman and Hamish Strawhorn.

But just like the second quarter, the Tigers were held goalless in the final term, while the Storm banged on six to finish 125-point victors - Strathfieldsaye's fourth win in its past five games against Kyneton by more than 100 points.

"Our starts haven't been great, but our first quarter was very pleasing and obviously set it up for us," Storm coach Darryl Wilson said.

Heavyside (two goals) showed his class with a best-on-ground performance and defender Ash Trollop, who finished the game up forward, continued his consistent season for the Storm to also be a standout

Hall bagged four goals, midfielder Sean Johns (two goals) was busy, Milne finished with five goals - all in the first half - and set up plenty of others with his smart vision to be among 12 goalkickers for the Storm, who didn't have Matthew Smith (two goals) play after half-time because of concussion.

On a tough day for the Tigers, onballer Ryan Carafa, Jordan Collins and Hayden Wright were named their three best players.

Kyneton forward Nathan Thompson - one of three ex-AFL players on the ground - was held to two behinds by Jayden Donaldson.

"We got a real lesson in a whole lot of key areas in the game today," Kyneton coach Mark Adamson said.

"There wasn't much respite once they got on top early."

• Match statistics:

Centre clearances: Strathfieldsaye 17; Kyneton 15.

Inside 50s: Strathfieldsaye 63; Kyneton 34.

Stoppages: Strathfieldsaye 23; Kyneton 17.

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