STORM FRONT BREWS

CONTEST: Eaglehawk’s Brenton Conforti and Gisborne’s Jason Duff-Tytler.

CONTEST: Eaglehawk’s Brenton Conforti and Gisborne’s Jason Duff-Tytler.

LW: Any chance you could roster me on for a close game in the BFL, Bourkey.

Last week it was Sandhurst's 107-point hiding of Kangaroo Flat at the QEO. On Saturday it was Strathfieldsaye's 125-point mauling of Kyneton at Flight Centre Park.

Saturday's Storm-Tigers game was over in the blink of an eye as Strathfieldsaye piled on 10 goals in the first quarter and were quick to kill off the contest.

There's going to be a day this year where Milney kicks 12 or 13 goals for the Storm.

It was looking like Saturday may have been it when he had six shots at goal in the first term and was marking everything that came his way.

While Milne "only" finished with five goals as Kyneton's Josh Houlden stuck to his task admirably, what really stood out to me was his clever vision in traffic that set up several other goals with deft kicks to team-mates around the body under pressure. It's certainly more than just goalkicking firepower that Milne brings to the Storm.

The Storm are really starting to get a look about them now, and I shudder to think just how potent they'll be when they get somewhere near their best side on the park.

An embarrassment of riches at the club in terms of depth.

AB: I know Sandhurst is the bookies favourite for the BFNL flag, but Strathfieldsaye is still the team to beat.

Lachlan Sharp, Tom Bartholomew, Shaun Everington and maybe Sam Mildren still to come back into their best 22.

That's a scary thought.

The Storm won't have Sam Heavyside and Bryce Curnow come finals time because they'll play too many VFL games.

On the flipside, they do have Matt Smith full-time now after he pulled the pin at Port Melbourne.

Smith is a top shelf midfielder at BFNL level.

The Dragons haven't put a foot wrong and are clearly the number one contender to the Storm.

Gisborne is the third best side and then you can put a blanket over Golden Square, Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat and Kyneton.

LW: It looked to be a really good response from Kangaroo Flat at the QEO after last week's shocker against Sandhurst.

It was the old-fashioned danger game for the Roos coming up against South Bendigo fresh off a coaching change, which more often than not seems to have an immediate impact first-up.

The Roos absorbed the challenge from the Bloods and kicked away to a 44-point win. Kangaroo Flat only had four more scoring shots than the Bloods, but made the most of its opportunities with 15.6.

The closest game of the round was Gisborne's 16-point win over Eaglehawk.

I don't know how much you read into milestone games, but with the way coach Rod Sharp spoke on Thursday about Ollie Messaoudi ahead of his 200th match, you just knew there was no way the Bulldogs weren't going to give the man they call "five-time" anything less than a win on his big day.

AB: Congrats to Ollie Messaoudi on his 200th senior game and also to South Bendigo's Neville Clark, who played his 200th club game on Saturday.

Magnificent achievement to play 200 games at the one club.

Loyalty in country footy is not what it once was, but Messaoudi and Clarke have been wonderful servants of the Bulldogs and Bloods respectively.

Looking forward to a closer round next weekend.

You can look after the Sandhurst-Gisborne clash at the QEO. Surely that won't be a lopsided result.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop