Undefeated Sandhurst a class above gallant Magpies

SANDHURST swept to its sixth-straight win with a comprehensive 151-point victory over Castlemaine at Camp Reserve on Sunday.

The Dragons had 14 individual goalkickers in the 30.19 (199) to 6.12 (48) win.

"For us to kick 30 goals was fantastic,'' Sandhurst coach Brett Fitzpatrick said.

"That spread of goalkickers is what we want every game. It doesn't matter who is on the end of it, I encourage the guys to have a shot when they get an opportunity.

"It's great when you have the numbers there wanting to be part of it."

Sandhurst coach Brett Fitzpatrick.

Sandhurst coach Brett Fitzpatrick.

Castlemaine is always tougher to beat on its home turf and the Dragons ensured they put the game away early, kicking 7.3 to 1.0 in the first term.

By half-time the margin had ballooned to 91 points and the home side was in danger of losing by 200-plus points.

To the home side's credit they didn't throw in the towel.

After only having two shots at goal in the first half, the Magpies had 16 in the second half for 5.11.

Sandhurst added 15.11 in the second half to win by 151 points.

Ryan Maldenis was best on ground again for the Dragons, kicking five goals from the midfield.

Youngsters Lachlan Ross, five goals, and Codie Price continued their superb form and skipper Blair Holmes dominated in close.

Defender David Stephens did a great job for Castlemaine under immense pressure.

Adam Robinson, Jarryd Graham and veteran James O'Brien were solid contributors for the Magpies.

"Castlemaine's want for the contested ball was fantastic,'' Fitzpatrick said of the Magpies.

"It's when the ball spreads they slowly get found out. 

"I have no doubt they'll cause some grief for teams who don't give them respect."

Sandhurst, who once again escaped without an injury, now prepares for the top of the table clash with Gisborne at the QEO next Saturday.

Castlemaine heads south to tackle Kyneton at the Kyneton Showgrounds.

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