CHANCE GOES BEGGING

LW: Sunday against Coburg at the Queen Elizabeth Oval was talked up as arguably the best chance the Bendigo Gold were going to get this year of finally winning a VFL game.

But it looks like the Lions were quick to knock the wind out of the Gold with a seven goal to one opening term on the way to a 68-point victory.

It sounds like a broken record, but the Gold just can't get out of the blocks and are being slaughtered from the outset. The past five games they've been 37, 24, 47, 23 and 51 points down at quarter-time.

AB: I had a look at the Gold game and I've never seen them butcher the footy like that.

The effort to win the footy was there, but the execution of skills was very poor at times. When you turn the ball over like that it's going to hurt you on the scoreboard and Coburg made the Gold pay.

To be honest, Coburg wasn't that impressive.

The Gold's second quarter, led by Tyrone Downie, was fantastic. Problem is the gulf between the Gold's best and worst is as deep as your pockets.

LW: Fantastic to see Tigga being able to get a decent run at his footy after his injury battles of previous years.

It was a  big call for Tigga after last season to make the decision to go back into the VFL system, but he's having a great ýear in what must be an extremely difficult forward line to play in.

Speaking of forwards, what about the effort of Wedderburn twin towers Brady Herdman and Sam Barnes.

Very rarely do you see two forwards from the same team both kick 10 goals in the one game, but they did so on Saturday against Boort.

They are central Victorian footy's equivalent of Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett at the Sydney Swans.

CRUNCHED: Bendigo Gold midfielder Jake Aarts is tackled by two Coburg opponents. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

CRUNCHED: Bendigo Gold midfielder Jake Aarts is tackled by two Coburg opponents. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

AB: Great effort in any standard of footy to have two players kick 10 goals.

Ran into a football fan at the VFL game who said Stephen Milne will top Barnes and Herdman when the Storm plays South Bendigo at the QEO on Monday.

He reckons Milne will kick 15.

Milney could well have a big day against the Bloods, but 15 could be a touch over the top.

I'm intrigued to see who runs out for the Storm against South Bendigo.

The Storm only have a four-day break leading into big game against Golden Square. I wouldn't be surprised if Darryl Wilson rests a few of his stars, including Milney, on Monday.

LW: I remember talking to Darryl during the off-season and one of the things he spoke about was the Storm needing to be smarter with their player management to ensure they get through to the business end of the year in the best possible shape.

Interesting piece of fixturing with the three other clubs playing on Monday all having next weekend off with the split round, while the Storm back up off the short break against Golden Square.

The Maryborough lads will enjoy their week off after breaking through for their first win of the season.

Great result for the Magpies and reward for the players who committed to Maryborough after all off-season dramas surrounding the club's future.

And Maryborough did it in style, kicking a score of 22.22 (154) against Kyneton.

That's the Magpies' biggest score since they also kicked 154 against Gisborne in round 16, 2010.

On the flipside, a big blow to Kyneton's finals aspirations.

AB: Big pat on the back to the Maryborough boys. Well-deserved victory after everything the club has been through.



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