Cup contests closely fought

CHARGE: Bendigo Senior SC's Ally Van Dalen sprints toward goal. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

CHARGE: Bendigo Senior SC's Ally Van Dalen sprints toward goal. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

GREAT GAME: Bendigo Senior SC centre Andrew Bruce looks for an option.

GREAT GAME: Bendigo Senior SC centre Andrew Bruce looks for an option.

ATHLETIC PLAY: Castlemaine goalshooter Tommy Horne catches this pass. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

ATHLETIC PLAY: Castlemaine goalshooter Tommy Horne catches this pass. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

GREAT PLAY: Castlemaine's Meg Tong kicks under pressure.

GREAT PLAY: Castlemaine's Meg Tong kicks under pressure.

PICTURES: Bendigo SSC Lions face Castlemaine on football field

PICTURES: Bendigo SSC Lions in netball battle with Castlemaine

JUST a few points separated Bendigo Senior and Castlemaine Secondary College at the end of Tuesday's battles for the Calder Cup in girls' football and boys' netball.

Castlemaine achieved back-to-back victories on the football field as BSSC's winning run in netball rolled on.

The Lions had home-ground and court advantage for the footy at Tom Flood Sports Centre and netball at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Oval.

The Alana Wearne-coached Castlemaine led by seven points at half-time of the football clash.

The 'Maine's slick movement to attack was a highlight as it kicked two goals and kept BSSC scoreless in the crucial third term.

Bendigo Senior scored the last two goals of the game, but it was Castlemaine which won, 5-4 (34) to 4.1 (25).

Goalkickers for the Lions were Chelsea Reeves, two; Ally Van Dalen and Ruby Campbell.

Lions' coach Emma Grant said the play of onballer Ally Van Dalen was a highlight.

"Ally is a gun on the soccer field, but showed a lot of skill at Aussie Rules," Grant said.

"Her attack at the contest, tackles, and sidesteps were great to watch."

Victoria Country representative Ruby Campbell starred as ruck-rover for BSSC, while Reeves as key forward and Bronte Annand in the ruck played well.

The cup challenge began on the netball court.

Scores were locked on seven-all at quarter-time.

Led by the play of goalshooter Tommy Horne and centre Sam Daldy, Castlemaine raced to a 10-7 lead.

The Lions fought back superbly as Australian representative Jayden Cowling played a pivotal role at goal attack.

The Cowling and Ollie Banko duel was an exciting one.

Bendigo Senior took an eight-goal lead into the final quarter, but the margin was quickly back to just four.

The Kara Fox-coached Lions steadied to win 34-28.

Best for BSSC included centre Andrew Bruce, Brayden Stepien in his stint at goalshooter, and Mark Blume in midcourt.

Meanwhile, Bendigo Senior Secondary College's boys' football team heads to Collingwood's Victoria Park on Wednesday to play Hallam in a semi-final of the School Sport Victoria premier competition.

The day's action kicks off at 10.30am when Catholic College Bendigo takes on Box Hill.

The Lions are coached by Bendigo Bank Pioneers coach David Newett.

BSSC Lions - B: L. Ryan, Hanley, Barrett. Hb: Fox, Toohey, Harper. C: M. Chisari, Davie, Patterson. Hf: Barrack, Romeril, Atherton. F: Jennings, Conway, Minter. Foll: Lawton, Pickering, Bateson. Inter (from): Laird, Tardrew, Simmons, Coates, Payne and Morrish.

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