SOUTH Bendigo and Golden Square do battle in today's 1th round of the Bendigo Football League season at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Bloods have marked just one victory this season, but one of their best performances was a one-point defeat on Golden Square's turf at MyJet Oval in round two.
Golden Square regains last season's premiership-winning coach and Hawthorn premiership player Rick Ladson for his first match this season.
A talented Golden Square line-up led by Simon Rosa, Corey Jones, Jon Coe and Dale Young, and coached by Nick Carter starts hot favourite in today's clash.
Final siren: Golden Square beats a spirited South Bendigo by 25 points. Golden Square 11.22 (88) d South Bendigo 9.9 (63).
Fourth quarter, 26th minute: Daniel Nalder goals on run for South. Square leads 86-63.
Fourth quarter, 23rd minute: Galen Munari soccer s bouncing ball for South's eighth goal of match. Golden Square leads 86-57.
Fourth quarter, 22 mins: Henry Anderton goals for Square. Dogs lead 86-51.
Fourth quarter, 13th minute: Rick Ladson takes strong mark on lead from goalsquare. Goal puts Square up by 26 points.
Fourth quarter, 12th minute: Square answers with Corey Jones goal on run. Square lead 71-51.
Fourth quarter, 11 mins: Charles Trotman goals for South after 50m penalty. Square leads 65-51.
Fourth quarter, 10 mins: Golden Square leads 65-45.
Fourth quarter, 5 1/2 mins: Golden Square's Shane Harris goals. Dogs lead 65-45.
Fourth quarter, 2 mins: Breeze has strengthened considerably to city end, which is in favour of Golden Square.
Three quarter-time: Golden Square 7.15 (57) leads South Bendigo 6.9 (45). Leading goal kickers are Golden Square's Jack Geary, three, and South Bendigo's Jayke Barrack, two.
Third quarter, 28 mins: Golden Square's Jack Geary goals on run seconds before siren sounds. Square leads 57-45 at quarter to go. Great quarter by South in which its defensive efforts and pressure were rewarded by goals to Kieran Strachan and captain Aaron Connaughton.
Third quarter, 23 mins: South Bendigo captain Aaron Connaughton snaps truly after roving boundary throw-in. Square leads 50-45, but under extreme pressure from Bloods.
Third quarter, 17 minutes: South Bendigo cuts deficit to 11 points after Kieran Strachan goal, following a 50m penalty. Square leads 49-38.
Third quarter, 11 mins: South Bendigo building plenty of attacks, but cannot kick a goal. Square leads 49-32.
Third quarter, 8 mins: Square leads 49-31.
Third quarter, 5 mins: Defences well on top. No addition to half-time score. Square leads 49-30.
Half-time: Golden Square 49 leads South Bendigo 30.
Goals - Golden Square: Clayton Anderson, Jack Geary 2, Hamish Morcom, Corey Jones. South Bendigo: Jayke Barrack 2, Ben Jones, Josh Whelan.
Half-time wrap: Square leads 49-30 after being outplayed for a lot of the first quarter by a spirited South Bendigo line-up.
Square quickly erased a two-goal deficit early in the second as it started to kick goals.
Playing in a forward pocket, after being a brilliant back pocket for many years, Clayton Anderson sparked Square with goals from either pocket at the city end.
Anderson's first has to be in the running for goal of the year.
The Dogs lifted their play on every line and kept South goalless in second term.
Square leads 49-30 going into second half. Conditions improved markedly in second term - light drizzle.
Half-time: Golden Square 6.13 (49) leads South Bendigo 4.6 (30).
Second quarter, 23 mins: Square has won term, 34-3' and leads contest 48-29.
Second quarter, 18 mins: Square dominating. Dogs lead 48-27.
Second quarter, 16 mins: Four goals in a row for Square. Dogs lead 42-27 after Jack Geary kicks his first goal
.Second auarter, 13 mins: Corey Jones goals from 50m arc. Dogs lead 35-27.
Second quarter, 11 mins: Square hits front after Clayton Anderson set-shot from scoreboard side pocket. Dogs lead 29-27.
Second quarter, 10 mins: South leads 27-23' but Square doing all the attacking.
Second quarter, 5 mins: Goal of year contender by Golden Square's Clayton Anderson from boundary line on run ary line in Rifle Brigade Hotel pocket. South leads 27-21.
Quarter-time: South Bendigo 4.2 (26) leads Golden Square 1.8 (14). South's goals kicked by Jayke Barrack, 2, Ben Jones and Josh Whelan. Square let down by inaccuracy from set-shots and snaps. South's pressure around stoppages and numbers in defence a key factor in building a 12-point lead in cold and wet conditions.
1st quarter, 24 mins: Goal of day by South's Jayke Barrack on run and from tight angle in scoreboard pocket. Bloods lead 26-12.
1st quarter, 21 mins: Ben Jones goals after strong mark. Bloods lead 20-12.
1st quarter, 13 mins: Goal to Square. South leads 12-11.
1st quarter: Clayton Anderson shot misses. Three points in a row for Square. Bloods lead 12-5 in 12th minute.
1st quarter, 8 mins: South leads 12-4. Snap by Ladson and set-shot by Corey Jones astray.
1st quarter: South leads 12-0 after just three minutes. Goal by Josh Whelan from scoreboard pocket.
1st quarter, 1 minute: Jayke Barrack goals on run for South. Bloods lead 6-0. Ladson on to half-forward.
1st quarter: Golden Square's Rick Ladson starts on interchange, as named, in his first match of season. south kicking to city end.