MARYBOROUGH prevailed by 45 points over Castlemaine in the battle of the Bendigo Football League’s magpies at Barkers Oval Princes Park on Saturday.
Princes Park is again becoming a fortress for Maryborough, with the 14.14 (98) to 7.11 (53) victory its third-straight victory on its home ground.
The home side was quick to gain the ascendancy in the contest, setting up the win in the first half.
Maryborough raced to a 22-point lead at quarter-time, 4.6 to 1.2, before adding five goals to two in the second term to extend its advantage to 39 points at the main break.
“The boys played well today in the wet conditions,” Maryborough co-coach Jamie Bond said.
“We were able to get away to a good start and keep that lead.
“It was a really good team effort by the boys and they just cracked in all day, but again, having those focal points of Tyson (MacIlwain) and Matt (Bond) in the forward line was important.”
Matt Bond’s fine season up forward continued for Maryborough as he kicked five goals to take his tally to 39.
As well as Bond’s five goals, Maryborough also had Billy Mahony (two goals) star through the midfield in a best on ground performance.
Matthew Jukes in defence, Montgomery Reeves in the midfield, Kelvin Williams and Joel Radolf were other strong performers for Maryborough.
The victory was the third in the past four games for Maryborough, which after all it endured during the pre-season just to get a side on the park has now won more games than last year.
Castlemaine, which was unable to replicate its come-from-behind round three win over Maryborough, was best served by Jarryd Graham, David Stephens, Brian Mustafa, Zach Hansford and Tom Godsell.
After trailing by 39 points at half-time, Castlemaine was more competitive after the main break, kicking four goals to Maryborough’s five.
Castlemaine had seven individual goalkickers for the match.
Meanwhile, Maryborough hopes to have the clearance of Lanze Magin - the brother of Bendigo Gold star Alik Magin - from Pomona in Queensland approved in time to take on Sandhurst next round.