GOLDEN SQUARE soaked up a second quarter challenge from Castlemaine on Saturday to produce a dominant second half and win its fifth BFNL game in a row.
The Bulldogs’ winning margin blew out to 101 points – 22.11 (143) to 6.6 (42) – at Wade Street.
However, the Bulldogs’ advantage had been just 14 points at half-time after the Magpies produced arguably their best quarter of the season in the second term.
After trailing by 36 points at quarter-time, the Magpies rallied in the second, outscoring the Bulldogs 5.0 to 1.2 to get themselves back into the contest.
But the second half became all one-way traffic as the Bulldogs piled on 15 goals to one to defeat the Magpies for the 23rd-straight time.
“The boys played really well in that second quarter and if we had taken a couple more chances we probably could have been in front at half-time,” Castlemaine coach Derrick Filo said.
“It was good to see the type of footy we can play against a good side like Square, but after half-time we just fell away with some very sore boys.”
Jake Thrum and Travis Baird kicked five goals each and were among the best for Golden Square, which lost co-captain Brayden Dorrington early to a shoulder injury.
Hamish Morcom (two goals) in his second senior game of the season was also lively. Ruckman Matt Compston added a career-high three goals in his 114th game.
Box Hill-listed Tommy Horne, who overcame an early shoulder concern, was the best for the Magpies, who also had young gun Kalan Huntly again play well, kicking three of their six goals.