Tigers snap losing streak in shoot-out

Kyneton coach Mark Adamson
Kyneton coach Mark Adamson

KYNETON ended its seven-game Bendigo Football League losing streak on Saturday in an attacking contest against Castlemaine at Camp Reserve.

The Tigers were headed during the last quarter, but regained the momentum to kick away to a 20.11 (131) to 15.13 (103) victory and win their fifth game of the season.

Castlemaine led by a point at half-time, but the Tigers put the foot down in the third quarter when they slammed on 8.3 to 4.3 to build a 23-point buffer at the final change, at which stage they had a remarkably accurate 16.5 on the board.

The Magpies stormed back into the contest and hit the front during the final term, but the Tigers responded to the challenge to kick away late to a 28-point win in a game where 35 goals were scored.

"The game was still up for grabs with 10 minutes to go, but we had enough players stand up late to get us over the line," Kyneton coach Mark Adamson said.

"Castlemaine played really good, hard footy, but we probably just had a bit of a class edge.

"It's obviously good for the club to get a win on the board again and gives us a bit of confidence to take into next week."

Harrison Huntley kicked five goals to be the Tigers' best player.

Jake Hyland (three goals), Ben Weightman (three goals), ruckman Joel Stevenson, Kane Ransted (four goals) and backman Jesse Collins were also among the standouts for the Tigers in their first win since round eight.

The Magpies' side featured plenty of youth that included six under-18 players.

"It was a free-flowing game and a bit of a shoot-out," Magpies coach Shane Robertson said.

"We got ourselves in front about 10 minutes into the last quarter, but purely their experience took over in the last half of that final quarter and that was probably the difference."

The Magpies' 103 was their first triple-figure score since kicking 19.11 (125) against Kyneton in round two, 2012.

"We felt Kyneton would play ahead of the ball and that if we could transfer enough ball back the other way, we'd be fairly comfortable on the scoreboard, and it turned out that way," Robertson said.

"Unfortunately, we leaked too many goals in the third quarter when we were fairly ordinary, and again in the last 15 minutes of the match."

Key forward Tallan Wright kicked five goals for Castlemaine in what was the best return by a Magpies' player this year.

The best for the Magpies - who have now lost eight in a row - were wingman Tommy Horne, ruckman/defender Tom Godsell, Zach Hansford, Jarryd Graham (two goals) and Adam Robinson.


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