BENDIGO FNL - round 10
Eaglehawk 14.14 (98) d Strathfieldsaye 11.14 (80)
The Borough is back. The reigning premiers inflicted Strathfieldsaye's first loss of the season in stunning style at Canterbury Park. The Hawks rallied from a five-goal deficit in the second term and won by three goals. Gedd Hommelhoff, Sam Harper and Clayton Holmes were exceptional for the Borough, while Oscar Madden held Lachlan Sharp to two goals. Bryce Curnow and Lachy Gill were best for the Storm.
Sandhurst 23.18 (156) d Kangaroo Flat 5.2 (32)
The Dragons had 11 individual goalkickers as they trounced the Roos by 124 points at the QEO. Lachlan Tardrew was dominant through the midfield, Jake McLean kicked three goals and had plenty of the ball, while Andy Collins kicked four goals in his first game back from injury. Not for the first time this season the Roos best were Jono Lanyon and Liam Collins.
Golden Square 19.15 (129) d Kyneton 4.3 (27)
Golden Square outclassed Kyneton at Wade Street. Adam Baird (six), Mitch Treacy (five) and ALex Marklew (four) did the damage inside 50, while midfielder Liam Barrett was best on ground. Key defender Harrison Huntley was best for the Tigers ahead of Ben Xiriha and Rhys Magin.
Gisborne 29.20 (194) d Castlemaine 0.1 (1)
Star forward Pat McKenna kicked 11 goals as the Bulldogs humiliated the Magpies at Gardiner Reserve. Ethan Minns and Tim Walsh were also prominent for Gisborne. Matt Filo and Dylan Atkins were best for a Castlemaine side that was kept goalless for the second time in 10 games. In the final game of 2018 the Magpies kicked 0.4 (4) against Sandhurst.
Maryborough 15.11 (101) d South Bendigo 12.15 (87)
For the first time since 2014 the Magpies have won four games in a season. The Bloods led by 16 points at quarter-time, but the longer the game went the better the Magpies were. Midfielder Coby Perry led the charge for the home side, while Matt Bilton kicked five goals. Brad Wright kicked five majors for the Bloods. Brody Haddow was their best player.
HEATHCOTE DFNL - round 10
Mt Pleasant 12.8 (80) lt Leitchville-Gunbower 12.14 (86)
Big win for the Bombers in terms of playing finals. The narrow win over Mounts gives the Bombers a handy buffer on sixth-placed White Hills. Recruit Darcy Bibby and midfielder Matt Pollock were best for the Bombers, while Taig Griffin and Fraser Cole played well for a Mounts side that will now find it hard to make the top three.
Huntly 2.11 (23) lt North Bendigo 15.16 (106)
Not a game to get overly exicted about, but the young Hawks did well to restrict the Bulldogs to 15 goals. Brady Herdman kicked four goals for North, while Zac Alford and Darcy Richards were their best. Jaydon Cowling and Harry Whittle were named best for Huntly.
Colbinabbin 21.19 (145) d Elmore 9.8 (62)
Bittersweet win for the Grasshoppers, with star forward Daniel Connors injured again. The key forward kicked six goals before leaving the ground with another hamstring injury. Will Morrow, Todd Bryant and Nick Knight were the key players for Colbo, while Ian Fuller and Bailey Boyack were the standouts for the Bloods.
Heathcote 5.9 (39) lt LBU 16.13 (109)
The Saints held LBU to a one-point lead at half-time, but it was one-way traffic after the break as the Cats piled on 12.6 to 1.3. Pat Gardiner kicked five goals for the Cats in a best on ground performance. Bart Phillips and Nathan Bacon were also prominent. Codie Price and Nathan Bake were best for the Saints.
LODDON VALLEY FNL - round 11
Pyramid Hill 12.10 (82) lt Mitiamo 14.11 (95)
A six-goal to one second term set up Mitiamo's upset win over the previously undefeated Pyramid Hill. The Bulldogs closed to within eight points at the last change, but the Superoos held on for their best win of the season.
Maiden Gully YCW 13.10 (88) d Bridgewater 13.7 (85)
For the fourth time this season MGYCW was involved in a game decided by less than a kick. After losing to Bridgewater by one goal in round two, this time the Eagles held on to win by three points. Matt Waterson and Cohen Kekich did plenty of damage for the Eagles, who stayed in touch with the top three. The Mean Machine remain out of the top five on percentage.
Calivil United 11.8 (74) d Marong 10.11 (71)
After being on the wrong end of three close results this year, the Demons finally won a close one thanks to a last minute goal from Levi Moss. Key forward Michael Cooke kicked three goals and was best on ground, while Jake Hall continued his fine form. Adam Ward and Ben Greeg were best for a Marong side that has dropped four of its last five matches.
Inglewood 10.7 (67) lt Bears Lagoon-Serpentine 17.17 (119)
The Bears kicked 9.9 to 3.4 after half-time to put a gallant Inglewood away. The Blues were within 11 points at the main break before the Bears' class and depth took over. Matt Gibbs was superb again for Serp, while James Rippingale and Cody Gunn kicked five goals each. Peter McKay and coach Ryan McNish were best for Inglewood.
NORTH CENTRAL FL - round 9
Boort 8.4 (52) lt Wedderburn 21.14 (140)
Veteran Redback Ben DeAraugo kicked eight goals and Declan Quin added seven in the 88-point win. Jackson Guan and Jaran McKay were best for Wedderburn. Boort's best were Patrick Bogers and Keanu Padula.
Donald 13.15 (93) d St Arnaud 7.6 (48)
Donald kicked 10 goals to five after half-time to surge clear of the Saints. James Wall, Paul De Koeyer and Rian McGough were superb for Donald. Tom Eltringham kicked five of the Saints seven goals, while Henry Labastida was their best player.
Birchip-Watchem 21.18 (144) d Wycheproof-Narraport 4.2 (26)
The Bulls had 11 individual goalkickers as they outclassed the Demons by 118 points. Stephen Paulke kicked seven goals to take his season tally to 41. Matthew Hall and Josh White were best for Wycheproof.
Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers 10.10 (70) d Charlton 4.5 (29)
The top-of-the-table Tigers were held to their lowest score of the season, but they still proved too strong for Charlton by 41 points. Kane Donnan, Tyler Wemyss and Matt Elliott were best for the Tigers. Defender Josh McKee, Mitch Gleeson and Tom Finlay played well for the Blues.
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