Fierce battle of the boroughs won by Eaglehawk

Eaglehawk overcame a flying start by Maryborough in Saturday’s battle on a wet and windswept Canterbury Park to win their Bendigo Football League clash by 19 points.In the battle of the boroughs, it was Maryborough which surged to a 25-nil lead.The Magpies capitalised on the strong breeze to the town end, but it was their ability to win the centre breaks and at a lot of the stoppages that had the Two Blues under pressure.Eaglehawk kicked a crucial goal into the wind when Matt Gretgrix capped excellent play by Linton Jacobs to force the ball forward from the grandstand flank.The Pies finished the quarter with a soccered goal by Cole Roscholler, and then a long shot by Darcy Richards rolled through the muddy goalsquare.The Shane Fisher-coached Maryborough then put in an excellent second quarter.Although the visitors added just a point, they worked hard to restrict the Hawks to just two goals as key defenders Darcy Richards and Glenn Chadwick led the way.Eaglehawk was able to cut the deficit with an opportunistic goal by Jacobs, then Gretgrix marked Troy Coates’ high kick after winning possession from one of many ball-ups in the attacking arc.By half-time, Maryborough led 6.3 (39) to 3.3 (21).The third term was in stark contrast to the first as Eaglehawk began to assert its dominance around the packs through the likes of Gareth Crawford, Damien Lock, Josh Ketterer, Coates and Josh Bowe.Gretgrix capped excellent teamwork with his third goal.Ryan Threlfall’s shot from about 30 metres was the goal of the day and capped the persistence of Lock to win the ball, lose possession in a tackle, but then regain the footy and get the ball to a teammate.Although the Pies set up several attacks, they added just three points as the Two Blues closed to within seven points by the last change.The hard-running Crawford was on the end of a chain of handpasses and goaled to put the Hawks up by two points in the eighth minute.Eaglehawk did most of the attacking and Tim Hill’s soccered shot would have done any World Cup star proud.Elliott Massina marked a kick-in after a point and was on target to give Eaglehawk a 17-point lead.It was to be Eaglehawk’s final goal of the contest, but more importantly the seventh unanswered goal of a spirited contest.Eaglehawk coach Derrick Filo was rapt with the fightback.“We were outplayed for a lot of the first quarter. Maryborough won a lot of contests and controlled a lot of the play,” Filo said.“We were up against it from quarter-time, but fought back really well.“Our third quarter was what won the game, as well as working as a team. We gain a lot of belief from a win like this.”