READ MORE - Saturday Scoreboard: April 24
DARCY Richards was always going to be a quality recruit for BFNL club Eaglehawk this season.
And he proved it by hammering home 10 goals in the Two Blues' 228-point demolition of a hapless Castlemaine on Saturday.
After a four-goal second quarter during which the Two Blues nailed 9.6, Richards' tally had him headed towards double figures by the half-time break.
In the end another five majors in the concluding two quarters at Canterbury Park had him in double figures as the Hawks registered 58 more inside 50s than the Magpies.
Richards led the home team's scoring blitz as they added nine goals in the second and then a staggering 12 goals in the third on their way to a 36.23 (239) to 1.5 (11) victory.
After opening the scoring with a point in the match's first 40 seconds, Castlemaine's only goal was nailed by Liam Wilkinson at the 1:20 mark of the second quarter.
The Magpies persisted in short foot-passing heading backwards across midfield and the half-back line, with these moves consistently chopped off by Eaglehawk mids Billy Evans, Koby and Ged Hommelhoff (four goals) and Noah Wheeler (three).
With five majors on the board at the first change the Hawks drilled 9.6 in the second term after the Magpies one and only major.
A low, bouncing Richards' shot from an angle at the Simpson's Road end was one of the majors of the quarter with Wheeler's running shot from centre half-forward another eye-catcher.
When Richards, from the last berth in a pack of four, marked and goaled for his fifth you knew it was going to be a big day for the Hawks' key forward.
Not long before siren time Jarrod Findlay hauled in a boundary line grab and from deep in the pocket steered home Eaglehawk's 13th goal of the match.
The slaughter continued on in the third stanza. Richards was on the end of a chain of passes and bent back his set shot at the town end for his seventh.
Skipper Shaun Knott marked and converted from two successive set shots, while on-baller Evans nailed the home side's 24th major with an across-the-body snap.
Ged Hommelhoff rose high to snare a fine mark at centre half-forward to leave the Hawks poised on the cusp of a 30-goal three quarter time goal-fest.
Away went the the home side in the final term adding an additional 10.7. Richards booted another three majors to give him double figures for the day.
Lewin Davis capped off a great day by nailing his second goal with an after-the-final siren shot.
Coach Travis Matheson said in his first stint at Canterbury Park Richards had been more of a defender.
"He played some good footy from a back flank then when he was at North Bendigo, Darcy chopped and changed depending on the match-ups and who he was playing on," the coach said.
"But coming back into the Bendigo league, this result will be good for Darcy's confidence.
"And with our younger players here they're going really well, certainly with the more experienced players around them," Matheson said.
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