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Kyneton fights to draw level with Bulldogs

by Nathan Dole

KYNETON has a great chance to draw level with the fourth-placed North Bendigo in this Sunday’s round 12 action in the Champions IGA Central Victoria Football women’s league.

The Tigers make the trek up the Calder and out to Canterbury Park to face Eaglehawk from 2.30pm.

The league took a break last weekend for the inter-league challenge with Northern Country at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve.

Victory would be Kyneton’s fourth of the season and keep the heat on North Bendigo, 4-7, which faces a big test on Kangaroo Flat’s turf at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

Despite facing an Eaglehawk line-up which has just the one victory, Kyneton can expected a spirited showing from the Two Blues.

In the past two rounds, Eaglehawk went down 21-23 on North Bendigo’s ground at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street, and the previous week thrashed Strathfieldsaye, 47-1 at Canterbury Park.

Key players for Kyneton include Heidi Erasmus, 14 goals, as well as Teagan Ainslie, Shaelyn Evans, Mikaela Holman, Skye Sinclair and Shannon White.

In round seven, Kyneton beat the Hawks at Tigerland, 70-19, as Jennifer Schellekens and Matilda Maidment also starred for the yellow and black.

Stars for Eaglehawk in most matches include Emily Field, Beppina Marshall, Georgina Hyett, Megan Bagnall and Sophie O’Brien.

Leading goalkickers for the Borough are Emma McLean, nine, and Rochelle Daley, seven.

It’s first against third as the unbeaten Golden Square is at home to Strathfieldsaye at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street from 2.30pm.

KF v NB, 3.10 at Bgo Mazda Oval

Both line-ups scored impressive wins before the bye.

Golden Square won at Kangaroo Flat by 32 points, and Storm defeated Kyneton by 18 goals at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.

In round seven, Golden Square dominated play at Strathfieldsaye to win by 62 points.

A formidable attack for the league leaders and premiership favourite includes Amanda Carrod, 24 goals; Sarah Ingram and Olivia McEvoy, 12 each.

The Golden Square defence faces a big ask against Britney Mueck, 31 goals.

Storm also has Alice Bailey and Grace Edlin as capable players in attack.

Players to watch in the Golden Square line-up include Sarah Baldwin, Jessica Cox, Gemma Free, Letisha Stewart and Liz Watkins.

The form of Aisling and Maeve Tupper, Britney Mueck, Tameeka Morrissey, Brittany Cappy and Angela Gamble will be crucial to Storm’s chances of an upset victory.

Kangaroo Flat should take the points against North Bendigo.

When these clubs last met, Flat won 60-6.

A talented Roos’ team includes Lily Campbell, best afield for Central Victoria last Sunday, as well as Kelly Mensforth, 24 goals; Shelby Knoll, Lily McNair, Kate Hare, Ruby Campbell, Ellie Bailey and Molly Metcalf.

Alana Long’s great season for North Bendigo earned captaincy of the Central Victoria team to play Northern Country.

Roweena Isley, Dayna Parsons, Taylah Nicholson, Tanika Thomson and Jessica Panczel will again play key roles for the red, white and blue.

North Bendigo’s leading goalkicker is Alisha Lourie on 11.

Standings in the Central Victoria Football women’s league:

Golden Square 636 per cent, 44 points; Kangaroo Flat 275, 32; Strathfieldsaye 152, 24; North Bendigo 40, 16; Kyneton 33, 12; Eaglehawk 24, 4.

 
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