Football in full flourish on Good Friday

Matt Knox in action for Gisborne last Friday. Photo: Chris Fleming

Brodie Hoyne

Gisborne Football Netball Club began its 2015 Bendigo Football Netball League campaign on Good Friday after taking on cross-town rival, Kyneton, in the Calder Clash. It was a spectacular autumn day as Gisborne and Kyneton battled it out on a near peak condition Gardiner Reserve in front of a massive Good Friday crowd. The winner would earn a perfect start to the season and major bragging rights for the two Macedon Ranges teams in the Bendigo Football Netball League.

The day began with Under 18s. The Bulldogs came out on top with an emphatic 147-point win over the Tigers, 26.18 (173) to 4.3 (27). A tremendous five-goal performance from debutant, Tom Cassidy, allowed the Bulldogs to be outright winners in what was a fantastic performance. The Bulldogs look set to push for a third grand final appearance in as many years. Other notable performers from the Bulldogs included Trent Crosbie, Jake Conolan and Tyson Lever, in what was his first outing in the red white and blue.

The Dogs captured their second win for the day in the Reserves, running out 32-point winners over the Tigers 10.7 (67) to 5.5 (35). Kane Grbac starred for the Dogs in a best-on-ground performance, while Callan Haynes returned from injury with three goals in a good display.

A young Gisborne Senior outfit looked to make it three from three and take full bragging rights in the Calder Clash against a revamped Kyneton side. Gisborne went into the contest full of confidence. Kyneton had not won at the Gardiner Reserve since 2001.

A seven-goal game from 2014 best and fairest, Ben Weightman, and five-goal performance from off-season recruit and former Essendon rookie-listed player, Rhys Magin, allowed Kyneton to break a 14-year drought and run out 60-point winners, 19.11 (125) to 10.5 (65). This was one of Kyneton’s best performances in recent memory. Notable performances from Ben Sonagen, Shannon Greetham and captain Casey Summerfield was not enough to stop the oncoming Tiger onslaught in what was an otherwise dismal and un-Gisborne like performance.

Gisborne takes on Maryborough at home this Saturday in front of another big crowd.

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