Bushies brush off Saints
IT was a good day for Beechworth footballers at Martin Park on Saturday, with the Bushrangers triumphant in three of the four matches played against Wodonga Saints.
Beechworth’s senior side romped to a 70-point win after it dominated the second and third quarters, piling on 12.7 to just 1.8 from the Saints during those periods.
The Surrey brothers, Kayde and Brenton, were outstanding, while Corey Rochow also starred as the Bushrangers recorded their fifth victory of the season.
Hamish Malsem, Michael Voight and Sam Cordy were also significant contributors to the result, while Dayne Carey (5), Dylan Pritchard (3) and Kylin Morey (3) were the chief goal kickers.
Beechworth’s thirds won their second match for the year, getting past the Saints by 29 points, with Zeke Currie adjudged best on field.
Henry McCormick (3) and Will O’Connor (4) did most of the damage up forward, booting seven goals between them, while Thomas Webb, Jordan Eaton, Harry Taylor and Matt Pearce were all prominent.
The under 14 match was a one-sided affair as the top of the ladder Bushrangers restricted the cellar-dwelling Saints to just one goal.
Beechworth started strong, with Lukas Jakobsson, Degan Dolny and Harry Guthrie all firing as the visitors shot out to a 69-point lead at the long break.
The Bushrangers kept the Saints scoreless up to three quarter time to stretch the buffer out to 111 points, with Liam Eaton, Angus Pronk and Patrick Duggan all playing key roles.
They took their foot off the pedal in the last, adding 2.0 to Wodonga’s 1.0 to win by 117 points, with Liam Stephens and Harrison Sinclair booting three goals each, and Pronk, Dolny, Guthrie and Liam McLaughlin chipping in two apiece.
The reserves match was the only one Beechworth lost for the day, with the Saints getting up 14.7 (91) to 5.13 (43).
Haydn Cook, Sarwar Hussein, Thomas Salmon, Jarrod Thomson, Graham Witherow and Harley Matthews were the Bushrangers’ best players, while Lucas Kamay kicked three goals.
SKILL: Jordan Eaton handballs over the top of a would-be tackler as Matt Pearce looks on.