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Ballarat get win that counts

May 15, 2017, 10:30 AM AEST

 

 

 - Chris Yeend

Ballarat has put the ghosts of last year's heart-breaking three-point loss to Western Region in 2016 with an inspiring 11-point win over Bendigo at Queen Elizabeth Oval in this year's installment of the AFL Worksafe Community Championships.
Ballarat led by as much as 26-points early in the third term; before Bendigo hit the front in the final stanza (with a 40-point turn around) and looked set for victory. Ballarat hit back hard in the final stages of the game to pinch its only Interleague victory of the day under lights at the Q.E.O.
FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS      
- Jarrah Maksymow kicks the opening goal of the game from the edge of the goal square on the back of a free kick in the first minute for Ballarat.
- Kaiden Antonowicz replies from a set shot for Bendigo a few minutes later to level the scores.
- First seven minutes is plagued with Ballarat turning the ball over at half forward; Bendigo putting numbers back to stop any run.
- Antonowicz kicks his second for Bendigo at the 8.5 minute mark, running into an open goal to put the locals in front by five-points.
- Currie replies for Ballarat at the 10 minute mark to put the visitors in front by one-point.
- Bendigo's lead lasted 90 seconds and it would be another 77 minutes of play before it would hit the front again.
- North Ballarat City forward Will Young is dominant at half forward and extends the lead to seven-points for Ballarat with a big goal.
- Shane Hutchinson, Scott Sherlock and Brian Graham are sensational for Ballarat.
- Brian kicks a goal from 50 metres on the boundary line after receiving the pass from brother, Chris as Ballarat push to a 21-point lead at the 24 minute mark of the term.
- Bendigo close the gap to 14-points thanks to a goal from Collins.
- The key message from Ballarat FNL coach at quarter-time is to relax when with the ball and keep numbers away from the ball. If there is a turn-over, Bendigo will have numbers loose.
SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
- Nathan Pring kicks the first two goals for Ballarat to extend the margin to 23-points; both came from general play.
- Pring's goal at the 14.5 minute mark ends the game streak of nine match goals from nine players across both teams. 
- Thornton's goal for Bendigo at the 18-minute mark was its first in 19-minutes of play to build some momentum.
- Late goal from Nathan Horbury sends the margin out to 18-points at the main break for Ballarat.
- Ballarat FNL goals (five from general play and three from set shots)
- Bendigo FNL goals (two from set shots and three from general play)
THIRD TERM HIGHLIGHTS
- Chris Graham runs into goal inside the first minute to blow the margin out to 24-points. This was a similar start to the same end in the first term when Maksymow kicked a goal.
- Chris Graham's point at the 3.5-minute mark sends the margin out to 26-points, a game high.
- Ballarat FNL play through the corridor while Bendigo FNL use the wings. The game starts to change.
- Braeden Kight kicks a goal for Ballarat at the nine minute mark from a set shot to keep the lead at four goals. Ballarat's dominance came to an end for more than 30 minutes after this goal.
- Jack Walker goes down with a rib injury after copping an accident knee to the ribs in mid-flight with an opponent.
- Lee Coghlan kicks a goal after the siren for Bendigo to close the margin to five-points.
- Coghlan's goal handed Bendigo four of the last five goals of the term.
FINAL TERM HIGHLIGHTS
- Matt Thornton kicks his fourth and final goal in the opening minute for Bendigo; who hit the front for the first time in 77-minutes.
- Back-to-back goals from Antonowicz has the locals ahead by 14-points and look set for victory at the 8.5 minute mark with seven of eight goals in 24.5 minutes; a 40-point turn around
- Adam Short kicks Ballarat's first score, a point to end a streak of 4.1 from the locals in 13 minutes of play.
- Brian Graham, Maksymow and Kight kick goals in 5.5 minutes to turn a 14-point deficit into a five-point lead at the 16.5 minute mark.
- Kal Huntly kicks a goal at the 19-point mark of the final term to put Bendigo back in front by one-point.
- The game needed a hero, Nathan Pring was that hero. He kicked two goals in five minutes to put the visitors out to an 11-point lead with moments to go.
- Pring's four goals came from general play, at the same end of the ground, and kicked back-to-back goals in the match, twice.
- Ballarat secure victory with five of the last six goals of the game, all from general play.

OTHER STATS
- Bendigo FNL was in front for just 23.5 minutes for the entire match.
- Ballarat was in front for all except 25 minutes.

- Brian Graham was crowned player of the day.
- Victorious Ballarat FNL captain Shane Page captained against the team that he last represented in 2012 when Bendigo beat Gippsland by 23-points. Goal kicking machine Grant Weeks kicked six goals in that win.
- This was the first meeting between the pair at the Q.E.O (according to recent statistics); previous results were as follows -
# 2009 - Bendigo won by 21-points at Maddingley Park
# 2013 - Ballarat won by 23-points at Eastern Oval
# 2015 - Ballarat won by 77-points at Eastern Oval

VIDEOS

Winning coach Shaun O'Loughlin

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McCafe Player of the day - Scott Sherlock

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