King Cobras tame Panthers

May 20, 2017, 11:29 PM AEST


- Chris Yeend (AFL Goldfields)


It was built up as one of the biggest matches of the season; it was supposed to be close from first siren until last; but at the end of the day, Bacchus Marsh took down Melton South in such convincing fashion that even the great Ballarat Football Netball League enthusiasts were quite shocked.

After leading by seven-points early in the third term, Bacchus Marsh kicked the next eight goals of the game to shut down Melton South.

A big crowd gathered at Maddingley Park in high anticipation; as reigning premiers Bacchus Marsh took on pre-season flag favourites Melton South.

Fans gathered to see the showdown between Cobras' star Jarrah Maksymow and star Panther Brendan Fevola. The pair shared 13 goals between them; but it was the King Cobra, Maksymow who had the last laugh.

The number 17 from Maddingley Park is fast becoming a must-see attraction in BFNL football; alongside Fevola. Maksymow wowed even the most bias Bendigo supporters at the Q.E.O last week; and had almost as big of a crowd at his end of the ground than the man wearing the number 25 in this big Round Four clash.


- Logan Blundell gathers the ball in the opening minutes for Bacchus Marsh inside the forward line and kicks a big goal on the run.

- Brendan Fevola marks and kicks truly from left half forward.

- Makysmow kicks a pair and the margin pushes to 18-points. One of the goals came from a Fevola narrow miss; Bacchus Marsh went coast to coast to see the number 17 kick a goal.

- South kick back-to-back goals late in time-on, one coming from a Fevola tap out from a boundary throw in to a team mate in the goal square.

- Just six-points separate the pair at the first change after the Marsh dominated general play. Declan Phyland was the stand-out player on the ground.


- Mitch Banner made his mark on the game for South with a goal on the run in the opening 90 seconds to level the scores.

- The scores would remain level for 3.5 minutes; the closest the Panthers got to the Cobras for the whole game.

- Hamish Coulton is awarded a free kick due to a ruck infringement for Bacchus Marsh. He kicked truly from inside 50 to put his team ahead at the five minute mark.

- From a boundary throw-in, South's Tom Derickx put his hand up to signal he was contesting the ruck. Another midfielder had put his hand up, unknown to Derickx who won the hit-out. Frustrations started to boil over.

- Liam Mullen goals for Marsh to lift the margin out to 12-points at the 8.5-minute mark.

- Banner adds his second for the game at the 12.5-minute mark to keep South in the hunt. He started to dominate out of the midfield. This was the last goal in 24 minutes for the Panthers.

- Scott Sherlock kicks a point on the run at the 17-minute mark of the term for the Marsh. He is told by the runner to push forward. It takes 30 seconds for him to kick a goal in a seven-point play.

- The Cobras kicked 1.4 to nothing in the final 12.5 minutes to lead by 17-points at the long break.


- Banner strikes again. Banner ends a 24-minute goalless run from the visitors to cut the margin back to 10-points. This goal came as a direct result from a kick-in after a Fevola miss.

- This was Banner's third goal in a row for South.

- Maksymow had a quiet second term with two misses and an out on the full. He takes a ride on a team-mate's shoulders in the forward pocket and kicks truly from the boundary line for his fourth goal.

- Fevola replies at the other end as the margin is cut back to seven-points.

- Fevola's second goal came at the nine-minute mark of the term.

- The game turns on its head as Melton South is awarded a free kick deep in defense. Undiscipline causes a free kick reversal. Ryley Stuhldreier goals from close range.

- Maksymow is awarded a free-kick and 50-metre penalty two minutes later as a seven-point lead is stretched to 19 in the blink of an eye from needless undiscipline.

- Bacchus Marsh kick four goals in seven-minutes from the 17 minute mark to the 24th as the lead explodes to 33-points.

- Billy Griffiths kicks the final goal of the term; the third goal from five for the Marsh from free-kicks to close out the term.

- Bacchus Marsh lead by 37-points.


- Maksymow toys with the Melton South backline; pouncing on a loose ball inside forward 50; taking on an appointment and cheekily kicking his sixth goal on his opposite foot to effectively end the game.

- Maksymow's seventh extends the margin to 50-points at the six-minute mark.

- The goal of the day is saved for Billy Griffiths. He gathers the ball in the middle of the ground and kicks from 60. The ball takes a lucky bounce after clearing a pack and dribbles through for a goal.

- Fevola kicks his third goal of the game from a mark and 50 metre penalty.

- Fevola's goal ends 35 minutes between goals. This beats its 24-minute goalless run earlier in the game.

- The lead is out to a game-high margin 69-points at the 23-minute mark.

- South kick the final two goals of the game to lose by 56-points.

- Trent Angwin restricted Fevola to limited opportunities and was one of the stand-outs on the day for the winners at full-back.


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