CARISBROOK defeated Maldon in the Bendigo Bank Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League top of the table contest under lights at Carisbrook Recreation Reserve on Saturday night.
A first quarter light failure couldn’t derail Carisbrook’s drive to a fifth straight win, this time defeating Maldon by 86 points, 21.16 (142) to the Bombers’ 8.8 (56).
The game started at a cracking pace with both sides using quick play on to move the ball, but Carisbrook had an effective forward in Nathan Wright (three first term goals) while Maldon struggled against a tight Carisbrook defence.
The Redbacks were fierce at the ball and kicked six unanswered goals in the first term before Maldon hit back with a goal just before the Carisbrook lights failed.
Play was halted while the lights were restarted and the Dons came out firing and kicked another goal to end the term.
Carisbrook piled on another six goals in the second term while Maldon hung in with three of its own to go to half-time 46 points down – 12.9 (81) to 5.5 (35).
Xavier Long, Jake Bucknall and Jon Gray were stronger runners for the home side as Ban Kick and Marcus Emmett continued their good early form.
The third quarter saw Maldon increase its intensity but Brook answered strongly kicking four goals for the term before Maldon got two late goals.
The final quarter was all Carisbrook as Tom and Nick Wright finished off the good work of the defence and on ball brigade.
The Redbacks kicked another five last quarter goals while keeping Maldon to just one major to run out easy winners.
Newstead’s undefeated run came to an end on Saturday when a rampaging Lexton ran all over the Kangaroos 17.17 (119) to 6.6 (42).
The Tigers linked up around the ground and used the ball with precision while Newstead was constantly under pressure when handling the ball.
Jay Robins was brilliant up forward and finished with six goals for the game, while James Templeton and Joel Williams were also inspirational for the Tigers.
Newstead mounted a challenge after the long break with Daniel Christmas kicking to space for Nathan Webster to run onto the ball and he goaled from a difficult angle.
Tempers were ignited early in the final quarter when Mark Ramsey and Matt Brown collided, before the Tigers won in very convincing fashion to claim second place on the ladder.
The closest game of the round was at Deledio Reserve with Natte-Bealiba having to fight hard for its victory at Dunolly.
Lachlan kicked the winning goal as Natte-Bealiba won 10.12 (72) to 9.11 (65).
The Swans were well served by Mark Fitzgerald and Stephen Ross, while Jamie Townsend played his best game for the season for Dunolly.
Avoca coach Adrian Pilgrim had his goalkicking boots on for the Bulldogs when he kicked eight goals to lead his team to victory against Harcourt on Saturday, 14.6 (90) to the Lions’ 7.19 (61).
Maryborough Rovers had to work overtime to defeat Campbells Creek in the “Pie fight”.
Rovers led by 23 points at half-time and maintained that advantage in the second half with both teams booting 6.5 after the main break.
The final scores were Maryborough Rovers 12.14 (86) to Campbells Creek 9.9 (63).
Talbot registered its first win of the season over bottom team Royal Park, 18.14 (122) to the Tigers’ 9.9 (63).
And Trentham consolidated its place in the top half of the ladder with a comfortable 80 point win over Navarre, 23.12 (150) to the Grasshoppers’ 11.4 (70).