AFTER the fifth round in the Central Highlands Football Netball League Buninyong have 4 wins and 1 loss and sit in seventh position on the ladder. A lack luster performance by Skipton on Saturday has the Bombers on 16 points, along with Hepburn, Gordon and Springbank. The Bombers led at every break but it was a massive final quarter that cemented Skipton’s fate, Buninyong playing coach Jarrod Morgan said the Bomber’s just played better football on the day. Even at half time Skipton looked tired and found it hard to keep pace with the home side. “They (Skipton) have some good players and they battled hard and there were guys who worked hard,” Morgan said.
Most of those guys were the midfielders who were run on the footy all game without rotation. “We haven’t played a lot of top sides yet, we had a bit of a slow start with injuries but we have found form now and next week, against Waubra, we hope to make it 5-1 if we can,” Morgan added. “As long as we keep building and we worry about playing our best footy at the end of the year…” Buninyong has a number of larger bodied players and some of these big guys can take a few more knocks and come into the game in the second half. Saturday saw the return of Sam Turner to the side, his first game back for the season.
“His shoulder’s fine and he came back with six goals,” Morgan said. Morgan was out last week with slight ham string injury and will probably be in the side this week, as will Jarrod Rodgers. “There are definitely two to come back, possibly three, so we should be stronger again this week,” Morgan said.
“On Saturday we were winning the ball in the middle and moving fast and a good match up of players, which really showed up. “We are pretty happy with the speed of our team; we are a bit more evenly spread across the team now, which is good.” Waubra has had a pretty easy start to the year so it’s hard to know where they’re at and Buninyong could be their first tough match.
“I’m quietly confident but obviously you have to bring it out on the day,” Morgan added.
Daniel King became an important forward target for Ballan kicking seven majors and adding an extra dimension to a forward line already including Zac Peoples and Mark Williams.
It is this scoring power which is likely to enable them to overcome a Bulldog side which is yet to be able to achieve a victory.
In a sign of a new batch of youngsters being developed is the broad range of Daylesford players appearing in their best. Many are having good games but are finding it difficult to regularly string a number of strong matches together.
Daylesford coach Joel Adams has a task which no other Daylesford coach has faced in the CHFL but it is sure to be a challenge that provides enormous promise of what might be achieved for the future of the club.
As well as these new younger players it is providing champion Michael Cummings with a new challenge compared to what has happened until now.
He has a great opportunity to teach a new group of Bulldogs how they are able to be successful in this competition. Rokewood Corindhap has an important match to at least retain their spot on the edge of the eight when they host Dunnstown The Towners have two wins and this week provides the opportunity to draw level with the Grasshoppers and move past a number of other finals contenders. Dunnstown have won the matches which they would have been expected to win to this stage of the season which makes this week even more important. It is one which is a fifty / fifty proposition and a win will give the club a strong confidence boost.
In a change from previous years it was Aaron Brennan and Rhys Cahir who were the scoring targets last week.
If they stay forward this week their size and experience will test the Rokewood Corindhap tall defenders.
Rokewood Corindhap meanwhile will be aiming to gain control through the midfield to give inform forward Caius Barrenger enough supply to stretch the Dunnstown defence. The most impressive sign from the Grasshoppers to this stage of the season has been the impact of Mick Hynes in developing a number of players who have been at the club since they joined the CHFL.
They are now showing form which is able to match it with most sides. Learmonth has reached a crucial juncture in the season with just the one win to this stage and at risk of putting themselves in a position where it will be an uphill battle to make the eight.
This week they must win over Clunes, who on Anzac Day showed signs of being able to go with any team in the league when they pushed Bungaree but since they have been very disappointing. It almost appears that they lose concentration at crucial stages and allow the game to get away from them.
Other teams absorb the physical pressure that the Magpies attempt to apply and then jump clear through scoring quickly. A return to form by Jayden Hind and continued effort from Jason Hill will give Clunes plenty of hope as they approach this week. Newlyn and Creswick is one of the highly anticipated derbies in the league and this week will be no different. After a strong start to the season Newlyn has stalled with three defeats in a row, but they have a good chance to step forward this week if they can match it with the Wickers who appear to be improving over the past three weeks following a slow start.
The winner of this match is going to keep themselves in the mix for the eight