Castlemaine played host to eighth-placed Kangaroo Flat in round six action at the Camp Reserve last Saturday.
The bumper day of local footy and netball action was capped off by a historic practise match between the new Castlemaine Magpies AFL Central Victoria Women’s side and the Mount Alexander Falcons Women’s side under lights.
Sitting just one rung below the Roos, the Magpie senior footballers were determined to bring their best to the park.
The home side made a bright start in the opening term kicking two goals to the Roos’ three to trail by eight points at quarter-time.
The Magpies maintained the momentum in the second term and were down by just 10 points at half-time.
Flat upped the intensity in the third quarter to take the margin out to 30 points and in the end the visitors proved too strong.
Castlemaine went down 2-1, 4-4, 5-5, 6-7 (44) to Kangaroo Flat 3-3, 5-4, 9-11, 11-4 (80).
Goal kickers – Tom Cain 2, Bradley Keogh, Jack Chester, Callum McConachy and Liam Wilkinson.
Best – Tom Cain, Tommy Horne, Riley Pedretti, William Moran, Callum McConachy and Jack Chester.
The Reserves had a tougher time of it only managing to get one major on the board despite a determined effort.
Castlemaine 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 (6) to Kangaroo Flat 5-8, 9-14, 19-27, 19-27 (141).
Best – Kaine Fleeton, Wilson Staples, Luke Pritchard, Jordan Cochrane, Caleb Kuhle and Ethan Maltby.
The Under 18s also threw everything they had at their Roo opponents but in the end Kangaroo Flat had all the answers.
Castlemaine 0-1, 2-3,2-3, 2-3 (15) to Kangaroo Flat 2-5, 6-6, 9-7, 13-12 (90).
Best – Campbell McLennan, Ethan Maltby, Matthew Schembri, Benjamin van Egmond, Aidan Goddard and Callam De Bono.
On the netball court the Magpies also battled hard and were unlucky to net a win with the A Grade side coming closest to victory. Final scores were: A Grade 41-57, A Reserve – no result, B Grade 31-60, B Reserve 24-68, 17 & Under 24-55.