The Castlemaine Magpies Seniors produced one of their best performances of the year at the Camp Reserve last Saturday and were unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved victory over Eaglehawk, falling just one point short at the final siren.
The day marked a significant milestone for senior vice-captain Jackson Hood who celebrated his 100th senior game at CFNC.
CFNC president Caleb Kuhle said Hoody was a strong club leader and reliable to a fault on field.
“As a talented key position player, Hoody has had good success across the ground since making his senior debut in 2010 as an Under 18 player. Returning to the club in 2020 he has demonstrated his ability to lead by example and is a mentor for our younger players,” Kuhle said.
Playing in front of a home crowd, the Magpies, determined to bag a win for Hoody, matched it with their Eaglehawk opponents in the opening term with both sides kicking 3-1 apiece.
The Hawks lifted in the second quarter kicking four goals to two to open up a 14-point lead at half-time.
To their credit Castlemaine didn’t bow their heads and continued to throw everything they had at the visitors in the third term.
Unfortunately the Magpies were unable to convert some of their chances into goals, but at the other end of the field they also held the Hawks to 1-1 for the term and trailed by just 12 points at three-quarter-time.
Determined not to let the opportunity to secure the four points slip by, the Magpies came out guns blazing in the final term and smashed on another three goals to Eaglehawk’s 1-1 but unfortunately the clock wound down and time ran out denying the Magpies a hard-fought win.
Castlemaine 3.1, 5.2, 6.5, 9.5 (59) to Eaglehawk 3.1, 7.4, 8.5, 9.6 (60).
Tommy Horne was once again in everything kicking three goals. Callum McConachy and Bradley Keogh bagged two each and Brodie Byrne and Dakota Slingo rounded out the goal kickers.
Best on ground included 100 gamer Jackson Hood, Tommy Horne, Riley Pedretti, William Moran, John Watson and Dakota Slingo.
The Reserves found it tougher going against an in-form Eaglehawk. The Hawks got the jump on them early and the Magpies did not find their legs until the last quarter going down by 79 points.
Castlemaine 0, 1.1, 1.1, 2.3 (15) to Eaglehawk 2.6, 6.8, 10.13, 13.16 (94).
Best for the Magpies were Dylan Hickey, Luke Pritchard, Aidan Goddard, Jordan Cochrane, Caleb Kuhle and Kaine Fleeton.
The Under 18s had better fortune posting a 12 point win over their Hawks opponents.
The visitors led early kicking 3.2 to 2.0 in the opening term but a brilliant second-term effort saw the Magpies reverse the tables and lead by 12 points at half-time.
The Magpies got on with the job in an even third term kicking 3.1 to the Hawks 2.2 and had extended their buffer to 17 points at three-quarter-time.
The Hawks fought back in the final term, kicking 2.2 to the Magpies 1.3. However the Pies held on to secure the four points.
Castlemaine 2.0, 5.2, 8.3, 9.6 (60) to Eaglehawk 3.2, 3.2, 5.4, 7.6 (48).
Goal kickers for the Magpies were Ben Moran 3, Aidan Goddard, Ethan Maltby 2, Ben McConachy and Kyan Martin.
Best were Brodie Brown-Kerr, Aidan Goddard, Ethan Hein, Ben Moran, Ethan Maltby and Ben McConachy.
On the netball court, Castlemaine A Grade netted a fantastic win 48-34, A Reserve also nabbed a great win 39-28, B Grade lost 26-49 despite a great effort, B Reserve had a challenging day going down 11-54 and the 17 and Under side just missed out on a win despite a fantastic effort 33-35.