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Bendigo FNL 17.8.110
Gippsland League 12.7.79
Bendigo Goals: D. Johnstone 4, T.
Toma 2, H. Morcom 2, N. Lang 2,
H. Conway 2, A. Baird 2, J. Geary
2, I. Miller
Gippsland Goals: C. Dunne 5, R.
McCallum 2, J. Gooch, B. Scalzo,
B. Amberg, S. Hawking, T. Hams
Bendigo Best: T. Donnan, B. Con-
forti, J. Geary, D. Johnstone, C.
Ryan, T. Toma
Gippsland Best: M. Collison, R.
McCallum, A. Slottje, C. Dunne, N.
Paredes, B. Scalzo
League’s quest to
climb the AFL Vic-
toria rankings has
taken a hit, with de-
feat to archrival Ben-
digo Football Netball
League in Saturday’s
clash at Warragul.
Bendigo has proven a
stumbling block for Gippsland
in recent years and so it was
again on Saturday, as it suf-
fered a 31-point loss, 17.8
(110) to 12.7 (79).
Having endured three
straight defeats in Bendigo
in 2010, 2012 and 2014 –
Gippsland was finally given
the chance to face its repre-
sentative football nemesis on
home soil, but was unable to
make the most of the oppor-
“Bendigo was too good
and came to play,” TRFM
Gippsland League senior in-
terleague coach Steve Hazel-
“Its young kids cracked in
and had a real go and put that
much pressure on us.
“We had 19 inside-50s to
nine in the second quarter,
but just couldn’t capitalise.
Our forwards didn’t fire on
the day, but the ball going in
wasn’t very good either.
“The second half was a bit
of an arm wrestle and Ben-
digo just ran away with it in
Bendigo hit the ground
running, with early goals to
Hamish Morcom and Tom
Gippsland skipper Bob
McCallum put his team on the
board a short time later, but
the visitors went into the first
break with a 15-point lead.
Despite three second-
quarter goals from Leongatha
star Chris Dunne, Bendigo
stretched the margin to 18
points at the main change.
Gippsland rallied to close
within seven points midway
through the third quarter, but
that was as close as the red,
white and blue were allowed
Gippsland League falls short against Bendigo
Best wishes: Jarryd Roughead heads into
the Hawthorn rooms on Friday night.
Roughead has the best wishes of the public
as he faces a fresh battle with cancer. Photo
courtesy Herald Sun.
Roughy joins teammates on sidelines
DESPITE the devastating news dur-
ing the week Jarryd Roughead faces
a new fight against cancer, the Haw-
thorn champion bravely stepped out
on Friday night to watch his Hawks
battle Sydney at the MCG.
He was seen in the rooms during the game
and in the coach’s box; even handing out advice
to his teammates at the half time break. It was
a routine Roughead wished to continue despite
not being able to pull on his number two guern-
No doubt the week had been emotionally
tough on Roughead and the Hawthorn club,
making Friday night’s loss to the strong Swans
Despite the Hawthorn club saying Roughead
wanted no tribute, two minutes into the second
quarter of Hawthorn’s match against Sydney,
a ripple of claps turned into stadium-wide ap-
plause from supporters of both teams.
Many fans from both clubs stood up to show
their support, at a time chosen to reference the
number two Roughead wears on his jumper; two
minutes into the second quarter.
Roughead had been guarded but quietly
confident that the cancer had been successfully
removed by the surgery on his lower lip last sea-
The star Hawthorn utility player has been
released from playing duties indefinitely as his
old club the Leongatha Parrots facebook page
records a simple message of support to Jarryd
Roughead who only married in early February
to Sarah Dunn.
Meanwhile the Hawthorn Football Club’s
website is awash with best wishes from ordinary
followers and high profile AFL personalities
from around the country and the world.
As the champion undergoes further tests
this week, the community of South Gippsland
Helping out: Jarryd Roughead joins Luke Hodge in
the Hawthorn coach’s box on Friday night against
the Sydney Swans. Photo courtesy Herald Sun.
Hazelman’s men never
gave up, but Bendigo had all
the answers, kicking six goals
straight in the final term.
Dunne finished with five
goals and was joined in the
best by McCallum, vice-cap-
tain Mark Collison, Adrian
Slottje, Nathaniel Paredes
and Brad Scalzo. Leongatha’s
Shem Hawking was also a
Seven players represented
Leongatha in the clash, Zac
Vernon, Chris Verboon, Joel
Sinclair, Chris Dunne, Aaron
Hillberg, Tom Marriott, and
Shem Hawking, a credit to
the Leongatha club for mak-
ing all these players available
for league duties.
Braedon McLean rep-
resented Wonthaggi in the
Collison was awarded
the AFL Victoria Medal as
Gippsland’s best player.
Hazelman said prepara-
tion for such games was al-
ways a challenge, but made
no excuses for the result.
“It would have been bet-
ter if we could train together
more, but geographically it’s
too hard with guys coming
from as far as Wonthaggi,
Bairnsdale and Melbourne,”
“The attitude of the play-
ers and the clubs was 100
times better than it was three
or four years ago and I have to
thank them for that.”
The defeat left Gippsland
in 13th place on the rankings
and facing the prospect of a
third meeting with Yarra Val-
ley Mountain District Foot-
ball League in six years.
Gippsland team: back row from left, John Gooch, Tom Hams, Ben Amberg, Haydn Hector, Brayden Fowler, Mark Collison (vice-
captain), Bob McCallum (captain), Chris Dunne, Aaron Hillberg, Tom Long, Andrew Quirk, Shem Hawking, Chris Verboon, Tom
Marriott, Adrian Slottje, Zak Vernon, front, from left, Nathaniel Paredes, Michael Stockdale, Brad Scalzo, Braedon McLean, Tim
Northe, Danny Campbell, Joel Sinclair.
Big influence: Leongatha’s Shem Hawking made
his presence felt and takes a big grab for the
Running back: Zac Vernon breaks clear for
Gippsland in typical fashion.
Safe hands: Wonthaggi representative Braedon
McLean takes a solid mark.
Thinking big: Aaron Hillberg shows good skills to get off a quick handball.
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