The burgers are better at Kyneton but Bloods prevail

Plenty of players around the sherrin during the clash between Kyneton and South Bendigo in round fourteen of the Bendigo League.

Kyneton’s Zac Boyer is wrapped up by his South Bendigo opponents.

Kyneton’s David Romer displays some party tricks in the match against South Bendigo.

The Kyneton huddle at quarter time.

You’ve gotta love footy in the sticks.

The shadows lengthen across the ground at Kyneton in the final quarter.

By Shane Goss

South Bendigo have been made to work hard to overcome a gallant Kyneton to win by 26 points in their round 14 BFL clash at the Kyneton Showgrounds. Had the Tigers kicked straight the result may well have been different. In a low scoring and scrappy affair, Kyneton began well, registering seven scoring shots to the Bloods one to lead by eleven points at the first break.

Fresh off their win the previous round against Maryborough – just their second for the year – Kyneton were showing signs of a possible upset and South Bendigo needed to lift. The Bloods did just that and with the aid of the breeze kicked three goals to Kyneton’s meagre two behinds in the second term to take an eight point lead into the sheds at half-time.

In the third term South Bendigo began to open up a break on the Tigers and the upset had faded. Rhys Ellis, who was the major offender towards the Tigers in-accurate kicking, kicked his third goal for the game to go with his six behinds. The Tigers were stretched for options up forward however.The Bloods only added three majors themselves for the quarter but the margin of 15 points at the final change didn’t portray the control South had around the ground.

The Bloods Brook Martyn and Michael Tonkin were finding plenty of the ball, the later capping off his day with three goals. Lanky Rory Alexander was a difficult match-up for the Tigers and small man Aaron Connaughton was busy around the packs. In the final stanza Kyneton again failed to score goals into the wind but managed to stem the flow of the Bloods supply at the other end to keep the final margin within five goals.

Wayward kicking by the Tigers proved coslty in the end. The final scores saw South Bendigo run out 26 point winners 9.8.62 to 4.12.36. The win cements the Bloods in the top five whilst the Tigers remain in second last place on the ladder. A disappointing result for home fans after a promising start to the match.

As the smell of sizzling onions and tomato sauce drifted high above the grandstand; the clouds darkened and the Bloods belted out their club song from behind the stand. Car engines began in unison around the boundary-line and reserves players made their way to the bar.

South Bendigo will need to improve on their performance if they are to match the likes of Gisborne and Golden Square come finals time. For the Tigers, well it’s been another long year for the lads in yellow’and’black. But they’ll be back, and so will this writer, for some more of those well cooked hamburgers and onion from the front of the grandstand at Kyneton.

About Shane Goss

I am currently working as an assistant manager at the Kilmore Racetrack as well as freelancing in the media as a photographer and writer. I have been heavily involved in the cycling media for the past ten years before taking on a full-time position at the racetrack. My passion for sport and especially football keeps me busy with projects on weekends.


  1. Loved the pix – especially the lengthening shadows.

    The never ending Tiger Story eh? Keep wolfing those burgers Shane.

  2. Does ‘Herbie’ still go to the Kyneton home games?

  3. Thanks for the words. I am unaware of ‘Herbie’. I can still smell the burgers too!

  4. Have a bloke I know who played in a few premierships with Kyenton – last century of course- and apparently old Herbie was a bit of a bad lad with the young lads.

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