Strathfieldsaye and Golden Square set the stage for their round three blockbuster by scoringcommanding Anzac Day wins on Monday evening.
The Storm reminded Castlemaine just how big a gulf there is between the top team and those clubs trying to force their way into the top five by handing the Magpies a 91-point belting.
Golden Square brushed aside Gisborne with a dominant second half, winning by 118 points.
It was the magnitude of the Storm’s 39th-straightwin that sent shockwaves through the Magpies.
The Storm kicked the first seven goals of the game on their way to a 22.10 (152) to 7.9 (51) win.
Jack Geary was one of Golden Square’s best players.
For the second week in a row, the Storm’s victory was built around the strength of their defensive structures.
The Magpies had few answers to Strathfieldsaye’s zone defence and the Storm swept the ball from half-back to forward 50 efficiently.
Lachlan Sharp proved to be a major headache for the Castlemaine defence. The left-footer kicked five goals in the first half on his way to a match haul of seven.
Storm young gun Harry Conway followed up his best on ground performance in round one with another big game, while Kallen Geary and Jake Moorehead had plenty of the ball.
Castlemaine’s best were Jarryd Graham, Jackson Hood and Justin Dorward.
Meanwhile, midfielder Adam Baird was the star for Golden Square in the Bulldogs’ big win.
Baird kicked six goals as Square won 25.21 (171) to 8.5 (53).
The young Gisborne side took the game right up to Golden Square in the first half and only trailed by 19 points at the main break.
The effort took its tolland, once the game opened up, Golden Square took complete control.
Square kicked 12 goals to two in the third quarter and followed up with five goals to none in the last term.
JackGeary continued his good start to the season, while centre half-forward Ryan Herring and defender Chris Ryan were also impressive.
Ruckman Matt Compston was a late withdrawal for Square and Lachlan Woodward took on the ruck role and played one of his better games for the club.
Skipper Jarad Lynch was named Gisborne’s best, while Eamon McKenna was solid and Tom Wood kicked four goals.
Golden Square and Strathfieldsaye clash in the highlight ofround three this Saturday at MyJet Oval.
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