BENDIGO Gold leap-frogs Box Hill on the ladder to move to fifth position and appears to be a genuine premiership contender if it can contain its Essendon-listed depth following yesterday’s impressive 32-point win over the Hawks.
There is a feeling that this club may be the bolter in the competition this season given it is the last year of its alignment with Essendon. Skipworth said the club had made a “pact” to take the team into the finals as far as it can and its alignment on a good note. Next season, the two teams will be rivals with Essendon fielding a stand alone VFL team to be coached by Skipworth.
New Bendigo coach Austinn Jones will begin talking to Bendigo-listed players to convince them to stay on board, but perhaps Skipworth’s coaching influence may sway some into joining Essendon as VFL-listed players. Rick Ladson and Matt Little are likely to given they have administration roles at the Bombers.
But this season, the Gold will give the top four a shake. Its attack is the most lethal forward line in the competition when on song with VFL-listed forwards Matt Little and Justin Maddern combining well with Cory Dell’Olio and Scott Gumbleton.
“We’ve got a good mix of smalls and talls at the moment,”Bendigo coach Hayden Skipworth said.
“It’s four in a row now and I’m not sure the last time when the club has won four in a row so we’ve got one more game and then the bye so It’d be nice to go five and zip into the bye.”
It faces Werribee next week in a blockbuster at Windy Hill.
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