First loss for Lavars’ new-look Magpies

Bodie Malone, pictured getting a kick away under pressure, was among the Magpiesʼ best in the defeat.

Maryborough has made a promising but ultimately un- successful start to its 2018 Bendigo Football Netball League season, losing to fellow battlers Castlemaine by 23 points on Saturday.

In blustery and cold conditions at Princes Park on Saturday, Maryborough missed some opportunities at goal but it was an all-too-familiar one quarter fade-out that saw the Magpies go down and spoiled Ben Lavars’ debut game as coach.

Castlemaine worked out to a 10- point lead at quarter time, getting the better chances at goal to kick 4.2 (26), while Maryborough managed the reverse, booting 2.4 (16).

Maryborough scored the same in the second quarter as the Magpies failed to make the most of their opportunities, despite winning the midfield battle and working the ball forward well.

Helped by some inaccuracy by Castlemaine, who kicked one goal and five behinds in the scrappy second term, Maryborough had trimmed the margin to just five points at half time.

Any hopes of a repeat of Maryborough’s drought breaking win over Castlemaine last season, the Magpies’ only victory in three years, were ended in the third quarter as Castlemaine made a game-changing break away.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, April 17.

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