Son of a gun stars as Dragons pip Eagles

May 19, 2024 3:20 pm in by
Bell Park young gun Jack Sarcevic celebrates one of his five goals. (Marcel Berens/Sports Media)

He carries one of the most famous surnames in Bell Park history.

And on Saturday, Jack Sarcevic did his bit for the family name with a late goal that helped his team overcome a 22-point deficit to snatch a one-point win over Newtown & Chilwell.

As the two clubs came together for the third annual Zoe Kennedy Tribute Match on a perfect autumn afternoon, the Dragons and Eagles delivered a contest befitting of the day.

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However, Sarcevic had the final say, with his fifth major from a free kick just inside 50m, giving Bell Park a 14.10 (94) to 14.9 (93) victory.

“I’m pretty happy with my distance. But accuracy, not so much,” he told in the immediate aftermath.

“I’ve been having a bit of trouble in front of goals in recent times.

“I’m pretty happy it sailed through in the end.”

Listen below to Jack Sarcevic talking about his winning goal.

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Coach James Saker was impressed with how the Dragons found a way to fight back after a behind at the 15-minute mark, which gave Newtown & Chilwell an equal-game-high 22-point lead.

“In that moment, I just thought to myself, ‘I’m actually really proud of the effort the boys have put in today’,” he said.

“I thought, probably, the bigger bodies of Newtown just got us.

“But, then, for us to keep persevering … and the game changed a little bit, and we got a bit of a sniff.

“Once we got the goal to get within three (goals), there was belief.

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“For us, it’s a great win. It means a lot to a lot of people around our club.”

Post-game, Newtown & Chilwell coach Damien McMahon was trying to get his head around how his team had let four points slip from their grasp.

“Simply, we didn’t use the ball as well as we had to get us to that point to be 22 points up,” he said.

“I thought we started the quarter really well. We had good control, we kicked it around the park really well, and we scored reasonably easy.

“That last ten minutes, we made some really poor choices by foot. (We) kicked it back into the corridor when we didn’t need to.

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“It sort of fuelled their fire. They were always going to come and keep going.

“And there’s no doubt they got us in the stoppages.”

Luke Maddock kicked four goals for the Towners to take his season tally to 21, while Mitch Diamond was outstanding in his 100th appearance.


Reigning K rock Football MVP Paddy DeGrandi has produced a stunning second half to help St Joseph’s remain unbeaten with a thrilling five-point win over Leopold at Memorial Park.

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Trailing the reigning premier by 21 points at the main break, DeGrandi, who had been goalless until that point, kicked seven of Joeys’ 11 majors to snatch a 14.13 (97) to 14.8 (92).

He could have finished with more, with two late attempts to seal victory both missing.

The Lions had opportunities to snatch back the lead late, with Sam Scott and Nick Lane unable to capitalise.

Second-gamer Sam McDonald was best in front of goal for Leopold with three.

South Barwon received a 46 per cent boost as it mauled a hapless St Albans by 176 points at St Albans Reserve.

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Fraser Fort kicked ten goals as 14 Swans registered a major in the 29.17 (191) to 2.3 (15) result.

Debutant Noah Guida and Harrison Cockerell kicked the Supersaints’ majors.

Sam Bourke had an afternoon to remember as St Mary’s demolished Lara by 142 points at Anthony Costa Oval.

The youngster finished with six goals as the Saints opened up a 31-point buffer at quarter time and never looked back in posting a percentage-boosting 26.18 (174) to 4.8 (32) victory.

Best-on-ground Jarryd Garner contributed four goals, as did Lachy Peck.

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Experienced defender Dan Weigl and the talented Bayley Cockerill battled hard for the outclassed Cats.

A five-goal haul from Adam Garner has given him the lead on the goalkicking table as Colac overcame a dogged Grovedale by 51 points at Central Reserve.

He now has 22 goals for the season, one clear of Newtown & Chilwell duo Flynn Young and Luke Maddock.

Colac extended its lead at every break in claiming a 16.13 (109) to 9.4 (58) result.

Harrison Whyte kicked three goals and was Grovedale’s best.

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Geelong West registered consecutive wins in beating North Shore, 15.14 (104) to 5.6 (36), at Windsor Park.

At the time of writing, goalkickers and best players hadn’t been lodged.

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