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Bendigo Gold set for a new era in the VFL

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BENDIGO Gold chairman Tim Dickson has declared a new era for the club after announcing its Victorian Football League survival on Friday.

Dickson revealed the Gold has succeeded in its survival campaign at the club's business luncheon.

The Gold has met its targets of 500 members for next season and increased sponsorship.

The club has also negotiated with council to use Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve to run a commercial venture on an interim basis.

"This process that our club has been through will produce a new era for our club," Dickson told the luncheon.

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BENDIGO Gold star Alik Magin has been rewarded for his consistent season by winning the VFL Coaches Player of the Year award.

The award was announced at last night’s J.J. Liston Trophy vote count in Melbourne.

After each game coaches awarded votes to opposition players and Magin topped the poll on 32 votes.

Gold team-mate Daniel Toman was runner-up on 26.

Magin had played eight games for the Gold Coast Suns and won the Gold’s best and fairest award this year.

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IF tonight proves to be the last game for the Bendigo Gold, the end has come with the biggest loss in Bendigo’s 16-year VFL history.

The Gold – fighting for survival beyond this season – were tonight taught a football lesson by the powerful Geelong, which won by 201 points at the Queen Elizabeth Oval, 35.17 (227) to 3.8 (26).

While the effort of the Gold couldn’t be questioned, they simply had no answer to a brutal and clinical performance from the top-of-the-ladder Cats.

Geelong kicked 10 goals in the first quarter, six in the second, 11 in the third and eight in the last.

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THE Bendigo Gold slumped to a 129-point defeat at the hands of the Casey Scorpions on Saturday.

The Melbourne-aligned Scorpions tore the Gold apart, winning 23.11 (149) to 2.8 (20)

“It was a combination of a young, inexperienced group being outmuscled and outplayed mixed with some genuine fatigue,’’ Bendigo Gold coach Aussie Jones said.

“Even some of our more experienced players are starting to feel the bite of 17 or 18 VFL games compared to a season at local level.”

Casey somewhat arrogantly won the toss and kicked into a five-goal breeze.

It mattered little as the Scorpions kicked five goals to one.

Support gives Bendigo Gold new hope

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THE future of the Bendigo Gold Football Club looks brighter just one day into its survival campaign.

The Gold announced on Monday that the club needed 500 new members, a marked lift in sponsorship and access to a facility capable of running as a commercial venture to ensure its survival.

In developments yesterday:

n the City Of Greater Bendigo confirmed its support for Gold, with the Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve social rooms a possible facility for the club;

- a Bendigo Advertiser poll attracted 448 votes, 63.7 per cent in favour of Gold;

- Gold coach Aussie Jones reaffirmed his commitment to the club; and

- Gold skipper Steven Stroobants detailed how important the Gold pathway was for young footballers.

Bendigo Gold chairman Tim Dickson was elated with the response yesterday, but warned the club’s battle was a marathon, not a sprint.