KILCUNDA-Bass forward Kael Bergles brought up his long-touted century on Saturday, kicking his seven goals required inside the first half against Tarwin at Shark Park. This year’s century is the first of his glittering career for the 25 year-old in what is his first season with the two-time reigning premiers. Going into the game on 93 goals from 16 matches, Bergles kicked his 100th goal shortly before half time against the Sharks, who he played for in 2010, before finishing the day with nine. After five goals in the first term, Bergles booted goal number 99 after an attempted mark was paid.
Bergles then marked the ball for what would be his hundredth major on the goal line, played on and kicked the goal. But, with a sense of theatre, the field umpire called him back over the mark to take the kick again. Bergles kicked truly sparking jubilant scenes as fellow teammates swarmed their star recruit. “I’m stoked; I’d never done it before. It was really good,” Bergles said on Monday. “My main aim this year was to not even try and think about it and just let it happen. The more you think about it the harder it would be to get the 100. “We kept trying to play our normal game and it just came. “I just wanted to get it out of the way on Saturday so we can concentrate on finals. I really enjoy playing with the boys and hopefully we can go all the way.” Bergles broke his previous best on Saturday; he kicked 99 goals in 2009 with Nilma Darnum in their premiership year. Bergles has kicked 10 goals on two occasions this year, against Foster (Round 6) and MDU (Round 15).
He has booted eight and nine goals also on two separate occasions, as well as three bags of seven. The forward has kicked a goal in all of his 17 matches for the Panthers, his lowest return a single goal against Korumburra-Bena in Round 16 on a wet and windy day. “This year has been great; we’re pumped for the finals and trying to keep a lid on things. We just need to keep up the hard work and the camaraderie we have had all year – that’s what’s won us a lot of the games,” Bergles said. “Kilcunda-Bass is the best club I have ever been at. I’ve found it hard at some of the other clubs that I have played at but they are the best bunch of blokes I’ve ever played with.” The Panthers play Toora this weekend at Bass, before a semi-final showdown and grand final rematch against Dalyston in week two of the upcoming finals series. It is something that Alberton’s 2013 leading goal kicker is eager to be a part of. “Obviously Dalyston will be a huge test. They have some quality players but I can’t wait,” he said.