On the same day the AFL dipped its toe into Good Friday football, the Tigers and Gisborne again proved what a hit it is for both clubs. The fans voted with their feet. A huge crowd jammed into the showgrounds to see Kyneton beat its arch enemy by eight points.
The Marist Brothers were run off their feet serving fish 'n' chips. The bars, barbecues and canteen were flat out all day.
The showgrounds rocked once more with one of the biggest crowds seen in recent memory.
Kyneton unveiled a new look team with some returning favourite sons and handful of recruits new to the BFNL.
Mick Clancy's return couldn't have gone any better. He was given the job on Hawthorn Premiership player Clinton Young and limited the high profile player's influence while winning plenty of the ball himself. If he'd finished off in front of goal it would have been the perfect day. But he played disciplined, hard footy to be among the best players on the ground.
Jordan Mangan returned from his basketball hiatus and also impressed. The versatile big man started at half back and had some time in the ruck and got more comfortable the longer the game went.
New captain Josh Govan and brother Hamish set themselves for a big day against their old club and duly delivered. Rhys Magin played to his normal high standard while the consistent Mitch Scholard booted four goals while Benny Weightman missed a chance to have a day out booting two goals six but was still very lively.
Boom recruits Bill Mahoney and Fintan and Nick Brasil showed plenty in their first game in Tigers colours and showed they will be very important players.
Trailing by two points at quarter-time, the Tigers set up the win with a six-goal second term to lead by 19 points at half-time. Kyneton threatened but couldn't put Gisborne away. The visitors kept plugging away and closed within eight points late before a Harrison Huntley screamer sealed the win in the last play of the day.
It was an encouraging win but there is plenty of improvement with three key players Jonno Nash, Max O'Sullivan and Kevin Clark all set to come in next week.
Kyneton has now won the last five against Gisborne.
Next week the Tigers travel to Maryborough and then are back at the showgrounds on Saturday week for another blockbuster, this time the first ever night game at home against Derek Filo's Castlemaine.
Saturday's final scores: Kyneton 16 16 (112) d Gisborne 15 14 (104).
The Bendigo Football Netball League Board has agreed to the request from Kyneton for exemption to field the full complement of teams this season.
Due to a number of circumstances, Kyneton will be unable to field A reserve, B grade and under 17 netball teams.
Kyneton president Rob Waters said Kyneton was disappointed to be fielding just the A grade and B reserve teams in 2017 but the club had plans in place to add more teams once more next year.
"We will work closely with the all parties to expand our netball program in 2018," Waters said.
Last Friday Kyneton A grade lost to Gisborne 14 to 70 and in B reserves Kyneton 50 defeated Gisborne 23.