THE Maiden Gully YCW Eagles have soared to top spot on the senior footy ladder after nine rounds in the Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.
A 95-83 victory on Newbridge’s turf at Riverside Park was one of the Gully’s best this year.
Maiden Gully led 23-4 at quarter-time and by the last change held a 28-point lead.
The Brad Comer-coached Newbridge struck back to win the final quarter, 34-18, but it was the Wayne Mitrovic-coached Eagles who celebrated their seventh win in 2018.
Luke Gray and Wayne Mitrovic booted four goals each for the Eagles.
Hamish McCartney was best afield and had great support from Brayden Aitken, Matt Higgs, Nat McLaren and Cohen Kekich.
Newbridge’s leading goalkicker was Zach Heaslip on three.
Best for the Maroons were Tyler Romeril, Brad Comer, Tommy Horne and Zach Heaslip.
Despite the defeat, Newbridge is second on the LVFNL ladder.
Calivil United won a hard-fought battle with Bears Lagoon-Serpentine by 17 points.
The Demons led by just four points at half-time, but kicked clear on home turf to win 93-76.
Vincent Rodi and Matt Magee led the Calivil United attack on three goals apiece.
Best for the Demons were Sam Brinsmead, Rodi, Christopher Down and Alex Davis.
Mitiamo overcame a 16-point deficit at the start of the last quarter to score a 32-point win at Inglewood.
The Superoos battled for accuracy as the Blues led 11.5 to 7.13 at the last break.
A 7.7 to 0.1 final term capped an incredible fightback by Mitiamo.
Lachlan Drummond led the Superoos attack on four goals as Matt Trewhella chipped in with three.
Terence Reeves was best on ground as Aaron McKean, Lucas Matthews and James Rozysnki played their part in Mito’s fourth win of the season.
Winless since round three, Inglewood won a lot of contests.
Lachlan Sidebottom and Peter McKay kicked four and three goals respectively as Sanipepa Egan, Bailey Evans, McKay, Sidebottom and Ryan McNish starred for the Blues.
Bridgewater dominated the second half on its way to a 57-point victory against Marong.
The Panthers led 53-47 at half-time, but the Mean Machine then clicked a few gears on home turf.
Tom Broadbent and Josh Metherell kicked four goals and Darren Clutton added three as Bridgewater had 10 goalkickers in a much-needed victory.
Best of the Marong attack was Sam Harvey on four.
Bridgewater’s best were Peter Rothacker, Nathan Jennings, Liam Jacques and Josh Metherell.
Harvey, Jarrod Fitzpatrick, Zac Turnbull and Bryce Franzini played well for Marong.
LVFNL senior ladder after nine rounds:
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 28 points, 131 per cent; Newbridge 24, 141; Pyramid Hill 24, 102; Calivil United 16, 111; Mitiamo 16, 106; Bears Lagoon-Serpentine 12, 120; Bridgewater 12, 112; Marong 81, 8; Inglewood 4, 43.