Bears claw way to victory against Eagles
BEARS Lagoon Serpentine achieved one of the upsets of the season as it dislodged Maiden Gully YCW Eagles from the top rung of the Loddon Valley Football Netball League ladder on Saturday.
The Eagles were hot favourite to win at home, but it was the Bears who dominated after quarter-time to win 13.14 (92) to 10.8 (68).
James Rippingale was in ripping form as he kicked five goals in Serp’s victory.
Best of the Eagles attack was Thomas Harrington on three.
The Bears charge was led by Nathan Twigg, Shaun Bowles, Rippingale, and Daniel Hayes.
In a match where it won just one quarter, Maiden Gully YCW’s best were Brayden Aitken, Nic Waterson, Elijah Naylor, and Harrington.
The Bears kept the heat on the fifth-placed Mitiamo, but face a huge test at home against Pyramid Hill next round.
Bridgewater’s hopes of figuring in this year’s finals took another hit as Mitiamo scored a 22-point victory on the Mean Machine’s turf.
The Superoos led by two points at three quarter-time, but then powered away to win 84-62.
Ryan Evans led Mitiamo’s attack on four goals as James Rozynski chipped in with three.
Leading goalkickers for Bridgewater were Darren Clutton, three, and Tyler Estrada, two.
Best for the Superoos were Rozynski, Terence Reeves, Dylan Clohesy and Luke Lougoon.
Bridgewater’s best were Peter Rothacker, Liam Jacques, Kyle Chant and Tyler Estrada.
A seven-goal win at Pyramid Hill put Newbridge back on top spot.
The Maroons led by seven points at half-time, but slammed on 6.6 to a point as they gained a 48-point lead by the last change.
Jordan Gilboy now has 38 goals after he kicked five on the Bulldogs turf at Mitchell Park.
Best of the Pyramid Hill attack was Mitchell Cheesman on three.
Newbridge’s best were Tyler Romeril, Tommy Horne, Nathan Bacon and Austin Fithall.
Matt Klein-Breteler, Adrian Holland, Cheesman and Andrew Dobby played well for the Dogs.
Calivil United showed Marong no mercy at Raywood.
In a match officiated by former AFL umpires John Russo and John Harvey, it was the Demons who won 23.10 (148) to 5.8 (38).
Daniel Reid kicked seven goals for Calivil United as Jake Lawry and Vincent Rodi chipped in with three apiece.
Marong’s only multiple goalkicker was Tim Rhook on two.
The Demons best were Jordan Lea, Chris Down, Henry Miller, and Reid.
Zac Turnbull, Ben Millar, Bryce Franzini and Sam Harvey worked hard for Marong.
Inglewood had the bye.
LVFNL senior ladder after 10 rounds:
Newbridge 28 points, 144 per cent; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 28, 123; Pyramid Hill 24, 95; Calivil United 20, 127; Mitiamo 20, 109; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 16, 122; Bridgewater 12, 108; Marong 8, 72; Inglewood 4, 43.
Next week’s matches:
Marong v Maiden Gully YCW Eagles, Inglewood v Bridgewater, Mitiamo v Calivil United, Bears Lagoon Serpentine v Pyramid Hill, Newbridge bye.