MAIDEN Gully YCW Eagles won a dramatic Good Friday clash with Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League senior footy opponent Marong by a point.
A point by Eagles coach Wayne Mitrovic late in the contest ensured an 81-80 victory as Maiden Gully YCW avoided what would have been a distrous 0-3 start to the season.
The Eagles and Panthers met under the Marist College Oval lights in Maiden Gully.
Marong played brilliant football in the second quarter to lead 53-36 at half-time.
The heat was right on the Eagles as they faced an 11-point deficit at a quarter to go.
The play of Dylan Pierce, Sean Moyle, Cohen Kekich and Brayden Aitken was crucial as Maiden Gully YCW fought back to win 12.9 (81) to 11.14 (80).
Mitrovic kicked a match-high four goals as Luke Gray, Dylan Morris, Matt and Nic Waterson chipped in with two apiece.
The Panthers attack was led by Ben Gregg, three; Harry Baker and Nathan Fall on two each.
Best for Marong were Justin Hynes, Gregg, Kyle Manley and Fall.
The rematch of last season’s grand finalists, Newbridge and Mitiamo ended in an emphatic 12-goal win for the Superoos on Newbridge’s turf at Bendigo Locksmith Riverside Oval.
The classy Justin Maddern led Mitiamo’s attack on four goals, and Ryan Wellington added three on the way to a 16.12 (108) to 5.6 (36) victory.
Mitiamo had 10 goalkickers as it dominated the second half of the Easter Saturday clash.
The only multiple goalkicker for Newbridge was Ashley Mayo on two.
Best for Mitiamo were Terence Reeves, Lachlan Woodward, Wellington and Braydan Riddell.
On a disappointing afternoon for Newbridge, Jordan Gilboy, Robbie Wells, Tyler Romeril and Chris McLean worked hard.
A poor start to Calivil United’s season rolled on as Bears Lagoon Serpentine scored a 46-point win at 5 Star Stockfeeds Oval in Calivil.
The Bears led by two points at half-time, but then upped its skill level and intensity to add seven goals in the third and six majors in the last to complete a 20.11 (131) to 13.7 (85).
Cody Gunn was in hot form as he kicked eight goals in a best afield performance.
Charlie and Harry Gadsden added three goals each for the Bears.
Calivil United’s attack was led by Michael Cooke, four, and Chris Sanders, three.
Best for the Bears were Gunn, Oliver Leonard-Shannon, Billy Hawkes and Nathan Twigg.
Brock Rogers, Sanders, Brenton Fitzgerald and Cooke played well for the Demons.
Bridgewater won a hard-fought contest at Searle Bros Oval in Inglewood by 27 points.
The Blues led 45-40 at half-time, but the Mean Machine powered up to score 7.4 to 1.2 in the crucial third term.
By the final siren, Bridgewater led 12.17 (89) to 8.14 (62).
Alex Powell booted four goals as Liam Jacques and Tom McKinley added two for Bridgewter.
Liam Drummond led Inglewood’s goals on two.
Powell, Sam Banko, Cameron Ross and Mackenzie Whittle were Bridgewater’s best.
Nicholas Leach, Sidebottom, Kaleb Kennedy and Brandon Worner played well for the Blues.
Despite a winless start, there’s been many positive signs for Inglewood.
Pyramid Hill had the bye.
In next Saturday’s fourth round, Mitiamo tackles Bears Lagoon Serpentine on the Superoos’ ground at John Forbes Oval.
The in-form Marong meets Pyramid Hill at Discover Marong Oval in Malone Park; Newbridge plays Inglewood at Bendigo Locksmith Riverside Oval; and Bridgewater clashes with Calivil United at Laser Plumbing Bendigo Oval in Bridgewater.
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles has the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior football ladder:
Pyramid Hill 234 per cent, 8 points; Marong 144, 8; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 133, 8; Mitiamo 132, 8; Bridgewater 81, 8; Newbridge 101, 4; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 80, 4; Inglewood 70, 0; Calivil United 52, 0.