NEWBRIDGE spoilt the party as Maiden Gully YCW hosted its first game under the Marist College Oval lights on Saturday night in the 18th round of the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.
The clash between first and second carried match of the round status in the Bendigo Bank round which was where AFL Central Victoria and the LVFNL recognised the bank’s long-running support of football and netball.
The ladder-leading Newbridge surged to a 27-9 lead by quarter-time and kept the Eagles goalless in the second term as it gained a seven goal lead by the long break.
It was more of the same in the second half as Newbridge slammed on 13.9 to 4.6 to record a 99-point victory.
A 21.14 (140) to 5.11 (41) result by the Brad Comer-coached Newbridge showed it will be a force to be reckoned with in the race for the premiership cup.
Jordan Gilboy continued his superb season with a six-goal haul as Sam Mildren added five.
The only multiple goalkicker for the Eagles was coach Wayne Mitrovic on two.
Newbridge had many star.
Tommy Horne, Jack Fowler, Alex Farrow, Connor Toohey and Zach Heaslip were Newbridge’s best.
On a tough night for Maiden Gully YCW, Nick Waterson, Natnael McLaren, Cohen Kekich and Ryan Walker worked hard.
Newbridge has earned the first week off in the finals, while Maiden Gully YCW tackles Pyramid Hill, fresh off a bye, in Saturday’s qualifying final at Inglewood.
Bridgewater ended the season on a winning note, but was pushed all the way by Marong.
The Marong Panthers led 58-49 at a quarter to at Discover Marong Oval in Malone Park.
Bridgewater clicked to another gear as It added 4.4 to 2.1 in the last term to complete an 11.11 (77) to 10.11 (71) victory.
Tyler Estrada and Alex Powell led the Mean Machine’s attack on three and two goals respectively.
Will Gadsden and Cameron Ross kicked two goals each for Marong.
Bridgewater’s best were Matt Bourke, Jake Rusbridge, Joseph Mayes and Tyler Estrada.
Best for the Panthers were Bryce Franzini, Will Gadsden, Jarrod Fitzpatrick and Cameron Ross.
Mitiamo marked a 62-point victory at home against Inglewood.
The Superoos turned a four-goal lead at half-time into a 40-point buffer by three quarter-time.
Ryan Wellington kicked four goals as Thomas Grant and Jarryd Wiegard added three apiece in the 107-45 win.
Best for the Superoos were Michael I’Anson, Terence Reeves, Wiegard and Max Simpson.
Inglewood’s best were Bailey Evans, Shane Harris, Ryan McNish and David Rose.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine warmed up for an elimination final showdown with Mitiamo by beating Calivil United by 12 points.
The Bears dominated the first half on their turf at Serpentine.
At the long break the Bears led 5.3 (33) to 0.5 (5).
Calivil United won the third term, 22-18, and then fired up to slam on 7.2 to 5.2 in the last.
The Bears marked a hard-fought 83-71 victory.
Cody Gunn kicked four goals and Justin Laird added three for the Bears.
Leading goalkickers for the Demons were Daniel Reid on three, Chris Sanders and coach Anthony Dennis on two.
Charlie Gadsden, Josh Walsh, Nathan McNally and Shaun Bowles were best for the Bears.
Chris Down, Alex Davis, Jake Lawry and Kale Hoggins played well for Calivil United.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder after 18 rounds:
Newbridge 56 points, 161 per cent; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 48, 124; Pyramid Hill 40, 97; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 36, 128; Mitiamo 36, 119; Calivil United 28, 113; Bridgewater 28, 104; Marong 12, 63; Inglewood 4, 47.
Draw for Saturday’s qualifying finals at Empire State Hotel Oval, Inglewood:
Seniors at 2.15pm: Maiden Gully YCW Eagles v Pyramid Hill.
Reserves at 12.30pm: Newbridge v Pyramid Hill.
Under-18s at 10.50am: Maiden Gully YCW Eagles v Bridgewater.
Draw for Sunday’s elimination finals at Adroit Insurance Group Riverside Oval, Newbridge:
Seniors at 2.15pm: Bears Lagoon Serpentine v Mitiamo.
Reserves at 12.30pm: Bears Lagoon Serpentine at Mitiamo.
Under-18s at 10.50am: Marong v Bears Lagoon Serpentine.