TWO of the major combatants to claim fifth place on the Loddon Valley Football League ladder clash in this Saturday’s 15th round.
Locked on 24 points, but separated by 23 per cent, the sixth-placed Mitiamo is at home against the fifth-placed Bears Lagoon Serpentine.
The Superoos fell from the top five after last Saturday’s eight-point loss to Maiden Gully YCW at Marist College.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine moved back into the five after a 48-point win against Marong.
When these clubs last met in round six, the Bears fought for a six-point win against Mitiamo.
For Bridgewater it’s a must-win at home against Pyramid Hill.
Earlier in the year the Bulldogs beat the Mean Machine by three points at Mitchell Park.
Unless the Bears and Superoos showdown ends in a draw, Bridgewater would be eight points adrift in the run for a finals berth.
Bridgewater put up a great fight to finish within 11 points of the high-flying Maiden Gully YCW Eagles last round.
The Bulldogs showed they have plenty of scoring power in an 80-point win against Inglewood.
Another big clash will be at Raywood where Calivil United takes on Maiden Gully YCW.
The Eagles unbeaten run was ended when the Demons fired up for an 111-55 result on Maiden Gully’s turf at Marist College in the sixth round.
A duel between second and fourth will carry a lot of importance in the run to the finals.
On home turf and fresh off the bye, Calivil United will fancy its chances of beating the Eagles again.
Inglewood faces the ladder-leading Newbridge on the Blues turf.
The Maroons start hot favourites to chalk up their 11th victory against a line-up which has not won since the opening round.
Marong has the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder:
Newbridge 40 points, 142 per cent; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 40, 132; Pyramid Hill 36, 105; Calivil United 28, 131; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 24, 127; Mitiamo 24, 104; Bridgewater 20, 108; Marong 8, 62; Inglewood 4, 45.