STUNG by Mitiamo’s first-quarter onslaught, Newbridge fought back to win Saturday’s round 14 clash in the Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.
The Superoos bounded to a 22-point lead by quarter-time as they scored seven goals and held the Maroons to 3.2 at Riverside Park.
Newbridge won the second term, albeit by four points, and faced a 14-point deficit going into the final quarter.
The league leaders showed why they are a force to be reckoned with in the premiership race as they scored 4.3 to five points in the last to clinch a 94-86 victory.
Jordan Gilboy lifted his season tally to 50 goals as he led the Newbridge attack on four.
Mitiamo’s leading goalkicker was Ryan Wellington on four as Thomas Grant added three.
Best for Newbridge were Tommy Horne, Tyler Romeril, Nathan Bacon and coach Brad Comer.
Mitiamo’s best were Ash Benbow, Aaron McKean, Kyle Patten and Nic Farley.
The defeat put Mitiamo out of the top five.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine regained fifth place after an eight-goal win at home against Marong.
At the end of an evenly-fought first half the Bears led 55-39.
The margin grew to 41 by the last change as Justin Laird, Nathan McNally, Jacob Murley and Harry Gadsden won many contests.
Charlie Gadsden kicked a team-high four goals as Cody Gunn and Ben McKinley booted three apiece in a 138-90 victory.
Marong’s attack was led by David Blume on four goals.
Bryce Franzini, Blume, Tom Longford and Harry Baker played well for the Panthers.
At four rounds to go, Bridgewater’s finals hopes took a severe jolt as Maiden Gully YCW Eagles scored an 11-point win against the Mean Machine at Marist College.
The Wayne Mitrovic-coached Eagles trailled 27-9 at quarter-time, but were within two points at the long break.
Bridgewater worked hard to lead an inaccurate Maiden Gully by three points going into the final term.
The Eagles dominated the last as they scored 6.6 to 4.4 to clinch a 98-87 victory.
Mitrovic kicked a match-high five goals as Natnael McLaren added three.
The Bridgewater attack was led by Josh Metherell on four.
Skilful midfielder Nick Waterson was Maiden Gully’s best and had great support from Ryan Walker, Carl Rohde and Hamish McCartney.
Metherell, Alex Powell, Peter Rothacker and Tristin Nalder played well for Bridgewater.
Pyramid Hill scored a 123-43 win against Inglewood as Mitchell Cheesman and Matt Klein-Breteler led the way on five and four goals respectively.
Daniel Lloyd booted three goals for the Blues.
Klein-Breteler, Tom Sala, Cheesman and Jack Woodward starred for the Bulldogs.
Bailey Evans, Sam Barnes, Shane Harris and Sanipepa Egan played well for the Blues.
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.