BRIDGEWATER’S finals hopes are not gone after Saturday’s hard-fought victory against Calivil United in the 13th round of the Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.
The Mean Machine powered to a 79-70 victory on home turf.
Bridgewater won quarters one, two and three before the Demons struck back to win the last, albeit by a goal.
Darren Clutton led Bridgewater’s attack on four goals as Alex Powell added two.
The in-form Daniel Reid kicked three goals for the Demons to lift his tally to 21 in just five games.
Best for Bridgewater were Daniel Nalder, Joseph Mayes, Lachlan Mangan and Liam Jacques.
Calivil United’s best were Chris Down, Henry Miller, Chris Sanders and Alex Davis.
A fifth victory of the season has put Bridgewater just one win adrift of the fifth-placed Mitiamo at five rounds to go.
The Mitiamo line-up was stung by Pyramid Hill’s second half fightback on the Superoos ground.
At half-time it was Mitiamo in front, 43-26, but the Bulldogs fired up to lead 57-52 at a quarter to go.
A five-goal haul and best on ground performance by Nathan Fitzpatrick was the catalyst to an 83-71 victory by Pyramid Hill.
Mitiamo’s leading goalkicker was Ryan Wellington on three.
Steve Gunther, Lachlan Carroll and Gavin James were instrumental in Pyramid Hill’s win.
Best for the Superoos were Luke Lougoon, Dylan Clohesy, Ash Benbow and Ryan Wellington.
Newbridge scored a 61-point win at Marong.
Rhys Ford kicked seven goals and Jordan Gilboy added six as the Maroons won 19.15 (129) to 10.8 (68).
Marong’s attack was led by Bryce Franzini on four.
Newbridge’s best were Zach Heaslip, Brendan Josey, Connor Toohey and Rhys Ford.
Franzini, Cameron Ross, Zach Turnbull and Ben Millar worked hard for the Panthers.
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles withstood a spirited challenge from Inglewood to win by 56 points.
The Blues played great football to be within 22 points at half-time of the clash at Inglewood.
Maiden Gully added 3.7 as it kept the Blues scoreless in the third quarter.
By the final siren the Eagles led 126 to 70.
Luke Gray kicked three goals for Maiden Gully YCW as 11 team-mates kicked at least one major.
Inglewood’s leading goalkicker was Shane Harris with four.
Natnael McLaren, Mitch Collins and Hamish McCartney were among Maiden Gully’s best.
Best for the Blues were Bailey Evans, Tate Mifka and Shane Harris.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine had the bye.
In next Saturday’s action, Maiden Gully YCW Eagles tackle Bridgewater at Marist College, and Newbridge faces Mitiamo at Riverside Park.
Pyramid Hill is at home to Inglewood at Mitchell Park, and Bears Lagoon Serpentine takes on Marong.
Calivil United has the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder:
Newbridge 36 points, 146 per cent; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 36, 134; Pyramid Hill 97, 32; Calivil United 28, 131; Mitiamo 24, 105; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 20, 124; Bridgewater 20, 110; Marong 62, 8; Inglewood 4, 46.