Marong dominates clash on Bridgewater’s turf
ANOTHER double-figure tally of goals by Marong star Brandyn Grenfell capped a big win for Marong at Bridgewater in Saturday’s 11th round of the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s senior footy season.
How to stop Grenfell was always going to be a huge challenge for Bridgewater.
The Mean Machine could not do so as Grenfell kicked 10 goals in a 117-36 victory.
Just as impressive was the Panthers’ defensive work to limit Bridgewater to a score of 5.6.
Best for the Linton Jacobs-coached Marong were Brandyn Grenfell, Ryley Taylor, Corbin Fleming, Jack McCaig, Justin Hynes and Nathan Devanny.
On a tough afternoon for the Rick Ladson-coached Bridgewater it was Callum Prest, Jacob Ellings, Harry Donegan, Jack Symons, Brayden Stepien and James Naughton who were best.
For the second time this season, Bears Lagoon Serpentine and Calivil United played out a thriller.
The round two clash ended in a four-point win for the Bears.
This time the Justin Laird-coached Bears won 88-85 at Calivil.
The BLS line-up led 15-7 at quarter-time and 35-34 at half-time.
Calivil United kept the heat on to be within two points going into the final quarter.
The play of Darcy Poulter, James Bailey, Zachary Stone, and key forward Andrew Gladman ensured the Bears would take the points.
At the final siren, BLS led 88-85.
Andrew Gladman kicked a match-high six goals as James Bailey and Josh Taig added two each.
The Demons’ attack was led by Jacob Greenwood and Phil Ryan on three apiece.
Best for the Bears included Josh Walsh and Jeremy Hancock.
Phil Ryan, Corey Pearse, Blair Richards, Michael Maxey, Ben Baker and Jake Lawry played well for the Demons.
Maiden Gully YCW marked its best performance of the season in a stunning 88-point win against Inglewood at Marist College Oval.
The Wayne Mitrovic-coached Eagles led 38-26 at quarter-time and then slammed on 8.1 to 2.1 in the second term.
Accuracy was superb as the Eagles went on to achieve a score of 25.6 (156) to 10.8 (68).
Jason Butty reigned supreme in the forward 50m arc as he kicked nine goals for the Eagles.
Brayden Aitken and coach Wayne Mitrovic added three apiece in a result that put a severe dent in the finals aspirations of the Inglewood line-up.
Leading goalkickers for the Blues were Charlie Ingham, three, and Charlie McGaw, two.
Best for the Eagles were Corey Walsh, Jessi Lampi, Jason Butty, mid-season recruit Damian Wust, Brayden Aitken and Joel Dwyer.
Charlie Ingham, Alex Lowe, Reuben Johnson, Thomas Kennedy, Campbell Love and Charlie Ingham worked hard for the Darrell Billett-coached Blues.
Mitiamo was too strong for Newbridge on the Superoos’ ground at John Forbes Oval.
The Superoos led 62-9 at half-time on the way to a 109-22 victory.
Tom Grant kicked four goals as Jay Reynolds, three; Daniel Mowat, Ross Turner and Ryan Wellington, two, capitalised on Mitiamo’s dominance in the on-ball and midfield duels.
Best for the Marcus McKern-coached Mitiamo were Daniel Mowat, Jay Reynolds, Jackson Falls, Tom Grant, Jarryd Wiegard and Ross Turner.
Caleb Argus, Jordan Anderson, Jack Clark, Caleb Sanders, Brandon Etherington and Ryan Burt played well for the Luke Freeman-coached Newbridge.
Pyramid Hill had the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder:
Marong 301 per cent, 36 points; Pyramid Hill 284, 36; Mitiamo 130, 28; Bridgewater 101, 20; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 82, 20; Inglewood 65, 12; Calivil United 70, 8; Maiden Gully YCW 55, 8; Newbridge 46, 8.
81 Brandyn Grenfell, Mar.
33 Josh Martyn, B’water.
31 Jason Butty, MGYCW.
30 Bailey George, PH.
26 Jacob Greenwood, CU.
25 Andrew Gladman, BLS.
23 Andy Collins, B’water.
22 Braidy Dickens, PH.
21 Justin Laird, BLS; Jay Reynolds, Miti.
18 Chris Dixon, New.
17 Ryley Taylor, Mar.
16 Ryan Wellington, Miti.
Highlight of next Saturday’s 12th round will be Marong against Mitiamo at Malone Park.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine take on Pyramid Hill at Gadsden Finance Serpentine Reserve.
Inglewood and Bridgewater clash at Inglewood’s Dissy Machinery Oval.
Newbridge meets Maiden Gully YCW on the Maroons’ turf at Holloway Air Riverside Oval.
Calivil United has the bye.
Written by Nathan Dole.