MITIAMO was too strong for Bridgewater in the clash of the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s unbeaten senior footy teams in Saturday’s 9th round.
The Superoos and Mean Machine clashed on Bridgewater’s turf at Bridgewater Bakehouse Oval.
A daunting task for the home team became more difficult as four key players were on the sidelines because of suspension.
The Mean Machine led 18-16 at quarter-time, but it was the Superoos who gained a two-goal buffer by the long break as they added 2.4 to just two points in the second term.
Led by the play of Lee Dale, Matt Grant and co-coach Tyrone Downie, Mitiamo dominated most of the second half.
The Superoos scored 5.7 to 1.6 in the final hour to complete a 69-32 victory.
Tyrone Downie kicked a match-high three goals as Brent Downie and Doug Thomas added two each.
Bridgewater’s attack was led by Josh Martyn on two.
The Superoos’ best included Ross Turner, key defender Max Simpson and Luke Lougoon on a half-back flank.
Joseph Mayes, Tom Dowd, Mychael Baker, Luke Harrison, Jake Rusbridge and Andy Collins were Bridgewater’s best.
The latest addition to Marong’s attack, Brandyn Grenfell dominated in the Panthers win against Newbridge at Discover Marong Park in Malone Park.
Grenfell kicked 12 goals in the 186-32 victory.
Cory Jacobs, four; Kain Robins, three; Dylan Cuttriss, Nathan Devanny and Adrian Pappin, two, all capitalised on Marong’s dominance through midfield and on-ball.
Newbridge’s leading goalkicker was James Oliver on two.
It was a best on ground performance by Grenfell in his second match for the club as Aron Morrish, Robins, Richard Tibbett, Pappin and Cory Jacobs also starred.
Newbridge’s best were Thomas Hobson, Harry Whittle, Logan Dixon, Ryan Burt, Cory Van Aken and James Oliver.
The Maiden Gully YCW Eagles soared to a 177-point win against Inglewood at Marist College Oval.
The Eagles scored seven goals in the first term and then four, eight and seven in a 26.22 (178) to 0.1 (1) result.
Luke and Matt Gray kicked five goals apiece as Chris Howgate, four; and Sam Barnes, three, were on target.
Tom and Tori Ferguson were best for the Eagles, along with Matt and Luke Gray, Hamish McCartney and Sam Barnes.
On another tough afternoon for the Blues, Matt Rowe, Cody Stobaus, Daniel Lloyd, Luke Matheson and Cameron Martin were best.
A seven-goal blitz in the first quarter set up Pyramid Hill’s victory against Bears Lagoon Serpentine at Mitchell Park.
The Bulldogs slammed on 7.1 to 1.3 in the opening term.
Defences dominated the second as Pyramid Hill added 2.5 and the Bears scored three points.
Braidy Dickens went on to kick a match-high four goals as the Bulldogs won 14.10 (94) to 6.13 (49).
Matt Klein-Breteler, Scott Mann and Billy Micevski added two goals each for Pyramid Hill.
The Bears’ attack was led by James Rippingale on four goals.
Pyramid Hill’s best were Brad Ladson, Mann, Gavin James, Micevski, Micheal Bateman and Bailey George.
James Bailey, Andy Gladman, Darcy Poulter, Justin Laird and Jesse Evans were best for the Bears.
Calivil United had the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder:
Mitiamo 295 per cent, 32 points; Bridgewater 233, 28; Marong 251, 24; Pyramid Hill 202, 20; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 93, 16; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 115, 12; Newbridge 50, 8; Calivil United 30, 4; Inglewood 12, 0.
The race for the goalkicking award is led by Pyramid Hill’s Braidy Dickens on 40 from Marong’s Kain Robins, 38; and Bridgewater’s Josh Martyn on 34.
Next best are Pyramid Hill’s Bailey George, 26; Mitiamo’s Tyrone Downie, 24; and Bridgewater’s Alex Powell, 23.
A tally of 22 goals in just two games has Marong’s Brandyn Grenfell in seventh place.
In next Saturday’s 10th round, Marong tackles Maiden Gully YCW Eagles at Discover Marong Park in Malone Park.
Calivil United plays Pyramid Hill at 5 Star Stockfeeds Oval in Calivil.
Inglewood faces Bridgewater at Dissy Machinery Oval in Inglewood.
Newbridge takes on Mitiamo at Simonds Homes Riverside Oval in Newbridge.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine has the bye.
Written by Nathan Dole.