MARONG Panthers won a great contest against Pyramid Hill in Saturday’s fourth round of the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s senior footy action.
The Panthers led 78-75 when the match was abandoned at just over five minutes to play when a Pyramid Hill player was hurt and needed to be transported to hospital.
Marong faced a 13-point deficit going into the third quarter, but struck back brilliantly to score 5.3 to 1.6.
The Linton Jacobs-coached Panthers held an eight-point buffer at the start of the final term.
Pyramid Hill lifted to draw within three points, but it was Marong which claimed victory, 11.12 (78) to 11.9 (75).
Three of Marong’s gun recruits – Kain Robins, Simon Weekley and Corey Gregg led the attack.
Robins booted three goals for the Panthers as Gregg and Weekley chipped in with two apiece.
The in-form Braidy Dickens and Bailey George both booted three goals for Pyramid Hill.
Back at a club he previously coached, Corey Gregg was best afield for Marong as Cory Jacobs, Jacob Ede, Nathan Devanny, Jack McCaig and Adrian Pappin all played key roles.
Best for Pyramid Hill were Trent Barri, Dylan Morison, Matt Klein-Breteler, Scott Mann, Billy Micevski and Bailey Goodwin.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine marked its first victory of the season.
The Bears did not have all it their own way against Inglewood at Serpentine.
At quarter-time, BLS led 29-18, but then slammed on 5.5 to nil in the second term.
Inglewood hit back to win the third quarter, 26-18.
There was plenty of attacking by the Bears in the last as they added seven goals to complete an 18.21 (129) to 7.3 (45) victory.
James Rippingale kicked four goals for BLS as Jesse Evans chipped in with three.
The Blues’ attack was led by Josh Taig on four goals.
Best for Bears Lagoon Serpentine were Brodie Hawke, Tannar Cerrone, Andrew Gladman, Nathan Twigg and James Bailey.
Jasper McClelland, Tom Alexander, Cody Stobaus, Nathan Wallace, Josh Taig and Tynan Hywood played well for the Blues.
Eight goals by Ryan Wellington was a highlight of Mitiamo’s win against Calivil United at 5 Star Stockfeeds Oval in Calivil.
The Superoos again showed they have plenty of goalscoring power in a 31.19 (205) to 3.1 (19) result.
Among the list of Mitiamo’s goalkickers was Luke Lougoon, best known for his dash off half-back, with four goals.
Tim Brooks and Lee Dale also added four goals apiece for Mitiamo.
The Demons struck back from a goalless match the previous round to boot three as Tom Dargaville, Jake Lawry and Blake Pickles were on target.
Best for Mitiamo were Lachlan Woodward, Dale, Ben Bacon, Max Simpson, Lougoon and Wellington.
Calivil United’s best were Jordan Lea, Bailey Greenwood, Brady Childs, Tim Lloyd, Jake Lawry and Sam Green.
Two of Bridgewater’s key recruits, Josh Martyn and Andy Collins led the attack in an 18-goal win on Newbridge’s turf at Simonds Homes Riverside Park.
The Mean Machine led 70-20 at half-time and then powered away for a 21.18 (144) to 5.6 (36) victory.
The in-form Martyn booted four goals as Collins did so in his first match for the club this season.
Liam Jacques and Lloyd Needs chipped in with three each.
Sam Brynhildsen kicked two goals for Newbridge.
Bridgewater’s best were Peter Rothacker, Boden Alexander, Jacques, Alex Powell, Tom Dowd and Andy Collins.
Harry Whittle, Tom Hobson, Ryan Burt, Mitch Hocking, Ricky Cathie and Brynhildsen worked hard for the Maroons.
Standings in the LVFNL senior footy competition:
Mitiamo 519 per cent, 16 points; Bridgewater 394, 12; Pyramid Hill 347, 12; Marong 300, 12; Maiden Gully YCW Eagles 147, 8; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 99, 4; Newbridge 28, 0; Inglewood 13, 0; Calivil United 10, 0.
Match of the day in next Saturday’s fifth round will be at John Forbes Oval in Mitiamo where the Superoos take on Marong.
Pyramid Hill faces Maiden Gully YCW Eagles at Mitchell Park.
Newbridge and Bears Lagoon Serpentine clash on the Maroons’ turf at Simonds Homes Riverside Oval.
Bridgewater meets Calivil United at Laser Plumbing Bendigo Oval in Bridgewater.
Inglewood has the bye.
Written by Nathan Dole