PYRAMID Hill faces an uphill task on the turf of the unbeaten Marong at Malone Park in Saturday’s fourth round of the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s senior footy season.
It’s first against second in the league’s match of the day.
The Marong Panthers showed they could be the team to beat for the premiership cup in a 15-point win on Mitiamo’s ground at John Forbes Oval.
Brandyn Grenfell lifted his season tally to 17 after three majors against the Superoos.
Other multiple goalkickers for Marong were David Johnstone and Ryley Taylor on two each.
There is plenty of skill in the Linton Jacobs-coached Panthers line-up.
Not only does Marong have the marking power of Grenfell, Adrian Pappin, Justin Hynes and Richard Tibbett, but also the run of Ben and Corey Gregg, Nathan Devanny and Jack McCaig.
Despite a lengthy break between its round one win at Bridgewater and last Saturday’s home game, Pyramid Hill was full of running.
The Nathan Fitzpatrick-coached Bulldogs won 101 to 52 at Mitchell Park as Braidy Dickens, Bailey George and Will Perryman kicked three goals apiece.
Pyramid Hill’s ability to win centre clearances and apply plenty of pressure will be crucial to an upset win on Marong’s turf.
Key players for the Bulldogs include Bailey George, Gavin James, Brad Ladson, Ryley Dickens, Steven Gunther and Billy Micevski.
Newbridge and Inglewood meet at Holloway Air Riverside Park in Newbridge.
Confidence in the Newbridge team will have lifted after a 62-52 win on Maiden Gully’s turf.
Harding medallist Harry Whittle kicked four goals in Newbridge’s victory as former South Bendigo team-mates Tyler McLeod and Mitch Hocking also starred.
Key players for the Luke Freeman-coached Maroons include Corey Van Aken in the ruck; Ryan Burt and Dylan Lloyd in defence; Patrick Andrews, Chris and Logan Dixon in attack.
The fourth-placed Inglewood will be desperate to chalk up win number three.
The Darrell Billett-coached Blues were stung by a 73-point loss at Bridgewater.
Cody Wright kicked three goals as Thomas Kennedy, Alex Lowe, Nathan Angelino and Charlie Ingham were Inglewood’s best.
The Blues will look to centreman Bregon Cotchett, full-forward Traiton Kendal, Jaxon Billett, Cody Stobaus and James Woods to have a major influence on this contest.
Calivil United takes on a Mitiamo line-up on the rebound from a rare defeat.
The Demons will want to keep the heat on at their ground, but the task will not be easy.
Key players for the Jack Daley-coached Calivil United include Jacob Greenwood, Ben Daley and Alex Daniels in attack; Brock Rogers on a wing; ruckman Corey Pearse; and the run of Jordan Lea and Phil Ryan from half-back.
Mitiamo’s best in the match against Marong were Luke Lougoon, Lucas Matthews, and onballers Ross Turner and Lee Dale.
Players to watch for the Marcus McKern-coached Superoos include Tom Grant, ruckman Michael I’Anson, Jack Vinnicombe at centre half-back, Jarryd Wiegard and Ryan Wellington.
Bears Lagoon-Serpentine faces Bridgewater at Gadsden Finance Serpentine Reserve.
The Bears went down by 49 points at Pyramid Hill as Bridgewater outplayed Inglewood.
The experienced Andrew Gladman kicked three goals for BLS against the Bulldogs as coach Justin Laird and Miggy Podosky chipped in with two each.
Josh Walsh is in great form off a half-back flank, while James Bailey, Charlie and Harrison Gadsden, Rhonen Maher, Ryan Prendergast and Beau Roy-Clements will all play key roles for the Bears.
Major dangers to BLS are Bridgewater stars Andy Collins and Josh Martyn who kicked five goals each against the Blues.
The Rick Ladson-coached Mean Machine is strengthened by the inclusion of multiple premiership winner Darren Clutton.
Jack Ozanne, Matthew Bourke and Jacob Ellings were best against the Blues and will be determined to play well again, as will Callum Prest, Lloyd Needs, Harry and Jack Symons, and Alex Pollock.
Maiden Gully YCW has the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder:
Marong 241 per cent, 12 points; Pyramid Hill 169, 8; Mitiamo 163, 8; Inglewood 106, 8; Bridgewater 90, 4; Newbridge 83, 4; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 57, 4; Calivil United 82, 0; Maiden Gully YCW 45, 0.
17 Brandyn Grenfell.
10 Kain Robins, Mar.
9 Jason Butty, MGYCW.
8 Andy Collins, B’water; Josh Martyn, B’water; Jay Reynolds, Miti.
7 Adrian Pappin, Mar.
6 Jason Butty, MGYCW; David Johnstone, Mar.; Traiton Kendal, I’wood; Harry Whittle, New.
5 Harrison Gadsden, BLS; Bailey George, PH; Jake Lawry, CU; Justin Laird, BLS; Alex Lowe, I’wood; Rhonen Maher, BLS; Lloyd Needs, B’water; Ryley Taylor, Mar.; Ryan Wellington, Miti.; Cody Wright, I’wood.
4 Braidy Dickens, PH; Jacob Greenwood, CU; Jake Lawry, CU; Nathan Murley, MGYCW; Ross Turner, Miti.
Details from Inglewood’s round one win at Calivil United to be added.
Written by Nathan Dole.