MITIAMO was under the pump from a spirited Bears Lagoon Serpentine in the second half of their 10th round senior footy clash in the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League on Saturday.
The Superoos raced to a 74-40 lead by half-time on the Bears’ turf at Gadsden Finance Serpentine Reserve.
In the third quarter it was the Justin Laird-coached Bears who clawed their way back into the contest as they scored 5.1 to 1.1 to be within 10 points going into the final term.
The experience of Ross Turner and Lee Dale played a key part as the Marcus McKern-coached Mitiamo fought for an 89-82 victory.
Another of Mitiamo’s most experienced players, Lucas Matthews kicked a match-high four goals as Dale added three.
A joint winner of the Michelsen Medal in 2001 when playing for Eaglehawk in the Bendigo FNL, Matthews is still going strong.
Former Richmond and Port Adelaide player Matthew White marked a one-off game for the Superoos by kicking two goals.
The Bears’ attack was led by Andy Gladman and Josh Taig on three.
Mitiamo’s best included Troy Rogers, Lachlan and Nathan Twigg, and Ryan Wellington.
Anthony Lewin, Andy Gladman, Josh Taig, Josh Walsh, Charlie and Harrison Gadsden played well for the Bears.
Eight goals by the classy Jacob Greenwood earned best afield honours in Calivil United’s win at Inglewood’s Dissy Machinery Oval.
The Darrell Billett-coached Blues stunned the Demons at Calivil in the season’s opening round, but not this time.
Calivil United led 29-9 at quarter-time and 49-42 by the main break.
At the end of an even third term it was the Demons in front, 70-68.
The Jack Daley-coached Demons slammed on 5.5 to 1.2 in the last to complete a 105-76 victory.
Leading goalkickers for Inglewood were Reuben Johnson and Jack Nevins on two.
The Demons’ best were Jacob Greenwood, Ben Daley, Phil Ryan, Mitch Avard, Alex Daniels and Lachlan McAllister.
Charlie Ingham, Alex Lowe, Thomas Kennedy, Nathan Angelino, Cody Wright and James Woods played well for the Blues.
The unbeaten Pyramid Hill was too strong for Bridgewater in the Bulldogs’ kennel at Mitchell Park.
The Dogs charged to a 31-6 lead at quarter-time and added 3.3 to 2.0 in the second.
Bridgewater faced a 51-point deficit at three quarter-time, but worked hard to win the last term, 18-2, as the Bulldogs won 87-52.
A list of 10 goalkickers for the Nathan Fitzpatrick-coached Pyramid Hill was led by Braidy Dickens, Steven Gunther and Billy Micevski on two.
Bridgewater’s attack was led by Josh Martyn, three; Harry Donegan and Callum Prest, two.
Best for the Bulldogs were Billy Micevski, Gavin James, Brad Ladson, Dylan Morison, Sebastian Relouw and Steven Gunther.
Harry Donegan, Callum Prest, Tyler Estrada, Josh Martyn and Harry Symons played well for the Rick Ladson-coached Mean Machine.
Marong’s gun forward Brandyn Grenfell kicked 13 goals as the Panthers powered to a 174-29 victory against Maiden Gully YCW at Malone Park.
The Panthers led 105-13 at half-time after eight goals in the first term was matched in the second.
Brandyn Grenfell’s season tally now stands at 71 after a match in which Lachlan Frankel, Jimmy Gadsden, Jack McCaig, Kain Robins and Ryley Taylor kicked two goals each for Marong.
Eagles’ coach Wayne Mitrovic kicked two goals.
Best for the Linton Jacobs-coached Marong were ruckman Justin Hynes, Grenfell, Jimmy Gadsden, Taylor, Corey Gregg and Jack McCaig.
Nathan Murley, new recruit Damian Wust, Grayson Brown, Steve Turner, Clinton Angove, and the returning Brayden Aitken were Maiden Gully YCW’s best.
Newbridge had the bye.
Loddon Valley FNL senior footy ladder:
Pyramid Hill 284 per cent, 36 points; Marong 300, 32; Mitiamo 116, 24; Bridgewater 114, 20; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 80, 16; Inglewood 68, 12; Calivil United 67, 8; Newbridge 49, 8; Maiden Gully YCW 44, 4.
Highlight of next Saturday’s 11th round will be Bridgewater against Marong at Bridgewater.
Mitiamo plays Newbridge at John Forbes Oval in Mitiamo.
Calivil United is at Calivil to face Bears Lagoon Serpentine.
Maiden Gully YCW meets Inglewood at Marist College Bendigo.
Pyramid Hill has the bye.
71 Brandyn Grenfell, Mar.
33 Josh Martyn, B’water.
30 Bailey George, PH.
23 Jacob Greenwood, CU.
22 Jason Butty, MGYCW; Braidy Dickens, PH.
21 Justin Laird, BLS.
19 Andy Collins, B’water; Andrew Gladman, BLS.
18 Jay Reynolds, Miti.
17 Chris Dixon, New.
15 Ryley Taylor, Mar.
14 Ryan Wellington, Miti.; Harry Whittle, New.
13 Nathan Devanny, Mar.; Steven Gunther, PH; Rhonen Maher, BLS.
12 Mitch Cheesman, PH; Kyle Manley, Mar.; Billy Micevski, PH; Lloyd Needs, B’water; Sebastian Relouw, PH; Kain Robins, Mar.
To add Inglewood’s goals from round one at Calivil.
Written by Nathan Dole.