KICKING ON: Experienced defender Steve Turner was among YCW’s best in Saturday’s clash on Bears Lagoon-Serpentine’s turf. Picture: GLENN DANIELS THEY did not win, but the YCW Eagles made a dramatic improvement in Saturday’s third round of the Loddon Valley Football League season.
After a 25-goal drubbing from Bridgewater on Good Friday was followed by a bye, YCW took on last year’s runner-up on its turf at Serpentine.
Eagles’ coach Murray Collins said the team effort and skills improved dramatically.
“We had our chances to win, but some skill errors cost us,” Collins said.
YCW’s midfielders and on-ballers worked hard to win more stoppages and centre bounce clearances.
The Eagles led by three points at quarter-time and trailled by two at the long break.
Bears Lagoon-Serpentine kicked away to lead by three goals at three quarter-time.
Halfway through the last quarter and scores were level.
The Bears kicked a couple of goals, but the Eagles refused to give up.
YCW scored 6.1 in the last quarter, but the Bears added 5.2 to seal a 13-point victory.
The Bears’ attack was led by Daniel Christmas on seven goals.
Shaun Monohan starred through midfield and half-forward to be Bears Lagoon-Serpentine best as Brayden Scott, Josh Shaw and Shaun Bowles also played well in the 87-74 win.
A focus for the Eagles was to limit the play of Bears’ playmaker Nathan McNally.
“He still won a lot of possessions,” Collins said.
The YCW attack was led by Mathew Waterson on four goals.
Waterson’s brother, Nic starred in midfield to be YCW’s best player.
Collins was rapt with the play of defenders Steve Turner and Pat Jess.
“Steve was in the reserves last round, but he did a great job for us.
“Pat had a great first half, but was then hurt in a contest and did not go back on.”
Jake Concol, Mitchell Collins and Hayden Gillingham were among the best for the Eagles.
Mitiamo jumped into the five after the Superoos beat Newbridge by 23 points.
Recruited from Broadbeach, Korey Fulton starred for Mitiamo by kicking seven goals.
Superoos’ coach Denis Grinton said the team’s workrate was much higher than the previous two rounds.
“We used the footy a lot better and the intensity around the contest was a lot better.”
Grinton said Fulton was a strong target near goal.
Best on ground was Mitiamo’s James Drake.
“He played on a wing, went to centre half-forward and then centre half-back.
“He is a great all-rounder.”
Midfielder Douglas Thomas from Melton racked up many possessions.
Mitiamo legend Tim Wicks played across the half-back line and was among the best in the 92-69 victory.
Leading goalkicker for Newbridge was Austin Fithall on four.
Best for the Maroons were Dylan Burt, Fithall, Lachlan Ford and Jordan Gilboy.
It was the first time Mitiamo had won at Newbridge in Grinton’s coaching stint.
Struck by injury in the opening two rounds, Mitiamo may regain some players for this Sunday’s home game against Pyramid Hill.
The winless Newbridge plays the unbeaten Bridgewater in Sunday’s fourth round.
Many of Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club’s past players, officials and supporters were back at Mitchell Park for the 125th anniversary celebrations.
On the field the Bulldogs scored a 68-point win against Calivil United.
Despite plenty of attacks in the first half, Pyramid Hill led by just three goals after a wasteful 4.10 in the first hour.
The Bulldogs’ accuracy improved dramatically in the third quarter.
Pyramid Hill scored 7.2 to open up a seven goal lead at a quarter to goal.
“We made the most of our opportunities in the third quarter,” Pyramid Hill playing coach and key forward Paul Grayling said.
“It was a tight game in the first half, but our kicking for goal was not great.”
Sam Kennedy kicked a match-high five goals to be among Pyramid Hill’s best.
The Bulldogs again had a spread of goalickers.
“We have worked on having a few options kick goals, not just the forwards, but also on-ballers and midfielders,” Grayling said.
Best afield was on-ball player Jake Anderson.
Full-back Dylan Morison played well, as did Nick Dundon and Michael Callinan.
After starting the season with consecutive victories, Calivil United could not halt Pyramid Hill’s charge in the second half.
The only multiple goalkicker for the Demons was Glen Richardson on two.
Calivil United’s best were Chris Down, Jonas Somerville, Jay McDonald and Ben Haines.
The Demons are at home for next Sunday’s clash with Marong at 5 Star Stockfeeds Oval in Calivil.
Bridgewater’s winning run kept rolling on in emphatic fashion.
The Mean Machine scored a 160-point victory on Inglewood’s turf.
There were 13 goalkickers for the league power as Inglewood scored just two goals at Just Trees Central Victoria Oval.
Bridgewater coach Andrew Collins led the way on four goals as Josh Metherell, Daniel Connors and Harry Symons all chipped in with three each.
“Inglewood is always very competitive, especially around the ball,” Collins said.
“We were able to control a lot of the play and be in our third of the ground for a lot of the match.”
Zeb Broadbent was best afield.
“He won plenty of the ball and always runs hard both ways,” Collins said.
Bridgewater’s best included Collins, wingman Callum Prest, Harry Symons and Deon Jones.
Best for Inglewood were David Rose, Jack Crapper and Tynan Hywood.
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