Dogs mow down Panthers

ON THE BURST: Balraj Singh kicked one goal for Pyramid Hill against Marong on Saturday.

ON THE BURST: Balraj Singh kicked one goal for Pyramid Hill against Marong on Saturday.

PYRAMID Hill overcame a three quarter-time deficit to defeat Marong by 14 points in Saturday's Loddon Valley Football League match of the round.

Both teams had gone into the round four meeting at Marong Links Oval with unblemished records, but it was the Bulldogs who triumphed with their 14.20 (104) to 14.8 (92) victory.

Marong, which had entered the game on top of the ladder, had led at each of the first three breaks - by three points at quarter-time, 13 at half-time and 10 at the final change.

However, the Bulldogs finished full of run, kicking five goals to two in the final term of what was their first game for 21 days.

"We haven't strung together four consistent quarters of footy yet, but we're still winning games, so we'll take that at this stage of the season," Pyramid Hill coach Paul Grayling said.

"Marong had some chances early today where they could have put us away, but we were able to hang in and get the win, which was a good result because they are a very handy side."

Grayling's strong form continued for the Bulldogs, with his five goals taking him to 17 for the season and has him sitting at the top of the LVFL goalkicking.

Grayling was the Bulldogs' best player, with others to impress including talented youngster Liam Bartels, former coach Leigh Davies, Linc Withers and Sam Kennedy (two goals).

Josh McKee and Brett Rogers kicked three goals each for the Panthers, who were best served by key onball recruit Craig Morris, Tom Kirby, Nathan Devanny and Richard Tibbett.

• A big reunion home crowd celebrating two premierships helped lift Calivil United to a 32-point win over Mitiamo.

In another game where the winner had trailed at three quarter-time, the Demons turned a three-point deficit at the last change into an 18.13 (121) to 13.11 (89) victory as they squared their ledger at 2-2.

"I was rapt with effort of the boys today... it was a great win," Calivil United coach Andrew Freemantle said.

"It was a four-quarter effort by the boys and I couldn't be more prouder of them to bounce back after last week (48-point loss to YCW)."

The Demons - celebrating their 1964 and 2004 premierships - slammed on 6.6 to 1.1 in the final term.

Calivil United's strong final quarter followed the Superoos gaining the upper hand during the third term when they kicked six goals to three after trailing by 17 points at half-time.

Jay McDonald was a standout up forward for the Demons with five goals to be his side's best  player.

Brad Masson off half-back, centre half-forward Alex Davis (two goals) and Jacob Grieves were also influential for the Demons.

Mitiamo's off-season recruiting spree is yet to yield any results, with the Superoos now 0-3 and their next three games against Bears Lagoon-Serpentine, Bridgewater and Newbridge.

Saturday was the second time in their three games the Superoos have given up a three quarter-time lead, having also been in front of Pyramid Hill by three points at the final change in round two before losing by 17.

Full-forward Michael Spooner bagged six goals for the Superoos, whose best included James Drake, Aaron McKean, Thomas Eade and Matthew Perri.

• Bridgewater held Inglewood to four goals in its 103-point victory at Laser Plumbing Bendigo Oval.

The Mean Machine took over top spot on the ladder with their 19.18 (132) to 4.5 (29) win against the Blues, who Bridgewater coach Andrew Collins said were more competitive than the scoreline suggests.

"Inglewood applied a lot of pressure and made it tough for us... we struggled to get any clean footy going forward," Collins said.

"Their ability to get back and clog up our forward line made it difficult at times, but we were obviously pleased to keep them to a low score and finish with 19 goals ourselves."

Bridgewater key forward Brad Rohde outscored Inglewood off his own boot, kicking six goals.

Thirteen Bridgewater players kicked goals.

Bridgewater's win was set up by performances from Callum Prest on the wing, Rohde, Marc Lindsay through the midfield and Tristin Nalder, who played his customary role in defence, but also had a stint at centre half-forward.

Nick Dower, Sam Williams, Josh Essex and Jayden Sheean played well for the Blues, who were unable to replicate their strong starts from previous weeks as they trailed by 23 points at quarter-time.

• Bears Lagoon-Serpentine is back on an even keel at 2-2 after its 43-point win over YCW at home.

The Bears led at every change in their 15.13 (103) to 8.12 (60) victory.

Brodie Leonard-Shannon and Joshua Martyn kicked four goals each for the Bears, whose best players included Shaun Bowles, Nick Arthur, Cody Gunn and Jye Sandiford.

Leighton Driscoll, Tim Wood (three goals), Shaun Dwyer and Nick Waterson (two goals) were the better players for the Eagles.

"Our effort and attack at the footy was good today, but we didn't play anywhere near our best footy," YCW coach Pat Jess said.

"We made too many errors at crucial stages of the game and in crucial areas on the ground and just turned the ball over too many times.

"When you do that against quality opposition you're not going to win many games."

YCW will be boosted by Collingwood premiership player Alan Didak for its home clash with Bridgewater this Saturday.

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