THE Bendigo Gold suffered a 79-point loss to country rival North Ballarat on Saturday.
The Gold were within 15 points early in the third quarter before North Ballarat kicked 12 of the final 14 goals of the match to win 21.16 (142) to 9.9 (63) at Eureka Stadium.
"We played some really good footy in the second quarter, but we weren't able to carry out what we needed to do against an opposition we knew plenty about,'' Gold coach Aussie Jones said.
"From the five minute of the third quarter onwards we just got dominated which was disappointing."
Young midfielder Jake Aarts was the shining light for the Gold.
The 19-year-old played his best game of the season.
"We didn't have many play with fight and spirit, but Jake's attack on the ball and man was as good as we've seen all year,'' Jones said.
"Jake is only jockey size but he raised the bar for us in that area."
Forward Matt Farrelly continue the good form he's shown in the past month, while midfielder Daniel Toman won plenty of the ball.
Jake Sketcher was solid across half back and Che Walls was dangerous across half-forward, kicking two goals.
Strathfieldsaye-listed forward Bryce Curnow kicked three goals for North Ballarat.
The Roosters have now won seven of their past nine games.
The Gold face another tough game next Sunday when they travel to Melbourne to play Williamstown.