All clubs represented in LVFL finals

YCW’S Backhaus Oval promises to be a sea of colour this Saturday when all nine Loddon Valley Football-Netball League clubs are represented on preliminary final day.

Across the three football and six netball grades, at least one team from every LVFL club will be playing on Saturday.

“It’s obviously very exciting for the league to have every club still with at least one team playing in the finals,” LVFL president Colleen Rogers said yesterday.

“We’re really looking forward to a good day of football and netball on Saturday with all clubs participating.”

● This Saturday’s LVFL preliminary final teams:

Bears Lagoon-Serpentine – Netball: C-grade.

Bridgewater – Football: under-17s. 

Calivil United – Football: reserves. Netball: B-grade.

Inglewood – Netball: C-reserve.

Marong – Netball: 17-under.

Mitiamo – Netball: A-grade, B-grade. 

Newbridge – Football: seniors, reserves, under-17s. Netball: C-grade.

Pyramid Hill – Football: seniors. Netball: A-grade, C-reserve, 15-under.

YCW – Netball: 17-under, 15-under.

IN the Heathcote District Football League, it’s grand final day on Saturday at Huntly’s Hy-Line Australia Oval.

While the senior football clash between Lockington-Bamawm United and North Bendigo is the headline act, earlier in the day, the Cats’ under-17s have the opportunity to add another chapter to their remarkable dynasty.

The Cats are playing for their sixth under-17 premiership in a row when they take on Leitchville-Gunbower.

The Cats’ domination of the under-17 competition began in 2007 when they defeated Broadford by 18 points in the grand final.

They have since gone on to defeat Heathcote in 2008 (112 points), Elmore in 2009 (117), Huntly in 2010 (60) and White Hills last year (46).

Since their reign of supremacy began in 2007, the Cats have won 100 of 112 games, at one stage stringing together a 54-game winning streak. 

However, if the Cats do win on Saturday, they still have a bit of work to do to equal the phenomenal under-17 record of Broadford during the ’90s.

Broadford won nine-straight under-17 flags between 1990 and 1998, but a decade later couldn’t field a thirds side in 2008 in what was the club’s last year in the HDFL before moving to the Riddell District league. 

IN the senior game, North Bendigo will be striving for its first flag since 1977 – the year it defeated Northern United by 31 points in the Golden City Football League.

So long ago was that last flag, the only member of this weekend’s Bulldogs’ team who was born when North Bendigo won its last premiership was Robbie Bennett.

If you were to open a time capsule of when North Bendigo last won a senior premiership, here’s what you’d find:

● The No.1 song on the Australian charts was Carole Bayer Sager’s You’re Moving Out Today. The No.1 record on the Australian charts was Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees.

● A pack of Martins cigarettes cost 69 cents. A four-bedroom house in Bendigo could be brought for $52,000. A 26-inch colour TV cost $699.

● Movies playing at the Golden Drive-In at Strathdale included The Cassandra Crossing, Moving Violation and Welcome Home Soldier, while earlier in the year, the first Star Wars movie was released.

● Popular TV shows included The Sullivans, Willessee at Seven, The Young Doctors, and Little House on the Prairie.

● The Liberal Party’s Malcolm Fraser was the Australian Prime Minister, Rupert Hamer the premier of Victoria and Cr Dick Turner the mayor of Bendigo.

● The Bendigo Advertiser cost 10 cents for both the weekday and Saturday edition.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs won the 1977 GCFL premiership the day after the famous drawn VFL grand final between North Melbourne and Collingwood.

Bridgewater and Pyramid Hill are both represented on Saturday.

Bridgewater and Pyramid Hill are both represented on Saturday.


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