Loddon Valley Football Netball League grand final 2016 | Live coverage, photos, video, teams, results

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Good luck to all teams playing in today’s Loddon Valley Football Netball League grand final!

We’ll be bringing you all the colour and action from Pyramid Hill’s Mitchell Park, so keep an eye on our Bendigo Addy Sport and Bendigo Advertiser Facebook pages for live video streams and this page for our live blog from lunchtime. Scroll down for our live coverage from Twitter.

Our photographers and sports team are also at the ground today, so make sure you say hello.

Weather-wise, Pyramid Hill is headed for a top of 17 degrees with a partly cloudy day. There is a slight chance of showers, so pack an umbrella.



Senior premiers for a seventh-straight season - Bridgewater.

Senior premiers for a seventh-straight season - Bridgewater.

5.22pm: That’s it for today’s live blog. Stay tuned for a complete wrap-up of the day’s action, including photo galleries and reports.

5.07pm: Bridgewater’s Zeb Broadbent adds the best on ground medal to his Harding Medal success.

Bridgewater post match celebrations.

4.57pm: Huge achievement by the Mean Machine. Far too good all over the ground for Mitiamo. Broadbent, Andy Collins, Alex Galea best for Bridgewater. Thomas a standout for Miti.

4.54pm: Final siren – Bridgewater creates history – 7 straight flags. 19.12 (126) to 10.16 (76).

4.51pm: Kyle Patten kicks a goal for Miti after a 50m penalty. 

4.47pm: Brad Rohde’s turn to get his 4th goal. 125-68. 20 mins into final term.

4.42pm: Alex Collins marks and goals from 45m out. He has 2 and the Mean Machine have 18. 119-68.

4.39pm: Mitiamo’s James Drake gets a consolation goal for the Superoos. 112-68.

VIDEO – Newbridge A-grade netball coach Carmen Shevlin.

4.34pm: Andy Collins putting his hand up for best on ground medal. He marks and goals. He has 4 sausage rolls. Bridgewater 17.10 (112) to Mitiamo 8.14 (62).

4.30pm: Mitch Sidebottom opens the scoring in the final term for Mitiamo. 105-61.

4.21pm: 3/4 time – Bridgewater 16.9 (105) to Mitiamo 7.13 (55).

4.20pm: Doug Thomas has been outstanding for Mitiamo. He kicks a brilliant goal for his 3rd. 105-55. 30 mins gone in 3rd.

4.18pm: 2 more goals to Bridgewater – 16.9 (105) to 6.13 (49). It’s a landslide.

4.16pm: The drought is over – Newbridge wins its first A-grade premiership since 1968. Outstanding season by the Maroons. 39-33 the final score.

4.14pm: Alex Galea with another super snap. He has 4 goals. Party time for the Mean Machine. 93-49.

4.13pm: Mitiamo back within 4 goals in A-grade netball. Pressure on Newbridge.

4.12pm: Andy Collins has 3 goals and that’s the sealer.  Margin beyond six goals for the first time. 87-49.

4.06pm: Bridgewater full-forward Alex Collins has been well held all day. He grabs his first mark and kicks a goal. Bridgewater 12.8 (80) to Miti 6.12 (48).

4.04pm: Doug Thomas trying his heart out for Miti. He kicks another long bomb. 74-48 Bridgewater in front.

VIDEO – final quarter of A-grade netball.

4.03pm: Miti just can’t put any scoreboard pressure on. Brad Rohde bobs up with his 3rd goal for the Mean Machine. 32 points the lead to Bridgy.

4.01pm: Miti hang in there with a fine snap from Tom Grant. 26 points the margin.

3.58pm: First nail in the Mitiamo coffin. Alex Galea kicks his 3rd goal after marking 10m out. 68-34 – 9 mins into 3rd term.

3.57pm: Newbridge 33 leads Mitiamo 25 with one quarter to play in the A-grade netball.

3.55pm: Bridgy 62 lead Miti 34 – 6 mins into third quarter.

3.50pm: First score of the third quarter goes to Miti – a rushed behind. They move to 4.10 (34) – 26 points behind Bridgewater on 9.6 (60).

3.40pm: Half-time in A-grade netball. Newbridge holds a 24-18 lead over Mitiamo.

3.32pm: Half-time – Bridgewater 9.6 (60) lead Mitiamo 4.9 (33). Hard to see the Mean Machine being beaten from here. Too much depth and class for the Superoos to handle.

3.28pm: Zac East has two goals for the Mean Machine. Margin out to 27 points close to half-time.

VIDEO: Second quarter of the A-grade netball between Mitiamo and Newbridge.

3.24pm: Great pressure from the Mean Machine leads to another goal. 4 goals up the reigning champs. 23 mins gone in second term.

3.20pm: Big goal for Mitiamo from coach Justin Maddern. His first for the day after spending most of the game in midfield. Margin back to 17 points.

Early action pics from the A-grade netball.

Early action pics from the A-grade netball.

3.19pm: Quarter-time in the A-grade netball – Newbridge leads Mitiamo 14-7. Maroons on track for first A-grade netball flag since 1968.

3.18pm: Brad Rohde adds his second after a great pass from Andy Collins. Bridgewater by 23 points. Ominous signs.

3.14pm: Bridgewater replies through Andy Collins. He has 2 this quarter. 41-24.

3.12pm: Doug Thomas with a much-needed goal for the Superoos. Long bomb from the star midfielder. Bridgewater leads by 11 points. 

3.10pm: Newbridge off to a flyer in A-grade netball. Maroons lead Mitiamo 6-2 in first term.

3.09pm: Class starting to take over – Andy Collins with a brilliant snap. His first goal. Bridgewater out by 17 points.

3.06pm: Rick Ladson should have kicked his first goal, but he misses a set shot. Let-off for Miti. Mean Machine by 11 points.

3.04pm: Bridgewater’s first foray forward is a beautiful set shot goal from Brad Rohde. Didn’t look like missing from 50m out. Mean Machine up 28-18.

3.02pm: Mitiamo all the play early in second quarter, but no goals. Bridgewater up 22-18.

2.52pm: Quarter-time in senior footy – Bridgewater 3.4 (22) to Mitiamo 2.5 (17). Good contest so far, but Bridgy look more dangerous forward of centre. It will be interesting to see how long Miti leaves Justin Maddern in the midfield.

Watch the final quarter of Bridgewater’s thrilling two-goal win in the B-grade netball.

2.48pm: Two goals in a couple of minutes to Alex Galea. Bridgewater back in front 21-16.

2.46pm: Alex Galea goals for Bridgewater with a soccer goal in the square. Miti up 16-15. Against the run of play that one.

2.45pm: Bridgewater has won the B-grade netball premiership. That’s two netball premierships for the Mean Machine today.

2.43pm: Crucial miss by Mitiamo’s Mick I’Anson. Set shot – should have kicked it. Superoos by  one goal.

2.42pm: Mitiamo back in front after Dylan Clohesy nails a set shot. Superoos up 14-9, 18 mins into first term.

2.37pm: Bridgewater leads 9-7, 13 mins into first term. Mean Machine starting to get rolling through the middle of the ground.

2.34pm: Quick reply to the Mean Machine. Zac East kicks a long goal. Scores level.

2.33pm: Mitiamo scores first goal of the game through Andy Grant. Encouraging start for the Superoos. 1.1 (7) to 0.1 (1). 9 mins gone.

2.31pm: Andy Collins levels the scores for Bridgy with a behind.

2.29pm: First score of the grand final goes to Mitiamo. A point to Sidebottom.

2.28pm: No scores early in grand final. Scrappy start.

2.26pm: First big move of grand final – Mitiamo coach Justin Maddern starts in the centre rather than full-forward.

2.25pm: Bridgewater out to a 3-goal lead at ¾ time of B-grade netball grand final against Calivil.

2.25pm: Here we go – first bounce of the LVFNL senior grand final. Can Mitiamo give the Mean Machine a scare or will Bridgewater cruise to a seventh-straight flag?

2.20pm: Senior teams lining up for national anthem.

Watch the post match celebrations for Bridgewater reserves.

Reserves footy premiers - Bridgewater.

Reserves footy premiers - Bridgewater.

2.05pm: Calivil United holds a slender 22-21 lead over Bridgewater at half-time of the B-grade netball grand final.

Watch the final minutes of the reserves footy grand final.

2pm: Final siren – Bridgewater wins reserves footy 14.16 (100) to Newbridge 4.1 (25). Back-to-back flags for the Mean Machine.

C-grade premiers - Bridgewater.

C-grade premiers - Bridgewater.

Congratulations to C-grade netball premiers – Bridgewater.

1.56pm: 15 mins into final term of reserves footy – Bridgewater 100 leads Newbridge 19.

1.48pm: Bridgewater leads Newbridge 91-19 in the reserves footy grand final.

17and-under netball premiers - Inglewood.

17and-under netball premiers - Inglewood.

Congratulations to Inglewood 17-and-under netballers.

1.30pm: Inglewood coach Vicky Tierney after her side won the 17-and-under netball grand final.

Watch the final minutes of the 17-and-under netball grand final.

1.15pm: Inglewood wins the 17-and-under netball grand final. 37-25 the scoreline over BL-Serpentine.

1.05pm: Bridgewater on track for two early premierships. The Mean Machine’s C-grade netball team leads Calivil United 34-25 at ¾ time of the grand final. The reserves footy is all one-way traffic. At half-time the Mean Machine leads Newbridge 42-1. Hopefully, the senior footy is not so lopsided.

12.50pm: Close game in the C-grade netball grand final.

12.30pm: Some netball action from the 17-and-under and C-grade grand finals.

12.30pm: As Daniel points out above – it’s been a big 24 hours for teams wearing the Cats colours. Could it be an omen for Strathfieldsaye in the BFNL tomorrow?

12.10pm: Hi folks – welcome to LVFNL grand final day at Pyramid Hill. Stay with us for all the action from a big day of footy and netball action.

We’ve had three premierships decided already with YCW winning the under-18 footy by two points in a thriller over Inglewood, Calivil United won the 15-and-under netball and Mitiamo took out the C-reserve netball. 

YCW celebrates its under-18 footy success.

Mitiamo won the C-reserve netball premiership.

Calivil United won the 15-and-under netball.