BENDIGO - ROUND 7
Sandhurst 10.6 (66) d Golden Square 8.17 (65)
A goal in the dying minutes to captain Blair Holmes cliched a come-from-behind one-point win for the Dragons in Matt Thornton's 200th game. A character-building win for the Dragons, who suffered further injury blows to Taylor Strachan (glute) and Tom Calvert (dislocated elbow). The Dragons and Square both now 5-2.
Strathfieldsaye 35.20 (230) d Castlemaine 1.2 (8)
Lachlan Sharp kicked 14.5 as the Storm demolished bottom side Castlemaine at Tannery Lane. The Magpies' only goal came via a fine soccer goal from midfieldfer Jake O'Brien midway through the second quarter.
Maryborough 13.18 (96) d Kyneton 8.10 (58)
After three-straight heavy losses, the Magpies returned to their best with a strong win over the Tigers. The victory was Maryborough's second for the season and lifted the club to seventh place on the ladder.
Gisborne 17.23 (125) d Eaglehawk 15.5 (95)
Star forward Pat McKenna kicked seven goals to lead Gisborne to a five-goal win over reigning premier Eaglehawk. It was the Borough's first home loss at Canterbury Park since round 17, 2016.
Related: Eaglehawk v Gisborne photo gallery
LODDON VALLEY - ROUND 8
Mitiamo 18.10 (118) d Bridgewater 9.9 (63)
Superoos' key forwards Tyrone Downie and Ryan Wellington kicked six goals each in the impressive 55-point win. Dougie Thomas was dominant in the middle of the ground for Mitiamo, while Harry Symons and Liam Jacques were best for the Mean Machine.
Pyramid Hill 13.19 (97) d Calivil United 10.5 (65)
Seven wins on the trot for the Bulldogs. The Demons were within seven points at half-time before the home side added 8.9 to 5.2 in the second half. Gavin James and Steve Gunther were the standouts for Pyramid Hill. Sam Demeo and Will Jeffs were best for Calivil United.
Maiden Gully YCW 23.12 (150) d Inglewood 13.8 (86)
A 10-goal haul to Brayden Aitken was the highlight of MGYCW's big win over Inglewood. The Eagles were challenged early, bu an eight-goal-to-two third term broke the game open.
BL-Serpentine 11.10 (76) d Newbridge 10.8 (68)
The Bears are starting to gain some momentum. The upset eight-point win over the reigning premiers was their best performance of the season. Josh Walsh and Brodie Leonard-Shannon were superb for the winners, while William Daly and Chris McLean were best for a Newbridge side that continues to struggle to string together four quarters of footy.
HEATHCOTE DISTRICT - ROUND 7
Colbinabbin 8.20 (68) d White Hills 9.12 (66)
The Grasshoppers overcame wayward kicking in front of goal to pip the Demons by two points in a low-scoring slog. The Demons kicked four goals to none in the first quarter, but the home side worked its way back into the game and was in front when it mattered most. Nick Knight and Hadleigh Sirett led the way for Colbo. MItch Dole kicked three goals for the Demons, while Jake Allport and Rhys Irwin played well.
North Bendigo 11.13 (79) d LBU 8.7 (55)
Brady Herdman returned from injury and kicked five goals as the Bulldogs inflicted the Cats second-straight defeat. Jordan Ford and Joel Helman were in great form for North Bendigo. The Cats were best served by Jeremy Mundie and Zeik Johnston.
Mount Pleasant 14.11 (95) d Heathcote 10.18 (78)
Mounts needed a six-goal final term to shake off a gallant Heathcote. The margin was only three points at the last change before the Blues' class took over down the stretch. Ben Weightman kicked six goals for Mounts and Zebb Murrell and Bryce Hinneberg played crucial roles in the win. Codie Price was once again best for the Saints ahead of Louis Piccolo.
Leitchville-Gunbower 26.10 (166) d Huntly 6.6 (42)
The Bombers gave the HDFNL a gentle reminder of their firepower with a 124-point thumping of Huntly. Jack Dye (seven), Logan Prout (six), Jake Vandongen (five), Daniel Coates (four) and Tyler Jones combined to kick 25 of their 26 goals. Phil Ryan was best for a disappointing Huntly side.
NORTH CENTRAL - ROUND 7
Charlton 10.16 (76) d Wedderburn 6.13 (49)
Five wins in a row for Charlton on the back of another strong defensive effort against the Redbacks. Aaron Walklate and Tom Finlay were the standouts for Charlton, while Jackson Guan and Jaran McKay were best for Wedderburn.
Birchip-Watchem 15.9 (99) d Donald 5.13 (43)
Donald stuck with the Bulls for a half, but it was one-way traffic after the main break with Birchip-Watchem kicking 9.4 to 1.9. Nathan Gordon and Stefan Pye were superb for the Bulls. Kyle Matthews and Matt Coleman played well for Donald.
Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers 14.19 (103) d St Arnaud 4.4 (28)
The Tigers continued their winning run with another emphatic victory. Matt Elliott and Wade Donnan won plenty of the ball for Sea Lake, while Harley Durward and Jacob Tillig were best for the Saints.
Wycheproof-Narraport 22.12 (144) d Boort 4.10 (34)
The Demons broke through for their first win of the season with a 110-point thumping of bottom side Boort.
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