BENDIGO FNL - round five
2012 - Golden Square 12.11 (83) lt Sandhurst 12.16 (88)
The Dragons defeated the Bulldogs for the first time in five years on the back of a thrilling five-point win at Wade Street.
Kicking with the wind in the final term, Sandhurst looked to have the game in its keeping when it raced out to a 19-point lead at the 10-minute mark.
But the reigning premier Bulldogs, who were without a number of stars, stormed home on the back of some Grant Weeks brilliance.
The Square star played a lone-hand in attack all day and his four last-quarter goals put his side within five points with one minute remaining.
The Dragons won the crucial centre-break and kept the ball inside their forward 50 until the final siren sounded.
Weeks did his best to get Golden Square over the line, taking 11 marks and kicking 9.3 out of Square's 12.11.
"Most clubs will come here and not get the four points, so we're one win ahead of most clubs," Sandhurst coach Tony Graham said after the win.
"Golden Square is still Golden Square. We love to beat them and for most of these guys it's the first time they've beaten Square in senior footy.
Golden Square coach Mark Lloyd was left to lament what could have been.
"No excuses for us. It doesn't matter who we had out... we missed opportunities that could have put more scoreboard pressure on Sandhurst," Lloyd said.
"It was a great contest and Sandhurst got over the line, so full credit to them.
"It's disappointing for us because we had the chance to put a gap between us and Sandhurst on the ladder."
Golden Square's Travis Baird was reported in the dying seconds of the first half for striking Sandhurst's Joel Wharton.
Sandhurst ........................0.0 4.6 8.9 12.16 (88)
Golden Square .................2.4 5.7 8.10 12.11 (83)
GOALS - Sandhurst: T. McCarthy 4, L. McCarthy 2, M. Thornton, B. Holmes, L. Coghlan, M. Dole, R. Symes,
J. Wharton. Golden Square: G. Weeks 9, A. Baird 2, M. Lloyd.
BEST - Sandhurst: S. McGee, T. McCarthy, B. Holmes, J. Wharton, M. Dole, M. Thornton. Golden Square: G. Weeks, H. Morcom, T. Baird, D. Lowry, A. Baird, J. McLean.
HEATHCOTE DFNL - round six
2011 - Elmore 12.22 (94) lt White Hills 15.7 (97)
White Hills caused a major upset when it defeated a wayward Elmore in a three-point thriller.
The Bloods had 17 inside 50s to five and 11 scoring shots to three in the last quarter and got out to a 10-point lead, before the Demons kicked the last two goals of the game to claim a scalp.
The match-winning goal was kicked by the Demons' Ryan McNish, who finished with four goals.
Best players for the Demons were Matt Lehane (three goals), who played a mix of forward and ruck, David Wright through the midfield, defender Ben Toy and captain Eddie Dickens - who suffered a hamstring injury late in the game - on a wing.
The Bloods were best served by experienced trio Julian Lake, Danny Childs and Jared Keely.
White Hills ............6.2 9.4 13.6 15.7 (97)
Elmore ...................1.7 7.9 10.13 12.22 (94)
GOALS - White Hills: R. McNish 4, R. Frawley, M. Lehane 3, N. Parker 2, C. Bravo, B. Kline, E. Dickins. Elmore:
D. Bateman, B. Westley 3, T. Summerhayes, W. Longford 2, P. Lobb, J. Lake.
BEST - White Hills: M. Lehane, D. Wright, B. Toy,
E. Dickins, J. Williams, R. McNish. Elmore: J. Lake, D. Childs, J. Keely, A. Williams, W. Longford, J. Smythe.
LODDON VALLEY - round seven
2014 - BL-Serpentine 13.13 (91) d Marong 13.10 (88)
The Bears came from 11 points down at three quartertime to defeat Marong by three points.
The game looked to be slipping from the Bears during the last term, but they kicked the final three goals of the match - including two to Brodie Leonard-Shannon after he was switched forward - to win a crucial clash between two top-five teams.
On-baller Nathan McNally, ruckman James Orr, Leonard-Shannon (two goals) and Tim O'Hare led the better players for the Bears, who the previous round lost to Pyramid Hill by five points.
Josh Martyn and James North kicked three goals each as the Bears improved to 4-3.
In what was Marong's second loss of the season, Nathan Devanny (two goals), the experienced Lee Franklin, coach Corey Gregg and Kyle Manley were the best of the Panthers players.
BL-Serpentine ............1.5 7.10 7.10 13.13 (91)
Marong ........................2.3 4.6 9.9 13.10 (88)
GOALS - BL-Serpentine: J. Martyn, J. North 3, B. Leonard-Shannon 2, C. Gunn, J. Rippingale, J. Wilson, N. Arthur, M. Ring. Marong: N. Devanny, L. Bennett, J. McKee 2, B. Rogers, T. Kirby, B. Hender, D. Turcarelli, C. Gregg, C. Morris, K. Manley.
BEST - BL-Serpentine: N. McNally, J. Orr, B. Leonard-Shannon, T. O'Hare, B. Scott, Z. Stone. Marong: N. Devanny, L. Franklin, C. Gregg, K. Manley, A. Collins, C. Morris.
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