LODDON Valley was the only one of five central Victorian leagues to win on AFL Victoria’s community footy championships weekend. The LVFL, listed down the bottom of the statewide rankings at 32, downed Golden Rivers (31) by 44 points at the QEO.
Ranked 10 overall, Bendigo kicked a couple of late goals in the Warrnambool clash, but still fell short of Hampden’s total by nine points. Heathcote District FL (No. 20) lost to the Geelong District FL (19) at North Geelong while North Central (No. 22), even though playing at home in Boort, went down to the Southern FL (21) also by nine points.
At Garfield, east of Melbourne, the 25th ranked Maryborough-Castlemaine DFL lost to home side West Gippsland (26): 5.10 to 11.18.
AFTER a two-year hiatus from the championships Loddon Valley registered their first inter-league win since 2011. A four-goal burst in 14 minutes at the start of the second quarter broke the game open as forward Andrew Gladman marked everything which came his way. He booted two goals in two minutes with Golden Rivers unable to post their first major until the 23-minute mark of the second stanza. But then three Rivers’ goals in five minutes cut the deficit to 14 points late in the second term. Loddon Valley sealed the win with a four-goal third quarter burst with the breeze while restricting the Rivers to just five points. Gladman and Luke Gray slotted three goals each for the Valley with Liam Jacques and James Rippingale adding a pair each. Kallen Heslop was Golden Rivers’ only multiple goalkicker. He nailed four and was in the visitors’ best along with Thomas Isma and Ben Booth. Gladman was best afield with Nick Waterson, Matthew Magee and Nicholas Arthur other LVFL important players .
BENDIGO will drop out of the AFL Victoria community championships Top Ten following a nine-point loss to Hampden (9th) in Warrnambool. The Blue and Golds led by 17 points at the first change but were worn down by their bigger-bodied Green and White opponents. Departing Bendigo coach Brett Fitzpatrick said his side had used the breeze well in the first term but “coughed it up far too often” in the third. “We missed shots plus we roosted it out of bounds on the full at least twice.” Bendigo added just 2.7 in the second term. They did lead by three points at the last change but the Hampden side (number nine in the state) kicked the opening three goals of the final term to ice the game. The hosts burst away to a 21-point advantage before the Blue and Golds slotted the concluding two majors of the day to slash the final margin to nine points. Golden Square duo Adam Baird (AFL Victoria medal) and Jack Geary (Derrick Filo medal) were Bendigo’s best two.
HEATHCOTE led at quarter-time by a goal over Geelong District and then trailed by seven points at the last change. It was goal-for-goal at the North Geelong oval in the last term but the hosts had piled on 27 scoring shots in total to Heathcote’s 18 by the final siren. Jak Kennedy Hunt booted five goals for the home side while Jarrod Bacon was Heathcote’s leading contributor with three. Aaryn Craig was Heathcote’s best player with coach Nick Carter also reserving special praise for 19-year-old Logan Prout. It was a close contest up at Boort with the Southern Footy League holding handy advantages at each quarter break. Thirteen points lay in the visitors’ favour at half-time as North Central battled to stay in touch. And even though they nailed four goals to two in the last quarter North Central couldn’t get any closer than nine points. Billy McInnes (4) and Corey Gregg (3) were North Central’s main goalkickers while Josh Fox nailed five for Southern. West Gippsland posted a convincing seven-goal victory over Maryborough-Castlemaine at Garfield with the visitors managing just two goals by half-time.
West Gippy went further ahead with four majors to two from Maryborough-Castlemaine in the third term to eventually run out big winners by 44 points. Zak Vernon, Todd Beck and Michael Marotta all booted a pair of majors for West Gippy. Haydn Slater was the MCDFL’s only multiple goalkicker with two.
Final scores: Hampden 11.16 (82) def. Bendigo 10.13 (73), Geelong DFL 10.17 (77) def. Heathcote DFL 10.8 (68), Southern FL 13.6 (84) def. North Central 12.3 (75), West Gippsland 11.18 (84) def. Maryborough-Castlemaine 5.10 (40) and Loddon Valley 14.13 (97) def. Golden Rivers 7.11 (53).
Netball results: Heathcote 43 def. Geelong District 37, Loddon Valley 42 def. Golden Rivers 34,
This week Bendigo Footy League, Rd. 6 (all Saturday): Strathfieldsaye v Castlemaine, Kangaroo Flat v Golden Square, Eaglehawk v South Bendigo, Gisborne v Maryborough, Kyneton v Sandhurst.