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Mean boys but ...

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

BRIDGEWATER has convinced spectators they are genuine finals contenders after a comprenhensive 207-point victory on Saturday.

The Mean Mean machine had greater speed, strength and experience compared with cross-river rivals Inglewood in the Loddon Valley football clash.

They ran the ball well, created the loose man and space and achieved quick turnovers on occasions when the Blues popped up with glimpses of youthful optimism.

But ... and there were a few on Saturday for the Mean Machine to earn flag favouritism.

Joshua Martyn and Darren Clutton were among danger forwards for the home team, when the Blues challenged in defence.

In the second term - one of two 10-goal quarters for the Mean Machine - Inglewood also chimed in with two goals and their best period of play on the scoreboard.

More worrying for Bridgewater was an atrocious start to the last term. Players had talked during the final break huddle of coming home strongly and kicking 40 goals.

They peppered the Dunolly-end goals for more than 10 minutes to add just nine behinds to the scoreboard (one was rushed).

There was frenetic pressure as Inglewood’s defence refused to meekly capitulate, they just struggled all day to penetrate inside their forward 50.

The Mean Machine’s scoreboard breakthrough came from Martyn. He repeated the feat less than two minutes later, an encore of the excitement in opening minutes of the second term - he was not just kicking goals, he was creating opportunities up forward all day.

There’s no doubt Bridge-

water are just warming up for six months of solid football.

The Mean Machine are clearly in the upper echelon this season - there’re class. How much we’ll know for sure as they face Marong, Maiden Gully. Mitiamo and Pyramid Hill from May 15.


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