• Loddon Herald

Opening tussle

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

REIGNING premiers Mit-iamo took almost the full four quarters to shake off a determined Bears Lagoon-Serpentine in Saturday’s opening round.

The Loddon Valley league champions were inaccurate against the breeze in the first quarter registering just three behinds and struggled against Serp’s dogged defence.

The Superoos had chances early - Andrew Cussen missed a set shot on the siren at quarter time but went on to kick two majors for the game as did Ryan Wellington.

While Miti went to the final break a goal up thanks to Well-ington, Serp kept peppering the goal square most of the day

But the final quarter belonged to the champions, holding visitors to John Forbes Oval to just two behinds.

Mitiamo was troubled most by Serp’s defence, a solid line-up that will give other teams a few headaches in coming rounds.

Pyramid Hill had a goal feast against Inglewood with Braidy Dickens kicking a bag and fellow Dog Bailey George snaring nine.

The other bag of the round was kicked by Kain Robins in Marong’s match against Calivil.

Under first time senior coach Glen Scholtes, the Calivil boys ran out with 14 players making their senior club debut and 11 of the 22 aged 20 and under.

After the game, Calivil officials still saw reason to celebrate. “While the scoreboard wasn’t a pretty sight, the effort level of the boys was the big take-away for Calivil,” they told the Loddon Herald.

“Against a top side with a lot of seasoned, experienced footballers our young team fought the game out but ultimately were outclassed by a stronger side.’’

Back flanker Mitch A’vard took the players’ award, with the coach’s pick going to Jayden Manderson who at 6’ 1” rucked all day against much bigger opposition.

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