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THREE crucial matches will be played when the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley FNL enters round 13 of senior football this Saturday.

Marong will be looking to recover from defeat for the first time in 43 games after their remarkable winning streak ended last Saturday at Pyramid Hill’s Mitchell Park.

Chasing a championship hat-trick, Marong heads to Gadsden Finance Serpentine Reserve this Saturday.

In the fourth round, Marong, coached by Linton Jacobs, beat the Bears by 38 points.

With a record of nine to two, the Bears, coached by Jake Wilkinson, are in third place.

BLS won its last game at the Riverside Oval in Newbridge by 101 points.

Another big battle takes place in Bridgewater, where the Mean Machine faces Pyramid Hill.

A decisive game between the second and the fourth.

Rick Ladson-coached Bridgewater, with speedy striker and assistant coach Lachlan Sharp, reached the century mark when he scored nine goals in the win at Inglewood last Saturday.

After the 53-point loss at Pyramid Hill in the fourth round, Bridgewater will be desperate to take the points at home.

The task will not be easy, as the Bulldogs, coached by Nathan Fitzpatrick, fought their way to a 71-66 victory against Marong.

Newbridge and Inglewood have each secured 12 championship points and are battling for fifth place and a place in the final.

Newbridge start Saturday’s home game at Walker’s Doughnuts Riverside Oval in fifth place.

The Maroons are seven percent ahead of the Blues.

Inglewood, coached by Fergus Payne, beat an Inglewood team co-coached by Sam Gale and Daniel Smith by 25 points in the fourth round.

Mitiamo will look to end their winless streak when they host Calivil United at John Forbes Oval.

The Demons, coached by Anthony Dennis, won the previous meeting with the Superoos, coached by Jon Varcoe, by 26 points.

Maiden Gully YCW has a bye.