Bulls gain finals edge over Saints
Mt Barker secured top spot and the minor premiership after a hard-fought 11-point win over the Saints in the penultimate round of the Southern Districts Junior Football Association under-15 competition last Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls led at every change in their clash at Collingwood Park in round 14 but had to survive a strong challenge from the Saints in the second half.
Trailing by 17 points at halftime, the Saints responded in the second half as they held the Bulls scoreless in the third and conceded only one goal in the last to trim the margin.
The Bulls hung on to finish winners, 6.4 (40) to 4.5 (29) to remain a game and percentage clear on top of the ladder.
The second-placed Saints will need a big win in the final home-and away round and rely on the Bulls losing to leapfrog them in top spot.
Earlier last week, the Bulldogs won a high-scoring affair against the Tigers, 13.4 (82) to 9.7 (61), to keep their top-two hopes alive.
The Bulldogs kicked six goals to nil in the first term to set up the 21-point victory on Thursday.
They sit in third spot on the ladder, separated from the Saints by only percentage.
On Friday at Tigerland the Swans came from seven points down at three-quarter-time to pinch a nine-point win over the Kangaroos.
The Swans trailed for most of the day before a two-goal final term got them across the line, 6.6 (42) to 4.9 (33). Meanwhile in the under-13 competition, Denmark-Walpole and Mt Barker will fight for fourth spot in the last qualifying round of the season after both sides lost in round 14.
The Magpies lost to the Bulldogs by 38 points and the Eagles got the better of the Bulls by 11 points, while the Swans and Crows were also winners. The Bulls and Magpies meet this Saturday, with the winner securing the last spot in the finals.
The Bulls' Jye Williss gets the ball out of the centre as the Saints' Carson Flower applies pressure.
Mt Barker’s Arthur Jones attempts to spoil the Saints' Carson Flower.
The Saints’ Louis Stratico clears.
The Bulls' Locke Rowland gathers the ball.