Bulls gain fi­nals edge over Saints

Albany Extra - - Sport | Extra -

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.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

The Bulls' Locke Row­land gath­ers the ball.

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