Bull­dogs’ fight­ing spirit pre­vails

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The Bull­dogs re­cov­ered from a slow start to progress through to the South­ern Dis­tricts Ju­nior Foot­ball League un­der-15 pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, down­ing the Swans by 29 points at Tiger­land last Satur­day.

The Swans started well in the open­ing term and led by six points at quar­ter-time be­fore the Bull­dogs took con­trol of the elim­i­na­tion first semi­fi­nal.

Hold­ing their op­po­nents goal­less in the sec­ond half, the Bull­dogs did plenty of dam­age at the other end as they fin­ished com­fort­able win­ners, 7.5 (47) to 2.6 (18).

As a re­sult the Bull­dogs progress to this Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, end­ing the Swans’ sea­son in the process.

In the sec­ond semi­fi­nal, also played at Tiger­land last Satur­day, the Saints booked their place in the grand fi­nal with a hard-fought seven-point win over ri­vals Mt Barker.

A five-goal-to-two first half set up the Saints’ vic­tory but af­ter fin­ish­ing in the top two with a dou­ble chance, the Bulls get another shot in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. The Bulls won the sec­ond half af­ter kick­ing two goals but went down at the fi­nal siren, 4.8 (32) to 6.3 (39).

The Bull­dogs and Bulls will do bat­tle in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Tiger­land from noon on Satur­day.

In the un­der-13s com­pe­ti­tion, the Bulls were elim­i­nated from the premier­ship race af­ter go­ing down to Den­mark-Walpole by seven points in the first semi­fi­nal at St Joseph’s Col­lege last Satur­day.

With only three goals kicked for the match, the Mag­pies booted two of them to progress to pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal week 2.5 (17) to 1.4 (10).

In the sec­ond semi­fi­nal the Bull­dogs came from five points down at three-quar­ter-time to win through to a show­down against the Ea­gles.

The Saints had their noses in front at the last break af­ter kick­ing two goals in the third term but were over­pow­ered in the end, 5.5 (35) to 6.6 (42).

The Ea­gles and Saints now clash in this Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, while the other pre­lim­i­nary is be­tween the Bull­dogs and Mag­pies with the win­ners pro­gress­ing to the de­cider.

Both matches will also be played at Tiger­land.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Bull­dogs’ De­con Wynne gets clear of Swans’ Rhori Wil­liams-Jol­ley.

Swans’ Lewis Miller kicks as Bull­dogs’ Sam Bignell tack­les.

Bull­dogs’ Coen Jack­man and Swans’ Rory Mur­ray con­test the mark.

Bull­dogs’ Petrus van Zyl gath­ers the ball.

Bull­dogs’ Jaxon McLean.

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