Bombers claim Black Dog Cup

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­teri@ne­me­dia.com.au

DED­ERANG Mt Beauty has kept its slim fi­nals hopes alive with a hard fought 37-point win over the win­less Wodonga Saints at John Flower Oval on Sat­ur­day.

The 0-12 Saints, who were play­ing on an un­fa­mil­iar big stage with the Black Dog In­sti­tute Cup on the line and no other games of foot­ball on the Bor­der for the day, rose to the oc­ca­sion to push the Bombers for three quar­ters be­fore the vis­i­tors se­cured a 10.15 (75) to 5.8 (38) tri­umph.

Ded­erang Mt Beauty were some­what stag­nant through­out the mid­dle quar­ters as the Saints piled on the clear­ances and booted con­sec­u­tive goals to erad­i­cate the 22-point lead the Bombers opened up in the first term.

The Saints were within 15 points late in the third quar­ter and could have eas­ily been closer, but the classier vis­i­tors even­tu­ally took con­trol as Wodonga paid the price for missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Nick Hynes (three goals) and Max Kreuzer (two) helped stem the mo­men­tum surge while Dale Lap­pin was their most con­sis­tent player across the game.

The front­line tal­ent of play­ers like Lap­pin ul­ti­mately proved the dif­fer­ence as the Bombers’ cleaner skills and more pre­cise kick­ing eventu- ally out­weighed the Saints’ crash and bash style.

A stand­out play in the last quar­ter was when Paddy Stow, who was quiet for most the day, broke out of the cen­tre and hit up Cody He­wat who then placed a per­fectly weighted kick for Brent Oh­lin who marked and goaled from the eas­i­est of an­gles to seal the game.

Spring heeled young­ster Liam Hood was also a stand­out for the Bombers, fly­ing for a num­ber of marks and pro­vid­ing good drive off half back.

Ded­erang Mt Beauty re­serves coach Luke Pot­ter who in­sti­gated the Black Dog In­sti­tute clash last year, said af­ter the game the cup meant more to him than any pre­mier­ship.

“Hav­ing a mate suc­cumb to the Black Dog, there’s noth­ing worse,” he said.

“This one goes to my mate Tom.”

Pot­ter noted the fierce ri­valry the two clubs had cre- ated, say­ing there had been no blowouts in their re­cent en­coun­ters.

Money raised from the day will sup­port the work of the Black Dog In­sti­tute which is ded­i­cated to un­der­stand­ing, pre­vent­ing and treat­ing men­tal ill­ness.

Pot­ter’s re­serves team had a stir­ring 26-point win, boot­ing four goals to none in the fi­nal quar­ter af­ter trail­ing all day.

Ja­cob Neil was the star with four goals.

PHOTO: Tate Spiteri

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