Bombers claim Black Dog Cup
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.