Young Dogs make his­tory

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

The Be­nalla Bull­dogs’ un­der-14 side now has a place in his­tory af­ter the side claimed its first fi­nals win.

Be­fore Sun­day, the Bull­dogs had never won a fi­nal in the club’s his­tory.

But their 65-37 vic­tory over the Wan­garatta Kan­ga­roos changed that run.

The Norm Minns Oval played host to the fi­nal, and with cap­tain­coach Bode Stevens find­ing form af­ter in­jury and Nathan Davies com­ing off 18 goals in the past two matches, ex­pec­ta­tions were high. Bull­dogs 10.5 (65) Kan­ga­roos 5.7 (37) Bull­dogs goals: Char­lie Bull 3, Jack Ful­lager, Nathan Davies 2, Ethan Guy, Tom Hayes, Will Davis.

Stevens had ex­plained the setup wanted from the first bounce and was not dis­ap­pointed with the open­ing play of the match.

Nathan Davies tipped the ball to Stevens, and Char­lie Bull scored a goal.

The Dogs looked up and about, but the Kan­gas had plenty in the tank as they went on to score the next two goals.

The Kan­ga­roos held a sev­en­point lead at the first break.

The sec­ond quar­ter be­gan where it fin­ished, with the Dogs chas­ing the Kan­ga­roos as the home side slot­ted its third to ex­tend the lead.

Bull­dogs were waste­ful in front of goal as for­ward en­tries were not be­ing con­verted. But a late goal from Will Davis be­fore half­time closed the gap and the Dogs trailed by 10 points at the main break.

Cas­sidy Mailer and Will Stick­land had good op­po­nents to beat in the third term and didn’t let their team­mate down. Ben Cooke and Blake Booker were work­ing them­selves into the game, while the Wright-Fry twins and Stevens pumped the ball deep, and by the end of the third term the Bull­dogs were up by 14 points.

Ev­ery Bull­dog stood up, de- fence was solid and Kan­gas were run­ning out of legs in the last quar­ter. Goals to Bull, Guy, Davies and Ful­lager en­sured the out­come the Bull­dogs had hoped for.

Mean­while, this week­end at the Be­nalla Show­grounds is the BDJFL’s un­der-12 grand fi­nal day. The first game starts at 11 am, when the Kan­gas take on the Cats.

It’s first ver­sus sec­ond in the big show at 12.45 pm when the Tigers face the Hawks. Go along to see the fu­ture stars of Be­nalla footy.

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