Young Dogs make history
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.