Colbo re­serves bow out at hands of pow­er­ful Bull­dogs

Col­binab­bin un­der 17 net­baller Kate Else in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Leitchville-Gun­bower.

Campaspe News - - GOLF NOTES -

COL­BINAB­BIN Foot­ball Club re­serves sea­son came to an end on Satur­day as they bat­tled hard, but came up short against a pow­er­ful North Bendigo out­fit 7.6 (48) to 9.13 (67) in the Heathcote and District Foot­ball League pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

The game was played at a fre­netic pace and the in­ten­sity and pres­sure around the con­test was enor­mous.

The Dogs ad­justed to the tempo ear­lier and con­trolled ma­jor­ity of the play, though de­spite hav­ing three more scor­ing shots than the Hop­pers they trailed by two points at quar­ter-time.

The mo­men­tum shifted fre­quently in the sec­ond term and as a re­sult there were sev­eral lead changes, this time it was the Hop­pers that sur­ren­dered their ad­van­tage with the half time score­line read­ing 5.0 (30) to 5.6 (36) in favour of the Dogs.

The free flow­ing, heavy scor­ing na­ture of the game slowed in the third as both sides were forced to grind and earn ev­ery clean pos­ses­sion.

This style suited the Hop­pers as they had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to hit the lead but were waste­ful, scor­ing 1.4 to the Dogs 1.3 to re­duce the three quar­ter time mar­gin to just five points.

The fi­nal quar­ter was hotly con­tested early but un­for­tu­nately for Colbo, fa­tigue be­gan to set in and late in the piece North took con­trol of the game boot­ing 3.4 to the Hop­pers 1.2 to seal the vic­tory by nine­teen points.

Ge­ordie McMur­trie brought his own Sher­rin, he was out­stand­ing on a wing and was clearly best on ground and his pace and clean foot skills were a real high­light.

Alex Van Ruiswyk was sen­sa­tional in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent roles, his abil­ity to take on op­po­nents and break lines were in­stru­men­tal.

Damien O’Brien was the jan­i­tor in de­fence, mop­ping up reg­u­larly across half back and pro­pel­ling the ball for­ward with pre­ci­sion and Ian Fullers ex­cel­lent fi­nals cam­paign con­tin­ued as he pro­vided a real spark with his ex­plo­sive pace abil­ity to shrug would be tack­lers.

Liam Vale toiled hard in the ruck, pro­vid­ing first use to the mid­field­ers as well as pre­sent­ing as a lead up tar­get. Other bet­ter play­ers were Will Hayes who fin­ished with three ma­jors and Bray­don Ker­lin who booted two.

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