Bull­dogs blast Ea­gles in Tam­bellup re­turn

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Cameron New­bold

De­fend­ing pre­miers Gnowangerup be­gan the Ongerup Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son with a com­pre­hen­sive 135point win over Jer­ra­mungup in a match played at the re­cently re­de­vel­oped sports com­plex in Tam­bellup.

In the first league fix­ture held in Tam­bellup in some years, the Bull­dogs kicked six goals in the first quar­ter and an­other six in the sec­ond to set up the open­ing-round win.

Phil Rum­ble booted seven goals, while Nathan Will­mott, Wil­liam Lim­bert and Damien Ste­wart all added three ma­jors each as the Bull­dogs won com­fort­ably, 25.11 (161) to 2.14 (26).

Scott An­der­son, Will­mott and Jess De­sando were among the Bull­dogs’ best play­ers, while the Ea­gles were well led by Wade Brown, Shane Ed­monds and Kym Brown, and were left to rue kick­ing eight be­hinds in the sec­ond half.

The fix­ture at Tam­bellup was well re­ceived by fans and play­ers alike, with plenty of in­ter­est sur­round­ing foot­ball re­turn­ing to the once-fa­mous oval.

In the other round 1 fix­ture, Box­wood Hill got their sea­son off to a win­ning start af­ter ac­count­ing for Lake GracePin­grup at home.

Led by young duo Rivers Hyde and Todd Re­tal­lack, the home side started well and never looked back as they scored a 45-point win at the fi­nal siren.

Shane Davy fin­ished with five ma­jors to go with mul­ti­ple goals from Michael Swar­brick and Brad Pea­cock as Box­wood ran out win­ners, 12.14 (86) to 6.5 (41).

Luke Bairstow, who is coach­ing Lake Grace-Pin­grup this sea­son, was a strong con­trib­u­tor for his side, along with Mar­cus Hunt and Alex Duck­worth.

Gnowangerup and Jer­ra­mungup clash in Tam­bellup.

Gnowangerup’s Nick Lock­yer.

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