Bulldogs blast Eagles in Tambellup return
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.