Supporters revel in season’s best yet
THERE was a buzz of excitement at the Bridgetown Oval Sunday as Bulldogs supporters basked in their team’s best performance of the season, whacking the Deanmill Hawks by 71 points, 20.14 (134) to 9.9 (63).
The result was a clear indication of the Bulldogs’ dominance as they churned out a tough, unrelenting brand of football that was finished off with some clean passages of play the Hawks simply could not contend with.
The Hawks have had the edge over the Bulldogs for some years but it was apparent the Bulldogs were in a positive frame of mind to change the history books as they attacked the game with controlled vigour and poise.
Despite the rucking duels breaking even, the Bulldogs ground players took honours.
Jack Brigland, Dylan Coulthard and Graham Jetta were able to provide a persistent drive into their forward line.
The Hawks worked hard for possession but some poor decision making and untidy footwork undid their endeavour, although David Fall, Brody Reeve, Jordan Busher and Tim Ioannou played with spirit to minimise the Bulldogs’ lead.
Sensing the Hawks could not match their brand of play, the Bulldogs’ confidence elevated and in this regard key forwards in Jordan Jupp, Rodney Jetta and Brett Wilson became valuable resources for scoreboard presence as they collectively spearheaded a seven-goal splurge in an entertaining third term.
Jupp was at his damaging best as he marked strongly and fired through a number of long range goals to the delight of the home crowd.
The Hawks struggled to find midfield traction, however, Fall was a solid contributor up forward while Tim Ioannou, Busher and Ben Farquhar tried hard.
The Bulldogs’ dominant final term iced the game with Jordan Engle and Jordan Lowe capping off fine performances with telling defensive work.
MBT Award: Jordan Jupp (Bridgetown) 3 , Jordan Engle (Bridgetown) 2, David Fall (Deanmill) 1.
Jack Waideman, of Imperials, looks to grab the ball as Dylan Robins, of Tigers, jumps in.
David Whitehead, of Imperials, jumps to mark the ball ahead of the pack.