Off to fly­ing start

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - Fi­nal scores: Tatura 11. 17. 83 de­feated Mans­field 7. 8. 50. Ja­ma­son Daniels, Tim Lanyon, Jonah Vraca, An­drew Ci­avarella and James Wall. Fi­nal scores: Tatura 14. 8. 92 de­feated Mans­field 4. 4. 28. Jay­den Armstrong, Cade Dealy, Cooper Eyles, Tris­tan Cast

The re­turn of Tatura se­nior play­ing-coach Ja­ma­son Daniels from a lead­er­ship role at the Gold Coast Suns proved to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess on Easter Satur­day.

The Bull­dogs recorded a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over a doggedMans­field at Mans­field Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

While the Bull­dogs cel­e­brated suc­cess at the end of the day, their first quar­ter left the large Tatura con­tin­gent in the crowd a lit­tle con­cerned.

Af­ter an early goal to Tatura cap­tain Tom Miller, the fired-up Ea­gles took con­trol.

Their dom­i­nance around the stop­pages proved ef­fec­tive and by quar­ter time the Bull­dogs trailed by 16 points.

Af­ter a gen­tle quar­ter-time re­minder from Daniels, the Bull­dogs clicked into gear and by half­time had re­gained the lead.

The re­bound was soured, how­ever, when young cap­tain Tom Miller was car­ried from the ground with a se­ri­ous an­kle in­jury.

The Bull­dogs re­cov­ery was led by Daniels him­self, who de­liv­ered a best-on-ground dis­play.

His run­ning power and long kick­ing cut a swathe through the op­po­si­tion and his en­thu­si­asm was in­fec­tious.

He was well sup­ported by his back­line, which only con­ceded three goals af­ter quar­ter time.

Key back­men Brad and Chris Ryan were tight and JamesWall was su­perb off half back.

The se­nior de­but of young tall Jonah Vraca was a high­light of the vic­tory.

His in­ten­sity around the con­test be­lied his years and his goal sense proved in­valu­able with two im­por­tant last-half goals.

The Bull­dogs were also well served by vet­eran speed­ster Tim Lanyon whose abil­ity to break the lines caused the op­po­si­tion some real headaches.

The de­but of for­mer Kyabram mid­fielder An­drew Ci­avarella was im­pres­sive with his clear­ance work a fea­ture.

Their dom­i­nance af­ter quar­ter time de­liv­ered the Bull­dogs a con­vinc­ing first-round vic­tory and launched an as­sault on a promis­ing 2017 sea­son.

Un­der-18s

A fur­ther high­light of the day was the vic­tory of the Bull­dogs’ Un­der-18 team.

Af­ter a sea­son with­out a team, the young Bull­dogs’ re­turn to the com­pe­ti­tion was bathed in glory.

The ef­forts of coach Joe Min­u­toli and head coach Ja­ma­son Daniels have de­liv­ered the club a com­pet­i­tive young list that shows sig­nif­i­cant prom­ise.

Af­ter an even first half, the young Bull­dogs ran away with a con­vinc­ing 64-point vic­tory and the ex­cite­ment and emo­tion in the rooms af­ter the win was pal­pa­ble.

Com­posed: Che Walls looks for a team­mate to send ball for­ward off the wing.

Pic­ture: Cameron Pratt

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