Off to flying start
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.
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