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Bulldogs burst the Robins' bubble

Monday, 9th May, 2011

STEAMROLLED: After an even start, the Bulldogs ran all over the Robins at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday to go to the top of the ladder. STEAMROLLED: After an even start, the Bulldogs ran all over the Robins at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday to go to the top of the ladder.

By Balldock

North have consolidated top spot with a convincing 46-point win over the Robins on Saturday at league headquarters.

The Robins put Thomas Kickett into the side while North have come to terms with independent cabs and were able to play Anthony Henderson. 

The Bulldogs ran to the creek end in the opening term and the Robins started with plenty of endeavor. 

McCunnie and Hayden were finding a lot of the footy and the North defence was under enormous pressure.

But North were able to weather the storm thanks to the efforts of Dempster and Beavan - and some inaccurate kicking from the Robins. West's Chad Ryan kicked the game's first goal at the 16 minute mark. 

With the footy going from end to end in rapid time the contest was just a battle of defences. 

After a couple of minor scores the Bulldogs kicked their first through Henderson as the siren sounded and the Robins took a one point lead into the first change.

The second term commenced with Johnson dominating in the middle for North and with two goals inside the first six minutes the Bulldogs jumped to a 12 point lead.

The Robins were able to immediately strike back when Rose goaled and for the next few minutes the end-to-end kicking was again in vogue until goals to Stuart and Henderson took the North lead out to 18 points.

Hayden was in everything for the Robins and when he goaled the lead was cut to 12 points again.

As the clock ticked down Johnson, with some hard running, found some space and his first gave the Bulldogs an 18 point lead at the long break.

The all important third term began with North doing all the attacking.

Ruddock extended their lead to 25 points after seven minutes. North peppered the goal face and after three straight behinds the man with more frequent travel points burst onto the scene with two goals and the margin was 39 points.

The contest was slowly getting away from the Robins with North controlling the midfield. Johnson, Kelly and Burton were just outplaying their opponents.

Martin was able to get one back for the Robins but the reply was swift from the Bulldogs with Ruddock kicking his second.

Hayden, who was West's best player, kicked his second for the game and he made the margin 33 points at the last change.

The Bulldogs put the issue beyond doubt with two goals inside the opening six minutes.

Teelow provided patrons with a rare highlight with a specky in front of the West faithful.

From the forward movement the ball ended with Malthouse who kicked truly, and minutes later Henderson capped off a great return with his fifth for the afternoon.

This was followed by Stuart's second and the margin was out to 53 points.

The Robins finished off the scoring with a goal from Ryan to make the final margin 43 points.

In the wrap up, it was good performance by North while the Robins were very disappointing.

BEST PLAYERS:

NORTH - B. Johnson, M. Dempster, J. Kelly, W. Burton, A. Henderson, J. Watson.
WEST - R. Hayden, K. McCunnie, J. Blore, D.Milne, M. Nelson, L. Raven.

GOALKICKERS:

NORTH - A. Henderson 5, D. Stuart 2, J. Ruddock 2, J. Watson 1, J. Kelly 1, B. Johnson 1, A. Bates 1, W. Mason 1.
WEST - C. Ryan 2, R. Hayden 2, B. Rose 1, B.Martin 1, B. Malthouse 1.

LEAGUE:

NORTH 1.2 (8) 6.3 (39) 10.7 (67) 14.9 (93)
WEST 1.3 (9) 3.3 (21) 5.4 (34) 7.5 (47)

RESERVES:

NORTH 16.9 (105)
WEST 4.9 (33)

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