Victory for Bulldogs
Monday, 16th April, 2012
The Bulldogs have opened their 2012 account with an impressive first up win over the Roos on Saturday.
The Bulldogs led at every change to run out 34 point winners.
North were led by their star midfield with Kelly, Howard and Johnson all collecting a mountain of possessions, while for the Roos Dolan was outstanding along with O’Brien and Purcell.
South won the toss and elected to kick to the Essential Energy end in the opening term.
Played in near perfect conditions, both sides took a little time to settle down. McInnes gave the Bulldogs the early lead with his first, and North were starting to take control in the middle and when Howard goaled the margin was 13 points. While north had plenty of the footy, they broke down badly when going inside 50. They just bombed away and at times the Roos had four to one 20 meters from goal and they were able to repel at will.
South’s Riley Schorn reduced the margin with his first to keep the Roos in touch.
Jayden Kelly took a great pack mark and kicked a bomb from outside 50 to give the Bulldogs a handy 19 point lead. Minutes later Howard took a early contender for mark of the year. While he was unable to convert, it was the Bulldogs who would take a 19 point lead into the first change.
South’s Billy Dolan took it upon him self to lift the Roos and with his first he reduced the margin back to a manageable 13 points.
Kelly again bobbed up to kick his second and restore the 19 point lead for North.
At this stage it became personal and a couple of little spot fires were breaking out and this suited the Roos.
North, through McConnell, kicked their sixth to again stretch the lead.
With tempers flaring South were awarded two 50 metre penalties which resulted in two goals and they reduced the margin to 11 points.
South lost Pettitt with what looked to be a ankle injury through the term which was a huge loss.
North managed to find plenty of the footy late in the term but wayward kicking resulted in minor score only, and they would take a 14 point lead into the long break.
Dolan was now having a big influence on the game, while O’Brien and Bird were also having good games down back and Purcell was in everything for South.
For North, it was the usual suspects driving them forward with Kelly, Howard and Johnson causing all the damage up to half time.
The second half commenced with increased pressure and tempo as both sides knew that a win was only a half away if they were good enough.
Jones kicked South’s first for the term to get within nine points, McConnell replied soon after with his second to extend the lead to 15 points.
It was end to end stuff at this stage with both sides running the ball with constructive football.
Fennessy goaled for South to again keep the Roos in touch before Johnson goaled for North.
It was tough in close with neither side willing to take a backward step and a great goal to Purcell and the margin was only eight points.
North were again able to reply when Henderson goaled and it was a shootout of the highest quality, the pace of the term finally took its toll and as it drew to a close, both sides became inaccurate in front of goals.
Watson had the last say of the term when he goaled to give North a handy 19 point lead at the last turn.
The final term commenced with Cody Schorn bringing the South fans to their feet with a goal inside 50 seconds and the margin was a very getable 13 points with a full term remaining.
North’s resolve was pretty good and Fenton returned favor with his first 50 seconds from the restart.
The margin was extended when Kelly goaled and the lead was now 24 points, with the game seemingly beyond them, South continued to push hard and when Hardy goaled the margin was back to 17 points.
The Bulldogs weren’t going to let this one slip and goals to Henderson and Watson and the contest was all but over.
Riley Schorn kicked a late goal before McInnes and Watson sealed the win with late goals to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 35 point victory.
North’s Jayden Kelly showed patrons why he is a class act with a best on ground display, while Howard and Johnson had clinical games.
For the Roos none were better than Billy Dolan. He leads from the front and by example and O’Brien and Purcell were also tireless in their performances.