Bulldogs blitz Roos
Monday, 7th May, 2012
North recorded a comfortable 56-point win over the Roos on Saturday and in the process skip two games clear on top of the premiership table.
The Bulldogs set up the victory in the third term by kicking eight goals and restricting the Roos to just three points.
North lost Jackson McInnes before the opening bounce which made the outcome just a little uncertain. They ran to the Essential Energy end in the opening term and
received the perfect start when Henderson kicked his first.
But the reply was swift from the Roos with Neal making it a goal apiece with just over three minutes gone.
North quickly took a 13-point lead with goals to Napier and Kelly. The game was played at a furious pace at this stage with the ball travelling from end to end.
Midway through the term North were able to extend the lead to 25 points when Henderson kicked his second for the term. South’s Clint Keenan reduced the margin with his first but North answered through McConnell before Keenan kicked his second to get the Roos within 12 points.
As the quarter drew to a close North’s final forward move saw Ruddock with the footy and his late goal gave the Bulldogs a handy 18-point quarter time lead.
The opening term was fantastic with hard running from both sides and nine goals for the term.
The second term began with North goaling inside two minutes through Napier and the margin was out to 24 points. The signs didn’t look good for the Roos but like any good side they hit back with goals to Stuart and Caldwell and the lead was now only 12 points.
After the Roos missed a couple of chances the Bulldogs then started to get their hands on the footy but all they could register were behinds and this is all it took for the Roos to again hit back with a goal to Benny Jones. The margin was now just six points. Minutes later the game was all square when Purcell kicked truly.
With the term slipping into time on it had become a titanic struggle and a great arm wrestle.
North were able to snatch back the lead when Henderson kicked his third for the term and this was followed by a good Burton goal from the pocket. A couple of late chances went unrewarded for South and it was the Bulldogs who would take a nine-point lead into the half time break.
The third term started in a similar vein with North getting a goal inside the first minute from Kelly, his second for the game, and when Billings goaled eight minutes in the margin was out to 22 points and North had a little breathing space.
In a tight battle from both sides, unexpectedly North were able to bust the game open with four unanswered goals to race to a 45-point lead with 20 minutes gone and when Henderson swooped and kicked his fourth for the afternoon it was just about all over.
The contest was finished when Billings goaled before the last break and the margin was now out to 60 points.
The Bulldogs simply ran all over the Roos, with Kelly and Ruddock causing all the damage. Purcell was playing a lone hand in the middle for the Roos.
The final term looked a formality when McConnell kicked his second and the lead went to 66 points.
To the Roos’ credit they never gave up and with goals to Philp, Jones, Stuart and Ben Jones the margin was cut to 42 points, but it was just too little too late. North were able to again take control and they finished the term with goals to Henderson and Burton. At the final siren it was North by 56 points.
While the final margin was a lot it didn’t really reflect the intensity of the contest.
Both sides knew it was going to be tough right from the opening bounce and from that view it didn’t disappoint. In the end it was big guns that saw them over the line, and I must pay tribute to the umpires on the day who both had very good games. Well done.
NORTH - J.Kelly, J. Ruddock, A. Henderson, T. Hack, B.Johnson, M. Dempster
SOUTH - M. Purcell, R. Elliott, D. Stuart, C. Paull, P. Neal, J. Staker.
NORTH - A. Henderson 5, J. Kelly 3, J. Ruddock 3, J. Napier 2, J. McConnell 2 W. Burton 2, C. Billings 2, N. Rayner.
SOUTH - C. Keenan 2, B. Jones 2, D. Stuart 2, C. Caldwell, P.Neal, M.Purcell, A.Phillp, L.Jones.
RESERVES: SOUTH 18.8 (116), NORTH 5.2 (32)
WOMEN’S: NORTH 9.10 (64), SOUTH 1.2 (8)