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Dogs’ victorious in Johnson milestone

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

Brett Johnson led North onto the field in his record breaking match at the Jubilee Oval. PICTURE: Still Memories Digital Photography Brett Johnson led North onto the field in his record breaking match at the Jubilee Oval. PICTURE: Still Memories Digital Photography

By Balldock

North claimed the premiership points on Saturday with a hard fought win against the Robins.

Players from both sides were made to slog it out at times with unaccustomed weather making things a little slippery underfoot.

But to their credit both sides handled the conditions pretty well.

While points were on offer it was a opportunity for players to impress selectors for the upcoming combined side with McInnes and Dalby doing their chances no harm at all.

It was also Brett Johnsonís record breaking day and he didnít let anyone down with another classy display.

The Robins lost Ryan and Blore before they won the toss and ran to the city end in the opening term.

It was a tough start with both sides throwing themselves at every contest but it was the Bulldogs who gained the upper hand early with goals to Dalby and Kelly to lead by 13 points midway through the term.

With a heavy shower or two affecting the quick ball movement, it was the Robins who showed some polish in the wet to find Aguis who kicked the Robins first.

But with the term entering time on, Howard kicked his first before a couple of missed chances would be enough to give the Bulldogs a 14 point quarter time lead.

With the ground getting increasingly slippery the contest became a bit of a slog with patches of dry weather footy.

Kelly showed some poise to kick his second and the Bulldogs were out to a 23 point lead.

Midway through the term the game changed with the Robins getting their hands on the footy from the stoppages and using the ball with precision.

The man with the happy feet looked to have webbed feet as he looked at home in the conditions when he kicked his first midway through the term.

It kicked started the Robins and Martin followed suit minutes later, reducing the margin to 11 points.

As much as the Bulldogs tried the Robins had the answers, Tonkin put his side within five points with his first before Perkins gave the Robins the lead for the first time.

Approaching half time, McInnes weaved his way through traffic and the Robins would go to the long break with all the momentum and a handy seven point lead.

With the weather making the conditions darker, the lights were turned on and the red sherrin was replaced with the yellow footy.

Supporters from both sides would have been a little anxious at the start of the third term but it was the Bulldogs who hit the ground running with a early goal to Reick to level the scores.

North increased their lead to 12 points with goals to Howard and Dalby.

At the half way stage of the term the Bulldogs had taken control.

While they controlled the game the scoreboard pressure was letting them down as they finished the term with five straight behinds, keeping the Robins scoreless.

The final term opened with Hack kicking two goals inside the opening two minutes to increase the margin to 29 points.

Kelly could have had a spectacular third from the tuckshop pocket but an interchange infringement gave the Robins a free kick 50 metres down field.

Perkins kicked the Robins first for the half before Dalby sealed the Robins fate entering time on of the final term.

McInnes booked his seat on the bus with his third for the afternoon but it was the Bulldogs who would register a 24 point win.

The Bulldogs were well served by the usual suspects with Beavan, Johnson and Dalby playing his best game in blue and white while Pettitt, McInnes and Christos played well for the Robins,

The game was played in wet and slippery conditions both sides adapted well and played out a exciting and entertaining contest.

North: 3.4 (22) 4.7 (31) 7.13 (55) 10.14 (74)
West: 1.2 (8) 6.2 (38) 6.2 (38)
8.2 (50)

GOALKICKERS
North: S. Dalby 3, J. Kelly 2,
C. Howard 2, T. Hack 2, D. Reick
West: R. McInnes 3, B. Perkins 2, N. Aguis, B. Martin, J. Tonkin

BEST PLAYERS
North: Q. Beavan, B. Johnson,
S. Dalby, C. Howard, J. Kelly,
J. Ruddock.
West: C. Pettitt, P. Christos,
R. McInnes, H. Harris, M. Nelson, B. Perkins

RESERVES
North: 15.10 (100)
West: 6.2 (38)

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