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Monday, 16th June, 2014

Debutante Lachlan Hobba takes a mark at full stretch for the Bulldogs. Debutante Lachlan Hobba takes a mark at full stretch for the Bulldogs.

By Balldock

The Bulldogs have recorded a 40-point win over the Magpies at the Memorial Oval on Saturday.

North set up the win in the second term kicking 6.4 while restricting Central to just one behind.

To the Magpies’ credit they continued to work hard and trailing by 59 points at the last change, they dug deep to kick five of the first six goals in the final term but it was too little too late. 

The Bulldogs were again led by Jayden Kelly from the middle of the ground with another best on ground performance.

The Magpies won the toss and elected to kick to the Warnock Street end in the opening term against a three goal breeze.

North received the perfect start with Bates and Dalby kicking early goals, putting their side up by 12.

The Magpies’ hard work finally paid off when Jelbert kicked his first for the afternoon.

While the Bulldogs had a fair bit of the footy in the opening term they couldn’t crack the Magpie defensive half with Paull, Beavan and Cox having a huge say in the proceedings.

Christie and Kelly were on fire around the ground, with Hack kicking truly after the siren for the Bulldogs to take a 13 point lead into the first break.

It was now the Bulldogs’ turn to defend against the breeze, or more importantly, the Magpies’ chance to run with the wind and start to build on the scoreboard.

However, what happened next was totally unexpected.

The Bulldogs dominated the term with debutante Lachy Hobba kicking his first to extend North’s lead to 20 points.

Minutes later Kelly and Slater joined in the act and North had a handy 32 point lead midway through the term.

As halftime approached, Howard and Dalby both kicked goals and the margin was out to 45 points with the game slipping away from the Pies.

Mannion applied the perfect smoother which enabled him to walk in for an easy goal, sending the Bulldogs to halftime with a 52-point lead.

The Magpies needed to improve in most areas in the third term if they were to have any chance.

They received the perfect start with goals to Jelbert and Bates and the margin was reduced to 41 points.

But again the Bulldogs were able to seize back control with a goal to Howard and a second to Hobba with a kick that Bob Massie would have been proud of.

His third soon followed from the 50 metre arch and the Bulldogs had raced to a 59-point lead after a promising start from the Pies.

Roberts was able to get one back late in the term before Mannion finished off the term with his second and North would go into the last break with a 59 point lead.

It was a better term for the Magpies.

They restricted Kelly’s influence, while Jelbert and Bates were finding the footy.

The final term opened with a bang with the Magpies doing all the attacking which resulted in Jelbert marking strongly and kicking two goals.

All of a sudden the Magpies had found some voice and enthusiasm while Slater kicked his second against the tide.

Jelbert was proving a handful up the other end and when he kicked two more the lead was cut to 42. 

The Magpies kept pressing hard but a series of behinds slowed the momentum slightly but when Martin goaled the margin was 33 points.

The Bulldogs were able to respond late in the term with goals to Dalby and a fourth to Hobba on debut.

A late goal to Anderson was enough to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 40 point win.

In the end, North played two and a half quarters of footy while they restricted the Magpies to one and a half 

This is something that both sides will be looking to improve on over the next few weeks with some tough tests ahead.

North 3.1 (19) 9.5 (59) 13.7 (85) 16.10 (106)

Central 1.0 (6) 1.1 (7) 4.2 (26) 10.6 (66)

GOALKICKERS

North: L. Hobba 4, S. Dalby 3, B. Mannion 2, E. Slater 2, C. Howard 2, C. Bates, T. Hack, J. Kelly

Central: C. Jelbert 6, A. Bates 2, J. Roberts, M. Anderson

BEST PLAYERS

North: J. Kelly, B. Mannion, N. Rayner, Q. Beavan, C. Howard, I. Cumming

Central: P. Christie, L. Cox, J. Paull, p. Gauci, C. Jelbert, L. Jenkin.

RESERVES

North 13.10 (88)

Central 8.3 (51)

WOMEN

North 4.4 (28)

Central 2.6 (18) 

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