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Tempers flare as Robins surprise the Bulldogs

Monday, 21st May, 2012

A melee ensued after Anthony Henderson of North was tackled by West’s Peter Christos. A melee ensued after Anthony Henderson of North was tackled by West’s Peter Christos.

The success-starved Robins caused the upset of the season on Saturday when they out-pressured, out-muscled and outplayed the previously unbeaten Bulldogs to record a 17-point victory. 

The Robins set up the win in the opening term kicking 5.4 while keeping the Bulldogs scoreless. Their intensity around each contest was ferocious and the pressure they applied was just too much for the Bulldogs.

They were first to the ball and they had numbers around the ball in support and the one per centers just blew the Bulldogs away. North just couldn’t get their hands on the footy and when they did they had nowhere to go.

In fact, the Bulldogs had just one inside 50 entry for the game’s first 20 minutes - that’s how dominant the Robins were. 

Tough day for Pies

Saturday, 19th May, 2012

The Roos are back on familiar turf this weekend for their round six clash with the Magpies and they will be looking to consolidate second spot on the ladder against a expected fired-up Central. 

The Magpies were far from impressive last week in a game they were expected to do well in and I would imagine they would have done it tough this week on the track to get their minds back on the job.

The Roos have been travelling fairly well and with a few players returning from injury the prospects are again rosy.

This is a important game for both clubs but more so the Magpies who are sitting on the bottom of the ladder by percentage and a win could see them move up and give them some real confidence.

Dogs lacking bite

Saturday, 19th May, 2012

BIG GAME: Matt Garrick will need to step up in the absence of Codie Howard and Jayden Kelly. BIG GAME: Matt Garrick will need to step up in the absence of Codie Howard and Jayden Kelly.

West must capitalise

By Balldock

The undefeated Bulldogs will host the Robins today at League Headquarters in a contest that promises to be enthralling. 

North go into this game fresh from their best performance of the year and their confidence at a season high. The Robins have played well in patches and without much luck. They will be desperate to play a consistent four quarters to give themselves a chance of an upset.

Things have been made a little easier for the Robins with the omission of Kelly and Howard from the North side. You would have to think that it will give the Robins a real opportunity in the middle of the ground and at the stoppages.

Harwood set for milestone game

Thursday, 17th May, 2012

MILESTONE MAN: Jason Harwood plays his 400th club game this weekend. MILESTONE MAN: Jason Harwood plays his 400th club game this weekend.

North Football Club stalwart Jason Harwood is set to pull on the guernsey for his 400th club game this weekend and shows no signs of slowing down.

Now in his 23rd season with the club, Harwood will play his milestone game against West at Jubilee Oval on Saturday. 

The 41-year-old first played seniors for the Bulldogs in 1989 during his final year of high school, spending time in both the A-grade and B-grade teams. 

Over his career, Harwood believes he has played roughly 260 A-grade games and 140 B-grade games.

Battle of the birds at Jubilee

Wednesday, 16th May, 2012

The Robins and the Magpies will be out tonight to ruffle a few feathers in the match of the year in the Under 18 competition.

The 5.45pm kick off takes on extra importance for West as they will not want to drop two games off the pace.

The round one contest was billed as a tight game but turned out a flop as Central romped home by 73 points thanks to an 11-goal haul from Jake Gepp.

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