Bulls fire in Lehmann’s milestone moment
Mt Barker celebrated veteran Sam Lehmann’s 200th game in style with a 60-point win over Royals in the Great Southern Football League season opener at Sounness Park yesterday.
Lehmann, one of the most decorated players to pull on a Bulls jumper, led his side through the banner and won the toss which proved decisive as his side kicked four goals with the aid of a strong breeze in the first term.
With new recruits Daniel Henderson and Darren Humble having an impact around the stoppages and Nic Chidzgey also finding plenty of the ball the Bulls held sway in the second term as the Lions could manage only one major to Coel Hunter.
Trailing by 16 points at half time the Lions kicked the first goal of the third quarter when Harry Broomhall made no mistake but on such a big occasion for their former skipper the Bulls again lifted with youngster Joel Gray snaring his second goal.
Last season’s leading goal kicker Kym Monteath kicked four points in the third before he finally got a major and that pushed the home side 28 points ahead by the last break.
The Bulls from there controlled the contest, as they kicked the final seven goals of the game, to run out comfortable winners in Lehmann’s milestone match.
Gray was superb with two goals and plenty of efficient ball use while Chidgzey, Henderson and defender Adam Tissott also impressed in the 12.11 (83) to 3.5 (23) win.
Little known forward Dean Ryan played a brilliant cameo up forward with five majors, three of which came in the final term, as the Bulls produce a fitting result for Lehmann.
Cent Amores was terrific for the Lions in the middle while Braden Murphy really stood up in defence given their side was without a stack of first choice players.
With the newly introduced player points system, the Lions had 25 points of a possible 28 while the Bulls used 33 of their 50.
Meanwhile this afternoon Denmark-Walpole got their campaign off to a winning start and they did it without boom recruit Clancee Pearce.
The former Fremantle defender didn’t appear in the round 1 clash with Albany at Centennial Stadium due to a heel complaint but his new teammates did enough to hold the persistent Sharks at bay.
The class of Tyler Stone and Brody Hickey showed as the Magpies started well in the greasy conditions and by three quarter time led by 35 points.
The Sharks kept coming as they outscored the Magpies three goals to one in the final term but it wasn’t enough as they went down by 21 points in the end.
Stone (two goals) was vital along with brothers Brody and Jack Hickey (two) as the Magpies prevailed, 10.9 (69) to 7.6 (48).
Javid Mastan was the Sharks best contributor and received good support from midfielder Liam Offer and wingman Anthony Coyne.
The concern for the Sharks however is midfielder Jack Banks who has a suspected broken arm.
Even without Pearce and class midfielder Ryan Gaerth the Magpies were still well under their total points cap of 50 with 31 this afternoon and the Sharks fielded 30 points.
The final match of the opening round will be played on Anzac Day between Railways and North Albany.
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