Bulls hold off Pies to regain top-four spot
Mt Barker moved back into the top four after holding off a fast-finishing Denmark-Walpole to win a nine-point thriller at Sounness Park on Saturday.
The Bulls injected life into their season, registering their third win to replace the Magpies in the top four in a crucial game for both club’s finals aspirations.
The margin was within a goal on three occasions in the final term as the Magpies peppered the goals in the final three minutes but could not find the major required.
Magpies player-coach Ryan Gaerth nailed a set shot to reduce the margin to a solitary goal before ruckman Kalin Lane missed an opportunity to put the Magpies in front.
Needing a steadier, Bulls youngster Aidin Williss calmly slotted a set shot in his first game for the season to give his side a crucial 11-point lead.
The Magpies kept coming but squandered two gettable opportunities in front of goal in the final minutes to fall nine points short, ruing their slow start to the match.
After a flying start with a seven-goal opening quarter with the aid of a strong gust to the town end of the ground, the Bulls’ 41-point advantage was quickly whittled down by the Magpies in the second term.
Five unanswered goals to the visitors saw 11 of the first 12 goals in the match to the scoring end as the margin was reduced to 16 points at the major break before the two sides traded goals in the second half.
Magpies midfielders Tyler Stone and Dave MacDonald were instrumental in the fightback with both adding two vital goals in the second half to almost haul their side across the line.
Bulls stalwart Sam Lehmann was awarded the match ball for Think Mental Health Round in a typical vintage display supported by youngster Brent Parsons and five goals from veteran forward Dionne Woods.
Key forward Shayne Zanetti booted four goals for the Magpies.
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