Kangas withstand wayward Bulls’ challenge

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Mt Barker's Peter Taylor tackles North Albany's Jacob Hobbs high.
Camera IconMt Barker's Peter Taylor tackles North Albany's Jacob Hobbs high. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Mt Barker missed a golden opportunity to assert themselves on the competition as inaccuracy and the loss of captain Peter Taylor to injury led to North Albany continuing their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday.

The Bulls led by three points at the final change despite squandering opportunities in front of goal before the Kangas edged clear through the brilliance of forward Jyrin Woods to win by 16 points, 12.12 (84) to 9.14 (68).

With former Gold Coast and Port Adelaide footballer Nathan Krakouer returning to his home town as a key recruit for the Bulls, the home side could only manage one goal in the last term.

The Bulls missed their chance to take a handy lead into the last term after the normally accurate Dionne Woods (2.5) and Krakouer missed gettable opportunities and were made to pay after five lead changes in the third quarter.

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North Albany's Nathan Crudeli.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Nathan Crudeli. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The Bulls lost the prolific Taylor to a thigh injury late in the third term which helped swing the momentum in the Kangas’ favour as Jyrin Woods booted three clever goals in the last term to finish with four for the match.

Krakouer’s clearance from Boulder City in the Eastern Goldfields Football League came at the 11th hour, but the former AFL player had little influence on the match as a forward, finishing with eight possessions and a goal.

The Kangas understudies again stepped up, with midfielder Nathan Crudeli continuing his purple patch of form, receiving the match day ball in the Belt Up Round for best afield, while the poise of hard-running Alex Pearce was also important.

Bulls ruckman Daniel Henderson enjoyed an enthralling duel with opposite number Jacob Hobbs.

Mt Barker's Nathan Krakouer.
Camera IconMt Barker's Nathan Krakouer. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Kangas coach Craig Dew said it was pleasing to remain undefeated after coming up against a quality opposition who he believed would be there at the business end of the season. “I’m actually happy we are four and zip with this side because we are learning to play footy,” he said.

“All these guys that are coming in are just playing their role, they don’t have to win the game off their own boot. We are four and zip but I feel like we don’t deserve to be four and zip.”

Despite sitting with only one win from four matches, Bulls coach Brad Hook said it was not doom and gloom for his side, with key players Kym Monteath and Nic Chidgzey to return eventually.

“We had nine kids under 19 and they are the premier team with five straight flags, so for us to be a chance halfway through that last quarter, we were really happy,” he said.

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