Mt Barker coach David Johnson believes his side’s second half efficiency was a key factor in the Bulls commanding 65-point win over Denmark-Walpole at McLean Park on Saturday. The Magpies pressure in the early stages of the contest made it difficult for the visitors to achieve any real momentum but a third-term blitz was the catalyst for the Bulls’ sixth win of the Great Southern Football League season. Sam Lehmann was terrific as the Bulls’ key forward, kicking four goals, while Scott and Josh Price worked in tandem to break apart the Magpies defence all afternoon as their side made it four wins on the trot. The Magpies were unrelenting in their endeavour but the Bulls outscored their opposition 13 goals to six in the second half on their way to a 19.12 (126) to 9.7 (61) victory. “We found it hard to shake them early, the slightly smaller oval made it a little bit congested at times,” Johnson said. “It was always going to be a bit of a concern for the players because of our big win in the first round and we had to shake them off for a half and then sort of get our game going in the second half. “I think we kicked the first point after the half-time break to go to 6.11 but then we kicked 13.1 from that point onwards. “That turned the game around a little bit, we were still generating a lot of inside 50s but conversion is important.” Lehmann kicked two early goals but his side lamented missed opportunities by Zach Jackson and Steven Scott, each kicking a behind early. Despite Magpies’ Daniel Rowling answering back with a goal of his own, Jackson booted a major shortly after to help give his side an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Magpies started the second quarter defiantly as midfielders Jaden Guidi and Ryan Gaerth found success in winning clearances and contested possessions as they pushed their team forward. Goals to Cody Kerr and Nicholas Bahr-Pike had the Magpies’ tails up but Bulls players Scott Price, Sebastian Ballard and the returning Brent Parsons each chipped in with a goal each to extend the margin to 26 points at half-time. Magpies’ Tyler Stone had an opportunity to bring his side back within 20 points early in the third quarter but failed to convert, spraying his shot wide for a behind. The Bulls made the Magpies pay, with Jackson and Scott Price kicking two goals in quick succession, followed by a wonderful snap by vice-captain Bryce Blazskow. Shortly after, Stone marked 45m out from goal but quickly handpassed to Guidi who slotted a classy running goal to give the Magpies a glimmer of hope. However, Bulls player Ben Kirkwood responded with a goal immediately at the other end, followed by Lehmann booting two goals in the space of a minute to push the margin to 56 points. Despite goals to Magpies’ Todd Brown and Stone early in the fourth quarter, the Bulls outscored their opposition six goals to four in the final term. Josh Price showed immense courage in the last quarter, running with the flight of the ball to take a spectacular mark 45m out, before going back to kick one of his four final-term goals to seal the Bulls victory. The Price brothers were superb along with ruckman David Stone and Parsons. Darcy Wallinger and Lee Pavlovich were also terrific in shoring up the Bulls defence while Lehmann (four goals) provided a superb avenue to goal. Magpies midfielders Gaerth and Guidi were outstanding in the losing affair while defenders Max Puls and Michael Hammond toiled hard. Magpies player-coach Brad Nisbett said while the effort was encouraging in the first half, their poor foot skills hindered his side throughout the contest. “The effort was there but we didn’t play exactly how we wanted to play, they hurt us on the turnovers and they’re a good side and any good side will score on the turnover pretty easily,” he said. “Overall it was a pretty good performance, they’re a top-two side and the effort was there for most of the day, we probably just needed more contributors.” The only sour point for the visitors was losing defender Dylan Gowdie to a head knock in the second quarter.