On-target Bulls end Kangas golden run
Mt Barker have ended North Albany’s golden run of premierships, eliminating the premier of the last five season’s from this year’s title race with a comprehensive 35-point win in a wet first semifinal at Sounness Park today.
The Bulls kicked two decisive goals against the end favoured by the breeze in the first quarter, both from the competition’s leading goal kicker Dionne Woods.
A five goal to two second term had the home side well in control by half time and after the Kangas provided some third quarter resistance, the Bulls powered their way into a preliminary final with four goals to ice the game in the last term.
Woods was brilliant yet again, his five-goal haul a match-winning performance as he led the Bulls to a 13.6 (84) to 7.7 (49) win.
Tyson Sujdovic and Jesse Wynne provided vital support with three majors each.
Ruckman Daniel Henderson was important all afternoon while Nic Chidgzey helped set the game up in the first half.
Mitch Ballard was able to quell the influence of Kangas’ Matt Orzel, although he still produced a workmanlike game.
Defenders Lee Pavlovich and Brent Parsons were rarely beat for the home side.
The Kangas got within 14 points during the third term, as they mounted a comeback with their season on the line.
However a serious collarbone injury to Brock Ramsay and the lack of a winning forward didn’t help.
Orzel was manful around the stoppages, Mitch Lengan and Hamish Bigwood toiled hard in defence and Jacob Hobbs was also solid kicking two goals.
The Bulls now progress to take on Railways in next Sunday’s preliminary final at Tigerland.
Earlier in the day Denmark-Walpole stormed home to run over the top of Albany in today’s tense colts elimination final.
The Sharks booted two goals in the first term but went scoreless to trail the Magpies by two points at half time.
Heading into the last the Sharks led by nine points after two goals in the third but the Magpies produced a stirring last quarter that yielded five goals to secure a 17-point win, 7.7 (49) to 5.2 (32), and book their place in the preliminary final.
The Bulls tasted success in two other grades, firstly finishing strongly to edge the Sharks in the sixteens.
The Sharks led by 15 points at quarter time but three last quarter goals ensured the Bulls recorded a narrow nine-point win.
The Bulls fought off a strong challenge from the Kangas to win the reserves as well.
The Kangas kicked the only two goals of the final term but fell short by four points.
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