Bulldogs cement third spot

June 15, 2017

On a disappointing day for the Hoppers, young Chad Soule made his first tackle in his debut seniors game, then kicked inside 50 to help score a goal.

Strathmerton reminded the Picola District Football League of its power with a 100-point win against Jerilderie in the competition’s north-west division.

The win sealed third spot on the ladder for the Bulldogs, who will be looking to consolidate their win with another victory against fourth-placed Tocumwal this weekend.

Strathmerton took control of the game early, booting four majors in the first quarter and another five in the second, restricting the Demons to just five for the first half.

There were some missed opportunities in the latter stages of the game for Strathy, recording five points each in the final three quarters, to take the score to 21.18(150) to Jerilderie’s 7.8(50).

Major scorers for the Bulldogs were powerhouse pair Adrian Crestani (four) and Dan Ellis (three), with Matt O’Kane and Louis Pinnuck also scoring three and Tristan Lee-Madgwick, Brayden Power and Brock Palmer chipping in with two each.

Now playing in the VFL, Pinnuck earned himself a best-on-ground nod with his performance, as did Power, Crestani, Palmer, O’Kane and Mikal Bloom.

●A hapless Yarroweyah was no match for the might of second-placed Blighty, who showed no signs of slowing down and romped to a 27.27(189) win over the Hoppers 2.5(17).

In control of the game from the outset, Blighty took an eight-goal lead into the first break, consolidating that with another 12 in the final half.

Darcy Cipriani and Harley Constable were the Hopper’s goal scorers, with Paul Massingham, Constable, Joey Cipriani, Ben Soule, Geoff Benson and Logan MacKenna noted for their performances.

South-east division

In the south-east competition, Katamatite roared to its second win of the season, accounting for Katandra 12.8(80) to 7.7(47).

There was just one point separating the teams at the main break after a fairly even start to the match, but the Tigers held the Kats goal-less in the third while booting five of their own to take a sizeable lead into the final break.

Another two goals to each team finished the final quarter, with Katamatite taking the 31-point win.

In a relatively low-scoring affair, Tyson Saunders’ five goals were decisive, with Jedd Wright and Matt Dwyer also chipping in with two goals apiece.

Wright, Saunders and Dwyer all earned themselves nods in the voting, with strong performances from Pat Riordan, Jayson Bigg and Daniel Parnell also contributing.

●This week, Yarroweyah has the bye, while Katamatite will travel to face Shepp East.

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