Every dog has its day, and that day was Saturday for Strathmerton Football Club.
The Bulldogs handed Picola United its first loss in 18 games, including finals, in the Picola and District Football League since it was rolled by Strathmerton by two points back in round 10 last year.
After losing by just four points in their first-round encounter this year the Bulldogs returned with a vengeance, running out the game as 10-point winners on their home ground.
Saturday’s grand final rematch between Strathmerton and Picola was a classic, with the host edging out United 9.8(62) to 8.4(52).
Adrian Crestani booted six goals in the Bulldogs’ 10-point victory as Michael Bramich’s side led at every change.
The prolific forward has now kicked 27 goals for the season, placing him fourth in the league’s goal kicking ranks.
It was a tight first quarter with both sides only managing one goal each, before the Bulldogs took a one-goal lead at the main break.
The Dogs continued to edge in front in the third quarter, but a late fourth-quarter resurgence from Picola had them worried, although two of their own goals sealed the win.
Crestani earned himself a best-on nod, as did Tyron Hill, Matt Shannon, Zeke Bunge, Michael Laidlaw and Mikal Bloom.
The Bulldogs have now jumped to third on the ladder and only sit one game and two places behind Jon Varcoe’s United.
●Terry Lumbar booted 12 goals, leading the scoring in Deniliquin’s 211-point victory against a depleted Yarroweyah outfit on Saturday.
Played at the home of the Rovers, Nick Braybon’s charges averaged just over eight goals a quarter as they went on to win 35.22(232) to Yarroweyah’s 3.3(21).
On a disappointing day for the Hoppers, Harley Constable, Andy Jones, coach Paul Massingham, Joey Cipriani, Lincoln Humphries and Paul Iskov were the standouts, while Brad Church, Nicholas Macheda and Jones each kicked one for the away team.
In the south-east competition, Katamatite fought hard to retain a half-time lead against Dookie looking for its third win of the season, but United proved too strong for the Tigers on the day.
An even first quarter saw the Tigers take the lead by two points, extended that to nine at the main break before Dookie pulled up its socks with a three-goal third quarter and five-goal final quarter to take the win 15.15(105) to 11.11(77).
Brodie McDonald kicked four for the Tigers, with Mitch McGovern, Jedd Wright and Sam Fowles all chipping in with two each. Their prowess up forward earned them all best-on nods, along with Mark Mills and Jayson Bigg.
●This week, third-placed Strathmerton will be heading for a close contest when it travels to second-placed Blighty, while Yarroweyah will be fighting for its first win of the season against Mathoura at home.
Katamatite will host third-placed Rennie.