Strathmerton 13.11 (89)
d Mathoura 1.5 (11)
In weather which was in stark contrast to the previous week, Strathmerton welcomed Mathoura for the PDFL round two clash.
The extremely windy conditions made efficient ball movement difficult.
However, Strathmerton was pleased to take a small lead into quarter-time after kicking into the wind.
Mathoura was competitive early and tried hard to keep up with the Dogs, but after quarter-time Strathmerton kicked away with the wind, as heavy rain began just as the second quarter was drawing to an end.
The Bulldogs continued to dominate the second half with forwards Tom Campbell, Zach Betson and Zach Wagner becoming a handful for Mathoura with good supply from midfielders Tyron Hill, Brandon Duckworth and Matt O’Kane.
Strathmerton finished the day with a 13-goal win and will be looking forward to the grand final rematch with Picola next week.
Strathmerton 9.10 (64)
d Mathoura 2.3 (15)
After the round one loss in Deni, Strathmerton’s reserves were keen to return to the winners’ list on their home ground against the Timbercutters.
Gillie won the toss, which was handy as the gale-force winds helped the Dogs move the ball forward in the first term to finish with 2.5.
The swirly conditions found both experienced and younger guys having difficulty judging the ball in flight and between hand and foot on occasion with some comical results.
Shagga Laidlaw seemed to be the exception, plucking one-handers and distributing the ball with precision in the forward arc with two of his own.
After watching Emiel Vandengoor during the pre-season, it was enjoyable watching him clear the ball effectively time after time.
Speedy’s high work-rate, run and carry was rewarded with two goals.
Haydn Wyatt continues to develop (and grow!) and will be unstoppable soon.
Young Logan also impressed many.
It warmed the heart to see Jacko’s trademark clearances as well as Smithy’s silky left boot back in the red, white and blue.
A giggle was also raised by John Luci’s soccer skills.
It was a solid eight-goal win in difficult conditions, with coach Keanos happy with the hit-out.
The Bulldogs are aiming to get on the track and work towards a successful 2018 campaign.
Strathmerton 2.8 (20)
lost to Mathoura 5.12 (42)
Strathmerton gave a great effort this week, even in some of the most challenging conditions.
The boys managed to be right in the contest until halfway through the last quarter, with the backline holding strong once again.
Josh Payne was in everything and finished the day with two goals.
Tyler Stevens created a good target up forward, also managing to score a major.
It was a great effort from the boys.
If they keep up the hard work, a win is just around the corner.
Awards: Hendo’s $5 — Sid McNeil; Strathy Cafe — Cody Harris; ladies committee — Ben Lee-Madjwick; Subway — Caleb Wilson; coach’s award — Adam Brown; Terminus award — Josh Payne; Macca’s $5 — Jayden Edgar.