IN fine but freezing conditions the Gidgegannup Bulldogs outlasted Mt Helena Lions 12.10 (82) to 8.13 (61) to secure an important 19 point win at home on the weekend.
In an evenly contested affair the two teams went goal for goal for the majority of the game with Trevor Daw given the difficult task first up of rucking against Bulldogs Joe Kendall.
It was a big ask for someone who normally plays deep in the back line and this challenge was made all the more difficult with the Bulldogs on ballers pushing the ball forward and putting the Lions defence under pressure.
Matt Elwood and Steve Cockman were doing their best to repel the Bulldogs advances by rebounding the ball to their half forward line where Shawn Leeks and Zayde King managed to score a couple of goals.
The game was there for the taking by either team but Gidgegannup managed to cling to their lead throughout.
Dylan Cozamanis was having probably his best game for the season and Andrew Style was racking up the possessions while Joe Kendall continued his hard running.
Brenton Nelson was also having a good day in the forward line converting most of his opportunities but Dean James, Blake Hagboom, Jack Holley and Zac Swift were doing their utmost to keep the Lions in the game.
Their combined efforts managed to slowly narrow the margin but the Bulldogs managed a couple of late goals in the last quarter to come away the winner by 21 points.
Best players for Gidgegannup were Dylan Cahill, Joe Kendall, Andrew Styles, Dylan Cozamanis, Sam Pedley-Mulcahy and Brenton Nelson while Jack Holley, Dean James, Zac Swift, Matt Elwood, Blake Hagboom and Shawn Leeks figure among the best for Mt Helena.
Four goals from Brenton Nelson and two each from Tom Earnshaw and Ben Stockdale helped to keep Gidgegannup in the match while Zayde King was the sole multiple goal kicker for Mt Helena in what amounted to a very even performance across the board by the visitors.
In other Hills Football Association action on the weekend Parkerville 9.11 (65) defeated Chidlow 7.12 (54) while Pickering Brook 19.13 (127) defeated Bullsbrook 7.3 (45).
By Brian Pallister