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The Gidgegannup Bulldogs kicked eight goals to one in the third quarter of their 121-point win over the Bullsbrook Saints. Picture: BRIAN PALLISTER

Bulldogs savage depleted Saints

GIDGEGANNUP have kept their season alive with a comfortable 22.13 (145) to 3.6 (24) win over an under manned Bullsbrook in their Hills Football Association clash.

The Saints were always going to be in for a tough day but with no interchange players their day was made even more difficult.

In the first quarter Bullsbrook managed an early goal but missed a couple they should have converted.

This allowed the Bulldogs to settle and get into some free flowing footy putting the Saints back line under extreme pressure.

Thomas Mather, Brock Sherriffs and Adam Paroci stoutly defended against a Bulldogs mid field led by Sam Pedley-Mulcahy Andrew Style and Levi Rosolin.

But at the first break it was Gidgegannup 5.2 (32) to 1.2 (8) giving the Bulldogs a lead of 24 points.

The Bulldogs started to take control around the ground with Ravel Mathews getting better as the game went on and Daniel Macomish finished off with some good work in the forward line.

Saints captain Jordan Pickles along with playing coach Brad Flavel tried hard to inspire their team mates but not being able to take a breather on the bench was taking a toll on the Saints.

By half time the Bulldogs 10.7 (67) to 1.3 (9) had extended the margin to 58 points.

Gidgegannup put their foot down, kicking eight goals to one in the third quarter.

Michael McCrudden in his 150th game for the club joined in the goal scoring.

Aden Oliver had a great tussle in the ruck against Jaxon Ashelford and Declan Whitburn.

When the Saints did win a ruck knock it was the Bulldogs ground players that cleared the ball.

By three quarter time the Bulldogs led 18.10 (118) to 2.4 (16).

The Saints players challenged each other to finish the game off and not give up and to their credit they did just that.

Although the Bulldogs managed another four goals the tired Saints persevered and worked hard to the final siren.

Gidgegannup’s best players were Daniel Macomish, Levi Rosolin, Callum McCrudden, Andrew Style and Ravel Mathews.

The best for Bullsbrook were Thomas Mather, Jordan Pickles, Adam Paroci, Brock Sherriffs and Jamie Williams.

Daniel Macomish scored five goals for Gidgegannup while Andrew Style, Michael McCrudden scored three each and Callum McCrudden two goals.

Ash Elmer scored two goals for Bullsbrook.

In other association games Chidlow 26.17 (173) to 2.6 (18) defeated Mt Helena and Mundaring 16.11 (107) to 9.15 (69) were too good for  Pickering Brook.

By Brian Pallister

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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