CHIDLOW had to work hard for their 8.14 (62) to 5.8 (38) win over Gidgegannup in round 12 of the Hills Football Association.
Although both clubs have some injured players but still managed to field full sides.
The Bulldogs have shown steady improvement as the season has gone on.
Chidlow settled quickly in what was captain Matt Mallaby’s 150th game and hit the score board early with in-form full forward Brett McKinlay kicking three goals.
Bulldogs Aden Oliver was given the task of trying to keep McKinlay quiet – it looked as though he was going to be in for a tough day.
The Cougars 4.4 (28) to 0.1 (1) went into the first break with a 27-point lead.
The Bulldogs then started to pick up momentum with Sean Nagle getting plenty of the footy on the half back line with Dylan Cahill and Daniel Curtis winning their fair share of the contests around the ground.
Stand in captain Sam Pedley-Mulcahy was his typical in and under self.
The slippery ball was causing handling difficulties with both teams fumbling at times which ensured a lot of scrappy contests.
The umpires were quick to get the ball up in an attempt to keep play moving.
By half time the Cougars 5.7 (37) to 2.4 (16) were still in front but Gidgegannup had reduced their lead to 21 points.
Dave Massie was winning in the ruck and was feeding the Cougars onballers.
Clint Farrell on a wing kept pushing the footy forward where Joe Kendall, Levi Rosolin and Aden Oliver were doing their best to repel the attacks.
The Bulldogs held the Cougars goalless for the third and were chipping away at the deficit.
At the last break it was Chidlow by ten points 5-11-41 to 4-7-31.
Chidlow managed to settle better in the last quarter.
Back men Peter Harmon, Nic Huntley and Tom Saville were getting the ball to ground where Eli Michon and the Radonic brothers were mopping up.
Cam Reading scored his second goal and Brett McKinlay his fourth.
Matt Mallaby, Clint Farrell, Nic Huntley, Dave Massie and Cam Reading stood out for Chidlow while Gidgegannup’s best players were Sam Pedley-Mulcahy, Dylan Cahill, Daniel Curtis, Sean Nagle and Joe Kendall.
Brett McKinlay kicked four goals, Cam Reading (2) and Clint Farrell and Callum Holmes scored one goal each.
For Gidgegannup Dylan Cahill, Sam Pedley-Mulcahy, Andrew Style, Andrew Bullock and Kane Zappavigna all kicked one goal each.
In other results Mt Helena 20.16 (136) to 4.3 (27) defeated Bullsbrook and Parkerville 14.7 (91) to 11.7 (73) beat Mundaring.
By Brian Pallister