THE Mundaring Roos defeated the Gidgegannup Bulldogs, who needed a win to make it into the Hills Football Association top four, by three points on the weekend.
The final score in the round 15 game was 11.6 (72) to 10.9 (69).
Aden Oliver again carried the ruck against Tom Greig who has recently been playing his most consistent footy.
Roos captain Tom Cowton was slowly finding his way into the game after a long lay-off with injury.
Both back lines were under pressure Ben Edlund and Peter Grundy were repelling the Roos forward advances while at the other end Joe Cowton and Braeden Hilgert were defending stoutly with Gidgegannup leading by seven points 4.3 (27) to 3.2 (20) at the end of the first quarter.
Neither team was willing to give the ball up easily, both were working hard in and under for the contested possessions.
Gavin Scott kept the footy in the Bulldogs forward line while Levi Rosolin was involved in several clearances around the ground. Andrew Rylance has been a live wire in the Roos forward line over recent weeks allowing Michael Italiano to play further from goal.
By half time the Bulldogs had extended their lead to fourteen points 7.6 (48) to 5.4 (34).
With the game still in the balance it was up to the more senior players to gain control.
For the Roos James Hartley started to take some telling intercept marks.
Hartley and Robert Ryan allowed Tyson Hamling and Matt Jones more opportunity to run and carry and by the final beak Mundaring had whittled down Gidgegannup’s lead to one point 8.6 (54) to 8.5 (53).
The stage was set for a cracking last quarter and neither team let their supporters down.
With a couple of lead changes and the final result coming down to the last kick both teams gave their best for their clubs and produced one of the best games of the season.
The best players for Mundaring were Robert Ryan, Matt Jones, Tom Cowton, James Hartley and Tom Greig and for Gidgegannup Levi Rosolin, Ben Edlund, Aden Oliver, Peter Grundy and Gavin Scott.
Andrew Rylance and Rhys Nickisson both scored three goals each for Mundaring while Tyson Hamling scored two.
For Gidgegannup Gavin Scott scored two goals.
Chidlow 28.14 (182) to 5.4 (34) were too good for Bullsbrook and Parkerville 10.14 (74) to 5.9 (39) defeated Pickering Brook.
By Brian Pallister