DRIZZLING rain greeted Gidgegannup and Bullsbrook for their round thirteen clash at Chidlow oval with an innaccurate Gidgegannup outfit prevailing, 12.21 (93) to 5.5 (35).
With neither side being able to control the slippery ball the first quarter was a low scoring and scrappy affair.
The Saints led by a mere five points at the first break, 2.3 (15) to 14 (10).
With the ball spending most of the time on the ground it was the smaller players in Brandon Ghirardi, Michael and Dylan Bailey along with Jordan Pickles for the Saints.
For the Bulldogs it was Max Daniels, Josh Carter and Levi Rosolin doing the hard work, paddling the ball forward.
The rain eased off for the second and the Bulldogs quickly kicked into gear, erasing the Saints lead.
Chayce Creedy, Tim Tanner, Daniel Macomish and Andrew Style all kicked goals along with several missed opportunities.
The Saints had no answer to the Bulldogs continual forward entries.
Shaun Booker, Brock Sherriffs and Jaiden Fernie were under the pump in the Saints back line, as often as they got the ball out it came back just as quickly.
Gidgegannup kicked an unanswered six goals seven behinds, having opened up a 38 point lead going into the main break, 7.11 (53) to 2.3 (15).
The third quarter was better contested by the Saints.
James Thompson was winning his fair share of ruck duels, Tom Mather was laying some timely tackles and Ben Thompson was getting some possessions around the packs.
The Bulldogs inaccuracy continued, some of this due to pressure on the kicker.
Tom Earnshaw, Ron Stockdale and Andrew Kuchel were solid contributors for Gidgegannup.
The Bulldogs came out for the last quarter with a 59 point lead.
Unfortunately for the Saints the damage had been done.
Full credit to the young group who continue to gel, they didn’t pack it in and kept their efforts up.
Shaun Bookers’ mark was main highlight for the quarter.
He discovered how hard the ground can be when landing awkwardly from that height.
In other HFA results, Mundaring managed to get past Pickering Brook, 9.7 (61) to 7.5 (47), while Chidlow annihilated Mt Helena, 21.19 (145) to 2.5 (17).
This week, Bullsbrook will take on Chidlow, Gidgegannup meet Parkerville and Pickering Brook will face-off with Mt Helena.
By Brian Pallister